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Choosing a laptop daypack

So I’m heading back to uni this October to start my Masters (shock horror!)  Two things I had to retire after finishing up my Bachelor’s was my Oakley Flak Pack (Version 1) daypack and my laptop which died 2 months after my last exam.  (Perhaps my 300000+ word honours thesis tired it out…. ) I’ve since bought a new laptop (well, it was new in 2011…. though with a quad core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 256Gb SSD, it still runs quick) so the search is now on before I head back to school to find a bag to carry it around in… Continue reading Choosing a laptop daypack

Review: Water purification methods- Filter vs. UV vs. Tablets

Background

I’ve just returned from my 2 week trek to Everest Base Camp, which took me from Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Periche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and a whole host of small villages in the Himalayas on the way back.

Across the entire journey (including Kathmandu), every guide book and travel advice centre highly recommends that any water consumed (unless it is bottled) be treated.  Whilst bottled water can be purchased along the trail, it can get very expensive as all these bottles need to be carried up on the backs of porters or animals (yaks, donkeys, or half yak/cow hybrids).  The empty bottles also pose a significant environmental problem as there is no immediate way to recycle such bottles in the mountains, nor any organised method to transfer the waste back to a place to be recycled.  Due to these reasons, trekkers are highly encouraged to take water from local sources, treat then consume. Continue reading Review: Water purification methods- Filter vs. UV vs. Tablets

Canon EOS 100D – Trial by Outback

My EOS 100D has arrived and in the nick of time too!  As my order also had extra batteries (of the lithium-ion type) and because Cameras Direct forgot to sign the dangerous goods form, the shipment was delayed, arriving on Friday 25th October, the day I was to leave for the outback.  Small mistake, but luckily the staff at CamerasDirect were able to quickly get a hold of Australia Post to sort it out (luckily I notified them after seeing the status update on the online tracker, when it didn’t arrive on time!) Continue reading Canon EOS 100D – Trial by Outback

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Review

There are many people out there who stake that “if you want to be a serious photographer, you need an SLR.”  I.e. you need the ability to change lens to suit the occasion.  You need to have total control of your shutter speed, depth of field and white balance.  You need to be able to drive a master speedlite with two slaves, want the capability to use your gradient filter kits and must have the capacity to capture high ISO pictures with low noise. More recently, you probably even want to shoot 1080p HD videos (no mention of shooting videos well, just shooting 1080p video). These are all assumed low level deliverables to the aforementioned high level objective. Continue reading Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Review