Tidbits for May 2013

This is something I’m starting this month. I will do one a month but with a twist. I’ll continue to add tidbits to this one page for the entire month.

May 30, 2013

What’s coming in the upgrade to Windows 8

Personally I’m glad the Start button is history or was history. But other changes are being made for Windows 8.1.

Read about what’s coming in Windows 8.1 here.

May 27, 2013

Do I really need that digital camera?

If all you’re doing is making 4X6 inch prints and posting to the Web then probably not. Just get a good smartphone and have at it.

Here’s a bunch of examples of the iPhone photos.

May 21, 2013

5 Things To Know About the New Flickr

Ted Forbes over at The Art of Photography has put up a post on what you need to know about the new Flickr. Ted is a good writer and does a good job of explaining things. I read him often and also view his videos. Check him out.

Here’s the link to his Yahoo post.

May 21, 2013


Reasons why one photographer shoots RAW most of the time.

What I tell people wanting to know which to use: If you don’t use any photo editing software or you shoot for web sites like Facebook or Flickr then JPEG is what you should be using. Otherwise use RAW.

May 20, 2012

So What Are The Differences Between Photoshop And Elements?

I’ve always wondered what was missing from the cheaper version of Photoshop. After all $99 retail price for Photoshop Elements is way less than the $609 for Mac or the $649 for Windows for Photoshop.

Wonder no longer. Someone at the Adobe forums is compiling a list of differences.

The complete post is here.

May 15, 2013

Adobe publicly confirms stand-alone future for Lightroom

Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty stressed that Adobe has, ‘no plans to make Lightroom subscription-only at any point in the future.’ The statement, made in light of the overwhelming response to Adobe’s Creative Cloud announcement last week, was made during a Google+ Hangout today in which both Hogarty and Lightroom PM Sharad Mangalick responded to audience questions.

The Complete Post Is Here.

May 14, 2013

Windows 8.1 Due In Late June

Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as “Windows Blue” will be called Windows 8.1and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.

Complete post here.

May 9, 2013

Scott Kelby on Adobe’s Announcements at the MAX Conference

If you’re a user of any of Adobe’s CS software bundles then you should read this question and answer post by Scott Kelby.

May 7,2013

The Five Stages of the Camera Buying Process

You want or need a new camera and aren’t sure of the best process to use in deciding on and purchasing said new camera. Here’s a blog post that just may help you solve your dilemma. Read and weep.

Or just go out and buy the dang thing.

May 6, 2012

Adobe heralds subscription-only future for Photoshop and Creative Suite

See story at DPReview.

Amazon is having a Gold Sale of the 3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku (SPR1000.)

3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku
The portable ultra-compact 3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku allows you to wirelessly stream your favorite online movies onto a 120-inch projection field. The rechargeable battery runs for up to 2.5 hours (on eco mode) between charges.

Sale Price: $169.99.

Check it out here.

May 2, 2013

The High Cost Of HDMI Cables

First up this month is HDMI cables. Why do they cost so much? I’ve been of the opinion that merchants, including Fry’s Electronics, charge a hefty price because we have been told over and over that any HDMI cable is an expensive thing to build. It is really? The least expensive HDMI cable at Fry’s was $16.00 for a 6′ cable with most 6′ HDMI cables in the $30.00 range. So the question is can we do better?

Amazon to the rescue.

Amazon is selling two, I repeat 2, 2-meter HDMI cables for $9.99. Even with shipping and tax this is still cheaper than any local store’s price. And that’s FOR 2, I repeat two, HDMI cables.

I’m currently using one of the two HDMI cables I purchased from Amazon and it works just fine. The second one I needed for the club meetings.

Here’s the link at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0052SCU8U/ref=pe_175190_21431760_M3T1_ST1_dp_1