Saturday, May 5, 2007

Yokohama Sportsland-Field Athletic Yokohama Tsukushino course

Today we visited Yokohama Sportsland-Field Athletic Tsukushino Course featuring with "Tom Sawyer Adventure" for little kids.

The Yokohama Sportsland provides big obstacle field athletic entertainment courses for kids and adults.

This site provides some interesting information for this Sportsland too.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Updated Code::Blocks to May 1st nightly build

Code::Blocks is still very actively improving.

I updated my CodeBlocks to svn build rev 3915 (nightly build of May 1, 2007).
There are many remarkable improvements with the build recently in April.
  • Windows build is switched to wxWidgets-2.8.3
  • Added Advanced Regular Expression support
  • Added Custom Build command support to Projectfile
  • Improved virtual folder management
  • etc...

The details can be refered here
   Code::Blocks April Month Update News

20th Sagami-gawa Flying Koinobori

Visited the 20th Sagami-gawa Flying Koinobori Children's Day Celebration event on April 29th.
There are about 1,200 Flying carp-shaped flags (Koinobori, 鯉幟, こいのぼり) exhibitted in the event over the Sagami-gawa with 5 wires.
This event is held from April 29th~May 5th beside the Sagami-gawa river at Mitsuzato Tana Takada-bashi(水郷田名高田橋上流).

Saturday, March 31, 2007

HDD recorder with AVCHD support

I found only one DVD recorders so far, which can support AVCHD.
  RDZ-D900A(DVD Recorder with 400MB HDD-98,000JPY).

Following Blu-ray Disc Recorders support AVCHD, but they are still too expensive equipments.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka visiting

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館), opened in 2001 and headed by Miyazaki, is a museum of Japanese anime work of Studio Ghibli.
Ghibli Museum is located in Mitaka, a western suburb of Tokyo, Japan, close the Inokashira Park (井の頭公園 Inokashira Koen).

There is no parking space in the museum for cars, but around the museum, actually, around the Park besides the main road you can easily find a cheaper time pay parking area.
If you are accessing it via train, you can use Mitaka Station on the JR Chu-o Line, then take the community bus from south exit of the station.

From 2006/05/20, the museum holds the exhibition of the animation work from Aardman Studio too.

Some short original anime films are showing in the museum too, like The big adventure of Koro, Water Spider Monmon, etc. They are not bad for children.

For me, I like this life-size model robot from the animation Castle in the Sky on top of the Ghibli Museum.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Sony walkman NW-A800 series

Sony announced this new MP3 & Video WALKMAN series for Japan market selling from Mar. 21.

Official site is here.

  • 2GB/4GB/8GB (NW-A805/A806/A808)
  • Compatible with MPEG4 & H.264 AVC baseline profile
  • ATRAC , MP3 , AAC (non DRM) and WMA (non DRM) compatible
  • JPEG viewer with slideshow mode
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery with great Stamina of 30 for music and 8 hours for video
  • 2.0" 240x320 QVGA colour LCD
  • Clear Stereo, Clear Bass & DSEE sound enhancement systems
  • EX-type headphones for superb sound quality
  • Bind with SonicStage 4.3 software

The design is neither cool nor sharp comparing to iPod. The support of H.264 AVC baseline profile should be sell point for this device, but the screen is too small to boom up the demand.

MP4 portable player - UNIbit X-813(Upgrade 2)

New upgrade for UNIbit X-813(0303) is available.

There are some improvement in this release.
  • Improved the performance of video playing
  • Improved the MLC file system
  • Support ASF audio format now
  • Support more SD, MMC card types and improved the FAT file system detection
  • Fixed the browser status, display issue
  • Improved the battery charging algorithm
After upgraded, the version becomes NOPA SP100 V1.0.0.3.

Refer to here for the upgrade procedures.
NOTE: If you are using Non-Chinese Windows to perform the upgrade, be sure you have renamed the folder names into English names. Otherwise, you may fail with the upgrading with a "DFU error" message sent by DFU.exe reflash tool.

Doraemon The Magic 2007

The anime movie "Doraemon The Magic 2007" (Doraemon: Nobita's NEW Great Underworld Adventure) will be released within 3 days on 10th Mar., 2007.
It is the re-make movie of Doraemon: Nobita's Great Underworld Adventure which was released in 1984.
Looking forward to enjoying it soon :-)

Dora-magic official site

You will like this cute Doraemon I took days before.

m's paint-2007/03/03

As of 2007/03/03

Sunday, March 4, 2007


Motorola adds DOLCE & GABBANA FOMA M702iS model for Japan market on Mar. 01.
  • Dimensions: 103x53x14.9mm
  • 2.2” internal TFT LCD, QVGA (240x320 pixels), 262K colors
  • 1” external CSTN LCD, 96x80 pixels
  • 1.3-megapixel CMOS-camera and an additional 0.1-megapixel camera for video telephony
  • Slot for microSD cards
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Video call time - 85 minutes
  • Standby time - 345 hours (static)
  • Talk time - 170 minutes
  • Weight - 109 g
The price is 75,000JPY.


