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]