Nikon D40 DSLR

From Macworld

Pros: Affordable, impressive image quality; small; light; bright, easy-to-see 2.5-inch LCD; full-featured; comfortable; solid build with rubberized grip; handy information display; built-in help system.

Cons: No top-mounted status display; lower pixel count than most pro-level DSLRs; no depth of field preview.

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Finesse Your Files

from Macworld

The first step in reducing clutter is to devise a system for managing the files you create and download. How extensive this system needs to be will depend on your organizational strategy. Some people prefer to set aside specific places for everything in an elaborate system of nested folders, while others create broader filing systems and rely instead on search tools to locate what they want. Whichever approach you take, consider the following tips.

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Nikon Unveils 8 New Coolpix Cameras

From Macworld

Nikon has taken the wraps off of its 2007 Coolpix digital camera line — eight new models added to its Life (L), Style (S) and Performance (P) series, at prices ranging from $119.95 to $399.95 depending on features.

The new L10, L11 and L12 models are aimed at causal users. They feature 3x optical zoom lenses, LCD viewfinders and 5.0, 6.0 and 7.1 megapixel (MP) resolutions, respectively. The L12 also adds “Optical VR Image Stabilization,” which reduces the effect of camera shake. Look for them starting in March for $119.95, $149.95, $199.95 respectively.

The S50 and S50c models feature 7.2MP sensors, 3x optical zoom lenses and 3.0-inch LCD screens. They both feature “Optical VR Image Stabilization.” The S50c adds wireless capability, as well. The two cameras share a sleek “wave surface” design, as well. Both cameras are coming in April for $299.95 and $349.95 respectively.

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Sirius/XM Merger Announced!

From Howard Seriously

The iPhone *will* be Sirius enabled. It will be able to receive Sirius broadcasts. Apple has nothing to do with it. Sirius doesn't need Apple's permission.

The iPhone has a full featured web browser which allows it access to the entire internet including Sirius' web broadcast. (And XM's by the way.) Apple would have to actively prevent the iPhone from getting Sirius. If Steve Jobs tried to do that, prevent web users from accessing specific content, all hell would break loose. Especially given the fact that iPod and satellite radio are viewed as competitors. Sirius could easily sue them and win.

Moreover, it simply doesn't hurt Apple if their iPhones can receive Sirius web broadcasts. If anything, it will simply help iPhone sales.

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How to Upgrade a Core Duo MacBook to WiFi 802.11n

(Shawn's Comment: Needless to say, this *will* void your warranty!)

With the introduction of AirPort Extreme 802.11n base stations, Apple announced that the majority of its current machines are compatible with the draft of that standard via a drive update. On the other hand, the MacBook and MacBook Pro Core Duo aren't likely to get compatible Airport modules. For Apple, these machines are condemned to always remain at 802.11g.

This is even more annoying if you buy one of the new base stations and decide to run in a mixed g and n wireless mode, because in this instance the performance in g will be degraded. Being in this exact situation, we decided to look at the possibility of placing a 802.11n card in a MacBook Core Duo.

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Justin Timberlake's 3rd Single Smashes iTunes Record

Justin Timberlake, a two-time Grammy winner, has scored a new record - this time on the Web.

The pop artist's video for his third single "What Goes Around, Comes Around" has become the fastest-selling video on iTunes, with more than 50,000 downloads. It follows the success of Timberlake's first two singles "SexyBack," which sold more than 250,000 copies during its first week of release, and "My Love," which recently won a BRIT award.

The video for "What Goes Around" is directed by Sam Bayer and includes Playboy's "Sexiest Celebrity" Scarlett Johannsson starring opposite Timberlake in a couple of sexy, love scenes. The most downloaded clip is a Director's Cut edition and over 9 minutes long.

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Cameraphones Banned from the Oscars

From Gizmdo
Motorola's been giving away cellphones to stars at the Oscars for at least the past 8 years. But this year, Motorola's relationship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has soured. Some blogs that wrote about Motorola's free Z3 phones, and the accompanying limited edition gift box that will be given to all the nominees, received swift emails from the Academy's lawyers reminding them that Motorola is not "debuting" the Z3 at the Oscars, because it is not affiliated with the official event in any way. The letter goes on to say that attendees won't even be allowed be able to arrive with the phones, since camera's and camphones aren't allowed at the award ceremony either.

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AirPort Extreme Base Station

By Glenn Fleishman

Pros: Significantly faster than previous model; better wireless range; simpler configuration; easy printer and hard drive sharing across network.

Cons: No gigabit Ethernet; lacks protection for individual folders on shared hard drives.

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iTunes versus Pirating

(Shawn's Comment: I feel the article writer's pain. While I can't be bothered pirating DVD's, I also can't be bothered with buying TV shows, let alone movies, off of the iTMS. We've bought some episodes of Battlestar Galactica, Lost and Heroes and the quality was pretty bad.)

I’ve purchased a number of things from the iTunes Store. Music and TV shows primarily, and I’ve been pretty happy with the ease of use and quality of my purchases… The problem i have, though is that television shows such as Lost, which are broadcast in a 16×9 aspect ration HD, when purchased from the iTunes Store, are only 4×3.

As you can see in the above image, by purchasing the episode from iTunes rather than just pirating it, i actually get less of the show. …and to be honest, pirating this episode took maybe 2 to 3 minutes more work.

The downfall of pirating, though, is that iTunes (and therefore most likely AppleTV) doesn’t not play friendly with DIVX, but then on the plus side, there’s no DRM. I can convert my pirated copy to any format i want, burn it to DVD, extract clips, scrub through frame-by-frame, etc.

Sounds to me like legality, and even the convenience of auto-downloads, are having a hard time competing with pirating.

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8 Women Who Look Better Bald than Britney


By now, I’m sure we’ve all seen the photos of Britney Spears with her newly shaven head. Amidst all the speculation about whether Britney is in the middle of a full-scale mental breakdown and if her career can recover from this latest tabloid bonanza, one thing is certain: Britney just doesn’t look that good bald. Her head isn’t all that pleasingly shaped, and her facial features lack the definition necessary to make the bald look really work for her. At best, Britney is a 2 out of 10 on the female Bald-o-meter.

That being said, here’s a quick guide to eight women who look better bald than Britney. Let me know in the comments if I left anybody out.

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A Comparison: Adobe Lightroom vs. Apple Aperture

by Michael Clark

With all of the recent buzz about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and its release today, the big question is how it compares to Apple Aperture. In tandem with Micah Walter on the Inside Aperture website I will be conducting a comparison of the two programs and how they stack up for my workflow. I’ll just say upfront that my purpose is not to bash either of these pieces of software. They are both incredibly powerful and a cut above the rest of the RAW processing and image editing software programs on the market today.

For the next ten days, I will work with both Lightroom and Aperture to work up images from a recent stock shoot and draw conclusions as I compare how each program deals with a variety of workflow topics. I don’t intend this to be a definitive comparison - just my thoughts on what works for me.

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5 Benefits of not having a TV

By Mr. Cheap Stuff

(Shawn's Comment: What do you think? Could you live without TV?)

Well it has been about 6 months now since I did the unthinkable and tossed my TV out of the living room. I have been living without a TV for a while now and I can honestly say I don’t plan on getting one anytime soon. While it was a pretty extreme measure the benefits are huge and I wish more people would do the same.

I have decided to share some of my observation over the past 6 month by putting together a list of the top 5 benefits of not having a television.

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