Just Received My Canon Lens Hood

I had picked up a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM because the price was right and it’s a decent carry around lens, the only problem is that it tends to susceptible to flaring. Unfortunately Canon doesn’t include a lens hood (which helps prevents flares without having to change your physical location) with the consumer/prosumer lenses such as the 28-135mm. Having a lens hood helps protect the front element (having a front filter helps also) from damage in the unlikely event of accidental dropping. Fortunately the lens hood, Canon EW-78B II, isn’t terribly expensive, about ~$20-$30 on Amazon.com.

I was able to find it for a sweet deal, $18.05, on Amazon.com being sold by one of their affiliates: Cameta Camera. With $6.99 for shipping via USPS, the total came to $25.04. I’m quite impressed with the service of Cameta Camera. They shipped my order the next day and within four days I had my lens hood. The only gripe I have is that the packaging they used isn’t very good. They just stuck the Canon lens hood in a standard USPS envelope so the box got a little smashed. Fortunately the hood wasn’t damaged, but I wished they took the extra precaution of putting it into a small box.

So I have a lens hood now for the 28-135mm, fits perfectly, was cheap (for a Canon OEM product), and got it fast. I’m happy.

VModa Vibe Duo Nero Earbuds Review

I had long known that the included Apple i-Buds(?)…earbuds…earphones simply, just do not cut it. They’re big and clunky when you put them in your ear and half the time don’t even stay in. But when I got my iPhone, the included earphones had one great feature: the press button answer/hang-up/pause/skip-to-next-track button & microphone. So I dealt with it for that one main feature until I saw the VModa Vibe Duo Nero. Continue reading VModa Vibe Duo Nero Earbuds Review

Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

I’m always in search of a good CSS and XHTML book. Despite how many books on web design that one can find on Amazon.com, Barns and Noble, and/or other popular book stores, it is hard to beat Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML by Elisabeth and Eric Freeman. This book is very easy to read for beginners into CSS and XHTML and even a worthwile read for seasoned veterans.

I particularly like how the book is laid out. There are a total of 15 chapters with 658 pages including the index. The book utilizes a lot of color graphical examples to make a point. It has numerous examples, puzzles, and summaries at the end of the chapters to reinforce the concepts brought up. This book is catered to people who want to get started on applying CSS and XHTML immediately into their designs. They bring up a brief history and reasons why certain selectors are used and why without getting so much into the detail that would interest a person(s) who is studying web design as opposed to a person who just wants to create a CSS and XHTML page.

One of the best things I like about the book, besides quips of humor, is how they continually stress the importance of adhering to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards especially the emphasis on developing XHTML Strict pages. Most other books I have read do not stress the importance of web standards as Elisabeth and Eric do.

Concepts covered in the book are: three column layouts, two column layouts, positioning (absolute, relative, and fixed), headings, uses of list, styling font and layout, and much more. I find myself constantly refering back to this book for tips and tricks on my pages. I highly recommend it for anyone who is serious about CSS and XHTML.