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Member Since 29 Sep 2008
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In Topic: Favorite swab?

07 April 2012 - 09:55 AM

Definitely bombswabs.

In Topic: Computer geek club.

02 March 2012 - 07:00 PM

My desktop has a Seagate 250GB 7200RPM that came out of an older family PC, which is used for booting Windows 7 and Linux Mint 12. It also has a 640GB 7200RPM from WD which is mostly used for storage, but it also has a Hackintosh partition on it. Both are SATA. My laptop has a Seagate Momentus XT 500GB (7200RPM + 4GB NAND cache), with OS X (legitimate, not hackintosh) and Mint 10 partitions, and XP running inside a VM in OS X.

So I guess the answer is HDDs and hybrids. I'm considering getting a new laptop in the summer though, which I would keep with one SSD in it (~120-160GB should be plenty for it). It would just be a working laptop, eg programming mostly, and my current laptop would then be used for media stuff, like photo/video/music storage and whatnot.

In Topic: $300 Camera w/ lenses

16 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

Also it's funny you say Nikons are for portraits and Canons are for sports - I always had the opposite impression, even before I really took a real interest in photography.

In Topic: Computer geek club.

16 January 2012 - 05:09 PM

I can code in Java and C++, know a bit of Haskell, can make some basic Bash scripts, am majoring in computer science, my favourite OS is Linux, I work as a network assistant for the students union at my university... Hm what else. Well I wouldn't say I'm comfortable with command prompt, but I am comfortable with a *nix terminal...

In Topic: $300 Camera w/ lenses

16 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

Keep an eye out on local classifieds (eg Craigslist). And don't be afraid to make offers lower than the asking price, so long as you keep it reasonable. You can even ask the seller if they can give you a better price. That's what I did last year and I scored a D3000 with everything it would've come with new (including kit lens), minus the USB cable, in great condition, for $215 CAD. With the remaining ~$100 you can go snag a 50mm 1.8G or 35mm 1.8G used if you look around again, or something similar to that setup. Pretty good for $300 IMO.

EDIT: oh and as for Canon vs Nikon... I was dead set on buying a T2i from all that I'd heard about it and the spec sheets I saw online. Then I compared a T2i and some Nikon in-person at a store (I want to say it was a D5000 but I'm not totally sure) and to me the Nikon just felt so much more natural. The T2i kit lens also felt really sloppy - it twisted so loosely and just felt cheap, whereas the Nikon had a smooth resistance to it that felt much better to me. I also find the Nikon settings layout easier to manage, but I guess that just comes with learning the camera.

tl;dr Nikon vs Canon is all preference and there's no way to decide between them without having both of them in front of you to directly compare