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  08:02:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 76 words  
Categories: Stuff

La Crosse 2000 mAh NiMH AA Batteries

These are the batteries the came with the BC900 charger....

They are called '2000 mAh' batteries....and in the fine print, they are spec'd as "1900 mAh +/- 10%."

Hmmm, I suppose that means at worse, they'll only rate as 1710 mAh.

Well...only one of them made over this mark.

And, a couple of days of going through the refresh cycle....the batteries come in at:

1639, 1647, 1704, and 1820 mAh.

Wonder if I'll bother with the 700mAh AAA batteries that were included.....

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

Zigview LCD that attaches to viewfinders


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.


  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


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

Bad Drives....ARGH!!!


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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  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 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 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 where only certain 16x discs will actually burn at 16x, etc.

What happened? Well, I got this spindle of 100 16x 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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  01:33:43 pm, by The Dreamer   , 105 words  
Categories: iPod

Apple iPod Settlement


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....


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

DVD: Soylent Green



  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 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 :))

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