Rawitat Pulam: The Personal Side of Myself

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Strange

ตอนนี้ blogspot มันแปลกๆ กับ Safari.app ไม่รู้เป็นอะไร แต่ว่า Safari มันไม่ยอม upload/update post ล่าสุดให้ ... หรือว่าเป็นเพราะว่าเรา copy preferences มาจาก ~/Library จาก Panther ทั้งยังงั้นเลยก็ไม่รู้ ... แต่ว่าเป็นเฉพาะบางหน้านะ อย่างหน้านี้มัน update ได้ ก็เลยลอง post อันนี้ test ดูหน่อย ...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

กลับมาแล้ว....

หลังจากหายไปนาน ..... blog ครั้งสุดท้ายเมื่อ 4/12 เฮ้อ นานจริงๆ คิดถึง broadband connection ที่ญี่ปุ่นเป็นบ้า ดีนะ ตอนนี้มี LAN ของภาควิชาให้ใช้ได้ แต่ว่ามันไม่ค่อย stable เท่าไหร่แฮ​ะ แล้วก็ค่อนข้างช้าเป็นปกติ ... (ก็เข้าใจนะ ว่ากำลังเอา apple ไปเทียบกับ orange อยู่ .. เล่นเอาไปเทียบกับความรู้สึกสมัยอยู่ญี่ปุ่นมันก็แบบนี้แหละ) คิดว่าอีกเดี๋ยวก็ชิน

ไว้มีอะไรใหม่ๆ จะ update เพิ่มทีหลัง :-)

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

ATH-W1000 with Velvet earpads

I changed the earpads of my ATH-W1000 headphone from the artificial leather that came with it to velvet today.

The W1000's artificial leather earpads are actually have good quality and quite comfortable to wear. I didn't aware of it being artificial leather at all at the beginning until I carefully re-read the headphone spec. However, for my personal matter, I just prefer velvet as they are bits more comfortable for long listening (yeah, I'm listening with W1000 a lot).

Here are some before & after photo:






Well, being honest, the artificial leather looks better and make the whole thing looks more luxury. But it doesn't matter as look has nothing to do with comfort (apart from some psychological reasons). The downside of velvet, on the other hand, is heat. So in the very hot days I will probably change it back to the artificial leather. Oh, well, I might prefer changing it back to the leather when I'm showing it off to my freinds too ;-)

And no, I didn't pay for the velvet pads. The ATH-AD700 I bought for my girlfriend has the velvet pads and it came with a pair of replacement pads inside the box (some sort of limited extra bonus from Yodobashi-camera or Audio-Technica itself, I'm not sure), so I'm using that pair. It's a bit bigger than the W1000's leather pads, just a bit, and I have no problem putting them on.

One more thing ...

I'm now thinking ...... hard ... very hard actually ... on one thing. I'm really satisfy with my W1000, as I said in my previous blog entry that I reviewed my head/earphones ... however, it might be nice to have an open-air headphone, too. After all, I like Sennheiser HD650 with my few experiences with it in the audio shops. HD650 is obviously one of the best headphones in its price range (so, don't start talking/comparing apple-to-orange, no Sony R10, ATH-L3000, Stax Omega II here!).

So ... I'm thinking hard about ATH-AD1000 (since I won't have money for the flagship ATH-AD2000, which cost as twice as much ... but according to what I read ... it sounds much better).

Wait a minute, I said I like Senn HD650, right? So why don't I just buy it? ... Well, compared to Senn, ATH's line are much easier to drive, even from portable devices. And while HD650 would beat AD1000, it's not an easy win; they are rather competitive (personal preference & taste here ... you might think either is far better than another one, fine with me).

Another important reason is: build quality. I kinda like Audio-Technica products for the build quality, of the mid-level products and above at least. (I know, they make crap cheap products, too). For the same price range and comparable sound quality, Audio-Technica's products often offer better build quality than others.

Last reason.... I'm going back to Thailand pretty soon, and I don't know when I'm coming back to Japan again. While you can find Senn, Sony, Grado, Koss ... etc's headphones (and other well-known brands that also make headphones, like Pioneer, Philips) in Thailand, .... you can't find the Audio-Technica.

