Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pretty Dog Pet Salon – Wallpaper & Screen Saver

Pretty Dog Pet Salon’s computer was broken so we fixed it and replaced the broken hard drive. As a surprise we though we would make a wallpaper image and screen saver for them from their website as well :)

1400px x 900px Wallpaper Image (JPG)



掲載名 プリティドッグ
業種 ドッグ美容室、ペットショップ、ペットショップ(犬)、ペット美容室、ペットホテル、ペット用品販売
住所 〒003-0003 北海道札幌市白石区東札幌3条4丁目5-34
電話番号 011-841-3511
FAX番号 011-841-3512

プリティドッグ PNG(透過画像)

Lake Toya (洞爺湖・とうやこ・Touyako)

A beautiful sunny day on the lake.

Lake Toya (洞爺湖・とうやこ・touyako) can be found in the Abuta District of Hokkaido, Japan. It is a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. The stratovolcano of Mount Usu lies on the southern rim of the caldera. The circular lake is 10 kilometers in diameter East to West, and 9 kilometers from North to South. The lakes biggest town, Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉・とうやこおんせん) is located on its western shore. The town Toyako is located on the other side of the lake.

Lake Toya is said to be the northernmost lake in Japan that never ices over, and the second most transparent lake in Japan. Nakano-shima, an island in the middle of the lake, houses the Toya Lake Forest Museum.

Lake Toya was called Kim’un-to (キウン (kim’un) means “in the mountain” and ト (to) means “lake”) by the Ainu. In the Meiji era, Japanese pioneers named the lake Toya after the Ainu expression to ya, which means “lakeland.”


Location Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaidō
Coordinates Coordinates: 42°34′44″N 140°51′16″E
Lake type oligotrophic crater lake
Primary inflows Ō River (大川 Ō-gawa), Soubetsu River (ソウベツ 川 Soubetsu-gawa)
Primary outflows Sōbetsu River (壮瞥川 Sōbetsu-gawa)
Basincountries Japan
Max. length 10 km (6.2 mi)
Max. width 9 km (5.6 mi)
Surface area 70.7 km2 (27.3 sq mi)
Average depth 117.0 m (383.9 ft)
Max. depth 180 m (590 ft)
Water volume 8.19 km3 (1.96 cu mi)
Shore length1 46 km (29 mi)
Surface elevation 84 m (276 ft)
Frozen never
Islands Nakano-shima
Settlements Soubetsu, Hokkaidou, Touyako, Hokkaidou



3DCGI システムキッチンデザイン

Architectural 3DCGI: A Japanese living room



iPad Facts and Figures – The iPad 3 will be out soon

The iPad 3 with it’s new amazing screen will be here soon. I just hope they make it view-able in direct sunlight. My mobile phone uses chunks of metal between each view-able pixel to get around this problem.

The info graphic below was made by John Kumahara and Johnathan Bonnell. The info graphic contains interesting facts such as usage intention and amount iPad sold compared to the first iPhone.

The majority of users use the iPad to browse the internet, email and read books. Surprisingly only 26% will download (purchase) an app. Although maybe it is not that surprisingly considering an iPad app is an average of three dollars more expensive then an iPhone app. It will be interesting to see Apple’s report later on on how much iPad apps were sold over three months.

I’m starting to really like infographics like these with clear interesting data displayed in a beautiful design. Four weeks ago I also posted an infographic with the facts and figures about Google, which was really clear and informative.

Imagine how great it would be if people made infographics about Macbooks, laptops, blackberry, iPhone, etc. It would be a great aide when researching which product to buy. You will get a clear statistics and spend less hours reading all available reviews and users comment. I hope Jonathan and John will enlighten us with more infographics as nice and informative as this one.

Unboxing the iPad by Jonathan Kumahara and Jonathan Bonnell.

The iPad 2 was released and put in stores ages ago but next the iPad 3 will be out. It is said to have a retina screen and possibly be 3D. I wonder if it will have 2 cameras at the back and on the front.

Chromatic aberration / purple fringing on the Fuji X-PRO1

The Fuji X-PRO1 digital camera takes great shots but it looks like the lenses have a slight chromatic aberration problem (purple fringing).

Click on this sample image and look at the area circled. It’s small but a problem that needs to be fixed before the release of the camera in March 2012.

Exif Version 0230
Flashpix Version 0100
Color Space 1
Pixel X Dimension 3264
Pixel Y Dimension 4896
Components Configuration YCbCr
CompressedBitsPerPixel 3.2
Date Time Original 2011:12:24 13:27:49
Date Time Digitized 2011:12:24 13:27:49
Exposure Time 1/480
F Number 11
Exposure Program Aperture priority
ISO Speed Ratings 200
Shutter Speed Value 8.99
Aperture Value 6.92
Brightness Value 9.66
Exposure Bias -1
Max Aperture Value 2
Metering Mode Pattern
Light Source Unknown
Flash Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length 18
Focal Plane X Resolution 2092
Focal Plane Y Resolution 2092
Focal Plane Resolution Unit 3
Sensing Method One-chip color area sensor
File Source DSC
Scene Type Directly photographed
Custom Rendered Normal process
White Balance Auto white balance
Focal Length In 35mm Film 27
Scene Capture Type Standard
Sharpness Normal
Subject Distance Range Unknown
InteroperabilityIFDPointer 5208
ExifIFDPointer 2424
Orientation 1
YCbCr Positioning 2
X Resolution 72
Y Resolution 72
Resolution Unit 2
Date Time 2012:01:11 23:28:50
Model X-Pro1

Samsung’s 27 inch SB970, 2560px x 1440px, PLS, FPR, 3D computer monitor S27B970

Samsung’s 27 inch SB970 3D Computer Monitor, 2560px x 1440px, FPR, PLS, Over 1 Billion Colors

This is Samsung’s second PLS (Plane Line Switching) monitor.

Samsung’s PLS panel technology debuted on the SA850 last year to impressive results except for the back-lighting.

The S27B970 series monitor is the first monitor since the SA850 to utilize this panel technology and also makes use of Samsung’s exclusive Natural Color Expert technology. Samsung states that this includes “hardware color calibrations within the monitor to ensure there is no displayable loss of tonalities on screen”.

Like the SA850, the 27-inch monitor has a high resolution of 2,560×1,440 pixels (WQHD). The monitor allows for a 4-inch height adjustment and tilt, but it’s unclear whether swivel or pivot are provided.

The circular aluminum base has a USB hub, and video connections including DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI.  A Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) for MHL-enabled smartphones and tablets avalible to connect your compatible tablets and smart-phones on this huge screen.

The SB970 arrives in March, with prices starting at $1199.99.

  • Screen size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 2,560px x 1,440px (WQHD)
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • Static contrast ratio: 1,000:1
  • Viewing angle: 178/178 degrees
  • Built-in 7W stereo speakers
  • HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort inputs
  • Wireless LAN
  • 3 USB ports (2 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0)
  • Over one billion colors
  • On-board color calibration system

PLS (Plane Line Switching) monitor with a brushed aluminum finish

Anti-glare edge-to-edge tempered glass display and a super slim profile built on an ergonomic height-adjustable aluminum stand that allows users to fluidly adjust the ergonomics including height and angle to their desired viewing position.

The Samsung Series 9 S27B970 Monitor: Looks like it will be a brilliant display.


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