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Greetings all! I’ve recently updated Bui4Ever.com to the latest release of WordPress, WordPress 2.1 “Ella”. There are actually quite a bit of cool new changes with the new WordPress, here’s a very brief list of some of the cool new features:

  • Faster code
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  • More CMS like functions built in

I’ve also updated the Gallery to the newest version of Gallery 2.2.

So if you find a few errors here and there, don’t worry, I’m working on them.

How Do I Resolve The Pilot Connector Error

Disclaimer

I did not write this article. This article is from the Intellisync database. This is here for my reference.

Introduction

This error happens once a blue moon. I have not found out why it happens and what precipitates this error to happen. The cases in which I’ve seen this happen is when using Intellisync in conjunction with Lotus Notes. There doesn’t seem to be any specific Palm pilots that are more prone to this happening. I’ve seen this happen on the Palm Tungstens, the Handsprings, and older Palm V.

Directions

In order to get your workstation working properly, lets try uninstalling Palm Desktop and Intellisync and then reinstalling them. Please use the following instructions:

Please log on to the computer with a user account with Administrator privileges.

First, please back up your Palm desktop data. Next, we need to uninstall Palm Desktop from your desktop.

  1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs, and then select Palm Desktop and Remove.
  2. Access the registry by clicking on Start, Run and typing ‘regedit’ then OK.
  3. Click on the + sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then click on the + sign next to Software, then click on the + sign next to U.S Robotics. Delete any folder under U.S Robotics that starts with Pilot Desktop.
  4. Close the registry and launch Windows Explorer.
  5. Under the C drive, access Program Files, and delete the Palm folder, if it exists.
  6. After Palm Desktop is uninstalled, please reboot your system.

Second, we need to uninstall Intellisync from your desktop. Please follow these steps to completely remove your version of Intellisync from your desktop. These steps are for installations that have been made using the default path locations of Intellisync. (Please note that Intellisync is not responsible for any changes made in the registry other than the ones listed below.)

  1. Run the uninstall utility for Intellisync or choose Intellisync Desktop from the Add/Remove Programs list in the Control Panel.
  2. Access the registry by clicking on Start, Run and typing ‘regedit’ then OK.
  3. Click on the + sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then click on the + sign next to Software. Delete any folder under Software that starts with Intellisync, Pumatech, or Puma.
  4. Click on the + sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then click on the + sign next to Software. Delete any folder under Software that starts with Intellisync, Pumatech, or Puma.
  5. Close the registry and launch Windows Explorer.
  6. Under the C drive, access Program FilesCommon Files, and delete any Intellisync or Pumatech folder, if it exists.
  7. Under C:Documents and SettingsApplication Data, delete any Intellisync folder, if it exists.

Third, we need to install a supported Palm Desktop version from the device cd or Palmone website. Select only Palm Desktop and not Outlook if prompted during install.

  1. Place the device in the cradle and ensure it connects with HotSync. If this fails, please stop and contact me.
  2. Install Intellisync to the default location:

Fourth, install the latest version of Intellisync

Fifth, run Intellisync Palm Configure, configure, and then sync by pressing the Hotsync button.

Yet Wah Restaurant Review

Andrea and I chose Yet Wah Restaurant in San Francisco (at the recommendation of our friend, Ray) to be the restaurant where our parents will formally meet.

Yet Wah is located in Diamond Heights in San Francisco. Their address is: 5238 Diamond Heights Blvd., San Francisco, CA. They are open daily from 10am to 10:30pm. They can be contacted via telephone at 415.282.0788. Continue reading Yet Wah Restaurant Review

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Specifications

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM on Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi.

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Introduction

2007-04-26 - Canon Photo Equipment - 001From the first time I heard about the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens, I had a feeling it would be a lens I would really like. I was wrong. I am absolutely in love with this lens. It is amazing! From the feel to the picture quality, superb. There are few people who say this lens is way too overrated. Some aren’t as impressed as others and claim that the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 performs just as well for a lot less in price and is smaller, more compact and supposedly the Sigma AF 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DF performs about as good as the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L and better than the Tamron. I personally have not used the Tamron or the Sigma and can’t comment.

