Archive for December, 2008

Creating a large sparse image

Posted: December 19, 2008 in Computing, Short

It takes about 116 hours to create a 150GB encrypted sparse disk image over the network. I don’t recommend attempting it.

Dream Machine

Posted: December 18, 2008 in Computing

Laptops and portability are huge right now. Someone recently said that they don’t travel without their laptop, but they don’t leave the room without their iPhone. This is true for so many of us. Convenience and portability, this is what the iPhone is, the only thing missing is horsepower (well there are a few other things missing, but computing power is the big thing). Laptops give up some of that convenience and portability for power (and desktops give up all the portability for power).


Finepix F30 Update

Posted: December 14, 2008 in General

First, I wanted to mention that there is a way to turn off the green LED on focusing. I’m sure I’ll get some blurry photos, but it’s nice to know I can always turn it on if I need it. Since that was the only real annoyance, I have to say that I really think the F30 is a special camera.

I took a quick test shot comparing the Canon Digital Rebel vs. the Fuji F30. There is no doubt the Canon trounces the Fuji in low light (not that I’m surprised). For a good comparison, I also took the same photo with my old point and shoot (the FinePix A340), as well as my iPhone.


What I think of the Finepix F30

Posted: December 14, 2008 in General

Im a little late to the party on this, but I just picked up a Fuji Finepix F30. Curiously, this is the 3rd Fuji that I’ve bought (which is nice since I have a pile of xD memory cards that can only be used in Fujis). I bought this camera based on reviews of it’s excellent low-light capabilities. I’m happy to say that it delivers in that category.


10 years later

Posted: December 14, 2008 in General, Short

Today I left feedback for my camera auction (loving that Finepix F30), and out of curiosity I wanted to see my first piece of feedback. I had to go back more than 10 years to find it. Aug 29, 1998, a month before eBay went public.

Like they used to…

Posted: December 3, 2008 in Gaming, General

I just bought a Fuji FinePix F30 off eBay for $250. In a weird twist, this camera debuted almost 3 years ago (and hasn’t been available in stores for more than 18 months). The original retail price was $399, and could have been bought for $249 in July 2006.

Doesn’t seem like anything special. It’s a point and shoot camera, 6.1MP, 3x optical zoom. No image stabilization, no HD video, and yet it’s a hard camera to get (although the F31fd is even harder). Even today, it is one of the best low light point and shoot cameras ever produced.

They don’t make them like they used to… three years ago.

We have two HDTVs now (a 42″ and a 32″), but the only High Def device we own is the Xbox360. To be honest I haven’t had a huge issue with watching standard def stuff on TV… and I consider myself a technology geek. It’s not that I’m against getting HD channels, it just seems expensive, plus I really enjoy time shifting everything we watch with our ReplayTV (big fan!)