Monday, April 11, 2005

News: เงินเดือนพนักงานมหาวิทยาลัย

From ข่าวการศึกษา, Dailynews (one of Thailand's top selling newspapers):


กระทรวงศึกษาธิการงัดวิธีการขึ้นเงินเดือนให้คนทำงานในมหาวิทยาลัยทั่วประเทศ ทัดเทียมความสามารถของบุคลากร ป้องกันปัญหาสมองไหลไปเข้าบริษัทเอกชน ดร.รุ่งแจงข้าราช  การ-อาจารย์ในมหาวิทยาลัยเป็นคนเก่งแต่เงินเดือนน้อย แถมสวัสดิการไม่มี จึงต้องรักษาไว้ให้ช่วยพัฒนาอนาคตของชาติ เรียกประชุมทุกฝ่ายแล้วเห็นชอบเหมือนกัน เหลือนำเรื่องเข้า ครม. ขอทราบอัตราการขึ้นเป็นเงินกี่บาท

ประกาศขึ้นเงินเดือนให้กับคนทำงานในมหาวิทยาลัยครั้งนี้ ถูกเปิดเผยขึ้นเมื่อวันที่ 10 เม.ย. ดร.รุ่ง แก้วแดง รมช.ศึกษาธิการ กล่าวว่า ได้หารือกับอธิการบดีมหาวิทยาลัยถึงเรื่องเงินเดือนของพนักงานมหาวิทยาลัย ซึ่งได้อยู่ในกระบวนการออกเป็นมหาวิทยาลัยในกำกับตั้งแต่ปี 2540 โดยรัฐบาลกำหนดว่าการแต่งตั้งตำแหน่ง ข้าราชการและอาจารย์ในมหาวิทยาลัยจะให้เป็น พนักงานมหาวิทยาลัย ซึ่งโครงการที่เริ่มก็โชคดีอยู่ ในช่วงนักเรียนทุนรัฐบาลที่ส่งไปเรียนต่างประเทศ จบการศึกษาพอดี

Well, I am one of them. In less than a week, I am leaving Japan, after 7 years as a scholarship student here. I am going back to Thailand to work as lecturer at Silpakorn University. A pretty good news actually. I had been hoping that something like this must be done. Otherwise more and more of us will be bought out by outside companies (and the worst case: foreign companies), who can provide much higher salary, something that our class of people deserved.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

2-0

Norwich 2 - 0 Manchester United

The season is (almost) over. United now has to beat Arsenal the next time they meet to get the 2nd spot. However, with United's current run of form, especially compared with the Gunner's, that's pretty unlikely.

As well as FA Cup semi final against Newcastle. United need to change something soon, it needs to get back to its victory run before the van Nistelrooy come back. Otherwise, forget the FA cup, too.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The Ways of Sound: My Headphones

Among all the non-geek, non-tech sides of me, music is probably one thing I crazy about the most. There hardly exist any moment that I'm not listening to it (except when I absolutely cannot); working, traveling, studying, doing nothing, browsing, walking, cycling, etc-ing.

One of the the most important things for listening to music are speakers and headphones/earphones.They are the portals between you and the music. So today I will mention a little about the headphones/earphones I'm using the most. (Won't mention many other head/earphones I put into the drawers and never ever think of using them again ....)

First of all, let me mention that I'm not a fan of the one size fits all philosophy. I'm more of a put the right man to the right job person. So that's why I have a few pairs of them for listening to music, depending on where I am and what I'm doing.

Secondly, I listen to a pretty wide range of music. Classical (a big fan of Tchaikovsky, lover of his Symphony #5 and Swan Lake, collecting many composers' Piano Sonata and Symphonies, etc), Instrumental (violin, mostly), Orchestral (I believe I have the entire London Symphony's classic rock and symphony rock series, as well as a lot of orchestral rendition of rock/pop songs), Rock (mostly older ones, like Queen, Scorpions, Rolling Stones, Europe, X-Japan, etc), Pops and R&B (a Sarah Brightman, Diana Ross and Toni Braxton fan, like many of J. Lopez's, Jessica Simpson, etc). New Age & Classical Crossover (Maksim Mrvica, Yanni, Bond, etc). Etc etc etc and etc. Forgot to mention to old (70's and 80's) J-pops too (yeah, Momoe Yamaguchi, Akina Nakamori, Mayumi Itsuwa, etc ;-)

Ok, so here are my mates:


  • In-Office: Audio-Technica ATH-EW9

    Despite how nice looking this pair is, it's not for using outside. Being the clip-on earphones, it provides almost no sound isolation and sealing. That makes the sound quality when using outside very poor, and you hear everything from the world outside, everyone nearby hears what you're listening to, too.

