Jon's DSLR Buying Guide: Part 3 – Accessories
November 10, 2011
This is part of a multipart series on buying a DSLR. For the camera, see Part 1 or the Lens, see Part 2. Once you’ve bought your camera and your lens, you’d think you were done, but like anything remotely expensive and/or complex — there’s more! Of course, cameras have a thousand different accessories, bits, boggles, and doodads that you can buy. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should (unless of course you’ve got money to burn, in which case, skip this guide and just buy whatever strikes your fancy). As with the previous segments, I’m targeting the first time photographer here.
Jon's DSLR Buying Guide: Part 2 – The Lens
November 1, 2011
This is part of a multipart series on buying a DSLR. For the camera, see Part 1. Once you’ve selected a camera, you need to get a lens (or two, or three ^_^ ). If you’re buying a Nikon, you don’t need to worry about them fitting. All Nikon cameras that we care about (and most of the lenses) since 1959 use their F-mount system. Canon isn’t so lucky, but they’ve been pretty good about standardization too (from what I understand). As with the camera, lenses come in a variety of shapes and sizes with their own classifications of “types” and their own set of numbers/features/doodads.
Jon's DSLR Buying Guide: Part 1 – The Camera
October 25, 2011
Today, digital cameras are ubiquitous — everyone who has a cellphone has a camera. Even with this proliferation of cameras, if you want a camera that is a step above the rest, you need an SLR or more correctly a DSLR. Fortunately for intrepid amateur photographers, DSLRs can be had on the cheap (Nikon D3100s start under $600), but what features do you need? What lenses should you get? What accessories? These are all questions I was recently asked and I thought I’d share.
Goodbye AT&T, Hello Sonic.net
May 10, 2011
The alternate title for this post is “Internet usage caps can kiss my ass” because that’s what prompted this post, but first a little backstory. Many people have had issues with big teleco (and specifically AT&T) provided internet and would assume that I loathe them for the same reasons, but I do not. I’ve had AT&T DSL since I got my first place in Nevada in 2003. I’ve moved a number of times since then, but I have always had AT&T DSL after each move. Partially because I loathe cable’s shared approach (and usage capping) and partially because I’ve never had a problem with AT&T. Hell, the one time I had trouble recently, that required a tech to come out… he was EARLY. So why the change in heart? Usage caps.
Getting underway with IPv6
July 6, 2010
So let me start off by saying, I’m not new to the world of networking. I’ve been doing this for a long while now. I had a Linux box running as a router on a PPPoE DSL line back before you could even buy a home “router” (IE Linksys). Heck, I had the network running before Pac Bell even had tech support that could handle the concept of more than one computer on a DSL line (and let me tell you, mentioning the word “Linux” around them was hilarious). You’d think that since I’ve been doing this for so long, I must have experience with IPv6… but I don’t. There are a few reasons for this: A) No ISP or server host I’ve ever used has provided IPv6 addresses B) IPv6 has really only started to “pick up” in the last 2-3 years and most importantly C) I’ve never had a need. If you don’t have the need or the access, why bother putting the effort into trying to fight it? Besides, while IPv6 introduces a lot more features into the core stack than just more addresses, I expected it to work mostly the same on a basic level. As it turns out that only seems to be the case in the server world, at home that is not exactly the case.