September, 2012

  1. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public…

    Carl Sagan

  2. 2012 Ryder Cup

    This year’s Ryder Cup has been some of the most exciting golf I’ve seen in ages; really great play on both sides. Sorry that I’ll miss many of the singles matches tomorrow, but I’d rather play than watch and I have a morning tee time. The iPhone app is great, I will probably keep my…

  3. That top-left “Back” button placement in iOS was always a poor choice. You want common controls near your thumb.

  4. WordPress “stripslashes” Patch Progress

    The patch I posted about previously to improve the slash handling within WordPress for 3.5 (which fixes some core bugs and fixes tons of developer custom code bugs) is still looking promising. After setting up my unit testing environment a few days back and talking with a colleague to verify the proper approach, I began…

  5. Fellow Verizon customers, enjoy the last day of great connectivity before the deluge of AT&T refugees starts mucking things up. #hopeimwrong

  6. Went poking into my Google Apps SPAM folder tonight and found a half dozen important emails I hadn’t seen. *sigh*

  7. Canon EOS 6D Hands-on Preview →

    The 6D is clearly aimed at tempting APS-C owners to upgrade to full frame, but here Canon has given itself another problem. Its EF-S lenses simply won’t fit on the 6D, so users with a decent collection – perhaps the 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM – will have to buy a new lens set to use with it. At which point the barrier to switching systems becomes rather lower, and the temptation to change brands stronger. On the other hand, let’s not forget that Canon’s EF lens lineup is very strong indeed, with a large number of reasonably-affordable fast primes to go alongside the workhorse ‘L’ series zooms, and more-esoteric optics such as the unique MP-E 65mm f/2.5 1-5x Macro.

    Overall, though, it’s difficult to shake the feeling that the EOS 6D simply lacks the ‘wow’ factor of its main rival. Whereas Nikon seems to have taken the approach of taking away as little as possible from D800 when creating the D600, Canon appears almost to have gone the other way, removing as much as it thinks it can get away with at the price. The result is the kind of conservative, slightly unimaginative design that’s become the company’s hallmark. It’s still bound to be a very good camera, of course; just perhaps not quite as good as it could be.

    Still looks like a pretty solid upgrade from my Rebel T2i. (thanks Shawn)