Spam

I just washed my mail with mailwasher and deleted 50 of 80 emails that makes 62.5% of my mail overnight being spam, it’s definitely getting worst. Don’t know what i’d do without mailwasher

Link: http://www.mailwasher.net

[edit] now i’m using gmail so i’m no longer washing my mail.

Airport X-Ray Scanners & Film

My film always goes trough the filmsafe scanners and I’ve had no problems even in China where they have x-ray machines at the train stations (due to people transporting fireworks illegally causing an explosion on a train). I shoot 100ASA, 200 or maybe 400 at night possibly but generally 100 slide film on the whole and have never noticed any fogging. According to the Lonely Planet Travel Photography: A Guide to Taking Better Pictures , Kodak have done tests that show film below ASA 400 can take 16 passes safely. In general i buy my film at the airport in duty free as it’s cheaper and is maybe one less scanner to go through (what do they do with stuff for these shops?) The newer high power scanners look like hospital CAT scanners and have a hexagonal or round ring which the scanned items pass through, these are generally used to scan hold luggage and you might as well throw away the film if it’s been through one. the Kodak link below has some examples of x-ray fogging, so you know what to look for. some info: http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/tib/tib5201.shtml http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/comp/cabinetxrayfaq.html http://www.garymills.com/xrays/xray.pdf http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/airline.htm The higher the ASA rating the more grain you will get and the shorter exposures mean the colours will be not as good. For good travel pictures (views and panoramas) you need as small an aperture (big number) as possible to get good depth of field, if it’s too dark you can use a tripod, which can safely go in with your hold luggage. if your anywhere sunny you should use a slower film or a neutral density filter to cut the light down.

Travel News

News on cnn.com today:- Kazakhstan plans to build a railway along the old silk route, linking Druzhba on the border with China’s Xingjian north-western region to Iran and Turkey
Link: http://edition.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/05/26/bt.silk.road.rail.reut/index.html And Virgin USA, Richard Branson’s planed budget airline, has short-listed San Francisco or New York as potential hubs.
Link: http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/05/25/bt.virgin.us.move.reut/index.html Also the bbc.co.uk one life travel section seems worth exploring…
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onelife/travel/index.shtml

Travel stuff..

The luckiest travellers live near airports, or so it appears, obvious, maybe? http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/ADVISOR/05/21/lucky.cities/index.htm and on the environment front, news that costal communities would be better off being environmentally friendly and protecting the habitats of sea animals like sea turtles than by destroying their habitat. “World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says living turtles are worth nearly three times as much as dead ones because of the tourism they attract”
Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3744661.stm

Hello World

Well here we are, this is my opening post. I’m currently interested in digital projection, it all seems far too complex at present, all I want is something digital to sit next to my Kodak Ectapro 9020 projector and do a similar job, show slides on a screen, nothing fancy. Sadly it all seem very complicated and expensive for anything with replaceable lenses that will throw the distance I need (10 meters). I think I was quoted £5000 so far, the Ectapro cost a mere £1800, cheap in comparison. Anyone had any luck with this?