Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Canon Lens Availability Update

As some of you may know, I shoot a Canon 7D. Its a wonderful camera and luckily, I have all the lenses I can afford rigth now.

Lucky because, due to recent disasters in Japan, supply has been heavily impacted with some lenses' delivery being delayed until the end of the year.

Here are the expected dates on some lenses.

  • The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens (msrp $1,399)
  • The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens (msrp $6,599)
  • The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens (msrp $10,499)
  • The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens (msrp $9,499)
  • The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens (msrp $11,999)

Dig out those unused lenses as the used market is about to go crazy.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Death of the Bookmark?

Okay, maybe I'm having too many problems in life given that I entitled the last post "The End of Innocence?" and now it's "The Death of Bookmarks?" but it's still a valid question: are bookmarks going the way of printed internet registries (remember those from the early 90s?).

I had a collection of over 1,000, yes 1,000, bookmarks that I just spent an hour cleaning out. Dead links, dead sites, information in which I no longer have any interest (why did I ever?). Now it's whittled down to under 100 that I actually still use.



On occasion.

I got through the task and thought "why don't I just get rid of all of them and use google to get to where I want to?" I can put links to sites I actually go to regularly in the Bookmarks Bar (I use Google's Chrome so your naming protocol might differ here but you understand what I mean) and get rid of the rest.

Well, I didn't.

There are a few work related topics that having a list of links helps me remember connections I need to go through and there are a few obscure sites that help me do my work. And  I don't want to lose them.

So, right now, I still have a use for bookmarks but I'm really close to getting rid of them all.

How about you?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The End of Innocence?

Search engine optimization is being exploited to exploit holes in Safari. These malware infested pages now use a pop-up, similar to the ones of which Windows users have become wary, identifying a problem with the mac (evidently test and image searches for piranhas are infected). MacDefender is the name of a fake AV that is identified as the solution to this problem and a link is conveniently provided.

Only, it's not a solution. The fake AV is malware.

But here's the good news: you actually have to be dumb enough to install the software for it to be a problem.

You have to download the virus.

You then have to launch the program.

You physically have to give it your administrator password.

Come on, you're a mac user. You're obviously not that dumb.

Perhaps this is another arguement for the Mac App Store (and I'll leave the conspiracy theorists to take that connection and run with it...).

Edit: If you are unfortunate enough that you cannot stop yourself from installing the malware, evidently the way to uninstall is not too dificult. E-week reports that "users should go to Activity Monitor in Applications/Utilities and disable anything that relates to the file. Users should look for any references to the scareware in Startup Items, Launch Agents and LaunchDaemons and quit running processes. Finally, users should drag the MAC Defender application to the trash and trash any other MACDefender reference found under Spotlight."