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Canon General / Re: Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:37:43 AM »
+1 for custom build

We're really turning into slashdot here where the summary is deceiving. As other people pointed out, the person is asking for left-hand, single-handed use.  I could see even a high end P&S being released for this market.

Southpaw isn't quite the 'disability' it used to be, where so many manual things were ergonomic. Scissors and can-openers come to mind, but a camera? You need both hands, if the first camera I picked up were backwards to what it was, I'd have learned to shoot that way.

If the buttons on my toaster or microwave were on the left, I'd use my left hand.

As for the original "request", again, like with prosthetics, customization adds for better needs fulfillment with customization.  Some people suggested a bracket, others a battery grip alteration, it's not rocket science to find someone willing to prototype for this with all the hackerspaces and startups, petition one of them.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Says it all
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:59:34 AM »
On a new camera? Cap is fine. Used? I'd like at least one shot of the mirror.

That said, my CL ads have all cap-on except for the frontal.

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Most folks don't realize that the major laptop brands have two lines.  One is retail you see in stores.  The other is business/enterprise that are only available through specific channels.  The enterprise lines are more expensive, better built and last longer.  It's not that the retail lines totally suck, they just aren't built to the same standards or consistency.  Kind of like L Lens vs EF and EF-S lenses.

I can't stress that enough for longevity.  In desktops, the price-to-reward makes it a no-brainer. Every time someone says they spent $500 on a computer, I raise an eyebrow and am very glad they don't have my number.

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You're better off with Windows 7 (64-bit).

I just got my kid an office-grade desktop (SSD, i7, 32GB RAM) and Windows 8.1 takes a LOT of getting used to; it's frustrating because I can set up a Win7 box so an XP user can find everything in 20 minutes.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Expect Higher End Products at CP+ in February
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:05:37 AM »
They are the Nero of the imaging world I think.

You're saying that like Nero, Canon is about to be redeemed because in fact most actions are sensible - but the reputation is intentionally hampered by 3rd parties baring a grudge? And the Sonikon competition needs a scarecrow to make their gadgets appear innovative, just like the early Christian church characterized Nero as the antichrist because it made them appear as heroic martyrs?

+1 we went from a place with exceptional posters to a place where people posting helpful things (Neuro) are an exception . . . seriously . . . what the heck?

CES has always been the SEMA of the electronics world . . . lots of oooh-ahhh stuff, but nothing awesome that's going to make it to the mainstream market any time soon.

As for complaining about yearly refreshes of P&S, I'd ask those offended to kindly shut up.  People don't buy the SX10 IS, then the SX20 IS, then the SX30 IS . . . when they're ready for new gear, they buy the current version. SX10-> SX40 specs, but waited four years, we'd get the same a-bags that complain about old sensor tech in cameras.

P&S sales pay the bills.  Trickle-down of features guarantees that higher-end cameras get refreshed with newer, better features. Look at the 70D, everyone started freaking out it was so good . . . wait, wasn't Canon supposed to go out of business because no one would buy higher-end cameras when that came out?  ::)


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Ok, it's not just me.

Honestly, I'd prefer an adobe "stream from lightroom" set top box more . . .

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maybe some little boxing-glove icons could be added in there too, for adversarial and combative posters. ;)

We had a Karma system for that. Then adversarial people would go through and click all of your posts negative.

Saying something nice about Apple was an immediate penalty.

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I've had numerous problems unfortunately.  OnOne software needed to be uninstalled and reinstalled work. My Bluetooth is unreliable at best.  I've gotten a few locked screens requiring a hard shutdown.  I've had one occasion with a flickering screen that I've never seen before.  I was a Windows user for over 20 years, switched to Apple and have become a huge fan until now...I feel like I have a really expensive Windows PC.  I hope they have an update to these issues soon.

What are your hardware specs? That's just not right.

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So, it's a two-party system, because?

