Author: Uncle Dick

You may remember the famous scene from the 60's Oliver Twist movie when the the little hero bravely went up to the beadle at the workhouse and asked for more gruel. I'm not sure of the exact passage in the Dickens original, but I suspect the end result was the same; he got thrashed and starved. I've taken it as my model for family relations...

That's not a typo. Principals was what I wrote. In this case we grasp the principals of the computer design teams for Macrohard and Rutabaga - the people who decide what your next Rutabaga or Macrohard computer will look like - firmly by the throats, and explain what we want. a. We want the foot of the desktop computer to be wider and deeper. This may seem to be counter-intuitive. Everything these days is meant to be slimmer and smaller. But be realistic - go to the mirror - are you slimmer and smaller than you used to be? Is your desk slimmer and smaller? Not if you are actually doing any work on it. Mine is the size of the flight deck of the NIMITZ and even now I'm contemplating folding the wings on the graphics tablet to make it fit better. In short, we have bigger desks, and multi-level desks. The footprint that the Rutabaga rests on can be bigger to give the screen a lot more stability. b. On that stable base, you can add ports. You can thunder, lightning, or be...

The new Nikon mirror-less camera body is here - at least here in the interne reveals and reviews. They will be here on the line, so to speak, in the fullness of time. Pre-orders are possible and there is a good deal of interest amongst the photo community. As with every new thing, there are the people for whom it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Then there are people on a diet who cannot afford it and will assure you that they never eat bread...

Or you may prefer to deal with the Chip Paper Design Bureau. Or the Back-Of-An-Envelope Studio. All fine organisations who take modern concepts and wring them out like dishcloths. Careful they don't drip on you. Last post we speculated on Nikon's possible retro-styled APS-C mirrorless camera. Interested parties can google off to the Nikon Rumors site and read the details. Beware, however, as the digital images presented may have been done with more hope than science. Yellow Pad has taken the retro idea and applied it to a mythical camera - one made by the Flapoflex company. It starts with the basic Flapoflex 35mm camera they sold in the old days; the Falpoflex Beulah . This was an almost-Yashica design with semi-Petri overtones and the occasional outbreak of Ihagee-ism. It cranked through 35mm film behind a fixed 45mm lens and was cheap enough to be sold  everywhere from Abe's of Maine to Steamer Point in Aden. Innumerable Australian tourists sat with Flapoflex instruction books on their knees on cruise ships or package flights and tried to understand how to load film. The...

As a little kid, long-term was an hour - if you could sustain interest and activity for that much time people said you were either a genius or a nuisance. The punishment for either personality was very much the same. Then came adulthood and the long commitments really started - take a look at a mortgage document and see what I mean. But a lot of this pales into insignificance when you look at what some photographers are prepared to do over a very long period. A case in point is Nick Melidonis' 2-decade dedication to photography of Greece. He's been a visitor there many times and helped other people to see the country. Of course his camera and lenses have been busy all that time - and Nick will open a free exhibition of some of the most representative results at a gallery in Fremantle. It'll be at the PSAS Gallery, 22-26 Pakenham Street, Fremantle. Opening times are to be 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The exhibition starts on 26 June and goes to the 4th of June, so you can squeeze in...

Well, they knew it was coming, so we might as well get it over with. The staff at Camera Electronic could not well tun away when I turned up at the 50th Birthday Sellabration last Friday. They were gracious - or resigned - enough to pose for pictures. I am grateful. a. The number girls. These ladies crunch numbers all day. When you pay, they know it. When I get paid, they do it. Treat them with affection and respect.   Now remember that someone has to put out the fires in the camera battery compartments and chisel the spots off the sensors...