How to start using the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II film scanner

Many people rave about the image quality and features of the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II film scanner, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s easy to start using — especially if your goal is to make the highest resolution scans possible. I had trouble figuring it out myself at first, so wrote this post to clearly explain everything to you, to save you the trouble. Continue reading How to start using the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II film scanner

Everything that’s new on the Sennheiser 100 series G4 camera-mount wireless systems

Sennheiser just announced the new G4 100 series camera-mountable wireless systems, which are the same series that are used by a great number of people. When important gear gets updated, you want to know exactly what’s different about the new models. Unfortunately, this information has been very difficult to find. So, I’m collecting all of the actual updates in this blog post. I’ll add to this post when I find more information (if there is any). Continue reading Everything that’s new on the Sennheiser 100 series G4 camera-mount wireless systems

First thoughts on the new Zoom H1n audio recorder

The new Zoom H1n is a compact audio recorder with high-quality built-in microphones, and it was just announced, so I wanted to share my thoughts on it. This model is an update to the much-loved Zoom H1, a budget-friendly recorder that offered easy-to-use operation. There are many features of the new H1n that improve upon the old design, and at least one change makes it less desirable for a certain type of use. I’ll explain this later in the post. Continue reading First thoughts on the new Zoom H1n audio recorder

The Canon FTb SLR: My new camera (from 1971)

Wish you could afford one of those amazing full-frame mirrorless cameras with a fast, juicy lens? You know what I’m talking about. Yeah. The Sony a7R III. Compact, easy to transport. Big, lush sensor. Creamy glass. Quick operation. Improved battery life. That’s the dream, right?

But… It’s expensive. Too pricy for you and me. Right? Maybe not.

On a recent episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast, co-host Marco Arment was talking about the Sony a7R III he had recently purchased, and was rightfully gushing about its performance and the beautiful images it made. He went on to explain how this kind of camera is prohibitively expensive. Continue reading The Canon FTb SLR: My new camera (from 1971)

How to set up Sonos One with Alexa

The Sonos One is an excellent-sounding smart speaker that has the Amazon Alexa digital assistant built in. You just speak to it, and Alexa does what you ask her to do, such as playing your favorite music. This post features clearly written step-by-step instructions that explain how to get it working. Continue reading How to set up Sonos One with Alexa

Three weeks with the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: A review

The majority of Apple Watch Series 3 reviews focus on the cellular model, but the one most people should get is the less-expensive GPS version. While it’s amazing you can place calls from your wrist without a phone, the GPS-only version does almost everything the fancier one does, and it doesn’t add a $17-a-month fee to your bill (I explain why it costs this much later in the post).

This is a hands-on review of the new Apple Watch Series 3 GPS that was written after three weeks of non-stop usage — and it’s coming from a person who had never used an Apple Watch before. It’s an unbiased look at this lust-worthy and slightly puzzling gadget. Continue reading Three weeks with the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: A review

How to control Sonos with an Amazon Echo

The long-awaited ability to control Sonos with an Amazon Echo is finally here! I’ve written about how to connect these devices using cables, but this new skill lets you do it wirelessly. This post explains how to get it running… Continue reading How to control Sonos with an Amazon Echo

How to use Sonos with the Amazon Echo (2nd Gen), Echo Plus and Echo Spot

The All-New Echo (2nd Generation), Echo Plus, and Echo Spot from Amazon each have an audio output, which makes them easy to directly connect to some Sonos speakers and components. This post clearly explains how to set this up and get it running. Continue reading How to use Sonos with the Amazon Echo (2nd Gen), Echo Plus and Echo Spot

Hey John Siracusa… Stop driving up the price of the Mac Pro!

I spend a fair chunk of time listening to podcasts, and one of the more interesting personalities out there is a fellow named John Siracusa. He’s a computer programmer and one of the most knowledgeable Apple nerds on the planet. His encyclopedic understanding of Macintosh computers is just a bonus, though. What makes him compelling is his quirky outlook and his reliably sharp wit. Continue reading Hey John Siracusa… Stop driving up the price of the Mac Pro!

We stare at the SpaceX spacesuit for two hours [episode 42]

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We talk about sitting on the couch, cool spacesuits, and ice cream trucks… Continue reading We stare at the SpaceX spacesuit for two hours [episode 42]