Thursday, October 29, 2020

Laptop and camera air ban stops people travelling, harms economy

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The partial ban on carrying laptops, cameras and some other electronics in aircraft cabins is having unforeseen consequences.....

Twelve Years with Apple: But are the pips beginning to squeak?

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Mike has had a twelve-year love affair with Apple. But the competition is gathering and Apple is showing worrying signs of ignoring the opinion leaders in favour of a dumbed-down mass market. It does so at its peril.....

Senior Moments: When you no longer wish to schlepp the big system

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Is your photographic gear weighing you down? Are you in the mood (again, perhaps) to downsize to a lighter system? Read on....

Leica Store Wigan and the M246 Monochrom Pier Edition

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Sadly both the Leica Store Wigan and the M246 Monochrom Pier edition are figments of my febrile imagination. Please do not visit...

Sony A7: Goodbye, it was almost nice knowing you

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John has had a long relationship with the Sony A7 — mainly because he couldn't find anyone to buy it off him.....

Nokia 3310: Thinking the unthinkable. Are smartphones really necessary?

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Do today's smartphones attempt to do too much? Could Nokia's new no-nonsense retro-phone replace my iPhone and leave me free to do most of my work on an iPad mini? 

Hasselblad Lunar: The kitschy side of the moon

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Mike had an invitation to view a fabulously expensive Hasselblad Lunar, reduced from £6,000 to £800. Is it now a bargain or is it doomed to a never-ending fall from grace?

Maison Bertaux: The best croissanterie in London

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Next time you find yourself in London's Soho, do visit Maison Bertaux in Greek Street. Mike chomps on his croissant in anticipation.....

Pubelangelo: Who does craft all those enticing food signs?

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Just who does write all those pub signs?

Watermarked Photographs: Pretentious or what?

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I hate watermarked photographs. They say a lot about the photographer and, I suppose, everyone takes a different view of what exactly that is. To me it means only one thing: “Look at me, my pictures are so wonderful that the world would steal them if I didn’t deface them with a watermark.” There are honourable exceptions, of course, and some of my favourite bloggers and photographers do add watermarks. It’s entirely up to them. But generally speaking a watermarked photograph defeats the object. In my view it is pretentious and removes the pleasure in viewing the image.