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Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (11891)

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  • Consists of eight lens in 5 groups
  • Glass with anomalous partial dispersion
  • Made of a fluorite-type glass while lens element
  • Made of glass with a very high refractive index to minimize monochromatic aberrations

Consists of eight lens in 5 groups Glass with anomalous partial dispersion Made of a fluorite-type glass while lens element Made of glass with a very high refractive index to minimize monochromatic aberrations , Get the best price

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August 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

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Tales of an IT Support Professional – Plain English Please

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On Wednesday some of our clients experienced problems with broadband. It was a short ‘outage’ lasting around 15 mins from 08:50 – 09:05. Once over, we resolved any remaining issues and contacted the customers affected to explain it had been a problem with the broadband provider and that things were now back to normal. Customer contact is important and so making sure our clients know whats going on is vital.At around 10:00 we received an explanation as to why this outage had happened. In order to offer you the full majesty of the complex, technical and frackly ludicrous language used, I have included it below:————————————-
At 8.55 a new BGP customer was brought online. They sent a full routing table to us rather than the aggregated /21 they own. Due to a misconfiguration, the prefix limit filter we had in place did not limit what we were receiving. The additional prefixes in turn caused us to trip maximum limits set by our peers and transit providers which closed BGP sessions down, ultimately preventing connectivity to and from the wider internet.
————————————-Where do I start! Well firstly I’ll be frank with you. I understand around 30% of the above explanation and its really only the bit about a ‘routing table’ which I know is used by Internet computers to let information flow (or web pages appear). Therefore, this is something about that table being affected and stopping the flow of information. But the point is to highlight that this level of technical language is not necessary, especially for the vast majority of clients who are business users, not technicians.It put me in mind of a conversation I had with a group of women at a networking event the day before. It was the usual situation of “Hi, what do you do?” and I have learned over time not to talk too much about IT as it often turns people off. IT people have a reputation for being a bit dull… no really!What I try to do in order to make any IT issue more understandable is to offer a simple explanation and a real world example. So I replied “Well, I help people get the most from their technology investments and make IT work as they expect, which it rarely does when you take it out of the box”.Now that went down very well and conversation flowed almost immediately along the lines of “Oh, you are so right, it took me ages to get my [insert latest gadget name] to work when I bought it”. I could have gone on about ADSL, Gigabit Switches, Point-2-Point VPN, VoIP etc, etc, etc… but its not necessary. That sort of language is only relevant for the small number of technicians who work at the high level of IT day-2-day.What business people need is someone that listens to their real world needs and understands the challenges, the explains it to a technician in ‘geek’ language. The two need not, and should not mix. The best way to explain this process is to use a reference from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.In that book there is a reference to a Babel Fish which, if placed in the ear, can translate any known language you hear into your own language; French to English, German to English or Vogon to English; You get the point. Well I often describe myself as the IT Babel Fish; someone who can turn gobbledygook into a language business owners understand.So, the next time you speak to any IT person and they start filling the conversation with geek language, simply do what it says on the back of the Hitchhikers Guide [Dont Panic!] and ask them to explain it in plain English please.

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August 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Telephoto Macro ED Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Specially treated to shed water droplets, and engineered to withstand the rigorous demands of professional use
  • Designed to capitalize on the design advantages of the OLYMPUS Four Thirds System
  • Large f/2.0 aperture, with minimum weight and bulk
  • 50mm range — equivalent to 100mm in conventional 35mm photography
  • For use with the OLYMPUS E-1 and other Four Thirds Series Digital SLR Cameras, as specified

