syafeerul: My 2008-2009 Games

NFS: ProStreet
Genre: Racing
Gameplay: tough game to play. had a hard time completing this game.
Graphics: wasn’t as good as i expected.
Worthiness: this was my first PS3 game, bundled with my PS3 set. not worth buying. should’ve bought this on X360 instead. its cheaper on that console. or maybe not to buy at all.
Rating: 1/5
Why not 5?
tough to control, moderate display, short-lived

Rainbow Six: Vegas
Genre: Shooting (First-person) + Tactical
Gameplay: lots of weapon options. can play co-op. but to those who played previous R6 series would be frustrated by new control scheme. u can’t plan with tactical map like previous series. all are in game orders to team mates.
Graphics: impressive graphic.
Worthiness: nice to buy. with missions completed, there are online matches and offline co-op experience.
Rating: 4/5
Why not 5?
was hoping for tactical planning ahead

Racedriver: Grid
arcade type of control. not very realistic. but once u get the grip on it, it’ll become a great racing game. the single-player campaign was ok. had variety of race types. loved the touge racing here.. sadly the game have too little cars to offer.
Graphics: thumbs up for a racing game genre. high details on cars. but lacks beauty in scenery.
Worthiness: a must buy for racing game fans.
Rating: 5/5

Assassin’s Creed
Genre: RPG
Gameplay: repetitive actions and tasks. had fun roaming around the cities looking for hidden flags and templars. assassination is not hard but stealth assassination requires some thinking. ubisoft should’ve gave some extra points for players that can stealth assassinate targets.
Graphics: awesome graphics. best i’ve had in my collection for now.
Worthiness: perhaps buying this for X360 is more value for money. anyways its a wonderful game to have either on PS3 or X360.
Rating: 4/5
Why not 5?
repetitive tasks, no online

NFS: Underground
Genre: Racing
Gameplay: Undercover recovers damage done by ProStreet. the game brought back the style of Most Wanted, where u get chased by cops and complete certain races. lots of cars available and storyline is quite catchy.
Graphics: impressive graphics. scenery is lovely. but they can improve more on car details.
Worthiness: good offline gaming. not for online. short-lived game.
Rating: 4/5
Why not 5?
not much online gaming, short-lived

C&C: Red Alert 3
Genre: RTS
Gameplay: my experiment on RTS game on console platform. quite well organised. control wasn’t difficult to get used with. playing as the Japs proves to be quite tough as they have a different set of tech in comparison with the US or Russia.
Graphics: simple graphics. not as expected.
Worthiness: one game that offers lots of boob-watch. the cut-scenes are filled with your assistant in-command which would be a lady with big boobs. i mean real girls. coz they’re making the cut-scenes like real-life movie.
Why not 5?
graphics are not up to next-gen capabilities, and on this equation: boobs+gaming=distraction 🙂

Genre: RPG
sandbox style. an open world. free for you to roam anywhere wherever u like. there’s millions of things u can do in this game.
Graphics: cartoonish.
Worthiness: a must buy game. u can play the game again and again and u can see the world from many point of views. interesting to play. the GTA branding continues another great game on the shelves. maybe the next GTA should offer a much improved graphics.
Rating: 4/5
Why not 5?
online? cartoonish graphic is not what i expected but this is GTA after all..

each game was given a rating. that was my rating from my own point of view. i played the game and i judge how i felt about them.

5: best game i’ve played. i’m totally satisfied with gameplay, graphics, in-game control and cut-scenes.
4: a nice game but lacks at least one of the quality mentioned above.
3: considerable game but too much flaw on either of the qualities or maybe lacking at least 2 of that.
2: quite ok game but not up to my expectation in many ways.
1: regret buying the game as it lacks so much of my expectation.

so as u can see one game received 5 star by me hence making that the best game i have currently. the rest are good enough. only one game that i regret buying. that came in when i can’t make any review before buying it. i’ve already sold the game (NFS: ProStreet).

currently im still in progress of completing MGS4 and GT5P. could have completed the GT5P earlier but i decided to make some direct comparison between controlling with Sixaxis or the G25. somehow it turns that im still not satisfied with the G25 table setup. its not sturdy enough. until i get a sturdy platform for my G25, the GT5P would have to wait. nevertheless, i might look for new games soon. but not now. i’d have to complete some other task first. games that’s in my wish-list:

  1. Assassin’s Creed 2
  2. Gran Tourismo 5
  3. COD: Modern Warfare 2

hmm.. if i can find FIFA 2010 for cheap that would be good as well.

anyhow, 7 games in 2 years? quite slow in comparison with true gamers out there.. i wasn’t playing much for the past 2 years. been busy stabilizing my life in work-family-gf-friends-myself. hardly got enough time for myself then. but things are slowly getting better. i’m getting more time for myself now. its a matter of time management. soon all will be stabilize and i’ll have enough time for everyone. at times i miscued here and there. failures are part of life. we all learn from mistakes. so do i. iAllah, with God’s guidance, life will become better. i’m hoping for a better 2010. hey.. i’m not talking about games here.. 🙂 okay okay.. may us all have a better year in 2010!

Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

A Nevada couple using their SUV’s navigation system to guide them through the high desert of Eastern Oregon got stuck in snow on Christmas when the GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road. There they remained until Sunday, when atmospheric conditions changed enough for their GPS-enabled cellphone to get a weak signal and relay coordinates to a dispatcher, Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said.

“GPS almost did ’em in and GPS saved ’em,” he said.

John Rhoads, 65, and Starry Bush-Rhoads, 67, then made it home safely to Reno. They were well-equipped for winter travel, carrying food, water and warm clothes, the sheriff said. “Their statement was, being prepared saved their life,” Evinger said.

The couple had followed their GPS south from Portland as it directed them on Highway 97 to Oregon Highway 31, which goes through Silver Lake and Lakeview before connecting with Highway 395 to Reno, Evinger said. In Silver Lake, the unit told them to turn right on Forest Service Road 28, and they followed that and some spur roads nearly 35 miles before getting stuck in about 1 ½ feet of snow.

“For some reason, they finally got a weak signal after 2 ½ days,” Evinger said.

A GPS-enabled phone can send its coordinates to 911; eventually one of the couple’s phones did just that, the sheriff said.

u read this right.. GPS can be that bad if you’re not alert enough where it leads. always take a look at signs nearby. if the road seems too dangerous to carry on just take another turn and let the GPS device find an alternative road. im a constant GPS user as well. lost with GPS directive few times and got back with their help as well. as long as you’re alert enough, the device can be really useful. article from The Seattle Times.

Roberto Mancini primed for success with Manchester City

By David Ornstein

It is impossible to suggest Roberto Mancini does not possess the credentials to succeed as Manchester City boss.

He won the Italian Cup with Fiorentina in his first season as a coach and repeated the feat at cash-strapped Lazio two years later. He then guided Inter Milan, who had not won Serie A since 1989, to three successive league titles, two Italian Cups and a couple of Italian Super Cups. Admittedly, Inter were handed the first of those three Scudettos in 2006 following the match-fixing scandal – Calciopoli – that resulted in Juventus losing their crown and being demoted to Serie B. But the following season, having signed Juve’s two best players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Patrick Vieira, they cantered to the title. They saw off Roma to make it three championships in a row the following season, but Mancini, widely regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in Europe, was sacked in the summer of 2008 and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

During an 18-month absence from the game, the 45-year-old Mancini has been linked with numerous managerial vacancies in a whole host of countries, but England has long been his first choice. And, although his arrival at Eastlands in place of Mark Hughes came as a shock to many, City fans will be heartened to hear that he has been awaiting this opportunity for some time. “He has been working hard over a year and half to learn English and has been living in London a few months to learn the language,” said Mancini’s close friend and former Sampdoria team-mate Gianluca Vialli. “He has always been attracted by the style of football in the Premier League. I know he’s particularly happy to be joining Manchester City. “He’s been a top class player and he’s quite experienced as a manager.”

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to prove that a glittering playing career does not necessarily translate into a similarly fruitful life in the dugout, but Mancini is not one such example. A beautifully creative forward, he helped Sampdoria to a Serie A title, four Italian Cups, a Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1992 European Cup final. Another Scudetto, two more Italian Cups, a second Cup Winners’ Cup, a European Super Cup and a Uefa Cup runners-up medal followed with Lazio. Having scaled such heights with two sides from outside Italy’s ‘big four’ – Juventus, Milan, Inter and Roma – Mancini is unlikely to be daunted by the task of achieving similar results at Eastlands.

Nor will a man who has managed in Italy, where a coach’s shelf life is even shorter than in England, be fazed by the lack of patience that saw predecessor Mark Hughes sacked by City after only 18 months in charge. He is thought to be close to City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak and, therefore, will be fully aware of owner Sheikh Mansour demands. In short, City must win trophies and establish themselves as the biggest club in the world. Quickly. And Arsene Wenger is not sure he is up to the task. “He is a manager who has done excellent work in Italy and he will have a Formula 1 (car) in his hands,” said the Arsenal manager. “How quickly will he drive? I don’t know. Certainly he will have all the needed players he wants.”

