A new phone….

Well people who know might have noticed already…I got myself a new smartphone, and for the first time I had trouble picking a platform.

It is what I have done the laxt years, pick a platform first, then the model. The last years I used Windows Mobile phones, all from HTC. Great phones, but the software needed tweaking and luckaly there is a great community out there to help. But with each phone I had the same problem, after 18 months the battery gave in, and housing fell apart…a not so fine user experience…the rest of the hardware continued working fine though.

So, back to my platform choice. The thing is that I meed to be able to tinker and to set the phone and software as I want it. My wife owns an iPhone, which is awesome in its own right, but that doesn’t do it for me..
So no iOS for me. Then ofcourse thete are still.some great Windows Mobile phones.out there, but the software is really outdated. MS launched Windows Phone 7 last October, looks great, feels great…but also, like the Apple machines very locked down and I didn’t lime the feel of the UI. The last year I have been tinkering with Android on my Touch Pro, and I liked what I saw, but it needed to mature at that point with verdion 1.6, also known as Donut. But the latest versions really are nice and up to par with iOS in functionality and usability. So Android wad the platform choice.

Now on to the choice of Phone. It seems to come down to screensize these days, 4.3″ or 3.7″ or perhaps something in between? Then there is the screen technology, LCE, sLCD, AMOLED amd sAMOLED. If that is not enough, you need to choose how much internal memory you meed, a.physycal or virtual keyboard and laztly how fast the processing speed needs to be.

The choice has been made, no HTC but a Samsung Galaxy S, a great phone, fast processor, fantastic screen and running the latest version of Froyo, Android 2.2.

The great thing among a lot of great things is the more than capable virtual keyboard (ON SCREEN), it is so good that I was able to write this blog on my Galaxy S!

Take care,

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The hunt for a new digital camera

Do we need a new camera? Well that depends how you look at it. Right now we have a nice camera that delivers a good picture. The Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 was introduced in early 2005 and was a so called prosumer camera. It has lots of possibilties for both manual and atomatic settings and an 12x optical zoom. So far so good, a decent camera with nice specs for it’s time and even delivers good quality pictures, but the camera lacks in speed, ecpecially compared to recent cameras. From turning it on untill it being useable takes about 30 seconds…and the auto focus system is pretty slow too, ~2 to 3 seconds. Those two are the main reasons to replace the camera.

Our last analog camera was a SLR by Canon, so the obvious would be to go D-SLR. These camera have more possibilties, are fast and have the inter-changeable lenses. But, since my wife is the main photographer in the family, she is the one that has to hold and carry it and her single complaint about a D-SLR is the size…very bulky, another bag to carry arround….etc… So, the D-SLR’s are out. So we started looking for a follow up compact camera, or again a super zoom camera like we have . Well that bubble got busted pretty fast when testing a few in the store. The startup and autofocus speed still have a lot to be desired, and ones that are fast enough, are pretty much the same size as a D-SLR body.

So, we decided to stick to what we have and wait for new developments.

Last year a new format was introduced, the micro four third system cameras. Both Panasonic (Lumix G1, Lumix GH1 and newer Lumix GF1) and Olympus (PEN E-P1, PEN E-P2 and this spring introduced PEN E-PL1) introduced these camera systems. Compact in size with interchangeable objectives.

So now there are cameras with abilities and quality of a D-SLR and the size of a compact camera. With that information we started to read up on the subject and compare reviews, sizes and prices. Now it comes down to two cameras, the Panasonic Lumix GF1 and the Olympus PEN E-PL1.

Both camera come in a variety of colors…so the choice can be black, silver, red or white. Reading the reviews the pro’s and con’s come by. In the end looking at several aspects, like image quality, ease of use and ofcourse the price. The Olympus comes out as the winner, mainly due to the fact that in jpeg mode it does a better job than the Panasonic. These conclusions were taken from two great reviews from the same reviewer. For the Panasonic click here and for the Olympus click here.

