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Member Since 27 Sep 2007
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In Topic: 15" vs. 13" MacBook Pro?

19 August 2009 - 11:10 AM

On the ExpressCard discussion, you have to be really careful on what you purchase. The ExpressCard slot offers PCIe AND USB connections in the same form factor, the majority of "ExpressCard" devices (other than eSATA) are actually USB....so the performance is going to be the same.

I have a 2007 15" MBP 2.4Ghz that I travel with on a very regular basis, I wish I could find a way to carry the 17" around...but unless you fly first class, don't expect to ever use it on the plane. The 15" can still be a bit of a squeeze in general coach seating, but then so is just sitting there. In a perfect world, I'd have a MB Air for most of my work (or a new Apple tablet?) and the MBP for the heavy hitting. I have mine decked out with a 5400rpm 500GB drive, but may swap that for the 7200rpm version once the bugs are resolved. I also have 6GB of RAM in it, and I use all 6GB on a regular basis.

In Topic: Canon announce new cameras 19th august

19 August 2009 - 11:03 AM

Of course! It had to happen 2 weeks after I bought my G10 (I know, I'm late to the game). Not that I could have purchased the G11 instead since U/W housings are going to be a bit out, unless somehow it fits into the G10 housing...which I doubt, as the camera dimensions have changed somewhat.

I'll be happy with my G10 on my honeymoon to Belize in a few weeks, but I may have to watch the reviews of the G10 and upgrade when Ikelite has a housing for it.

I'm very happy to see Canon moving past the megapixel wars, now if they could just make a 60D that has a bit fewer pixels but has more dynamic range and improved high ISO...perhaps that is next. The 5DII is impressive, and but I don't want to replace my favorite 10-22 lens with a $1400 model to get my ultra-wide (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel) shots.

In Topic: PulsePen

14 July 2009 - 08:50 AM

I have and use one of these for work. I work in high tech and I'm a bit of a gadget junky, but the device is actually very cool. I had been battling how to take customer notes with me (as a consultant) on the road, for the longest time i used the composition books...but the problem with them is they aren't very convenient when you fill one up. You end up having to either carry multiple around, or not carrying any of your "old" notes for reference.

I then started to type my notes up digitally on my laptop, but then you run into issues with either translating certain things to pure text when a diagram would make it 100 Xs easier...or easily linking thoughts/notes with lines or something similar (suppose a "mind mapper" would work for that?).

The Live Scribe pen is perfect, I have everything on my laptop in a somewhat searchable format. I don't use the audio recording part as much as the translation of paper to screen. I can easily share technical drawings I make with a customer, or other notes just with an export to PDF.

Overall, i'm pretty happy. I use it almost on a daily basis...my only issue so far is if I forget to charge it for a while and it runs dead, and the ink cartridges seem to be a little bit light on ink..so make sure to carry spares with you. If you by their notebooks from their web site directly they usually have deals to get ink refills for free.

In Topic: Ikelite 20D housing for a 30D?

22 June 2009 - 10:01 AM

Are you using DS-51 strobes?

Yes, I am using DS-51 strobes with the dual-sync cord. Are there known issues with this combo?

In Topic: Ikelite 20D housing for a 30D?

20 June 2009 - 09:24 AM

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. The error does clear after opening the housing, taking the SLR out, removing the battery and reinserting it. It will not clear with a power-off, it must have the battery removed to clear it. My dual-strobe cable also has some damaged areas where the external sheath is dented/almost punctured, I don't think I've ever had the error when not diving with my strobes. So perhaps its something there shorting out, it was either from my pesky cat or from the housing setting on the wire on a bumpy boat ride (placed by the captain).

I suppose I'll order a new dual-TTL cord and just hope for the best. I have cleaned the lens and body contacts. I suspected I had swapped lenses while the body was powered on the first time it happened, but apparently its a deeper issue.

I guess my next step is to sit and fire a bunch of shots off on the surface in the comfort of home, there just hasn't been anything I have found in common between the occurrences other than they happen when its least desired. I have a shore dive weekend in a amazingly clear fresh water lake coming up, which will give me another chance to hopefully narrow it down.

Of course, I don't think I am going to be able to take my dSLR to Belize so maybe a Canon G10 with an Ike housing will suffice.