Category Archives: Computers

Apple, Inc.’s Prestige Status is Phased Out

I am now starting to boycott Apple products due to its poor battery performance.

WTF!? My mid-2010 MBP and my two phones before, the iPhone 4S and 5 didn’t have battery drain issues at all. WTF has happened to Apple!?

Thank goodness I might switch to a more powerful Windows laptop. I still don’t have enough funds to obtain one, yet I would rather use a Windows laptop instead if ever I will edit photos and send it through E-Mail.

Some pointers: I think Apple started to deteriorate after being dragged into hot issues such as its lawsuits against Korean electronics giant firm Samsung and Philippine mobile phone firm myPhone.

What has happened to premium brands with prestigious reputations!?

Sony and Apple are no longer prestigious (as compared to mid 2000s), though the former has always been a leading brand for innovation in Japan–and the rest of the world.

What are now the most prestigious brands in the world?

Cameras and imaging – Fujifilm, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Sony
Laptops – Lenovo, HP, Asus, MSI
Mobile phones – Asus, LG, Samsung, HTC

I could no longer see the prestige of Apple anymore. Speaking of Apple, I am quite disgruntled towards battery issues, esp. that MBP mid-2012 has horrible battery issues as opposed to the mid-2010 MBP, which has a consistent 3-hour battery life. The mid-2012 MBP drains faster from a decent 6 hours towards the agitating 2-3 hours.

And speaking of iPhones, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 drains slower than the iPhone 6 Plus. WTF is this hulabaloo!? I don’t see anymore the prestige of owning an iPhone, or a/n MBP. I might switch to Samsung or Sony Xperia in the near future–prolly an M4 or the higher-end Z collection.

Owning an Apple product before was actually a privilege, but right now it’s a liability. I view Android phones as user-friendlier ever since I used a Samsung Galaxy Grand. I’m also thinkingnof getting a Galaxy Note Pro if I don’t feel like bringing my laptop to work, or a netbook.

And speaking of Apple products, I still have nothing against them; the issue here is the rightful Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who should take the place of the late Steve Jobs. Sad to say, the wrong person was chosen.

Roaming Around MOA for the nth time plus shopping around Greenhills

So, for the nth time we visited MOA.

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Awwwww cute dog! Well, still a cynophobe, though (huhuhu).

Oh well, so there are plenty of options when you’re in MOA.

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Yes, there is our cosplay queen Alodia! Hooray for being nationwide popular! Haha!

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So we ate at Teriyaki Boy and boy, we finished everything in no time! Haha!

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So there’s the ferris wheel!

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We soon went to Greenhills just to hunt for gadgets (gadget-hunting has always been my outdoor hobby ever since LMAO) and it seemed that it was more fun if we did not ran out much time from walking. At the highest floor of the shopping mall itself, well, that was was the haven for the cheapest gadgets in Metro Manila.

Most sellers there are Muslim people. Well, too bad I did not take a photo of the place although I’d like to do so. Most gadgets there are legit ones that are either brand new or second-hand. The place itself is more of a horror-themed gadget shop since there are many second-hand gadgets there that were stolen from their original owners. I could see that these salespeople have little knowledge in gadgets–in other words, it’s a jeje-mall (IMHO!). Well, hey! They still sell iPhone 3GS and 4 models (brand new or second-hand). It’s very weird since most of these gadgets are not China phones or shanzhai products, which makes it as a safe heaven for power users and anti-shanzhai people to lure the place itself. However, speaking of iPhone cases, they have the most beautiful and good-looking ones. Also, they’re much cheaper (whether it’s a gadget or a casing) compared to those sold at Apple Resellers and shops such as Infomax.

Here’s what I’ve got from GH:

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See? They range from 250-300 Php which make them very affordable if your budget is in a maximum of 3,000 Php. I would recommed GH if you’re going to shop for cheap and affordable items such as casings and accessories, but for gadgets, stay vigilant.

The ambience resembles Quiapo’s Hidalgo and Beijing’s Wangfujing corner (looking in photos). However, if you visit the second to the highest floor, you’ll appreciate it there more if you could afford them.

Sadly I did not bring my digital SLR, but it’s alright. I’ll still consider this place when buying external flash guns. (:

Where in the Philippines could I actually buy an affordable version of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 (Mac OS X Mountain Lion)?

To my fellow Filipinos, do you actually have a legit copy of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 Design and Web Premium? I really need it for some reasons since I already have Photoshop CS5 Extended installed in my MacBook Pro which already has the latest version of Mac OS X (Mountain Lion).

The security system of the Mountain Lion is too much for me to handle, seriously! You could no longer switch accounts on iLife ’11, particularly on uploading iPhoto files on Facebook! Damn! I think Apple should be more considerate about people’s needs and wants, because not all of their consumers/customers are well-off! I swear, kahit ang pag-download ng Adobe, hindi na rin nila sinasanto. That’s why I missed my old lappie which has the older version of the OS X.

