I just want to say a big thank you to you all who have supported me all along. I appreciate it very much, honestly. I remember when I had 10 subscribers and was amazed that anyone would watch my videos at all. Now all the sudden, there's 400 of you out there.
I'll promise to make more videos soon, but I can't promise that they will be anything sensible. There are lots more I want to film. Stay tuned. Thank you once again.
What has the world come to? This isn't the first time where car manufactures have artificially added sounds in to the cabin, take the M135i, M3/4/5, VW GTI, etc for some example. Electric cars have them too since the lack of engine noise makes a boring drive (for some, especially me). More importantly for safety, so people can hear them when they creep up on you!
For safety? I'm okay with that. But inside the cabin? Not so personally, or at least have the option to turn them off - please!
I just saw this video clip from Supersprint, where they fitted a "Sound Generator" in to the actual exhaust system to pump out some fake engine noises to the outside. Not sure what you guys think, but how *&£*$!£*$@£** fake can this be?! On a 3-litre twin-turbo TDI Audi A6? What the hell? That's completely wrong.
If that's ok, then surely there's nothing wrong for me to get a fake BOV system for my M3 then and pretend it's the new S55 3-litre twin-turbo engine in the M4 Coupé? Why? Because reasons!
I love the Magic Mouse and yet I hate it so much at the same time. Once upon a time, about 3 years I have experienced the mouse when it came with my iMac. I thought the shape would be uncomfortable to use. But my worries were unnecessary. Fast forward to today, I have used it daily and not suffered any cramp or R.S.I. by using this mouse. I love the swipe gestures you can use with its large surface area, I like the way it looks, I like the way it clicks. But one major serious problem with the mouse is, battery life and some.
The 3-series is the BMW size that I will always prefer. I like the way it looks compared to the 6-series, too big in my opinion and anything lower in the BMW range, is too small - interior wise. However, I have always had a soft spot for the 2-series as it looks cool in the Coupé form and being all cute, yet aggressive at the same time.
That is why I'm secretly quite excited about the upcoming M2. Somehow looks less aggressive compared to the monster hybrid 1M we had in the past. But this thing still looks very good. It'll be powered by a N55 turbo inline 6 engine with around 360-370 bhp and be available in both manual and DCT.
We don't have a whole lot of information on the M2 just yet but the spy shots can already tell you the usual M bits. Flared fenders, wider body, M brakes, quad exhaust and most importantly, the Limited Slip Differential poking out at the bottom.
It's scheduled to begin production around November 2015, so for now enjoy the pics and vids thanks to Bimmerpost member.
At last I've decided to purchase a colour calibrator! Have always wanted to give it a try, but felt like it wasn't necessary due to some "none perfect" monitors I had in the past. Now that I have finally bought a monitor that is capable of some decent accurate colours, the ASUS PA279Q.
I decided to go for the Datacolor Spyder 4 Pro because of a) cost and b) it supports 2 screen calibrations. I'm new to all this, but reviews and online videos suggest this one should be easy to use and since it wasn't too expensive at £117.99 from Amazon. I once again used the Amazon Locker service which is very convenient for me. Better than waiting around all day for the amazing City Link to turn up.
I'm not a storm chaser, but this crazy lightning show just went past over my house so I quickly ran upstairs, set up my tripod and tried to get some snaps of the lights. I've never seen so many lightning with my own eyes before so it was quite spectacular, but frightening at the same time as it got closer and closer.
I set the ISO to 200, 30 seconds (maxed out) on Manual, aperture around f/4 to f/5.6. Pre-focused and turned off auto focus. Set to Mirror Lockup, press the shutter, sat down and enjoyed the lights. I just kept on hitting the shutter whenever the 30 seconds timer expired. And here are the results! It was a fun little experience. I would have loved to go outside, but I'm worried I might get hit by Thor's hammer.
I think I'm safe in the house. But they can be scary at times, like setting houses on fire! Stay safe people.
True Color, Absolute Fidelity: Professional 27” Pre-calibrated AH-IPS 16:9 2560 x 1440 WQHD LED-backlit Monitor
Well here it is. My new ASUS ProArt PA279 AH-IPS professional calibrated monitor for my MacBook Pro Retina, late 2013. After my recent happy & sad experience with the LG 34UM95, tons of research and courier troubles.
It has finally arrived and two things I want to say before I open it, a) its massive (the box) and b) it's so heavy! Totally unexpected. Feels almost like its as heavy as the 27" iMac box! Fingers crossed, the screen quality will be as much as it weights.
Some key bumf from ASUS:
Oh and finally, I brought this monitor from Amazon for £667.94 (inc. delivery). Fingers crossed it'll work beautiful without any RGB hacks with OS X 10.9.4 and the DisplayPort. Eek.
I'm going to spend the day unboxing, setting it up and play around for a while before I do a review on this on my YouTube channel. Stay tuned folks!
Am I just unlucky or is it the same for you guys? Every time for the past 3-5 times, when I ordered something online to be delivered or collected that involved City Link. It never arrives on time.
Once again this is the latest tragedy. I paid extra for 'next day guaranteed Saturday 1 PM' delivery and they have failed to deliver what's been promised. I already had a feeling that it wasn't going to arrive on the day, so I called them. The best part is when they told me "we don't have the parcel in our system, I don't know where it is and I can't help you". Dead end.
Will it arrived soon, who knows?? Very frustrating. As mentioned, its' not the first time I have experienced this poor service with them. It's extra annoying when there's no choice to pick another courier. I'm pointing my finger at you - Amazon!
The saga continues...
* UPDATE 14 JULY 2014 *
The BMW M4 optioned up by the PistonHeads community has had its first public outing at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show, competition winners Matt Orman and Cameron Milne enjoying a run up the hillclimb in the car in the summer sunshine. Not before we had a go first though, the essential PH shakedown including - cough - scrubbing the rear tyres in and laying down some rubber on Lord March's drive. This being the Moving Motor Show and therefore more regulated than the Festival of Speed we weren't strictly meant to and, yes, we got a bit of a ticking off.
Check out this very cool interactive video on board Pistonhead's BMW M4 in Tanzanite Blue individual colour, spec'd with the new M Performance exhaust. Showcased at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show a few weeks ago. Sounds pretty good even in video format. I'd imagine it being even louder and more aggressive sounding if you hear it in person though.