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Artsy Camera Shake

By: GardenGrrl , 12:33 AM GMT on July 14, 2012

So, it's taken awhile to get around to playing with all the photos I've shot lately.
During the Fourth it was really windy and I have a bit of a problem with camera shake anyways.
I thought these photos turned out pretty cool though.

Meanwhile, I will be researching computer security that is up to date and in regular peoples language so the rest of us can benefit from it.

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45. GardenGrrl
10:12 AM GMT on July 24, 2012
Good Morning all, forgot to set the alarm but woke up in time albeit 10 minutes later than normal.

Hi Patti, that is the one true joy off digital cameras is that I can take dozens of pictures without regard to paying for processing. I would never have tried shooting those with film. Hooray for digital. Glad you are spending time with your Mom. They are so important in our lives yet it's easy to take them for granted.

Hi Sandi, Mine is the Samsung knock-off of the iPhone. It has the voice activated lady to find restaurants and such. She is not as fun as Siri though. The flashlight feature really is great. There is also an app to make the screen a strobe light but I haven't tried it yet.

Hi Briar, like all new things I'm totally obsessing on it and trying to learn everything about smart phones, apps etc. That's good though, immersion learning keeps me out of mischief. One down side to the GalaxysIII is a really short battery life. I don't know how other phones compare in use-ability so I don't know if the short battery life is an okay trade-off.
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44. BriarCraft
11:57 PM GMT on July 23, 2012
If you take to your smart phone like you took to your camera, you'll be doing all sorts of cool things in no time. But you still gotta save some time for WU on your computer. Don't want you to develop carpal tunnel from too much texting.
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43. sandiquiz
4:47 PM GMT on July 23, 2012
I am on my third smart phone - I have my IPhone on a two year contract, so I trade in and update it every two years. Couldn't be without mine.

I love the flash light app! The last guy who came to check my heating system actually went up into the attic, lighting his way to the tanks with his phone!!
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42. redagainPatti
4:41 PM GMT on July 23, 2012
Nice firework photos! And such fun taking them. You never know how good they will be so it is an act of faith when you tap the button. I was too far away from my area's fireworks to take photos this year but maybe next year!

Meanwhile, Thanks for dropping into my blog and your comments. I am back from my camping trip but have a two day trip with my mom tomorrow so I am in and out of WU .. but at least I am here during a week's time frame. I am looking forward to learning what is going on in your life as it has been a long while since we visited together.
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41. GardenGrrl
10:03 AM GMT on July 23, 2012
Good Morning!

Hi Prose, are those your hard fought for butterfly pictures? They are really pretty. Like the collage.

Ylee, Eureka! We now know why time goes faster when we get older; For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. As our bodies age less, time moves quicker. It's connected to that "Higgs is making my bottom fatter particle" ;D

Hi Sp, Yes there is some happy dancin going on here. Funny about the smart phones, I'm maybe the only one at work that didn't have one. Now that I have one am busy trying to think up all the ways it might actually be useful. One thing I want to learn is how to get rid of all the pre-loaded spam widgets/aps without crashing it's OS.
It has a flashlight widget. I like that :)
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40. sp34n119w
10:18 PM GMT on July 22, 2012
Oh, shoot. Meant to mention, since Comic Con came up, that next years' WorldCon (scifi con) is in San Antonio. I know that's still a ways away from you, gg, but at least it's in the same State! You could drive it in a day, easy ;)
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39. sp34n119w
10:12 PM GMT on July 22, 2012
Such happy news, gg! Pretty sure crying is the appropriate immediate response, btw. You and your whole family must be so relieved! And you definitely know what to do about it – celebrate and buy new toys :)

This weekend I was playing with my sister's new Droid 4 (Verizon) and just about got convinced that I. Must. Have. But, I went online and saw the Samsung GSIII and that looks pretty darn good, too. But, I don't really need a smartphone at all. But, want.
Stuck in the poptart effect, again :(
Best thing was finding our destination for the day on the map, poking it to get info on hours and such, and then having the map show where we were and how to get where we were going. Too cool.

