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IT Trends: Four 2012 trends and four 2013 predictions

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Today is the last day of 2012. As we look forward to 2013 tomorrow, Charles Clarke – Technical Director of APAC for Veeam – looks back on four IT trends in 2012, and shares his predictions for 2013.

Charles Clarke is the Technical Director, APAC, Veeam

Charles Clarke is the Technical Director, APAC, Veeam

First let’s take a look back at the year gone by.

  1. Downtime tolerance has diminished
  2. IT spend is held in the hands of a powerful few
  3. Cloud has been a big hit with SMEs
  4. Businesses have become even more data dependent

Next it’s time to gaze at the crystal ball for the next year starting tomorrow.

  1. Cloud will continue to grow
  2. IT spend will go “pay-as-you-go”
  3. IT skills will move to a “cloud model”
  4. Virtualisation will become more entwined with the business

The juicy details are elaborated below.

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Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I hope everybody has had a fabulous 2012.

 

Happy Mother’s Day 2012

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Here’s to all mothers. Happy Mother’s Day! And here’s a little bit of history that’s surely a testimony to Mothers and the womenfolk amidst us.

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

This photo of a rose was taken in a little German town called Weinsberg in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg.

Statue commemorating the bravery and loyalty of Weinsberg's womenfolk.

Statue commemorating the bravery and loyalty of Weinsberg's womenfolk.

Weinsberg means “wine” in German and this quaint and sleepy little town, which is noted for its wine, has only 11,800 inhabitants.

The family had detoured there to visit its castle ruins during our drive last year from Heilbronn to another scenic town called Schwäbisch Hall.

While we were having a picnic at Weinsberg, an ancient couple who lived in Weinsberg came over to chat with us.

They told us a very interesting and touching bit of history about the town and its castle, which is somewhat relevant today since it’s Mother’s Day.

Between our non-existent German and their English, this was what we understood, which we later corroborated on Wikipedia.

In 1140, the castle was besieged by Konrad III. Eventually, it had to surrender.

Apparently, the women of the castle were allowed to go free and to take whatever they could carry on their backs.

Guess what they carried?

Their men! In so doing, these gallant women saved the lives of their fathers, husbands, brothers and sons, since the king adhered to his word.

These women became known as treue Weiber (“loyal women”), and the castle (today’s ruin) is called Weibertreu due to this incident.

Support Team Singapore for 2012 London Olympics

Friday, April 27th, 2012

SingTel has just unveiled a 7.5m tall sculpture – the “SingTel Flame of Support”, in bustling Orchard Road to garner moral support for Team Singapore in the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games (27 July to 12 August).

Singaporeans can express their support of Team Singapore by pressing the button that lights up a portion of the sculpture.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (Minister for Home Affairs, Coordinating Minister for National Security and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council); Chua Sock Koong, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingTel; athletes Tao Li and Lim Heem Wei; as well as SNOC officials in from of the sculpture.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (Minister for Home Affairs, Coordinating Minister for National Security and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council); Chua Sock Koong, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingTel; athletes Tao Li and Lim Heem Wei; as well as SNOC officials in from of the sculpture.

The 7.5m sculpture is located outside ION Orchard. It weighs 1,500 kg and consists of more than 3,300 LED lights.

SingTel Flame of Support

SingTel Flame of Support

Designed by Jon Griffin of Brandspeed and the main contractor Light10 Industries, the iconic sculpture comprises of five wave-like structures designed to resemble exuberant flames, each representing one of the five Olympic Rings.

The interactive structure aims to ignite the nation’s passion in a collective declaration of support for Team Singapore.

If there are 200,000 presses of the button, the entire Flame will become fully lit.

The unveiling of the statue by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (Minister for Home Affairs, Coordinating Minister for National Security and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council) kicks off the 90-day countdown to the Games.

Hopefully, we can garner the 200,000 pledges of support by the Opening Ceremony of the Games on 27 July.

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Panasonic camcorders: Spring/Summer 2012 line-up

Friday, March 16th, 2012

For camcorders, Panasonic has a line-up of 9 new models that will hit the shelves in April. These comprise the HC-X900 & HC-X900M, HC-V700, HC-V500 & HC-V500M, HC-V100, HC-V10, HX-WA20, and HX-DC2.

Panasonic's Summer/Spring line-up of camcorder ranges from the compact HC-V10 to the flagship HC-X900M.

Panasonic's Summer/Spring line-up of camcorder ranges from the compact HC-V10 to the flagship HC-X900M.

Panasonic’s nine new camcorders for Spring/Summer 2012 features advanced lenses; high sensitivity sensors; sophisticated Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) capabilities; and powerful image-enhancing engines.

HD Writer video editing software is included with all models.

Flagship HC-X900 and HC-X900M

Panasonic HC-X900

Panasonic HC-X900

The re-engineered F1.5 LEICA Dicomar lens of the flagship HC-X900 and HC-X900M enables bright image rendering, high corner-to-corner resolution and Nano Surface Coating Technology to significantly reduce ghosting and flaring, which minimises distortion and degradation of contrast.

The advanced 3MOS Sensor is capable of high-speed processing of massive number of pixels – approximately equivalent to four times the pixel count of Full-HD – using pixel shift technology with submicron accuracy, to produce high-detailed images with excellent colour reproduction.

Panasonic HC-X900M

Panasonic HC-X900M

The newly-developed, ultra-high speed Crystal Engine Pro II can also dramatically reduce noise by 40% compared to the previous models to record clear, stunningly beautiful images even in dim lighting.

The new Hybrid O.I.S.+ corrects horizontal, vertical, yawing and pitching movements made by the hand during recording; while its five-axis correction capability takes care of any rolling motions resulting from walking.

