Philips SHS4700 ! ! !

Philips SHS4700 has stylish and adjustable ear-hooks.

My Sennheiser HD418 is working fine and it never disappointed me but since my hair must remain PERFECT then I cannot wear big cans or anything that potentially ruin it. I am running low on cash since I just bought a new rig and I also had my hair rebounded, plus I am also paying my monthly dues for Epiphany. Still, I was willing to spend my remaining cash on a nice pair of  earphones that can temporarily replace the HD418. LoL!

I found the Philips SHS4700 and some other earphones while window-shopping. Of all those I tested, this was the one that had the most profound bass and noise-cancellation. It isn’t at par with the cans I previously bought but the sound quality is good enough to keep me preoccupied while travelling or whenever I do not want to be disturbed. This is almost half the price of my HD418 so I hope the purchase is worth it.

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Fragments of Memories . . .

A month has passed since my old PC died so I seldom went online. It was frustrating because a lot of things happened and I can barely remember them now. Only fragments of memories remain within — awaiting salvation. LoL!

Meiko's Pink Birthday~

Claribelle and I celebrated our birthdays together with the rest of the barkada. As usual, I am the only one in a dress and they were wearing jeans! Toni showed us a restaurant showcasing all sorts of Coca-cola memorabilia, which has been aptly named The Real Thing Diner. Their main color is red with a splash of white in between. The shelves beside the main entrance are donned with mugs, stuffed toys, bottles, and other trinkets. Another shelf is located atop the windowpane which is decorated with soda cans of varying designs. There is also a wide-screen TV playing Coke commercials dating back from the 80’s! How’s the food? Well, definitely not the best among the lot but the taste is just right. Another cool thing is that this is the one-and-only restaurant serving Royal True-Orange floats (AFAIK)! I felt so bad that I left Epiphany at home (darn rain)!!!

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Time Keeper Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

Son Altesse Sophie

Son Altesse Sophie

I can hardly remember the last time I wore a wristwatch. I always had a mindset that I do not need one considering my mobile phone has its own time, alarm and calendar. My DAP also has a watch.

Today, Dada surprised me when we met at our usual hang-out spot. He gave me this slick ladies’ watch from Sophie Martin. “Dada is really good at convincing me to do some things that I really do not like doing and he’s taking advantage of it …”, quoted from my previous blog post. Well, he is! Although he replied, “It’s not that you don’t like them. You are just reluctant to try them out.” Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

Life cannot be without music ♫ ♪ ♫

I travel almost everyday and everywhere I go, there’s bound to be music — the FM radio being played on the bus, the novelty songs on TV or the jingles being repeatedly played in malls. They are all “music” but to me they are considered as NOISE. Anything that doesn’t appeal to my ears is noise.

I bought my own awesome headphone, a rare amplifier then I used my PSP as my Digital Audio Player (DAP) — so I can save myself from being irritated by the noise around me. Unfortunately, my PSP died and I badly needed a new DAP. My mobile phone is a good choice but it doesn’t entirely block ambient noise and the cable that came with it also has a loose channel.

I cannot stand traveling without listening to my playlist! Good thing it’s payday so I passed by the Robinson’s Appliance Center and bought a new DAP — the Philips GoGear Spark.

CNET marks it as the “diamond in the rough” because of its features and compact design. It’s so small that it’s just about the size of my amplifier.

PROs:

  • It has preset equalizers (Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop, Classical, Jazz, Techno, Pop) and an extra option to customize it.
  • If the equalizer cannot produce the preferred output, the FullSound™ can be selected instead. It’s a plus for bass-heavy music.
  • The 1.5 inch (128×128 dpi) color display screen shows the album covert art of the song currently played. If there’s none available, it shows the wallpaper.
  • The font size on the menu is readable, unlike most DAPs wherein you’d have to squint a bit to see the small letters.

  • The response-time is quick. Each click brings up the selected option immediately.
  • Sound quality from this DAP is at par with its competitors.
  • Battery life is up to 27 hours!
  • It’s easy to carry!!!
  • It comes with free firmware upgrades/updates.


CONs:

  • The earbuds that came with the package are sub-standard. Match this DAP with your cans or earbuds of choice for a better listening experience. *wishes for an AKG K701*
  • The DAP is inaccessible while it’s charging.
  • It can only be charged via a USB port. If a PC is not available, buy a Universal USB Charger.
  • It only supports MP3, WAV and WMA sound formats.
  • Only songs that are currently played can be added to the preset playlist(s). You can’t create your own playlist.
  • The screen is prone to fingerprints.
  • Chappy FM radio tuner (don’t need this anyway)
  • Hissing sound on recorded audio (don’t need this too)
  • People with large hands may be frustrated with the volume, power and lock switches found on the side of this DAP.
  • First-time users may find the navigational keypads “challenging” .. We though it was using the touch-screen technology. It turned out that they were near the edges of the display screen and I have to click them to use the DAP’s menu. The sales guy and I took ten or so minutes to figure that out! We had to ask assistance from another salesperson who attended a seminar conducted by Philips. Damn noob-moment! LoL!


I finally figured out how the playlist works!!!