This lens is my walk around lens. It may seem a bit *big* at first to be a walk around lens on a Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi (hell, it’s still not even considered small on the Canon EOS 20D or Canon EOS 30D), but you get used to it quite quickly especially after seeing the the sharpness and performance of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L

The focal length of this lens on a 1.6 FOVCF (frame of view crop factor) SLR such as the Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi is 38.4mm to 112mm, somewhat odd range, but still usuable.

Weight and Dimensions

This len isn’t small. It’s a bit longer than the Canon EF 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and is only a bit shorter than the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L. It weighs 950 grams (or 2.1 pounds), so it’s heavier than the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L, but not as heavy as the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L. The actual dimensions are: 4.9 inches length-wise and 3.3 inches in diameter. It has 13 groups and 16 elements; definitely a lot of glass in this lens! With this lens attached to the Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi, I find myself sometimes holding the camera/lens by the lens body rather the grip because it feels a bit more comfortable and I’m not as afraid of dropping this $1,000 lens. I see many people complain about the weight of this lens. It’s not light, but certainly not heavy like Canon’s super telephoto lens, the 500mm and 600mm. Those that complain of the weight don’t seem to appreciate the superior build quality and the picture quality achieved by this fantastic lens.

Construction

2007-04-26 - Canon Photo Equipment - 002Because this is an L lens, it is primarily constructed of magnesium alloy and most certainly feels like it can take a pounding and continue taking great pictures. The barrel that extends is also constructed of magnesium alloy and you can feel how well its built when the barrel is fully extended out. There is virtually no significant wobbling of any kind with the lens when the barrel is collapsed or fully extended. This L lens is black in color, unlike it’s bigger brothers, who are painted in the now famous Canon color, off white (or putty). Because of that, it may not garner glances as quickly as a white L lens usually does, people still notice that it is not a small lens either. When you attach the flower hood (EW-83F), it really stands out.

The focal length ring rotates smoothly and tightly allowing for precise adjustments. It feels great when you spin either the focal length ring or the focus ring. This is definitely an excellent engineered lens. One thing that many people may find a bit odd at first is how the focal lengths work. When the barrel is fully collapsed, it is at its fartherest focal length, 70mm. To use 24mm, the barrel is focused out. I believe part of the reason that Canon designed the lens this way was because of the huge hood. The hood attaches to the body and not the barrel like some other lenses does (for example, the Nikon AF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF) and if 24mm was when the barrel was completely collapsed, parts of the hood would appear in the shot. One added bonus is that with the hood on and the barrel fully extended, the barrel remains inside of the hood still, which is great protection in the unlikely event you drop the lens.

Field Test

I usually have the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM attached to my camera; as it is my walk around lens. There are a few times that I feel a bit limited by 70mm and want to be able to zoom more and other times I feel that 24mm isn’t wide enough.

The maximum aperture of 2.8 allows me to get shots in dimly lit areas, which is a great bonus. This is definitely not a lens I would use for shooting sports because of its limited focal range, but using it for portraits is very satisfying. It creates a very smooth and buttery blurred background (bokeh) at 2.8.

Auto focus is extremely fast on the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L because of ring type USM. It also2007-04-26 - Canon Photo Equipment - 007 focuses accurately and does well under low light conditions.

I’m unable to use my built on flash with this lens attached because it will cause very noticable lens vignetting on the bottom center of the pictures. It doesn’t bother me too bad because I try to avoid using flash as much as possible.

Another great thing about this lens is the macro feature. It can focus as close as 1.25 feet, much better than my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L‘s 3 something feet. While this isn’t quite super impressive, it’s very usable for me. There are times I like to take macro images, such as product images and what not, so I need a good macro lens, which I previously was using the cheapy kit lens, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.

It’s a great lens with decent focal range. Good enough to spend 85% of the time on my SLR body. The weight isn’t too big of an issue, you get used to it, especially when you see the image quality.

Overall Thoughts

This lens would be perfect if it had Image Stabilizer (IS) on it. There are just some times in some dimly lit areas (such as indoors) where IS would help quite a bit! I highly recommend this lens.