Mancini is no stranger to big budgets – Inter have spent heavily under Massimo Moratti – and he will be granted substantial funds to improve City’s squad in January. Mancini’s impressive track record in the transfer market was underlined by the reluctance of Mourinho to make significant alterations to the squad he inherited. City have already been linked with the likes of Fernando Torres, Franck Ribery, Sergio Aguero and Thierry Henry, but Mancini prioritises the team over individuals, and at Inter he reversed a previous policy of signing big names who consistently failed to produce results.

The former Italy international tends to line his teams up in a 4-3-1-2 formation but has experimented with pretty much every strategy apart from a three-pronged central defence. A combative midfield trio forms the heart of his team, but whereas he could call upon Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso and Vieira at Inter, City’s only real midfield destroyer is Nigel de Jong. So Mancini is expected to recruit in that area – Barcelona’s Yaya Toure is rumoured to be a target – and also reinforce a leaky defence. But he will be delighted to learn that City are already well-blessed in the wing positions, which are pivotal to his tactical approach. He likes to field at least one – often two – tall and robust strikers, meaning a department that consists of Emmanuel Adebayor and the injury-prone Roque Santa Cruz might well be bolstered.

The big question mark surrounding Mancini is his undistinguished managerial record in Europe. City need not worry about that this term, but if they quality for next season’s Champions League and Mancini is still at the helm, they will be led into it by a man who lost his last job for failing to make it past the quarter-finals of that competition in three attempts. Inter kept only one clean sheet at the San Siro in six knockout ties under Mancini, and two of the four matches they lost were on away goals. In fairness, no coach has guided Inter to the European Cup since Helenio Herrera in 1965. And none of that means Mancini will not flourish at the City of Manchester Stadium. Indeed, in Italy his appointment to one of the Premier League’s top managerial posts has come as no surprise.

He joins England coach Fabio Capello, Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti and West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola as Italians working at the top level in England. “Up until now the Italian coaches were quite reluctant to go outside the country,” explained Italian Coaches’ Association president Renzo Ulivieri. “Just 10 years ago it would’ve been unthinkable and nobody would’ve considered so many of our tacticians working around the world. “It means we are sought after because it’s a sign of the quality and strong school of Italian football.”

Mancini is well known as being a laid-back, personable individual with plenty of self-confidence and a good sense of humour. He will be popular with his players, staff, fans and the media, but unless he brings City a first piece of major silver since 1976, his impressive credentials will count for nothing.

so mark hughes goes and comes in Roberto Mancini. as a player, he has quite a presentable career. despite not playing with the big guns of europe, he achieved quite a number of silverware back in his years. i guess the main reason he is not that famous is simply because roberto baggio was in his era. the emergence of alessandro del piero denies him higher recognition. then there was totti. outside of italy we would have been overwhelmed by the likes of figo, zidane, paul gascoigne. yet he was there amongst them. playing beautifully with sampdoria. im not sure if giuseppe signori was in his era or not.. another powerful italian engulfed in big name.

i knew that he jump to managerial post. but never had the chance to actually see how his team played. inter did well under him. so now its time to see whether roberto will go on and fly high or down the drain.

anyway he is lucky to have sign up with man city. its a big club with lots of patience. they waited a year plus to sack mark hughes. at least he might have that amount of time to build a stronger team.

mark hughes on the other hand is not that bad. he’s a good manager but might not be good at handling a handful of stars in his line-up. roberto mancini has that under control like he did  with inter before. mark hughes shall be back in action soon. he is someone who attacks under whatever condition. kind of interesting to watch.

good luck to roberto mancini in creating a more combative manchester city side. perhaps a 1-2 finish with manchester united on top would be nice!

a nicely written article from BBC Sport.

syafeerul: Balls in a jar

When things in your life seem, Almost too much to handle,

When 24 Hours in a day is not enough,

Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class

And had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly,

He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar

And proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students, if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.

He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full…

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar..

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with an unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table

and poured the entire contents Into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor, As the laughter subsided,

‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life..

The golf balls are the important things – God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions –

Things that if everything else was lost

and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter Like your job, house, and car.

The sand is everything else —

The small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ He continued,

‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life..

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff,

You will never have room for the things that are important to you.


Pay attention to the things That are critical to your happiness.

Playwith your children.

Take time to get medical checkups.

Take your partner out to dinner.

There will always be time

To clean the house and fix the disposal.

‘Take care of the golf balls first —

The things that really matter..

Set your priorities.. The rest is just sand.’

One of the students raised her hand

And inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled.

