Are your all idiots.

One of the delights of running a free haiku site is getting angry, crazy, or just plain bizarre emails from people who feel that, for some reason, my web site is not living up to their expectations. Publish the wrong haiku, and some people will send profanity-laced invective. Skip a few days, and some people wig out completely. Case in point:

WHAT!

I have not received any: haiku-on@tinywords.com

NIL X 5,000000000000000000000000 ZILLION times.

Is your setup folding?

Then get me off your list, so I can subscribe elsewhere!

Are your all idiots who are all fucked up or having troubles with you rotten software!

SHAME SHAME SHAME!

Put your house in order.

With malice towards none, blessings and kindness towards all, idiots, gurus, savants, whiz kids, geniuses, Nobel prize laureates!

Your aficionado!

Are your all idiots.

FujiFilm FinePix E550

fujifilm e550If nothing matters but the megapixels, take a look at the Fujifilm FinePix E550, one of the few cameras of its size (or price) to top 6 megapixels. It delivers stunningly detailed, well-exposed shots with good color. Leather, fur, the nubbly texture of stucco — no matter what your fetish, the textures will look good in pictures from this camera. Videos look great, too, at 640 x 480 pixels and an unusually high 30 frames per second. The E550 sports a generously sized 2-inch LCD (something we wish every camera had) and it’s a downright speed demon, booting up in just 1.9 seconds, squeezing off a shot within a tenth of a second after you push the shutter button, and recovering to take another shot just a second later.

There are some nagging design details that spoil the FinePix E550’s otherwise excellent performance, however. The mode dial is small and doesn’t click positively into each position, so it can be unclear what mode the camera is in. The plastic port cover isn’t permanently attached (you have to remove it to access the power, USB, and AV ports), so it’s guaranteed to get lost. And overall, the look of the camera is chunky and angular — not the kind of camera you’d use to impress someone on a first date.

Still, the Fujifilm FinePix E550 offers the best image quality of these three, and it’s a great deal at $350, making it our top pick for this roundup. -Dylan Tweney

SPECS:
Fujifilm FinePix E550
$350
Weight: 9.2 ounces
Size: 4.1 x 2.6 x 1.8 inches
Specs: 6.1 megapixels; 4x optical zoom; 640 x 480-pixel, 30 fps AVI video recording with audio; 2-inch LCD; xD card slot; USB 1.1 port; AV port; pop-up flash; PictBridge compatible; requires two AA batteries (NiMH batteries and charger included)
www.fujifilm.com

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