New Canon Camera Detects Smile

A post contributed by Diane Flanders of

~By: Diane Flanders of

Canon is known for making revolutionary transformations with their trade. Now, they have probably made one of the most interesting so far when it comes to snapping moments. The company first manufactured and released their first prototype for the smile detection snapshot system last 2005 on a convention show. This technology has been reintroduced with the series of PowerShot cameras for the year of 2010. The four digital camera models included in this fun lineup for point and shoot methods are PowerShot SX210 IS, PowerShot SD1400 IS, PowerShot SD3500 IS and PowerShot SD1300 IS. All of these have distinct areas for suitability over the other according to the taste of the user from those who desire a fashion statement or an affordable gadget but all of these have one thing in common–the wink/smile detection mode for quickly taking photos remotely.

This style of taking individual or group of photos certainly bring the topic of the subjects’ pearly whites into mind. The matter of dental veneers or other dental cosmetics might have an interesting relation to this. This technology actually works by detecting the color of a person’s pearly whites. Once the dental veneers has been identified in a frame by these canon cameras, it will quickly take a photo. Everyone knows that some of the best sparkling white teeth are usually the results of dental veneers.

This type of porcelain veneers procedure was the root of the so-called Hollywood smile. Such a grin would definitely brighten up any room. If you will go over to Veneersguide, you will be able to find some of the best tips regarding getting veneers. Unfortunately, this method of perfecting the human smile only is suitable for a few individuals. The best candidates for porcelain veneers would have to be able to be in a very healthy condition and any gum problem or sensitive tooth condition would not allow having veneers done. Therefore, an individual interested in having his or her teeth covered up with these shells must be able to gain knowledge first about the overall process of veneering. If otherwise, requirements are met, then a PowerShot Canon camera would definitely have no trouble in detecting your smile after getting veneers done.

Going to your dentist, you will find that the most commonly used type or material used for this procedure are porcelain veneers. These are more durable and are better in fitting for any individual’s set of teeth. It is also thinner in quality too and is able to mimic natural or authentic human tooth quite well so getting your veneers done will not really affect having your photo taken with the Canon cameras.

You might want to turn to Veneersguide, an internet site that might be of assistance for individuals who desire to whiten, restore or hide any imperfections to have the perfect smile next time a Canon PowerShot camera comes along. Veneersguide will be very helpful in giving guides about the things that you can expect or the factors that you have to consider when interested with dental veneers. It is important that you talk to your dentist but it is better if you have done your research about what porcelain veneers are and how it can help in improving your smile. Next time you smile and get a snapped photo unexpectedly with the newest Canon camera, you will be prepared to live with that photo.

i7 Windows 7: Sharing Internet Connection

One way to share internet connection on the LAN from your i7 Windows 7 machine.

All our office computers except one had no internet connection for 3 days last week. A new cpu had been delivered and installed – a new i7 machine with Windows 7 OS. And the boss decided that the i7 machine should now be the central machine (previously, it was one of the XP machines) that will get connected to the only internet line alloted to our office, and share the connection to the rest of the office machines.

Now, all of the existing CPUs on our LAN were old ones with Windows XP as its operating system. Thus, we discovered as soon as we started fiddling with the Win7 i7’s configuration that we cannot share the internet connection the way we did before on the XPs. The Win 7 system requires that all other machines in the network should also be running Windows 7 in them. Ugh!


The easiest solution would have been to just purchase a router. Our existing gadget is just a switch, not a router. Before we tried going that way, however, we decided to call the IT guys in the adjacent department. And he fiddled and twiddled around with the i7 machine. Meeting a blank wall too, he decided to do some digging around for an appropriate software for this purpose. Thus, on the third day, he installed the Kerio Winroute application (now called Kerio Control). The Kerio Winroute software gave us the much needed internet connection without too much sweat. It was installed only on the 64-bit ‘server’ machine (there was no need to install anything on the other computers). We used a trial version. The trial expired a day ago, but the feature that shared the internet connection still works.