‘I’m glad you asked’.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,

there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’

i received this wonderful analogy of life early this morning from a friend kz. at times i forgot about golf balls.. prioritize…

20 Facebook Tips/Tricks You Might Not Know

facebook tips & tricks

If you surf Facebook on daily basis or occasionally, chances are you’re already familiar with regular stuffs like add/delete friends, update statuses, walls and profile, add and explore pages & applications, etc, but there’s more..

This week we want to cover some interesting things you can do on (or with) Facebook; inclusive of tricks that are not documented or unknown to many, as well as tips to stay connected better with your friends. Without further ado, here’s 20 Facebook Tips/Tricks You Might Not Know. If you have interesting tips/tricks related to Facebook, please feel free to share in the comment box below.

  1. How to Place Facebook Chat On Firefox Sidebar

    If you are using Firefox, you can place the Facebook Chat at the sidebar.


  2. How to Download Facebook Photo Albums

    FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader allows you to download your friends’ facebook albums, Events albums, and Group Albums, en masse, with the click of a button.


  3. How to Share Flickr Photos to Facebook

    Flickr2Facebook is an unofficial Flickr to Facebook uploader(bookmarklet) which allows you upload photos to Facebook from Flickr.


  4. How to Update Facebook without Using Facebook

    hellotxt and both introduced features that let Facebook administrators update Facebook Pages.


  5. How to Schedule Facebook Messages

    Sendible lets you schedule Facebook messages ahead of time so you can send messages to your friends, customers or colleagues in the future.


  6. How to “Friend” Someone on Facebook & Hide It From Your Status Updates

    A short tutorial on Makeuseof to guide you how to hide Facebook status updates and keep that fact confined to your closer friends.

  7. How to Create a Photo Collage Using Pictures of Your Facebook Friends

    Click on Friends tab. Proceed to More tab. From “Choose an option” dropdown, choose any of the dashes “” . Your Facebook friends collage is right on your computer screen.


  8. How to Know When Facebook Friends Secretly Delete or Block You

    X-Friends is a unique tool for tracking friends that disappear from Facebook.


  9. How to Display Selected Pictures Only on your Facebook Profile Page

    A little-known feature in Facebook that lets you decide who shows up in that Friends box. Click that “edit” pencil in your Friends box and type the names of your best friends in the box that says “Always show these friends


  10. How to Remove Facebook Advertisements

    This Greasemonkey script – Facebook: Cleaner removes many of the annoying ads and updates that unavoidably appear on your Facebook pages.


  11. How to Syncs Photos of Facebook Friends with Contacts in Microsoft Outlook

    OutSync is a free Windows application that syncs photos of your Facebook friends with matching contacts in Microsoft Outlook. It allows you to select which contacts are updated. So you can update all contacts at once or just a few at a time.


  12. How to Display Facebook Statuses on WordPress Blog

    The following method make use of Facebook status feed and WordPress RSS widget to display Facebook Statuses on WordPress blog.. It will also work for self-host WordPress blogs.


  13. How to Post Your Blog Posts to Your Facebook Wall Automatically

    Wordbook allows you to cross-post your blog posts to your Facebook Wall. Your Facebook “Boxes” tab will show your most recent blog posts.


  14. How to Access Facebook Chat on Desktop

    Gabtastik and digsby let you keep Facebook chat sessions open on your Windows desktop outside of your regular web browser, using minimal screen real estate and system memory.

  15. How to Create Quiz on Facebook Easily

    LOLapps provides quiz creator that can be employed to conjure up these popular personality quizzes that are so widespread in Facebook.


  16. How to Hide Your Online Status on Facebook Chat from Select Contacts

    Facebook has integrated friends list with Chat and you can also choose which of these list members get to see you online.


  17. How to Get Facebook Updates on Email

    NutshellMail consolidates your Facebook accounts through the inbox you use the most.


  18. How to Update Facebook Status from Firefox

    FireStatus is a status update utility for multiple social networks, including FaceBook.


  19. How to Get Facebook on Your Desktop

    Seesmic Desktop, Facebooker, Xobni, Facebook Sidebar Gadget, Scrapboy and Facebook AIR application are desktop applications that allows you interact with your stream just as you would on Facebook, but without the browser.

