Product of the Week 14 – Sony DSC-QX10 Digital Camera

Sony’s new DSC-QX10 just may be the future of digital cameras. With 10x zoom, optical image stabilization, and an 18.2 million pixel sensor with sensitivity up to ISO 12800, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better camera phone.

Demo Days 2013 Are Here!!!

That’s right, CCCP’s Demo Days are here!  Starting at noon today, we will have special demonstrations from our vendors, deals on camera and computer packages, and free Apple computer mini-classes.  I’ve posted an image of the class schedule below, be sure to swing by and check it out!

Demo Days 2013 - Mini Class Schedule

Product of the Week 13 – Braven Portable Bluetooth Speakers

One of this year’s hottest products have been wireless Bluetooth speakers. We’ve tried and loved the Braven series of products and wanted to show them off. Ranging from $100-$300, Braven makes a speaker that’s right for you.

Tangle Creek Falls by Fred Neveu

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This week we have more stunning imagery from photographer friend Fred Neveu.

Tangle Creek Falls

Tangle Creek Falls almost seems to spray directly onto the highway between Banff and Jasper, Alberta. Like many of my other photos, one does not need to have special knowledge of the area to find it. Just drive along the highway until you arrive at the falls, then park in the small parking area, get out of the car and make the photo.

The the water drops about 34.75 m/114 ft as separate falls then consolidate into three tiers that cascade 4 m/14 ft, 5.5 m/18 ft and 4 m/13 ft. I understand that there is a path up the side of the falls which should provide some interesting views, if you had the time.

The GPS data is as follows: 52,16.0284N 117 17.2075W, and we are now at an altitude of 1,834.00 m/6,017 ft, we are slowly gaining altitude as we approach Jasper.

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Lambeau Field Photos by Dale Van Minsel

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How you can still get Windows 7

I see this all the time…after a number of years, you’re thinking about getting a new computer, but all of the new computers come with Windows 8, which you’ve been told is drastically different from the Windows XP you’re familiar with.

You could find a retail box of software on the shelves somewhere and install it on the new computer, but Windows XP hasn’t been updated since 2008 and Vista’s mainstream support ended in 2012.  Even Windows 7 is more than 3 years old.

This is why I tell most people if you’re going to upgrade, you might as well buy into the latest and greatest system, but there are several exceptions worth considering. Many businesses have security and deployment policies that require specific operating systems, some software applications may have compatibility issues with the new operating system, or perhaps you’re just not ready to learn a new way of doing things.

Well, while change is inevitable, there are a few ways to delay that change until you’re ready for it. As mentioned above, if you are lucky enough to find a retail box copy of a previous version of Windows that hasn’t already been installed on another computer, you are more than able to install that software over what ships with your new computer. You’d need to be pretty lucky though, as Microsoft hasn’t shipped a Windows 7 box since Windows 8 was released last October.

But there’s a much easier, completely legal, and more reliable way of getting Windows 7. Buy a computer that comes with Windows 8 Professional Edition. Not many people know this, but Microsoft recognizes the challenges businesses face with timing software upgrades and includes “downgrade rights” with the Professional Editions of all of their software packages. So, you CAN buy a computer that ships with Windows 7 installed, but technically it’s a Windows 8 machine that has been downgraded. We keep several HP ProBooks in stock with Windows 7 pre-loaded, starting around $600. Not only would you get the software you’re looking for, but a sturdier machine designed to last a couple years longer than the typical consumer PC.

Product of the Week – iKlear

This week, I channeled my inner Billy Mayes to present iKlear, an all-in-one screen cleaning kit for anything from laptops, cell phones, and tablets, to TVs, cameras, and keyboards.  Check it out today, and mention this video for 10% off any kit.