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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dead HDD

When I came home, I noticed that couple of hard disks were not visible from the explorer. WTF? Turned out that one of the PATA hard disk was dead. I took that disk out and all is almost well. Oh well. I guess I'll have to go look for a replacement. The thing is though I've maxed out on my SATA ports. Are there any SATA expansion card, just like the old Promise PATA cards, out there?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Kermadec Ocean Fresh Restaurant

I just came back from this restaurant Kermadec Ocean Fresh Restaurant downtown located at the corner of Quay Street and Lower Hobson Street. We just wrapped up our little conference down in Waiheke, and we took a couple of Japanese visitors over to this restaurant. Well. What can I say? It's basically located right next to the Viaduct Basin docks where expensive yachts including America's Cup challengers are parked. The restaurant is on the first floor of this building and overlooks these docks. Earlier on the setting sun will hit you on the face unless you ask them to lower the blind, but when the sun is almost set, or after it's just set, the view is pretty nice. As for the food... It's not often you get both quality and quantity at the same time. We got both tonight. This restaurant is no way cheap (you are looking at probably ~NZD100 range) but I think we got our money's worth. Very satisfied.

Monday, February 11, 2008



It's here... Finally. I'm using it with 8 rechargeable AA batteries. With this thing attached, D300 sure is hefty... I wonder what it would be to have that 70-200mm lens attached to this. But then again I'm sure D3 is even heavier.
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Yakitori at home


Well. This is pretty much the reason I bought this little camping grill (and of course the Korean style BBQ as well). Yakitori at home. I did make tsukune as well and also had some wings at hand but unfortunately ran out of charcoal.
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Thursday, February 07, 2008

GPS for D300


You can connect a GPS to Nikon D300 for geotagging your photos. I do have a Garmin unit as well as a small bluetooth unit (both based on SiRFSTARIII chipset), but it looked to be a little tricky to make either of them work with D300. For a Garmin, I would have to get a cable to connect the devices while if I wanted to use the bluetooth unit, I would have to get a little dongle for the camera. Since I use both units independently of camera, I decided to go the third route of getting yet another GPS unit. I settled for an N2 di-GPS. I made the purchase, and 3 days later it's in my hand. Instruction seemed easy enough, I've attached the unit to the camera, and I'm dying to try the set up. Maybe I'll do that over the weekend...
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Saturday, February 02, 2008


Once again a bunch of us from the lab including myself, Dr. CH, TS and his other half and also AM and his wife got together for a dinner. This time it was for a bit of a barbie action to check out TS's new cooking implement. I was asked to make some salad, so I made a bowl of green salad as well as a bowl of mixed bean salad and brought them over. Well. I think they were received well. It's just that we made too much food as usual in a little gathering like this. 4 bowls of salad plus baked vegies plus of course sausages kebabs and steaks. Plus sweetcorn... And of course dessert. Talking about over the top. But as always, too much of good thing is just wonderful.
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