Olympus 50mm f2.0 Zuiko Digital Macro LensThis compactand affordable medium telephoto Zuiko Digital Lens is ideal for not only macro photography but alsoas a portrait lens. The high performance digital specific design includes an ED glass element for impressive color accuracy and offers a magnification of 1:2 (half life size), which has an image magnification size equivalent to life size (1:1) in a 35mm film photo. A large 2.0 maximum aperture makes it excellent for lower-light photography as well. Specifications:Focal Length: 50mm Macro(100mm Macro 35mm equivalent)Lens Construction: 11 elements in 10 groups, including 1ED elementLens Mechanism: Floating focusing mechanismAngle of View: 24Closest Focusing Distance: 9.45″(0.24m)Maximum Image Magnification: 1:2 (1:1 35mm equivalent)Maximum Aperture: f2.0MinimumAperture: f22Number of Blades: 7Filter Size: 52mmDimensions: 2.8″ D x 2.4″ L (71 mm x 61.5mm)Weight: 10.6 oz. (300 g)Compatibility: Teleconverter EC-14: (at f2.8 and up) Extension Tube EX-25: Extended maximum image magnification: 1:1 (2:1 35mm equivalent) Box Contents: 50mm f2.0 Zuiko Digital Macro LensLens Hood LH-55Lens Case LS-0814Lens Cap LC-52Lens RearCap LR-1Instruction ManualWarranty Card , Where can I buy

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August 12, 2013 at 2:23 am

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February 18th, 2013 NFL Mock Draft