I do not know with Windows, maybe Windows 8 might be the same when it comes to security, however, I’d say that if I were to go back to Windows, okay lang — but first, I have to suffer again from the basics. I’d rather stay in my current platform or maybe acquire a Mac mini and partition it = with Windows and Mac OS X installed. Hmmm… who knows how to do this procedure (calling all BS Computer Science majors and graduates… and Comp. Engineers… hahahah).

Side Note: Apple as an exploitative company — true or not?

Believe it or not: Mas mahigpit pa nga ‘ata ang security system ng Mac OS X kesa sa mga airports, and I’m not joking either. Mas secured pa ‘yung security system ng Pilipinas compared to other countries. Kasi, in Mac OS X, it follows the security system of the United States, so you will never question why there are some airports that will check on your laptops, which does not even exist in the Philippines. Siguro domestic, pero kapag international ang pag-uusapan, expect what is unexpected.

It is saddening that there are companies in the world that are not flexible enough to know the situations of the Global South. In the United States, they’re very particular about copyright law, which is poorly enforced in China. Ironically, China is the place where your Apple products are assembled (read: Assembled, not necessarily manufactured talaga as in the spare parts are manufactured one-by-one, these are acquired in major companies such as Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, etc.). I am not very familiar about the trade relationship between China and the United States, but I’m very sure that most US firms relocate to China for cheaper labor, and this even made the Mac computer system lean towards the mainstream commercial industry — meaning to say that they’re already becoming financially-accessible towards middle-class families and to those who could afford high-end products that could be accessed in cheaper ways through tax-free shops.

Kaya most people choose Android and Microsoft Windows as their main mobile and computer platform (respectively) due to its ease of access, financially and software-wise. As a matter of fact, Apple is too proprietary and it is still stuck in the elite market, meaning to say that it still cannot achieve Sony’s entry towards the mainstream market. I also do not think that Apple would be less proprietary compared to Windows and Android, which is saddening. After all, only the middle-class and the elite could afford these products that Apple offers.

No, I’m not bashing Apple. I’m still an Apple fan somehow, it only happens that its way of marketing its products is too much for an average consumer to handle. Remember how it filters a lot of apps that Android does offer for free. I also do not get it why its Bluetooth and music transfer is too proprietary. Hmmm… maybe Steve Jobs does not want Apple to be accessed by those who do not come from the lower middle class up to the poverty line. Kidding.

Roxyisferox also displayed how Apple exploited its supposed partners in order to gain more recognition from the open market. Obviously, they sued Samsung for this and that, eh who makes the retina displays at the first place? Hindi lang Samsung, and take note that it is Sharp that manufactures the retina displays. Kaya I opted for a second MBP (I hate to brag, sorry, but I’m not bragging this time) that is still the same as my old MBP, and chose not to own the one with retina display (ang mahal na nga, tapos ang HDD it’s too small for me to put a lot of files there, plus no optical drive).

The reason why Apple is more popular nowadays than Microsoft Windows (which made Bill Gates lose his title as the Richest Man in the World — pero keber naman niya eh) is because it is becoming more accessible financially to the middle class, like what I said before. However, its vibe is still too elitist — meaning to say that Apple expects its owners that they should be from the wealthy class (hindi nga!? Feeling ko lang, ah), and I’m not even working yet (don’t worry, I’ll get that shiny salary of mine if I’m accepted in a decent company).

I have to say that I’ll create another article regarding Apple. Well, that’s all.

I finally found these photos!

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They sell iPads and err… counterfeit gadgets (I though SG is ueber-strict!?).

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This was probably taken with a Sigma lens. Try to click on the photo to enlarge (and don’t forget to evaluate its quality!).

I forgot what mall is this located, however, I’d say it’s within Lucky Plaza.

Yes, bitches. This is one shop to avoid (the set-up is shown, eh) when you wanna go to Singapore. Get your arses off to Funan Digital Mall if you don’t want your money to be burned in hell.

TheLasallian: Windows vs Mac today

“While we’re on the topic of immortal technologies and wonders which will stand the test of time, let’s look into one of the more common inventions that serve as the bedrock for all future technologies: the computer. Specifically, our generations’ computer software and operating systems for Mac and Windows. Face it: this is what you’ll be harking back to when you rant to your grandchildren in 2050. So let’s discuss how both are doing, and who prefers what, if such a stereotype may apply.”

When it comes to choosing the ideal computer, many factors come into play. Performance, budget, and durability are just some of the key factors that help Lasallians and the rest in determining which computer suits them. On one hand, we will hear some people claim that Mac is good simply because it’s “Mac,” while some supporters prefer Windows because it is the OS they grew up with, making the features close to second-nature in terms of ease of use.

