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
The more movies and shows Ligia and I watch on Netflix, the more convinced we become that Netflix lacks a vital feature. We call it the Shelf. Where is it? The Netflix Shelf would hold titles we've seen and loved. It would contain two collections: a smart collection, which would automatically bring together the titles … Continue reading Where’s the Netflix Shelf?
A few months ago I bought a Nokia X3-02 "Touch and Type" cellphone, and I'm sorry to say that I'm disappointed with it. I've been gradually let down by it over time, and in the end, it's just not what I'd hoped it would be. In the store, I was dazzled by its small, thin … Continue reading Nokia: from a bright past to a dim future?
I thought I'd jot down a few thoughts about OS X Lion, having just installed it on my MacBook Pro. I looked forward to getting it for months, and as luck would have it, I happened to be out of town with little internet access when it was released on the 20th. The upgrade was … Continue reading Initial thoughts after installing OS X Lion
Where's the art? When I think of shaving razors currently on the market, I think of cartoon fights where everyone pulls out a bigger gun. Razor companies are constantly trying to outdo each other with more blades. If it's not the blades, then it's a "microcomb", or a vibrating handle... which brings all sorts of … Continue reading Shaving: art versus design versus profit
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
Due to some file corruption issues, I've recently had to re-install Snow Leopard on my MBP. Afterward, as I set up Mail, I found out there was no way to configure my Gmail account for POP3 access. IMAP was the only choice. I searched for this on the internet, and it's a confirmed "design" behavior … Continue reading Bring back POP3 for Gmail, Apple
Neat infographic about Walmart. See below: Last year's sales: $405 Billion. Walton family's net worth: $83.6 Billion, out of which they give 2% annually to charities. By contrast, Warren Buffett's net worth is $47 Billion, and he gives 78% annually to charities. It has 1,400,000 employees. The average salary of a Walmart employee is $20,774/year. … Continue reading The stats on Walmart
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?
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