Archive | June 29, 2016

Sony’s Announced Delay In Camera Shipments Could Affect Nikon, Fuji, Pentax etc. IF Sensors Are Involved.

by Anura Guruge


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From “DPReview”, June 28, 2016. Click image to access original.


In 2015 it was estimated that Sony owned 40% of the sensor market — with it being known that Nikon, Fuji, Pentax and Olympus (among others) bought some or all of their sensors from Sony. Apple also relies on Sony sensors for the iPhones.

It is not clear from this announcement whether sensor manufacturing has been impacted. If so there could be a domino effect rippling across the whole market. One piece of ‘good news’ is that Apple has cut back on their demand for sensors with iPhones not selling as much as they used to. That could help.

So best to be on your guard over the next 3 months IF you are hoping to get a new camera. There could be delays. Heads up.


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Radio On ‘Nissan Quest SV’ 2015/2016 Disappointingly Anemic!

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The Nissan Quest SV minivan we bought, from ‘Somersworth Nissan‘, was would have to be categorized as an impulse buy. I had never even heard of the name “Quest” in terms of minivans. I was looking for a Nissan Pathfinder having driven 1,500+ miles on a rented one when we went to Yosemite. But Deanna and Tesichan had their hearts set on a minivan and this was to be Deanna’s vehicle rather than mine. So it was only fair that she got to chose. We didn’t do much of a test drive and Deanna drove throughout.

Looking back I now realize that during the test drive the radio was on the Sirius Demo channel. That sounded OK. And that is also the case with CDs. CDs sound fine. Not great, but definitely acceptable.

Not so with FM radio — at least with the major central New Hampshire stations. It is very tinny, underpowered and staticky. The radio on my 2002 Jaguar XJ8 is better — and that is saying something given the 14-year difference in technology. One of the problems, from what I can see, are that the front speakers are lame and badly positioned. They are mounted in the footwell so to speak and do not do a good job projecting the sound upwards. They would have been better off with 4 smaller speakers — 2 mounted higher up, either on top of the dash or on the door.

So be warned. If you are in the market for a Nissan Quest — check the radio and make sure that it meets YOUR requirements.

No we will not countenance an aftermarket upgrade. I guess that would be possible — for the right price. We will just live with it.


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PBS’ Fall 2016 “Masterpiece Theatre” Presentation “Churchill’s Secret” (From ITV) Looks Scrumptious!

by Anura Guruge


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Click here to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Use link below to access the original.

Click here to access the original PBS “Masterpiece” page.


There was a long trailer for this show at the end of the v. compelling first episode of “Dancing on the Edge“.

It is no secret that I am a huge and unashamed ‘Winston Churchill‘ devotee (who even had a big Golden named ‘Winston‘). I, having read many biographies of the Great Man (irrespective of what he felt about us brown (half-naked) fakirs), I was aware of this unfortunate episode of his life. The dramatization, focusing, of course, on his recovery, looked excellent. Can’t wait.

I will keep you posted. This is indeed something to look forward to when the Summer is over.


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PBS’ New “Dancing On The Edge” Is Quite The 1930s British Drama (Made By The BBC).

by Anura Guruge


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Click either image to access the PBS homepage for this show.


When I saw an ad. for the show, on PBS, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of a story. Thought it might end up with an anemic story line just as an excuse to showcase a lot of 1920/1930 black jazz music in Britain. But, I went ahead and recorded it BECAUSE we had seen references to such a black jazz band, of that era, both in “Downton Abbey” & “Mr. Selfridge“.

Today we watched Episode 1 (from Sunday). It exceeded all expectations. It was a good story. Illuminating and compelling. Ironically timely too — post Brexit with ‘Hate Crimes‘ on the rise. This episode highlights the persecution and discriminations black encountered in Britain in the 1930s (which in the scheme of things wasn’t that long ago). Goo jazz music too.

More like PBS’ “Call the Midwife” than “Downton” — and that is not a bad comparison. If you liked “Midwife” or “Home Fires” you would love this. Same ‘texture’. We are definitely looking forward to Episode 2 — and by ‘we’, I include my “Downton” & “Mr. Selfridge” connoisseur, 10-year old Teischan.

So definite ‘two thumbs up’ and my toes too for this show.


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