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I love the internet. No really, I LOVE the internet. It provides commerce, education, music, video, and tools for me and most of the connected world. The food I provide for my family is paid for by the work that I do on the internet. I am usually not keen to get too political on my little slice of the net here, but I would ask that you view the following short video about the Stop Online Piracy and the Protect Intellectual Property acts. This is a real eye opener.
Looks like Google is making more changes to their search results again. While every company puts out new releases and with these changes can come modifications to the UI, when google makes a change it can have a pretty big impact on people who get very used to the screen being a certain way. If you recall, when Google rolled out the “instant” search technology, which I admit I love, it also removed the bottom search box that if you use the new “instant” search you really wouldn’t need it.
But now Google has made another change on something I use on almost every search. I often use the advanced search function that resided just below the search box on a results page. But it recently, and I am not sure when because I don’t see it mentioned in the Official Google Blog, has been moved to the bottom of the page. It can also be accessed via the “Gear” icon at the top right of the page. Now, I am fine with changes to an application, as I said above I know every company puts out new release and is constantly trying to change things for the better. In this case however, I think that maybe a bit of form over function may be in play here.
About once a week or so I am usually out searching domain names just to see what is out there. So, as I sat around searching for domain names this evening I ran across one that was actually available with the .com TLD (Top Level Domain) and it was pretty good if you were looking for a particle physics type of site/blog/thing. In other cases I have found cool domains http://domai.nr/ using some of the country code TLD and found some pretty cool domain names that way. I admit domains with the .com TLD are becoming more scarce, but there are still many quality urls to be had out there. So it occurred to me if we could somehow keep domain squatters at bay, a social registrar so to speak could be a cool site idea. What do you think?
You may notice some issues here and there with my blog layout and styling, and I want to apologize for it now. Not that I have any regular visitors yet, but just know that this is not the normal state of my blog, just a temporary state of transition to something I hope in the end will be better.
It really is true that sometimes the best camera is the one you have with you, as touted by Chase Jarvis and celebrated at his site dedicated to this form of photography which can be found here at thebestcamera.com. I admit that I often forget I have this device with me when I have an opportunity presented to create something really cool. This photo was taken in the garage at my work in the early morning. As you can probably tell then is I am facing east as the sun is just screaming to get inside. But what I really find cool about this photograph is how it shows light picking up the color of whatever it is reflecting off of including the pond just on the other side of the wall. I admit this picture has been enhanced a bit with Chase Jarvis’s Best Camera App, but the difference in color is still very pronounced even in the original image.
Nikon is at it again! If you have been under a rock like I apparently have been, then maybe you aren’t aware that Nikon has just announced a new camera that is going to increase the power in the amateur and soccer [insert Mom or Dad as applies] photography market. When people ask me about the differences between professional cameras and an entry level DSLR one of the biggest differences to me, was the ability to handle low light. There are obviously many, many other differences, but paramount to me is the high ISO performance. The D40 for example is an excellent entry level DSLR camera in so many ways however if you try to push it over ISO 400-800 the pictures were unusable in most conditions. Currently, when a more advanced professional camera is paired with professional lenses, amazing things can happen. Especially in light starved situations. But as of two days ago, the gulf between professional camera capabilities and the everyday soccer [insert Mom or Dad] shooter has just gone from being being a 7 day cruise to cross to a 5 day cruise. And that, I think, is a good thing for everyone. Unless you like long cruises, in which case that is really a bad analogy. Having said all of that, I must say that this is not a review of the product, but a look at the specs of this new camera.
Welcome the new baby in the Nikon consumer line of cameras, the Nikon D3100. Although, this baby is setup to be a giant if it meets the specs, I would certainly wait until the reviewers out there get ahold of this camera and take it for a test drive. Having used the D40 in the past, and then reading about the horrible high ISO performance of the D3000 I must admit I am a bit cautious about looking forward to this camera. Not that I am going to purchase this camera, but as I said if these specs hold true then the consumer market has gotten closer, although still very far away but closer, to the professional capabilities available today. So if I am not going to purchase this camera why does it excite me? Simple, Nikon won’t move the consumer products forward without shortly after moving the professional equipment up another notch.
If you are interested in a solid consumer DSLR then the D3100 may be your baby. What I have noted on this camera is the 14 Mega-Pixel (So What) Sensor, ISO 100-3200 [Boost to 12800], Nikon CLS[Creative Lighting System], Auto-Focus in Video Mode, and Video recording up to 1080p. To me, the biggest new feature would be the expanded ISO range as I love to do low light shooting. Hopefully the high ISO capabilities are far greater than the documented poor performance of the D3000 that this replaces. By the numbers this looks as though it could be a real winner, but as I said, if you are in the market for a new DSLR I would at the very least wait until late October before purchasing. This gives the camera reviewers time to put it through its paces and report their findings. May I mention as well, as you are a reader of blogs, once you have found a blogger who has given a proper hands on review of this camera try checking their site for a link to purchase it with as it helps support the blogger community. Happy Hunting.