Friday, May 20, 2005

Stabbity Death Toy

I bought myself a new toy on Wednesday: a Canon Powershot SD400 ELPH 5.0 Megapixel Digital Camera. I came to the realization that the time of the first major photographable event of this summer was fast approaching, and if I didn't buy it before then, then I would lose the opportunity to use it at that time, thus lowering its value to me. Originally I was looking at the A95, but I opted for its smaller, newer, more expensive cousin because if I bought a big camera, I wouldn't want to lug it around nearly as much, and so the utility/dollar ratio would be that of a rather expensive paperweight, only paperwieghts are actually useful for holding down papers wereas a camera is not equally suited to the task.

Speaking of photographable events, the one I am now on location for is the wedding of beck to her Superman. I'm currently set to the task of staying out of the way, while remaining useful. So far I've made use of my computer-hacking skills.

I also got a fast 1.0 GB SD card, because they're cool, and because the camera only came with a 16MB one0, and the only other one I have is a mere 64MB. The Gig will certainly come in handy considering my camera can shoot videos. This time I was already aware that sneaky flash memory card manufacturers use a shoddy definition of Gigabyte1. My 1.0 GB SD card only has 968 MB of storage on it, but as I had already gone through it with my 64 "MB" card2, I was able to suppress the stabbity death urges.

I had to exchange my SD card Thursday morning, because it had an error, and neither my camera nor my computer could reformat it, and I was unable to resurrect it using any utilities. The people at CompUSA were great, though. I expected more trouble because I had already cut out the UPC for the rebate, but that was fixed with scotch tape, and I was on my way.

0 It's hard to imagine a smaller capacity for an SD card, which makes it a prime canidate to include with a camera that the purchaser is most likely to want a bigger one anyway. Perfect.
1 GB != 1,000,000,000 bytes. GB == 230 bytes == 1,073,741,824 bytes.
2 That time I wasn't so mad, because it only cost $5.99.

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