Konica Minolta Says Goodbye

January 25, 2006 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors, Fun Outdoors, Technology | Leave a comment

Competition in the digital camera market has been reduced with the exit of Konica Minolta. Their cameras were attractive as a quirky third alternative to the dominant Canon and Nikon brands. I found that low-to-mid range Minolta cameras often had superior optics than comparable Canon and Nikon models.

I suppose I can try to find a good deal on a soon-to-be-discontinued DiMAGE Z6, or maybe an Olympus if they ever dropped their expensive and pseudo-proprietary xD digital film format.

Small Victories

January 25, 2006 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

The EFF is reporting these two events on the fight to keep our fair use rights:

  • The MPAA has engaged in illegal copying of movies under the pretense of protecting families, while equally valid reasons for consumers would be criminalized if the MPAA had its way.
  • Senate hearings on the RIAA broadcast flag quickly illustrated their stupidity and shortsightedness. Things we take for granted now (recording, editing of material for personal private use) would be illegal if the RIAA ever gets their way.

I’m looking forward to more of the Senate hearings to see both cartels implode and die.

Jack’s Back

January 15, 2006 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | 2 Comments

The fifth season of Fox’s 24 began tonight with a two-hour show and another two hours tomorrow.

In tonight’s episode, former CTU agent Jack Bauer gets back into action after two favorite characters from previous seasons were killed in the first 20 minutes.

Later on, Jack infiltrates an office. Those who have HDTV quickly find out the preferred computers of the good guys. Those without can only see the portion between the two yellow lines. It’s best not to tell them the truth:

Google at CES

January 3, 2006 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Technology | Leave a comment

Many Mac users, myself included, are focused on Macworld rumors rather than what’s going on with the other 90% of the computing world converging on Las Vegas for this weekend’s CES.

The speculation is no longer on Intel since the leak last week on their new CPUs and branding strategy which was followed by the Mac web in light of the upcoming Intel-based Macs.
The focus is now on Google. Two articles speculate on the possible release of a Google-developed Operating system, hardware, updated applications, and the network connectivity to put it all together.

Another observation is the virtual disappearance of Steve Jobs’ friend and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison; other than trying to win back America’s Cup, he hasn’t been making news lately. Could he be undergoing a Damascus conversion to be completed this Friday at CES?

2.0 Upgrade Successful

January 2, 2006 at 12:20 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment

I’ve successfully upgraded to WordPress 2.0 and have reverted back to the default blue theme. Instead of bringing back the old blue-and-gold theme, I will probably pick one of the canned themes since I’m not much of a CSS maven.

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