Blog entries from April, 2006

Convenience narrowly wins

Friday, April 28th, 2006 at 7:25 pm

A few weeks ago I rambled on about getting my own digital camera. A few days ago I made a decision and as of this afternoon I have a Canon IXUS 60 with 1GB memory card and leather pouch to do with as I please. As it is smaller than my wallet, even in its pouch, I have absolutely no excuse to not have it with me at all times. Finding suitable things to photograph will be the next challenge and after that will be a convenient mechanism to publish them.

One thing I didn’t realise about this camera is that it lacks the remote capture features that both my parents camera (PowerShot S45) and my other finalist (PowerShot S80) have. I do have to say that I have never taken advantage of that and the last time I saw someone do so was a few years ago for a time lapse of our last lan party…

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update: PowerBook Duo 2300c

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 at 9:12 pm

Apple PowerBook DuoThis afternoon I finally got around to taking photos of the PowerBook Duo 2300c and Duo Dock II that I picked up two weeks ago. I am disappointed that I was not able to get this done on the same day as the pickup as I managed to do with the SPARCstation IPC back in February.

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Convenience versus quality

Sunday, April 16th, 2006 at 10:53 pm

For some time now I have been thinking about getting my own digital camera instead of simply borrowing my parents camera, a Canon PowerShot S45. Although it is now a few years old it is still a good camera and except in low (or no) light (were a tripod should probably help) I have been very pleased with the quality of the photos. The biggest problem I have is that it is not my camera and if both my parents and I want to use it they win out.

When I was thinking along these lines a few months ago I was tempted to get the current version of it, the eight megapixel PowerShot S80. My current thinking has been altered by two things: that a couple of people of work have ultra compact cameras such as the Canon IXUS 60 and how impressive the photos posted to forums such as the Victoria forum on SkyScraperCity that are taken with digital SLR cameras. However there is no reason I could even come close to justifying that kind of expense.

This leaves me with two options:

  • A good camera that is no bigger than my wallet which makes it extreemly convenient to carry around (eg the IXUS 600 for AU$460); or
  • A better camera that is bigger which makes is less convenient (eg the PowerShot S80 for $680);

Since both of these options are an improvement on the camera that I currently have access to my current inclination is to go for the more convenient (and cheaper) option and see how much I do use it…

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new addition: PowerBook Duo 2300c

Sunday, April 9th, 2006 at 8:53 pm

This afternoon I picked up the latest addition to my collection , a PowerBook Duo 2300C, Duo Dock, Duo MiniDock, keyboard and mouse. Although I didn’t already have one of these PowerBooks in my collection I was more interested in the Duo Dock II for my Duo 210

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