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1) Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A & M- Andy Reid saw firsthand last season what happens when there are major problems on your offensive line. Joeckel is one of the safest 1st round selections in this year’s draft. He will be an upgrade over Branden Albert (a free agent) and can anchor Kansas City’s offensive line for a decade. The Chiefs need a quality quarterback, but there is no slam-dunk choice to justify the top overall pick.2) Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A & M- One of the SEC’s most disruptive players helps Jacksonville put pressure on the quarterback. The Jags registered a paltry 20 sacks last year. Gus Bradley is a defensive coach and will prioritize fixing the defense.3) Oakland Raiders: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah- The Silver & Black were black and blue from opposing running backs trampling all over them in 2012. The massive Utah nose tackle/defensive tackle has the power and quickness to help plug the middle of Oakland’s defensive line.4) Philadelphia Eagles: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan- Chip Kelly knows that his high-octane offense goes nowhere if the Eagles cannot block anybody. Fisher looked terrific at the Senior Bowl. The addition of Fisher and the return to health of Jason Peters will go a long way to solving Philadelphia’s problems up front. Fisher can play left or right tackle and it will depend on how Peters looks after an Achilles injury.5) Detroit Lions: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State- The Lions want their defensive line to be the heart and sole of the defense. Kyle Vanden Bosch is 34 and Werner provides Detroit with a young, high-motor defensive end.6) Cleveland Browns: DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia- The Browns lack a top pass rusher and the quick-twitch Jones can really get after the quarterback. Cleveland needs a dynamic outside linebacker to be a critical piece to their 3-4 defense. Jones could be that kind of player for them.7) Arizona Cardinals: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia- Quarterback is Arizona’s greatest need. Bruce Arians had success with a rookie quarterback (Andrew Luck) in Indianapolis and will be looking to do the same with the Cards. Geno Smith’s strong arm and superior athleticism to Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon make him the choice.8) Buffalo Bills: QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina State- Ryan Fitzpatrick commits too many turnovers and is not Buffalo’s long-term answer at quarterback. Glennon’s strong arm will be needed to throw the ball effectively in the cold and wind that is Buffalo in the 2nd half of the season.9) New York Jets: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU- Rex Ryan loves his defense, which lacks a big pass rusher. Mingo is a terrific athlete and Ryan figures he can turn him into a pass rushing outside linebacker in New York’s 3-4 scheme.10) Tennessee Titans: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama- This might be high to draft a guard, but Mike Munchak certainly does not think so with his stellar NFL career at the position. The Titans want to run the ball and Warmack should be a terrific pro.11) San Diego Chargers: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma- The Chargers have to do a better job of protecting Phillip Rivers. The athletic Johnson has the skills to play left tackle and develop into a good pass protector.12) Miami Dolphins: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee- The Dolphins need to find a good lead receiver for Ryan Tannehill. Patterson’s size and run-after-the-catch ability convince Miami that he can be that player.13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama- The Bucs were among the worst teams in the NFL defending the pass and certainly could use help at cornerback. Milliner is a very talented cornerback with championship pedigree.14) Carolina Panthers: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida- The defensive tackle position continues to be a weak area for Carolina. Floyd is a fine combination of quickness and size. The Panthers expect him to help stop the run and apply inside pressure in passing situations.15) New Orleans Saints: DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU- The Saints have to get better on defense and it starts up front. Ansah can defend the run and has terrific upside as a pass rusher. Rob Ryan has a very raw, but talented player to work with.16) St. Louis Rams: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri- Jeff Fisher is a defensive head coach and wants to have a dominant front four. Richardson is very quick and should work well with last year’s 1st round pick, Michael Brockers.17) Pittsburgh Steelers: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon- LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison are on the down side of their careers. It is time for the next generation of pass rushers for the Steelers. Jordan can really run and has unusual height for a linebacker. He will have a chance to continue Pittsburgh’s storied tradition of quality outside linebackers.18) Dallas Cowboys: DT Kawann Short, Purdue- The Cowboys are converting to Monte Kiffen’s 4-3 defense. This means they had better have a quality three-technique defensive tackle. Short has a quick first step and plays with leverage to penetrate.19) New York Giants: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State- The Giants best cornerback, Corey Webster, is 31 and coming off of a poor season. Rhodes has excellent size and skills. New York adds much needed cornerback help.20) Chicago Bears: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame- Marc Trestman wants another weapon for Jay Cutler. The Bears do not have much of a receiving threat at tight end. Eifert represents a significant upgrade offensively for the Bears at tight end.21) Cincinnati Bengals: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas- Cincinnati needs a playmaker at safety. Vaccaro is a solid tackler and can help in pass coverage.22) St. Louis Rams: WR Keenan Allen, Cal- The Rams find a key weapon for Sam Bradford. Allen has the size and pass receiving skills to be the lead receiver that Bradford has lacked.23) Minnesota Vikings: DT Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State- Kevin Williams will be 33 just prior to the upcoming season. Hankins provides the Vikes with a big defensive tackle who can help shut down the run.24) Indianapolis Colts: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama- Andrew Luck took too many hits in his rookie season. Fluker could be a pillar at right tackle for the Colts. His ability to be a load as a run blocker also makes him very quarterback-friendly.25) Seattle Seahawks: DE Sam Montgomery, LSU- Pete Carroll is a defensive-oriented head coach. Seattle really missed Chris Clemons in the playoff loss to the Falcons. Clemons is 31 and faces a long rehab from knee surgery. Montgomery has the quickness and long arms to rush the quarterback. He also is a solid run defender.26) Green Bay Packers: G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina- Aaron Rodgers might be the best quarterback in the NFL. The Packers need to fortify an offensive line that sprung too many leaks last season. Cooper is a solid pass and run blocker. He represents good value at this point in the 1st round.27) Houston Texans: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia- The Texans are still incredibly reliant on Andre Johnson at wide receiver. Austin was born to play the slot. His elusiveness in the open field is electric.28) Denver Broncos: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington- Champ Bailey will soon be 35 and was lit up by Torrey Smith in the playoffs. Trufant made himself some money by playing extremely well at the Senior Bowl. Denver adds a good young cornerback to their defense.29) New England Patriots: CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State- New England’s defense continues to be a work in progress. Banks has good height and excellent ball skills. Banks may be able to provide what the oft injured, Ras I Dowling, has been unable to.30) Atlanta Falcons: DE Alex Okafor, Texas- John Abraham will be 35 soon and is frequently hurt. Okafor plays hard and is a complete defensive end. He does not have the same explosion as a young Abraham, but he plays with leverage and intensity.31) San Francisco 49ers: NT John Jenkins, Georgia- The 49ers have some age on their defensive line. Isaac Sopoaga will be entering his 10th season in the fall. The big nose tackle will be an unrestricted free agent and San Francisco may choose to find a young nose tackle. Jenkins is a big man with surprising athletic ability. Jim Harbaugh will ride him hard to get the most out of his ability.32) Baltimore Ravens: ILB Manti Te’O, Notre Dame- The Ray Lewis era is over. The Ravens will not be able to replace Lewis, but Te’O is a solid choice. The former Notre Dame star finds the football and improved in coverage in his senior season. Baltimore is fortunate that Te’O slipped this far in the 1st round.

