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9 March 2015

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, X-Rite's outrageous upgrade pricing, AT&T vs. the Apple Store and a fun walk.

  • NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured an image more than once a second for over five years now, providing clear pictures of massive explosions on the sun. To celebrate SDO released this five-minute highlight reel:
  • Michael Reichmann is so annoyed with an Outrageous Upgrade price ($825 for an X-Rite software upgrade) that he bought a Spyder Studio from Datacolor ($450) instead of upgrading.
  • AT&T is another company that "just doesn't get it," Kevin Raber demonstrates in Why Does It Have To Be So Hard. He was just trying to get an iPhone 6 Plus from the AT&T store down the block. No way. The Web site was better but the Apple Store was the best. "It was $235 less than AT&T and the monthly plan cost would not be any different from what we were paying now. It was that simple." For Apple anyway.
  • In A Fun Walk, Joe McNally explains to his class "about the levers of control you have over the situation" before suggesting you can also add "your own light, via the mechanics of a speed light and TTL." He show how to light Charlotte in the shady foreground without blowing out the sunny background.

More to come...

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