In most of the last half of the 20th century, the weapon of choice for low-light candid photography was the 35mm rangefinder camera. There were lots of reasons. The cameras were small and light. The focal-plane shutters were quieter than SLR shutters (except for the tiny number of SLRs with pellicle mirrors), and not much… [Read More]
Today I received a letter from Dell. It started out: Dear Current Occupant: Your dedicated account team is now in place to help your business. I didn’t feel much like reading further.
I’ve been playing with a tilt/shift lens on a digital SLR. I’m hoping to get sharper landscapes by not having to stop down as far to get the foreground and background in focus. Thus, the tilting action of the lens is what’s of interest to me. The trick with a tilting lens, whether on a… [Read More]
Encouraged by the success of my two test upgrades, I upgraded my main workstation to Win 7. It went pretty smoothly. I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and found all the problem programs and drivers, and uninstalled or fixed them all. When I did the actual upgrade, the compatibility scan detected a problem that… [Read More]
This morning, conventional wisdom doesn’t look so bad. Last night, the new Win 7 system started responding slowly. Norton Internet Security was doing a full scan at the time, so I didn’t worry about it much. I brought up the Task Manager and didn’t see anything untoward. But then I couldn’t close the Task Manager…. [Read More]
I gave up on the Win 7 upgrade that Amazon sent out groundinstead of Blue Label. So did Amazon; they sent a replacement even though UPS said it would get here in due time. On Turkey Day, I ordered another copy for Saturday delivery. This morning, it showed as being prepared for shipment on Amazon’s… [Read More]
The 3880 came a couple of days ago. I went through the usual Epson shipping tape hunt, and found ’em all. Setup was simple using the USB port. After my Ethernet problems with the 3800, I figured I’d save the network connection for later. In loading the ink cartridges into the printer, I had a… [Read More]
Amazon shipped the Windows 7 Upgrade UPS ground instead of the 2nd day air I specified, so it won’t be here until next week. I will use the time to make friends with my new printer. I’ve had an Epson 3800 for a couple of years now. I got it when the baryta-coated fiber papers… [Read More]