Monday, February 26, 2007

MP4 portable media player - Unibit X-813(Parameters)

Researched more on UNIbit X-813 PMP player.
X-813 is the first PMP player based on S2100 chip-set solution.
  • Core CPU: 240MHz ARM926EJ 32bits
  • Internal Memory: Spansion Flash Memory
  • Battery: 950mAH
By meaning of this powerful S2100 solution, X-813 can last 40hours for Mp3 playing and can have 10 hours long playing time for even movie playing.

I was very much satisfied with the performance it has in hardware and playing. But I still think there are many things UNIbit should do on software improvement.
  • No resume feature for media play, you have to select again and again the next media to play if you switched the functions between music, movie, radio or book reader. Of cause, if you power off the device, you need select the play point again too.
  • I didn't find the bookmark function with it
  • Don't support folders/categories for music or movie, you can't organize your media files with folders or categories
  • Expects synchronization function with PC, so you can organize your media files more efficiently
  • Operation is not uniformed, the operation of +/- and <> sometime confusing
Of cause, for hardware, I think following points can be considered for improvement.
  • Key touch feeling is not satisfied, to hard to be pressed
  • Layout for +/-, <> is not rationalized, especially you feel confuse when you are playing games
  • MiniSD slot is too shallow, the MiniSD is sticking out, it will be easily removed from the slot
Hope there will be better new coming products for this very high performance S2100 solution.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

MP4 portable player - Unibit X-813(Upgrade)

There are many issues with my Unibit X-813 MP4 player.
  • Slow response for music selection
  • The volume reduces automatically when you >> or <<>
  • Can't play MP4 file large than 200MB file
I decide to update my X-813 since I found the new firmware is released in Unibit official site.
Unibit X-813 firmware upgrade 20070207 version was used.

The procedures to update the firmware.
  • Switch OFF the X-813
  • Press REC key and connect the device to PC, if it your first time to do this, the device drive needs be installed. Following to the device drive manager to install the device driver.
  • Run the DFU, firmware upgrade utility.
  • From File group, click Browse for Download selection and select the new firmware file (there are 4 files in different folders, you can try one by one in this order 新凌达->旧凌达->丰奇->金永达)
  • Click Start Download to flash the new firmware file.
  • When flash is finished, "DFU succeeded" will be displayed.
  • Unplug X-813 and connect it to PC again,copy all resource files into the root fold in it.
  • Unplug and connect it again.
  • Updating will be displayed in a white screen for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Wait until the normal screen is displayed.

Congratulation! Your X-813 is upgraded now.
  • Goto [Menu]->[Display settings]->[System Information]->[Software version] to confirm the version has been changed to "NOPA SP100 V1.0.0.2".
The issues list above should have been resolved.

MP4 portable player - Unibit X-813

I purchased a MP4 device(X-813) from Unibit.
It is quite nice with very clear voice also can play big MP4 movie etc.
Unibit X-813

Here are some features of Unibit X-813.
  • 2.5" 320x240 262,000 colors TFT
  • Audio: MP3/WMA/ASF/AAC/MIDI, S/N reach 90dB
  • Video: SWF/AVI/MPEG2/MPEG4/FLV/H.264
  • Image: JPEG,BMP and GIF
  • FM(China/Japan/EU/US)
  • Digital recording, A-B repeat function
  • With multi-task operation supporting
  • Support E-book
  • Games
  • Support external SD/MMC card(Up to 1GB)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

International Brands in China

The earth is flat, the world is around.
In China, all international famous brands can be found. You will be so surprise that the Chinese is driving brand car, wearing brand cloths, Rolex watches, handing brand bags.
I found a huge VL bag in Shenyang, in front of Lido hotel.
You will be surprise with it too...

Shenyang Traveling - Wulihe Stadium(2)

Wulihe Stadium becomes history.
On Feb. 12, 2007, at 3:00pm, Wulihe Stadium was destroyed.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Shenyang Traveling - Wulihe Stadium

It was too surprise to have known that the Wulihe Stadium will be blown up on Feb. 12, 2007.
2 years ago, during my visiting to Shenyang the first time, I was surprised with her bad condition of the Stadium, which has been established just for 16 years.
This stadium was named as "Lucky place for China football", just after 18 years, this building has to finish her mission.

I am stay at Sheraton Shenyang Lido Hotel now, very nearby the stadium.
Looking at the stadium from my window, I could not even can image the building will be disappeared soon from today...

Refer to here for the stadium.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Beijing Traveling - QUANJUDE

QUANJUDE, a famous brand of China, was established in 1864.
Owning this long history, Quanjude roast duck receives a high reputation among domestic and overseas consumers for the peculiar roast technique and outstanding quality.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Beijing Traveling - DaiJiaCun (Chinese-Thai) Restaurant

DaiJiaCun is fabulous Chinese-Thai Restaurant with ethnic minority dancing & music shows for lunch and dinner with Sichuan, Chinese, Thai flavor, which serves Organic mushroom and vegetables aired from Yunnan.

