Audio-Technica ATH-ACN7

Have recently acquired Audio-Technica’s active noise cancellation headphones, the ATH-ACN7.
List price is around 220$, but could get it for 130$ from Amazon. Was first thinking on buying the Bose headphones, but decided to save some money (for other gadgets).
This gadget improved my flights experience: airplane noise is bearable, and I can actually hear the music. Can sleep better, and feel more refreshed after long flights (most of my flights are longer than 10 hours).

Highly recommended!

Radiohead – In rainbows – free download

Listening to the new Radiohead album, “In Rainbows”. I read a report that although it is available for free, or rather, for the amount you would like to pay, most people still download it “illegally” using file sharing programs.

I decided on the following strategy:
1) Get it for free, which I did: Went to the Inrainbows website, committed on paying 0 pounds, and downloaded it for free. 2) If I like it (which I do), will go back there and either pay for the album or buy the Box set.

How much should I pay?

ITU approves WiMAX as new IMT-2000 Standard

A very “techy” title, but what does it really mean?
First, a few pointers:
ITU approval, WiMAX Forum Press Release, Unstrung news.

Unstrung explains:
“News that WiMax is now officially a member of the IMT-2000 family of 3G standards should make it easier for operators to deploy networks in markets where spectrum is allocated specifically to IMT technologies.
and
Initially this ruling will affect the so-called “UMTS Extension Bands” — frequencies at 2.5 GHz to 2.6 GHz. European regulators are due to start allocating this spectrum from January 2008.”

Overall, very good new for all the companies pushing WiMAX, and especially Intel.

disclaimer: This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. (I am working for a WiMAX equipment vendor).

Taipei restaurant – DinTaiFung

Just came back from a visit in DainTaiFung, a restaurant, or rather a chain of restaurants.
We had “just” 3 dishes for 3 people + 3 large beers:
Steamed pork dumplings – wonderful and juicy.
Steamed shrimp and pork dumplings – as wonderful
+ some fried rice.

Overall, highly recommended, and as it is on every guide, you can easily find it.

Best Of WiMAX World – MiMAX USB

The product I develop (I am the Software Manager), the MiMAX USB, won “Best Of WiMAX World 2007” in the Device/Peripheral/Application category. link
I am very proud of it, and to celebrate I attach a photo I took during the conference. The photo shows the MiMAX USB behind the Plexiglas, receiving video streaming using the MobiTV application.
Oh, the MiMAX USB is that small USB device connected to the Notebook.

MiMAX USB

disclaimer: This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. (I am working for a WiMAX equipment vendor).

Ikebana

My wife studied Ikebana for more than 10 years and has a teachers diploma. She sometimes just picks flowers, branches from the garden and assembles another work of art.

This time my child (3 years old) joined and created his own creation.

Ikebana

WiMAX World – Motorola R2D2 CPE

Xohm (sprint) presented the CPEs and devices to be used for the deployment of the XOHM network.
The following is a CPE from Motorola which I call: the “R2D2 design”.
Do you like it?
Motorola R2D2

disclaimer: This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. (I am working for a WiMAX equipment vendor).

TSA – Transport Security Administration broke my suitcase

When I returned home from WiMAX World in Chicago, I have noticed that the lock on my suitcase was broken.
At first I suspected the airline mishandled my suitcase; I didn’t suspect a theft attempt.

After I managed to open the suitcase (took me a while to figure out how, as the lock handle was broken as well), I found that almost everything in order except the Notebook bag was open. Took me a while longer till I found the following notice from the American TSA (Transport Security Administration):

tsa.jpg

Stating that: “We broke your lock and you can’t do anything about it”.
The thing I loved most was the “Smart Security Saves Time”… Hmmm, I wonder.

So Basically, the TSA can do what ever they want with my bag, without notifying me (I was still in the Airport, and would have loved to assist them with their inspection), and they are not liable. “Smart Security” indeed.