The time a Drobo lost over 30,000 of my photos and videos

The following is an account of what happened to me in late 2012, when two of my Drobo units malfunctioned and corrupted or erased over 30,000 of my photos and videos, rendering them either completely unusable or making them vanish into digital ether. I have been a Drobo customer since late 2007, when I bought … Continue reading The time a Drobo lost over 30,000 of my photos and videos

It’s time to demand reliability from DSLR manufacturers

Update: After sending the camera in for service to a Canon authorized repair facility, it turns out I took somewhere between 75,000 - 100,000 shots with my 5D when the shutter mechanism failed. Still, most of what I wrote below is appropriate commentary on the whole situation.  When DSLRs (and now HDSLRs) cost thousands of … Continue reading It’s time to demand reliability from DSLR manufacturers

What happened to Sigma and FujiFilm DSLRs?

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

A few years ago, there were two companies which had some interesting opportunities ahead of them: Sigma with its revolutionary Foveon sensor and lens-making know-how, and FujiFilm with its remarkable Super CCD SR sensor and long-term experience with professional lens-making. They didn't stay on course. Sigma's continued development of the sensor has been much too … Continue reading What happened to Sigma and FujiFilm DSLRs?

Stats about cigarette companies

The following infographic presents some interesting facts about big tobacco: The largest US tobacco company, Philip Morris International, is the 94th most profitable company in the country. The top three US tobacco companies made over $50 billion in revenues in 2009. China is the largest cigarette producing country in the world. Tobacco companies from that … Continue reading Stats about cigarette companies