Excited for my new internet connection

With my line of work I need consistent internet connection. My Comclark cable plan of 512kbps has been disappointing lately and worst instead of the trend of plans/bandwidth to get cheaper, Comclark thinks otherwise their 512Kbps plan is now 1350 pesos for new subscribers while old subscribers are retained to 888 pesos a month. Their 1mb plan is tagged ridiculously on 4000 pesos a month.

So I shopped around for a new ISP. Here in Angeles, Pampanga my options in priority are PLDT DSL, Globe Broadband and Digitel. I already tried Smartbro a couple of years ago and I discontinued their service, it was unbearable before and their customer service is almost none existent though it has been almost 2 years, I still wouldn’t risk it even if they say they have better service now.

PLDT though on the other hand is loosing alot of potential customers in our area for they always have full slots. So I opted for the next option which is Globelines for 995 pesos a month you get 1MB. I subscribed a couple of days ago, processing is 5-7 days and hopefully I would be connected by next week, plus there is a seems to be an existing promo unannounced wherein you save 200 pesos from the 1mb you only pay 795 for a month, don’t know when the promo will end but its limited time.

Now I’m thinking if I should drop my comclark plan or just keep it for backup. I already have Globe Tattoo prepaid when there is no free wifi when not at home as I can use that for backup too.

Capturing from a miniDV to a PC

Well this is sort of a short review and a tutorial on how to capture from a minDV Sony handycam to your PC.

But before that here are some background. I still have this Sony DCR-HC48 camcorder that I bought couple of years ago back when HD camcorder were still pretty expensive about $800-$1500. With the Sony DCR HC series you can transfer video only with a i.LINK cable to firewire. The USB cable is only used to transfer still images. Firewire offers the best quality video transfer unlike USB methods for capturing from still tapes.

To get started on a PC you need to an i.LINK cable, a good capture card and a good capture software, I suggest you go for the PCI-Express capture cards and not the PCI version as it would soon be obsolete, plus PCI-E is more faster.

The one I bought is a Belkin 3-Port firewire PCI-E. So just open up your pc and install it on the PCI-E slot. It’s plug and play so no required drivers when you start your PC.

Belkin 3 Port Firewire PCI-E Card

Belkin 3 Port Firewire PCI-E Card


Belkin 3 Port Firewire PCI-E Card

Belkin 3 Port Firewire PCI-E Card


Installation

Installation


i.LINK Cable

i.LINK Cable

For the capture software I used the software that came with the Sony DCR, I found that it offers better depth than Windows Movie Maker. I didn’t try it yet on commercially sold video editors which has built in capture features.

Below is a sample video captured then I re-saved the file using Windows Media Player to reduce filesize but with a bit of quality loss. (btw the one with fairy costume is my daughter)

Overall that is how to get started. The firewire PCI-E is amazingly fast and produced no drop frames. Windows Media Player capture quality is kinda poor so go look into other capture software.

On a different note I used to use an MacBook Pro before for capturing videos. Another reason why I love a Mac which by review comes with almost the complete ports which includes the i.LINK firewire port plus comes with a free powerful software iMovie for capturing and editing movies.

How big is a petabyte

I heard about terabytes which is 1000 gigabytes, but not petabyte. With all people storing music, taking pictures, storing videos, HD movies, games etc, documents, database backups etc on to their computer. It’s amazing how storage needs to get bigger and bigger to accomodate these files. Mozy one of the leading online backup services I use posted on their blog an interesting stats and chart on how big is a Petabyte and how much you can store.

Read it here

One petabyte is roughly one thousand terabytes, one million gigabytes, or one billion megabytes. That’s the space of 10,000 laptops, each with a 100 GB hard drive, on which you could store approximately one of the following:

# 13.3 years of HD-TV video
# 10 million yards of books on a shelf
# 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text
# 250 million mp3 songs

Jaw dropping..

HP Mini 2140 unboxing review

In the spirit of unboxing new gadgets, I’m posting some unboxing photos and my review for the HP Mini 2140 I got for my wife. After researching the best bang for the buck for what UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) to get. Commonly known as netbook as a more general term but other PC makers don’t want to call their products as such. Narrowed down my choices to the HP Mini 2140 10.1 inch and the Gateway LT3102i Ultra Slim Laptop 11.6″. But after much comparison I went with the HP Mini 2140 considering the sleek aluminum design and the keyboard size plus I prefer HP products.

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Enabling a New Installed SATA Drive

Just got a new SATA drive, if you have your primary drive as an IDE and install a new SATA drive, it won’t show up instantly when you go to My Computer. That is because the drive is not formatted yet. To fix this you need to format the drive and assign a label. Here are the simple steps.

After the device has been detected and reported ready for use.
Go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management

comp-management

Next select Disk Management under Storage. Your new sata drive should be detected. Right click on the drive and choose Format, follow the wizard steps and give the drive a label.

That’s it. Once done your new drive should show in the My Computer and ready to use.