One for the carelessness hall of fame

I own a small kitchen scale that I use for weighing some of my meals (for diet purposes). It often sits on my stove, which is one of those flat glass electric models. Today I wanted to make some soup, so I put the pot on the stove and turned on the burner. The wrong burner. I was in the other room when I smelled something funny, and I went into the kitchen to see toxic smoke everywhere and the scale melting on the stovetop. The scale is toast, and I’m hoping that the stove can be cleaned up. Stupid.

Too good not to share

I got this e-mail from a disgruntled ‘customer’ whom I’m apparently disrepecting. I’ll leave his name out of it, but will post the message for your enjoyment:
You have very nice review that I preferred over dpreview but…
I was probably one of your most loyal reader but I’m not because your reviews are so often delayed and for many days… it’s too much for me. To me it’s a mark of no respect. I could understand 1, 2 or 3 days once in a while due to rain, but you abuse too many times for too many days of my sympathy. Sorry ! I ban your site and removed the link from my own website.
Bye and good luck.
A frustrated user that waited too much too often !!!

My thoughts:

  • Rain delays do happen — I need clear skies for my test photos
  • Last week was spent writing a preview of a yet-to-be-announced camera
  • I have many other tasks besides writing reviews
  • Don’t let the door hit you on the way out

Finally!

I haven’t had much to report on my diet for several weeks, since I seemed to have hit a plateau. This week I finally broke through, and I’m now lost 16.5 pounds since I started WeightWatchers back in late October. Yay for me!

An unfortunate change is coming

For 12 years, the reviews on the DCRP site have been one long page. I like it, and according to a survey I did two years ago, so do most of my readers.
Unfortunately, times are tough, and things have to change. I recently received two ad proposals that wanted to buy a certain ad size (300 x 250) on my site. Their budget was enormous, but I could only take advantage of maybe 1/6 of it, because I just don’t have enough page views — and thus ad impressions — to deliver.
Let’s assume that Site A has a review one page long, with a single 300 x 250 ad on it. Site B has their review spread out over eight pages, each of those having a 300 x 250 banner. That means that, in theory at least, they’re getting 8 times as many ad impressions as Site A in their reviews. Thus, you could sell a lot more ad space, and generate more revenue.
Thus, at some point in the near future, I will start splitting reviews into four pages. The pages will include:

  • Intro and What’s in the Box
  • Look and Feel
  • Tests and Conclusion
  • Photo gallery

I’m going to need to redesign both the appearance of the reviews and the back end that handles them in order to make this happen. This isn’t a decision I’m making lightly, but after watching tens of thousands of dollars vanish in front of my eyes, it has to happen — especially after how bad 2008 turned out to be.

Have you seen this lens?

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If you’ve looked at cheap compact cameras, then you’ve probably seen this lens before. It’s an F3.1-5.9, 3X zoom lens, with a focal range of 6.3 – 18.9 mm.
While it doesn’t bother me that various camera manufacturers use the same lens (and who knows who actually manufacturers it), it does seem a bit misleading that they put their brand name on it.
This compilation of product shots also shows you how Photoshopped some of them can be!