Monday, February 27, 2006

Autoshow 2006 recap

I was at the autoshow week of Feb 18-19, but I decided not to post these pics until the autoshow was finished.

On to the pictures then!


Can you believe you can rent super cars for a weekend now? That's a sweet service since those things aren't very practical anyways.



"Best new sports sedan"



Unobvious hybrid



Really don't like that new nose



The Ashton Martin DB9 Wheels


Ashton Martin DB9




this is the slightly smaller and sportier Ashton Martin V8 Vantage



Before I fell in love with my current car design, I was really pulled toward this one the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Mitsubishi's one of those companies you don't see on the streets alot but they're products look just that much more unique for that reason.



Once again don't like the new nose design I think it looks horrible.



For those that have seen my car or own a Mazda3 take a close look at this. No it's not a Mazda3 guage. It's acutally from a pontiac. Now who stole from who is hard to tell. I will say this though the seats were terribly uncomfortable.




No one can deny the Laborghini defiently looks different. This has stayed my dream car for many years. Plainly for this reason, many cars can be fast but this car can look fast even when it doesn't move at all. The shape of the car looks more closer to a stealth fighter than a car, and I love that. Not that the car is a slouch at all it's up there with the best cars.



Dodge charger I believe. Well even if not it's US made because of the areodynamic nightmare of a nose. Might be powerful but don't expect a high top speed. (looks like the americans have reverted to pushing bricks throught the wind again).



This is the same car I have in a different colour that my parents originally wanted me to get.... I'm so glad I went with Titanium grey instead.



Here's the Mazda concept car, I believe it was an experiment with seamless design. since your not able to see the C pillars. Nor are you able to see the headlights (Could they be behind a clever 2 sided surface?)



A very nice convertable indeed.



Let me reiterate it's a stealth jet.



I want these. It seemed some new cars were using some new frameless wiper blades. I want these, but haven't seen this style in any shops. Pictured here is off a BMW, but there are Honda's with the same wipers. I'd really want to test this one out so I'll be watching the stores for it.




The new High speed mercedes?

Sunday, February 26, 2006

We do have an autobahn!

Canada does have an autobahn it's the QEW. Alot of cars including my own were travelling well above the speed limit. On sundays where the traffic is very light you can really get up to speed on this road, almost as much as our german friends.

Now I'm finally starting to understand fast cars.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Filming in Hamilton

This weekend (Sunday) I might be heading down to Hamilton to be in the intro video to CSGAMES team Segfault. As of yet I haven't recieved the location and time details so I'm not sure but there's a good chance this week would be the week to get team segfault's clips together while Kev and others will dilligently work on splicing together the various clips to form an actual team video.

Next week wednesday (Feb 15) I'll be heading down to Missauga for a .NET user group meeting (at Microsoft Canada Headquarters). That should be an interresting event.

Additionally following that week that weekend the 5G gang would probably be heading to T.O. or at least Andy might be heading down week of 18-19 for the auto show, which I will be joining him.

Sounds like some busy weeks ahead.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Goodbye Acrobat

Today I finally made the full conversion from Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.5 on my work PC over to foxit reader. The reason? Well Acrobat these days has grow to be bloatware with it's multiple plugins and slow loading splash screen it's sometimes unbearably slow to use.


In comes foxit reader the less than 1 MB PDF reader. Although while using it I found some minor issues, like being unable to show PDF documents from within a browser so far I'm very satisfied with the results. Unlike Adobe Acrobat there is no attempt to install all these auxillary programs that load in the background doing various things like checking for updates. The result is a very clean program that loads as fast as notepad, and has all the features of standard Acrobat.

For users of Acrobat Pro this is no replacement since you cannot create PDF's with this program nor can you mark up existing PDF documents. However, for the millions of PDF view only users this is a definite download I'd recommend it to anyone that needs a fast lite PDF viewer.