Hmmm. I never commented on how much I like your artsy camera shake pics – they are artsy, and spectacular :) Fifth one down looks like a representation of a cell, or something, and is my fave of the faves.
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38. Ylee
8:18 PM GMT on July 22, 2012
Karen should be only 36, as I calculate you age only six years for every ten years lived! ;-)

Enjoy your week at the batcave!
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37. Proserpina
3:17 PM GMT on July 22, 2012
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36. GardenGrrl
10:17 AM GMT on July 22, 2012
Sig!!! Hey it is great to hear from you. As we are in the second summer of hot and dry I can only imagine your garden having just peppers and okra. Oh the re-loading of the OS. An elite club of the frustrated yet proud.

Hi Calpoppy, I just got the GalaxyIII. Have no idea how to work it, but will figure it out over time. T-Mobile had the best rates here and had it on sale; buy one get a second of lesser value "free". At COSTCO the phone was half of what the T-Mobile store was selling it for. So we each got smart phones Galaxy II & III. Ironically, having two smart phones w/data was only $20 more than keeping the old cell and adding a smartphone package.
When I figure out what it does I'll let you know ;)

Hi Karen, The good news is by your pics you don't look 60, so I guess if according to Ylee that 50 is the new 30, then you are only going to be 40. Wooo-hooo we are young again!
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35. SBKaren
1:01 AM GMT on July 22, 2012
Hi GG! Wow - you certainly received some good news while I was on vacation! I'm so happy for you and hubby!!!

Sounds like you have a good 50th birthday celebration planned. I'll be celebrating my 60th next month. 50 wasn't so bad, but saying 60 out loud just sounds weird when I think of applying it me!!! I'm fine with it though...

I use Consumer Cellular for my phone company. They have no contracts and offer a couple of smart phones. Might not be the options you want, but I've been very happy with them. Good inexpensive plans, no contracts, what more can you ask???

I also use the free version of avast! I've never had a problem with my computer, but I don't do a lot of downloading either.
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34. calpoppy
10:23 PM GMT on July 21, 2012
Hi GG! I have the HTC EVO, but we are really thinking about getting the Samsung Galaxy 3. A tech show I listen to says its the best phone yet. It has a bigger screen then the htc. It also has dual processors. I was thinking iphone, but for only two reasons the camera ( the evo camera is awful) and that it would sync with my laptop.

I get mad at my smart phone, but I must really love it cause I use it alot.
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33. aSigiam
7:20 PM GMT on July 21, 2012
Great shots GG!

Hope 50 is one of best years, it has been mine so far! Had my share of PC problems lately. My hard disk crashed, had to reload the operating system. Learned a great deal about restoring, recovering and backups.

Try to stay cool, the outdoor oven is turning up!
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32. GardenGrrl
5:29 PM GMT on July 21, 2012
Good Morning All!
I'm still tickled to know I can plan ahead now. We decided to pay off the house...at the interest rate they charge for mobile homes it is well worth it. Now we are putting the house payments into savings minus what it's going to cost to have a smart phone.
We figure it makes more sense than dragging a laptop with us when we travel.
(Oh, and my main reason besides Google maps and compass...Audubon has an ap for birds that not only plays their calls but can recognize calls. How cool is that!)

Hi Sandi, it was a wonderful dinner at a restaurant called The Outback Steak House. Had the filet and small lobster tail. (Have never splurged like that before) and then split a chocolate dessert.

Hi Janetlee, yes indeed the five year is really something. Hope you went and had an over-the-top celebration. You have no idea how happy I was for you when you posted your anniversary.

Hi Prose, thank you. It means a lot to have your support. Red Ants make great friends :-)

Hi Calpoppy, It is going to be so much fun to go to Florida and see the family. There is a huge irony that these days it is cheaper to fly...although am still tempted to drive because it is such a fun adventure stopping to see all the historical stuff.

Hi LowerCal, thanks. With the smart phone I am sort of getting a new camera. Don't know which one yet but am leaning towards a plan with T-Mobile. They have the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung GalaxyII&III.

