blackberry-8800-ft.jpgEver since RIM switched all the new devices over to a trackball I have found that the devices have a lot more problems.  The main problem is that the trackball becomes unresponsive due to lint and dust getting slide underneath.  I do like the look of the 8800 and consider it a good device, however the other day I discovered the price of the device is $699.  I was shocked at the price because I find that the blackberry 8800 offers nothing more than any other PDA.  I am waiting for the iPhone 3G for my personal device but unfortunately Rogers Cable the monopoly that runs media in Canada is not going to be offering an unlimited data plan which takes away from the iPhones appeal signifcantly.

Overall, the 8800 is a nice PDA but is not worth the price.  Perhaps once the iPhone is released the price of the 8800 will drop accordingly.  If so, I would suggest it.

Posted by admin, filed under iPhone, Blackberry, RIM. Date: June 27, 2008, 10:23 pm | No Comments »

13  Dec
Bape catalogue

For everyone wondering where I got the Bape catalogue for my last post, I downloaded it from the official BAPE website, here is the link.

The official BAPE site

You will need to download the program which gathers the latest catalogue data for you.  There is applications for both mac and windows based operating systems.  Once you download and run the program you will have many choices to choose from besides the clothing such as music by teriyaki boyz and other artists on the BAPE recording label.  The program also contains information on upcoming events, products and other news.  Music plays in the background but it is a very short loop and gets very repetitive after awhile.  To turn it off click on the speaker icon in the top right of the catalogue interface.  It is a pretty easy to use GUI so download it and try it for yourself.

Posted by kagejin, filed under cool, BAPE. Date: December 13, 2007, 10:33 pm | No Comments »

14  Nov
DC Bape Collection

I was checking out the Bape catalogue and came across the DC themed collection. I am glad they are up for sale again and hope it stays that way for a while because I wan’t at least a pair of Batman Bape’s. I took some screen-shots with the prices so you can all see what they look like and know how much money it will cost.

$1 = ¥100 (aprox.)

Batman Bapes

The Batman BAPE’s, these are my favourite of the collection cause Batman kicks ass. The shoes are black and yellow, with the bat symbol on the outside of the tongue. It’s hard to come by black and yellow shoes but I think the combination goes good, perfect for getting noticed since no one else will have a style like them.

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Iron Man is one of the best DC characters created. These shoes are cool, but I could see someone in L.A. getting shot over these.

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Superman Bapes

The Superman Bapes.

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Super Woman Bapes

Wonder Woman Bapes.

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Posted by kagejin, filed under DC, BAPE. Date: November 14, 2007, 11:56 pm | No Comments »

Mac hotness.Don’t let the title fool you, this post has nothing to do with Mims, just Macs.  I have started using Mac’s recently at home and at work and am impressed with the overall experience.  So far, everything has been fairly easy to get used to.  Installations are easy but sometimes it is a pain in the ass to find things.

One thing I have noticed is that Mac’s get very hot.  I have found this with Macbooks in the past, and the hottest I have seen them go is 72.C although the  case is metal and is probably conducting a great deal of the heat.

While under some heavy processor usage the other day, I was noticing things getting hotter and figured that it was most likely the Mac and not me.  I loaded up TemperatureMonitor by Marcel Bresink and checked out what the sensors were reading.  The average for the whole thing was 56.33C, and the Northbridge Heat Sink was at 82C.  I am not use to PC’s getting this hot and so I was naturally a little alarmed about the whole thing and figured I should try to cool the system down.  I found a tool called smcFanControl which lets me toggle the fan speed.  I increased my fans and began pushing all of the hot air into my room.

I don’t know how much smcFanControl really helped because I finished my tasks and the CPU loads returned to normal, however I did see an improvement and I could clearly hear the fans increase in rpm’s which was good for the cooling.

So if someday your Mac feels like it is on fire, here is where you can get the applications that I ended up using.

Temperature Monitor - http://www.bresink.com/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html

smcFanControl - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23049 

Posted by kagejin, filed under mac pro, fire, hot, Mac. Date: October 31, 2007, 2:30 pm | No Comments »

I have added a page for TCP/IP related items such as documents, tools, diagrams, and links to other helpful sites.  I plan on covering a wide range of topics such as networking, security, VoIP, and anything else to do with TCP/IP.

 Also I have added some lessons to the Japanese page as well, expect more to come soon as well.  I will also be starting reviews of Vista gadgets which I have used.  Some are pretty good while others are horrible and should not be downloaded, so this should save you some time and effort of sorting through all the gadgets.

