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Good turnaround time
Feb 27th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

The frame counter reset on my Leica MP recently broke, so I took it to Samy’s Camera, the store I bought it from. I was afraid they’d tell me I had to send it back to Leica for repair (the last time I dealt with Leica it took them six months to repair a damaged lens), but fortunately they told me it could be repaired in the store. To my surprise, it took only four days for them to finish the work!

iTunes prize winner takes Steve Jobs’ call as a prank
Feb 26th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

iTunes prize winner takes Steve Jobs’ call as a prank. The winner of Apple’s recent iTunes contest, Louie Sulcer, initially dismissed Steve Jobs’ personal phone call as a prank, according to Rolling Stone. Sulcer claims to have purchased the 10 billionth iTunes track, Johnny Cash’s “Guess Things Happen That Way,” while unaware that Apple was running such a promotion…. [The Macintosh News Network]

The title of the track seems appropriate to this story.

What we have here is a failure to communicate
Feb 24th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

I’ve noticed that for some reason the people who work in sandwich shops have great difficulty following simple instructions. The following is representative of conversations I’ve had in various Togo’s, Quiznos, Subway, and independent places:

Employee: How can I help you?
Me: I’d like a large pastrami sandwich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and nothing else.
(Employee grabs a piece of wheat bread.)
Me: I’d like a large pastrami sandwich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and nothing else.
Employee: Oh, sorry. What size would you like?
Me: I’d like a large pastrami sandwich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and nothing else.
Employee: What kind of sandwich did you want?
Me: I’d like a large pastrami sandwich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and nothing else.
Employee: What kind of cheese do you want?
Me: I’d like a large pastrami sandwich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and nothing else.
Employee: What else would you like? Onion? Lettuce?
Me: I’d like a large pastrami sandwich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and nothing else.

How did it become acceptable f…
Feb 23rd, 2010 by Ken Hagler

How did it become acceptable for (allegedly) human males to hoot and screech like a bunch of baboons when they get excited?

There’s nothing like waiting f…
Feb 22nd, 2010 by Ken Hagler

There’s nothing like waiting for a bus while a drunken bum vomits nearby. Thanks, Chief Bratton, for chasing them out of Skid Row.

I noticed that most Twitter cl…
Feb 21st, 2010 by Ken Hagler

I noticed that most Twitter clients didn’t like my 4×5 profile photo, so I squashed it a bit to make it square.

Seen on a new cafe: “organic c…
Feb 21st, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Seen on a new cafe: “organic coffee.” I suppose inorganic coffee would be mud?

Telephones are annoying
Feb 18th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

If your telephone connection is so bad that you have to shout into your phone in the middle of the night to talk to your friends in Korea, that’s a pretty good sign that it’s time to get rid of the phone and switch to Skype.

Aperture 3 finally works
Feb 14th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Aperture 3 adds Faces, Places, and improved local adjustment.

After a long wait, Apple has released the next major update to its pro-class photo workflow application, Aperture 3. The new version boasts over 200 new features, including the addition of the successful facial recognition and geotagging features, Faces and Places, that were introduced with iPhoto ’09. Version 3 also adds edge-detecting adjustment brushes for non-destructive localized editing and touch-ups. Along with numerous UI and performance improvements, Aperture 3 adds full 64-bit support on supported systems running Snow Leopard.

Aperture has always had a focus on the workflow of professional photographers, but Apple also markets it for amateurs that want to move beyond the simplicity of iPhoto. Aperture 3 takes that even further, seemingly melding more power and advanced management with the features and ease of use of iPhoto.

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[Ars Technica]

I’d been interested in Aperture since version two as a replacement for iView MediaPro, which was bought out and abandoned by Microsoft years ago. However, earlier versions of Aperture couldn’t handle the very large files produced by scanning 4×5 film (a slide produces a file around 1.25 GB) and would crash if you tried to add one. That problem has been fixed in version three–probably due to a combination of 64-bit support in Snow Leopard, and the fact that my Photoshop system has 24 GB of RAM.

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