Where To Buy Memory Cards for Digital Cameras

Memory cards for digital cameras. If you don’t have one(or more) you are dead in the water and your fancy digital camera might as well be a door stop, or conversation piece for your coffee table. A digital camera memory card is to a digital camera or DSLR, what a roll of film or kodachrome (RIP) was to film cameras back in the day.

What Kind of Memory Cards for Digital Cameras Do I Need? 

For most of us memory cards for cameras in 2012 come in two different forms: compact flash and SDHC memory cards. The former tend to be used with higher end DSLR’s (My Nikon D300 takes compact flash) while the latter is mostly used in compact or more consumer based DSLR’s. One of the benefits of the SDHC cards over the compact flash is that they tend to be more compatible with other devices too and there’s a good chance your notebook Mac or PC will include a SDHC memory card reader built into the notebook, avoiding the need to use or carry an external memory card reader.

There are a few memory card types from Sony that tend to be less mainstream – their memorystick technology never really took the world by storm and it’s too soon to see if the Sony XQD technology will become mainstream. Right now, this is a very expensive memory card.

What About Memory Card Speed?

Like a lot of things in the technology world – the faster the better, and this applies to memory cards too as the faster the card the faster your camera can write the file to the card and is ready to take the next shot. The last thing you want to do is be left waiting while your memory card writes your file(s) to your memory card. Common speeds are 45Mb/s for SDHC memory cards and 30 to 90 MB/s for compact flash memory cards.

What Size of Memory Card Should I Buy For My Digital Camera?

I like to buy the biggest memory card I can buy for the best price I can find online. This may require some time and patience but you can get some really good deals on camera memory if you shop around. I tend to shoot JPEG vs RAW so my space requirements are much less than a RAW shooter with a high megapixel digital camera. I have an 8GB card in my Nikon D300 that’s been just fine for years, and I have never run out of room.

Where To Buy Memory Cards for Digital Cameras 

I like Amazon for lots of memory cards due to the fact that I have an Amazon Prime membership, so shipping is fast and free, but you should also check Adorama and** B+H** for Digital Camera memory cards too as they often feature deals on memory cards as well from time to time too.

When Will The 2012 Mac Mini Release Date Be?

I am writing this on a** 2011 Apple Mac Mini. It’s the higher end model, and my wife works with the lower end model too. We’re a Mac Mini family. But both of these apple Mac Minis were released in 2011, not this year – and that means they are a year old now, out of warranty and slowly becoming obsolete. We would love to buy new Apple Mac Mini’s but there’s one problem. Apple has not released them yet. The only brand new Apple computer we have seen is the **MacBook Pro Retina display, and even that model is a few months old now

When I think the Mac Mini Release Date Will Be

The Apple Mac Mini is one of the more popular computers due to the fact that they are the cheapest Apple Mac you can buy. They are not the Apple computer under $500, but they are close. If you shop around you can buy a Mac Mini for a small discount  – about $35.00 on Amazon, MacMall or** Best Buy** for even less than the Apple Store charges. And speaking of the Apple Store, one way to get a cheap Mac Mini is to check the refurbished Apple Mac Mini section on the Apple Store online. It’s hit and miss with stock, but if you’re willing to wait this is the only way to buy a Mac under $500.00.

Another reason for the popularity of the Mac MIni is the fact that these make excellent home theater or audio servers. You don’t need fancy software of any kind. All you need is the free iTunes and some sort of wireless connector for your TV or stereo – usually in the form of an airport express or Apple TV. You don’t need a monitor once you’ve got the Mac Mini set up for serving your movie and music files and you can control the Mac Mini via your Apple iPhone thanks to the free Apple remote software.

All this said, there’s more than one computer from Apple we’re waiting for we haven’t seen a release date for the iMac either yet, or the Mac Pro yet too. All the rumors for the Mac Pro seem to state 2013 for it, but we could see a brand new Apple iMac release as early as September 2012. We’re already into the end of August, so that doesn ‘t leave much time and Apple usually refreshes the iPod line in the fall too to grab a good share of the holiday shopping season. We might even see an iPad 4 by the end of the year too.