Posted by admin, filed under new section, tcp/ip. Date: October 17, 2007, 11:48 pm | No Comments »

For all Canadian, and Australian visitors, this is for you.  Chances are most of you know about the game manhunt, and for those who don’t here is a brief explanation.  Manhunt is a game similar to tag, however whoever gets tagged joins the tagger and helps look for everyone else.  Depending on the skill of the person doing the hunting, and the tactics of the hunted the game can go on for quite some time.  Anyhow, I have found a couple of sites devoted to manhunt games in urban cities across Canada and one in Perth.  Here is the list:

www.manhunt-toronto.com
www.manhunt-vancouver.com
www.manhunt-montreal.com
www.manhunt-nanaimo.com
www.manhunt-edmonton.com
www.manhunt-halifax.com
www.manhunt-perth.com

If you find any others or start your own, let me know and I will add it to the list.  So thats it, make sure to check out the site closest to your hometown and get out there.

Posted by kagejin, filed under canada, manhunt, cool. Date: October 3, 2007, 10:52 pm | No Comments »

So I have been getting a lot of questions and requests regarding BAPE. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked question (CAQ).

Q. How much is an average pair of BAPE STA shoes?

A. There are some special theme branded shoes with Marvel comic themes to them,. I have seen Iron Man, Superman, Superwoman, and Batman. There are probably some other themes as well. These themed shoes cost more then the average pair as they are using Marvel property for the themes. A regular pair of BAPE’s costs about ¥1600 - ¥2000 which is about $160 - $200 CND.

Q. Where can I buy BAPE?

A. BAPE has 33 oficial stores located in Japan. In the U.S.A. there are two stores; one is in Los Angeles, and the other is in New York City. There is also stores in Europe and in Hong Kong. Because Bape sells different styles at different stores, people would get the best variety by buying BAPE in Japan.

Q. What does BAPE mean?

A. BAPE stands for a Bathing Ape. The company was created by Dj Nigo; he called the company a Bathing Ape because it is an expression used in Japan to mean spoiled which is what he thinks of the current generation in Japan.

Posted by kagejin, filed under CAQ, Japan, BAPE. Date: September 26, 2007, 6:48 pm | No Comments »

I found an awesome Japanese tv show called Pythagora switch.  The show is videos of different rube goldberg machines, some more complex than others.  I wish there was tv shows like this when I was a kid, instead I had crap like today’s special.

 Check it out, and prepare to be amazed!

Posted by kagejin, filed under tv shows, cool, Japan. Date: September 21, 2007, 7:08 pm | No Comments »

I have signed up for Japanese classes, I will post as much course material that I can on-line. This way others will have the opportunity to learn the Japanese language as well, you just won’t receive any credit or diploma for it. Unless of course you would like a certificate from myself, if I get enough requests I will write a basic test and if you pass you will get a certificate from myself that verifies you are up to par for basic Japanese speaking and writing.

Until I get the actual course content up I will upload my notes that I have taken from videos, books and other educational sources. If anyone would like to contribute their own notes, I would be quite apprecieative if people would send them to me. Please mention in the email if it is alright for me to put the notes on my site (I will still give you credit).

Anyway, make sure to check the site often for updates or sign up for the RSS feed.

Posted by kagejin, filed under Japanese. Date: September 7, 2007, 5:08 pm | No Comments »

I have been using the iGoogle interface for the past 2 weeks now and have found it to be fairly useful, it just requires some time to get it setup the way you like it. One thing I notice is that additional gadgets can easily be added which makes customization simple.

Eventually while installing gadgets I noticed this message.

“Module requires inlining. Inline modules can alter other parts of the page, and could give its author access to information including your Google cookies and preference settings for other modules. Click OK if you trust this module’s author or delete to remove this module.”

Screw that! What that pretty much says is that it would give the author access to every single search I perform on Google and what links I actually click on. That is one downside to web based gadgets I notice. I am just waiting for someone to exploit the Facebook API and create an app which just steals as much personal info on everyone it can. Hopefully I don’t have to wait too long or else I will get bored and make one myself.

Overall I find this interface to be very useful, the only thing which I find bad about this whole thing is name. Apple has been branding everything with “i” in front of it for awhile now and for Google to call it iGoogle is the laziest approach at creativity I have seen in awhile. Google+ or something would have been better.

So much for their “Don’t be evil’ slogan.

Here are some screen shot, I have two tabs setup so you can see my ‘Home’ tab and my ‘Stuff’ tab.

 

 

Feel free to leave comments on your experiences with iGoogle.

Posted by kagejin, filed under Interesting, Google, iGoogle. Date: August 30, 2007, 4:54 pm | 2 Comments »

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