CD Compilation PickMe#25

13 12 2012

PickMe25-CD-CoverThe 25th compilation in my PickMe series is called “Cruisin” (Xmas 2012 part 2of2)
Finalized on 12/12/2012, it is a quirky collection of some of the music that has caught my attention this year.

01 In the Light of a New Day (Santana)
02 Cruisin (Jeff Golub)
03 Maja (Cantoma)
04 If I Could Make September Stay
.     (Michael Franks)
05 Moaning (Brenda Boykin)
06 Les Kid Nappeurs Main Theme (Marc Collin)
07 You Know I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse)
08 Landslide (Karise Eden)
09 Bad Things (Jace Everett)
10 Cape Clear (Chris Coco)
11 Angelica (Lamb)
12 Trust In Me (Holly Cole)
13 Our Day Will Come (Amy Winehouse)
14 Riders On The Storm / Pink Solidism (Yonderboi)
15 Hideaway (Blank & Jones & Jason Caesar)
16 In This World (Moby)
17 Get a Move On (Mr. Scruff)

CD Compilation PickMe#24

13 12 2012

PickMe24-CD-CoverThe 24th compilation in my PickMe series is called “Smooth” (Xmas 2012 part 1of2)
Finalized on 12/12/2012, it is a quirky collection of some of the music that has caught my attention this year.

01 September (Atlan Chill)
02 Love You So (Chris Coco)
03 You’re Just too Hip Baby
.    (Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes)
04 Love On Top (Diana Rouvas)
05 The Look of Love (Emma Louise Birdsall)
06 Cologne Cerrone Houdini (Goldfrapp)
07 No Promises (Icehouse)
08 Limit to Your Love (James Blake)
09 What a Difference a Day Makes (Laura Fygi)
10 Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Moby)
11 Woman (Neneh Cherry)
12 Where the Wild Roses Grow (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
13 Smooth Operator (Sade)
14 All I Want (Sarah Blasko)
15 Needles And Pins (The Searchers)
16 Lentil (Sia)
17 Main Title – Game of Thrones (Ramin Djawadi)
18 Never the Same Again (Santana)
19 Farewell Aunty Jack (Aunty Jack)

Win8 Touch Tablet vs iPad #1

10 12 2012

SonyDuo11UltrabookFirst Looks:

Before upgrading my desktop to Windows 8, I thought it would be good to try it out on a small portable device. And, the only way to really test it would be on a touch screen. Two devices caught my eye: the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook and  Sony VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook. Base models in each range are

  • Intel® Core™ i5-3317U Processor 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz,
  • Full HD: 1920 x 1080
  • 4GB Dual channel DDR3
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000
  • 11.6 inch screen (Sony), 12.5 inch screen (Dell)
  • Windows 8 (64bit) – not the RT version

Both have a screen that flips from laptop to tablet mode. My $$$ were spent on the Sony machine (as seen on the desk on the channel 10 news – so thats why the Channel 10 app was so prominent in the store!!). It’s my intention to compare its abilities against the iPad. So far, there are a few things that the iPad does better

  • Touch: The Sony might be a touch tablet, and have much the same touch gestures as the iPad, but many of the regular Windows applications aren’t touch aware (apps from the windows store are different) . It’s annoying when you can’t just spread the fingers to zoom in on such a small screen.
  • I wasn’t able to get the Zinio reader to install on Win8
  • iTunes had to be the full application – apps vs applications terminology will get messy
  • IE-10 was friendlier than Chrome on Win8 (small screen and half-screen keyboard are annoying)
  • Narrow portrait mode on Win8 wasn’t as nice as the screen proportions on the iPad. So far i think it’s too narrow.

I’ve only had the Win8 machine for a few days. Part 2 of my adventures will follow soon.