  20. How to Delete, Cancel and Terminate Facebook Account and Profile

    A simple guide to terminate, delete or cancel Facebook account, together with the Facebook profile easily.


a very useful tips and tricks on facebook. am i addicted to it? not yet.. but these tips are quite handy.. from

Facebook’s Privacy Settings: 5 Things You Should Know

A Guide to Navigating Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

Facebook has begun rolling out its new privacy settings to all of its 350 million users. If you haven’t seen it already, you will soon have to go through a wizard that will guide you through the process of confirming your privacy settings. The new settings are supposed to make it easier and simpler to control your information, but the changes are drawing a mix of criticism and praise from privacy watchdogs such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU), and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The new privacy controls include some great changes, and some not-so-great changes, but here are five privacy issues you should know about as these settings roll out across Facebook.

Search Settings

When I checked my search settings this morning, the option to index my profile by public search engines had been turned on. This is despite the fact that I had explicitly turned off this setting when Facebook launched public search listings two years ago. If you don’t want search engines like Google and Bing to index your profile, do yourself a favor and make sure those settings are still set the way you want them to be. To adjust your search privacy settings click on Settings>Privacy Settings>Search. If the “Allow indexing” box is checked then search engines will be able to index your information.

Password Protection Layer: Not So Good

Facebook has added a new layer of protection for changing your privacy settings. Under the new policy you will have to enter your password whenever you want to change your privacy settings. This is a smart move, and quite a common policy with other Web services. But in my tests, this extra protection did not work very well at all. Once I had chosen to exclude my Facebook profile from public search engines, I left my privacy settings page and returned to my profile (your settings are saved automatically). But when I went back to my privacy settings, the pages were wide open with no password requirement. I tested this out on several browsers and operating systems, I also signed out and back in several times to see if that would change anything. But each time I checked my security settings were wide open. The password protection eventually came back after half an hour or so, but that was far too long. The password requirement should come back automatically or Facebook should be telling you that this setting is set to time out.

Publicly Available Information (PAI) Changes

Facebook is also changing what it deems to be publicly available information (PAI), with almost no recourse for the user to control this–a change that does not sit well with the EFF. Information under the PAI umbrella includes your profile picture, friends list (Facebook says the view friends link has been removed from search results), fan pages, gender, geographic region, and networks (school, work, etc.). There is almost no recourse to protect any of this information. To illustrate how important this setting could be, the EFF points out that you may belong to a fan page that supports or condemns gay marriage. Since this is such a controversial issue, that may be a position you are not willing to share with co-workers, fellow church members, or other Facebook friends.

Friends List

Although your friends list is technically under the PAI umbrella, you can still control who sees it. But controls for this information are found on your Facebook profile page — not your privacy settings. If you want to restrict who sees your friends list within Facebook, click on the pencil icon next to your Friends widget below your profile picture, and uncheck the box that says “Show my friends on my profile.” Other information you can remove from your profile page includes your gender and current city.

Hyper Control

While Facebook is taking away some control over publicly available information, you are getting extreme control over other parts of your Facebook profile. Now you can restrict who sees your shared content on a per-post basis. Don’t want certain friends to see your latest update? No problem. Need to keep those photos of you at the bar away from your co-workers? You can do that too.

Facebook’s New Privacy Settings Are a Mixed Bag

Facebook’s new privacy settings are a mixed bag of better and simpler controls over some information, while loosening the restrictions on others. Of course, if you don’t want some of that information to appear, you can always delete it from Facebook (you cannot delete your gender, but you can make it invisible). Facebook’s privacy controls may not be perfect, but they will urge users to think even harder about what they’re sharing on Facebook, and ultimately that may be a good thing.

as facebook is a way for you to connect and getting to know each other better, this facebook thingy also allows identity theft in which might be really dangerous when that actually happens. although chance of that happening might still be too little nowadays. but wait up another few years, identity theft might be most profitable item on the net. hence its best not to reveal too much personal info on the web. a nice reminder from PC World.

How to Be the Perfect Boyfriend Ever!

With the rise of independent and strong-willed women, being the perfect boyfriend can be quite a challenge. If you can’t do it well, you’ll have a hard time coping up in your relationship or end up getting dump. Here are some top tips on how to be the perfect boyfriend. (1) LISTEN and LISTEN well. Girls by nature love to talk a lot- they love to chatter about things that you hardly understand like shopping, shoes, make- up and feelings. It’s essential that you try to be interested and keep interested no matter how perplexed you are. Women find communication as one of the top priority in the relationship, that’s why it’s important to her that you respond.

If you are dumbfounded on what to respond, here are some quick useful responses: “That sounds an interesting story” or “Really? I can’t believe it, can you tell me more details?” or you can use the fail-safe respond of all time “I’m sorry, I didn’t get that, I was so mesmerized by how beautiful you are when you speak.” But seriously, to be the perfect boyfriend you have to genuinely pay attention to her because most women know if you are pulling her foot. (2) Love her family and friends. No matter how head over heels in love she is with you, you have to accept the fact that you are not the only person in her life.

