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Hi everybody,

At some point soon I want to buy:

1. a digital camera
I want a good one that's smallish/portable but it doesn't have to be amazing. I just want to throw it in my bag and take photos when I'm out and about.

2. an external hard drive
I'm looking for a cheap one. I need to start backing up my laptop at home which has a lot of music, some photos and other general files.

Any recommendations?

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wcu
Sep. 19th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
whitaker and i both use the canon sd models... they are pretty rad for really small cameras that take good pictures. they arent very expensive either.. i have the canon sd100, i think the sd400 is their newest model
ljkrissy
Sep. 22nd, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info!
janinedog
Sep. 22nd, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
I own and love my Western Digital USB drive. It's bigger than a thumbdrive (mine's 40GB, though you can get bigger), but the physical size is much smaller than most external drives, so it's really easy to carry around. And it's pretty. :)
ljkrissy
Sep. 22nd, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'll check it out -- thanks Janine!
koapthesql
Sep. 23rd, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
hi! just thought i'd throw 2 cents in b/c everyone asks me about digital camera recommendations.

you can't go wrong with a canon or a nikon, either a digital elph, or a nikon coolpix s1/s2. Both take great pictures. Another idea is the Sony T7 or the Casio Exilim. I used to sell all 4 brands and have played with them quite a bit. I like the Nikon personally, but I say go with what "feels right".

i would go with the usb drive as well, to whomever recommended that. I keep hearing nightmares about Firewire drives on Mac OR PC, and I did another thing: I took an old internal 40GB HD and put it in what's called a hard drive enclosure that has firewire/usb on the back of it, and you can use it as an external HD. It killed it under firewire, sadly enough. But it's another way to go.

have a great day. =)
ljkrissy
Sep. 24th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for your info -- another friend of mine recommended the Exilim. :)
beckyo
Sep. 23rd, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
Just last week I bought a Western Digital external HD. 160 Gb, and after rebates ($60 worth) it will end up costing me $99. I love it already. USB, plug and play. The software that came with it was primarily for running scheduled backups, so I didn't even install it. All I wnated to do was to be able to clear off my other HD and store files.
ljkrissy
Sep. 24th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for your recommendation. I love rebates!
iam_emperor
Sep. 24th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
If you are looking for a camera, i would suggest the Pentax Optio S4i. It is a 4MP camera that uses SD cards and has the added bonus of fitting inside an altoids tin. Or a cigarette box, if thats your thing. Hidden in plain sight, but always handy.
ljkrissy
Sep. 24th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
thanks!
shoorinen
Sep. 24th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
i don't use any external drives so i can't say anything... camera - only sony or canon. they design their own technologies and use high quality lenses whereas other companies take their features. choose canon ixus, theese gadgets're pretty good
ljkrissy
Sep. 25th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Oh that's good to know about Sony and Canon. Thank you!
julymale
Sep. 25th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
storage
is it my hope to keep it all the web somewhere. i use web-based email, nothing is kept in any of my devices' storage- phone (when you gotta keep the other hand on the wheel), EVDO pda (awesome!), laptop (rarely use b/c of pda), desktop (when you gotta vege at home); pictures- uploaded, primary: yahoo photos, secondary: flickr to show the world where i've been! (keep the rest private); eh, music and other large files, eh, ok, external drive, but someday, someday..
ljkrissy
Sep. 25th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
Re: storage
It's in interesting thought to keep everything online...
dorkmatt
Sep. 26th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
dork's recommendations
1. The small Canon's are nice, I've only used the SD-10 (cig pack size, no optical zoom which is lame, but quick UI to learn, decent night quality with the shutter held open); I think they have an SD-20 now. Debora @ the office has a small Canon with optical zoom, slightly larger then a cig pack, might want to poke her.

2. For my homemade tIvo (MythTV), I'm using a 400Gb external Seagate drive. It's got USB2 and Firewire. The nice thing, it's already in a case, has all the right cables, isn't super loud and best of all.. Seagate has a 5 year warranty; Maxtor is like a year.
ljkrissy
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: dork's recommendations
It seems like it's a unanimous vote for Canon, pretty much. Although now I'm being told I need a better camera phone too, sigh. Thanks for your info!
veroz
Oct. 6th, 2005 08:29 am (UTC)
http://woot.com/

Currently listed is a 8.1MP digicam. It's small and will get the job done. And it's 8.1MP, that makes me drool. My old ass cam only has 2.1MP
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