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August 12, 2013 at 2:20 am

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Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS SLD Super Multi-Layer Coated Telephoto Lens for Canon AF Mount Digital SLR Cameras

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  • LH 680-02 Lens Hood
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Warranty

Sigma’s 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS is a compact telephoto zoom lens. With a range that is useful for candid portraiture, capturing children playing in the backyard, amateur sports or even wildlife at the zoo this lens is usually the lens that photographers reach for first. It’s great on vacation for capturing scenic details or even groups of flowers in a garden. The Sigma 70-300mm offers a 4 to 1 zoom ratio in a compact lens that is easily carried in your camera bag or left on the camera as you travel; and the images are magnificent. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 59 inches & allows macro photography & high close-up capabilities with a maximum magnification of 1:3.9. , Read More..

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August 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm

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Compare DSL, Leased Lines and Ethernet Circuits

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Businesses are fortunate to have a fairly wide range of options when it comes to choosing a dedicated internet access solution. Of course, each potential service poses its own particular set of technological challenges, key features and costs. As in many other areas of the information technology sector, traditional higher-priced dedicated internet access services have recently been challenged by lower cost, technologically innovative alternatives which are gaining serious ground in the UK market.The gold standard of business connectivity has for many years been the dedicated leased line. A leased line (also known as an E1, E3, Frame Relay or OC line), is a permanent connection established between two distinct geographical points, such as two offices of the same company, or a bank and a remote financial institution. This connection is not shared with any other users on the telecommunications company’s network, and as such it guarantees stable bandwidth and excellent data security. It is an ‘always on’ proposition and is one of the most reliable ways for a business to either transfer data or access the internet. Leased lines can be configured to handle a variety of different transfer speeds, and usually feature excellent support and Service Level Agreements (SLA) from the provider. A leased line can also be part of a Wide Area Network access solution, which allows a Local Area Network (LAN) to connect to other LAN’s and the internet at large.Unfortunately, the costs associated with leased lines are some of the most expensive in the industry. The installation lead-in times, cost of installation and the maintenance and access fees imposed upon the line subscriber can be daunting for many small businesses. The distance between the business, the provider, and the sites that are to be linked together also play a significant role in increasing the price of a leased line. These factors, combined with recent innovations in connectivity technology, have allowed for several viable leased line alternatives to make their way to the fore.Digital Subscriber Lines (also known as DSL, ADSL, SDSL, and ADSL Max) have long been avoided by companies seeking quick and reliable internet access and data transfer. Originally positioned as a consumer technology, DSL is based on a switching data connection technology that shares its bandwidth with a host of other customers accessing the provider’s network. However, Bonded ADSL uses multiple DSL circuits working together as one in order to get around many of the traffic congestion issues typically associated with this type of connection. Bonded ADSL is now offered with the robust SLA that businesses require, as well as excellent transfer speeds. Installation is also quicker and more flexible than that of a leased line. In addition, costs are significantly lower when compared to standard leased lines. The recent infrastructure upgrades made as a result of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) and the emergence of next generation ADSL services such as Annex M DSL means that bonded DSL will continue to improve in terms of bandwidth and availability.Ethernet circuits are another less expensive option for those who seek a high bandwidth corporate connectivity solution. These Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are built over Ethernet links forged from point-to-point on either a city, regional or national scale. The primary advantage of a VPN is that it enables a company to offer the same level of broadband connectivity to as many offices and remote workers as necessary, as well as provide access to geographically-specific resources from anywhere within the network – including internet access. Bandwidth over this type of connection can be scaled up to a very high level, and it mimics a LAN in terms of functionality. The single connection point design also decreases connection and installation costs.You can access the full white paper ‘Compare DSL, Leased Line and Ethernet – Dedicated Internet Access Buyer’s Guide’ here

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August 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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  • Macro lens designed for Canon digital SLR cameras
  • 50mm focal length
  • f2.8 maximum aperture
  • Super Multi Coating reduces flare and ghosting common to digital SLR cameras
  • Screw-in lens hood included

