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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-08-27

  • It’s 0’dark thirty, and I’m about to get on a tiny Intel plane to Arizona for the day. I hear it’s powered by waste heat from Intel chips! #
  • @ryanwi yes, Intel runs basically a small airline out of the Hillsboro airport, connected to most of its U.S. sites. #
  • I have no ideas what timezone I’ll be in when I land, but it doesn’t matter, because I’ll only be there a few hours anyway. :-) #
  • Just checked the temperature forecast for Chandler today. Cried a little. #
  • Arrived in AZ. Blessedly, it’s cool and rainy. Yay for monsoon season! :-) #
  • Just prattled on about Twitter to a room full of the smartest people at Intel. Hope I made sense! :-) #
  • @turoczy Would have done a demo, but it was a side conversation from what was to have been a short, generalized discussion of social tools. #
  • @turoczy I have a feeling I’ll be giving LOTS of Twitter demos during lunchtime. Which I love! Come, ask me questions! :-) #
  • @turoczy Excellent, thanks. Everybody – when i do Twitter demos later, make sure you all say nice things about Intel Software Network! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #
  • Wish I had time to play with Mozilla Ubiquity today. It looks REALLY cool, and is getting a ton of buzz. http://tinyurl.com/5lf7n7 #
  • Installed Ubiquity. So far, it seems like Quicksilver for Firefox. Which is SO completely awesome! This is going to change the web for me. #
  • @annierodkins Ubiquity is a little text box in Firefox you launch with a keyboard, then tell it things like “email this to annie”, etc. #
  • @annierodkins Just install it and play with it. It’s really easy to pick up. Here’s a good tutorial: http://tinyurl.com/6jm83k #
  • Test tweet from Ubiquity. This thing ROCKS. If you’ve ever used Quicksilver on Mac or something similar, it’s like that, but for the web. #
  • Meeting done. On the way back to the airport. It’s ZOMG hot! I could never live here. :-( #
  • @influxx yes, Ubiquity is super-fast. I’ve heard it bloats Firefox’s virtual memory footprint, but I haven’t seen that (yet). #
  • Finally got around to reading up on the Nikon D90. I SO want this camera. Don’t even care about the D300 anymore. $1000? Movies? DO WANT! :) #
  • The D90 shoots 1280×720 AVI video, with full DSLR controls, use whatever lens you want, etc. Stop and think for a sec about what that means. #
  • That means that, depending on the quality of the D90s video compression, it’s (in theory) more flexible than the $3500 Canon XH A1 cam I use #
  • @Jmartens I’ll probably pass my D40 on to my wife, but if it goes on the market, you’re first on the list. D40 is super cheap new – <$500 #
  • The D90 has the D-Lighting feature from the D300, and the same superb high ISO (up to 3200) image quality. #
  • Trying to suss out the differences between the D90 and D300. So far: 11pt autofocus instead of 51, and only 4.5 FPS (vs what, 8 on the D300) #
  • And the optional GPS (fits on the shoe) for the D90 is just more icing on the cake. This camera gives me feelings I don’t understand. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #
  • Question: Will the D90 autofocus lenses (like the 50mm/1.8) that don’t have their own focus motor, or will it be manual, like the D40? #
  • And the D90 uses SD (of which I have tons), not CF (which I was dreading switching to if I ever got a D300). This just gets better. :-) #
  • OK, it appears that the D90 WILL autofocus lenses without their own motor (like the 50mm/1.8). But I could be reading this wrong. #
  • @EricAppel Yeah, manual focus on video and mono are kind of a bummer, but with the ability to do DoF in video now, manual might be better. #
  • Looks like it uses the EN-EL3e battery, like the D300, instead of the EN-EL9 spares/charger I already have for the D40. Oh well. #
  • @jezlyn I think you’re right, since the D90 is the evolution of the D70/D80, and the lack of focus motor is only on the D40/D60. #
  • @trishussey Yeah, the difference between D80 and D90 is a lot closer than D40/D60 -> D90. #
  • I’m dying to know what the video and audio bitrates for video on the D90 are. It uses AVI/Motion JPG, but bitrate is crucial. #
  • @ctb I use the Aiptek Action HD camera for video (does 1080p, I shoot in 720p 60fps) which I love. But the sensor = tiny compared to the D90 #
  • @ctb Plus all the yummy lens/depth of field stuff and image quality. D90 won’t be a Flip-like pocket cam, but still, DO WANT! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #
  • What I meant about Motion JPG bitrate is, I have a Canon SD700 that shoots MJPEG, the files are HUGE, usually need reencoding before upload. #
  • @greghughes Yeah, we’ll definitely want fast SD III cards. Good news is that the 8GB SanDisk Extreme III is only $35. Yay for cheap flash! #
  • @deangulstad Yeah, we’ll need sample video files to check the bitrates, and it seems those are still embargoed (sites can’t post yet). #
  • Chase Jarvis and his crew got a bunch of D90s to play with for a couple of weeks. Don’t miss this post and video: http://tinyurl.com/6bo2pa #
  • It was reading that Chase Jarvis post and watching the video that got me really excited about this camera. Not that I wouldn’t have anyway. #
  • Enough focused (ha!) camera obsession from me tonight. Been up since 4:30 AM, going to bed now. Good night Twitter (and FriendFeed)! :-) #
  • @ahockley Some (cheap) Nikon lenses don’t have a focus motor. Neither do some cameras (D40/D60). Together, no autofocus. #
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