March 2, 2007

Ebb and Flow of Technology


I've had two pieces of electronics give up the ghost lately. The first, my precious Etymotic er-4ps had a jack failure (in that the jack, uh, broke and stuff) on the plane to Boston a few days ago. So unfortunate. I love these headphones -so- much. I have an RMA to replace the cable on them, I look forward to getting them back.

The second one was my Canon SD400 Digital Elph teeny digicam. Also well loved, which in this case means treated somewhat shabbily, I took literally thousands of pictures with it. It fit handily in my pocket and I took it pretty much everywhere. At the beach a year ago, I dropped it onto the sand. This was the beginning of the end, really, when an unfortunate sandy grinding noise accompanied every on/off cycle. It got worse and worse, and then, inexplicably, I picked up my camera to take a picture of Frannie or Laszloplaintively, and and I noticed that the screen had a crack in it. This had never happened to me before, but when I went to turn it on, it worked and all but a little area around the crack was fine, so I was happy. Then a few days later, I got a 'beep of death'. I'd turn it on and it would try to extend the lens the entire way.....then....stop beep three times die.

The death of a camera is a mixed event emotionally for me. I'm used to retiring cameras due to megapixel obsolescence, not through wear and tear. I was mildly unhappy about this, but happy, because it drove me to purchase it's replacement. I went a little bigger, picking the SD900 camera (also from canon). This one has twice the resolution and better speed and everything. Most importantly, it is surrounded by a durable titanium cover, which , considering how things worked out for the sd400, I decided was worth the extra cost and weight.

The folks at Keeble gave me a very nice price (and I like shopping there anyhow over buying such things online) and so I picked it up over last weekend. It's a -very- fun camera. Great video and stills and even has this face detection feature that focuses on , well, I think you know what. The picture included with todays post is both a callout to obsolesence and an example of the SD900. That picture was taken without a flash in a not very well lit room, and I'm pretty happy with it. (reduced in photoshop from the original image, and then I think blogger reduced it again).

Once my earphones return from the shop, I will be a happy traveller, maybe I'll borrow my sisters pair for my upcoming Washington, DC trip. That will work out, I think.

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