Designed as a quick-focusing macro lens the AF speed of 50mm, f2.8 EX Macro is 1.4 times faster than previous 50mm f2.8 macros. It features a non-rotating front lens group which makes it easier to work with polarizing filters and has a focus limiter (eg. Full Range; – 9.8 in.; 9.1 in. – 7.4 in.). The Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX Macro lens also features the new deluxe EX external finish , How do I get

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August 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm

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A Lesson In Gratitude

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It was a fine morning, warm and sunny, as I set out for my usual walk to the park with my young boxer dog in tow. We have our daily ritual of walk and off leash playtime for her at the park, sometimes meeting other like-minded animal owners. I have met many people around the neighborhood in just such a fashion. On this particular day, a woman of about my age was walking her pug and we struck up a conversation.”Susan” had recently moved to the area, knowing no one, and hoping to find a decent job in the area to afford the high rents that come with living in SoCal, close enough to the beaches to enjoy a near-perfect year round climate. We became casual acquaintances in
the months following our first introduction, she visited once at my home, with dog, for a drink.The ups and downs of her temporary employment, my fits and starts into finding a suitable work-at-home job and being a single, over 50 female in suburbia were common threads of existence. Our dogs were amicable, if mismatched friends. At one point, we got to together for a girls’ night out with another dog-owner friend. Not the closest friendship, but a bit closer than mere hi-how-are-you friendliness.One day, after not hearing much from her in several months time, “Susan” called in dire straits. She needed to move, immediately, due to a drastic breakdown in the relationship between the people whose home she was renting a room from and herself. She wanted to come over and explain.I invited her over and listening to her sad state of affairs about how the knuckle-dragging redneck that owned the house was making her life miserable. Apparently, his right wing politics and her left-leaning ones had bumped head to head over time and he was reduced to sarcasm and a nasty confrontational attitude with her. Coupled with the fact that she had owed them back rents due to joblessness and general falling behind, I could see why he had been less than gentlemanly.”Susan” had given the wife checks to cover the back rents, that she would make good on in the weeks to come as her act of good faith in repayment. But still, the husband was giving her such a hard time and was basically rude.At the end of her sorry story, I offered that, right or wrong, a man’s house is his castle and he is entitled to feel anyway he chooses. A person does not want to come home and be attacked under his own roof for his beliefs. I declined comment on the fact that she’d been indebted to them for their patience in her inability to pay the rent.I assured her that I did not share those sentiments and that the most important thing for me is to have a peaceful and harmonious household. I do not tolerate stress at home. I told her that I was looking for a good tenant, but that I needed to charge some $600. per month for my room, to cover my expenses. And another thing, my son does appear on the occasional weekend with his two pit bulls, and she might not think this a very good arrangement for her small pug.She was insistent that this would be only for a couple of weeks until she could find a more suitable place closer to the job she now had secured, some fifty miles away.
I told her she could stay for $100. a week, given that it was a short-term deal, knowing that she was struggling financially. After moving in, a got the first notion all was not so well when she told me she’d expected me to just let her stay for free.Our next stage of friendship was to begin on not the best foot when my still-a-puppy boxer (at 1 ½ years) chewed some of her shoes which had been left in her closet, doors open. Patent leather is just too much temptation, I suppose, in a dog’s view.The two weeks rolled into months, “Susan” still paying only $l00. per week, by the week, not a month at a time. When I told her that she was not allowed to use my washer and dryer (older appliances whose life span is somewhat suspect) she acted as if I had never mentioned it, and used them anyway. I let it slide for awhile.”Susan” pitched in, without my asking on a particularly hellish job: hand carrying buckets of water out of the pool that the submersible pump would not complete. It took hours, and it was heavy work. Someone suggested to me that I hire some day laborers to do such work, and smiling, told them I had nothing better to do. I