Posts Tagged ‘Review’

Apple’s New Magic Mouse – A Quick Review

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I helped switch my mother-in-law from Windows to Mac this past weekend. She bought a new 21.5 inch iMac. Ooooooo. Ahhhhhhh. Very nice and very fast.

What stuck out in my mind was the new Magic Mouse. I have heard a number of people mention that having a touch surface on a traditional mouse sounded interesting. Of course they also expressed some reservation over it’s practical use.

As soon as I un-boxed this thing it felt cool. It even has an on/off switch to save battery! I was able to use it, without even thinking about it, almost instantly. I want one, now. The scroll, both horizontal and vertical, was very smooth. Flicking is amazing. When scrolling it senses your speed and continues as though you threw the page. If you hold the Control Key while scrolling, the screen zooms in or out. This is a feature that has existed for a while, but which is now being advertised on the product page. The new Mac grandmother will have it much easier. Swiping, using two fingers to move forward or back through web pages and photos, was a bit more difficult to use. You have to use two fingers, moving left and right, while still holding the mouse. It took a while, but once you figure out what works with your hand, it just works.

The Magic mouse was originally only available with a new iMac but, as of today, is shipping as a stand alone product priced at $69. It will require users to have OS 10.6.2, which is not available as of this post, or to install a wireless mouse software update .

I did run into a few issues during the switch. The Windows machine itself was most of the problem, but moving certain types of data did prove problematic. I guess that is the topic of a future post.

The Best Damn Windows 7 Review

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

There is no need to review Windows 7 here. By following Cali Lewis on Twitter I was introduced to a great Windows 7 review by Chris Bucholz. This one is good.

Using Windows 7 May Lead to Murder

ThinkTank Airport International V2 Camera Case

Monday, September 21st, 2009

This summer we were taking a family vacation to the Caribbean. A cruise that I figured would be great for taking photos. The problem was not just getting the camera gear from California to Florida safe and secure, but storing in the stateroom safely. I normally have two camera bags, a Tamrac sling and a Tamrac backpack. Sometimes I just wear the backpack all day on a shoot, but mostly it’s for getting a larger quantity of gear to the hotel or general area and then I choose the gear for that day and put it into the sling for the photo walk. If needed, I also have a few lens tubes. For this trip I thought about carrying my gear on the plane in the backpack but it was not big enough because I wanted the family video camera, my wife’s G10 and all my lenses in one case.

With the idea of using the sling on excursions, I set out to find a good travel case.


BlackRapid R-Strap Review

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

I enjoy photography as a hobby. I make no claim that those viewing the photos get the same enjoyment, but hey, if it were easy everyone would be good. When I first bought the Canon I immediately knew I was not going to be happy with the stock neck strap. It was thin and uncomfortable, very uncomfortable for long wear. Not being a pro, I decided I should just live with it. Then it happened. I wore that thing in San Francisco during a family vacation… all day. We went to Alcatraz and walked that island up and down. By the time we were back at the pier, and waiting for a ride back to the hotel, my neck was killing me. I started looking for a new strap that day and I actually settled on two. The BlackRapid R-Strap and the Optec Pro Loop Strap. I will review the Optec soon, but first the R-Strap.

This is not a normal strap. It is worn from one shoulder to the opposite hip – diagonally. This places the camera weight on your shoulder instead of your neck, and it is very comfortable. The interesting part is the camera attachment. It screws into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera or lens. Yes, the camera hangs upside down. The strap allows adjustment so the camera hangs where you want. For me that is just around my back pocket with the lens behind my belt.


iTunes 9 and iPhone 3.1

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

This week Mr. Jobs made his return to the stage as Apple announced iPhone OS 3.1, iTunes 9 and a slew of iPod updates. Good to see he’s feeling better.

Lets start with the iPod changes, which I think are imporatant ones. Well, at least some of them are. The exception is the announcement of third party headphones for the iPod Shuffle. I mean, think about the size of the iPod shuffle. It’s about as big as a piece of Trident gum. Now, think about the size of the Apple headphone’s inline iPod controls. Now glue them together and what do you get? A (still) really small iPod that can be used with any headphones because… and this is the critical part…