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2011 – It’s Time To Come Back to Blogging!

Wow. It’s been nearly a year hasn’t it?

2010 has been a very busy year for me as many of you know. Those of you that follow me on Twitter and Facebook have been getting the play by play while the blog has sat dormant for most of 2010 until now. But there was a lot that kept me away.

2011   Its Time To Come Back to Blogging!

I found out I was going to be a father and then in August of last year, my beautiful baby daughter, Alexis, came into the world. Yes, she does have a Twitter Account, naturally. I’m changing a lot of diapers these days and that’s in addition to my day to day duties running Futurelooks.  Around the same time she came into the world, we also had to deal with the tragic loss of her grandmother, her mom’s mom, who finally succumbed to cancer.

Before that, I was leaving my pregnant wife, who at the time, could have actually popped at anytime, and headed off to COMPUTEX in Taipei. Thankfully, Alexis didn’t pop out while I was in Taipei. Those of you on Twitter seemed to enjoy my never ending stream of pics and short messages about where I was and what I was seeing in one of the coolest cities in the world.

After COMPUTEX, came the worst time in Futurelooks’ history as our hosting solution through Amazon failed miserably. Despite some conjecture that we may have been “mismanaging” our instances, the company eventually took the blame for the issues, admitted the fault was with them, but refused to compensate for losses. To those that blame mismanagement, I’d like to know how you manage server instances that simply disappear? Amazon EC2 is a horrible service that has oversold itself and was the root cause of a 50% drop in traffic for an otherwise thriving site. It was a very rough time indeed.

Luckily, we’ve been taken care of by a company called EZP.NET that specializes in FAST, FINELY TUNED and RELIABLE web hosting. The best part of this is that he’s basically my neighbour. I really owe Shane and his team for bailing us out.

2011   Its Time To Come Back to Blogging!

Yes, this past year has been full of life altering experiences. And for 2011 I’m hoping that I’ll be able to share a lot more as I’ve made a promise to start updating my blog again right after CES 2011 which I can’t believe ended just a little over a week ago. It was definitely something to blog about as I won the Build Your Own PC Race for Charity which takes place every year. I’ve come in second and fourth before but I’ve never won. What a GREAT way to kick off 2011. The best part is that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will get $10,000 US and 30 computers. I’ve got a post coming with some more pics and vids for you to enjoy a bit later.

I really hope the momentum keeps going for the rest of 2011 as I work on bringing Futurelooks back to its former glory and begin plans to kick MEGATechNews into high gear. My little side project will finally get the funding it needs and will have the talents of the formerly non-committal, freelancing writer, Michael Kwan, at the helm. Yes, his life is about to change too in 2011. Let’s just say he liked it so he put a ring on it 2011   Its Time To Come Back to Blogging!

Well, enough rambling from me. What’s up with everyone for 2011? Let me know what’s happening!

ASUS Sends an Early Xmas Gift

ASUS Sends an Early Xmas Gift

Today I got a package from ASUS, those guys that make netbooks and motherboards. Since I’ve gotten packages in the past from companies like ASUS, I thought this was just another piece of hardware that was in need of reviewing. We do often get things just showing up on our doorstep and I was just going to toss it into the pile to check out after Xmas till I opened it up and saw that it was just a little more special than what we normally come across.

The package was stacked five tiers tall and held together with an elaborate bow. It was like one of those fancy wedding cakes. The bow was topped off with a snowflake encrusted with sparkles. I know that ASUS has been experimenting with the unboxing experience with some of their products but nothing this elaborate. Could it be a prototype EeePC or maybe a new media player, cellphone or piece of hardware? I was excited.

ASUS Sends an Early Xmas Gift

I took the bow off and saw that it consisted of five boxes of different sizes. I was leaning towards it being a new cellphone because obviously we need boxes for a charger, case and probably other accessories. Since BC is cracking down on driving and cellphone use, maybe it was an assortment of ASUS’ latest cellphone gadgets?

ASUS Sends an Early Xmas Gift

I started with the smallest box and found some chocolates inside from Cheryl&Co, makers of high end gourmet brownies, cakes and fancy cookies, including seasonal cut-out cookies topped with a signature buttercream frosting. So of course, being me, I eat them and move on. But as I moved on, it revealed more and more tasty treats from Cheryl&Co but no gadgets. Hmm…

ASUS Sends an Early Xmas Gift

So here I am surrounded by some tasty treats. In fact, a quick look at the Cheryl&Co website revealed that this little slice of dessert/cookie heaven was in the $49 buck price range. This definitely isn’t your typical COSTCO gift box of miscellaneous Xmas biscuits. Since I’m a bit of a connoisseur of all things edible I have to say that I’m quite taken back by just how tasty these high end treats are. Someone from ASUS was definitely reading my blog and knew how to butter up this Editor In Chief. More pics of this gift pack after the jump if you have a huge sweet tooth like me.

So as I’m sitting here stuffing my face with cookies, I’d like to take this chance to wish everyone Happy Holidays and  I hope that all your Xmas Wishes come true. Now go make me proud and demolish that Xmas Turkey, Stuffing and Ham ASUS Sends an Early Xmas Gift

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China’s Answer to Megan Fox and Those Robots

So how does China copy the Transformers? First off, you don’t employ a smokin’ hot lead actress. Second, you make everyone kind of regular looking (or slightly effeminate). Third, you make those robots do Kung Fu and fourth… you spend 1/10th the budget to produce it!

Coming out on August 13th, “Kung Fu Cyborg” lacks the massive “WTF sometimes” spectacle that is a signature of Michael Bay movies. Instead, it replaces it with a story (how novel!), human relationships, romance and comedy with a clearly SciFi twist. So basically Transformers with no Megan Fox, fewer somewhat pointless robot battles and people trying hard to act out a real story instead of a random sequence of events that Michael Bay thought looked cool strung together.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing this one at a Chinese Night Market near you. The badly dubbed English sub titles (or voiceovers) will be worth the entertainment value alone.