Her friends and family have a big influence. The worst thing that you can do is to have a conflict with them. You have to remember their name- never say, “Who? That fat girl with the volcano face? I can hardly concentrate with what she’s saying with that zit on her nose.” If you create conflict with her girl friends, you will never be the perfect boyfriend; girl friends are hard enemies to have. But on the other hand, if you are in good terms with her pals, you have an ally if ever things between you and her get wobbly.

Therefore, the wisest thing that you can do is make her friends your friends. Value the people that she values, get involve and be the pro-active man in her life. (3) Be there for her always- be that MAN that she can trust and depend on. In small and big things make yourself visible. Open the door for her, carry her bags, acknowledge her skills, congratulate her accomplishments, support her goals, and be her shoulder to lean on. (4) In sexual aspect, be considerate and respect her needs, if she is tired and not in the mood, don’t force her.

If she is in the mood “play” her well in bed. Ask what satisfies her and most importantly, don’t go off early than needed. (5) Intimacy matters, give her flowers, surprise her with a fancy dinner and if business is good, take a break off. (6) Be presentable. I don’t mean that you have an extreme make over but be respectful enough to be hygienic. And lastly, be loyal to her. If you don’t intend to take her seriously, don’t waste your time. So, there you are, I hope how to be the perfect boyfriend is as easy as 123.

just some thoughts on serious relationship. read some posts by this author Ruth Purple at Ezine Articles. quite interesting. so am i the perfect one? try and try again..

What’s Inside a Digital SLR Camera

You’re ready to step up from a point-and-shoot (or cell phone camera) to a big, old fashioned looking SLR. But what is that exactly? And how does it work? PM dissects one and gives advice and buying tips for every budget. – By Glenn Derene (December 2008 issue).

Single Lens Reflex (SLR) is a complicated term for a complicated machine. It refers to the prism and flip-up “reflex” mirror system that allows users to accurately focus and frame their shots directly through a camera’s optics, rather than through a separate viewfinder. Until recently, most SLRs were the province of pros, requiring experience and training to master. But the digital era has created a new, growing class of consumer-grade digital SLR (DSLR) cameras that are easier to learn and use, yet still deliver pro-level photos. These days, the most complicated aspect of DSLR cameras is figuring out which one fits your needs.

What Is Inside a Digital SLR

1. LCD Display

Like most digital point-and-shoot cameras, digital SLRs have LCD displays—the largest of which are 3 in., diagonally. Older-model DSLRs didn’t let you preview your shot using the LCD. Newer cameras with “live view” functionality leave the shutter open and allow light to bypass the reflex mirror. With most of these cameras, users have to choose between framing shots with the LCD or the viewfinder.

2. Sensor

DSLRs have image sensors that are 10 to 20 times the size of sensors on point-and-shoot cameras. This gives DSLRs far superior light sensitivity, which is arguably more important to overall image quality than megapixels. Most DSLR cameras can vibrate the sensor to remove dust particles that often enter the camera when changing lenses.

3. Memory

CompactFlash memory cards used to be the data storage capacity kings, but the far more popular Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) format now has cards with up to 32 GB, and newer DSLRs are trending toward it.

4. Battery

Long battery life is critical for DSLRs, which have lots of motors and powerful flashes. Most DSLR batteries are good for a full day’s shooting. If you require more, we suggest you buy an extra.

5. Flash

Consumer digital SLRs come with a pop-up flash. Advanced users will want to take advantage of the hot shoe, which allows the use of more sophisticated, synchronized—flash accessories.

6. Shutter

DSLRs are known as fast-shooting machines, with shutter lag measured in tenths or hundredths of a second and burst modes from 2.5 to 10 frames per second.

7 Lens

When you buy a DSLR, you’re buying part of a larger system. Most DSLRs can be purchased as a kit that includes an all-purpose zoom lens. But manufacturers also sell dozens of specialized lenses that can transform the performance of your camera. These days, lenses pack almost as much technology as the camera itself.

+ Autofocus

It’s powered by the camera battery, but all the gears and motors are built into the lens. The lens interfaces have changed over the years, so many new cameras won’t work with old autofocus lenses.

+ Image Stabilization

Many modern lenses come with a mechanical system that counteracts camera shake and reduces blur. On some lenses, it costs extra—but it’s worth it.

now thats a nice anatomy of a DSLR. always wanted to post this kind of information. thanks Popular Mechanics for posting this up. its an outdated issue but the information is still worth keeping.

