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Month: June 2005 (page 1 of 2)

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Casio EX-P505Most of Casio’s Exilim cameras have been trim, low-profile units that fit easily into a pocket. Not so with the Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505, which is about as slim and elegant as a sock full of golf balls.

In fact, it’s hard to know what name to give this oddly shaped camera, which looks like nothing we’ve ever seen.… Read the rest

Google Picasa 2

You know them: annoying Mac users who are always going on about Apple’s supposed “usability,” its “elegant design,” and all its “great applications.” Well now you can scratch one item off your Mac-using friends’ brag list. Google’s Picasa 2 is more elegant and usable than Apple iPhoto, it has more photo-managing and editing features, and it’s faster.… Read the rest

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 vs. Kodak EasyShare Z740

Whether it’s because of fear, prudence, or a restraining order, sometimes you just can’t get close enough for a decent photo. And a 3x zoom lens, standard on most digital cameras, doesn’t help much if you’re trying to get a shot of your surfing buddy thrashing around in the waves or of your neighbor undressing in the window across the street.For… Read the rest

Death by Tech Support

waiting ... waiting ...Ready to end it all? Believe us, nothing will suck the life out of you like spending an hour on hold listening to endless repetitions of Barry Manilow’s “Mandy,” reading serial numbers off the bottom of your new notebook for five minutes, going back on hold for another 10 minutes, spending 20 minutes describing your problem, and then finding out that the company that just sold you a $2,500 state-of-the-art system refuses to help you get it working right.… Read the rest

Kick Ass Kung-Fu.

This video game installation, currently playable only in Finland, is like Dance Dance Revolution — except it’s a kung fu fighting game, and you make kung-fu fighting moves on a mat to control your on-screen character.

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It’s my Daddy.

clara\'s picture of daddy
This is a picture Clara drew last week at preschool. Teacher Sheila wrote down the story Clara told to go with it:

It’s a person. It’s my Daddy. It’s an angry Daddy. Because I did something bad that he didn’t like.

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Pirate for hire!

Avast, ye scurvy swabs!

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Thimerosal nightmare.

One of the big medical mysteries of the past decade is the alarming rise in the number of autism cases among children. In 1991, autism hit one kid in 2,500. It was rare enough that it lurked in the background, a spooky but not terribly immediate possibility for most parents.… Read the rest

Tables in Movable Type entries.

Thought I’d post a quick tip on this, since I couldn’t find it published anywhere else: If you’ve got a table you want to put inside an MT entry, you’ve got to put all the HTML table code on a single line.… Read the rest

Death by Tech Support.

My latest feature for Mobile pits the top 10 notebook vendors against each other to see who provides the best tech support — and who’s the worst. No holds barred!

UPDATE 6/16/06: This story got slashdotted. Woo hoo!

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