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It's now or never.


The Christmas Treasures 2006 of Sony is up until 15 January 2007, and I know this is kind of late but I'm such a big fan of Sony products I might as well make a short post about it. I am a proud owner of a Sony DR S5 Stereo Headphones, Sony Walkman E500 series, Sony Cyber-Shot U 2-megapixel camera, and a Sony Vaio Picturebook PCG-C1. The first Sony merchandise in our household was our mini component. Compared to the latest home entertainment systems currently available, ours look very primitive but it still functions very efficiently. Now there are up-to-date component and even karaoke systems by Sony. For instance, the new Sony HiFi systems include the Mini HiFi component that features a 5.1 channel in Dolby Digital/Dolby Prologic/DTS Encoding for optimum music experience. I got to examine the karaoke displays in Glorietta a few weeks ago. The assistants immediately introduced the latest entertainment systems, upon which I whipped out a tickler and started scribbling. The components look a bit bulky and it seemed to me that they wouldn’t fit in a small living room. However, they are all very affordable despite the deceiving huge sizes; they all range from P10K to about P40K. Also, since the fad about MP3 players is setting the trend, Sony also have their own sets of MP3 players, the Sony Walkman (including the NW-S200, NW-HD, NW-E001 player series) which can play up to 40 hours of music playback, trumping Apple iPod’s battery life; can support multiple audio formats like MP3, WMA, AAC; have an FM radio tuner, and other great miscellaneous features. Prices range from P6,000 to P21,000.

There have been attempts to imitate Sony's advanced technology but nothing beats the no-nonsense – albeit slightly pricey – reputation of Sony products around the globe. Take for example Sony Vaio. My very first Sony Vaio laptop is the Sony Vaio Picturebook PCG-C1. It is the smallest laptop I had, smaller than the 12-inch Apple iBook G4 by an inch or two. I got it from a family friend who works as IT engineer in Japan. Although it runs only with a Pentium 233 MHz processor with Microsoft Windows 98 as its operating system and having only about 4 GB hard drive, I’ve had no major problems with it. It is equipped with a swiveling camera for capturing still pictures, but the images aren’t good enough for developing; they’re grainy like those images captured from Nokia CMOS camera phones. I know it can also do videos but it had to be installed with the necessary software. The screen is a bright 1024 x 480 pixel active matrix LCD which complements the built-in camera just above the catch hook of the fold. It also comes with a modem and firewire for Internet, a toggle nipple for scrolling although a separate USB mouse can do the work more efficiently, and an infrared port – no Bluetooth! No Wi-Fi yet; this is a ’98 model from Japan, although a PC card can be popped in the PC card slot for network connection. No built-in CD drive, just the usual floppy disk drive that you have to plug in after start up. Since this Vaio was released in 1998 current updates are quite improbable given the specifications indicated.

I used this laptop to surf the Internet for one good year, which was great because the speed is just like the usual dial-up connection in modern PCs. My Vaio days came into an end when it went to a sluggish start up, showing a blue screen with that message “Dumping physical memory…” It crashed, man. Then I remembered that it doesn’t have any antivirus software installed, and the firewall isn’t a capable one. My friend advised me to bring it to a service center in Festival Mall in Filinvest. Upon bringing my laptop to the administering technician, he got this confounded look in his face upon which he told me that they can’t fix the kind of laptop I have for the parts to be replaced – the hard disk – is not available locally. Up to this day, my Vaio is technically brain dead; it can be revived if I replaced it with a new hard disk, probably with a larger volume.

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At Thu Jan 04, 02:22:00 AM, Blogger utakgago retorts...

I remember last year (2006, hehe) when my laptop featured that Blue screen at around 2:00 AM nung semestral break.

"Dumping physical memory."

I swore, I almost cried. I told myself, hala. Anong nangyari? Dumping - huh? Ano bang ginawa ko? *kagigising ko pa lang nung nakita kong blue yung screen*.

Pinatay ko siya. Then binuksan ko..

Aba. Tumatakbo. Lucky me - 1500 dollars din yun!

For now, I'd stick with this laptop. Kahit na malaki, at mabigat. Soon, I'll buy those touch-screen, miniature-sized laptops. :p


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