Me, I still think we’d still be better off with a router. That way, all computers would have internet connection even if the i7 ‘server’ machine is turned off. Also, wireless internet for laptops can be availed by anyone within the vicinity of our office.

My First Lens Upgrade: EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Just upgraded from the 18-55mm kit lens to Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. Check out the zoom power. Cool.

I just upgraded my Rebel T2i’s lens from the kit lens EF-S 18-55m IS to EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. The day before, I was about to buy the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO, which I really took time to research beforehand prior to making my final decision to buy as my all-around lens. I also had done my rounds at the malls and other department stores that sell lenses and I knew of one which had one in its stock.

As luck would have it, the remaining Tamron unit turned out to be defective. The focus ring turns in stops and starts (so un-smooth), which even a beginner like me feels really wrong. (The store hasn’t returned it to wherever they bought it from. Are they hoping they could still fool someone to buy that defective unit?) I was kinda crestfallen in that I’d been anticipating to spend the rest of the day shooting with it. Another store (in the other mall) promises to deliver within 3 days if I order it. Nah, can’t wait for 3 more days. So, back to the (google) research board I went, with an iron intent to get myself a new lens not a day later than tomorrow. With my first encounter of a Tamron lens being so very un-satisfactory, I got dis-illusioned and now doubted the quality of all other non-Canon lenses. So, I did not even care to check out the Sigma lenses anymore.

I momentarily entertained the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, which is cheaper and so within my budget. Thing is, I thought I wouldn’t want to be changing lenses during shooting sessions. My goal, after all, as a photo hobbyist, is to have an all-around lens I can use for almost all situations. So, I finally decided to go for the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. The price is just a bit over thrice the 55-250mm but I feel it will serve my purposes very adequately. It also is bigger in diameter and length than the kit lens, which makes my Rebel T2i appear a little more serious-looking. Plus, I added a lens hood (EW-78D) to it. Now, my camera looks pro. Yup, only the camera, I must hasten to admit. (There’s an affordable really pro-looking lens, the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto lens but it takes a really pro hand to handle it as it doesn’t have Image Stabilization).

Test Shots

Here are a few test shots using the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. I was mainly concerned with checking the zoom capacity and quality of the lens. So, don’t look for quality of composition, or whatever criteria you have in mind. In fact, the amateur in me showed after I took the first set below and realized that I had not changed the ISO which had been set the night before at 400. Grrr.

Back Office View

At 18mm: View from the rear of the new (under construction) office building
At 50mm
At <strong>200mm</strong>
At 200mm

Closing Time @ Dunkin’

At 28mm. Nearing closing time at Dunkin'
At 200mm

The Equipment

Hereunder are the equipment I used (pictures not mine).

The Canon Rebel T2i
The EF-S 18-200mm IS
The Canon EW-78D Lens Hood

The Alternatives

The Tamron 18-270mm. Great range, affordable price.
The Sigma 18-200mm. Works with Canon cameras, very affordable.

JJC Lens Hood (replaces EW-78D)

Really, had that Tamron unit at the mall been not defective, I would have bought it right away. Anyway, I got the EFS18-200mm IS now, and I’m loving’ it. πŸ™‚ Be showing off more photos soon.

Canon Rebel T2i: My First Attempts

My initial excitement with my canon rebel t2i is still up and so I’m showing some of my first ‘serious’ (*cough*) attempts.

I haven’t yet decided what to specialize in with regard to my venture into photography. Hey, I’m into it purely for the fun. I’m not about to embark into the professional realm. If I was, I’d probably buy something better than the Canon Rebel T2i. But still, even hobbyists tend to lean into some specialization, e.g. landscapes, or portraits. On second thought, I might just let go of any specialization pursuit and simply specialize on fun.

This early though, I found myself setting my tripod and Canon Rebel T2i in the front yard and taking close up pictures of my wife’s plants and flowers. The pictures in this page are all from her little patch of flower plants. The ones with the dark background were taken using my son’s black t-shirt draped on a chair behind the flower.