Hi Shore,Thanks for all your support. It really is a huge relief. Went more or less running out of the doctors office and forgot to make an appointment in three month. Guess I'll have to do that Monday. Glad you are getting nice sunsets and bird TV. It's these little things that matter so much. I've taken to going into the control panel and deleting all the cookies etc to keep "them" from hitchhiking on my computer.

Hi Ylee, they would have to be plenty tall candles to get around to lighting all 50. I think you are right about fifty being the new 30. I still wear tie-dye and the occaisional skull&crossbones t-shirt. As long as the spirit is willing...one should dance.

Hi BriarCraft, that is a beautiful poem. Some words ring so true. I thank you for your support and kindness through this trial. The whole 50 thing really is a milestone but I'm actually kind of jazzed to be hitting that number. We live a long time in our family so there are atleast 30 some good years left. Will also be celebrating a 15 year anniversary in August. We just call August the anniversary because neither is good at remembering dates lol.

Thanks to all for your prayers and good thoughts.
Life is Good.
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31. BriarCraft
9:45 PM GMT on July 20, 2012
Happy Tears

Isn't it funny how our hearts react?
Our eyes can well up with the slightest attack

You see someone in their happiest state
You have these feelings your heart dictates

Our tears can sting with such sweet surprise
Happy tears for happy eyes

Goose bumped skin from end to end
We cry happy tears once again.

--author unknown

I'm crying happy tears for you! The very best birthday present anyone could wish for. I hope you and spouse had a great celebratory dinner and, later, a sweet dessert.

How can you be turning 50? You're way too young for that! But if that's really so...

Welcome to the best half of your life! Live it for all it's worth.
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30. Ylee
3:21 AM GMT on July 20, 2012

50? Heck, you're older than I am!(I was conceived during the Beatles' first tour of America) Just make sure you use the number candles "5" and "0" on your cake instead of 50 candles! :) Remember, 50 is the new 30, lol!

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29. shoreacres
1:23 AM GMT on July 20, 2012
GG! What wonderful news! Here I thought the wind was coming up out of the north. Nope - it was just your sigh of relief making it all the way down here to the coast!

I got so excited with your news, I can't remember what I came over here to tell you. Let me go get a coffee and see if I can figure it out...

Oh! Now I know. From that PrivSecTech site, I found ghostery and installed it as an add-on to my Firefox. It works like a dream. It does slow things down just a bit (though not bad) but it can be temporarily disabled if you like. It's amazing to see how many scripts come in from some sites, while others have only one or two.

I wish I didn't have a screen between me and my balcony railing. There's a gorgeous sunset tonight, and a single dove sitting there. It seems pretty happy, so I'm not even going to make a move that would scare it away. I had filled up the water bowl with rainwater this afternoon, and a lot of birds came to drink. I think the rainwater tastes better to them, too!
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28. LowerCal
1:13 AM GMT on July 20, 2012
Wonderful news! Hope you can get a new camera like you want sooner. :^)
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27. sandiquiz
2:56 PM GMT on July 19, 2012
How you feeling today? Did you over indulge on the Champers!

I had a quick visit with a friend last night, but our venue was only McDonalds, nothing special, but after I showed her what te Panasonic could do she siad she might get one to carry in her bag, to save the weight of er big Nikon and all the lens, for use when she wasn't on an "official shoot" :)
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26. calpoppy
2:57 AM GMT on July 19, 2012
That is super news!!! What a neat birthday present to give yourself, disney, mom and sis!!! Oh, and Harry Potter. I am very happy that you got a clean bill of health!!
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25. Proserpina
11:49 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Superb news. Yes, let's give thanks for your good news. Madonnas like flowers! I am truly happy for you.
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24. janetlee
10:15 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
what great news! I lift my glass of white to you and looking forward to celebrating your 5 year anniversary. (celebrated mine last month).
again, wonderful news and enjoy your vacation. Hopefully we will see some great photos.
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23. sandiquiz
8:51 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Well, way to go girl!!!
Hip hooray ...break open the champagne!

