Tuesday, May 27, 2008


It is only relatively recently that the Gallery has turned its attention to the acquisition of historical Asian art. The purchase in 1990 of a small but significant focus collection of tsubo (lidless jars) from Japan's Six Old Kilns (the Tokoname, Seto, Shigaraki, Tamba, Bizen, and Echizen kilns), dating from the Muromachi and Azuchi-Momoyama periods, marked the beginning of a new emphasis on the acquisition of historical Asian art.

Prior to this, historical Asian works entered the Gallery's Collection only sporadically as gifts from specialist collectors, including ukiyo-e prints gifted by the late Professor Joyce Ackroyd and a group of netsuke (carved toggles) bequeathed by Karl and Gertrude Langer.

The Gallery continues to enjoy the support and generosity of interested collectors. In 1992 James Fairfax, AO, gifted a superb pair of six-fold screens by the early seventeenth-century Japanese artist Unkoku Toeki. Most recently the Gallery has been gifted two Chinese Neolithic jars by Wellington and Virginia Yee, representing a new collecting interest.

From December 2006, these collections have been augmented by significant works on long-term loan from private and public collections. The scope of the loans program includes works of outstanding quality, including superb Chinese porcelains and Buddhist statuary from the Shanghai Museum in China; exquisite Persian miniatures, ancient Near Eastern earthenwares and thirteenth-century Khmer ceramics from the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M Sacker Gallery in Washington DC; Joseon dynasty ceramics from the National Museum of Korea; and a group of significant sixteenth- to eighteenth-century ceramics relating to the Japanese tea ceremony tradition from the Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Japan. Displayed alongside works from the Gallery’s Collection, these objects highlight the richness and sophistication of the cultural traditions of our neighbours in the Asia–Pacific region.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why choose a full-sized inkjet?

Standard inkjets offer versatility, top print quality, and low-cost enlargements. They can print almost anything, including photos 8x10 inches or larger, text, and graphics such as greeting cards. You can use various types and sizes of paper, from business cards to banners.

Quality is another plus. The photos from the best inkjets are as good as those you get from a photofinisher.

Larger prints almost always cost less than you’d pay a photofinisher--about $1 to $1.50 for an 8x10-inch photo, compared with $2 to $4 for professional processing. But inkjets aren’t renowned for speed, so it could take a while to print a number of 8x10s. Many models take 5 minutes or more for an 8x10, though the fastest can crank one out in 1.5 to 3 minutes.

Inkjets won’t save you money on snapshots--the cost is typically 25 to 40 cents per 4x6-inch photo vs. 15 to 25 cents at a photo processor. But you can easily print photos whenever you want them. When you have a big batch to print, though, it would be faster and cheaper to use a photofinisher.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Mobile phones are generally obtaining power from batteries which can be recharged from mains power source. previously, the most common form of mobile phone batteries were nickel metal-hydride, as they have a low size and weight. Sometimes lithium-Ion batteries are used, as they are lighter and do not have the voltage depression that nickel metal-hydride batteries do. Many mobile phone manufacturers have now changed to using lithium-Polymer batteries as to oppose the older Lithium-Ion, the main advantages of this being even lower weight and the possibility to make the battery a shape other than strict cuboid. Mobile phone manufacturers have been experimenting with alternate power sources, including solar cells etc….

In addition to the battery, most cellphones require a small microchip, called a SIM Card, to operate.. Approximately the size of a one-cent postage stamp, the SIM Card is installed underneath the battery in the rear of the unit, and stores the phone's configuration data, and information about the phone itself, such as which calling plan the subscriber is using. When the subscriber removes the SIM Card, it can be re-inserted into another phone and used as normal this can be done easily..

Each SIM Card is activated by a unique numerical identifier ; once activated, that identifier is locked down and the card is permanently locked in to the activating network. Sim cards plays a major role in the mobile phones….