So when to squeeze a Mac Mini release into all that? The Mac Mini would be a better choice than a new iMac release due to the cost and use as a media servier so I think that this will come first. When, I have no idea but my guess would be either late fall or early in January 2013 we should see a faster processor (probably the same as the MacBook Pro’s) and probably a ram increase too to 8GB of RAM with a maximum of 16GB for the Mac Mini instead of the current 8GB maximum Apple recommends.

Of course, I could be wrong with all of this and Apple could wait until later in 2013 and continue to sell the best selling computer in their lineup, the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, as these are 2012 Apple computers already. Like a lot of things in life, only time will tell when the final release date for the Apple Mac Mini will be.


We Buy Things We Don't Need With Money We Don't Have To Impress People We Don't Like

Pretty freaky title, eh? This is  just a test of my odd little skillset with this article. The phrase above is what gets searched for on Google the most so far out of all the other stuff  I have written to date on this site.


This, my friends is called the long tail in the land of internet marketing  -  I’ll never rank for the word husband on Google. (I think I should rank for number 1 husband, but then hey, I am biased. ) But I will rank for this title once I hit the submit button.  I’m already getting searches for it, yet this topic has never appeared here before.

Imagine what would happen if I actually wrote about the above? So with that in mind:


If there's one thing  I have learned since being married is that you don't need a lot of stuff or to impress a whole lot of people. Ever wonder how you see those old guys with socks and sandals on the beach, or just checking the mail or doing yardwork in the front yard and you think - who dresses these guys? You see, they don't care or don't need to impress anybody. They are happy not spending money on stuff they don't need to impress strangers. > > > > This is one thing to say all this, but in practice - it's harder in real life. We want to  live in the  cool place, drive the cool car and wear the cool clothes. We want to fit in. Well, most of us - some of us are happy being the odd ball - just ask me how I know. Back to my point : I'd love to buy a new[ Hyundai Veloster](https://www.hyundaiusa.com/vehicles/2013/veloster/?), and one of the reasons is pure vanity  - it looks cool. Besides, I'm middle aged, and I'm due for something sporty. But, here's the thing: Despite that the air conditioning is gone, and BW seems to think that due to this fact we need to [buy a new car](http://tidyhusband.com/she-wants-to-buy-a-mazda-cx-5/) (we don't)  our  little car gets around town just fine. > > > > Eventually we'll have to buy a new car, but when we do we'll buy the car we want to fit our needs, one we can afford and one where we could care less what the neighbours think. Why? Because here's what happens when you buy a new car: You get one, maybe two nice comments about your new set of wheels when you park it in your driveway, but after that the only one left to impress is you. And the thing with new is that new becomes the new old, and within weeks you've got cheerios behind the seat cushions on the new car. You've become acclimatized to the new. The new, is  no longer the new new, but the new old. You're bored with the old new. But, you're making payments on it -  for another 72 months. Ouch > > > > But what if you stopped spending money you don't have on stuff you don't need to impress others? You spend less, you save more. Maybe you travel more and because you do, and can afford to, because you stopped buying crap -  your wife now thinks you're the world's biggest hero. > > > > It's time to start impressing the people that matter to you, and not some stranger at a stoplight. > >

show your wife  you can  do it

See? about 200 words or so on the topic. I could keep going, but I made my point:** Stop buying crap you don’t need - take your wife to Paris instead.** (note to BW:  this is not a promise - just saying)

I do this all day long. I write articles just like this. I try to answer a question if  I can, because everybody’s always searching for something and me too - you’re never too  old to learn new things. Here’s a few questions I have in my head from just today:

How to keep your wife from losing her marbles?

How to replace a concrete front porch

How to get the dog to stop barking at the UPS guy

How to convince your wife you need a new lens for your camera

How to tell your wife she doesn’t need to buy more shoes

and on and on and on..

What happens, is that after a bit of time, all the articles I have written start to make me money. On one site I’ve written 440 articles and have made over ten thousand dollars this year to date. In my underwear - at five in the morning (apologies for the mental image). The math works out to about 36 dollars a year for every article I add to my site on average. Some, make me no money but others make me lots to make up for the ones that don’t. This works the same as the movies or the music industry - the hits pay for the duds, and then some - but until you make them, there’s no guarantee what will be what.

