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Unplug and enjoy a hum(CPU)-free holiday.
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Vaccinium erythrocarpum or Cranberry
In North America, Native Americans were the first to use cranberries as food. Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods, especially for pemmican, wound medicine and dye. Calling the red berries Sassamanash, natives may have introduced cranberries to starving English settlers in Massachusetts who incorporated the berries into traditional Thanksgiving feasts. American Revolutionary War veteran Henry Hall is credited as first to farm cranberries in the Cape Cod town of Dennis around 1816. In the 1820s cranberries were shipped to Europe. Cranberries became popular for wild harvesting in the Nordic countries and Russia. In Scotland, the berries were originally wild-harvested but with the loss of suitable habitat, the plants have become so scarce that this is no longer done.
Photo taken at Wong’s private kitchen.
A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig, its ancestor the wild boar, and several other wild relatives. Pigs are omnivores and are highly social and intelligent animals.
Domesticated pigs are commonly raised as livestock by farmers for meat (generally called pork, hams, gammon or bacon), as well as for leather. Their bristly hairs are also used for brushes. Some breeds of pig, such as the Asian pot-bellied pig, are kept as pets.
I took this a few months ago when I was visiting the market in Pátzcuaro. I was standing there staring at it for a few minutes honestly expecting it to say something to me. The eyeball was so alive. Just weird…
From Mac Observer:
If you have installed OSX 10.6 latest Security Update 2011-003, you will get daily safe file updates for Safari to prevent malware (trojan horse) from infecting your system. This is a direct response to the MacDefender malware back in May this year.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this works perfectly and you get the latest virus definition every time one is available. Thanks to Adam Christianson from Mac Observer, he had updated Safe Download Version to have the ability to grab the latest definition list directly. This OSX utility also shows you when the definition list was last updated and what version number is installed.
Safe Download Version is free and it is available for download on the bottom of TMO page here.
Last week’s natural disaster in Japan had adversely affected the electronic industry and goods being produced in the country. Home to world’s biggest names in the camera industry, numerous companies have reported injuries to staff and damages to facilities. Some of these companies even halted production temporarily or closing down facilities completely.
Big names like Canon and Nikon have released statements detailing the damages sustained during last week’s disaster. Rolling blackouts is the other huge factor in maintaining normal production. There is no doubt that this is going to affect the overall costs of camera and electronic equipment produced in Japan in the foreseeable future.
Google has set up a ‘Crisis Response’ page for anyone who is either looking for missing persons or making donations.
The world of vegetable landscape.
Just posted a new gallery on vegetables. I’ve been playing with my Micro Nikkor-60mm shooting various vegetables aiming to define the intricate texture and terrain of natural beauty. It gives you a different perspective when you are up close and personal. Common onion or cabbage can become works of art.
You can check out the gallery here.
Happy Chinese New Year!
It is the year of the Rabbit. According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Rabbit symbolizes creativity, compassion and sensitivity. This year’s ‘metal-rabbit (5 elements) makes it a golden year. Hopefully this means good things for everyone.
Usage Based Billing, also known as Metered Internet Usage is coming to Canada on March 1st, 2011.
CRTC has approved UBB for Bell Canada back in September 2010. This essentially means competitive ISPs will be metered by Bell for their internet traffic usage. Across the board, Canadians will have to pay inflated price for internet use charged by the gigabyte.
“We are discouraged by the decision by the CRTC to force us to charge virtually the same amount to our customers for the bandwidth they use that Bell does,” said Rocky Gaudrault, TekSavvy CEO. “This essentially gives the opportunity for incumbents like Bell, at zero cost, to increase their margins and stifle competition. If Bell wants to charge an economically unjustifiable amount for downloading to its customers, that is their business. However, we should not be forced to do the same. In the decision we asked for a discount of 50% to give us flexibility in serving our customers, but the CRTC limited the discount to 15%, so we are essentially stuck with pricing that serves Bell’s interests, but no one else’s.”
UBB is an increasingly controversial “tax” on downloading virtually unique to Canada, which makes consumers pay artificially high amounts for downloading to discourage bandwidth usage. TekSavvy and businesses like it buy their bandwidth from telecos and cable companies at wholesale rates stipulated by the CRTC which are supposed to allow TekSavvy and others to compete, and at the same time compensate the suppliers like Bell fairly.
Also on Facebook Stop UBB in Canada page, Lynda Fraser outlined the info about costs and caps directly from Bell Canada/Bell Aliant for Ontario and Quebec and this was all approved by the CRTC.
Lite Residence – cap of 2GB, $2.13 charge per GB if you go over your 2GB to a maximum charge of an extra $51.00/month
Lite Plus Residence is the same as aboveBasic Residence – cap of 25GB, $1.70 charge per GB if you go over 25GB to a maximum of $51.00/month
Lite Residence – cap of 1GB, $2.13 charge per GB if you go over your 1GB to a maximum charge of an extra $51.00/month
Lite Plus Residence – cap of 5GB, $2.13 charge per GB if you go over your 5GB to a maximum charge of an extra $51.00/monthBasic Residence – cap of 60GB, $2.13 charge per GB if you go over 25GB to a maximum of $51.00/month
Globe and Mail has an article by Preet Banerjee on UBB for further reading.
You can take action by visiting OpenMedia.ca .
A workshop participant recently asked me about whether the MacBook Air is a good choice for travel photographers. I responded quickly with a few main points that I would consider if I found myself one day inside the Apple Store with a credit card in hand.
The MacBook Air is a great choice for travel photographers. The obvious selling point is its weight – 2.3 lbs to be exact. However, with this small form factor design, you’ll have to give up a few things that have been with the MacBook family for a number of years. Here’s a short list:
1. Hard Drive: Instead of traditional hard drives found on other MacBooks, the Air has completely switched to flash storage. The advantage of using SSD flash memory is speed. As there are no moving parts, it’s also more shock resistant and in theory less prone to mechanical problems. Macworld has posted some initial speed ‘torture’ test and found that there are no performance degradation over time. This is excellent news. The disadvantage of using SSD flash memory, however, is the price per gigabyte. Right now Apple is only offering maximum 128 GB of storage with the 11-in model. If you require more storage, it will have to be external drives.
2. Ports: The Air lacks any Firewire ports but it does have one USB 2 port on either side. In addition, the 11-in model does not have the SD card slot which is available on the 13-in model. I’m a fan of Firewire 800 as I have 2 portable drives for travel so will be an issue for user like me. If you are planning on using external USB 2 drives then this will not be problematic. Please note that in order to connect the Air to ethernet, an adapter is required.
3. Graphics: According to the Macworld benchmark tests, the graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce 320M – 256 MB) does provide speedy graphics. However, I have not tested it against the MacBook Pros with graphics intensive photo apps like Lightroom or Aperture so I reserve my comment until I have the chance to do so.