    Indoor, (office, room, more quiet environment, etc) however, it's another story. This pair rocks and, as far as my ears are concerned, has no rival (for a very-portable ear/headphones. I'm not talking about the bigger Hi-Fi headphones here). It provide a very warm and rich sound, partly (or largely) because of its wooden enclosure (it uses Hokkaido's Asadazakura wood). Wooden housing is really rare for earphones. It also has nice balance spectrum (IMO, anyway), really good bass (might not be enough for young and bass-crazy people, it's more classical tune). It really sounds great and luxury and very very comfortable even when listening all day long. Well worth the premium price.

    Also, because of nature of the clip-on, I can hear someone knocking on my door or my phone ringing pretty well.

  • Road Warrior: Audio-Technica ATH-CM7Ti

    Here is my road warrior, using mostly with my iPod mini and shuffle. Although it's the same High-end product from Audio-Technica (I don't like low-end earphones, no matter from which maker), it sounds quite different from EW9. The sound is less warm but more clear. Mid-range is more present and sweet. Without the earpad (the foam), the bass isn't really there (but still more than the much more popular Sony MDR-E888). With the foam on, bass improves dramatically but it does dim the high and mid range a bit, making it sounds closer to what EW9 delivers. Not there yet but very close though (maybe due to EW9's larger driver and thick foam driver, and of course, the wooden housing). It does sound much better than MDR-E888.

    Being the earbuds (earphones which you insert into your ear, but not the inner-ear type, we get to that soon), CM7Ti does isolate you better and seal what you're listening to yourself better than the clip-on EW9. You still hear what's happening around well enough. This make it an ideal choice for a road-warrior; cycling or walking. Also, with the earbuds' nature of being the jack of all trades, it serves well as a general-purpose earphones, too.

    The downside of this one ... it is made of titanium. So that made it a bit heavier than most earphones and it won't feel disappearing in your eyes. After a while, I got used to, though.

  • Bus, Flight, Library: Shure E2c

    I'm a person you can occasionally find on bus, flight, and sometime work in coffee shop and hall with a lot of people. Places that are too noisy for normal earphones to handle (except you bump up the volume). That's when and where you will need one of the inner-ears earphones, and my gear is this baby.

    Shure has high-reputation of producing good quality inner-ears. I was thinking of getting the E3c but since I'm not using the inner-ear that much, the half-price E2c will do (sometime in the future, I might get E3c though). The quality of sound isolation, as well as the sound itself, are great, compared to the more popular Apple's inner-ears and Sony EX71. The bass level is OK, quite pleasent, but somewhat lacking comparing to CM7Ti and especially EW9. It beats both hands-down in noisy places, though (as mentioned it's almost impossible to enjoy EW9 in such place). The high sound is pretty impressive and is what I enjoy the most from this pair, the midrange is fine (high-mid is good though). Sound detail is fine.

    ........But ... there's one more thing (trying to do the Steve Jobs' manner) .... and this thing just makes me forget the entire flow of time....

  • Home: Audio-Technica's ATH-W1000

    Boy ... this is just too good to be true (for both my musical and aesthetic sense, also my desire of wooden speakers and headphones). Looking at my earphones earlier, probably it's not hard to guess that I would go for a premium for my main headphones; the one that I will be using most of time when I'm at home, doing whatever at desk or sofa.

    It did make me think so hard though. After all its price is really high. But all I can tell is that, it worths every yen (of ~50,000 JPY I paid). This pair sounded surprisingly great out of the box, which is really surprising as I thought it won't sound that good until some initial burn-in. After a few hours of burning-in, its sound really improving a lot. I can't wait until the burning-in process is completed (which should be like 200+ hours, more likely 300). Tchaikovsky and Moonlight Sonata, as well as Maksim Mrvica and Yanni sound really impressive with this one. Sarah Brightman just became another person and Itzhak Perlman sounds much more sweet and sad. Nothing beats this. Repeat, nothing.