“The OS I am using has helped me in my profession especially since I’m a freelance photographer,” says JoJo, a Mac user. “I do a lot of photo editing, email correspondence with clients, storage of data, not to mention burning CDs to be submitted to clients.”

When IGN came out with an article putting Mac’s OS X Mountain Lion up against Window’s platform Windows 7, it resulted in pretty much a virtual tie. Mac’s media programs may be more complete compared to their Windows counterparts, but they are usually expensive and are not really ideal for gaming purposes. Windows on the other hand, can run multiple apps and is the perfect gaming platform but it doesn’t really have the “modern” look makes it seem more user-friendly and makes navigation a bit more difficult.

“I might shift to a Windows laptop when my Macbook breaks down, due to Apple being so proprietary,” Jojo adds. “Not to mention being pricey.”

Indeed Mac took the world by storm not only with its unique design, but also because its software is much more straightforward compared to its Windows counterparts. Today, owning a Mac seems to have this separate-from-the-pack mentality, but is it really worth it considering that one of the downsides of Mac is that it’s difficult to cross platforms?

“Using Windows is less of a hassle, since it’s easier to convert things,” Hale Berry De Vera (I, AE-BSA) says. “And besides that, a lot of people use Windows!” The perception dominates.

Everyone, at some point in their life, has had an encounter with a Windows computer. This is not something against Macs, but given that the current price of a Mac (average for desktop and laptop is P51,920) is much higher than that of Windows (average new desktop PC is P20,000), one would expect to see Windows-powered computers everywhere.

Certainly these considerations will ensure that debates on which OS is better will continue to rage on despite the advancements that both OS’s have made. What we can say is that the most suitable program for you would be the one that suits your needs (and wants). But make sure you pick just one to rant about to your grandkids, and stick to it.

As much as I enjoy the benefits of an Apple MBP, I still believe that Windows is the most dominant.

Now let me tell you the history of Apple Mac line’s lean towards the mainstream culture.

Even though a regular Mac costs like a minimum of 50,000, it is no denying that it is starting to lean towards the mainstream culture. This is the start of the actual competition between Windows and Macs (Read: Actual). Before, Macs are exclusively for the elite (you said it right, the elite group, not the middle-class group), so you expect to see a Mac when you’re in Class-A universities, local or abroad.

Since Windows is still the dominant operating system so far, people start to anticipate what the next OS would be. However, for Mac users, they do not mind whether it’s an OSX Leopard or the all-new OSX Mountain Lion since the interface of OSX does not change, except for the trackpad’s function and the Finder Window.

So let’s try to balance the pros and cons of both OS’s.

Windows
– Capable of creating, recording, modifying, converting, accepting and using .avi format when it comes to videos/movie clips.
– Not really good when viewing .mov formats (personal experience). You still have to download VLC Media Player to achieve this.
– The Notepad offers plain text as is (as compared to TextEdit, you still have to go to Format to make Plain Text).
– You will never have any problems using Microsoft Office (yes, Macs have MS Office designed for them).
– Sending music/videos/files to smartphones via Bluetooth won’t be a problem.
– Explores the contents of your iPhone directly without the help of iTunes/iPhoto.
– Excellent choice for most gamers and game aficionados.
– Has a Paint application, like DUH!
– Does not support RAW picture files (you need to install your DSLR’s provided software!).
– When capturing a screenshot (colloquial: screencap), you have to go to Paint, which is hassle.
– High-quality graphics is not perfect, but excellent enough, albeit non-retina.
– Its minimum price fits the needs and desires of the average consumer.
– Windows Movie Maker does not support .mp4, unless… (could a Windows user please answer this for me!?).
– Installing a PC Cillin program or an Anti-Virus software may be required or optional.
– Viewing of online documents/websites have a not-so-good font feel.

Mac OS
– Excellent choice for viewing and utilizing/maximizing .mov video formats.
– Supports .mp4 format in iMovie.
– Consistent development and updates for iMovie (as compared to Windows Movie Maker).
– More conducive for utilizing Photoshop and Lightroom at the same time.
– Its Preview and iPhoto supports and reads (recognizes) RAW formats.
– A must-have for photographers and cinematographers just in case they have the money.
– Screencapping should not be a problem at all since you only have to press Command+Shift+3 (yes, all at the same time!).
– Retina display!? More expensive, and you need to find suitable software that would par with the MBP with Retina for better performance.
– Its minimum price is not suitable for the average consumer.
– Has its own music editing application.
– Is basically lesser prone to viruses, hence, the price.
– For crying out loud, it’s like your average PC — it slows down, too!
– It has its own PhotoBooth application for maximization of webcam use.
– It does not create/record .avi video format files, nor does it perform conversions to .avi format.
– Viewing of online documents/websites have a better font feel.

