Archive for March, 2007

Slow Shutter Speed Pictures

// March 28th, 2007 // 1 Comment » // uncategorized

I’ve been playing abit with my new camera, especially with the vacation we got for the Riyadh Summit. I started to experiment with slow shutter speeds, so this is what I came up with…

In this picture I was just trying to come up with a beautiful design. The shutter speed was set to 30″

Then I tried to write one of my friends names It says “Sulaiman” in Arabic

I drew both with the LED flash light on the back of my k-jam pocket PC…

My New DSLR Camera!!

// March 26th, 2007 // 2 Comments » // me, tech

I’ve been looking for a regular digital camera, but once I tested a SLR camera (Single-Lens Reflex), I was amazed by it’s quality. The one I tested was a Nikon D70, it belongs to one of the guys that I work with.

After searching the internet and asking professionals, I came to the conclusion that Canon DSLRs are the best! I decided to get the Canon Rebel XTi (aka 400D).

Here are Canon’s Digital Rebel XTi SLR Features:
* Compact (5 x 3.7 x 2.6″) and lightweight, less than two pounds
* Canon EF lens mount, compatible with over 50 Canon EF and EF-S lenses
* 10.1-megapixel (effective) CMOS image sensor, RGB primary filter
* Three JPEG resolutions: Large, 10.1 megapixels; Medium, 5.3 megapixels; Small, 2.5 megapixels, Canon .cr2 RAW, or JPEG+RAW file formats
* Fast, Wide-area TTL AF with 9 focusing points, manual or auto selectable.
* Eye level TTL viewfinder with diopter adjustment, illuminated AF points, depth-of-field preview and detailed information display.
* One shot AF, AI Servo AF with focus prediction, AI Focus AF, and manual focus modes.
* 2.5 inch, color TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels, 160-degree viewing angle, 7 levels of brightness
* Canon DIGIC II image processor speeds up image processing, camera functions and improves image quality
* Full range of exposure modes: Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Depth-of-Field AE, Programmed AE with modes for Landscape, Macro, Night Scene, Portrait, and Sports, and full Manual
* 35-zone TTL metering, Evaluative (linked to all focusing points), Center weighted average, or 9% central-area spot metering
* White Balance: Auto, six presets and Manual plus Bracketing
* Continuous Drive mode: 27 frames at 3 fps (1/250 second or faster)
* Shutter speeds: 30 to 1/4,000 seconds, plus Bulb
* Auto exposure bracketing: -/+2 EV in 1/2 EV or 1/3 EV increments
* 11 Custom Functions with 28 settings including mirror lock
* ISO sensitivity range: 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1,600
* Built-in E-TTL II popup flash with red-eye reduction.
* Hot shoe for Canon EX Speedlites
* CompactFlash Type II card slot, Microdrive & FAT32 compatible
* USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connectivity, Direct Print to Canon and PictBridge printers
* High capacity Li-ion rechargeable battery and compact rapid charger included
* Optional BG-E3 Battery Grip holds two NB-2LH batteries and adds vertical grip, shutter release and controls

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It’s successor the Rebel XT is considered the most popular SLR camera on flickr! for flickr user camera stats click here

I’ve been testing it for 2 days now, and I must say that I have never used a better camera in my life! the quality of the pictures is really outstanding!

check out photos submitted by users using the Canon Rebel XTi on pbase or flickr and see for yourself. The pictures are shown on these sites are random, so you might get a few inappropriate pictures…

I’ll try to post some of my own pictures in the near future, in sha allah…

Futuristic Furniture…

// March 22nd, 2007 // Comments Off // Information

This is a Teenage Furniture concept design submitted by Roberta Rammê from Brazil for an international design competition, and she named it “wave chaise”.

Really cleaver! I mean what else can you ask for?!
for more click here

What Teachers make…

// March 14th, 2007 // 5 Comments » // Information

People should never be judged by “how” much they make, they should be judged for their qualities and the difference they make in this world!!

This is a really nice poem by Taylor Mali. In this video he is reciting his famous poem “What teachers make” on Def Poetry Jam, he also named it “If things don’t work out, you can always go to law school” (there is music only at the beginning of the clip):

Taylor Mali is Generally considered to be one of the most successful poetry slam strategist of all time, having led six of his seven national poetry slam teams to the finals stage and winning the championship itself a record four times before anyone had even tied him at three.

To read the poem click here

Too Many Processors?!

// March 8th, 2007 // 2 Comments » // uncategorized

I usually get calls from relatives or friends asking me about a certain intel processor. It used to be easy, but now there are just too many different intel processors out there.

A few days ago my cousin asked me about a laptop with an Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor. I never knew there was a Pentium Dual-Core processor. So, after I got home I search the internet for more information on this processor, but I was surprised to see how many different processors intel is currently manufacturing for desktops!

Here are a few different intel desktop processor names:
* Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor
* Intel® Core™2 Quad processor
* Intel® Core™2 Duo processor
* Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition
* Intel® Pentium® D processor
* Intel® Pentium® 4 processor
* Intel® Pentium® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
* Intel® Celeron® D processor
* Intel® Core™2 Duo processor
* Intel® Core™2 Duo processor Low Voltage
* Intel® Core™ Duo processor
* Intel® Core™ Duo processor Ultra Low Voltage
* Intel® Core™ Solo processor
* Intel® Core™ Solo processor Ultra Low Voltage
* Intel® Pentium® M processor
* Intel® Pentium® M processor Low Voltage
* Intel® Pentium® M processor Ultra Low Voltage
* Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor
* Intel® Celeron® M processor
* Intel® Celeron® M processor Ultra Low Voltage
* Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology

For more on intel’s desktop processors with details on the processor’s architecture, clock speed, cache, bus, number of cores, Virtualization, Hyper-Threading, intel SpeedStep® Technology, and execute disable click here.

Visiting Makkah?

// March 5th, 2007 // 1 Comment » // Information

If you are planning on visiting makkah to take an unforgettable umrah, then the best time would be during the month of Safar. The holy mosque is virtually empty during this month, and if you go on a weekday you could make tawaf only a few feet away from the Ka’bah! If you are lucky you might get the chance to kiss the black stone more than once during your tawaf.

Why is makkah empty during this time? Well on the 15th of the month of muharam, anyone with an umrah or hadj visa must leave saudi arabia. Plus, no umrah visas are given between the 15th of muharam and the 15th of safar!

Many people say that it’s not fair to kick people out of the holy city of makkah. Well, imagine that makkah was open for everyone to stay and live. These people will need jobs to make a living, but it’s only a matter of time till we have an unemployment problem in makkah. When that happens, then that’s when makkah becomes a city of crime! So, the best solution is to allow people to come to makkah for only short periods of time, and when that time finishes then they must leave…

what do you think?