Sunday, November 28, 2004

New camcorder: Sanyo Xacti

I bought a few weeks ago a new camcorder, Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4. It's one of these ultra small camcorders that save video to a memory card. Xacti is not only a camcorder but also a 4 Megapixel camera. Here's a picture I took at the nearby Japanese supermarket. There are more sample pictures and videos taken with an earlier generation (3 Megapixel) of the camcorder in this review. This earlier camera is sold as Sanyo Xacti VPC-C1 in Japan and as Fisher FVD-C1 in the US. Other reviews of the older model are et epinions and camcorderinfo. So far I could only find a review od my model in French.
At the moment the newer model that I bought is not officially available in the US and I bought a Japanese version that came with a Japanese manual. I found the English manual for the older camera to be quite useful.
I am overall very happy with Xacti.
Posted by at 11:40 AM
Edited on: Thursday, December 02, 2004 7:55 PM
Categories: Technology

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Sixteen Candles

Today I watched Sixteen Candles.
Posted by at 12:53 AM
Edited on: Sunday, December 12, 2004 12:17 AM
Categories: Art and pop culture, Films

Friday, November 26, 2004

Before Sunset

We had a party until about midnight and after all the guests left we watched Before Sunset.
Posted by at 12:23 AM
Edited on: Sunday, December 12, 2004 8:33 PM
Categories: Art and pop culture, Films

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Joy Luck Club

The long weekend started today with Thanksgiving. In the afternoon I watched the Joy Luck Club based on Amy Tan's book that I read many years ago.
In the late afternoon I went to a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by our friends.
Posted by at 12:14 PM
Edited on: Sunday, December 12, 2004 8:37 PM
Categories: Art and pop culture, Books, Films

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Google Scholar and CiteSeer

I discovered recently the Google Scholar. The idea is a little similar to CiteSeer. The Google Scholar is faster but it only points to the official version of the paper. CiteSeer is nicer in that it also shows links to copies of papers at other sites.
Posted by at 12:51 AM
Edited on: Sunday, November 21, 2004 1:03 AM
Categories: Research

National Treasure

Today I watched another movie that we got free tickets for from Microsoft. This time it was National Treasure. Not very different from similar movies like the Tomb Raider or the Indiana Jones trilogy but it was entertaining enough for a Saturday afternoon.
Posted by at 12:07 AM
Edited on: Sunday, December 12, 2004 8:36 PM
Categories: Art and pop culture, Films

First entry

I have had a blog on the Microsoft site for a while and now I decided to see if I can find enough energy to maintain a personal blog. After looking for the easiest way to publish a blog, I decided to use Thingamablog.
Posted by at 12:05 AM
Edited on: Sunday, November 21, 2004 9:12 PM