forgotten_aria: (led kitties)
It might help that I was ready to be disappointed by this device, but in general I'm very pleased.

The glassesless screen, while a little grainy and finicky with the angle is almost required while doing 3d video-agraphy. I had one friend who just liked to watch how things looked different on the 3d screen. I hope that the frame, being a larger space, will look a little nicer, though I don't expect it to be any less picky about where you look at it.

The video quality is about what I expected, having already owned an aiptek and it's completely awesome that youtube basically just knew what to do, once I added the 3d tag. Here's my first test video:

I haven't really tested the sound yet, but I don't expect that they've made many leaps forward since my other camera, but perhaps it will be better, which would be nice.

I really liked the slide out USB and that they included a USB extension (which I'd never seen before) if you can't have it sticking out of your computer.

Ok, now the things I hate. Above all is that it makes these start up and UI sounds. There is no way to turn these off or reduce their volume other than putting your thumb over the speaker, and even then they are still audible. They let you adjust the playback volume, but this has no control over the UI sounds. So, I can't use this in a place where I would like to be quiet, like, say, back stage. I hope hope hope that they get a firmware update to fix this, but I'm not holding my breath. Once the camera is up and running and you just record, it makes no sound, so I can likely work around it.

The other annoyance I've found is if you store some stuff to the (admittedly too small to use) internal memory and then insert a sd card you can no longer view the images on the interal memory either from the camera UI or when it's plugged into the USB.

Other than that, so far, it's been tickling me pink. I can't wait to get some taiko footage, in vibrant hapi color with it, especially with the bachi coming RIGHT AT YOU!

I also felt lucky to be reminded of a cool cheap 3d trick with 3d stills. this isn't my image, but it demonstrates the theory and I can make mine own (when I have a little more time )
forgotten_aria: (kid me)
It's my birthmonth!1 And there are exciting things planned. You've already heard about my present of a patapon and a psp to myself, as well as a psp skin, as soon as I decide which one. Also I'll be getting Crisis Core (the FF7 prequel) at the end of the month. I'm saving opening and trying patapon for tomorrow. I'm sure that after that I will be unable to shut up about it.

There will be a party, don't know what day yet. Hopefully those people who couldn't make the last one, but wanted to, can make this one. The cake will not be a lie.

I want to get fondue at some point, and not pay an arm and a leg for it (resturant recommendations are welcome, but I'm betting it will be part of the party and I'll be asking to borrow some fondue pots.)2

At the end of the month, we will finally be trying to buy the new car,3 so hopefully that will make me shut up about it, unless the test drive goes horrible or something and I have to pick a new favorite.

By the end of the month, I'll be 33!

1 For those that don't know. I don't tell people what day my birthday is, because there are some years I just don't want to make a big deal about it, and people are less like to wish you a happy birthmonth enmasse. Plus it's more fun this way! a whole 31 days to get the celebration in!

2 I want to borrow, rather than own, because I don't want to store the fondue pots afterwards. Else I'd get one of those nice self heating ones.

forgotten_aria: (companion cube)
What I've learned about the tomtom ONE 3rd edition in the past 12 hours.

This is babbly and a bit dry, so feel free to skip it.

So apparently there was recently an OS update (navcore 7) that blew away from old options, including the multi-stop trip planner. You can get this option back by using the old style custom menus, but that blows away options for the new "help me" and "map correction" features. While the first one I don't ever expect to use, the second I think is exciting to have community updated maps and I want to encourage using this feature. Let me be clear. All these features are on the device, so there just aren't menu items for all of them all at the same time (there is also this cool "show me where the GPS satlites are near me" thing that also goes away in v7.) So you can't get there from here on a navigation device feels very silly.

What is cool is the device mounts like a USB media storage device, so I can go frob things under linux. I think the device itself runs linux and there seems to be an existing community who is on top of this whole menu thing and are pining for a SDK for v7.

You can also down load dennis hoppers voice to give you directions, but that costs money.

People also report that TomTom's customer service sucks.

Oh and so far I'm liking my new toy.
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I decided to take another step into this century... er... I mean I found a lame excuse to buy a new toy, and get a GPS for the car (especially since there was a $100 off sale until January 5 on the one I was looking at.)

I haven't had a chance to go driving with it yet, but I'm a bit doubious. It seems to take a long time to enter in your destination and when tried to make it take MY route to Ottawa, it was very unhelpful. I asked it to go through cornwall, and it took me into Quebec and then back down to Cornwall. You could avoid certain cities, but not whole provinces. There is supposed to be an option to make a multi=leg trip, but I can't find it on my unit, despite the help pages saying it's there. But what I really want it for is getting to addresses I don't know, and it will be a bit before I can test that out. Getting to watch my self go to Canada was just going to be a silly use of it.

I'll have to wait to see how I like it. Luckily I didn't pay a HUGE amount, but I did pay enough that I hope it's actually useful and helps me when I get lost.


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