October 12th, 2005


time for another "if I were dictator"

I'd give everyone a free name change once they turn 18 years old. No reason needed, just call a 1-800 number then BAM! They'd need to keep it for at least a year after which they could change it back. Sometimes we need to try on a new identity.

Note: On a previous IIWD about two years ago, I made it a crime to play a car stereo loud enough to be heard 50 feet away from the car. I'm upping the sentence for a first offense to 15 years in jail. This was brought on by the gentleman who's been parking his red car in the alley behind my apartment who seems to thinks everyone in a 2 block radius likes his crappy bass-laden rap music.

if you have a digital camera...

Know that there have been some problems with CCD sensor failures on some cameras manufactured between October 2002 and March 2004. There's a listed of models with problems reported at imaging-resource.com towards the bottom of the page.

My camera (Sony DSC-P92) was listed so I checked the Sony Support page which had this notice:

"Important Notice About Your Sony Product

Posted: 10/03/2005

Thank you for your support and patronage of Sony products.

It has recently come to our attention that a limited number of products, manufactured prior to March 2004, that incorporate a certain type of image sensor device (CCD) may exhibit the following:

* When the product is used in camera mode, the LCD panel and/or electronic viewfinder exhibits either a distorted image or no image at all.

We have determined that this only occurs in a limited number of devices, but may be accelerated if they are exposed to hot and humid environments.

From October 3, 2005 through October 2, 2007, Sony will repair, free of charge, affected products exhibiting the above-mentioned problem where it is caused by the image sensor device. Sony will also cover the cost of shipping and handling to service to correct this issue.

Please contact the Sony Customer Information Services Center for further assistance at 1-866-703-7669."

I haven't had any problems yet but I'll keep this in mind. If you've had problem like this you might want to check to see if your camera is listed on the link above.
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ok Brits, meet the rightful King (maybe)

Tue Oct 11,11:21 AM ET JERILDERIE, Australia (AFP) - If Australian forklift operator Mike Hastings is, as genealogists contend, the rightful heir to the British throne, then he really needs to brush up on his tea-making skills. ...

"I reckon I might send Lizzie (Queen Elizabeth II) a bill for back rent, the old girl's family have been living in my bloody castle for the last 500 years." ...

Perhaps surprisingly, Hastings is also a committed republican. He took Australian citizenship six months ago and believes the country should ditch its ties to the British monarchy.

"I just think Australia is big enough to stand on its own two feet without having to rely on those old links," he said.

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