Congrats, you now get to plan the biggest 50th party ever held on this planet!!!
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22. GardenGrrl
6:57 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
PET Scan shows nothing now. The CA-125 test is still a bit elevated but the doctor says some people just stay elevated and he won't start me on chemo if he can't find anything to treat. So let's call this remission. Totally cried when I got the news. Guess out of relief and just needed to get all that worry out. Now I can plan for my 50th birthday. Am going to go visit my Mom and sister in Florida, then go see Harry Potter World at Universal Studios.

Hi Sandi, thanks. If that doctor quits ordering PET scans for me I just may get a camera like yours in another year or two. Figure by then my Fuji will have been dropped and hard used enough that a new one would make sense. The UV lense protector already has a nick in it from dropping the camera off the tripod while rushing trying to find the Other lever in the dark.

Hi Prose, I think the good vibes are working. The heat thing. Thought you all were done with all that hot and humid foolishness. We may need to complain to the Managment....although right now I'm doing lot's of thank you's. Even bought a potted plant for the Madonna in my front yard on the way home.

Hi Janetlee, thanks. It was fun getting a chance to see them. Was not expecting such a good view from the house.
I do think the prayers and good wishes are working.

Hi Briarcraft, yeah when it's windy tripods really are not too useful. I suppose a real heavy one with a sand bag dangling from the center would work but I'm not that devoted. I have used the spouse as a tripod once or twice. Guess it must be common.lol!

Hi LC, that is some good info from that link. The whole protecting the browser and blocking tracker cookies etc. really is an important issue. Not just against the "bad guys" but also the "grey guys" that track our consumer habits. Remember the time I did a blog where I asked people to use the word Leper or leprosy as often as possible? That seemed to confuse the google adsense generator. Hardly got any adds. Bet I would get more specific adds if I did a "Zombie" blog. Hmmmmm.

Hi Plapman, loved the water fight pictures. Those were so fun on hot days.
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21. janetlee
4:13 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
your fireworks are wonderful!

sending good healthy thoughts your way. Praying its all good.

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20. Proserpina
3:01 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Sending good healthy vibes your way. Big hugs too.
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19. sandiquiz
2:55 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Have all my "non-manicured" fingers and toes crossed for you :)
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18. GardenGrrl
2:52 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Good Morning All,
Today is doctor day to find out the results of last weeks PET scan and blood tests. Rather nerve wracking and expensive to be getting these tests. I could buy two of Sandi's new camera for the out-of-pocket for a PET.

Really need a new hobby besides doctor visits. Would rather have a couple of pinball machines and great photo gear ;) So this morning I'm putting on my warpaint. Have done a manicure and pedicure in bright colors. Will wear my new hippie girl dress; subtle black and tan tie dye with a wide beaded blue belt. Am bringing the brushed felt purse a friend gave me for Christmas that I mistook for a skie hat while I was bald and stoned on painkillers during chemo. Wish me luck.

Have to go now.
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17. Proserpina
2:05 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Sandi, I try to tell everyone that it really is a great anti-virus program. It was suggested to me by someone whose business is to debug virus ridden computers! Have not had any problems ever since I switched from the former program.


Hi GG, I an treating you to a little bit of our hot hot hot day! Not that you need a hot day but to show you that today we are upstaging you in the area of uncomfortable temperatures and humidity!

Wishing you a nice, cook, rainy, Wednesday.
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16. sandiquiz
1:24 PM GMT on July 17, 2012
Quoting Proserpina:

We use Kaspersky and haven't had an iota of protective problems since we started using this service. We are really happy with it.
The annual fee is well worth it!

Well, you are the only other person I have noticed who uses Kaspersky, other than me, of course! lol

Hi GG - is today your last day? Short week or long week?
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15. Proserpina
10:45 AM GMT on July 17, 2012
Enjoyable fireworks in photography form. Your camera is performing quite well!

We use Kaspersky and haven't had an iota of protective problems since we started using this service. We are really happy with it.
The annual fee is well worth it!