spent days hand scrubbing and cleaning the walls of the pool and was more grateful than can be imagined to have had any help. The laundry issue seemed like a fair trade.Finally, after 2 ½ months, she found a place to move, five minutes from her job. We had a good bye dinner, and she was happy to be moving, saving yet more money on an expensive commute. I was a little sad, for by now, we had gotten to be friends.The Saturday morning when she left, her entire belongs packed into two carloads, I wished her well and gave her a fond hug goodbye. I had my many chores to do and the day wasn’t getting any younger.In less than 3 hours, I had another phone call from Susan, furious and upset, and homeless, again. It seems that the woman who just the night before had given her a house key was now reneging on the deal, due to the fact that her mother suddenly needed to move in because of some health-related issues.I said, well, at least you know you have somewhere to go back to, but left out the part that the deal would not be the same as when she’d left. I had arranged another tenant to take the room and was planning on getting the rent value for the room, though I had not as yet met with him. He was coming by the first of the week to see the space.Susan had enough anger to fuel her up and back to the hoped-for condo two times that afternoon retrieving her belongings that she’d left on the woman’s doorstep. It must’ve been close to dark when she finally was resettled back into her room, in no mood for any conversation. I believe she drank her dinner that night.Hoping that the following day would be a better day, a new start, I waited to let her know what rents I would be expecting. It seems that the new day had not brought much resolution to her present frame of mind, the dark cloud of “the unfairness of it all” hung heavy over her face, soured and scowling. I tried to be pleasant. After all, it had been a pretty lousy situation, but still I felt I had contributed quite enough to helping her out in my own fashion.I told her I would have to be raising the rent to a more “market value” price of $500. per month, no utilities, but no laundry privileges.She shrieked and ranted, slammed things down, kicked the dog and generally behaved like a shrew. I turned and closed the door, leaving her in her own bile. She now wouldn’t speak to me, and treated me as if I wasn’t present when she entered the house, even though I’d be sitting at my computer right inside the front door and fully visible.It has been nearly a month now, and she is behind on her rent, and tells me she plans on leaving at the end of the month. We’ll see.My son whom I haven’t seen in a couple months was coming down for the weekend, with the dogs. Another tirade, letters written, shieking and screaming about her being “displaced” from her room that she is entitled to enjoy, and more drama than I’ve witnessed since my kids were in high school. Harmony and peace are tentatively dangling, just out of reach. Fear of pit bulls is this “unfairness of it all” issue. I guess she’d forgotten that was part of the original hesitation on my part for letting her stay.The people in the office where I’m now gainfully employed, ask me regularly how the “room mate” is doing, shaking their heads in disbelief at the stories I’ve told them. You never really know someone until you live with them, and then, it’s too late. You are caught up in the drama of petty issues and hurt feelings and cold wars, or door slamming and you’re left wondering how did this all go so badly?No good deed goes unpunished, one of my favorites, comes to mind. Never mind, I’ve added up the rent monies I’ve saved her, not to mention pet deposits and security deposits and utilities that other landlords charge, and try not to feel taken advantage of for helping someone out in their time of need. It was the right thing to do, I am grateful I was in a position to help, if not very much in her eyes.But most of all, I feel sad for her: she has never expressed, nor been grateful since the time that she moved into my home; that her life is a string of woeful tales of how things just never work out. Poor little me, I think I’ll go eat worms.At the start of every day, and hopefully before I collapse asleep at night, I am so very, very, very grateful for all that the day brings, both the “good” and the “bad”, for what are these but our very own perceptions? Truth is, the bad things teach you the most and create a vivid emotional response that you don’t soon forget, while the good or pleasant things pass by like a lovely parade, soon out of sight. Learning to avoid the difficult or unpleasant situations comes, for me, a little later than most, I must admit. Gratitude is a learned response.But now, at long last, I think I’m getting the hang of this life I’ve been given. Every day is such a blessing that I am truly grateful for whatever comes my way, even ungrateful roommates with pugs.

