Just in case you were wondering what my table looks like, this is what I work with.
From left to right :
- Lenovo S10
- HP Touchsmart
- Samsung Innov8
- Canon Ixus 870is
- 500 GB Maxtor HDD
Looks pretty spiffy right?
I’ll go through them one by one.
My Lenovo S10 is a netbook – the hardware is not as fast as a regular computer, but it’s more portable than a laptop. I really like it when I’m on the go, for emails and catching up on social media sites.
I am liking Ubuntu so far, I see applications running significantly faster despite the fact that I did not upgrade my netbook. It was surprising to me that I could run graphics intensive sites like Pet Society and many HD quality videos on YouTube because it was sluggish on the XP operating system.
My big issue though, is that due to technical issues between S10 and Ubuntu, I cannot do video streaming on ustream.tv. Also the internal microphone does not function! I guess no skyping for me for now.
But since I mostly use my netbook to surf. I reckon its not so crucial. Oh well.
My HP Touchsmart is my main computer for editing pictures, videos as well as the occasional gaming.
I love my HP Touchsmart! With 4 GB ram, its a lot more speedier than my old desktop. Hence, I could render my videos a lot more faster. Also with the internal graphics card, sceneries in Secondlife and Granado Espada looks so much lovelier.
It’s probably not such a big deal to most, but seeing realistic looking water ripples and the various sun reflections is a breakthrough to Virtual Worlds. We’ve come a long long way since the first VRML world was created.
I use Adobe Photoshop CS for editing my pictures.
At this point of time, Adobe CS 4 has been released, but I don’t think I’ll upgrade for now. At $700 USD, CS 4 is a tad bit too pricey. Moreover, new versions are always memory intensive. I think I can manage with my version for now.
For video editing, I use Premiere Elements 4. And I love it since the first time I used it.
It makes it easy for video dummies like me to use. Clicking here and there is all there is to it. Also it’s more affordable compared to many of the video editing software that I’ve come across.
As for the pictures in this blog, I use the Canon Ixus 870is.
Most of the pictures that you see in this blog from November 2008 onwards are snapped with it. What was originally meant as a review unit sent by Canon, I found that I liked it so much that I went to buy one for myself.
Its quite trusty. And functions relatively well in less stable hands. One small issue is that it does not do time lapse video like this video I did with the Ixus 80is
But now I’m quite keen on trying out HD Videos so I’m really jones-ing for a camera that does that. What that means is that I’d have to upgrade to a new video editor too.
And finally, my samsung Innov8 which I use for mobile blogging and live updates.
If I see anything interesting along my journeys, I snap a picture and send it via email and in a few seconds, it will appear in the sidebar in rinaz.net. Live updates like these even have a term called Citizen Journalism.
Indeed, I have a spiffy workspace. Now all I need now is actual work.