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2012, the year of …

My upgrade to the Nikon pro line

Nikon just launched the D4 camera, it’s latest (and greatest) in it’s pro digital DSLR line. My D300 just turned 3 years and it’s starting to show. Autofocus isn’t responding the way it should and I’m under the impression that the right part of my sensor might have shifted (from dropping, motorbike vibrations, not sure) making it constantly, ever so slightly out of focus. So yes, I will be upgrading, now it’s just a matter of saving up the dough.

My move to the cloud

And I’m already a big part of the way there. iCloud with iTunes match, spotifiy, … More and more of my media is being streamed rather that stored. I’m looking forward to seeing extra features being offered on the iCloud platform: in-app services, hosting (hey Apple, where’s my iDisk?!) and a MobileMe galleries like service (I actually used that).

My 5th trip to the US

January is the month for booking cheap flights and that’s exactly what I did. The misses and I are heading West again with a stop at my aunt in Tucson, a visit to friends in LA and a whole lot more. We’ll probably be documenting the trip in true geek style. If you can recommend any pre paid data plans with good coverage on the West Coast, do drop a line in the comments.

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Getting your music in the zone …

These past few months, I had the chance to test out the latest wireless speaker system by Sonos: the Zoneplayer S5. I’ve know the brand for a while, but never got to checking it out properly before. What Sonos basicly does is allow you to play your entire music collection and almost every online music service in multiple zones spread through your home, wirelessly and with almost no set up required.

So let’s start by taking a look at the device itself: the design looks similar to that of the Bose Sound Dock. It’s sleek, minimalistic and feels sturdy. To keep everything simple the amount of buttons has been reduced to the bare minimum: there’s a volume up and down button and a mute button, thats it. On the back you’ll find an audio in port, headphone port, a simple power chord (no clunky brick!) and an ethernet hub to plug it into your wired internet, where available.

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Trends

Trends1, originally uploaded by ApplefanBE.
Messing around for a school assignment based on a youth trend report.

In this case: broadcasting almost every move you make on the web.

Please feel free to comment.

Do you poken ?

Poken

Yesterday I got my very own Poken (special thanks to Clopin for ordering). A Poken is a sort of virtual business card that comes in various designs (bee, alien, skull, panda) and can be wirelessly exchanged with another Poken over RFID.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You go to www.doyoupoken.com and buy one or, even better, gather 11 friends and order a batch of 12 like the belgian twittosphere has been doing. The damage: 10 euros.
  2. Your Poken is being shipped. In the meanwhile, find something else to do. Like, for example, reading your feeds or taking a very long walk.
  3. Your Poken arrives. Unpack it, plug into the nearest USB port you can find and start up the file “start_poken.html. You’ll be redirected to the www.doyoupoken.com website to create an account. This is where you add you’re picture, contact information and link your Poken account to your various social network accounts.
  4. Start up that html file one more time to log in and link your Poken device to your account.
  5. And that’s it … you’re done ! Congrats ! What are you waiting for ? Get out there and start Poken …

PS: And another thing: the Poken has 1 gig of memory built in, so you can also use it as a memory stick if you’d like.

Life on the go …

“Do you know you spent almost 1/3 of your day on the train ?”, said the pretty lady as I was staring into her eyes. She might have a point there … To get you guys up to speed: I have a daily commute of approximately 1 hour to Antwerp and 1 hour back to Mechelen (of which I spend 25 minutes on the train, 10 minutes on the subway and the remaining 25 minutes walking.) I don’t have my driver’s license yet, but am working on it.

I enjoy being on the train, it’s a (most of the time) relaxing environment where I like to do such things as:

  • summarizing classes or just doing some random studying
  • reading a book
  • reading my feeds or e-mail using a 3G modem
  • listening to podcasts

And all of that while the scenery flashes by the window. Trains can even inspire more artistic activities, like this picture I shot last year, funny thing is that the guy across from me was making sketches of people that were sitting on the other side of the car.

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The point I’m trying to make it that I don’t get why a lot of people sh*t on public transport all the time and refuse to take it. The train is the ultimate place to have some time for yourself, relax, get things done … all while still moving forward during your ever so busy day.