Apple pull out of Mac World! Made front page on the BBC today. What does that mean? no seminars, or just no Steve  keynote?  I wouldn’t have made it this year anyway..  Now all of the Mr. Jobs health issues can be raised again, the rumor mill just went back to full steam ahead.

One other news story that caught my eye, Microsoft recommend you switch browsers until they fix a major security flaw in IE! Wow how do they think people will switch back, after they give out this kind of advice. Do they actually recommend a browser?
I think of all the website redesigns going on right now. That narrow view from the IT department that make a IE only version of their website, you know the kind I mean Banks, Real Estate portals, “no you have to use IE, we don’t support other browsers!!

Great news, softbank offers a cheaper way to own an iPhone, this press release says it all www.softbankmobile.co.jp. This mean you can get started for about 3000¥ that’s around $28.

No big reason to resist any more.

My Canon ixus 65 is a dream little point and shoot camera. I recently stumbled this site CHDK that develops a firmware add-on for Canon’s Digic II & Digic III cameras. This is a non permanent firmware upgrade but opens up a bag of hidden features on your canon. I followed the easy instructions and installed the “all best” firmware. This is some of the features it boasts.

  • Override ISO settings
  • Override shutter speed value
  • Override aperture value
  • Bracketing in continuous mode
  • ISO bracketing
  • Subj.distance bracket

….. and many more.

With added scripting support it was great to try the “time lapse” script. Highly configurable from within the OSD interface this was truly child’s play.

I used a 10 seconds between shots and waited until the battery ran out, that’s the trouble with this little canon, with its huge display it eats the battery, by using the “allbest” firmware I could see the battery status with % remaining. Nice feature missing from the normal OSD. It’s quite amazing whatching the level drop before your eyes. An AC adaptor is looking more and more like a future purcahse.

After around 200+ shots I imported and re sized in Graphic Converter, imported into quicktime using 6 fps. and fianlly in to iMove, added sound, exported directly to youtube. Nice workflow and really smooth.

If you have a canon go check out the wiki, there are lots of great tweaks available, unleash your creative energy today.

Here is one of 2 Huntsman Spiders that that have appeared in our home in the last day or 2. They are by no means adult, I think we saw Mama when we first moved in, it must have been about 3 times the size of this guy.