Archives for: March 2005, 30


  09:18:52 pm, by The Dreamer   , 514 words  
Categories: Digital Photography

1GB SanDisk Ultra II Secure Digital


It occurred to me, that I might as well order the memory card I intend to use with my coming digital camera. Since, there's less thought involved in that. At least that's what I thought.

I went to, where I had a selection for a 60x SD card. It was a brand I didn't know (ATP), but it was cheaper than SanDisk. Unfortunately, they were out of stock. They seemed to be out of stock of the all the purported to be 60x SD cards.

So, I thought about where I would go looking for memory occurred to me that there wasn't a reason why I shouldn't use eBay. Most of my memory cards have been purchased this way, and I haven't had any bad experiences yet.


So again I looked at price....had settled on PQI...which also purported to be a 60x SD card. 9MB/s is considered 60x, and 10MB/s is 66x.... I tried tracking down retail shops that sold it, product information and product reviews. Didn't find much useful....until I came across a site that sold the 60x PQI SD cards, but under had the minimum transfer rates as minimum 6MB/s read and 4.8MB/s write....that's not close to 60x.... SanDisk claims sustained rates of 9MB/s write and 10MB/s make their 60x speed claim. And, the price wasn't that different. <$10.

I have been somewhat hesitant with SanDisk, because I had a SanDisk SD card before...the it wasn't that great in performance. Though it didn't make any claims, and neither did the Lexar that I replaced it with...but the Lexar was much faster than the SanDisk. And, it seemed to be concensus among others online to stay away from SanDisk. Though hopefully they've improved.

I don't think I have the means to test it for speed, unless it is so horrible that it is noticeable. The current SD card using devices have less expensive unknown brands from eBay as well. Except for my other digital camera (Dimage X20)...which I got a PNY SD card, but I haven't do any tests for speed. It just happened to be the cheapest when I ran into Best Buy looking for memory to feed what didn't turn into a disposable digital camera, yet. &#58;&#99;&#114;&#97;&#122;&#121;&#58;

The only thing I had on my list for Digital Camera related acquisitions is a supply of Oxy-Alkaline batteries and some 2500mAH NiMh batteries and a good charger.

I'm probably gonna got with ordering from Thomas-Distributing for the NiMh batteries and charger, while the Oxy-Alkaline/Oxy-Nickel is a toss up between eBay and I'll probably end up going the eBay route....unless there is some price movement. The eBay seller is cheaper than, but with shipping it is close to the same price. While with, I could combine it with other stuff and get free shipping. And, I have other stuff on my wishlist that I plan to get in the next few months.

  06:21:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 115 words  
Categories: General, Software

Annoying Re ferrer/Comment Spam

In the quest to cut down on Re ferrer&Comment Spam, I started looking for hacks to this blog software that might help.

A couple days ago, I made the change to require login to leave comments. I have this control on my LiveJournal (which I was introduced to by a friend that has a LiveJournal), actually it was this requirement that lead me to having a LiveJournal of my own. &#58;&#80;

Today I came across some other hacks, namely I implemented these two:

  1. hackblog@wonderwinds - Slowing down the spammers
  2. hackblog@wonderwinds - Closing the door on comment spammers

Wonder if it is possible to implement the equivalent for closing the door on trackback spammers....&#58;&#63;&#58;

  09:09:48 am, by The Dreamer   , 384 words  
Categories: Digital Photography

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Black


Well, I've gone and done it.

I ordered one of these digital cameras via eBay.


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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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