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.
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..
I’ve been a bit behind on my picture posts, but have a bunch to get up. Here is some shots of the South Philly Italian Festival from May of 2009.
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.
The group and our fish:
Kim, her nephew Jason and I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The three of us had a good time, even though Jason pretty much asked “What’s this?” for every single exhibit. Lots of cool dinosaur bones and fun things for the kids. My personal favorite was the butterfly exhibit.
I went to the Wachovia Center to see the Pittsburgh Panthers (7) play the Villanova Wildcats. A great game, the ‘Nova fans were into the game and it was loud and exciting. Pitt was just too good this evening and ended up winning by a score of 65-59.
Of course, I took some pictures…
Katrina Beck held a rockin’ Halloween Party this Saturday…The Blue Dolphins were out in force, as were Kim and I…
Brought my camera to my parents house and saw this great spider and web out in the backyard. Took the opportunity to not only take some pictures, but also create a new category in my Photo Gallery – Photography.
One wrong click and there goes the neighborhood. I pretty much deleted my entire photo Gallery. I’m restoring as much as possible, but many of the pictures and locations are gone. Sorry…
I’ll be working on getting it back to life, in the meantime, visit the Gallery at http://www.briantobin.org/galleryÂ