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|| News Item: Posted 1999-10-22

Geek Corner
By Robert Hanashiro

- Nikon has posted a firmware update to their popular LS-2000 Super CoolScan. You can download Nikon Scan 2.5 at:

- From"strange but true geek work-arounds" ... this from the Apple Tech Support page, a very unusual method for finding out if you have a PowerBook battery that is FUBAR (and fails to show up on the control strip module):
1) Remove the battery
2) Count 3 seconds
3) Reinsert the battery
4) Count 3 seconds
Repeat this procedure up to 20 times.

If the battery fails to register after yo-yoing it into the PB, then you now know you have a bad one (and also are looking silly to the other photographers working in the press room).

- ABC's 20/20 recently broadcast a piece that may explain why photographers have a small growth protruding out of their heads just above an ear. Says 20/20: "Depending on how close the cell phone antenna is to the head, as much as 60 percent of the microwave radiation is absorbed by and actually penetrates the area around the head, some reaching an inch to an inch-and-a-half into the brain." For more information about on the 20/20 piece and a study on the effects of cellphone radiation, go to these websites

(Thanks to Sports Shooter correspondent Deanna Hanashiro for this tidbit.)

- For the latest news on the Nikon D1 and also the closure of the Associated Press's Technology Division (and the fate of related products), run, don't walk to Papa Rob Galbraith's essential DigiNews page at:

-The newest photographer featured in the Mangin Photography "Guest Gallery" is Jean Dixon from the Reno Gazette-Journal. She spent the last year driving around northern Nevada, documenting life at the turn of the Millennium for a special project at the paper. The photographs by Jean are among the 300 images collected in "Stories from the Sagebrush", a book published by the Nevada Humanities Committee, available October 31, 1999, on Nevada Day. The book is a result of the Reno Gazette-Journal's yearlong project documenting life in 29 communities in northern Nevada.

-This from USA TODAY's Atlanta contract shooter Michael Schwartz: "Check out this IBM cordless computer connection. It's very cool. I've been using one for a couple of weeks. It's like a cordless phone for your modem. Hook up the base station to your data line, then take your computer and the remote unit anywhere in the house and you can get on line without dragging a phone cord. Claims to work 200 feet from base. My wife has given the best endorsement. 'I don't like this one bit', she says."

- David Crane of the Los Angeles Daily News pointed Sports Shooter to a great web site featuring the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Check it out at:

- As always, Sports Shooter can be accessed via the web by following the links at:


Related Links:
Guest Gallery
Henri Cartier-Bresson

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