Overall, it should be a tie. Both operating systems have their own pros and cons, but stick to something that really suits your personality and needs. Windows is a flexible operating system, however, it is not an open-source OS. It is a commercialized OS, but universal. Mac OS, on the other hand, is absolutely proprietary, and if you’re going to install a Mac OS on a non-Mac, it’s alright, but there are issues that would make it a waste rather than a convenience.

I think the reason why I decided to switch to Mac is because I do not like the look and feel of Windows 7. I certainly do not know how it is to use Windows 8 as a PC. Hmmm… should I still make the Mac as a backup and buy another PC again!? Help!

I hope Felice Fawn would be enlightened. Okay, I’m biased, however, she should look at the pros and cons of each OS so that she would hmmm… well long story!

ColorMond Daysie II, welcome!


Here it is… the all-new err.. lappie!


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Censored for privacy purposes.


The new buttons 😦 I really do miss the old lappie BTW 😥


…for the user WHAT!? Of course, for privacy purposes again, nobody can ever touch it!


Now my original desktop is now on its new home! Take a look at your upper-right side, it’s Molybdenum Studios!

Take Note: Please do not judge me if I ever had a second MBP. Yes, this is the second MBP I have owned, well, just to update the loyal followers out there and not to flaunt it.

I really miss the old MBP, but this new one is… guess how many GB is its hard drive?

Clues:

It runs Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
It’s actually err… 2.5 GHz i5 and has 4GB RAM
It has iLife 2011.
It is customizable to three-finger dragging, single-tap and reverse two-finger scrolling (conventional, not natural).

Well, you guessed it, it’s 500GB!

I still have to re-learn its features and how it is operated. While I really prefer the conventional version of the MBP 13″ 2010 version, this laptop this time offers personalized trackpad functions. Yep, I personalized it to the following: Single-tap click, three-finger dragging, conventional two-finger scrolling (the natural one is similar to that when you scroll with the iPhone/iTouch) and right-corner secondary click.

However, the Mission Control and Show Desktop was formerly the four-finger swipe donwards and upwards, respectively. Right now, the Mission Control thing could be achieved by swiping your four fingers UPWARDS and to show the desktop is to separate your thumb from the other four fingers and spread them. Also, single-tap dragging is no longer existent (yes, I have mentioned the three-finger dragging thing). That’s one thing that’s really odd for 2010 MBP users.

Good thing I learned the Time Machine and returned all the files to its new home. It was really exhausting and yet, there are some things that I still have to do, however, I did do everything to discover how everything should be retrieved. The most difficult would be the iPhoto thing. Transferring ALL the files and system should be done through Migration Assistant, however, iPhoto is the most difficult… not until I chose, “Switch Library.” OH EM GEE.

Pardon if it’s not the one with Retina Display, since I cannot live without an OPTICAL drive — without any optical drive, there would be no such thing as movies, music, et cetera.

Of course, I am doing my best to keep it clean and presentable even though I am a hardcore user — if the same thing will happen again, I don’t think I deserve something better than this.

So, that’s all for now. Ciao!

Revamped… Apple collection


Apple.com|The all-new iPad Mini. Some good and bad news to Apple fanatiques.

So first, we talk about the all-new iPad Mini. BAD NEWS is, you don’t get the Retina Display with this model, BOO! However, portability is a HURRAH! Not sure if I’ll choose this over the other iPad, but it’s OK. Anyways… the new iPad (3rd Gen) is already replaced by the…


Apple.com|This is the new iPad’s replacement, the iPad with Retina Display! Notice the reflection beside the HOME button.

I don’t think this is a good idea, but I think the “new iPad” had a makeover, discontinued and replaced by this thing… with Lighting err… outlet! This is the first and only iPad “classic” that is Lighting-ish.

COMPUTERS (:


Apple.com|The all-new MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display!

So here’s what I was wishing for. However, I’m kind of disappointed is because of several factors: One is that, there’s NO optical drive! HAHAHA! Another thing is, its flash memory is max. of 256GB something… which can be configured. Also, it’s even much pricier than the typical 13″ MBP! NO WAY should I buy that! I’m like owning a thicker version of the errrrr… MacBook Air!


Apple.com|The all-new 1TB Mac mini.

Seriously, like… is this a gift from HEAAAAAAVEN!? I guess I should get this instead as a desktop CPU just in case I have my own office. (:

Apple.com|The new iMac! Slimmer than ever!

Nakiki-slim na rin ang iMac! Nyahahaha!

Well, it’s so shiny… but not interested. Sorry. But… for those who are part-time PRO photographers, I think this is for you!


Apple.com|The Thunderbolt Display! Yay, the display’s finally getting RETINA-ED!

HAHAHA, just in case I get a PS3, this is the display I’ll get. Soon, future! I’ll chase you! HAHAHA!