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Problem With Palm Treo 700p

Two of my clients with the Verizon Palm Treo 700P are experiencing some problems. One day, all of a sudden, their Palm Treos decided to start reset looping. What is happening is that the Treo is refusing to boot into the Palm OS. It would reset, you see the Access Powered splash screen and then it goes blank, resets back to the Access Powered splash screen again and again until the battery is drained.

One of my clients spent time speaking with Verizon techs (on the phone and in store) trying to resolve the issue. Neither of the techs had ever seen an issue like this before, and soft resets and hard resets had no effect. A hard reset only went so far as seeing the confirmation screen to erase all data, after selecting “yes”, it would continue the reset cycle.

Ultimately, my client’s Treo was replaced with another one. Now another one of my clients is experiencing the same exact problem. The only similarities between the Treos is that they are both 700P and utilize the Verizon Wireless Sync.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

I just acquired my carry around lens, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. Coincidentally enough, this was the first lens I rented from Calumet when I was trying to determine what would be good lenses to purchase.

It’s a great lens with superb, unreal picture quality. It also has a much needed macro feature, which I have been compensating for by using my dinky little kit lens, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.

Be on the lookout for my review on this lens shortly.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Lens Review

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM on Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi.

Introduction

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM is perhaps one of Canon’s most favored lenses by professionals and serious amateurs alike. Great range, internal focusing, weather sealing, great build quality, heavy duty, and a maximum aperture of 2.8 makes it a great lens for portraits, sports, and even landscape.

The two major reasons why anyone would choose the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L‘s little brother, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L is: 1) weight and 2) value to cost.

Weight and Dimensions

2007-01-21 - Canon EF 70-200mm L USM - 001The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM weighs in approximately at 705g (1.6lbs) versus its bigger brother, the f/2.8L at 1,473g (3.24lbs)! So the f/4L is definitely a lighter and more convenient lens to carry around especially if you’re going hiking or doing a lot of walking.

This lens is almost 7 inches long (6.8 inches) with a 3 inch diameter with a 67mm filter size, unlike the normal 77mm filter sizes on all the other Canon L lenses. This lens fits snuggly into my Lowepro AW 200 slingshot backpack with the Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi attached. The 70-200mm by itself fits perfectly in, making it easy to pack along as an additional lens and still have room to bring a few other lenses.

Construction

As with all of Canon’s L, or Luxury, line of lenses, it’s almost exclusively made of magneisum alloy making it very durable and able to stand up to punishment. I personally would never want to do a drop test to see how rugged it is, but if Ken Rockwell’s test on Karl Grobl’s dropped Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM is any indication of its well built quality, then I’m sure this guy will take a bit of a beating and keep on kicking.

The only major difference between the f/2.8L (IS version) and the f/4L‘s construction is that the f/2.8L (IS version) is weather sealed while the f/4L is not, but the f/4L IS version is. This may not make a whole of difference to most people, but worth mentioning just in case.

2007-01-21 - Canon EF 70-200mm L USM - 002Another thing I’ll mention here is the color. I have always been under the impression that all of the L line lenses are white (except for the smaller focal lengths), it’s not paper white. It seems (I’m not 100% sure, based on observations) that the only paper white L lenses are the 400mm, 500mm, and 600mm. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L and f/4L are more of a putty color. Originally I thought maybe it was because it was an older lenses or faded, but I’ve compared it to other 70-200mm both f/2.8L and f/4L and they are in fact all putty color. Odd. If someone knows the answer to this, please email me with the explanation as I’m curious. I do in fact know why Canon makes the L lenses “white”, what I’m not sure of is why some are putty and others are actually white.

Field Test

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM is a great carry around lens because of its size and is almost as good, if not just as good, as its big brother, the f/2.8L. The most amazing thing about this lens is the bokeh produced. The background blurs to such a smoothness that I could never quite achieve with any of my Nikon lens, even the Nikkor AF 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF.

The pictures taken with this lens is very crisp and sharp and the colors are excellent. The Fluorite elements, in terms of the picture quality and clarity, are absolutely amazing!

Because this lens has the more expensive ring USM focusing (versus the micromotor USM), focusing is superbly fast and precise with FTM (full time manual) focus. If you’ve never used a ring USM lens, once you try it, you’re sold.

