Archive for February, 2010


DSL-what?

I remember when I graduated from high school I wanted a really good digital camera for college.  I got a Panasonic DMC-TZ3, which is a pretty good “point and click” digital camera.  It’s been through the Winter Classic (outdoor hockey game), countless college adventures, and even a trip to Canada, producing some great pictures of some awesome memories I have.

But recently, I decided I wanted more.

I started looking into DSLR, or Digital Single Lens Reflex, cameras.  And my god I almost had a heart attack when I saw the prices.  I mean, my Panasonic wasn’t cheap, but $700+ for a camera??? But I did my research, deciding what features I wanted (high frames/second- making taking action shots easier, a long battery, etc.) and ending up biting the bullet and buying a Canon Rebel XSi (for around $550 because it is refurbished).

Though I take pictures for the Stylus and feel like the camera will be really helpful with that, DSLRs are becoming great cameras for anyone.  The ability to self focus, deciding your own depth of field, etc. makes this camera a great investment.  Plus, this camera will be used by me for manyyyyy years.

Here’s a picture of my new baby:

Here’s an example of what I meant by “depth of field”. In the first picture, pretty much everything in is focus, like a regular “point and click” digital camera, having a large depth of field:

In this second picture, I can focus in on just the ice tea bottle, having a small depth of field, as only that is in focus.

You may be saying, “Why would I ever need that?” Well, you may not, but sometimes it’s fun to take artsy pictures to show your friends. I’m not a  “professional photographer,” but I know I sure can’t wait to take some great pictures of my puppy. Cameras like DSLRs are a bit more expensive then regular digital cameras, but they typically last longer, have more settings to adjust to get the perfect picture, and are a lot better quality of image.  If you have even the slightest interest in taking photos, I’d suggest at least looking into a DSLR as your next camera.

My next investment? Probably an external hard drive to hold all the pictures I’m taking! My poor laptop won’t be able to handle this!

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Portable TV?

Ok, so we all know that everyone is obsessed with cell phones nowadays, which can do everything from getting online, watching videos, and yes, even making calls.  But what if you could buy a device that let you watch TV anytime, anywhere?  And it all is done through cell phone signals.

The FLO TV device can do that.  A 3.5 inch wide touchscreen makes this new technology look promising.  I first saw ads for this device during the Superbowl and thought that it had potential.  After researching it a bit more, and finding this review online, it seems like FLO TV could take off any day.

PROS: Portable, television that can be played basically anywhere?! Count me in! Plus the battery life is a decent 5 hours and the screen is larger than cell phone and iPod screens.

CONS: According to that USA Today article (linked above), the tv only gets 20 channels, only 10 of which are available right now.  Plus the device costs $250, which includes  the first 6 months of service.  After that it’s $15/month to keep up service.

Overall:  I think this will become a hit, but not for a few years.  Once the price drops and the selection of channels increases then this will be a hit, but for now people will want to just continue using their iPods and looking up shows on youtube.  I give it a 3 out of 5 gigs, for it’s potential. This will be automatically boosted up to a 5+ if the company sends me a free trial *winkwink*

This Article Was Written By Josh Dimino of The College at Brockport SUNY.
Contact Josh at JoshDimino@gmail.com

I was just recently turned on to the website Delicious.com – a “social bookmarking” page that will come in handy for any student or professional who uses two or more computers on a regular basis.

THE PREMISE: Log into your account on Delicious.com from any internet accessible computer, and save web pages to your account instead of the traditional “Bookmarks” or “Favorites” menu of your browser. You can then pull up your favorites on the site from any computer – any time. They also incorporate the ever increasingly popular  Social Networking concept by allowing users to see popular sites that are being added by other users. You can also add friends and follow their favorites as well.

THE UP-SIDE: Being a college student with a PC Laptop, a Mac desktop, and using several different computer labs on campus, the premise of keeping my favorites with me no matter where I am is a life saver for assignments of any kind, and the same would be true for any professional going between the office computer and their home computer. The option of their Browser ad-on lets you ad sites to your Delicious favorites with only one click. The display of “Freshest” and “Popular” bookmarks are a great way to get introduced to other interesting and useful websites.

THE DOWN-SIDE: Not much. You have to have a Yahoo account to use delicious, and that becomes your account on the site. Thankfully, signing up for a Yahoo account is pretty easy – only taking about 5 minutes – but it is still another service you need to register for. If you are already a member of a work e-mail client, gmail, aol, etc., it is just another thing you’ll have to keep track of. Also, your favorites list is public to other users – so you don’t have much privacy in your list.

OVERALL RATING: Overall I give this site 5 out of 5 gigs for its easy use, easy navigation, good organization, and a concept that is sure to make any computer nerds life more organized and more efficient. Truly a must join!! To learn more check them out at Delicious.com.

This Article Was Written By Josh Dimino of The College at Brockport SUNY.
Contact Josh at JoshDimino@gmail.com