May 2010 Archives



The PC extended warrantee company SquareTrade has published some really interesting data on laptop / netbook failure rates, based on their own data from 30,000 of their covered machines. What's interesting to me is the fragility of netbooks. One of my own netbooks (an Asus EEE PC 900) has died, which is a shame since it's one of the most reliable brands.





NEX_new_gear_mantel_big.jpgI've been following the development of the micro four-thirds system a little, just because of how nice it would be to take DSLR quality photos in a point-and-shoot size frame, but here is another option — a DSLR size APS-C sensor in a point-and-shoot size frame. So pretty. has a review here as well as some sample pictures.



You'll never believe where this beautiful picture came from — it was compiled and extracted from some dirty shaky hazy video. Gizmodo says it is from a technique developed by Microsoft where they "can take a small percentage of these 900 images—80 in this case—and combine their sharpest, most detailed parts." The write up also has a great example of a panorama they created from similar quality video.

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