    More technically, I love the balance of the sound out of this one. The Asadazakura definitely plays the role in crafting the sounds to make them so pure and so warm. Great bass for my taste, again might not be enough for people who love the bass-driven music, but for classical ... it's perfect amount of bass (IMO). I found the bass of this pair to be smooth and (despite the relatively flat shape of the can) has good resonance, carving the music/music to be a calm and really warm and relaxation. The high is also great. This makes a lot of violin solo pieces became really another music. Midrange is also really good and really sweet.

    The most remarkable things are probably the balance of all tone, which is quite a Audio-Technica's style and sound details. Balance is so good. With this pair, while nothing is outstandingly great, combination of everything is great. Sound detail is just great, revealing a lot of things you won't heard from the other speakers/head/earphones. Still, not too much to make things harsh.

    Also, thanks for Audio-Technica's choice for deliberately designed W1000 to have relatively low impedance (40 Ohm) for its class of headphones. As a result, even without the amp it sounds reasonably good (of course, an amp would improve it further still). This making it much more portable and better for a lot of people who don't know what the headphone amp is or simply don't what to buy one due to additional cost.

    Being housed in a hand-craft wooden housing making it looks heavy. It actually quite light and quite comfortable though.

That's all. Short reviews for each of my head/earphones..... well, putting them all together ... it's this long though ;-)

OK, have to leave now. I'm getting my girlfriend an ATH-AD700 today ;-)

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Service@Apple Store

จาก blog เมื่อวันก่อน ที่ผมเจอ white spots บนจอ iBook ของแฟน ที่กำลังจะโอนไปให้แม่ ก็เลยเอาเข้าไปที่ apple store ให้พวกที่ genius bar ดูซะหน่อย

ประสบการณ์ส่วนตัวของผมกับ apple store ที่นี่ค่อนข้างจะดีพอสมควร เค้าค่อนข้างแฟร์กับเราดี พูดจาดีใช้ได้ เข้าไปแล้วมีความรู้สึกว่ากำลังถูกบริการจริงๆ ไม่ใช่มีความรู้สึกเหมือนโดนสอบสวน (แบบ.. มีโคมไฟส่องหน้าด้วย) เหมือนกับการบริการของร้านค้าทั่วไปในบางประเทศ (โดยจรรยาบรรณแล้ว ขอสงวนนาม... แต่ว่าคงรู้ๆ กันอยู่)

ลืมบอกไป ว่าพาแฟนไปด้วย และนี่เป็นครั้งแรกมั้ง ที่แฟนคุยกับ tech support ที่ genius bar

ถ้าจำไม่ผิด iBook เครื่องนี้ซื้อมาเมษาฯ ปีที่แล้ว ก็เกือบหมดประกันแล้วล่ะ เพราะว่าไม่ได้ซื้อ applecare (เหลือประกันอีกไม่ถึงเดือน) พอเข้าไปนั่งที่ genius bar ซักพักก็มีพนักงาน tech support มาคุยกับเรา คนนี้ภาษาอังกฤษดีพอสมควร (แต่ว่าจริงๆ ผมไม่แคร์เท่าไหร่ล่ะ เพราะว่าภาษาญี่ปุ่นคล่องเหมือนกัน)

เราก็เริ่มบอกเค้าไปตรงๆ เลย เปลี่ยน background เป็นสีขาวจะได้เห็น white spots ชัดๆ เค้าก็เริ่มถามว่า อืมม เราได้เอาอะไรกดจอหรือเปล่า ฯลฯ เราก็ตอบคำถามไปเรื่อยๆ พอซักพักเค้าก็เพ่งที่หน้าจอ แล้วบอกว่า จริงๆ แล้วมันมีสามที่ตะหาก ตรงกลางจอค่อนไปทางบนๆ อีกที่นึง เห็นมั้ย :-)

สุดท้าย .... ก็ได้เปลี่ยนจอฟรีไป

คิดว่าวันไปเอาเครื่องคงซื้อ applecare เพิ่มไปด้วยเลย ซื้อความสบายใจ ... แต่ว่า... ถึงมันจะบอกว่า worldwide .. แต่ว่าต้องไป service ที่บางประเทศที่สงวนนามไว้ข้างบน จะเป็นไงมั่งก็ไม่รู้ -_-" เฮ้อ ..​คิดแล้วเซ็งล่วงหน้า