The major drawback of this lens for me is the maximum aperture of f/4, while this is not super bad considering you are getting f/4 through the entire range, it does have limitations in low light such as indoors photography. This probably wouldn’t be an ideal lens for indoor sports photography, but it is still usuable, the ISO just has to be increased to 800 or 1600 to get speeds necessary to hand hold at f/4. I have seen pictures of people using this lens at indoor high school basketball games and what-not and it seems to be fine, but grain is noticeable at higher magnification. But out doors on a sunny day, it works great!

Overall Thoughts

This is a great lens to have, especially for its cost in relation to its value. It’s relatively light, built like a tank, optically superb, and definitely draws stares and gawkers because of the famous “white” Canon lenses.

Even though I have the 70-200mm range covered with this lens, I will eventually get the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. There are many situations in which I need a higher maximum aperture than just f/4, such as indoor sports photography or just indoors shooting. The image stabilization (IS) definitely doesn’t help do stop action sports photography, but will definitely come in handy for pictures of singers at concerts. And even though I would get the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM, I would still keep the f/4L because it’s a great lens and more portable than its f/2.8L brother.

By the way, I highly recommend getting the Canon tripod ring. It doesn’t come with it, and will set you back another $120, but it is well worth it because it keeps the lens and camera more balanced on a tripod. You could get a black one, it cost some $30 less, made of the same material (magnesium alloy), but doesn’t look as appealing. The Canon tripod ring also fits the Canon EF 300mm f/4L USM. It also comes with a nice Canon suede pouch to carry the lens in.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Lens Review

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM on Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi SLR

Introduction

We all hear about how sharp and how fast prime lenses focus. I had bought a Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D on this very premise, and had absolutely loved the picture clarity and quality. So I figured that with the Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi, I should get a 50mm once again.

I rented the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM from Calumet after doing a bit of reading and finding that many people do like this prime lens. The rental fee was reasonable, so I got it for a week and used it primarily on my Rebel 400D/XTi. It did fine. All-in-all, its a great prime lens to have. Lets hit the in-depth review.

Lens Construction

The lens is well built. It is mainly high impact plastic, black with a gold band. Doesn’t weigh very much (10.2 oz/1090g) either. Very well built lens; the focus ring moves smoothly and it connects solidly to the lens mount on my EOS Rebel 400D/XTi.2007-01-08 - Canon EOS Rebel XTi with 50mm - 002

Auto Focus Performance

While this lens is labeled as a USM (ultrasonic motor), I believe it is only a micromotor ultrasonic, the slower type of USM versus the super fast and quiet ring USM on the L lenses. It is never the less fast because of USM. The lens locks on to its intended target quickly and precisely.

It works quite well in low light conditions because of an aperture of 1.4. I was able to hand hold in many cases in-door because I was able to get fast enough shutter speeds.

Overall Thoughts

It’s a good size lens and easy to carry around. It’s a bit soft at f/1.8 and doesn’t start getting very sharp until it’s stepped down to f/2.8 or more. Achieving nice bokeh isn’t difficult with the available aperture range. It’s fast on the auto focus, very well built, and also being small and light enough to 2007-01-08 - Canon EOS Rebel XTi with 50mm - 010carry around.

Having a 50mm is somewhat limiting because in order to frame a shot, you’re going to have to physically move yourself rather than turn a focal ring. It’s a great lens to take pictures of people with (thought I was gonna say shoot people with didn’t you?). The colors are superb and very pleasing.

I would definitely get this lens, but it wouldn’t be my first or even first few lenses. But because of how light the lens is and how small it is also, I would definitely carry it around with me in my bag.

My rating: 4.0 stars
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Crazy Busy

I’ve been wanting to add a bunch of new things here, but been extremely busy lately. As many of you may know, Andrea and I are engaged, so now we’re busy planning for our wedding. Things have been going well, but as with an event of this magnitude, it’s been really, really stressful.

Work has also been quite busy too. Lots of new things going on at the campus, so I’ve been quite tired.

Don’t worry, new updates will be coming soon. Keep checking back.