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13 Jun Hilary & Ryan Hitte Wedding Highlights

Hilary & Ryan Hitte Wedding Highlights Hilary & Ryan were married Friday, May 13th 2011 at the beautiful Beacon Hill Golf & Country Club in Commerce, MI. The weather was absolutely perfect, with a blue sunny sky for their outdoor ceremony overlooking a gorgeous lake scene...

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19 Mar Full Perigee Moon Over Tampa Skyline

This gorgeous moon will not be around next until 2029 so I wanted to be sure and catch it this time around! I located it's projected position and then found myself the perfect spot to grab it over the Tampa skyline, 10 minutes after...

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11 Mar HP Z3100 Drive Belt Replacement How-To Video

This video details step by step, how to replace the drive belt in a HP Z3100 24" printer. The same procedures can be followed for the Z2100, Z3200 and 44" models with minimal differences. It includes removing the window, top cover, front panel, front cover,...

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09 Mar A Lesson In Customer Service – a.k.a. What NOT To Do

A Lesson In Customer Service - a.k.a. What NOT To Do So a couple weeks ago I had one of my printers go down with a fairly common routine problem, the rubber drive belt for the carriage assembly wore out.  No big deal, they only last so long and need to be swapped every couple years or so depending on use, and mine certainly gets a lot of use! HP offers an exceptional on-site warranty service program, but it's also an exceptionally large amount of money starting at several hundred dollars per year.  If I was running the printer a lot more say in a dedicated production environment this would be a no brainer deal, sign me up!  However I only print for myself and a relatively small selection of clients so I can't justify that kind of expense, especially when I am capable of doing just about everything myself.  For giggles I checked how much this one repair would cost, and it was nearly $1,000!  It included an on-site HP tech, repair, replacement, cleaning and calibration and would take a few hours to complete.
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02 Mar Jen & Mike’s Wedding Album

Jen & Mike got to see their wedding album for the first time tonight and take home some treats!  The main album is a 14"x18"" 60 page wonder, with custom blue Italian leather covering, a metallic print insert and debossment on the cover.  The layouts...

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12 Feb Adventures In iPhone Calling

I may be the last person on the planet to 'discover' smartphones, but I assure you I had my reasons.  Let me start out by telling you up front if you are an experienced smartphone/iPhone user you are surely not going to gleam a shred of helpful information out of this article.  HOWEVER if you are like me, keep reading, it might save you some hassle! What is this all about you ask?  Simple.  I just spent the better part of a day setting up, configuring, customizing, etc. my new iPhone 4, coming from a non-smartphone.  Most of that could have been better spent had certain things been better explained or designed and this is an accounting of my experience with solutions, should anyone else happen upon it. First a little background on me, lest you think I'm just some idiot rambling about how I couldn't figure out how to install iTunes (kidding).  I was an IT Manager for a decade, quit years ago to follow my dream of being a full time commercial and wedding photographer, owning and  Our household consists of a desktop PC, an uber desktop PC, a PC laptop, a Macbook, a couple iPhones and a smattering of gadgets and gizmos like AppleTV,Wii, etc.  I have some very custom goings on such as a home made kaleidescape system utilizing a 4TB Drobo and the AppleTV, my main editing rig with 9TB of mixed RAID storage, all watercooled, etc.  I know my way around technology to say the least. All that being said, the iPhone experience left me with some strange looks, a lot of Google searches and then some expletives directed at Apple.  This is going to be in no particular order, just as things come to mind, so my aim is that someone somewhere will save some hassle in going through the same thing! Battery life. I chose the iPhone over all the other choices based on a select few points that are very important to me, as a business owner.  First and foremost battery life.  I use the crap out of my phone.  Notice I said - PHONE.  Yes I realize that the phone is probably the last part of this handheld computer people are concerned with these days but to me, that's what I need most.  The iPhone has excellent battery life and has awesome call quality - not only on my end but on the client end as well.  Especially the speakerphone!   Using certain features of the phone has taught me what does and does not need to be used in certain situations to preserve that great battery life.  I played around with navigation/GPS the first night.  After a 1 hour drive, the battery had expired 25%! OK revelation #1 - to use the navigation/GPS for anything more than a spot check - the phone should be plugged in to a car charger.
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22 Apr Night Beach Shoot

Night time landscapes are fun, especially at the beach! The only better is when it's not raining and you can see the stars! [gallery]...

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15 Jan How-to: Get Blu-Ray Movies on Apple TV

After a few solid days of experimentation, trial-and-error, reading dozens of forums/threads, trying every suggestion found - I have finally arrived at a method for easily getting your Blu-Ray collection onto/through your Apple TV.  This directly correlates to my previous article on creating a DIY...

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