Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Freerange Stock Images

Freerange Stock...

"was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. We feel that free stock photos can be good photos."

"Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community - photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions."

Monday, 26 October 2009

LIFE online

LIFE Magazine began in 1936, chronicling history using the medium of photography.

Google Books has now made every copy from its first issue to 1972 available online in browseable & searchable format. And the images are free to share, print and post for personal use.

Warning: browsing this stuff can absorb HOURS of your time!


Friday, 23 October 2009

Archos 9 Tablet Netbook

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

First seen late last month, the Windows 7-based device is available to buy now in the UK for £450. The PC tablet can be bought from PC resellers and direct from Archos, although the manufacturer hasn’t yet updated its website to include the model.

The Archos 9 has an 8.9in, 1024 x 600 touchscreen and is powered by Intel’s 1.2GHz Atom Z515 processor. It has 1GB of DDR 2 memory, a 60GB HDD and access to 25GB of online storage.

The Archos 9 supports 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connections – but not 3G – and data can be transferred over Bluetooth 2.1 or USB 2.0.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

New Macintosh kit

Apple have announced a bucketload of new stuff, including:

- Faster iMacs, including a monster 27" version

- Redesigned faster MacBook

- Faster Mac mini

- New 'no-moving-parts', multi-touch Magic Mouse

for more information, visit

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

JJC shutter release

One of the least explored mysteries of modern life is why a £30 digital picture frame comes complete with a multi-featured remote control while a digital camera costing thousands of pounds doesn't.

Most of the time you can use the self-timer to fire the shutter remotely, but this limits you to one shot at a time and the focus is locked once you start the timer, so if the subject moves, the shot can be ruined.

Most camera manufacturers offer a 'wired' remote control as an optional extra. For my Panasonic G1, this will cost me £60, and means I can't move more than 2.5 metres from the camera.

For $40 you can purchase wireless controllers from eBay that allows you to operate the shutter up to 100 metres from the camera. The one I ordered arrived within a week, came complete with batteries and works just fine.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009


Compfight is a search engine for Flickr which allows you to type in a keyword or several keywords after which it will display a thumbnail page of relevant images.

For images with a blue bar at the bottom of an image, hovering your mouse over the image reveals the dimensions.

You can restrict search results to Creative Common licenses, commercial images and/or original images.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Western Digital drives with displays

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

The PC-compatible My Book Elite and Mac-compatible My Book Studio drives have both been kitted out with high-contrast displays. The display information remains visible when the drive is unplugged.

Users can customise the display to show the storage-related information they're concerned about, whether that be the drive’s security status, remaining capacity or number of pictures on the drive.

Studio has Fire Wire 800 and USB 2.0. The Elite is USB 2.0 only.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Solid state hard drive prices falling

Crucial has released a fast, 256GB SSD for £435. With conventional 250GB hard drives retailing at £60 it is not going to be an 'impulse purchase', but it does indicate how SSD prices are plummeting. Just a few months ago a similarly specced 250GB SSD would have set you back over £1,000.

For a full review click here

Friday, 2 October 2009

Textures has published an excellent set of links to free hiqh-quality textures.