#343 at Dubos Point

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

I was reading Paul Kerlinger’s article on “Urban Blight Birding” in City Birding; and he mentioned Bayswater and Dubos Point, two sites in Queens I’ve heard of before but never visited. However he mentioned a lot of good birds out there–American Bittern, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Woodcock, Seaside Sparrow, Sharptailed Sparrow, and Vesper Sparrow. The last three were potential life birds for me, and I’ve been looking for new places to visit so this morning Beth and I decided to hop on the A-train and ride out to the Rockaways.

Fastest Mac Last?

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

The first Macs to get the Intel treatment were the low-end iMac and the High-end PowerBook (excuse me, MacBook). Next out the gate was the Mac Mini. Rumor has it that the next part of the product line to be X86’d will be the iBook. The final Mac to be intellified is likely to be the PowerMac, possibly in the late summer/early fall.

I’m just curious why this order? I would have guessed the PowerMac would have been one of the first systems to go Intel because:

Digital Photography Tip #2: Always Carry a Spare

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Buy an extra USB cable for your camera. Buy an extra charger too if the camera doesn’t use standard AA batteries. Put these in your travel bag. Leave the original USB cable plugged into your main computer, and the original battery charger plugged into an outlet at your home or office. Using the same cables and adapters for home/office and travel is a recipe for disaster. Sooner or later you will leave one behind.

Digital Photography Tip #1: Leave the Battery Compartment Open

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

When you take the battery out of your digital camera to charge it, leave the battery compartment open:

Sony camera with open battery compartment

That way you won’t walk out the door with a camera with no battery.