Tuesday: 27.June.2006

Letter from the Rad in-box (Carlos from Colorado)

Here's a note pulled from the Rad in-box .. from Carlos, who lives in .. well, you'll see. Always good to get notes from loyal Rad readers. See here:

Hi Rad,

Your site is on my daily list of quick-reads. I have to give you some credit for where I am now.

Back in 2000 or 2001, I had a new 1GHz, Dell tower. While still under warrantee, the hard drive died. Then the replacement drive also died. (I think they were both Deathstars.)

When the Dell tech came over, and unscrewed my case, and replaced the hard drive, I was like “Whoa! That doesn't look very difficult.” I decided I would learn how to build a computer myself.

Since I had already been burned by data loss and the annoyance of having to reinstall Windows, I turned to your Ghost guide for help *before* I had another problem.

••• continued •••

Gradually I discovered how useful your other guides were, and finally found your personal blog. I initially bookmarked it because I figured any new guides would be linked there. But as time passed, I became interested in your personal life, as presented on your blog.

What a rollercoaster ride it has been, with all the ups and downs. Thanks for doing this. It's great to read when you are reunited with the bug, and heart-wrenching when things don't go so well.

Your blog helped me decide to go back to school (for a Master's in telecommunications from Univ of Colorado, Boulder, ITP), and continued to be an inspiration for me to branch out on the Internet and get involved with various communities.

After schooling at CU, I landed a job with IBM Global Services and worked on a network team there. (Where I had control over big sites such as Washington Mutual ... with a few key strokes, or a cable too-jiggled, I could take down the entire site.)

Two years later I felt confident enough with my knowledge of Internet communities and all-things-computer-related to join a small startup called HiveLive.com. Been doing that for over a year now. I can say Radified was a factor in helping me get here.

I live between Brooklyn and Boulder. My startup is headquartered (in a basement) in Louisville, Colorado. I am originally from Boulder, but my wife is studying art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

I normally keep an apartment in Brooklyn (tho not this summer, long story…) and fly to Colorado to work with the guys every month. I have also lived in North Carolina and Palo Alto, as well.

Best of luck and thanks!

Carlos R.
Director, Community Development
HiveLive, Inc.
Louisville, CO. 80027

PS: I am a big fan of digital cameras. I read your guide, and agree that Canon is a great brand. I've had 3 different Canon SLR bodies since '92 and a host of Canon EOS lenses (or 3rd-party EOS lenses), a G3, and a Powershot Pro1. They have a great feel and produce great images.

But the Fuji Finepix series, especially the F10 / F11, and now the F30, have really strong feature sets that can't be ignored – such as ISO 1600, or even 3200 for the F30, with noise comparable to a Nikon D70s (at least according to the dcresource review).

Resolution surpasses that of nearly all 8MP sub dSLR cameras. It also is quick and accurate to focus, has a 2.5” LCD, superb battery life, and of course, is very pocketable. Haven't seen an official review of the F30 yet (just released this month), but I see no reason why it won't continue the tradition of excellence established by the F10 / F11.

Posted by Rad at June 27, 2006 12:48 PM


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