Happy Chinese New Year!

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Better late than never as the old adage goes. This year is the Year of the Ox. You can read all about the attributes of being an OX at Wikipedia. I’ve been quite a bit behind in my blogging as of late because of many different projects.

We’ve been doing a lot of exciting new things here at the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender. We’re rolling out our new Cisco wireless, we’ve just completed fiber connections (faster internet speed, yay!), we’re about to begin first phase of testing on virtualization, various intranet related projects, and much more.

Also, Andrea and I have finally realized one of the American dreams: home ownership. So we’ve been busy transitioning from our condo to the new house. Moving is such an unbelievable pain. We finally got cable a couple of days ago but still do not have internet. Apparently there is some “wiring issues” at one of AT&T’s sub-stations and they have to send an engineer out.

Otherwise, this year is going good so far. We’ve finished our Federal taxes (only getting a dismal $61 back), and waiting to submit the State tax because we owe, a whopping $581… So yeah. Such is life.

Stay tuned for new posts coming soon.

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2009

Another year. It always seems that after Thanksgiving, the years just seems to pass by so fast. For most of 2008, it definitely has not been a good year for many people with foreclosures, layoffs, the budget crisis here in California, business closures, and dismal Christmas sales. Everyone has been affected in one way or another.

To top it all off, the U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007. Pretty dismal news. But it’s a new year, a new hope, and things will be better. It’s important to keep what’s important in perspective: love, family, health, and most of all: faith.

For my new year’s resolution, I plan to lose more weight, save more money, expand our business, learn new skills, and read more.

God Bless, happy new year!

Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter

Not that I am currently interested in another bag to handle all my photography equipment, but if I was, I would certainly give the new Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter serious consideration. I came across this post on Rob Galbraith’s website where he talks about the new Shape Shifter with some nice pictures. Continue reading Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter

More SanDisk Compact Flash Rebates

I guess with SanDisk’s release of new Compact Flash cards at Photokina today, SanDisk is offering some nice rebates on select Compact Flash cards:

The 16GB is looking like a great deal, if you are comfortable putting that many eggs in one basket, as the saying goes. I use two 8GB Extreme III CompactFlash cards and I also have a 2GB Extreme IV.

Going To See Matchbox Twenty in Concert

We’re going to San Jose to see Matchbox Twenty perform live in concert at the HP Pavillion¬†tonight. I’ll be packing my “point-and-shoot” as the HP Pavillion actually has a pretty lenient camera policy (you can read it here, the 6th bullet point) allowing you to bring a camera to most events as long as the lens does not exceed 6 inches… It just takes a bit of creative thinking to bring in the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM to take pics like these at the Keith Urban concert.

My Dream Comes True At 8.5 frames per second

I was able to realize one of my long held photography dreams on Saturday. It has been something I have long had my eyes on but no justification to purchase, but that’s now things have changed. As you can probably surmise from the picture, what I’m talking about is a camera. But it’s not just any camera, it is the Camera. Many amateur and pro photographers dream of owning a fine tool such as this, and as of Saturday, I join the ranks of 1D owners. That’s right folks, I am now a proud new owner of a Canon EOS 1D Mark II.

I know some of you may be wondering, why not a Canon 1D Mark III or Mark IIn for that matter? Well, it’s simple, it’s still hard at the moment to justify the cost of the Canon 1D Mark III (~$4,000) and for the price I paid for the Mark II versus what I would have had to pay for the Mark IIn, it was was simply too good a deal to pass up. Especially since the Mark II and Mark IIn are virtually identical except for a few key differences ( it’s like the difference between the Canon EOS 20D versus the Canon EOS 30D), they are one and the same.

Initial test shots and some light use with the Canon EOS 1D Mark II, all I have to say is that it is absolutely amazing. You don’t know how nice it is to have 45 AF points versus 9 on my Canon XTi. Even though this camera is about 4 years old now (first announced in February 2004), it still performs better than a majority of cameras currently out on the market. How many other cameras can do 8.5 frames per second or faster? To my knowledge, only 3 other cameras: Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn, Canon EOS 1D Mark III, and the Nikon D3. I did like my dad’s Canon EOS 5D to a certain extent, but I’m loving the 1D much more.

In case anyone is wonder, yes, I am still keeping my Canon EOS Rebel XTi, it’s still a very handy and versatile tool. And, yes, there is a very specific reason I purchased the 1D, which I’ll be announcing very shortly. As I get a chance to play with the 1D Mark II more and get more acclimated, I’ll post a review.