Assassin’s Creed 2 – Playstation 3

While the last Assassin’s Creed was a disappointment, its successor is a triumph of immersive entertainment, taking the gamer through the highs and lows of life in renaissance Italy, crammed with action at every turn and (prepare yourself) it has a thrilling plot.

Truly, Assassin’s Creed 2 is un brillante gioco al computer, as our hero, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, would say.

Set in the 1400s, Assassin’s Creed 2 continues the parallel storyline started in the previous game, detailing the secret war between the order of Assassins and the power-hungry Templars, who are now hiding behind the front of Abstergo Industries – a multinational company. In the modern day, our eponymous hero, Desmond Miles, escapes from Abstergo and joins the Assassins, who stick him in an Animus machine (a tool which allows the user to relive the lives of one’s ancestors through DNA), and allows him to play the life story of Desmond’s ancestor Ezio, an Italian nobleman, in order for him to learn the Assassin’s art.

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So, while playing as Desmond playing as Ezio, the gamer is plunged into Ezio’s world, as he has to face off against the Templars and take his revenge on the betrayers of his family, while unravelling a mystery as old as time itself.

Despite what you might think, the two parallel storylines are clearly separated and make sense. The two even collide in some ways, as a previous test subject (who was tortured at Abstergo before Desmond) has left clues in Ezio’s memories for you to find, which in turn unlock the truth of both conspiracies – it’s a multi-layered plot which I found to be completely engrossing, unlike the last game’s plot, which was bland and disappointing.

I’m not going to say much more, other than to say to find a game plot of such depth is a rare thing indeed.

Ezio’s world is one of great change. At the time of the renaissance, Italy was moving into an age of technology and commerce, when great inventors like Leonardo da Vinci (who acts as one of Ezio’s mentors in Florence) were expanding their minds.

Into this new world comes Ezio, now an Assassin, and he has free run all over Italy to chase down the conspirators.

Locations on offer include the massive city-state of Florence, Venice’s network of waterways, the huge open countryside of Italy (complete with bandits) and the Auditore family’s city retreat, Monteriggioni, which Ezio can upgrade with his hard earned money in a side quest and restore to its former glory, as well as a money-maker and a great place to stock up on the tools of the trade.

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And speaking of tools, unlike his predecessor, Altair, Ezio can have more than four weapons. A huge number of swords, maces, axes, throwing knives, smoke bombs and even a small pistol are up for grabs, provided you have the money. Ezio can also eventually wield two of the Assassin’s hidden blades, allowing him to off two enemies at once in a stylish attack, which is even better if executed from a rooftop.

And there is a lot of assassinating to be done. While the main campaign is engrossing enough, many side jobs are available to Ezio, ranging from assassination contracts to courier work, races, collecting any one of a number of different chests, eagle feathers or pages of ancient knowledge (which in turn open up even more of the plot) – the opportunities seem endless.

There’s even an opportunity to commission a painting to decorate your villa, or dye your robes, or you could go hunting for the tombs of legendary Assassins to unlock even more armour or weapon choices. Basically, unlike the previous title, you aren’t likely to get bored with Assassin’s Creed 2.

The gameplay is smooth and simple to grasp. As with his predecessor, Ezio is as skilled at climbing as a cat, and can climb, swing and jump his way across the rooftop with ease. Combat is also simple, but this time round Ezio can disarm his enemies and use their own weapons against them – a useful tactic when your enemy is a massive brute armed with a war hammer.

Ezio is capable of taking on ten or more enemies at once, and though the combat controls can take a bit of getting used to, once you’ve mastered them, countering, disarming and taunting enemies becomes second nature, and the game all the more enjoyable for it.

Alternatively, if fighting would not suit the assassination, Ezio can hire thieves, mercenaries or a small bunch of courtesans (ladies of the night to you or I) and task them with distracting the guards. Or you could blend in with the crowds and strike suddenly as you pass. Or you could poison one guard, watch him go nuts- distracting the enemy- do the deed and disappear, how you complete the missions is up to you, and it’s this freedom which is so engrossing.

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Speaking of freedom, though the controls for getting about are simple, with the free-running aspect still playing well, the controls can occasionally be very unforgiving, particularity during a frantic escape or in the middle of a particularly difficult climbing section – one slip up, one joystick push in the wrong direction, and it’s a plummet to the streets of Venice and a swift restart, but with practice, getting about is not a problem.

Graphically the PS3 version of Assassin’s Creed 2 is superb. The game makes full use of the PS3’s hardware to produce a living, breathing environment with no slowdown and excellent texturing close-up.