The solution? Write more.

The $1000 challenge

What I love about what I do is that once you have data, you can make more money.  I know I will get some visitors here based on the title of this article alone.  I also know that if I’m making ten grand with 400 articles, I can make 30 grand with 1200, or thereabouts.  So, that’s what I intend to do - make 30k a year in brand new income. This won’t take me too long. I’m a third of the way done. I can’t say it will take me 90 days, or even 3 years, but eventually if you throw enough mud at the wall some will stick.

Why am I doing this? For one reason, and one reason only: BW doesn’t believe I can, and she’s the only person I need to impress. I can talk about  how I’m going to make more money, but until she actually sees the cash-ola she’s not going to believe me. You know the saying: “Money talks, bullshit walks”?  And right now I’m producing more of the latter and less of the former.  I intend to  change that, and a grand a month seems like a manageable goal to start with.

A grand a month works out to 33.00 a day or so, and assuming I make $3/month for each article, I need to write about 350 or so more and what better way to make myself accountable to this half baked idea than to write it down here? Assuming each one takes me an hour, there’s no reason why I should not be able write 5 a day x 5 days = 25 articles a week. Somedays I may write more, some less, and I could even cheat and outsource the work to India, but for this first thousand bucks I won’t - I’ll do the work myself. So 100 articles a month = 3.5 months = $1000 a month in new income by Christmas 2012  - that’s the goal. If I push myself I want to have 1000 articles written by year’s end published

The beauty of this is the more you write, the more questions you can answer. I never knew that somebody was searching for this, but I do now. Here’s a few other searches I rank for on Google with this site: (the numbers are how many times this site has come up in Goog;e’s search results). God, I wish I knew the answer to the second question. 

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Pretty funky list eh?  If I wrote how to buy cheap weed,  how to feed the dog, how much is a  mazda CX-5, where can I see a dog  drinking beer. - one article on each, I’d get not only more visitors for those terms but those articles would produce even more terms and add to this list.  The idea list is pretty much nonstop. I have a spreadsheet with over 25,000 keywords to write about - that should keep me pretty busy. ?

That’s it. I need to make a $1000 a month by the holidays in new income. All because of a pretty smile. (and to prove to her that I can do this)

Also, when people ask us what we both do - We can both say ‘we’re writers’. Aren’t you impressed? ?










B is for Botanical

Today, we went to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens for a wander and to see how the rich people live. I mean, look at the sunroom in this place!


and BW is really, really jealous of their front garden. I thought ours was pretty good, but holy smokes will ya have a look at this. Can you imagine their tax bill? or water bill?


And once inside, boy I thought we had a lot of plants but these folks sure do have a lot, and look what they have in the middle of their living room:


A very big globe. I told BW ‘no touching, keep your hands in your pockets’ but she didn’t listen. (Sigh, wives) ?

But..we did see some very very nice flowers out and about today. Let me show you around…







As you can see, these folks must have a gardener, where here at home it’s just us to toil away at our garden we bought on eBay.  But, at least we got to go out into the world on a nice summer day and see some sights and flowers, and for Buffalo -  and all the jokes this was a really nice place to visit and we’d happily go visit here again, and will.

Enjoy your weekend!


Terra Firma

I thought I was a goner.

fast truck

A new wide angle lens, a nice summers’ eve and a bridge to walk up seems like a good idea, yes?

Until you do it.

Things I must remember before walking up to the top of a bridge above the niagara river:

I can’t swim

I’m afraid of heights.

It started off as a nice little adventure.  I left BW at home reading a book, grabbed the camera and my old school manual focus lens and I was off.

boat sunset

And from the bottom of the Grand Island Bridge, this wasn’t such a bad idea…

But as I walked up to the top I realized something else: the bridge shakes! A lot! The sidewalk is designed for passengers and all but boy can you feel every shake, rattle and roll the bridge makes as the traffic whizzes by.



and I sure as heck wasn’t going to look down over the railing at all that water Boaters

But I soldiered on and made it to the top of the bridge.

blue bridge

and then before you know it, it got dark.


And I rode off into the sunset…

sunset on grand island bridge

The End.