Review: Pixco Pentax K to Sony E-Mount adapter


So I’ve been trying to find an E-Mount ultrawide lens as a counterpart to my lovely Pentax SMC-DA 14mm. The SEL 10-18 F4 is within my price range, but it lacks large aperture, and its’ minimal focus distance of 25cm is a far cry from my the DA14’s 17.5cm. Samyang/Rokinon 12mm F2.0 is actually a…

Review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2


First thing first: Plantronics’ decision to use the BackBeat Pro series as their ANC headphone line instead of creating a separate line of product is commendable. By doing that, Plantronics avoided cluttering their offering with overlapping stuff and customers that are considering to upgrade from the original Pro will have an easier time to pick…

Review: A Saucy, Salamander Souped up Lenovo Ideapad Y510p


So I got a new laptop to replace my aging and abused Vaio VPCEA36FG that has served me admirably for almost four years. There are several reasons to that. First, due to my new position at the company I work for, I no longer have access to vast amount of idle CPU from the data…

Review: Sony Smartwatch 2 SW2 Hands on


Nowadays, when people talk about smartwatches, they talk about Samsung Galaxy Gear, or The Pebble, kickstarter poster boy .. or well, toy. I am a somewhat satisfied owner of Sony’s first Smartwatch (the MN2, not the liveview), and from what I’ve read so far, the Smartwatch 2 (SW2) is better by leaps and bounds. Well,…

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Beta 2 on Vaio VPCEA36FG


Well, as you may know, my current ubuntu install, maverick meerkat will no longer be supported by Canonical, starting April 10th 2012… which sucks, since my attempts to like 11.xx version of ubuntu have been hindered by how sucky Unity and Gnome-Shell are, and foremostly, how kernel 2.6.8x to 3.x slash my battery life in…

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. On Unity and Gnome-shell


So I screwed up my maverick install, and had to start from scratch. The problem is, I didn’t have the CD (and the .ISO file) with me, and due to electricity problem, my attempt at downloading the image stopped when it reached 80%. ARGH! . And to make it worse, I need to bring the…

Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid Lynx On Vaio VPCEA36FG


Due to a sudden death of my beloved M300, I’m back in the market for a new laptop. And despite the bad news I have been hearing right and left, I’m sticking to yet another  notebook with ATI discrete graphic chip, this time the ATI HD5650 😀 My wallet voted for Sony Vaio VPCEA36FG, a…