Category Archives: Ask J.D.

Small tripods

Small tripods (some tiny, some tabletop, some misc.) I’ve been looking for a great travel tripod to use with my Olympus E-P1. So far I haven’t found the perfect match. However, I have found some cool tripod stuff… Sweet looking Leica tripod: Turn a tripod into a laptop/notebook desk: “Table top” tripods One of my favorites: Amazon.com: Manfrotto 709B Digi Table Top Tripod with Ball Head Also cool and functional, will probably support quite a bit of weight: Amazon.com: Cullmann

Install (or “downgrade”) to Windows XP on Sony VAIO-Z series

It’s that time of year again. Time to reinstall Windows after my laptop has finally succumbed to the mass of programs I’ve installed or evaluated. It’s getting slow, not painfully slow, but slow enough that I crave a clean install. Currently the laptop has Vista on it. Rather than paying for a Windows 7 upgrade, I’m considering “downgrading” to Windows XP. I would have done that a long time ago, as I am not a Vista fan… but at the

Cool camera straps for the E-P1 (neck, y strap, shoulder strap)

[photos for this entry to follow later] I didn’t bring a strap with me for the E-P1 on our two week Colorado trip. That meant I either: (a) carried the camera handheld (b) kept the camera in my backpack, a Lowepro CompuDaypack (<$40 new on eBay) which has a quick access compartment for the camera (c) kept the camera in a pocket of my cargo shorts (not many DSLR like cameras can fit in a pocket!) All three worked fairly

Cancel a GoDaddy domain registration and get a refund

UPDATE: New 2019 instructions for GoDaddy refunds 🙂 Old info from 2009: Yesterday I needed to know how to cancel an inadvertently renewed domain registration on GoDaddy. Here are the instructions I received from GoDaddy: Discussion Notes Support Staff Response Dear Jay D Hodges,Thank you for contacting Online Support. We would be happy to request a refund for your order. However, we will need you to first cancel the item(s) in question within 45 days of the renewal date. Once

Professional Photo Printer: Epson R1900 vs. Canon 9000 Pro Mk II

2011.04.20 Update: We’re still loving the Canon Pixma 9000 Pro Mk II, you can find some photos of it here (just scroll down that page a bit). Updated: 2009.Sep.19 we bought the Canon 9000 Pro Mk II! It was a tough choice, but these were our primary reasons for choosing Canon: Our past good experiences with Canon large format printers The flat paper path – we’re excited to try some really thick papers and the the flat paper path will

Hiding particular categories on a WordPress blog frontpage

I decided to hide my techie posts (a particular category of posts) from the home page of my blog. The rationale is that most of the people visiting my homepage are friends and family that don’t really want to read the techie stuff, so why should I show those posts on the frontpage? Conversely, most Google visitors are searching for the techie stuff so I still want to leave in on my blog. I did some googling and found an