Lives in United States Springfield, USA, United States
Works as a Copier/fax/printer/computer repair
Joined on Jun 27, 2005
About me:

Been tinkering with electronics since I was 10, 30+ years in the photocopier, printer, fax, computer industry. Photography about as long. Also LOVE anything to do with WW2 aviation, history.


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BillFS: Jolly good. Still not touching CC with a ten-foot barge-pole.

From a technical standpoint, I see very little wrong with the set-up (provided you can get online now and again); what I really object to is paying a load of money to Adobe and having nothing to show for it at the end.

With CC you commit to pay Adobe for ever and if you ever stop, your software ceases to function. I'll stick to my old (paid for) CS-whatever, which will continue to work as long as there is an appropriate computer to run it on.

I stopped upgrading. Last one I paid for was CS6. I don't like being held hostage on "the cloud".

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 18:15 UTC

I'm pretty good with photoshop, but this is nuts!
I wouldn't have the patience for SEVEN months.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 17:56 UTC as 10th comment
On Nikon D7200 Review preview (586 comments in total)

I prefer the larger cameras myself. Some of these mirrorless cameras, I'm afraid I might break them. On my old SLR, I kept a battery pack on it, just to have a little more to hang onto.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 17:51 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (32 comments in total)
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LensBeginner: Why is that that to get good things one has to buy the king-sized device?
It's the same for Xperias and Galaxys... and I don't want another tablet in my pocket, 5" should be enough for a cellphone IMHO.

Well, I don't like phone screens smaller than 6", which is why I currently have one that is 6.2", which remains on a belt clip on my waist. CHOICE. You like smaller screens, I like bigger screens. :)

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 02:08 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Just a Photographer:

And the paid for PhotoShop CS5 will remain amazing (like world's best) photo editing software for years to come. It just isn't real useful for extracting raws from cameras released after late 2012.

Sorry but I'm not going to give Adobe $1 dollar a month to keep my programs active. This is why people are looking at other raw extraction software--no not ACR 8, running within LightRoom 5.

Adobe has made the same mistake Microsoft made when MS released the unstable Windows Vista:

Unlike 20 years ago, people who have been using computers for 30 years are now in positions to say: "We'll buy something else or make do with old hardware." Or still from the OS point of view: "Get a Mac or use Linux".

And people who have been regularly using programs of any complexity for the last ten years just say, "Well, let's see what competing programs are out there to download as trialware--they should be easy enough to learn if you can use a computer at all."

I'm the same with CS6...I don't want to pay a monthly subscription, plus, there are times, I don't have "cloud" access...just make it a downloadable installed program, and I'll buy it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
On Samsung introduces Galaxy Note 4 phablet with OIS post (75 comments in total)
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Valiant Thor: As I observe people and society I am 100% convinced that the smartphone is the worst invention in the history of the world, bare NONE. It has turned a once observant and interactive society into pathetic, electronic addicted, anti-social zombies who walk around with their glazed empty eyes affixed to those crappy little LCD boxes glued to their hand, their thumb frantically pushing stupid little chicklets around the screen with the look of a meth addict on their face and mortal fear in their mind that they would accidently miss one non-essential, meaningless message from an emotionless fellow zombie that is doing the same thing. What used to be meaningful family social outings have turned into four people sitting at a table lifelessly and listlessly staring hypnotically at the endless supply of meaningless pixel propaganda which never leaves their hand. Other than that, nice phone!

And people thought the zombie invasion would never happen. These people can't put the darn thing down. When I travel past a college campus, they all have their heads down, ear buds jammed in their heads. I think it's playing a loop...breathe in....breathe out...breathe in...breathe out, least they forget while they check twitter/facebook etc. No wonder so many people crack screens, they never leave their hands!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
On Sample Gallery: LG G2 smartphone images post (48 comments in total)
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garyknrd: I have a friend that uses the Samsung S3. And uses it instead of a dslr now most of the time. Many shots quite good for the internet.

Must not be much of a photographer if he uses a pinhole camera instead of a Dslr. Snapshots, maybe, but the dynamic range of a APS-C or larger sensor will dwarf anything from a smart device.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 02:32 UTC

Never had a problem with my Tammy lens units, got three of them. But, I don't bang them around either. Not the most expensive lens units by far, but, for me, money doesn't grow on trees! I baby my lens units. They stay in the bag, capped when not in use, and I don't carry my camera on a neck strap. I use one of those strap to your wrist thingys.

I think a better way of looking at why these lens units fail, would be for the consumers to be honest as to what caused them to be sent in for repair. "Well, I got mad at my ex and slammed it against a coffee table."

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 17:26 UTC as 43rd comment
On Samsung Galaxy Note II camera review post (83 comments in total)

I've got a Note I, and wouldn't trade it for anything. 18 months, and still going like a champ. Skipping the Note II, but holding off on the Galaxy IV...perhaps a Note III this fall??

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2013 at 02:41 UTC as 28th comment
On ACD Systems issues ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 article (75 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: Do they still freeze Raw camera support to whatever cameras were released at the time that ACDSee Pro was released? Also, is the DNG support NOT specific to Native DNG cameras? (in other words, can I open dng files created by lightroom?) Can I create DNG files from ACDSee pro? I'm willing to consider a change at this point from Lr, but I have no interest in throwing away a bunch of work either!

I stopped using AcDsee when they started with the "suite" thingy like everyone is prone to do. I just wanted a quick & dirty image viewer that I could maybe resize & crop photos when I was in a hurry and didn't want to wait on photoshop. Since I found the Faststone image viewer, I had almost forgotten about AcDsee.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 17:30 UTC
On ACD Systems launches ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee v14 article (38 comments in total)
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atari_ckx: Some years ago I used (and liked) ACD See, but now I'm very happy with FastStone Image Viewer, is FAST, FREE and have the most useful features (for me). I've a collection of over 50.000 photos and it handles it without hassles, very fast.

Of course no have any relationship neither ACD See's nor FastStone, but you must try it ... and finally, it's free!!

Same here. I was with ACDSEE from the old days, but it got bloated and expensive. FastStone works perfectly for my needs too!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 02:05 UTC
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