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Month: March 2010

MM: A Colorful Dreary Day

Macro Monday – A Colorful Dreary Day, originally uploaded by StevoFC. I was hoping to get a photo outside for “Macro Monday” but it’s so dark and rainy. So, while I was at work I saw a large bag of Skittles sitting on Dave’s (my boss) desk. I figured I would find some color for a photo...

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Review: Kodak Playsport

A few weeks ago I posted some unboxing shots of the newly released Kodak Playsport. I think I have used it long enough now to write a fair review of the product. Features I will begin first discussing some of the features of the Playsport. It is capable of 4 video modes, WVGA, 720p, 720p 60fps and 1080p. It is also capable of one still photo setting of 5mp. I am sure the 1080p quality level of recording is a huge selling point, but I tend to use 720p for the most part. The size/quality ratio just seems to be better for 720p. I feel that if I use 1080p for most videos, it is basically overkill and will just fill my card much faster than necessary. The 720p 60fps mode uses the same storage space as a 1080p video, but when there is a lot of motion this mode is clearly the best. It is very smooth with little to no motion blur when recording at 60fps. It is great. Truely. Unlike the Kodak Zi8, the Playsport does not have an external mic jack or a macro mode. But, the focusing distance on the Playsport is fairly short so the macro mode isn’t really a big deal. Also, like many other pocket video cameras the Playsport does not have an optical zoom, only digital. Digital zoom in my...

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MacBook Unibody Review

I have recently been looking to purchase a new laptop, and of course I wanted a Mac.  I had been debating on when to make my purchase, and which model to buy, the MacBook or MacBook Pro. One week ago my current laptop had experienced a failed LCD screen.  I decided that rather than repair this 5 year old laptop I would purchase a new computer.  I have always wanted an Apple, and have said “the next computer I buy will be a mac”, since 2001.  This time I determined I would purchase a Mac.  While researching prices online, I was able to locate a store (MicroCenter) selling new MacBooks for $799, and my local Apple store was happy to match the price for me.  The following post is my review on the MacBook that was released last fall. Build and Design Those familiar with the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro will immediately feel at home on the MacBook version, which has a similar rounded-edge profile, LED-backlit screen, and glass trackpad. The main difference, as most people will immediately notice is the choice of materials. This MacBook is all plastic.  Apple had built this Mac from a single piece of polycarbonate, the same material used in various other products even bulletproof windows.   Creating the MacBook’s main case out of a single piece of polycarbonate plastic results in fewer parts, fewer screws,...

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MM: Spring Is Here

Macro Monday – Spring Is Here, originally uploaded by StevoFC. Another post in the “Macro Monday” feature. It is a beautiful day here, about 70 degrees. The sun has been going in and out all day and I caught it out for a second and snapped a quick photo. Spring has finally...

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