From this development, I seem to be taking an interest in macro photography. But I think it’s too early to tell as I’m still beginning to explore the art of photography. Perhaps, next thing I’ll be trying out would be some landscapes. I have always found a beautiful sunset view somewhere along my route on my daily commute home after work. I got to make sure I’ll immortalize one of those amazing sunsets in my gallery soon.

Macro, portrait, landscapes, underwater… these require special lenses. And some of these lenses often are way more expensive than the camera (body) itself.

Well, for the time being, I’ll have to make do with the lens that came with the Canon Rebel T2i kit, the EFS 18-55mm lens. The lens is of course not just any ordinary lens. It works nicely and I have even read some reviews in praise of the EFS 18-55 kit lens. As I have not even touched any other lens, I have no basis to compare them except from what I read on the net. Like I said, for the time being, I’ll just try out my present set up and see what it can do.

Oh, here, by the way, is another one of those pics I took while whiling away my time as I waited for my turn at the dentist on my latest appointment (last Saturday).

As these Canon Rebel T2i pics are going to add up as time goes by, I have created a subdomain site on which I’ll be dumping all my photo outputs in. I’m still looking for a suitable wp theme though. You can check it out at Pictures Of.

My New Canon Rebel T2i

Finally, I now have my first ever DSLR camera, a Canon EOS 550D, also known as the Canon Rebel T2i.

Just got my new Canon Rebel T2i yesterday evening right after work. This is not just ‘my new camera’. It’s my very first DSLR camera ever. I’ve had cameras before but all of them were the point and shoot kind.

I don’t know if it’s their standard procedure but I feel that the store clerk may have read through me clearly when, prior to the payment at the cashier, he invited me over to a table and gave me a demo of the Canon Rebel T2i – from assembling the sling, taking off the lens cap, down to how to press the shutter. I didn’t know my ignorance about dslr cameras was that transparent. I thought I sounded pro when I dropped some pro-sounding words, e.g. when I inquired about available macro glasses (intentionally using the word ‘glasses’ instead of ‘lenses’, as suggested by Scott Kelby), and carbon fiber tripods.

Well, I couldn’t contain my excitement I couldn’t sit still while I waited a little over an hour to fully charge the new (partly charged) battery at home. I devoured the manual and run smack into technical photo jargon, e.g. aperture priority, shutter priority, white balance, etc. It particularly took some time to get the confusion out of aperture value and actual aperture ‘open-ness’.

Needless to say, I took some shots at the nearest things I could shoot at. Here are a few of them.

These are some of the things I found inside the box (except the Scott Kelby book).

My daughter’s Minnie Mouse on the wall.

I took a lot of pictures without taking thought about choice of subjects. Hell, I took pictures of the trash bin, my toes, the laundry bin, the inside of the cabinet, the kids, my wife, you name it.

Today, while I waited for my turn at the dentist’s office, I took the liberty of taking some shots inside her receiving room.

As of now, I’m still shooting mostly with the mode dial set to P (Program AE), where the camera sets the shutter speed and aperture automatically. Even now, I’m still exploring the rebel. I’m setting my mind on messing up with apertures and shutter speed and manual focus soon. And I’m looking forward to the free photography seminar the sales clerk at Canon told me about, which he said is tentatively set around the second week of November.

Flashing Heels Street Glider

Flashing Heels, Street Glider, whatever you call it, it’s fun, fun, fun. Ask my son how ‘cool and exciting’ it is for him. Hmmm… there was no age limit in the label.

Flashing Heels? Shoe Skates?

It was not very long ago that I documented my son’s introduction to and adventure with the wave board. I remember both of us having lots of fun with it as we learned how to use and maneouver it. This time around, and on the same store in the mall where we bought the wave board, we came by the street glider. It was my son who pulled my hand and pointed out the contraption that caught his interest. The street glider.

It comes by different names. Flashing heels, street glider, flashing roller skate, flash roller, shoe skates. If I were to choose, I’d probably call it ‘heel wheels’. Again, this skate innovation showed up in the US about a couple of years back. Again I wondered why these cool kid stuff did not get to reach the status of the good old skate board and the roller blades. What I mean is that, in movies and on tv, kids are most often shown still using the skate board or roller blades. Rarely, if ever do we get a glimpse of the wave board or the street glider. Or, perhaps I don’t watch tv and movies more often.

