Goodnight Kodak…

It has been widely reported that Kodak is going to exit the camera, camcorder and digital frame business.  I’ve long ago moved to my Nikon DSLR and have not used a Kodak brand camera for a number of year.  I didn’t think much of Kodak’s demise because it was just another example of a thriving company unable to adapt to the changing world of technology.  (See also RIM, Newspapers and the recording industry)

It wasn’t until I was brushing my teeth the other day that I was reminding of that quality product Kodak made, especially in the digital world.  I was once the proud owner of a Kodak DC290 digital camera.  This thing was a hulk and at 2.1 megapixels, my camera phone has a higher resolution.  But, that didn’t stop it from taking some damn good pictures.  It is a shame such a grand company is going down in flames in such a spectacular way.  I was never much of a film photographer.  I owned my share of the cameras, but my skills could never justify the cost of developing and I quickly lost interest.  With digital, the devices were able to make my mediocre shots looks great and throwing away the hundreds of junk shots for the nice ones was cheap and easy.  The Kodak DC290 did an excellent job of this.

Why was I reminded of this while brushing my teeth?  Because two of my favorite pictures ever taken, shown below, were taken with the DC290.  They currently hang in my bathroom and I get to look at them everyday.  I took then while on a trip to San Francisco, driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway.  I stopped to stretch my legs on the side of the road and this is the beauty that awaited me.

It is likely that Kodak will become a bankrupt patent holding company, suing other companies that were able to survive and prosper in this digital age, into oblivion.  I’ll still browse through my old shots taken with my DC290 and remember with fondness the pictures it took.

Blog Update and Change of Focus

I’m going to be moving the focus of this blog away from photos and person items and more towards technical info. I have been hitting alot of technical hurdles lately where I would have loved to just Google the answer and up it comes…so, I’m going to be doing basic technical answers to obscure problems here for a while…

Most of the info will be geared towards IT security, firewalls, VPNs and the like….let’s see how it goes! I have a new one posting….right….now..

Fishing for Bluefish and Fluke

My dad organized a charter fishing trip with the Rothstein Family. We chartered a boat with Benchmark Sportfishing. It was a great boat, very clean, well staffed and flexible. We had a great time. We caught so many bluefish that within the first hour of fishing, we started to throw them back. Towards the late morning, we switched the tackle and moved to bottom fishing for fluke and sea bass.

The fishing is much slower for these fish, but the eating is much better. I ended up getting a monster fluke. It was 27 inches and 7.5 pounds. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but Captain Nick had one.
My Fluke

The group and our fish:
The Group

November 10, Texas Hold’em Tournament Results

The computer program that runs the tournament crapped out on me 3/4 of the way into the tournament, so that was a bummer. Some of the data was lost on that, but otherwise things went smoothly.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

340 W Fifth Hold ‘Em Tournament

340 W Fifth Hold ‘Em Tournament
Name Recipient Award Amount Awarded To
1st Place Rank 1 $700.00 $700.00 Jim w/ Hamill
2nd Place Rank 2 $400.00 $400.00 Biagio Zarcme
3rd Place Rank 3 $240.00 $240.00 Gregg Rothstein
4th Place Rank 4 $140.00 $140.00 Kevin Hamill
5th Place Rank 5 $50.00 $50.00 Rich w/ Hamill
First Out Rank 32 $10.00 $10.00 Andrew Bush
Bounty #1 $20.00 $20.00 Blair Seip
Bounty #2 $20.00 $20.00
Bounty #3 $20.00 $20.00
1st Place Addon Rank 1 $168.00 $168.00 Jim w/ Hamill
2nd Place Addon Rank 2 $126.00 $126.00 Biagio Zarcme
3rd Place Addon Rank 3 $63.00 $63.00 Gregg Rothstein
4th Place Addon Rank 4 $42.00 $42.00 Kevin Hamill
5th Place Addon Rank 5 $21.00 $21.00 Rich w/ Hamill