Happy Chinese New Year!

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Better late than never as the old adage goes. This year is the Year of the Ox. You can read all about the attributes of being an OX at Wikipedia. I’ve been quite a bit behind in my blogging as of late because of many different projects.

We’ve been doing a lot of exciting new things here at the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender. We’re rolling out our new Cisco wireless, we’ve just completed fiber connections (faster internet speed, yay!), we’re about to begin first phase of testing on virtualization, various intranet related projects, and much more.

Also, Andrea and I have finally realized one of the American dreams: home ownership. So we’ve been busy transitioning from our condo to the new house. Moving is such an unbelievable pain. We finally got cable a couple of days ago but still do not have internet. Apparently there is some “wiring issues” at one of AT&T’s sub-stations and they have to send an engineer out.

Otherwise, this year is going good so far. We’ve finished our Federal taxes (only getting a dismal $61 back), and waiting to submit the State tax because we owe, a whopping $581… So yeah. Such is life.

Stay tuned for new posts coming soon.

Canon 5D Mark II Real life Experience Review

Wow, the Canon 5D Mark II (kit with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) is an unbelievable camera and I strongly encourage everyone to take a look at this camera. According to dxomark, http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/eng/DxOMark-Sensor the 5D2 is rank 4th among some very expensive cameras. Based on it score, I believe the 5D2 is a much better deal.

Now to be honest with you all, I don’t consider myself a professional photographer, but rather it just a hobby of mine. I have read many of the reviews and many of the comparisons between other cameras and I have to say my 3 weeks of experience with this camera certainly lines well with the reviews. I have no real way to compare the 5D2 with any of the more interesting camera such as the Canon 50D, 1D3, or the Nikon D3. There are plenty of other reviews available that covers this angle of the 5D2 story. I have not seen much real life reviews of the camera, so I figure I take this opportunity to write a review based on real life conditions. To put things in the proper context, I am upgrading from the Canon EOS Rebel XT. I had considered upgrading to the 40D, but I felt that it was not enough bang for me to upgrade. The Canon 5D Mark II offered the bang I was looking to achieve and I truly believe it was worth every penny. Continue reading Canon 5D Mark II Real life Experience Review

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2009

Another year. It always seems that after Thanksgiving, the years just seems to pass by so fast. For most of 2008, it definitely has not been a good year for many people with foreclosures, layoffs, the budget crisis here in California, business closures, and dismal Christmas sales. Everyone has been affected in one way or another.

To top it all off, the U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007. Pretty dismal news. But it’s a new year, a new hope, and things will be better. It’s important to keep what’s important in perspective: love, family, health, and most of all: faith.

For my new year’s resolution, I plan to lose more weight, save more money, expand our business, learn new skills, and read more.

God Bless, happy new year!