The Street Glider Learning Curve

The kid did not wait for me to get to the cashier to pay for it. He had the store clerk adjust it and put it on his shoes. The excitement on his face more than immediately justified the purchase. He immediately began climbing the learning curve and seems to be getting on with it quite nicely. When we got home, I tried it and after 5 minutes immediately realized that the learning curve is a bit steeper compared to that of the wave board. This, and my son’s request to not use it too long because he was afraid I’d deform it, especially after he saw the weight limit at 70 kilograms (although I’m way less than 70 kgs.), I decided to forego anymore practice for next time. Actually, I also would not want anymore spills butt first, like those when I first practiced with the wave board.

So, I opted to use the wave board instead. We had earlier bought new replacement wheels for the waveboard. We were thus a threesome that evening on the street fronting our house. Me on the wave board, my son on his street glider, and my 5 year-old daughter on her scooter.

Like I said in an ealier post, my son has a thing for wheels (or, don’t they all?). At 5th grade, he’d already had 6 kinds of wheels (trike, roller skates, bike, roller blades, skate board, wave board, in that order). I suppose it wouldn’t be long before he’d pull my hand and ask for real wheels that moves by itself.

Heel Skates with Flashing Wheels


Flashing Heels of Various Colors


How I Got Wireless Internet For My Laptop At Home

Getting a wireless internet connection at home for your laptop may sound so techie and such, but it isn’t really that difficult to do it yourself.

wireless internet for laptops

I got wireless internet for my laptop at home and I did it all myself. Applause please. For one who is not so savvy in network and IT stuff of this kind, that was some accomplishment. Of course, I did my fair share of research before I was able to conquer the fear of the unknown.

After buying a laptop as a gift to myself sometime last

December, I learned that to have access to faster internet at home, I really need to have a land line and an internet subscription from an internet provider. As our house is located in an area in the suburbs which has just been developed recently, there were still no phone lines then. So, by the time I got my laptop, I had to contend with a wireless internet connection using a USB adapter provided by a cellphone company. And the best that it could provide is around 128 kbps, despite their ads telling us of speeds faster than light (inside a turtle’s closed eyes).

Long story short, our long-awaited phone connection finally materialized. This was a land-line phone account that comes with an internet service. With my previous usb adapter internet, I have to pay hourly for the internet service. This time, I have 24/7 internet, and cheaper and quite faster at that.

I was provided with a telephone unit, a modem, a small ‘line splitter’ box, and some cables. This was okey as far as internet connection for my desktop is concerned. For my laptop however, I needed a router for internet access. Of course, I could always connect my laptop using a cable, but that would defeat the laptops mobility (even if it’s only at the house). So, I bought a router. I think all modern routers are capable of both wired and wireless access nowadays. Mine can provide wireless access, and also has 4 ports from which wired access can be acquired.

Configuring the router was a breeze as its manual (I think all brands/models come with either printed or online manuals, or both) spelled out everything in a dummy-friendly manner. So, within 7 minutes, I had wireless internet for my laptop. If my laptop could withstand moisture, I could probably bring it and watch youtube while taking a shower. (Reminder to self: Search Google for water proof laptops.)

So far, the surfing speed is cool enough for me. However, once my online income picks up to hotter levels, I’d definitely want to upgrade to speeds more than what I need.

You can check out these resources regarding wifi and wireless internet access:
WiFi Wiki
Wireless internet for laptops

Wireless Internet Without Router

Firewire 800 External Hard Drive

Do you work with videos and mega-sized files and want speedy transfer? Then you need firewire technology.

Firewire 800 external hard drive is any hard drive brand that has a firewire interface and thus can be connected to any computer or device with a firewire port/connectivity. Find the best choice here.

Available Firewire 800 External Hard Drive

Here are the (considered) best so far in Firewire 800 External Hard Drive wares in the market presently.

