Weekly Roundup Friday 11 April 2014

Weekly Roundup Friday 11 April 2014

Good morning Happy birthday to the internal combustion engine.  This is one of those inventions that are hard to pin down to a specific point in time, due to being a series of evolving and improving things, but the patent filed on 3 April 1885 by Otto Gottlieb is perhaps one of the pivotal points [...]

The Airlines (Again) Dupe a Willing Congress

The Airlines (Again) Dupe a Willing Congress

One of the most effective lobbying groups in the country are our airlines.  They can boast a brilliant record for delaying or avoiding any legislation they feel would disadvantage themselves, while effectively promoting legislative and regulatory actions that advantage them. Their ‘successes’ aren’t always obvious to most travelers, but if you want to see an [...]

A More Budget-Priced and Smaller-Sized Camera

A More Budget-Priced and Smaller-Sized Camera

I wrote, a couple of weeks ago, about what I (and most other reviewers) feel to be the best compact camera available in the market today, the Sony DSC-RX100 II. I continue to be delighted with my choice of camera and the quality images it provides, but several people have written to ask if I [...]

Weekly Roundup Friday 4 April 2014

Weekly Roundup Friday 4 April 2014

Good morning I returned back from New Zealand earlier this week, and enjoyed two more splendid flights on Hawaiian Airlines.  That makes four excellent flights in a row with HA, all pushing back on time or early, and all of which arrived early.  More astonishing still, the flights even had edible food on them, and [...]

Weekly Roundup Friday 28 March 2014

Weekly Roundup Friday 28 March 2014

Good morning It is another truly wonderful day here in Queenstown, New Zealand.  Clear blue sky, warm sun, calm lake, and lots of people out and about, relaxing and enjoying themselves, taking advantage of all the wonderful things to see and do in and around Queenstown. You too can be among these holidaymakers by choosing [...]

Weekly Roundup Friday 21 March 2014

Weekly Roundup Friday 21 March 2014

Good morning And a hearty hello from New Zealand.  It is lovely to be in this glorious country, where I spent a quick night in Auckland, and am now in Christchurch for a night before then driving down to Queenstown tomorrow for a couple of weeks on a somewhat challenging but hopefully ultimately worthwhile work-related [...]

How Many Megapixels Should Your Camera Have?

How Many Megapixels Should Your Camera Have?

If you’re considering a new camera, the two measurements you are most likely to fixate on are the number of megapixels the camera’s sensor contains, and the zoom range of the lens. Neither of these two issues are quite as important as they might seem, and both are misunderstood and conceal other underlying complexities.  Unlike [...]