2004 Review: The Kingdom of Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia (Kampuchea, Khmer ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រ កម្ពុជា ) is a small constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia with a population of over 13 million people, more than 90% of which are of Khmer origin. The nation is bordered in the south by the Gulf of Thailand, in the west by Thailand, Laos in the north, and Vietnam in the east. The country is what remains of the ancient Khmer Empire of Angkor that existed from the 9th century to 15th century and it was a protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, when it gained independence. In recent years, Cambodia has gained the much-needed stability and rebuilding of infrastructure since the 1970s.

Angkor Wat complex, Cambodia
Fotograf / Photographer: Manfred Werner


Repetitive Strain Injury

I began to work with computer for several years. In these last two years I work regularly and fully with the machine, since it is my job to organize information and publish them to the web. Not only working for 48 hours a week, but also some more hours for working and reading on my PC at home. But now I realized that I suffered from Repetitive Strain Injury after a journalism instructor told about symptom of this injury. I usually get neck stiff. From now on I should be careful to prevent it futher develops.

Anyone working too long with computer should be careful and take it as precaution. Prevention is better than treatment. To learn more about this, please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/healthy_living/health_at_work/physical_rsi.shtml

Video-Based Desktop Setup

I plan to buy a computer desktop in the next few months. Specifically it will be used to capture, edit, and deliver DVD quality output of event movie. I now have a Panasonic DV Camcorder, which can be record 25 fps PAL video.

Motherboard and Processor
Recently, I go through Intel site as I would prefer to opt for Intel based desktop and probably one with supporting Hyper Thread technology. At the moment, however, I have not decided to choose whether an Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Supporting HT Technology and Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition. And I will go for Pentium® 4 Processor-based boards.

Hard drive
I have not got any idea yet. As far as I know, RAID, SCSI, and SATA can be good for video processing, but not exactly which one good enough.

Video Graphics Array (VGA card)
NVIDIA and Geforce and ATI Radeon is in mind at the moment, but I do not know which one is better than the other for video desktop. I prefer the card to be placed AGP slot rather than PCI slot. However, I still have doubt with latest motherboard from Intel introduces Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition, which has an PCI Express for VGA.

Random Access Memory (RAM)
It is said that when it comes to RAM: Bigger is better, Biggest is Best. At the beginning I am going to install at least 1 Gb, and more later.

Two Weeks after Journalism Training

After a two week Journalism Workshop, I feel more confident in perform a job as a journalist. I am neither a professional nor an experienced one just yet, hopefully I will be. I need to look forward to take another longer course, a diploma degree.

Yesterday, we had a gathering among participants for the workshop closure. It was a good time for everyone to getting better to know each other since they are reporter and writer for local press, television and radio, exclude me as I am web content collector for local content website.

I really have to admire the trainer, Mr. Reach Sambat, who is a professional journalist. He worked for AFP for many years, and also studied journalism in the United State for several years. What he provided is really amazing through his professionalism and experience.

Visited Sorya Shopping Mall Last Weekend

Last weekend I visited Sorya Shopping Mall, a newly built shopping center, which is several metres away from the Central Market. Once in a while I go there to see something new and interesting. This time, it was amazing to have a look at high-tech products such as HD TV, flat screen and LCD TV, digital video and still camera, mobile phones, and many more of product line of Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, etc. I found them so impressive. A year to another, more features have been integrated, renovated, and invented. Although Phnom Penh is not the largest hub of high-end products, but everyone would not know about this in the future.

WYSIRWII: What You See Is not Really What It Is

WYSIRWII is short for What You See Is not Really What It Is. WYSIRWII pronounced WIZ-zee-wi. Both in digital and real world, this term is likely not wrong. What we see does not actually mean what it is. Elements have been transformed to take advantage of capabilities of human eyes to capture. There are much more than this. So many things human can see, too little things of what they are.

Adobe Forum

I find Adobe Forum useful to help solving my current computer desktop. Although I can capture video clips from DV Camcorder, but video is too jerky to human eyes as many frames were dropped. Probably my desktop handles a lower performance than capturing requires. However, I still have to figure this out before making another move for a high-end computer system. I list a specs of my system, hopefully people can also help me out.

There are also some good resources on discussion groups at Google Group. I need such a lot of time to go through.

Attending Advanced Journalism Workshop

Now I am qualified to join an advanced journalism workshop at Royal University of Phnom Penh after submitted an application few weeks ago. The workshop will conduct in every morning, from December 6 to 17, 2004. I will learn to report, interview, write article, and code of conduct of press. Since the skill helps a lot with my current work, it is important that I have this chance. Chance makes choices. I hope to work in this area, information and communication.

System Specs of My Video Desktop

Here is system specification of my computer:
System Manufacturer: PCCHIPS
System Model: M748LMRT
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~551 Mhz
Total Physical Memory: 224.00 MB
Two IDE Hard Drives: 13 Gb (5200-rpm), 40 Gb (7200-rpm)
Integrated VGA & Sound

OS Name: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Video Editing Application: Adobe Premier 6.5

As a matter of fact, I want to do everything possible before give it up and move for a better computer system. And if you would like more info, please let me know. Thanks in advanced.