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August 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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  • 200mm telephoto lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras
  • 2 ultra-low-dispersion (UD) glass elements and rear focusing system
  • Ultra-sonic monitor (USM) for quick, highly accurate autofocusing
  • 4.9-foot close focusing distance; produces natural-looking background blur
  • Measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 5.4 inches long; weighs 1.7 pounds

The Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM lens uses a rear-focus telephoto optical design with two ultralow-dispersion (UD) glass elements to ensure maximum image sharpness and accurate color fidelity. The two UD glass elements, combined with the rear focusing, correct aberrations to give you extremely sharp and clear images.

This lens is perfectly suited for Canon’s EOS system cameras–placing special emphasis on its manual focusing capability–which have a wide rubber focusing ring that allows you to make easy adjustments. The ultrasonic motor (USM) and rear focusing design allow for silent, high-speed autofocus and full-time manual focus. Because of its full compatibility with 1.4x and 2x EF extenders, you have the option of added focusing versatility.

Features

  • EF mount; telephoto lens
  • Ultra-low Dispersion glass with Fluorite elements; inner focusing ring; full-time manual focus 200mm focal length
  • f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM)

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August 11, 2013 at 12:20 am

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YouTube Makes Video Watching & Sharing Easy and Addictive

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If you’ve mastered online photo sharing using a website like Picasa or through uploading to Facebook, did you know that it’s equally easy to share videos over the Internet? YouTube is a website that makes online video posting accessible to virtually anyone with the ability to shoot video. Whether you want to share a video message with the world, social network friends or Grandma, YouTube has tools to make it easy and fun.YouTube isn’t just for hobbyists. It even has captured the attention of television networks and movie studios that use it to publicly post trailers or entire television shows. If you’ve sees a funny commercial that you want to show your coworkers, you’ll probably find it on YouTube, too. And, if reruns on TV have you aimlessly channel surfing, check out original shows offered exclusively online by “Internet TV producers.”What It Is
YouTube is a free service that has grown and evolved into a powerful online community where people can watch, post and discuss videos. Anyone can visit the site and watch millions of publicly shared videos. If you want to comment about videos or share videos privately, you’ll need to register as a user.An Engaging Community
Technically, YouTube works thanks to Adobe Flash Video technology, but what really makes it work as an online service is its ability to engage users and create buzz. For starters, users can rate YouTube videos with up to five stars. Top-rated videos are more likely to be recommended to viewers or fall in the “featured” category.On YouTube, it’s incredibly easy to share your own or another’s video content. You can email video links or use built-in, single-click tools for showing friends on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Digg and other social networking sites what you’ve been watching-and tell them what you think about it. If you have a blog or website, YouTube provides you with the code you need to embed videos, too. No matter how you choose to share, your friends will be able to share it with their friends who will share it with their friends who will share it with their friends.You can imagine how quickly a video can “turn viral.”After watching a YouTube video, the site makes every attempt to keep you engaged by recommending other similar videos you may want to watch. You can very quickly go from watching one video to spending your whole evening on YouTube.Your Broadcast Station
If you are ready to share your own videos, there are several options for making your debut. You can instantly record and post video using your computer’s webcam, iPhone 3G-S and some newer iPods. Although it may take an extra step or two, sharing digital video taken with a Flip video camera or camcorder is still noobie-friendly as long as the video is less than 2 GB in size and 10 minutes long.When uploading a video, it’s especially important to determine if you want it to be a publicly or privately shared. Choosing the private setting means only 25 other people will be able to access your video and you will not be able to use some of YouTube’s video sharing features.If you decide to share your video with the world, be sure to add tags. Tags describe your video and will help your video appear as relevant results to searches for the words in your tag.Your New Obsession
If you haven’t already tried YouTube, hopefully this brief introduction will give you the confidence you need to start exploring and experimenting. Whether you are a video watcher, video poster or both, YouTube has plenty to keep you engaged, informed and entertained. Here are just a few ways YouTube might enhance your life.Video Watching

See the Super Bowl commercials you missed while getting another snack.
Watch news from other states or countries and compare it to local coverage.
Look for your child’s favorite shows or performances of his favorite songs.
Find a person or “channel” with content you like and subscribe so you’ll be notified about their new posts.
Listen to videos. Some videos aren’t videos at all but a way to post music, speeches or other audio content.
Video Posting

Record yourself reading a bedtime book to your grandchild who lives far away.
Create a video blog post so your readers can see you in action.
Send video birthday greetings to someone far away.
Share video of your child in her first performance with grandparents or other relatives.
Record sports practice and make the video available to everyone on the team.

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