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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 16, 2007 07:54PM Reply Quote
"Digital hubs." iPod and its successors. (iPhone?) Convergence. How ridiculous will DRM get? Yep, put it all together and it just might make for a successful thread.

Madaracs – December 18, 2007 05:33PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
My digital lifestyle was recently enhanced with a modest 15" LCD TV mounted next to the dartboard in the basement. Thanks, CS. Now I just need to hook-up a PS2.

Simon – December 18, 2007 07:58PM Reply Quote
15" LCD TV mounted next to the dartboard

aren't you worried about it getting damaged? or are you and your friends really good at darts?

Cloudscout – December 18, 2007 10:08PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
It's on a swing arm so he could, theoretically, turn the TV so that darts wouldn't hit the screen.

And it's an electronic dart board so we're talking plastic-tipped darts, too.

ghidorah – December 19, 2007 12:40AM Reply Quote
Raise taxes on cavemen. --jw
BAH! Cork and steel tip is the only way to go.

ARL (Moderator) – December 19, 2007 02:03AM Reply Quote
Poeple don't like it when I play darts. Anyone who's seen my grip will know why...

Madaracs – December 19, 2007 10:12AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
The only person in danger of actually hitting the TV is my wife. She usually misses the board to the right though so it shouldn't be a problem. It would be very difficult for someone to throw a dart at the TV in it's position. If kids play, I'll probably turn the TV away.

El Jeffe – December 19, 2007 10:18AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
famous last words.

What a journey.

Madaracs – December 19, 2007 03:58PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
It's really an exercise in intimidation. Those that know they won't hit the TV and are good at darts will do fine. Those that are afraid they might, will aim to the left. It's all good.

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Simon – December 26, 2007 08:47PM Reply Quote
Interesting article about pixel density in compact cameras:

Cloudscout – December 26, 2007 09:46PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Good article, yes.

Here's another one which gets a little deeper into quantifying the sensor size tradeoff:


Jeff Cooper – December 26, 2007 10:30PM Reply Quote
Both good articles.

I got a Canon A650is yesterday, to replace the Olympus C5050 I dropped onto concrete back in July. And while the Canon has most of the features I wanted, the 12.1 megapixels bother me--they're overkill, and I know they require compromises given the sensor size. At first glance, the picture quality is no better than, and may actually be a small step below, that of the 5.1 megapixel, vintage 2003 Olympus.

stan adams – December 27, 2007 11:17AM Reply Quote
There are actually WAY MORE VARIABLES at play in the digicam world than ever.

Consider the variables that existed in a common compact 35MM camera of only 5 years ago or so and look what has gone from "standard/open" to "who knows". If you wanted to compare how Kodachrome or Fujichrome "looked" it was no big deal to switch them in your camera. If you wondered about the results of Canon optics vs Nikon similarly it was pretty easy to compare.

Now you have different design/dimension of the sensors, different approaches to NR, different approaches to lens design, different philosophy on storing raw data, different compression, etc.

The marketers have too much 'splaining to do, so they resort to boxes with silly numbers on them, as that seemed to work for Intel...

bahamut – December 28, 2007 10:04AM Reply Quote
And none of them really get the idea that what 90% of us would want would be low noise.

stan adams – December 28, 2007 02:23PM Reply Quote
I dunno, I see lots of old lady types lined up at the "print your digital pictures here" kiosks at the drug store and I think they are more than happy to have some noise as look as the color on their 4x6 prints are reasonable bright and the contrast is strong. Noise may actually look like simply a more festive sweater to them...

It really is not that different than TV shopping or hi-fi listening, the MINORITY cares about accurate reproduction while the masses like things "more real than life".

John Willoughby – December 28, 2007 02:25PM Reply Quote
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Maybe time to resurrect the Click-click-click camera and firearms thread.

El Jeffe – December 28, 2007 05:20PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Just got my buy.com refurb Sansa e250 they had on sale for $35. Should have bought more.

2 GB. Retails/ed for $99.


The thing is so cool in ways I wonder why Apple does not do.

The one feature I want for meetings - built-in audio recorder. And it sounds really good, too.
Plays videos. 1.8" screen.
Has FM tuner and it can RECORD it, too. Nice since my Rush station just went FM THIS WEEK. No more Radio Shark needed.

Sync it with the free SyncTunes (I'm doing it now for the first time)

Expansion SD micro slot, so I can expand the storage. Kissy kissy sansa!

I actually like the wheel controller too. It's raised, more touch feedback for me, and it lights up blue, too.

What a journey.

rino – December 28, 2007 08:57PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
That's pretty nice. Does it work with iTunes? Does it support AAC?

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El Jeffe – December 29, 2007 12:13AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Had it for hours...but yeah, using SyncTunes, I can pick playlists, podcasts. Video and photos I guess can be manually dropped into the media folders you want them in on the mounted drive. Yes, AAC appears to be a valid format using SyncTunes. (it's free)

I'm not big into formats. I could not tell you if I have MP3 vs AACs, in general.

But for $35 I can't lose. It's slick. If Sansa made an interface just a tiny bit more auto than the SyncTunes, Apple would have to watch out. I like the iPods, but I like choice in feature set, a lot, too.

What a journey.

El Jeffe – December 29, 2007 12:41AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Here is an audio file I just recorded with the built-in feature&mic.


What a journey.

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