Saturday, July 24, 2004

Olympus C350 Digital Camera

I recently bought myself a digital camera. I talked to various people and the consensus seemed to be that Cannon and Olympus have better quality lenses so I narrowed my choice to one of these brands. I mainly want to to take photo's for the web so a huge megapixel rating isn't a big priority. I was told that digital zoom is pretty much useless but to get analog zoom if I could. I decided on the Olympus C350 Zoom which is a 3.2 MP 3x optical zoom camera. So far I am very happy with the results.

Digital Photography Review is a good site to look at for reviews and specs for camera's if you are looking at purchasing one.

As I was warned alkaline batteries don't last too long, I picked up two sets of digitor NiMH 2000mAh rechargeables which seem pretty good so far.

Some resources for digital camera's and Linux:

Friday, July 23, 2004

Underpants Gnomes

Call me cynical if you like but I wonder if I am the only one to put these two headlines together- Bush approves arms sales to Iraq and US 'war on terrorism' faces $US12b cost blow-out. In the tradition of Slashdot business plans we have:

  • create fictitious reason to invade country
  • invade
  • ...
  • sell them arms to quell the mess you created
  • profit!!!

Oooops looks like this time the Underpants Gnomes have a business plan after all. I concede, it wasn't *all* about the oil after all.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 and the Free Trade Agreement

I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 on Friday night. I found it a disturbing movie. I have always held that the invasion of Iraq was all about money and oil but the degree to which the corruption, deciept and manipulation goes is scary. I hope Australian and US voters take note of this movie, it is time for regime change. Take the time to see it yourself and make up your own mind. Michael Moore is a talented story teller because the movie is remarkably watchable considering the subject manner. It is entertaining and despite the fact that at times it is sad, frightening and sickening it left me feeling hopefull, perhaps because it tells the truth.

The FTA (that's f*cked trade agreement, the only free in it is for the USA) recieved yet another bashing on Radio National's perspective last week, read the transcript. Please wander over to NOFTA.org and sign the petition to Mr Latham. It's possibly worth noting that a similar petition to the Prime Minister is not possible because he keeps his email address secret. I have to quote this passage from Global Trade Watch:
"The Australian Government has concluded a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the USA that undermines fundamental social, cultural, environmental and democratic protections which we all enjoy. It gives US corporations new rights to challenge our laws, and unprecedented influence on everything from how much we pay for medicines to our quarantine regulations. It has been negotiated with almost no democratic input, and will be almost irreversible once in effect."
On the radio this morning one of the presenters pronounced café "caff". Maybe that is a result of computers spelling it "cafe" (no accent on the e), but disappointing from a professional communicator. Still she is ahead of Peter Costello (the man who would be PM) who "listens to the radio airwaves" (transcript), however you do that.

Oh and Neil Gaiman uses Firefox!