Before and After

From the earliest times in Almonte, the town fathers harnessed the river for water power – to run a sawmill, a flour mill, a number of woolen mills. Up until now the commercialization has been relatively benign. But things have apparently changed. The greedy developer who owns a small power generation plant in the old ...

Grandpa’s Special Girl Turns 6

I know, I know. You should treat all grandkids the same and I love ’em all – but there’s a very special place in Grandpa’s heart for my older granddaughter Veronica. Maybe it’s because she’s the most like her Nonna of all the kids – concerned for the welfare of others above all, but at ...

You’ll Get What You Need

My Canon S90 Compact was and continues to be a fine digital camera. However, it is now more than 7 years since it was released and my particular unit is well over 6 years old. Since I have long ago decided I’m not hauling a heavy digital SLR and a quartet of lenses aboard ship, it’s ...

One Little Life

I read recently that if all the homeless animals in shelters in North America were given homes we’d have to keep about 8 cats and dogs per household. That’s not going to happen, and sadly only about 1/3 of the cats in shelters get adopted. That means a lot of otherwise wonderful lives end every ...

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

One more post to finish up on digital photography. Obviously the camera business has moved on since 2010, and there have been numerous improvements plus new categories of camera have been introduced. Most of the innovation has been in the premium compact area, since compact cameras were the most affected by the smartphone and tablet disruption. ...

Good Enough? (Adventures in the Digicam Market)

Back in the day, marketers of computers used to sell their products based on the speed of the processor. A similar thing took place with digital cameras where the measure of quality (according to the sales folks) was the number of megapixels (MP) captured by the camera sensor. In both cases the more the merrier. ...

Disruptive

It just dawned on me the other day how disruptive digital photography technology has become. It took a few years from the earliest heavy, slow, low capacity digital cameras of the 1990s but disruption is here – has been since 2005 at least. I mean, it’s less than 15 years since I bought my last ...