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.