Wishing you a good Tuesday.
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14. LowerCal
1:12 AM GMT on July 17, 2012
"Wonder if we can have more than one firewall without gunking everything up? How's that for a precisely phrased technical question lol."

It's pretty good. I think I understand your concern and what you'd like to do.

It is reasonable that you would want to try out a new product before you commit to a change. There is a good chance that having both active at the same time would conflict. However if Symantec has a "Disable" selection that should allow you to install and try ZoneAlarm. Once you've used it long enough to decide you could then uninstall whichever product you don't want to keep.

BC brings up a good point about some applications not starting. I don't use Windows for very much these days so it's rarely an issue for me. If that does happen you need to open ZoneAlarm's application control settings and give permissions to the non-starting application rather than waiting for the permission prompt that normally shows up when starting a new application.

shore's comment reminded me that I failed to mention browser security earlier. I use NoScript and ghostery. Here's a good Privasectech article on browser privacy/tracking issues that mentions them.
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13. BriarCraft
10:22 PM GMT on July 16, 2012
Are you shooting with the Fuji?

Yep. It's my one-and-only and will be for many years to come (fingers crossed).

I saw you mention DuckDuckGo on Sandi's blog. Tried it and liked it. I've been using Dogpile (no joke, that's really the name) for years to avoid going directly through the Google data-mine, but DuckDuckGo seems to have an even better privacy policy.

I just switched back to ZoneAlarm (from Avanquest), as even the paid subscription to ZoneAlarm Pro is a better deal than any of the other firewall/anti-virus programs. I'm not 100% happy with ZoneAlarm as it seems to have conflicts with a few games that ran just fine before but won't start now. Sometimes, you've just got to get creative to get that camera to hold still.

On my recent photo-taking expedition to Mt St Helens, I did take the tripod, but it was so windy at Windy Ridge (whodathunk?) that the tripod was seriously jiggling. I ended up bracing the camera on the roof of the car and even then ended up with several blurry shots. One man I saw used his wife's shoulder to brace his camera.
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12. plapman
1:09 PM GMT on July 16, 2012
GOOD MORNING gARDENgRRL. Thanks for shutting down the heat.
the photos of the firewoks are great. I think the little bit of shake adds to them.
Enjoy the day
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11. GardenGrrl
10:05 AM GMT on July 16, 2012
Good Morning All, it's what Monday? Shouldn't I be sleeping? lol

Hi Ylee, Comic Con is one of those things I'll go to win I come into lot's of money. It sounds soooo fun. We are lucky to have a couple Sci-Fi events here. To keep my geek girl cred going though, I may be planning a trip to Florida to see the Harry Potter fun park, and of course my family.

Hi Calpoppy, we have been having lot's of fronts etc come through (no rain though) so it has finally dropped the temps to something nice. Yes I still want a fancy camera with a zoom equivalent to what I have that shoots faster...Oh to get clear pics of birds taking flight. I bought a light weight tripod with the ball head. Unfortunately it tends to droop when I put the big teleconverter lens on my camera. Otherwise, it rocks for regular camera use.

Hi Rob, no problem. I haven't done all the blog catch up I'd like to either. Enjoyed the parts of Boldly Go that I read. You guys are really funny. Kind of like if Garrison Keilor took his stories Sci Fi.

Hi Sandi, Dang it's after five already. Going to have to run over to your blog.
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10. sandiquiz
9:20 AM GMT on July 16, 2012
Monday in the batcave - that sounds wrong! hehe

I posted a photo in my blog for you to see. It shows the quality on a shot taken on the digital zoom :)

It is "chucking it down" here and I am out for the day, so driving through it, which I hate!
Take care

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9. RobDaHood
8:44 PM GMT on July 15, 2012
Busy week so sorry for taking so long to check your blog.

Cool Pics!!!
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8. calpoppy
8:36 PM GMT on July 15, 2012
Hi GG! I like the last shot, pretty cool camera shake going on!

