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

Google Picasa 2

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 situations like these, where your subject is more than 10 or 20 feet away, you need something more powerful — like the 12x zoom lens on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 or the 10x zoom on the Kodak EasyShare Z740.The downside of these cameras is that they aren’t easy to pocket, unless you’re a safari-vest-wearing dork, and they will put an awkward bulge in a shoulder bag.… Read the rest

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 vs. Kodak EasyShare Z740

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

Death by Tech Support