The cutscenes are also well animated, though there is the occasional lip-synching problem, but this is a marginal issue

The sound is also well thought out. The musical score ranges from Italian harp to surprisingly good mixes of rock music and orchestral score, and it flows and rises with the action on screen.

The voice acting is also excellent. Ezio’s character is well rounded and believable, and listening him go from noisy teenager to stonehearted Assassin is another high point for the game.

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Even the NPC’s have believable characters as you move through the crowds – knock over an old man and he will raise his fist at you, yelling “Bastardo!” at the top of his lungs- and attracting the attention of the guards- you have to watch how you approach the targets in Assassin’s Creed 2 – everyone could be a troublemaker.

Assassin’s Creed 2 is a massive improvement from its predecessor in every way. There’s more to do, a decent plot, dozens of targets to plan and assassinate, better graphics, voice acting and environments- it’s a brilliant game in all respects. Though the controls can be a little frustrating, once you learn the nuances of the system the game that keeps on giving, and if you spend some time finding every hidden glyph, riddle, feather, mission and jewellery box, it’s extremely fulfilling as well.

Stick it on your Christmas list.

a very nice superb review. i’ve been waiting for this game to come out. all the hype during the production answered with a very compelling game. i’ve read reviews from all over the net. none gave a negative feedback. getting this soon! this nicely written review was taken from News Shopper.

Sir Alex Ferguson keeping faith with latest batch of bright young things

One for the future: Welbeck, the England Under-21 striker, is one of several United players whose long-term prospects at the club have been questioned

Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has launched a vigorous defence of his young players and backed them to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham and Co by becoming the stars of tomorrow.

Ferguson will keep faith with the same youngsters who were beaten 1-0 by Besiktas in the Champions League last week when United take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup quarter-finals at Old Trafford this evening.

Questions were raised in some quarters about the long-term prospects at United for Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck, the Italy and England Under-21 strikers respectively, and Darron Gibson, the Ireland midfield player, among others, after defeat by the Turkish club. But they will be given another chance to impress against Tottenham, with the United manager confident that they can emulate the success of Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, the so-called “Fergie’s Fledglings” who overcame criticism of their own in the mid-1990s to become household names.

“It will be the same players [against Tottenham] who played last Wednesday, despite the criticism they got,” Ferguson said.

“Someone wrote, ‘There’s no future for these players, there’s no tomorrow for them’. What an idiot. I couldn’t believe that. I played six players — two 18-year-olds, a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old, a 21-year-old and a 22-year-old — in a European game and you say there’s no future for them. It’s unbelievable.

“When Beckham, Butt, Scholes and all those lads made their debuts as a group, they were 22 years of age, three years ahead of these players.” That is not entirely true. Beckham was 17 when he made his first-team debut and was a regular by the age of 20, Gary and Phil Neville and Butt were all playing regularly at 19, while Scholes was a fixture in the United midfield from the age of 21.

Macheda, 18, burst on to the scene last season with the winning goals in successive league games against Aston Villa and Sunderland, and Welbeck, who turned 19 only last week, also made an encouraging start. However, like Gibson, 22, both strikers have had to be patient this season, while Gabriel Obertan, the France Under-21 winger signed from Bordeaux for £3 million in the summer, has only just come into the reckoning after injury. Rafael Da Silva, 19, and, to a lesser extent, his identical twin, Fábio, have shown considerable promise in defence. Others, such as Zoran Tosic, the 22-year-old Serbia winger signed from Partizan Belgrade in January, have yet to be given much of an opportunity, but Jonny Evans and Anderson, both 21, already figure prominently.

Alan Hansen, the former Liverpool defender, has never lived down his infamous claim at the start of the 1995-96 season that “you’ll never win anything with kids” after watching a United team containing Scholes, Butt, Beckham and the Neville brothers lose 3-1 away to Aston Villa. United went on to win the league and cup double that season with those players forming the backbone of the side. Ferguson said he would not be surprised if his present crop of players made a similar impact in the longer term.

“The one thing we can’t give them is that old head,” he said. “What happened in the last third of the field [against Besiktas] is they got anxious. They had good chances but hurried things, but that’s not the biggest crime in the world. “We are not talking about [a lack of] ability here, we are talking about just a bit of experience. That is why we have to play them. We have a lot of young players who need to be challenged. And I thought they did OK. I don’t think they deserved that type of criticism.

“But the same critics will be wanting articles off them when they’re stars. They’ll be going cap in hand to them begging them for interviews in a few years’ time. Mark my words on that. I have their futures well mapped out.”

nice one fergie.. these lads seems to have a great future ahead. they look nervous at times especially against older opponents. but time will teach them to become better and better. article from TimesOnline.