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06/08/05

  12:05:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 96 words  
Categories: Digital Photography

Zigview LCD that attaches to viewfinders

Link: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0506/05060701zigview_lcd.asp

Hmmm, an intriguing sounding product....

Wonder if I'll really get back into film photography though....and if I do, which camera will I dig out of storage.

Last time I went on a cruise, I wished I had my Nikon FE2 with me....but that was 5 years ago...and I hardly shoot film anymore.

OTOH, I do have a Pronea 6i...and APS is somewhat easier to manage with a filmscanner. Though I don't know if my old (SCSI) filmscanner will work on my current computer. I'm not sure Canon supports the FS2710 under XP, either.

06/06/05

  11:35:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 479 words  
Categories: Stuff, Digital Photography, Travel

BC-900 Battery Charger by La Crosse BC900 w/LCD Display

Link: http://www.thomas-distributing.com/la_crosse_bc-900_battery_charger-display.php

Next on the post holiday acquistion spree....a La Crosse BC900 Battery Charger.

I forget how I came to first seeing this, but I kind of thought neat....I want one.

I used to use the Rayovac one-hour chargers...actually I own 5 of them. Originally the plan to was keep me well stocked with NiMH batteries for my digital camera and flash. Except that I don't use that camera much and the batteries didn't seem to give me much more life than the LiOn battery.

But, the new digital camera uses AA batteries as well, just not as many. But, still I wanted to update my collection.

First thing I did was use the charger to refresh the old batteries. Found lots of cells that were just dead, and the rest were useless. According to the charger only had capacity of around 200mAh. They were Nexcell 2100mAh batteries.

Pretty much the whole lot is toast.

That's okay...around the same time I ordered a 10 pack of 2500mAh Power 2000 batteries from Adorama.

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06/05/05

  04:45:40 am, by The Dreamer   , 589 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware

Bad Drives....ARGH!!!

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I guess it was partly my own fault.

Last summer, I bought a retail 250GB Maxtor drive to upgrade a refurbished ReplayTV 5040. Well, a few months later the drive failed. It was the first ReplayTV that I had upgraded to 250GB to experience a drive failure. One key difference was that all the previous ReplayTVs were upgraded using OEM 250GB Maxtors.

So, I quickly rushed out and ordered another one of these, though the company I had ordered from in the past switched from free 2nd Day UPS to free 2nd Day FedEx....and that drive arrived DOA. So, there was an RMA process with that. Eventually, I got another drive and things have been working fine since.

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06/04/05

  01:01:50 am, by The Dreamer   , 303 words  
Categories: Hardware

Xtreme 4x DVD-R vs Optodisc 16x DVD-R

Actually, it is interesting...I discovered that when I had my old 4x DVD-R in the DVR-109, Nero says I can burn at 1x, 2x or 4x. But, with the Optodisc 16x DVD-Rs...my only option is 4x.

It did indicate that slower and faster than 4x for 16x media in this drive depended on firmware version and the manufacturer of the disc....

Interesting that I bought the 50 spindle of the "Xtreme" 4x DVD-Rs back on September 2nd, 2003. Which makes sense, because it was the final reason that prompted me to get a new computer...which I didn't order until my birthday a couple months later. Which was also about when I got my 3rd gen iPod....hmmm.

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  12:35:04 am, by The Dreamer   , 657 words  
Categories: Hardware

Pioneer DVR-109 DVD Burner

I've actually gotten a bunch of new toys this week....the result of some heavy online shopping during the Memorial Day long weekend.

So far not all that much to blog about. But, one of the things I did was I bought this DVD burner.

In the last couple months I've been using my old DVD burner (a Pioneer DVR-106D) more and more....2-3 discs a week....is what I define as more. Because of the long drawn out process of getting to burn, it is usually late Sunday night when I'm trying to burn some discs so I can take them into work on Monday.

So, 4x seems to be slow.