Beijing Traveling - Acrobatics Macrocosm

Chaoyang Theater functioned as Beijing's premier live performance venue for over 20 years, it is located on the 3rd Ring Road north of the Jingguang Center.

Every night, there is 2 show times for the theater. The times are 17:15 and 19:15, the program is each 1 hour.

I enjoyed the performance very much.

*Regarding Acrobatics
Acrobatics, one of China's oldest art forms, originated during the New Stone Age (6000~2000BC) as part of the game and ceremonies used in sacrificial offerings to ancestors. From then on, people lived in the Yellow River area created art forms similar to modern acrobatics as early as the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (about 770~221BC).
The records on acrobatics could be easily found in books, murals, brick carving and ton carvings of the Han Dyansty(206BC~AD220).
As art for the ages, acrobatics has maintained its allure throughout the time.

Characteristics of Chinese Acrobatics

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Beijing Traveling - Match found in South Beauty

This is a funny match, right?
Found in the South Beauty-a Sichuang style Chinese restaurant in the World Hotel, Beijing.

Beijing Traveling - China World Hotel, Beijing

Located in the central business district and part of the prestigious China World Trade Centre, China World Hotel is a preferred address for distinguished business and government leaders and discerning travellers visiting the capital of China.
I felt comfortable staying in this good place.

Here are some pictures I took around it.

World Trade Centre

World Trade Centre

Beijing Zhaoshang building

Beijing Traveling - The Chinese year of 2007

The Chinese year of 2007 is the PIG year. The pig year is very lucky year in Chinese traditional said. The year of 2007 will be another baby-born year in China.

Feb. 18 is the Chinese Spring festival. People are preparing the new year. All the restaurants/shopping centers paste the symbol of the year on the doors/gates.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Visiting China-Beijing airport

It is a little bit exciting to visit Beijing again after 10 years from my first visiting to Beijing, from now on I will stay about a week in Beijing.

The airport gave me quite good expression. With very China traditional interior, I could taste the wonderful history as the first glance.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Haken No Hinkaku(The dignity of Haken)

Every Wednesday 10:00pm on air!

ハケンの品格(Haken no Hinkaku - the dignity of Haken)

Haruko is a super-woman of Haken OL who earns 3,000 yen/hour (it increases to 3,500yen/hour in today's story).
She leaves office on the dot, never work overtime.
She is cold without cracking a smile but is a good flamingo dancer in her free time(no smile too).

Haken no Hinkaku is a timely dream drama giving good reflection of current Japan society.
The percentage of Haken (temporary employees dispatched by personnel agency) increased remarkable these years. The credibility gap, wall of prejudice between regular employees and Haken is becoming serious society problem in Japan.

This drama creates a hero of Haken - Haruko, with her special view of life, work and relationship of the society, she is a symbol of a cool generation style of life in Japan, things are changing in Japan, this kind of diversity may be coming soon even I don't much believe this kind of hero is really living around us.

And I don't want to miss to watch one story of this drama.

(Picture (c) by NTV)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


New paint by m.
m is going to take part in an art class soon :-)

Saturday, January 27, 2007

ChanceDaNia - by m

New paint by m.

SEO - Search engine optimization

SEO-Search engine optimization is a set of processes or know-how to improve the visiting number and quality to a web site from search results of natural search engines. It is a subset of search engine marketing.

By giving strong in loop of page-ranking algorithm in natural search engine, this set of processes and know-how increase the page rank, due to the top rank pages got more attentions from users, it can remarkable improve the visiting number and quality for the pages or sites.

Friday, January 26, 2007


(Copy from my space blog of 2006/12/30)



C'. 2x4など省令純耐火構造
があるが、省令準耐火構造 の誤りのようでした:-)。


Ohime-sama!!! Cute Princess (By m, 4 years-old)

Neck of the wood


Softbank Spring models debut

Softbank Mobile press released its spring models on Jan 25 with total 58 in color, 14 models.Utrathin, OneSEG and fashion are 3 themes for these new models.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Story of Google...

Yesterday midnight, there was a very good NHK documentary from NHK channel, a story of the world biggest search company-google.

I felt very much respect to the google book program. Google is scanning the books in libraries - I think google is creating a special digital history as a pioneer. Without use 1 cent money of tax, google is scanning the past information into HDD, this even couldn't be done by countries...

グーグル革命の衝撃 ~あなたの人生を“検索”が変える~

e-xiao blog

Spent some time to create this e-xiao account.
Blogger is a very good start point for blog life, it provides many user friendly features for beginner. I will try to created my owned template by using the flexible customization features of Blogger firstly.
Have to spend more time in front of computer :-) !