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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Acer Aspire 5500Z

i got a new toy! it is an Acer Aspire 5502ZWXMi that my uncle recently bought for his use (hehe..).

The laptop look like this...

Well he got this shiny thing out of trois rivieres, canada and it's operating system is in French. "Start" comes in shades of "demarrer" and "welcome" is in "bienvenue"! I'm learning french by contextualizing french words with their icons.

The fun part is that my uncle, wants it all in English. So, along came me.

I contacted Acer Philippines and the guys there really know their stuff. within 5 minutes, we figured things out and i'm all set down Paco, Manila to have a new preload installation from Acer. The downside though is that I need to shell out Php 800 for the whole process. For the sake of love, i'll wholeheartedly break my piggybank!

The shiny new toy for which i'll gladly break my piggybank has the following specifications:

Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Processor & Chipset
  • Mobile Intel® Centrino™ technology, featuring:
  • Intel® Pentium® M processor with 2MB L2 Cache and supporting Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® Technology
  • Intel® 915PM/GM Express chipset with 533MHz FSB
  • Integrated Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection (dual-band 802.11b/g) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ solution
  • Bluetooth
  • 512MB DDR2 memory with dual-channel support, upgradeable to 2 GB using dual soDIMM modules
  • 60GB ATA/100 hard disc drive
  • DVD-Dual Double Layer drive
  • 14.1" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite color TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution
  • 16:10 viewing ratio
  • 16.7 million colors
  • Supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVista
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 and up to 128 MB of shared video memory, supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 and dual independent display
  • DualView™ support
  • MPEG-2/DVD hardware assisted capability
  • Acer CinemaVision™ video technology (Acer Arcade)
  • Acer ClearVision™ video optimization technology (Acer Arcade)
  • Audio system with two built-in speakers
  • Sound Blaster® Pro and MS-Sound compatible
  • Intel® AC97 high-definition audio support
  • Built-in microphone
  • 56K ITU V.92 modem (with international PTT certification), Wake-on-Ring ready
  • 10/100MbpsFast Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready
  • Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection (dual-band 802.11b/g) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ solution, supporting Acer SignalUp™ wireless technology
I/O Interfaces
  • 3x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1x external display (VGA) port
  • 1x PC Card slot (Type II)
  • 1x Modem (RJ-11) port
  • 1x Ethernet (RJ-45) port
  • 1x DC-in jack for AC adapter
  • Slot for Kensington lock
  • BIOS user and supervisor passwords
Power supply and battery
  • ACPI 1.0b CPU power management supporting Standby and Hibernation modes
  • 44.4 W Li-ion battery pack (6-cell)
  • 3-hour battery life for models using Intel® 915GM integrated graphics
  • 2.5-hour rapid charge, 3.5-hour charge-in-use
  • 65 W AC adapter
Keyboard & Special Controls
  • 84-/85-key keyboard with inverted "T" cursor layout; 2.5 mm (minimum) key travel
  • Touchpad with 4-way scroll button
  • 12 function keys; four cursor keys; two Windows® keys; hotkey controls; embedded numeric keypad; international language support
  • Four easy-launch buttons: Internet browser, email with LED, Empowering Key, and one user-programmable button
  • Two front-access LED-buttons: WLAN and Bluetooth®
Weight and dimensions
  • 335 (W) x 240 (D) x 31.9/34.1 (H) mm
  • 2.38 kg
Quality & Reliability Tests
  • Temperature & humidity test
  • Free drop test
  • Acoustics test
  • Weight pressure tests
  • Spillage Test
  • Electrostatic discharge immunity test
  • Shock and vibration tests
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) test Hinge life test
  • Hinge life test
  • Keyboard-switch life test
  • Acer Empowering Technology (Acer eDataSecurity / eLock / ePerformance / eRecovery / eSettings / eNet / ePower / ePresentation Management
  • Acer GridVista
  • Acer System Recovery CD
  • Acer Arcade
  • Acer Launch Manager
  • Norton AntiVirus™
  • Adobe® Reader®
  • Cyberlink® PowerProducer™
  • NTI® CD Maker™
  • Memory expansion modules
  • 9-cell Li-ion battery pack
  • Additional AC adaptor
  • DMI 2.0
  • ACPI
  • Wi-Fi®
  • One-year send-in International Travellers Warranty

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

we're on the initial stages of conceptualizing - a website for traveling in batangas. The initial concept's credit goes to me but i'm still open for any ideas. The initial concept defines the site as something like this:

Domain I had in mind:
Site Concept:




Additional navigation/




Terms of reference:

  1. The site is about traveling in Batangas.
  2. Famous destinations. (tourist and local)
    1. Beaches
    2. Historical places
    3. Religious sites
    4. Mountains
    5. ……
  3. Directions. (maps and stuff)
  4. Batangas Foods.
  5. Fiestas.
  6. Places to Stay.

The site banner is just a banner of things Batangueño… Balisong, Taal Volcano, beaches, etc… (check simple lang.)

Content – I’m thinking of using blogs for content..
All other things I leave in your capable hands. Hehe…

Feed me back your comments and suggestions. Everything is not yet cast in stone. I welcome ideas.

Informal webteam: Herson, Edil Salazar and Julius Morgia.