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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Lacie

Today, I went to The Mall with friends after our exams.

I am kind of surprise to saw a relatively 'small' computer fair held there, haha.

There's only 3 booth there, probably all from the same company.

The only noticible brand is NEC, which is most probably from the ComSoft company in Gadong.

However, I saw some real cool hard drives there, under a pretty new brand called LaCie.

The hard drives available there really make me 'WOW' out loud and felt so excited and wanted to buy 'em.

Here's some of the highlight in the 'fair':

LaCie Brink Hard Drives:

First thing to catch my attention is the brilliant LaCie Brink Hard Drives. It is inspired by Lego and it works similar. You may stack up the 'bricks' of hard drives as you like, as long as you can afford to own more than one, hehe. The price is close to those of the normal portable hard drives tho.

Description from LaCie website:

Crafted by the world-famous designer Ora-Ïto, the new Brick expresses a playfulness in a user-friendly high-performance hard drive. Stack & Play multiple LaCie Bricks together to brighten your desktop and your mood (they’re even stackable with LaCie Mobile Bricks). With Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, it offers the fast data transfer rates required for substantial jobs like downloading digital photos, saving MP3s or transferring home videos from a camcorder. Available desktop models are: 160GB (white), 250GB (red), 300GB (blue) and 500GB (red).
Prices:

2.5" 80GB B$249
2.5" 120GB B$395
3.5" 160GB B$245
3.5" 250GB B$295
3.5" 300GB B$345



LaCie Skwarim:

Next let us go to the ultra-compact LaCie Skwarim. It's not as cool as the brick series, but it's relatively smaller. It's roughly the size of our palm, square, and roughly 1 cm in term of thinkness. Cool huh? The design is so-so only, but the size and portability is superb, thumbs up to Lacie!

Description from LaCie website:

righten your computing world with the lively colors and high fashion look of the LaCie Skwarim. The original creation of award-winning designer Karim Rashid, its futuristic design is complemented by the feel of its compact, soft-touch square case. The Skwarim offers a great amount of storage in a very small ultra-portable device. Back up and exchange thousands of photos, songs, files and even video clips with this easy-to-use hard drive with an integrated USB cable. Just plug the Skwarim into your PC or Mac laptop or desktop to back up and exchange files, then toss it into your pocket and bring it with you everywhere.
Prices:

30GB Pink B$279
60GB Blue B$389



LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive:

This is most likely the product for business man who need to take many business informations with you. This mobile hard disk comes with a fingerprint access control which is pretty cool, 'geeky' and rare in Brunei, hehe. I love it, neglecting it's not-so-cool design, haha.

Description from Lacie website:

Safely store and transport your private data on the new LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive. Once registered, simply swipe your finger over the sensor to be authenticated as an authorized user - enabling the drive to unlock. This cutting-edge biometric technology based on a unique biological user trait is far more secure, convenient and user-friendly than password or smart-card protection. This level of security is ideal for parental control at home, protecting confidential professional information at work and keeping your files safeguarded on the road.


LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive:


This is probably the custom made product for me? Haha, hell man, this is exactly what I need! A portable hard drive which can afford to suffer my 'rough' life! Hehe. This portable hard drive is completed with shock-resistance rubber bumper all around it and scratch-protected aluminum shell. Cool man~ *drooling~*

Description from Lacie website:

To survive in the real world, your data needs the protection of the LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive. The exclusive creation of world-renown designer Neil Poulton, this durable, portable storage solution offers a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface connection. Simply plug it into any PC or Mac with a USB port for backup, archiving and large data exchange anywhere. Its unique scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper make the LaCie Rugged Hard Drive especially resistant to harsh elements for extra protection along the road of your adventures.
Prices:

80GB B$275



Oh ya, in the end of the leaflet I had here with me while typing all these, I saw the company name which is distributing LaCie products, hehe, they're not ComSoft lo.

They're:

TTCO Enterprise

Unit8, Block H, (back portion of Fock Lee Gadong, along McDonalds), Abdul Razak Complex, Jalan Gadong, BSB, Brunei Darussalam.

Tel: 673-8726084
Email: sales@ttco-ent.com
Web: www.ttco-ent.com

Friday, May 26, 2006

3G in Brunei

Today, mom bought a new 3G phone, her first one.

Well, she bought a Nokia 7680 less than 3 months ago, and now a new phone again, woot!

That's enough to prove how 'geeky' mom is huh? And she insist not to give me her Nokia 7680! Urgh, she said she wants both DST and Bmobile in her hands, what the?

Aw nevermind, let's stick with my 'classic' Nokia 2100, LoL!~

I aint any 3G enthusiast until I had my first try upon it.

Well, the streaming of videos is very fast, far faster than what I had expected.

Probably due to my dissapointment towards Brunei's technologies, I was expecting the 3G services to be damn slow and laggy all the way.

But hell, it's really 'streaming' and smooth!

I tried only several services in the Bworld provided by Bmobile, where you can view movies, live news, music videos and many many more.

There's even Pheonix TV(chinese channel) but brother told me that it's not live TV.

By the way, the internet speed is told to be pretty fast too, so, time for me to add 3G and Bmobile into my wishlist?

Probably.

Mom's new 3G Phone: Sony Ericsson K600
Current price :

Incomn : Around B$400 for handset only
Bmobile: B$452, included : 3G Handset, B$30.00 Registration Fee, B$50.00 Deposit. One Month Advance on Lite Plan

This is certainly one of the earliest 3G phones available in Brunei, and it really deppreciated a lot.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

DST-Group New Website Launched

DST-Group had launched their new website : DST-Group.com.

A brief visit of the DST-Group new website had given me great visual pleassure, as compared to many(almost all) other Brunei websites and it certainly is a huge success for DST-Group.

One of the most fascinating feature of the new website is the online billing processor system. It seems to allow DST customers, included Prima, Easi, Krystal and many other services subscribers to check, pay and process their bills online.

The navigation and graphics is awesome, but yet there's insufficient information and interactive features.

DST should had implemented a forum or poll system so visitors or customers can have more interactive with them.

Overally, I gave this new site a 7 out of 10 rating, worth a look after all.

Welcome to Brunei Geek Blog!

;ast nightDear blog-ders,

Well, this is the second blog I created today, and the third I had with Blogger.com at the moment, woot!

Okie, I am a geek, and I really love computer, internet and all sorts of gadgets out there.

As a Bruneian, I had been watching the local IT market for years, and is constantly updating my knowledge and informations regarding this.

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