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  1. I'm not familiar with Kenko. Is it as popular in the photography stores there as it appears to be on the Amazon site? Since I haven't heard of that brand before, I'd stick with the major brands as the quality of their glass & coatings are proven... and what's two bucks, really, when it comes down to quality re-assurance?
  2. You can do it within their sight IF you're claiming to treat them as royalty... proving that you're also their food-tester.
  3. quality of the sensor It's not a foolish question at all. The quality of the sensor certainly plays a huge roll with regards to its' low-light capabilities, however, the other major player is the lens. Lenses of dSLR's have a much greater diameter than the lenses of non-slr digital cameras, that means a lot more light-gathering ability. For example: doubling the lens diameter will result in 4 times the amount of light reaching the sensor. (In basic geometry, Area = Pi times the square of the radius = Pi x r2.) Note: 1 f-stop of exposure difference (either by aperture, shutter speed
  4. Rusty's leash can be attached to either his collar or his harness. Both have their pros & cons. The harness allows me to pull Rusty away from "something found" without choking him, but it lacks the more immediate control of the collar. I've yet to see a dog that wouldn't risk choking itself to death in order to get closer to something "irresistible" (odour, squirrel, whatever). Rusty's collar uses the snap-type fastener (commonly used on camera bags, backpacks, etc.), but the length has a tendency to work loose without notice. That has allowed Rusty to get out of his collar, usually w
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    I just finished reading the thread... and the obituary. I'm still stunned. I wondered why I hadn't seen her posts in some time, but hadn't expected this. What a loss. She certainly affected a lot of people and the touching posts here (and in her guest book) reflect the extent of her presence. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to her family and friends.
  6. How does Callie manage to use the cordless phone for their collaboration? Sharing a pdf online is one thing, but using a keyboard is more cumbersome than speaking... ah, I forgot about the mouse. Do they use iChat to video conference?
  7. I recently received an e-mail appearing to be a mail server failure-to-deliver message from msn. (Google identified it as spam & blocked the images.) Knowing it was fraudulent, I placed my cursor over the "unsubscribe" link, looked at the browsers' status bar and saw a link to a Chinese website. I figured that it was either a phishing expedition (to collect verified e-mail addresses or even IP addresses) or one of the ways that the cyber spies got their malware onto their victims computers. Awareness is the first defence.
  8. They "could not say conclusively that the Chinese government was involved:, yet: and show that the Chinese government and Chinese intelligence service are not only aware of it, but actively participating in this information theft. For old news about some of the monitoring activities of our own governments: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON.
  9. I'd be surprised if the online services didn't use software similar to that of the actual photography shops. They don't really need to be concerned about pixel-per-inch, but about total pixels in both dimensions. The image "resolution" becomes redundant since it's simply re-calculated for the desired output size. Simply increasing the pixels per inch count by itself won't make for better prints because Photoshop automatically alters the image dimensions accordingly, thus enlarging the image... using whichever algorithm is in place to generate the non-existing pixels. The resu
  10. I haven't used Dreamweaver, but went to the PhotoshopCafe website and found (as I suspected) that that sites' creator had also made a companion site for Dreamweaver: http://www.dreamweavercafe.com/.
  11. Actually, 2,000 millivolts = 2 volts. Just drop the "milli" prefix. Depending upon the expansion card and whatever protections may-or-may-not exist within the circuitry, it could take only 50V or less to damage the parts on the board and render it useless. Therefore, while the higher voltages of some electrostatic discharges are quite obvious, the vast majority occur without raising the slightest suspicion that it has occurred. Provided that your bare-metal computer case has a power supply installed and is plugged into the wall (NOT a good idea) to complete the ground, etc., etc. W
  12. So much for doggie poker. Rusty's portrait:
  13. I'll see that tongue... And raise you a bum...
  14. And the jeopardy you were putting yourself in, as well. A normal camera lens cleaner should do the trick, using the disposable papers, and several applications depending upon the severity of the contamination. Use only lens cleaning tissues, since paper towels (and many facial tissues) are like sandpaper and tissues with lotion will leave their own grease behind. Toilet paper varies greatly, but if it doesn't scratch the delicate coatings on your lens, it'll leave a fine dusting of lint all over it. If you're camera is an SLR or bigger, then get a UV filter (or something simil
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    Coffee shop uniforms

    Wash & wear, mostly. Lower cleaning bills and no ironing. I wonder if they have casual Fridays?
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