A couple months ago, I remember explaining to somebody that different drives...different media compatibility....to where only certain 16x discs will actually burn at 16x, etc.

What happened? Well, I got this spindle of 100 16x discs....in anticipation of someday getting a 16x burner. They burn okay at 4x in my 4x burner, I had checked to make sure they would be compatible with it. Because the other neat thing about the media/burner compatibility is that faster media doesn't necessary work in slower drives. At least that's what I've been told. Though I've admittedly had little experience on different drives and/or media.

Case in point...the 16x discs (Optodisc) will only burn at 4x under the current (and latest) firmware in my DVR-109. So, I'm no faster than I was before.

Not sure if I want to buy some other maker's 16x discs now...or wait and see if Pioneer adds greater than 4x speed support to these discs.

I've almost used up the 50 spindle of the 4x discs that I started with....and I do have a few shorter spindles around, except those ones are the branded discs...which don't label very well in my thermal transfer printer (Casio CW75).

Wonder at what point will I break and try out some DLs in this drive....

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06/03/05

  01:33:43 pm, by The Dreamer   , 105 words  
Categories: iPod

Apple iPod Settlement

Link: http://www.appleipodsettlement.com/

I wonder if I should make a claim for my Third Generation iPod...even though I replaced it with a Fourth Generation one.

I suppose since the choice is either get the battery replaced or $50 off of a future purchase....I suppose I could go this route...and perhaps get the iPod Mini I've been thinking of getting (since the iPod Shuffle was kind of a disappointment....because it doesn't do sound check)....

Hmmm, maybe I'll do that....

Plus I was thinking that if I did replace the battery in my 3rd Gen iPod, I would check out the aftermarket replacement that has more capacity....

05/31/05

  07:29:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Soylent Green

05/30/05

05/27/05

  06:27:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 73 words  
Categories: General

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Well, I finally went and saw it....it was okay.

In a way it did make me want to watch the original three episodes....(the trilogy that follows &#59;D) Except I don't think so, some how I don't think it'll quite measure up....

I wonder if they'll get remade....

Perhaps someday I'll pick up a set for my collection. Wonder if by then, I'll have to add an HD-DVD category to my blog :))

05/24/05

  10:34:52 am, by The Dreamer   , 390 words  
Categories: General, VoIP

FCC/E911 and Virtual Numbers

Back when I had Qwest, I had the option of having a 1-800 number...though it wasn't very useful, since it would only work in the US. And, the main reason I wanted it was to be more reachable from Canada.

Now with VoIP, one of the things I've been thinking about is getting a virtual number in another location. Though there's nothing to say that it can't be my only number. Since, I hardly ever get any legitimate local calls. And, those that I get...there is no reason that it can't be handled by only one local number, instead of the 3 different local numbers I have at home...because I have 3 different services.

Not having a local number would probably make no impact on grey unsolicited calls, especially since a lot of them are probably out of state. grey because they claim to be exempt from DNC, even though I could do without. Especially the ones that call at inconvenient times (like when I'm eating) and the ones that just give me dead air when I do take the trouble to answer. I don't remember the last time I actually found somebody calling me.

Anyways...I'm still on the fence of whether to get a non-local number as my next service (or to replace the number on one of my services...though I'm leaning to yet another new service at the moment....)

But, now it appears because of the E911 requirement, the regulation is going to limit us to numbers that correspond with the actual location of where you live. :**: And, that could be really restrictive. Because some (many?) areas also have geographic restrictions within the city on what number for what part. And, one of the advantages of portable numbers was that even if I moved across town...I could in theory keep my number. Not that I have any plans to move in the next couple of years (as evidenced, by the fact that I'm just a week or so into an 18 month lease...) Though the last time I moved...there was some issue as to whether I could keep my number...even though I only moved 1.5 miles. I suppose since it did involve moving from one side of the Interstate to the other....

Wonder if I should hurry up and order my non-local phone numbers now.

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