Sunday, September 26, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
"A timestamp is a sequence of characters, denoting the date and/or time at which a certain event occurred. A timestamp is the time at which an event is recorded by a computer, not the time of the event itself. In many cases, the difference may be inconsequential: the time at which an event is recorded by a timestamp (e.g., entered into a log file) should be very, very close to the time of the occurrence of the event recorded." (Wikipedia)
When was it I heard this song for the first time?In 2002 Casio came in Japan with the First Tough Solar Waveceptor model, the GW-300. Soon a new generation of these watches followed, like the MTG-920D, MTG-930D, GW-700, etc. Although there were many different models and versions, they all had the basically functions. One of the new functions on these models that appeared was the “Time Memo” function.
Some of my Tough Solar Waveceptor models that have the "Time Memo" function.Over the years, members on the G-Shock forum came with some ideas for the Time Memo Function. Freediver told once he used it to record the time he gave his children medication when they were seriously ill. There had to be a certain time span between the medications, to prevent medication poisoning. A good idea, but why not use the 24 hour Stopwatch, unless you want to record more than one “Timestamp”.
Studio Brussel. This radio station is known worldwide for it’s music. They often play music that can’t be heard anywhere else or months before other radio station pick up the music. Studio Brussel also have an on-line playlists. Using Shazam is not an option. The music is sometimes so new, it has not even distributed on any source yet. I think this is the only real good use I have seen for the Time Memo function (although, I still like Leewmeisters idea too) up to date. In fact, Mikeymoto’s post inspired me to make this small article. Do you think you have a good use for a “Timestamp? Well, share it with us by writing a comment on this article. Meanwhile, enjoy G!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
DW-5200C a.k.a. "Hero"I think one of the oldest G-Shock names is “Speed”. The “Speed” model is the basic DW-5600C-1. It was, pretty obvious, named after the movie with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. There also was a green classic DW-5600. It was called “Hero”, because it was worn by a character by the same name in a Japanese movie. Also the DW-5200C got the name “Hero”, but for another reason. The DW-5000C and the WW-5100C were not very popular when they were released. It was said that the DW-5200 would be the last of the G-Shock range if the sales would not increase. Probably thanks to the famous “Ice hockey” commercial, the sales of the DW-5200C was booming.
DW-5600C a.k.a. "Speed".The origin of the name “Hero” and “Speed” come from the land of G-Shock, Japan. G-Shock has been popular in Japan probably since the 90’s. As long as I had access to internet, there were already many G-Shock platforms in Japan.
my friend FUMI from Utsonomya told me this. I’m not sure, but probably also the “Techno” models might be called “Gundam” by Japanese G-Shockers. The “Techno Models”are the DW-81XX models, on the XX can be filled in numbers, like 10, 20, 50, 95, etc. Although the models numbers are different, the basic case. Like the DW-6400 and DW-8300, they have a bezel that consist of a square big metal cover with big resin bumpers on it.
DW-6400, a.k.a. "Gundam"
The DW-8300 a.k.a. "Heavy Metal". In Japan also considered a "Gundam" model.The DW-8300 was widely available worldwide and I think quite many of them were sold. They were actually not very popular in Japan. The watch was simply too oversized. Most Japanese people have very small wrists, compared with the wrists of Europeans and US citizens. These huge watches looked in Japan more like toys on your wrist, than a serious tough watch. The DW-8300 “Heavy Metal” was also worn in the US television series “Stargate”, so the watch is sometimes also referred as the DW-8300 “stargate”. I didn’t watch that show often. I rather liked watching the Star Trek series, so for me the DW-8300 stays “Heavy metal”. With the big metal cover, I think it’s quite a appropriate name and it is also an official name by Casio.
DW-8150. The DW-81XX models are called "Techno models".Recently Casio Europe stopped with name giving. Maybe the inspiration went dry. There have been hundreds of models that have been given a name. Actually I found it always cool to see those names, so I am a bit disappointed that it stopped.
The website of a German on-line store.Sometimes the German nicknames can be very confusing. It is not handy to give named G-Shock models also a name. I think nobody knows what I m talking about when I mention the Gridstone, Sky Tramp, Clasher or Conspirator. It would be easier to talk about the Riseman (DW-9100) or the Gaussman (AW-571).
"Red & Bad" (it's actually orange...)
"Ocean Outlaw"Personally I try to limit the use of German names to only a few models. The only name that come into my mind are the “Cosmoxer” and “Heavenly High”. Probably because it were two models I wanted very much after I had bought my first G-Shock in 2000.
Images of the German 1999 catalog "Tough Stuff"Personally I prefer not to use too many names, besides the model numbers. It is fun that some special models have a nick name. Recently I think two names can be added on the list.
From left to right: "Cosmoxer", "Smokey Sunset" and "Heavenly High".First there is the DW-6900CC-1 of the Crazy Colors series. Because of the poisonous green color used with shiny black resin, someone called the watch “Zombie Slayer”. It came pretty fast adapted on the G-Shock forum and it seems to be a general name for this model now. I think somehow it is both a suiting as a funny name.
This version of the Crazy Colors series is also known as "Zombie Slayer". This is actually a special version, made for Mountain Dew.The second new name is from very recent origin and comes from Casio. The GX-56 models were called “The King of G-Shock”, referring to its size. This means that the GXW-56, with the same case and bezel, must be referred to “The King of G-Shock” too. This name is too long for normal use, so the name will probably be shortened by G-Shockers as “The King”. I think that is already usual to use this name.
GWX-56-4JR, a.k.a. "The King of G-Shock"So, I think I have written enough. I smell delicious Italian pasta. Ciao!