LaCie d2 Quadra 1TB (USB2/FireWire 400/800/eSATA) External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Ridged exterior cover ensures best performance of its heat dissipation features
  • Universal compatibility: (cables included)
    • 1 eSATA 3 Gbit port (3Gbits/sec transfer rate)
    • 2 FireWire 800 ports (9-pin)
    • 1 FireWire 400 port (6-pin)
    • 1 hi-speed USB 2.0 port (USB 1.1-compatible)
  • Rotational speed: 7200 rpm
  • Cache: at least 16MB
  • 3 power management options:
    • Auto (for energy efficiency)
    • On (instant access)
    • Off (for data protection)
  • Pre-loaded software:
    • Setup Assistant (for easy formatting / partitioning)
    • Backup Assistant (Windows/Mac backup)
  • Shortcut button on external hard drive lets you launch any application
  • Dimension: 1.7 x 6.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Also available: 500GB and 750GB

This firewire 800 external hard drive is “one grea piece of equipment“, according to one satisfied user. You can find other user reviews at here.

Iomega eGo Mac Edition 500GB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/800 External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Stylish aluminum design with protective Drop Guard feature
  • Available colors:
    • Ruby Red
    • Alpine White
    • Midnight Blue
  • Multiple connections:
    • 1 Firewire 800 port
    • 1 Firewire 400 port
    • 1 USB port
  • Included software:
    • EMC Retrospect
    • QuikProtect
    • MozyHome Online

G-Technology G-DRIVE 1 TB USB/eSATA /FireWire 800 External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Compatible for both PC and Mac
  • USB/Firewire/eSATA interface
  • fast 69MB/s read, 58 MB/s write
  • 9.3 x 5.1 x 1.8 inches

Sold out user says this firewire 800 external hard drive “is a winner: fast, quiet, reliable and cleverly designed. An excellent value.”

Iomega MiniMax 1TB USB2 / FireWire 800 External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Connectivity:(cables included)
    • 2 Firewire ports
    • 3 port integrated USB hub
    • 1 USB device port
  • Included software (via download):
    • free 12 month subscription of Trend Smart Surfing for Mac
    • QuikProtect
    • MozyHome Online Backup
  • 5.6 x 7.6 x 8.4 inches

AcomData PureDrive 2 TB USB 2.0/Firewire 400/800 Portable External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 2TB
  • Connectivity:
    • USB 2.0
    • eSATA
    • Firewire 400/800
  • Hot pluggable security lock slot

“Excellent multi-interface bulk storage”.
See user review here.

Iomega UltraMax Plus 4 TB USB2 / FireWire 800 / eSATA External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 4TB
  • Connectivity:
    • 3 USB port hub
    • 3 Firewire ports
    • 1 eSATA port
  • Included software:(via download)
    • EMC Retrospect
    • Iomega QuikProtect
    • MozyHome Online
  • Available in 2TB and 4TB capacities

To see more choices, click here: External Hard Drives

Is Firewire better than USB?

For me, definitely yes. In terms of transfer rate speed, Firewire leaves USB far behind. And technology promises to make it even extra wicked with speed beyond the present limits. Being ‘peer-to-peer’ (as opposed to USB’s being host-based), it is the ultimate in connectivity. I often wonder why manufacturers did not make it the standard for all peripheral connectivity. They say it’s because of the extra cost. Well, what’s a few dollars more for fast and universal connectivity?

Can’t Find Firewire 800 External Hard Drive?

Try searching at Amazon’s up-to-date collection: External Hard Drives

Cool Laptop Mobile Desk At Home And Living

A laptop mobile desk for my wish list this year.


I got wind of this cool laptop mobile desk that gets to become added to my wish list this year – the Deluxe Laptop/Reading Cart Rosewood by Studio RTA. As you can see in the picture, it’s simply a raving beauty and I can already imagine it giving off its rustic charisma in my living room.

