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Astronomy

Recently I have joined the San Jose Astronomy club as a member. It is really a fun hobby. I can  have actually see the ring of Saturn, moons of Jupiter and Orion Nebula. Checkout the photo section for my new telescope and the two telescope view below.

Rings of Saturn

Moons of Jupiter

 

Mountain Biking

There are many interesting mountain biking trail around San Jose. I like the QuickSilver trail at Almaden County Park and Wider Range at Santa Cruz. Some of these trails are really interesting as you can find animals like DEER running around freely.  

Computing

I have just upgraded my second PC to a AMD Duron 950 Mhz with a ECS K7S5A motherboard. It was a sales at Fry's (local electronic super store), at a irresistible price of US$69. 

SiS 735 Chipset
Socket A for AMD Athlon/Duron (K7) processors
Two 184-pin DDR DIMMs and two 168-pin DIMMs with DDR SDRAM or SDRAM support, up
to 1GB(DDR or SDRAM)
LAN: MAC integrated in SiS 735 & PHY on board (Optional)
AC97 Audio Codec on board

AMD Duron 950 Mhz

ECS K7s5a Motherboard

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Photography

I have recently bought a Canon digital camera, S300. It's really a cool camera which can take still picture and record short video clips. The pictures in the photo album section are taken by this camera.

            

 

Yamaha external USB CD recorder

During a weekend sales at BEST BUY, I bought an external USB 2.0 CD recorder by Yamaha. The drive is a 24x write, 10x Re-write & 40x read CDs reader and recorder. It has a super large 8 MB internal buffer which make it the  1st CD recorder in the ,market with this size. "Buffer-under run" problem is never heard again. Using the new USB 2.0 standard, the drive is FAST !

 

Canon S30 3M pixel Digital camera

During a online sales from Staples, I bought a canon S30 3 mega pixel digital camera for US$299/S$520  (cost S$849 in Singapore). This camera has all the advance features of a SLR camera with a 3x optical zoom and 3.5x digital zoom. (same looks as S40)

 

SMC 7004VWBR 11M bps wireless router & Dlink PCMCIA wireless adapter

I got a really cheap wireless router at US$49 and a D-Link DWL-650 PCMCIA wireless adapter at US$19. Now I can surf and access the internet in the comfort of my bedroom.

      

BOSE 201 Speaker

During the christmas sales, I bought a pair of BOSE 201 speaker at a remarkable price of US$98 (original prize at US$299). The sound quality is unbelievably clear and powerful.