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In This Day And Age…

I just don’t understand how freaking hard it is to install the equipment necessary to have wifi on all aircraft.

Wifi makes a flight go by what seems 3-4 times faster.

You know how airlines charge extra for checked luggage? In our case $25 more per bag on US Airways for a total of $50 for our one way flight. They should refund you for the total technological failure of not having wifi on all flights in the year 2013. The FAA should shut these goddamn airlines down that don’t have wifi. Fine the shit out of them. Ground these planes til they get their act together.

How is a media giant supposed to keep his finger on the bleeding edge of what is going on for his legions of loyal followers?

Listen, take a couple grease monkeys off safety check duty and get them up inside the cabin installing the necessary equipment to provide wifi. Cancel drink service for a couple weeks, use a lower grade toilet paper in the toilettes. Charge me up for the wifi, I don’t care. I’ll feel a whole lot better about paying for wifi rather than a checked bag, that’s fer shizzy.

Somebody get me a direct line to the CEO of US Air STAT, maybe I can explain to him or her just how important it is.

Bruce Tarr, Ann Margaret, forget about such pithy things like people losing their homes on Plum Island to major storms, let’s focus on much more critical agendas like making sure your boy Joey C has wifi on all his flights.

Thank you for your attention to this serious matter.

Next politician that tackles this matter automatically gets my endorsement. Fiscal cliff, fiscal schmiff, let’s solve the important matters first. Calls for an emergency meeting of the executive branch, no?

Give me wifi on all aircraft or give me death. Enough dickin’ around.

The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 6

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In this episode- GloucesterCast Listener Poll results, One Hour at A Time Gang Shout Out, St Joseph’s Novena Crawl, Gloucester Glacier, Harbor Porpoise and Common Dolphin, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment, Kenny’s Gloucester Pizza Map, Cow Poop, Tech Talk- iPad & iPad2

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    GMG Tech Talk- Flip Video Cameras

    Much like yesterday’s tech talk post about the iPad I’m going to share my opinions on some of the popular new technology that has been gaining the hearts of consumers and what I like and think is downright stupid about them.

    Today I would like to explain my feelings about pocked HD video cameras that have been become relatively popular in the past two or three years.  There are brands like the Flip,Kodak Zi, and Sony Bloggie. You may have heard about them or seen someone use them.  They are small, pocketable and pretty convenient for capturing video on the go.

    If anyone remembers my adventure into buying a DSLR for use taking pictures for GMG, here is a post from July 2009 when I had decided to sell the original camera used for taking pictures and video for the blog to upgrade to a DSLR.  I sold my original Sony DSC H3 and bought a Nikon D40 and within a day of making the purchase I regretted it terribly.  The reason I regretted it terribly was because when capturing the amount of content for the blog that I do I found that I absolutely needed to have the camera on my person.  A big bulky DSLR that was up in the office when a rare lobster came in or in the truck when I wanted to capture something in a shop downtown was absolutely useless to me.  The adage I heard (and unfortunately don’t remember who to attribute it to) of “The best camera is the one you have with you” is without question the principal which dictates my camera buying ever since my foray into the realm of the chunky DSLR.

    The original GMG camera the Sony DSC H3

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    The Nikon D40 DSLR which I owned for two days before returning-

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    I realized that the smaller pocketable Sony was doing a great job for the blog and immediately missed it.  It took video but not HD video which was something that was becoming more and more popular at the time.  After researching a bit more I found just the camera- it was the camera I use currently- a Sony DSC H20. The H20 was simply the next generation of the original camera I owned, the Sony DSC H3.  It had a nice zoom for capturing stuff that was happening across the harbor like the H3 had but it added HD video recording which is my passion.  The interviews for me are the most fun so being able to capture interviews in HD in a pocketable camera in HD and also take great pictures in that same camera is the perfect combination. No extra video camera, all in one solution, on my person, all the time.

    The Sony DSC H20 (the current GMG Camera for your boy Joey)-

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    So this is where I get to the part where I explain why I think the small Flip cameras are a stupid idea.

    Much like the iPad gives you way less functionality than a small laptop computer for a whole lot more money, the pocket video cameras give you way less functionality than a small form camera that also takes great photos.  The small flip cameras have smaller lenses and thereby take much less quality video and video than a camera with image stabilization and a larger lens not to mention the fact that the pocket camera like the Sony DSC H20 take great pictures IN ADDITION TO video for a tiny fraction more money.  so people don’t be fooled by gimmicks.  if you want a small video camera look no further than the current point and shoots that incorporate HD video along with decent photo taking.

    You can read about the more popular pocket video cameras here on CNET reviews

    Flip Slide HD pocket video camera-

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    Am I missing something?  I encourage other tech nerds like myself to chime in and give your opinions.