I am still big on camera gear, got myself a new tripod that has a ball head. Getting ready for retirement one day so I can play with all my gear!

Your weather sticker is saying 82, how nice is that!! I hope it keeps up for awhile.
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7. Ylee
7:14 PM GMT on July 15, 2012
I'm surprised no one has said anything about ComicCon this weekend; it was mentioned on public radio earlier in the week. One lady said Ray Bradbury, who had never missed one, will be missed greatly! :(

Hope your time at the batcave passes quickly!
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5. GardenGrrl
4:38 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Hi All, thanks for coming by. It's another HOT day here.
With the work schedule change we got up early to go to the local farmers market.
It opens at 8am and they were already out of eggs when we got there at 8:45.

Hi Briar, your first here and closed out my last blog. Am going to have to think up cool prizes. Really like your new blog. Are you shooting with the Fuji?

Hi Lowercal, I've heard that ZoneAlarm is good. My current anti-virus program Symantec is supposed to have a firewall with it. Wonder if we can have more than one firewall without gunking everything up? How's that for a precisely phrased technical question lol.

Hi Shore, So cool another white buffalo has been born. Whoever murdered the other one is looking at some nasty karma. The people who believe in the white buffalo are finding faith. So to all the haters, Nyah Nyah got another one ;) Good wins again.
That link to PrivSecTech is going to my favorites list.

Hi Sandi, Maybe I'm a cold war throw back, but Kaspersky being from out of Russia just makes me suspicious. I have heard that it's a good product though.
LOL on new camera. Glad you did the experiment of getting the fancy camera. I've been getting the bug again. Having you stay with point-n-shoots makes me get over wanting all the gear. Plus, all the shots you have been posting with the other Panasonic make it clear that point-n-shoots used right make great pictures.
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4. sandiquiz
8:46 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
I use Kaspersky on my computers - desk top and laptop. I had always used the free AVG version to protect my computer, but a friend of the family who works in the computer industry said they use nothing but Kaspersky. I know it has an annual charge, but I feel I am being perfectly protected, so it is worth it. I have it set to update every two hours, and scan the computer every hour.... all in the background, so I don't even know it is keeping an eye on the nasties for me!

Those firework shots are wonderful - I have taken many in the past just like it! Shake, rattle and roll!

I have a confession to make... I have ordered a new bridge camera... but did put my old one in part exchange, so that lessened the shock to my purse!
I have stayed with Panasonic and gone for the new "super zoom" FZ150. The reviews are outstanding, and the exemplar photos out of this world! I do get fed up of always having to change my lens when I use the Canon, from the 18-55 to the 55-250. That's why three years ago I bought the Tamron lens 28-300, to save me changing it, but it is SO heavy... definitely give me the shakes!
The new Panasonic has a whopping 25-600 zoom lens, and only weighs half of what the Canon weighs!
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3. shoreacres
2:41 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Remember when the white buffalo calf was killed in Hunt County? There's been another one born, this time in Connecticut. I know, I know - it feels like it ought to be South Dakota or something. Still, it's here and it's going to be named at the end of the month with a ceremony. You can read about it here.

Also, one of the very, very best sites for keeping up with all things security is PrivSecTech, a site out of Canada.

Here's an example of their posts, this one on scripts. They do have a good bit on Canadian regulation and such, which makes sense, but the posts are always understandable. Just a great site. I was was ahead of the curve on DNS-Changer because of them.
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2. LowerCal
1:53 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Very cool effect on the fireworks! :^)

I don't always use Windows but when I do I prefer ZoneAlarm. Stay safe, my friend.

I've used the free ZoneAlarm firewall for 10 years now. It's more effective than the Windows firewall but very easy to use. I used the free avast! antivirus for a long time too but I began needing to resolve conflicts with the firewall from time to time. ZoneAlarm recently integrated their firewall with one of most effective antivirus engines (Kaspersky) and it is also available in a free version. That's all I use now.
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1. BriarCraft
1:51 AM GMT on July 14, 2012

I love your Fireworks Spectacular!!!

You really got some spectacular effects.
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