So now only one thing left to do….go to the store and pick up the right kit :-)

I am out…feel free to comment.

Take care,

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KISS – Dublin May 7 2010

Well, it has been a week ago and I figured that I should write someting about one of the most enjoyed KISS shows I saw. The KISS Sonic Boom Over Europe show is one of the  most impresive shows I have seen with some cool new additions.

The first new element of KISS’ 2010 show is the opening, new show elements and a the wonderfull opening song of the latest KISS album Sonic Boom: Modern Day Delilah:

From that the band rips in to Cold Gin and Let Me Go, Rock ‘N Roll. Both great renditions of these two classic songs! Richt after that it was time to call out the Firehouse, with the classic firebreething by Gene Simmons:

Anther great new song from Sonic Boom is played, the audience willing to sing along with the great: Say Yeah! The next one was a classic concert opener oin the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s and in the past decade, now Deuce gets it’s spot early in the set with a bang and from that we go into the 1987 UK top ten hit Crazy, Crazy Nights. Quite a surprise that KISS pulled this one from the back catalog. I was not played live since November 1990. The song got a great reception and with me many KISS fans are very happy with the addition! Calling Dr. Love is next, the song has new found fans from the Dr. Pepper commercial aired during the last Super Bowl.

Shock Me is the vocal spot for Tommy Thayer at the end of the song he bursts into his solo spot together with Drummer Eric Singer. They end their spot with a bang:

The guitar/drum solo goes into another new song from Sonic Boom, I’m Animal, a heavy tune sung by  the Demon Gene Simmons. Then it again is KISS classics time: 100,000 years, followed by the chanting I Love It Loud ofcourse preceeded by the blood/flying routine:

Love Gun, Black Diamond and Detroit Rock City end the show ofcourse with all the pyro you can expect……but it aint over yet….

KISS returns to the stage for five, yes 5 encores! They start them of with Lick It Up, a great version which includes some Won’t Get Fooled Again from The Who (and CSI: New York) fame. Then the 1976 classic Shout It Out Loud, the Gene & Paul vocal trade of keeps me amazed, even after all those years. Now it is hits time again…1979 saw the worldwide breaktrough of KISS. With I Was Made For Lovin’ You they had an enormous hit worldwide, and it still is concert favourite of many…especially if you add some nice show elements as well, Paul Stanley flying all the way to the back:

In 1991 KISS had another hit in some European countries, God Gave Rock And Roll To You II which still works great in a live setting and is a classic rock anthem. One more to go….KISS can end the show in only one way….


What a show…especially with all the tension about closing of airports/airspace and the risk not being able to travel to Dublin May 6 and traveling back May 8 made this show special. I felt that together with 10,000 unknown friends I had a blast and saw KISS in top form!

Next stop….Arnhem Rock City, June 18 2010!

Last, the facts (See kissfaq.com for a lot more KISS facts):

KISS Sonic Boom Over Europe, show #5
KISS: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer
May 7 2010, Dublin, Ireland. O2 Arena
Promoter: Live Nation
Opening/Other Act(s): Taking Dawn
Audience: 10,000
Set List:
Modern Day Delilah
Cold Gin
Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
Say Yeah
Crazy Crazy Nights
Calling Dr. Love
Shock Me
I’m An Animal
100,000 Years
I Love It Loud
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Detroit Rock City
Lick It Up
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made For Lovin’ You
God Gave Rock And Roll To You II
Rock And Roll All Nite

Take care,

TheFirstOne :-)

One site not enough? Nope, I needed another place to post my likes, dislikes. While the other site (http://www.casaboontha.net) is devoted to KISS  and CD & DVD Covers which is one of my big passions, I wanted to have a place to post about my other interests as well and keep the old site just for the covers.

Here I will be posting about my 3 next hardware searches; a new laptop (for private use), a new digital camera and a new mobile phone.

More will follow later ofcourse.

Even though I am still in the proces of building the place right now, I thought let’s just put it out there.

Take care,

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