it’s a pen

it’s not a point and shoot, not an slr . . . it’s a pen.  what will you create?

well that is how olympus camera company described e-p1, a camera that features the sophistication of a d-slr but is built into an extremely small and easy to use camera.

i have been wanting a d-slr camera for sometime now but having a bulky camera with me just dissolves the thought. currently, i use my ever-dependable sony cybershot w300 and i also have a t77.  i am not really knowledgeable on cameras but when i saw the olympus e-p1 on the internet, i got fascinated with its features as an alternative for a d-slr.  here’s the overview of the ep-1 from the olympus webpage ~ click here.

i saw sample images from digital camera review, you have to scroll down on the page to see the pictures they took and it was surprisingly nice!

samson’s bag

last month i bought a new laptop backpack bag because of two reasons: number one, it was part of my simple wishlist for the year and number two, i learned a good lesson not to use a bag that is not meant for the size of my laptop – like forcibly stuffing a 15.5″.  my sony vaio ended up being badly scratched for the slider of the pull tab of the zipper made contact near the lower edge of the laptop cover.i chose to buy the same brand that i used before which is samsonite.  the one i got is not really the latest (sahora series) but i prefer their hardshell look, padded laptop backpacks.  here are some of its features:

  • laptop backpack
  • cabin luggage
  • made from 600 denier polyester
  • water proof
  • washable
  • lined interior
  • 1 compartment
  • zip closing
  • nylon zippers
  • ergonomic straps designed for comfort and ease of carrying
  • front pocket
  • expansible
  • 17″ notebook compartment
  • keyring holder
  • pen holder
  • cellphone pocket
  • in the philippines, the samsonite sahora series laptop backpack retails for about P6,000.00 (as of april, 2010).


    last night i installed a kaspersky anti-virus software in my new sony vaio laptop.  i have always been a norton user but this time i thought of changing and trying this one from kaspersky.  aside from hearing good feedbacks from people whom i know who were using kaspersky, it was way cheaper compared to norton and i was on a tight budget. 

    when i searched and viewed a kaspersky fan page at facebook, posted on the wall were people from around the world openly asking for activation codes and giving out links of websites full of how-to’s and codes to have the software installed on their computers for free or let’s say, illegally.  i don’t really give a f_ck about them doing that but i’m just not into it.  i’d rather save and spend some money to purchase it than to get it that way.

    a new vaio

    last month before going for days off, i sold my 18 month old sony vaio cr series notebook to one of my co-workers for i wanted to get myself a new one for christmas.  i checked online some hewlett packard “pavillion” models because i was looking for a multimedia notebook on which hp is well known, but still i decided to stick with a sony vaio brand.  i never really had any technical problems with my old cr series except the operating system was windows vista.

    “designed for comfortable daily use, vaio nw series puts you and your family at ease with its “naturhythm” texture, two-tone finish, 15.5-inch lcd with small footprint, and supremely user-friendly operation.  sony vaio nw series is a slim notebook with calm black finish delivers 15.5 inches of vibrant clarity while taking up minimal space. its user-friendly features include one-touch quick web access and music playback with the display off button”.

    i purchased a sony vaio nw series notebook that has a unique “waved body design” that comes in black color.  It has an intergrated blu-ray drive, 2gb main memory, 320gb hdd, a glossy display and a sound that is crisp as i watched videos and listened to music.  the nw series also comes with intelcore 2 duo processor and the new genuine windows 7 home premium pack – because vista sucks!  lol!

    so if you’re looking for an all around entertainment notebook, the nw series is in fact a good choice.

    in the philippines, the latest sony nw series retails for about P65,000.00 (as of december, 2009).


    i just sold my cr series sony vaio laptop days ago before i went for days off for i was wanting a new one.  before i handed it to my buyer i took some pictures so i can let people who are planning to get their laptop “gmasked” have an idea on how it’ll look like after almost a year and a half.

     actually it was still in good shape.

    the film on the sides of the pad still intact. 

    here you can notice part of the film fraying.

    same on the corners of the unit.

    part near the speakers.

    i think the film really protected the laptop from scratches and dust, and i had that laptop for almost a year and it took care of it.

    heartstart frx

    it is important to understand that survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest are directly related to how soon victims are defibrillated.  for every minute of delay, the chance of survival declines by 7% to 10%.

    defibrillation cannot assure survival, no matter how rapid the treatment.  in some patients, the underlying problem causing the cardiac arrest is simply not survivable despite any available care.

    – from heartstart frx aed owner’s manual, ed. 8


    an aed (automated external defibrillator) is an essential equipment that one should have in a rig clinic.  in my rig, we use philips’ heartstart frx – as an acls certified remote area paramedic, i think this aed is remarkably excellent for being user-friendly.  even a panic-stricken medic can have confusion out of its way because it literally tells you what to do through its cpr coaching button.  it basically has three steps to provide life saving defibrillation: after checking for signs of sca (sudden cardiac arrest) 1. turn on 2. place pads and 3. press shock – it’s that simple.


    heartstart frx also exudes a rugged look and is tested to withstand jetting water, crushing loads up to 500 pounds and a one-meter drop onto concrete.  weighing 3.5 pounds, it is said to be among the smallest and lightest among defibrillators in the market.

    if ever i encounter a medical emergency that will require aed use – heartstart frx surely gives me the confidence on rendering effective defibrillation that can save a life.