Canon’s excellent customer service (and a sweet new camera)

April 19th, 2008

When my approx. 4-year-old Canon Powershot S1 IS started displaying an image sensor malfunction, I thought I was going to have to drop a cool $400 on a new camera. But Canon's website had a service notice stating that this was a known defect, and that they would repair this for free, including shipping.

What they sent me back was a Canon Powershot S5 IS. Sweet!

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Use an intervalometer to detect footprints

January 29th, 2008

While Alex was in town for the weekend, we used my camera's intervalometer to record tracks in my gravel driveway. I'm still playing with the images, but I've got a pretty sweet sample uploaded to BoF Labs.

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Open surveillance to the public

June 21st, 2007

My local paper, the Daily Progress, ran a story today about a proposal to install 30 security cameras on the Downtown Mall. I think there's a wrong way to do this, and a right way. I'll explain why the wrong way is wrong, and suggest a scheme that could lead to a right (or better) way.

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My review of the Canon Powershot S1 IS

October 27th, 2005

I decided to post a review of my Canon Powershot S1 IS because there are some things about it that are not immediately apparant.

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