The iMac: not so great long, long after

I received an email from Apple a couple of days ago, advertising the new iMac. The title of the ad was: "Amazing right out of the box. And long, long after." I disagree with that characterization. Perhaps it's true of the new iMac, but it's not true of our iMac. First, let me get something [...]

Don’t play with Tussionex

Late last night, I kept coughing due to a passing cold. After taking several doses of other cough syrups during the evening, which had obviously not done their job, I decided to take some Tussionex -- my ultimate weapon against coughing. I try to use it only when I absolutely need it, because it's fairly [...]

Wish I could do something about those dogs

There are two problems with dogs in Romania, as I see it: There are entirely too many stray dogs Most dog owners care little about their dogs' behavior Let me say first that I'm a dog lover, though my recent experiences here in Romania have cooled my enthusiasm for dogs significantly. Overall, it's been one [...]

A Canon repair experience

As I mentioned previously, my Canon 580EX II speedlite hadn't been working properly with my Canon EOS 5D DSLR since March of 2008. I'd set it in the hot shoe on top of the 5D, as usual, but it would cause the camera not to work at all. The 5D would give me a strange [...]

The Italian road trip

We came back yesterday morning from a wonderful week-long road trip through Italy. We started out in Pisa last Wednesday, February 18th, and returned from that same city yesterday, on February 25th. Before we left, we mapped out a circular route that cut through the following regions: Toscana, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Marche, Abruzzo, and Lazio. [...]

Tempered enthusiasm

After getting all excited about my new 24-105mm zoom, I found a strand of thread sticking resolutely to the interior of the front lens. It was definitely inside, and I couldn't get it to go away. Even if it came loose, it would still be inside, and would probably stick to one of the other [...]

A Dell order and return experience

On 7/31, I placed an order for a Dell S2409W 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel LCD Monitor, a new model from Dell which has a 16:9 display ratio and runs about $350. I needed an external display for my MacBook Pro, because it's getting cumbersome to edit photos on a 15" screen. On 8/21 (three weeks [...]

Baltimore Aquarium’s Dolphin Show

During our last trip to Baltimore, we visited the Baltimore Aquarium and also attended their dolphin show, called "Play!". It lasts about a half hour or so and it's geared toward kids -- which means quite a bit of talk about dolphins and not so many jumps. If you expect a show packed with acrobatics and [...]

A new lease on old hardware

In 2003, I bought an HP OfficeJet 7110 all-in-one, a big, boxy monster that did (and still does) printing, scanning, faxing and copying. I've barely ever used it to fax, but the feature is there in case I need it. Now I'm using it over our wireless network with an Apple AirPort Express, and it [...]