Archive | February 15, 2017

MMG Insurance, Based In Maine & V. Helpful, Has This Handy Tips For Ice Dam and Snow Load Dangers.

by Anura Guruge


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

Click here to access full post from the MMG Website.


I have been very impressed with MMG Insurance — as I made very clear in this post.

I think this is my 3rd year with them.

Got an e-mail this morning with this link. Good post. I knew most of it but it was fun to read it all.

Wanted to SHARE it with YOU, if you too live in an area that gets a LOT of snow.


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Today Is Galileo Galilei’s Birthday — Born February 15, 1564.

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Click here for Wikipedia entry.


Galileo facing the Vatican Inquisition by Cristiano Banti.

Galileo facing the Vatican Inquisition by Cristiano Banti.


Google Did do One Google Doodle,
in 2009,

but NONE for his birthday!

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Prior to his (controversial burial (because he had been labelled a HERETIC by the Vatican)) burial, three fingers and a tooth were removed from his remains. One of these fingers, the middle finger from Galileo’s right hand, is currently on exhibition at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy — FROM Wikipedia.

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More Bad News From Nikon Might Signal A Much-Needed Re-Trenching/Consolidation Of The Digital Camera Market.

by Anura Guruge


Another BAD NEWS Press Release
from Nikon on February 13, 2017.

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Click to ENLARGE. You can find original Press Release at Nikon.com.


This Press Release right on the heels of the one that
the much anticipated 1″ DL compacts have been cancelled.


Mobile phones with high-quality camera capability have been steadily eating into digital camera sales for the last few years.

It is finally beginning to take a heavy toll. Nikon could be the first to stumble.

Nikon currently, per DPReview, has 250 cameras on its books. That is crazy.

Canon has 278, Sony 277, Olympus 243, Fujifilm 239, Panasonic 193 and Pentax 135.

That is a total of 1,615 digital cameras from 7 camera manufacturers — at an average of 230 per vendor.

I have consistently maintained that this is too many. Each camera that you keep on your books costs money.

Nikon announced 14 new cameras in 2016 — 3 of them being the 1″ DL compacts that were cancelled yesterday.

Nikon and the others MUST cut back on new releases. We do NOT need so many variants at so many different price points.

Just a couple of good ones, at the low, medium and high bands.

The camera industry has ALREADY seen a sea change in vendors. Kodak, Polaroid and Agfa are no longer the market leaders they one were.

We have seen such dramatic shifts in leadership in the computer industry. Once famous names, now no more; e.g., NCR, Burroughs, CDC, Univac, DEC, DG, Wang, Stratus, Sun etc. etc.

The same WILL happen to these digital camera vendors. Mark my word.


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ENIAC, A Landmark Early Digital Computer, Was Unveiled 71 Years Ago — On February 15, 1946.

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The ENIAC powered by vacuum tubes.


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Click to ENLARGE from view here. From Wikipedia at: “History_of_computing_hardware”

You can see where the ENIAC came in.

It wasn’t a ‘first’ per se, but it was very influential. Note that it was a decimal computer. Aaaaahhh!


IF you have never heard of the ENIAC there is not much point waxing lyrical about it to you, other than just pointing out that it was rather significant in the early history of digital computers.

Those that know of the ENIAC will, of course, savor the significance.

The Wikipedia entry for the ENIAC is a good place to start.

71 years ago. That is not that long. 8 years before I was born. There are, of course, MANY who were alive, and even adults, at the time.

Computers aren’t that old.

Some of you may have heard of UNIVAC the company. UNIVAC got its name from a computer that was a successor to the ENIAC.


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