The pillaging of Romania’s natural resources

The following are a couple of examples of what's going on in Romania right now. Romania's largest petroleum reserves (famous since WWII) were recently sold to OMV (Österreichischen Mineralölverwaltung Aktiengesellschaft). Petrom, Romania's state-owned petroleum company, now belongs to OMV, and every time I fill up my car at Petrom, the receipt says OMV Petrom. I … Continue reading The pillaging of Romania’s natural resources

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

Using the economy as an excuse to shortchange employees

I've seen companies do some pretty disgusting things in my time, and the move some of them are pulling lately definitely ranks right up there with some of the biggest stinkers. In effect, they're using the current weak economy/recession as an excuse to lay off employees and burden the existing ones with the extra work, … Continue reading Using the economy as an excuse to shortchange employees