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Power protection for your photography equipment

July 26th, 2010 2 comments
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I was listening to the Typical Mac User Podcast, episode 212, by Victor Cajiao and his guest for the show, George Starcher.  They had a good discussion on the use of uninterpretable power supplies (UPS’s).  Victor explained how he lost a Mackie mixing board due to a power event and he was doing something about it so it wouldn’t happen again with the new one.  They mentioned use them with computer, networking and podcasting equipment but what I didn’t hear was too much about protecting other electronics beyond the home theater gear.  That got me thinking, I already protect a lot of my electronics, home theater stuff, computers, network gear, and my fish tanks with UPS’s and voltage regulators, and I use larger APC devices at work, but how many photographers think beyond the computer gear, external hard drives, and networking equipment and expand the protection to their photography equipment? Read more…

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Another day, another rights grabbing photo contest – “The Gerber Generation Photo Search”

July 23rd, 2010 No comments
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AngerIt seems that lately, these rights grab scams hit my email inbox weekly.  I am so tired of people getting scammed by these companies!

In this particular example, Gerber is asking people to submit photos in a variety of categories, all for the chance to win the monthly prize, a Flip Slide HD video camera and be “featured” on Gerber.com. After 6 months, when Gerber has scammed people out of enough of their treasured photos, there is a small chance to win the “Grand Prize”, consisting of a $25,000 scholarship, and the child gets to “star” in a Gerber ad.  Gee, how much do you think they would have to pay to have that many photos of children, and cast one to star in an ad? Read more…

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