Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Laforet's Nocturne film available today (u)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
HDRtist Released Today
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I'm a joiner
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Is iTunes pre-programmed? Or biased towards some music?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Apple Comes Through
While on vacation last week, I had an unfortunate incident. The 5DII was the major technological victim, as was I -- I still ache in spots -- but my iPhone must have taken a hit as well, though it didn't get wet. After the fall, it no longer saw its SIM card. No amount of rebooting and re-inserting of the SIM card or cleaning of SIM card contacts would make it happy again. Initially I though it was because that I was not in the AT&T network, but returning home to the domain of the Ma Bell mothership didn't help, either.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Old Photos, High Tech
Monday, September 7, 2009
I've known torture and I've known pain...
...and it has nothing to do with a film with Michael Caine.
My beloved Canon 5DII and it's usual companion, the 24-105 took a quick bath in a Norwegian lake on Monday. So far, the lens seems to have recovered electronically, but there are dried water spots on the second element from the front. I took it in to my favorite camera shop, Penn Camera, for an estimate. If it's fixable, I'll be without it for 4-6 weeks and be out probably $400. Bummer.
The camera seems to be salvagable. I had it sitting on the heated bathroom floor in the Bergen hotel room for 3 days, and it partially worked, but it wouldn't take a picture. The mirror would freeze at about the 2/3 point when the shutter was pressed, and the rear display indicated "Err 20".
At least the fog in the rear and top displays went away. I noticed that it wouldn't hold the date and time settings, so when I got home I looked through the instruction book and was reminded that the camera has a little coin battery, a CR1616, in addition to the rechargeable battery. I took this out (which requires a fine Phillips screwdriver to access) and tested the battery with my voltmeter: 0.38 volts it said. The battery is rated at 3.0 V.
Having had experience with dead/dying mobo computer batteries in Mac desktops, I figured that the weak battery might be causing the camera to malfunction. Off to search for a CR1616, and found one at Walgreens for $4. With nothing to lose, I put the new coin battery in, and voila!, it seems to be working fine now. As I use it, I will post further reports.