This piece is of durable solid wood and wood veneer construction. The lever at mid-section allows the height to be adjusted so that you can enjoy working on your laptop at the most comfortable level. And what’s more, the surface on which you place you laptop can also be angled to your liking. The caster wheels (with locking feature) on its foot allows movability so you can just simply roll it anywhere in your room or office. Amazing, eh?

You can find more information about this laptop mobile desk / cart at, an online furniture site that sells Powell Furniture at lowest prices found online. They offer free shipping and no sales tax.

Bakflip: Make Heads Turn

The BakFlip Tonneau Cover is a cool upgrade to your pickup truck that will both secure and enhance its look.

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The first time I saw a bakflip truck bed cover, I marvelled at the cool idea of giving protection to your truck’s bed while at the same time enhancing the over-all aethetics of your truck. The thing did that ‘2 birds with one stone’ thingy.

As you can see in these pictures, the ‘head turning’ factor is no over statement. To see more pictures of the different models, please refer to the website.

Coming in 4 models, Bakflip G2, Bakflip HD, Bakflip F1 and Bakflip CS, the bakflip is a hard tonneau cover with a clever folding design. You can toss anything at the back of your pickup truck and rest easy knowing that it’s protected, from humans or from the weather, once you pull the bakflip and lock it over. Unlocking it prior to opening the bakflip can be done by unlatching it either from the driver’s or passenger’s side. And you can open it either fully or partially.

Installation of the bakflip can be done in less than 30 minutes. It requires no drilling but is totally secure. When removed, it leaves no unsightly changes on your truck. If you want more information about this durable and long lasting truck upgrade, please visit and check out


The features enumerated here is taken from the bakflip truck bed cover site.

  • 4 Styles to Choose From: BakFlip G2, BakFlip F1, BakFlip HD and the BakFlip CS. BakFlip F1 has fiberglass reinforced polymer panels with aluminum undersides.
  • Multi-Panel System: Unique fold up design that is fast operating and a hard design.
  • Extremely Low Profile: Bakflip sits INSIDE the truck bed rails for an EXTREME low profile look and fit.
  • Full 100%Truck Bed Access: Bakflip allows FULL ACCESS to all stake pockets and works with tie downs, bedcaps, bedliners, bedrails, lumber/ladder racks and bed extenders.
  • Real Security: The BakFlip cover easily locks offering outstanding security
  • Drive-Open-Shut or Half Way-: Individual panels lock so that you can drive with them open or closed. Panels flip open in the same direction. Panels flip open to reveal 100% of the bed if desired.
  • Fast Install & Quick Removal: BakFlip clamps onto your truck bed with no drilling and installs in approximately 10 minutes with just one wrench INSIDE the truck bed rails for an EXTREME low profile look and fit and can be removed with in 60 seconds. The Flip Bak truck bed cover can be completely removed in 60 seconds. Locking knurled knobs have replaced simple nuts for easy tool-free on and off capabilities. The average cover weighs 35 lbs and can ship UPS.
  • Can Hold 300lbs: the BakFlip G2 is made from aluminum panels with a honeycomb core, offering excellent tensile strength and rigidity. The BakFlip HD and new BakFlip F1 are made to handle up to 400lbs. The BakFlip CS truck rack can hold 500lbs on the rack.
  • UV Protected: The BakFlip is UV protected and will not fade, crack, warp, rust or corrode and the texture of the product perfectly matches door handles, bumper trim, side view mirrors and bedcaps. Absolute all season friendly – resistant to rain snow and the elements.
  • Easy To Open: Panels flip open in the same direction to reveal 100% of the bed if desired, can withstand over 300 lbs of evenly distributed weight and locks for outstanding security
  • Rear Cab Protection: The BakFlip cover protects your rear window when completely open – perfect for loading things like ATV’s, motorcycles or any other goods that might damage your window.
  • Bed Accessory Friendly: BakFlip works with tie downs, bedcaps, bedliners, bedrails, lumber/ladder racks and bed extenders.
  • Premium Fit: The Bak Flip cover is custom built for each application for an OEM like fit.

Now, isn’t this bakflip cool or what?