The latest shout about how printers prematurely warn they're out of ink came this week from PC World magazine.
The basic premise isn't news, but the article is nonetheless a useful read.
For one thing, the author calculated the cost of a gallon of black ink at $4,731. No wonder printer manufacturers are motivated to make their customers buy more and more. In some of the tests, PC World found that printers "left more than 40 percent of their ink unused."
The tests were done on multifunction printers from Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, and Kodak. To … Read more
Ever since it shipped almost exactly two years ago, the HDV-based Canon XH A1 has been a favorite among indie and event videographers. Rather than replace it, Canon has decided to buff it up a bit, along with its sibling, the more broadcast-oriented XH G1.
In addition to appending an "S" to the end of their names, the XH A1S and XH G1S primarily have some subtle operational tweaks. Canon redesigned the lens rings, … Read more
Generally, camera firmware updates fall into the random, infrequently occurring bug- or compatibility-fix category, and unless you've experienced the issues an update resolves, I suggest against updating your camera. Every now and then, though, an update comes out that--theoretically, at least--affects most or all users. The version 1.1 update for the Nikon D300 falls into this category. Buried among the usual host of minor changes, like "The Highlights playback option has been moved from Display Mode > Basic photo info > Highlights in the playback menu to Display mode > Detailed photo info > Highlights" are … Read more
On Monday, I noted that Ubuntu's revenue is rising significantly, and that this success is beginning to cut into Microsoft's OEM licensing business.
Is this cause of optimism or concern?
On the positive side, CEO Mark Shuttleworth is able to run Canonical toward mass adoption, not mass monetization. This means he can avoid trade-offs that might help the Canonical business but hurt the Ubuntu Linux distribution.
On the negative side, it is profit and the … Read more
Ubuntu and Canonical, the Mark Shuttleworth-founded commercial entity that supports it, have done something that seemed improbable a few years back. They've emerged as a third Linux distribution to have commercial market momentum on a worldwide basis. Prior to Ubuntu, the distribution landscape consisted of commercial and community-supported versions from Red Hat and Novell's Suse--together with some regional and "flavor of the month" distros. (See my "The Scene at the Distro" from April 2006.)
Canonical and Shuttleworth have managed to make Ubuntu into a third commercial Linux distribution that's here to stay; "… Read more
Ubuntu 8.10, aka Intrepid Ibex in the company's alphabetically ascending naming convention, is the latest installment of Linux for desktop computers and servers in the company's six-month release cycle. Among the new features are support for 3G wireless modems, the ability to set up an encrypted and password-protected private directory, a guest account that can help out someone needing temporary use of a computer, and … Read more
Updated 4:22 p.m. Oct. 25 with a link to Reichmann's comparison..
Sure, Canon's $500 14.7-megapixel PowerShot G10 is better than your average compact camera, but is it as good as a $40,000 Hasselblad H2 with a 39-megapixel Phase One P45+ sensor?
Well, yes, with some caveats, concluded high-end photography buff Michael Reichmann, who tested how well people coming to his studio could distinguish between 13x19-inch prints of the same scenes taken with the two cameras. Though it was only one test, and Reichmann qualified it plenty, the result is startling.
"In every case … Read more
A new update expands the range of cameras supported by a program that can ease the pains photography buffs often have when viewing images stored in hard-to-decode raw image formats.
Michael Tapes released Instant JPEG from Raw 1.1 on Wednesday, a month after the IJFR debut. The software extends file-browser software to show thumbnail views of raw images, doing so by extracting the JPEG that's typically stored within the raw image.
Photo enthusiasts and pros like raw files for their flexibility, but because each camera has its own format, handling them can be a pain. IJFR extends Mac … Read more