Month: May 2005

Young blue jay

Young blue jay with seedThis is the same young blue jay that’s been on the feeder for months, among dozens of other blue jays that come. I know him because his tail’s got a problem in some of the center feathers. I’m pretty sure he’s young but my theorizing may be way off.

Young blue jayI noticed here that his feet are more articulated than I thought (I guess all birds have this, I just never looked).

Lexar/Canon compact flash card issues

Lexar compact flash cardIf you use a high speed, high capacity Lexar compact flash card and use any Canon DSLR (Rebel, 20D, or their higher-end cameras) you need to carefully read the following links as there are problems that you will want to know about.

I noticed this a while ago on my Rebel: if I take some pictures and hit the Review button before the buffer is done writing (the red light is still flashing) the camera sometimes loses an image or two. I thought I was going crazy when I copied images from my CF cards to my computer as all the images I remembered taking were not there. I let it go thinking it was my leaky memory but this product advisory supports and explains my experience: it’s the compact flash card’s leaky memory when combined with these higher end Canon DSLRs.

I have two Lexar 1 gig, 80X cards within the serial number range affected by this and at some point soon Lexar will either recall them or offer a download of a flash upgrade for the firmware on the cards.

For more on this:

Problems with Canon SLRs and Lexar cards
Lexar Customer Advisory

I decided to order a backup card and did a bit of research and decided on a Sandisk 1 GB Extreme III Compact Flash Card. Unfortunately they are back ordered at B and H but I found them at Calumet for $10 more so I ordered one through them at Amazon.

Rob Galbraith has an excellent chart of CompactFlash Write Speed – Canon EOS 20D and you can use the pull-down to get a chart for other cameras. This should help you figure out what you might buy as a backup for the Lexar in case the recall involves sending card(s) back to them for re-flashing.

What’s interesting about this is that I’ve had a long time assumption that Lexar was the highest end flash memory and it may be; as these companies invent technologies to help unload pictures faster from cameras problems are bound to crop up. Continue reading

Ground Rules for the Windows-Macintosh War

David Pogue has written a nice piece: Ground Rules for the Windows-Macintosh War.

The Mac-Windows war, though, is especially pointless, protracted, and winnerless. There will always be people on each side who are every bit as rabid and un-convincible as those in any other religious war.

Still, I’d like to suggest, as a starting point of civility, a few pointers for participants in the O.S. war. Consider it one man’s version of, “Can’t we all just get along?”

(Via remaindered links.)