November 3rd, 2012 by grant

iPad mini arrived today. This is mainly for Sandy to read her books as her phone is too small, but I plan on using it as a photo viewer on my photoshoots as my LCD screen on the back of my camera is too small. It will hook up via my EyeFi card on my mark III so I can get my photos as close to real time as possible. Why don’t I do this with my iPad 3? I’m outta storage space that’s why! Shoulda bought the 64gb, doh!

August 20th, 2011 by grant

Today we presented Mommi with her new Dell laptop. We are actively setting up an email account and a crash course in all things digital. I loaded open office BTW a free MS Office compatible software suite. Well actually I donated 20 euros to the organization.

May 20th, 2011 by grant

Okay I’ve been trying to use my iPad camera and while I understand why they are so popular I absolutely cannot stand the image quality. It may not be apparent from these thumbnails but it is horrible in low light and the dynamic range even in good light is substandard. Of course what should I expect from a <1MP camera. Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoying having iphone pix sent to me. I just want a better camera in my iPad.

May 6th, 2011 by grant

Just got a new 320EX. It’s nice, compact and has a white LED for focus assist.

March 30th, 2011 by grant

Today I received a Sony NSZ-GT1 in the mail. This is a BD-DVD player with internet capability. It hooks up to the internet via cable or WiFi. For years I had a Mini ITX PC under my TV which I never got going… now it’s obsolete. I’ll subscribe to Netflix and download movies right to my TV.

March 30th, 2011 by grant

The new iPad has 2 cameras… I think something is wrong with mine.

March 28th, 2011 by grant

Picked it up via Fed Exp today. We’ll see if the hype is true. Rhea bought my iPad 1 & it is on its way.

December 15th, 2010 by grant

It just arrived today… battery is charging now. Gotta wait.

June 15th, 2010 by grant

With the advent of the eye-pad, we’ve been spending our nights challenging ourselves with various games. This exercises our minds but neglects the body. So today, we invented Scrabble Stairmaster. We simply start a “pass n play” scrabble match. Sandy is downstairs and I am upstairs. When you finish your word you have to transverse the stairs to pass the eye-pad to your opponent. Now my cerebral cortex and my rectus femoris hurt.


June 5th, 2010 by grant

I’ve had my eye-pad for a month now and I thought I would share my feelings.

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Things I like:

Battery life – It’s advertised as a 10 hour battery. While I haven’t performed a timed test I’ve been pleased with the battery life.

Graphics – Love the graphics display especially for showing photos.

Speed – The 1GHz A4 is peppy enough for my needs. I’m not a gamer and never played games on my home PC, but I have to admit I been toying with some since I got my eye-pad.

Instant on – This is the best feature. I use it to instantly check my email. If I could rid of my laptop I would, it seems to take forever to boot and check email and it weighs a ton compared to my eye-pad.

Data plan – You can sign up and change your data plan very easily on the eye-pad, right from the settings tab.

Things I don’t like:

I use more data than I planned, which is not the eye-pad’s fault. The 250MB a month for $14.99 went by way too quick and I had to upgrade to the $29.99 unlimited plan.

iTunes is problematic with regard to syncing… well at least on my PC. My music/data is on a external 2TB Drobo drive which could be the reason.

While I love the touchscreen interface the finger smudges are distracting especially when viewing the aforementioned photos.

I have to fight Sandy to use it… share dear!

It’s a bit pricey but I did get the top of the line model.

Since I don’t see very many eye-pads its an attention magnet and I hold on to it tightly. I’m reluctant to hand it over when people ask about it.