New Members of the Family

Phew, how time flies! Last I was in BroadcastAsia in June and suddenly it’s August.

While some of the blame in the lack of updates here is up to me, a fair amount of time during the last three weeks or so have been taken up by this little thing.

That’s right, it’s a cockatiel. It’s name is Cassie, and here’s how it ended up in my home. Continue reading

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Poking Around in Broadcast Asia 2014

Phew, what a day! I had quite the busy morning before rushing out in the afternoon today to cover a whole bunch of things, including BroadcastAsia 2014. While it’s not as large as any of the well-known trade shows (NAB for instance is easily eight to ten times larger), there is still a lot of walking. I now think of all the bloggers and tech journos who have to cover those sprawling shows like CES. My hats off to them.

Still it was pretty fun, as I get to gawk at all kinds of stuff, learn a few new things, and managed to get some hands on time with one of the most talked-about cameras in the market. Full gallery with commentary is now up at Three Guys with Cameras!

Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR Review

Introduction

Creative is a company that has been making many audio-related products for a long while now, starting with the Sound Blaster cards, and they have been diversifying in all kinds of products since. Thanks to one of the other two guys, I managed to snag one of Creative’s latest headsets, the Sound Blaster EVO ZxR, which basically is like a Swiss Army knife of headsets.

Some background: I’m not an audio snob (I’ll happily listen to MP3s), and absolutely roll my eyes at the audiophile rubbish that comes along, but I definitely like my good audio. I currently own a Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro, which are really good value in headphones if you ask me, and prior to that have used way too many crappy headsets. The list of headsets I have used and never liked include the Sennheiser PC160, Logitech Precision Gaming Headset, Steelseries Siberia, Razer Carcharias, and the Logitech G230. Even my previous headset, the Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset, was used mostly because it boasted an awesome microphone and a low price. Audio-wise, it was not the worst, but certainly not my choice to use if I had one. All of them, with the exception of the Logitech G230, suffered from bad to terrible bass, designed to make explosions sound pretty damn awesome, and everything else sound really shit.

With that in mind, let’s see if the Sound Blaster EVO ZxR escapes from the Booming Pit of Gaming Headset Doom.

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Alright, so I’m late to this party…

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But let’s get it started anyway!

So what’s this? Basically this is a little platform for me to do stuff with. I’ve been on the Internet for some 18 years now, if you can count browsing in Usenet groups and a very rudimentary World Wide Web, so it’s rather embarrassing to only do this personal blog thing now, since it’s not considered a cool thing, what with social networks and alternative platforms being more popular and fashionable. Still, social networks are shallow, with Twitter being a prime example. The 140 character limit annoys me to no end, and it’s not a surprise I rarely post on it. The desire to do anything with it rapidly disappears upon realising to get the message I want across usually relies on excessive butchering of the original message, or inelegantly splitting the message across multiple tweets. Ugh. If you check my Twitter timeline, it’s either tweets to other people, a couple of moans, and… that’s about it.

However, before you get the wrong idea, I actually like social networks. They have their uses, but for content that is more substantial and hopefully less transient, a WordPress blog is still a good platform. I know this, because this actually isn’t my very first blog; I run Three Guys With Cameras with two friends, which focuses on photography gear.  So if you are interested in photography, check it out!

Which brings me back to the purpose of this blog: I’ve been wanting to write on other things for some time now (and by some time, I mean years), so hence me starting this little blog here. It will cover my other interests that Three Guys With Cameras doesn’t cover, namely general consumer technology, gaming (which extends beyond the screen), and other bits and pieces of life in Singapore, or just life in general. Or just general ramblings. Yes, this is one of those “anything goes” personal blogs!

I’ve already got another piece in progress, so check back in a few days time, for this blog’s first review!