As I see it, you have different groups skill levels:
Newbies (Medium)
Users (Large)
Power Users (medium)
Power Users who want to mod hardware (Small)

Further divide the groups, you have:
People who own hardware that can't be replaced (Very Large These days)
People who own hardware that can be replaced (Small)
People who own hardware that can be replaced but don't want to pay apple-brand prices (Very Small)

A Venn diagram of these sub-sets, I think you're in an exceptionally small group.

But, the reality is you *CAN* install your own driver to do this;  sophisticated users (who don't want to pay for apple branded components) can disable kext signing.

Yes, potentially opening yourself up to an attack vector; but, that said, sophisticated users won't install the wrong drivers with malicious software on them.

That sounds about right. Apple is still leaving the door open a crack for mods. But with Apple, what works today might not necessarily work tomorrow. They could chose not to "enable" the "disabling" of kext signing. My guess is that will come eventually.
Exactly.  Most people are going to plug an external SSD in to a Firewire/Thunderbolt/USB3 connection and not think about it being anything than "faster".

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....the bloating software that goes with Windows......
There's a misconception.
Windows does not include bloatware, never has. If you were to install Windows from scratch, you'd see that there is very little software installed.
You'll get Paint, NotePad, WordPad, a photo viewer, Internet Explorer, some basic utilities and a few simple games.

Whatever bloatware you see on Windows boxes is installed by the device's manufacturer like HP, Dell, whoever, it's not Microsoft's doing or fault.

+1 --- Windows problem has always been that there is too much 3rd party software that tends to go out of support/is poorly written.  Keep your installs lean and there's little issue.

Now Outlook, that's another story  ;D

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Just like with cameras, I think there is an advantage to not upgrading as soon as a new version comes out. 

I like to wait a bit and take advantage of the fixes that, unfortunately, seem to only occur after delivery to the customer.  :(

Exactly. Apple has turned being a beta-tester into being a cool thing (iPhones/iOS).  It's a risk-reward scenario, does it have a killer feature you must have?  Mavericks Sanboxing was good, but it broke darned near everything.  So I waited to switch, and only run it on one of my machines that was a server.

Wait to see what breaks ;)

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So, it's a two-party system, because?

As I see it, you have different groups skill levels:
Newbies (Medium)
Users (Large)
Power Users (medium)
Power Users who want to mod hardware (Small)

Further divide the groups, you have:
People who own hardware that can't be replaced (Very Large These days)
People who own hardware that can be replaced (Small)
People who own hardware that can be replaced but don't want to pay apple-brand prices (Very Small)

A Venn diagram of these sub-sets, I think you're in an exceptionally small group.

But, the reality is you *CAN* install your own driver to do this;  sophisticated users (who don't want to pay for apple branded components) can disable kext signing.

Yes, potentially opening yourself up to an attack vector; but, that said, sophisticated users won't install the wrong drivers with malicious software on them.

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Congratz.  Don't pirate any apps and you'll be good to go  ;D

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Lenses / Re: MY GAS. ILLNESS COME TO VISIT ME AGAIN.
« on: November 13, 2014, 04:25:02 PM »
Every person has their own wants and needs (Not the same thing).   I grit my teeth when someone (Not referring to You) asks which lens is sharpest, 35mm or 85mm or 135mm, for example. 
 
The answer is, of course, get as lens you need.  Buying the best of the best is useless if you won't use it, or if you have to crop away 70% of the frame.

Whoa whoa whoa, so you're saying these ain't like pokemon and you DON'T gotta catch em all?

Man, have *I* been doing it wrong!

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Some other forums have a minimum quote/own content relation ratio, but I guess that's not possible with the current cr software.

I have not been able to limit the size of a quotation field, or to remove images that are included in a quote thru the standard moderator interface.  Its probably possible to modify the program to do this, but then, with every new version of SMF, it will have to be modified and tested, and fooling around with things like that commonly break a large forum like CR. 

Strange things creep in all the time from some seemingly unrelated change.

Bah! It's just PHP, a few changes here, a few changes there, commit to a local repository, when you do an update, diff the old/new files, create a patch and release.

It's not like it's Javascript or (dare I say it) Python where it's all chicken bones and sulfur  ;D

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