A Seattle based law firm is spearheading a lawsuit which claims Microsoft of allowing PC manufacturers to label computers as "Vista capable" when they're barely able to run even the most basic version of Vista. Shame on you Microsoft and fellow Rogues...
For the second time, Apple has been ranked last in the Greenpeace quarterly ranking of companies and their environmental impact. The Greenpeace ratings take into a count a company's policies on recycling and the use of toxic content in their products and processes.
Apple may disagree on their rating but I can certainly see how some of their products can be considered as being unfriendly. The report states, “For a company that claims to lead on product design, it is perhaps surprising to find Apple languishing at the bottom of the scorecard. While other laggards have moved upwards in the Guide, Apple has made no changes to its policies or practices since the launch of the Guide in August 2006. The company scores badly on almost all criteria.” Unsurprisingly, Apple has denied the report's findings. You can find more here.
Danielle Libine has created an online petition requesting that Adobe revise their pricing for Europe. The petition is one of a number of complaints that have been aimed at international companies which charge more for their products in Europe. In this global market I can't see why a company which doesn't have to pay any more for the products they are selling, to try and gouge us folks in Europe. The fact that products are being sold to us Europeans at close to twice the price of what they are sold for in the US.
Digital Outback Photo conducted an interview with classic B&W photographer Roman Loranc in his studio in Modesto, CA. His photos of the California Central Valley and his amazing photos of Polish churches are something to behold. Some of his images can be viewed at, and the interview can be downloaded and listened to, at outbackphoto.com.
OK, this is really stupid. It appears that the PS3 has been barred from UK Jails, because it could be used by prsoners to “send and receive radio signals” as a result of the PS3's in-built Wi-Fi. According to that official statement, “Advice was issued to all prisons in December 2005 that the Sony PlayStation 3 was barred from the prison estate because of the equipment's ability to send and receive radio signals.”
Who out there thinks that jail birds shouldn't have access to things like PS3's, HDTV's and other tech in the first place?
EMI announced that it will be dropping DRM file protection for its entire digital library of songs. EMI says their DRM free songs will have much higher quality than older digital versions and that there will be a choice of bit rates. iTunes are to be the first download service to offer the new songs. EMI indicates that the music will have up to twice the sound quality of the songs offered with DRM and that consumers will be able to pick bit rates all the way up to CD Quality and will sell for $1.29 each. Owners of older DRM-protected songs will be able to upgrade to the DRM-free version for 30 cents. For more info visit The EMI Group.
Shorpy's 100 Year Old Photo is not really 100 years old. However, the Blog, which is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine near the turn of the century (19th century that is), is worth a look-in. The site even has the look of a turn of the century newspaper or daily magazine. It features a nice collection of old photos and some interesting and personal stories. The features cover both black & white and color photography from the last 100 years or so, much of it from before the end of WWII. Visit Shorpy and have a look and a read.
Professional Photographer magazine have posted a feature on Infrared based travel photography by Joe Farace. I've always had a fascination of near visible light based photography and the effects it has on everyday objects, flora and fauna especially. The online article can be found here and contains many useful hints and tips. The images in the article are also very useful references for those who want to see what is achievable. There are also some very useful links contained in the article.
Ok, so it's not really 100 years old, but the Blog is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine, near the turn of the century (19th century that is). The site has the look of a turn of the century newspaper. Visit Shorpy and take a look ... some quite interesting photos.
The Tamrac Velocity 7x and Velocity 8x Photo Sling Packs are single strap bags which ride across your left shoulder with the main pack slung around the back. To access the bag, you simply rotate the strap to pull the bag around front. Pop the top, pull out your camera and start shooting. It's great in theory, but Tamrac's execution isn't perfect. The top cover opens away from you, which is in fact perfect for a sling bag, but opening and closing the top is awkward, not the smartest design for a sling bag meant for quick access. At least it's an improvement over the reverse opening design of the previous Velocity series. The shoulder strap padding is adequate but doesn't extend far enough; when the bag is slung forward for access, the thin part of the strap hits your shoulder and starts digging in quite quickly making it uncomfortable to use the bag slung in front for more than a few minutes. When loaded, the narrow opening of the 7x is too tight for full size digital SLRs. For anything larger than a Nikon D40 or a Canon Digital Rebel 400, opt for the Velocity 8x instead. The bag material is strong but thin and lightweight, offering less protective padding against external bumps and grinds than we'd like to see. The interior velcro dividers are also thinly padded, offering only basic protection for sensitive gear. The Velocity 7x and 8x cost less than the top-rated Lowepro SlingShot 200AW and KATA T-214 Torso Pack. Reasonably comfortable on the back while prowling for photo ops, especially if you use the hideaway waist belt. For full size SLR camera gear, choose the Velocity 8x. 2 out of 5 stars