DotCom Editor

Lives in United States New England, MA, United States
Works as a Technology journalist, editor, and author
Joined on Apr 4, 2005

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Having worked in technology publishing (covering the computer industry) for nearly 40 years, I miss the design and production aspects of print, but I do not miss it from a reader perspective. Those who are suffering the most are print production editors with no prospect of future jobs.

The problem with print is that once you have a pile of magazines, it's just about impossible to find that one article you suddenly want to refer back to. I've got tons of cooking magazines, but when I want to find something, I take to Google (Sorry, Bing). Online publishing, with its ability to easily serve up a dynamically updated aggregate index spanning years or decades, offers a huge advantage.

With online publishing, it's the business model that suffers. Advertising revenue for online publications is only a fraction of what it has long been for print. That's why the shift from print to online routinely leads to enormous cuts in editorial staffs.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2018 at 16:49 UTC as 2nd comment
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barry reid: Yes, I know this site is called digital photography review, but I still don't get the anti-film thing.

Best to remember that as most of us are hobbyists our work Is done for it's own sake, and often enjoyment of process is a bog part of that. We all ought to respect the needs and wants of others who work with different processes, and film opens up many new options.

True enough. And let's not overlook that "full frame" actually means 8 x 10-inch sheet film.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2018 at 12:09 UTC
On article Nikon D850 sensor confirmed as Sony-made (566 comments in total)

How does this spurious information make me a better photographer?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2018 at 22:45 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies

Is this similar to Canon's Diffractive Optics "DO" lens technology?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2018 at 14:02 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Kodak teases first sample photos of Ektachrome (197 comments in total)
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le_alain: Ektachrome colors seems as bad as before ... perhaps a little worse, but that can be the scan.
Give us KODACHROME !
;)

"They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day
I got a Nikon (well, Canon actually...) camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away"

Too late...

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 20:50 UTC
On article Kodak teases first sample photos of Ektachrome (197 comments in total)

Just in time for Canon to withdraw from the film-camera business!

https://www.dpreview.com/news/6195788222/canon-drops-flagship-eos-1v-film-body-and-projects-end-date-for-repairs

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 20:47 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article PNY launches 512GB microSD card (105 comments in total)
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James Stirling: the old saying about "keeping all your eggs in one basket " comes to mid with these high capacity cards

Ah, yes, the notorious .egg file format!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2018 at 19:37 UTC

Looks like it's time to retire my stock of Microdol, D-76, and HC-110 developers, along with my sizeable inventory of Kindermann tanks and reels.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2018 at 16:51 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
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mattd007: Get em in young, make them think its the tools they have to have and milk them for the rest of their lives. My dislike for Adobe grows daily.

Yep. It's like McDonald's hooking kids early with Happy Meals. Once they're addicted, it's awfully tough to break away.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 04:10 UTC
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princecody: Does Adobe sell your content to marketing data analytic firms like other platforms-just curious?

Adobe doesn't have to sell your info. The company itself is a huge provider of a vast array of enterprise-class, industrial-strength, cloud-based marketing analytics services.

https://www.adobe.com/experience-cloud/products.html

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 10:50 UTC
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DotCom Editor: Casio did offer several decent, well-built cameras.

Alas, for people who are part of the millennial generation, typified by having the attention span of a flea and who find a teeny-tiny images on their phones to be sufficient, the entire compact camera segment is shrinking.

Rather than seeing vendor consolidations, we're seeing vendors simply shut the doors and walk away. As the quality of smartphone images and display panels (OLED, e.g.) continue to improve, the demand for standalone compact cameras will continue to fall precipitously.

Well, Steve in Scotland, my generation did not have smartphones nor did we have teeny tiny images. That makes a generational comparison rather moot. And when I was a teenager, no one would ever think of "texting and driving." That's because no such technology existed. Thus, a comparison between or among two or more generations is not possible.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 20:28 UTC

Casio did offer several decent, well-built cameras.

Alas, for people who are part of the millennial generation, typified by having the attention span of a flea and who find a teeny-tiny images on their phones to be sufficient, the entire compact camera segment is shrinking.

Rather than seeing vendor consolidations, we're seeing vendors simply shut the doors and walk away. As the quality of smartphone images and display panels (OLED, e.g.) continue to improve, the demand for standalone compact cameras will continue to fall precipitously.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 17:35 UTC as 72nd comment | 3 replies
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DotCom Editor: How many free months of subscription is Adobe giving us as compensation for our frustration?

Cost of goods is zero, because no physical product is being produced in a factory. This is a key reason why margins on software are much higher than those on physical products (like your computer, printer, or camera). I didn't say that there was no cost of development, or research, or marketing, or support, or advertising, nor did I look at EBITDA.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 13:22 UTC
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DotCom Editor: How many free months of subscription is Adobe giving us as compensation for our frustration?

Actual currency-in-hand monetary compensation? No. But, a 25 percent reduction in fee for a month — essentially, one free week — would be a sign of goodwill. Keep in mind that Adobe's cost of goods is exactly zero.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 20:05 UTC

How many free months of subscription is Adobe giving us as compensation for our frustration?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 18:47 UTC as 45th comment | 7 replies

-- The first 19-inch, 4:3 flat-panel monitors were priced at more than $10,000 USD.
-- The first audio CD player sold in the United States (from Kyocera, I believe), carried a selling price of more than $1,200 USD.
-- Kodak's earliest digital cameras, the DC-20 and DC-25 offered a sensor resolution of 0.2 megapixels. Yes, that's 493 x 373 pixels. Yes, 0.2 megapixels.
-- The first color display for the original IBM PC (model 5150), introduced in 1981, offered a maximum resolution of 320×200 pixels in 4 colors chosen from a total palette of 16 color.
-- The first Hewlett-Packard LaserJet, introduced in 1983, offered a maximum resolution of 300 x 300 dots per inch at a price of about $3,495 USD. Bit-mapped, non-scalable fonts were extra.

All pretty crazy stuff. But, technology advances. So, too, will the technology used in this camera. Will many be sold? No. Will any be sold? Who knows. Nevertheless, the shot has been fired and the idea launched.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 22:35 UTC as 94th comment | 3 replies
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Suntan: So the moral of the story, use Canon lenses on other manufacturer's cameras.

I don't recall that being mentioned in the video piece. Where was that, exactly?

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 17:38 UTC

After the way HP totally screwed us owners of large-format Z3100 printers, I'll never, ever purchase another HP product, nor will will I ever recommend HP to anyone.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 18:49 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

I can't tell you how much business I've lost when people look at my museum-quality, archival prints and comment, "That wasn't shot with a Leica."

Well, actually, I can tell you. Zero. I've lost exactly zero business from not using Leica equipment. I plan to keep it that way.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 00:24 UTC as 137th comment | 5 replies

If the victim, photographer Andy Grimm, had been a Wesen instead of a Grimm, and if this had occurred in Portland, Oregon instead of New Carlisle, Ohio, there's no telling what dark and stormy events could have resulted.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 20:36 UTC as 106th comment | 3 replies
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