Beside the 3.5mm headphone jack, there’s the OPTION button. While a song is being played, click it and there is the option “Add to Playlist” . LoL!

Overall, it’s a good gadget once you get used to it and it’s worth the money.
I have no regrets buying my own Philips GoGear Spark.

☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻

UPDATE: January 4, 2011

My DAP has been acting up for the past few weeks.I was very frustrated because I lost my receipt and I cannot take it back to the shop where I bought it.

  • It fails to power on. I have to press the power switch several times before it boots.
  • It doesn’t play the songs in a random order even though the “Shuffle” option is on.

Thank goodness for the Internet! I read a couple of articles indicating that Spark users also have problems similar to mine. I visited the Philips official website and there’s a walkthrough on how to resolve these. I had to reset my DAP to its factory settings and reinstall the drivers and firmware updates. After I did those, my DAP is back to normal.

☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻

Hardcore Troubleshooting ? ? ?

My computer’s been randomly crashing for several weeks and it showed me all sorts of BSODs (0x0e, 0xc5, 0x44, IRQL, physical memory dump, etc)! It’s very frustrating because I can’t do the normal things I do when I’m online.

It randomly freezes when I :

  • play any video that’s not from YouTube
  • play MMORPGs
  • run OpenKore bots
  • call anyone use Skype while other programs are running

Troubleshooting steps I did that didn’t resolve the issue:

  • removed / reseated the DDR2
  • tested both DDR2
  • tested both DDR2 slots
  • uninstalled / reinstalled the NVIDIA driver
  • OSRI

Prior to reinstalling Windows, the only website I cannot visit is lunarpanda.vox.com. My computer cannot even ping it. I had to encode my ISP’s proxy server address for it to load. After reinstalling Windows, I can browse that website even without a proxy, but I cannot access Yahoo Mail and some other websites. They show 50% packet losses when I run ping tests. I tried putting the proxy server but the problem wasn’t resolved. On top of that, my computer was still freezing!

I think I’ve already applied all those things I learned during our training with DELL. I was at my wits end so I asked Dada for help. He could only walk me through on the phone since he’s at work. There were instances that I almost lost my patience, though. I was telling him what was happening but there were instances that he seems skeptical so I had to repeat everything I told him until he says “okay.”

 

Steps that we did:

  • removed the native drivers and replaced them with the actual drivers
  • uninstalled unnecessary programs
  • set BIOS to default
  • removed crap start-up items on msconfig

I bought an AirDuster from CD-R King and used it to clean my PC peripherals. There was so much dirt in them!

The following day, Dada visited our place to try and diagnose my PC further. He streamed 3 videos, opened pRO, ran 2 bots, opened heavily-loaded websites and used Skype to call his friend all at the same time. Lo and behold, my PC didn’t freeze! Ngars! He then smirked and joked that I was prolly missing him much and I made things up so he’d visit my place. LoL! “Wala namang sira e. Sana sinabi mo na lang na bumisita ako, hindi ba? Miss mo lang talaga ako.” he said. We cannot pin-point exactly what caused the problem and what fixed it.


MMORPG on Hiatus . . . Console-gaming AMPED ! ! !

I finally have my own Play Station II !!! Wheeeeeeee~~~~

Toy Kingdom (SM Fairview) had a package deal of P8k. This includes the modified console together with a power adapter, an RCA plug, two analog controllers, a bag, an 8MB memory card, a basic Guitar Hero controller, and a Guitar Hero III : Legends of Rock CD.

I know it's already considered as an old console, but it's the only one affordable enough for purchasing at the time. I should've told Dad to buy this one rather than a separate DVD player but I guess it's okay since I am more of a gamer than a movie buff.

A few years ago, I wanted to play Final Fantasy X but I had no money to purchase a PS2 and Dad refused to buy me one because he said I was getting old for games. Anyway, past is past. I think I will look for a FFX game some other time. For now, I'm addicted to Guitar Hero (all thanks to Dada) !!!

The GH controller I have is much lighter than the ones we used in the arcade but it's okay since Popay wouldn't feel too lazy when carrying it (she hates carrying heavy stuff). We've been practicing every night but so far, we've only succeeded on the EASY mode. I may be better with the MEDIUM mode in the coming weeks *crosses fingers* …

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Surprised ! ! ?

Dad came home and surprised all of us. He said he wanted to patch things up with Mom.

One of the things he planned on doing is to take us all out of town. They were thinking of going to Puerto Gallera the following week but we thought that a ferry ride is too risky for people who don't know how to swim — Mom and siblings. So, we ended up going to 88 Spa. Our stay wasn't as exciting as when Dada and I first got there. I felt some sort of restraint. I then concluded that measuring the excitement of one trip is not about the beauty of the place but it's the company you get from the people who're with you during the entire trip.

Dad also bought a black Toyota Innova. I am not into car specs so I don't know its features but I like it because it's comfy. Aside from the out of town trip and the car, Dad also bought me a Sony DVP-NS15 and a 40" Sony Bravia!!! Whooohooo!!!

Sony Bravia KDL 40 ! ! !Sony DVP NS1538PToyota Innova



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