3D shooting is enabled by the 3D Conversion Lens, creating the realistic depth, texture and dimensionality of 3D.

HC-V700

Panasonic HC-V700

Panasonic HC-V700

The HC-V700 features a 28mm wide angle for recording in tight spaces such as indoors.

The 46x Intelligent Zoom extends ultra-telephoto shooting beyond the range of the 21x optical zoom; while the HYBRID O.I.S.+ suppresses blurring across an entire zoom range even for handheld zoom shots in high magnification, to ensure crisp and beautiful images..

Images taken in 2D can also be converted to 3D with the new 2D to 3D Conversion Function.

HC-V500 and HC-V500M

Intelligent Zoom is up to 50x, using the LSI “Crystal Engine PRO” image processing engine.

Panasonic HC-V500 & HC-V500M

Panasonic HC-V500 & HC-V500M

Hybrid O.I.S.+ and five-axis correction are also available.

Advanced Highlight Playback function enables quick viewing of recorded images. The Intelligent Index System detects zooming, panning, scene changes and faces in recorded images as “highlights” and then automatically plays back the detected highlight scenes – and scenes that the user has personally selected – according to a set time interval.

HC-V100 and HC-V10

Panasonic HC-V100

Panasonic HC-V100

Both models are compact and lightweight, and feature high optical zooms stabilised by the POWER O.I.S.

The HC-V100 has an 42x Intelligent Zoom, as well as Power O.I.S., with a continuous recording time of up to 165 minutes on a fully charged battery; while the HC-V10 has an even more powerful 63x optical zoom lens that can be “enhanced” to 70x.

HX-DC2 (monitor folded in) & HX-WA20

HX-DC2 (monitor folded in) & HX-WA20

HX-WA20 and HX-DC2

For active outdoor use, check out the new waterproof (up to 3m) and dustproof HX-WA20.

It can record fast moving sports motion at 240 fps (640×360 px) or 480 fps (320×180 px) for 15 seconds, and then playback in slow-motion at 60 fps at ¼ or ⅛ of the original speed, allowing analysis of golf swings etc.

Both the HX-WA20 (16.4 MP) and HX-DC2 (14.4) shoot Full-HD, HDR stills and 5x optical zoom.

Lumix compact cameras: Spring/Summer 2012 line-up

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Panasonic has a line-up of 10 new Lumix compacts comprising 4 from the High Zoom series, 2 from the Tough and Active series, and 4 from the Stylish Casual series. Prices are yet to be announced but they will be available in April.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ30 pays a visit to the Mont Saint-Michel.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ30 pays a visit to the Mont Saint-Michel.

The slew of 10 new models features optical zoom LEICA DC lens starting from ultra wide angles, ultra-thin aspherical lens system. as well as nano surface coating technology for superior image quality.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ1, SZ7, TZ25 and TZ30 from the High Zoom series.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ1, SZ7, TZ25 and TZ30 from the High Zoom series.

4 new High Zoom LUMIX cameras

The four new travel companions comprises the LUMIX DMC-TZ30 (14.1 MP) and TZ25 (12.1 MP), as well as the slimmer LUMIX DMC-SZ1 (16.1 MP) and SZ7 (14.1 MP).

The TZ30 comes with a powerful 20x optical zoom and an upgraded built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) for the avid traveller.

Starting from a wide angle of 24mm to the maximum zoom at 480mm, the TZ30 sports a 20x optical zoom LEICA DC lens, up from 16x in its predecessor.

The GPS allows geo-tagging for photos taken in 203 countries.

The DMC-SZ7 has a 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor with full-HD video recording while the DMC-SZ1 has a 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor and HD?? video recording.

The more modest 10x optical zoom starts from a wide angle of 25mm and zooms to 250mm.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT4 and FT20 from the Tough and Active series.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT4 and FT20 from the Tough and Active series.

2 new Tough and Active LUMIX cameras

For the more adventurous photographers with a more active lifestyle, there is the LUMIX DMC-FT4 (12.1 MP) and FT20 (16.1 MP).

The all-weather DMC-FT4 is fully protected against water immersion (up to 12m), dust and sand, as it is strengthened with inner rubber padding and reinforced glass.

It is also freeze-proof, enduring temperatures down to -10 degree Celsius.

With shock-resistant material on the exterior and folded optics and supplementary dampener to protect its lens unit, the FT4 is dust-proof up to a height of 2 metres

The FT4 is also equipped with a built-in GPS.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH6, FH8, FX80 and S2 from the Stylish Casual series.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH6, FH8, FX80 and S2 from the Stylish Casual series.

4 new Stylish Casual LUMIX cameras

For casual users looking for a stylish and compact shooter, there is the LUMIX DMC-FH6 (14.1 MP), FH8 (16.1 MP), FX80 (12.1 MP) and S2 (14.1 MP).

The DMC-FX80, DMC-FH8 and DMC-FH6 are all slim, because of the LEICA DC Vario-Summarit lens rated at F2.5.

The 5x optical zoom ranges from 24mm ultra wide-angle to 120mm.

The DMC-FH8, DMC-FH6, and DMC-S2 are capable of recording dynamic HD video in 1280 x 720 p at a smooth 25p (PAL) in MP4 (FH8) or Motion JPEG (FH6).

The DMC-FX80 is capable of full-HD recording at 1920 x 1080 50i (PAL) videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format.

Hello 2012, Goodbye 2011!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

It’s the first day of 2012. Here’s wishing everyone a prosperous and successful year in 2012!

Best Wishes for 2012 from tech4tea.com

Best Wishes for 2012 from tech4tea.com