Friday, March 24, 2006

Dust Storm

Imagine vacationing in Cairo and getting dust storm! One can't even see the Sphinx nor the Great Pyramid at all!

Full story and pictures here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Maggot @ Work

Two weeks ago, we discovered maggots in the ceiling of our office. These worms dropped into my manager's metal dustbin.. plooop! And then another one dropped... ploooopp! It's disgusting. We asked our maintenance guy to check the vent and they found nothing. Two days ago, our office is infested with flies! EWWWWWWWWWW!

Update: the finally found the cause. A dead bird!...................... what could be worse?

Friday, March 03, 2006

Out with the old, in with the new...

Canon called me yesterday, one day after I sent my camera back to their service center. They say my replacement camera is here and I could go collect.

I went today and to my pleasant surprise, they gave me a new model! The Digital IXUS i Zoom. I mean, I am really happy with my IXUS v3 already and now I am getting a completely new model, at no cost! The IXUS v3 was a 3.2 megapixel with 2.0x optical zoom. This IXUS i Zoom is a 5.0 megapixel (!!) with 2.4x optical zoom. It has the same Digic II processor but with a more advance menu function. One feature I particularly appreciate is the Timezone. When I travel next time, I could just change my "Fly To" (as opposed to Home) timezone and pictures taken in the destination will record the correct time and date. It has the same old solid feel of an IXUS.

In addition, I can now take video up to 60 minutes or 1GB in size, whichever come first. Video could be capture at 20 fps. The old camera could only capture 5 minutes of video. This is a huge improvements.

I checked Froogle and this camera cost around USD$379 - US$399. That means the camera would cost RM1,500 in Malaysia. That's the same price I paid for the IXUS v3. I could not imagine Canon giving me something at the same price. I am simply speechless.

I have one gripe to this whole event. I recently bought a new battery for the v3 to take more photos during sister's wedding. The old battery is just too weak - it could hardly last an hour of continuous indoor shooting.. This new battery barely 2 months old and now I can't use it anymore. The new camera has a completely different battery design. On top of that, my compact flash 128mb and 512mb memory card is rendered useless. This camera is relatively smaller than the v3, so it uses MMC memory card. That means, I have to get a memory and possibly a set of battery in regards to this exchange.

At any rate, Canon, you have one very satisfied customer and I'll be sure to tell everyone I know about this!

R.I.P. IXUS v3
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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Canon

I am delighted with the service that Canon rendered to me today. As you know, my 3 year old camera failed when I was in US. After researching at Canon website and lowyat.net, it seems to be a known problem, a defect. Some people claimed that Canon replaced the camera for free. I wasn't so hopeful because my camera is 3 year old, after all. I thought I need to make a scene, to insist on the free replacement or maybe speak to the powers that be. Well, it turned out that I don't have to do a thing at all.

The Canon Sales and Marketing center is located near the Subang airport, somewhere near Hyatt Saujana. They are opened everyday from 8am - 8pm except Saturday and Sunday. I went at 5pm today, parked indoor (free parking, btw) and went to the service center. There was just one customer. I took my number and waited for 2 minutes. The technician, a Mr Tan, served me. I showed him the sympton and he inspected the camera. He said that something was wrong with the CCD and they will replace a new one for me. He asked me to bring my charger because I have to return it in exchange for a new charger and battery. That's it! No arm twisting. No need to show receipt. No need to show warranty or whatnot. He typed something in the PC, printed a receipt and asked me to sign. He said they will SMS or call me in a week. I will get a brand new IXUS v3.

WOW..

Now, that's customer service!

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