Decisions Decisions

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Will S, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. Will S

    Will S Guest

    With the tax refund cheque and quite a bit of o/t I have the choise of
    buying a small laptop ( 12") or a good camera. Both are for my trip and
    whilst its months away the money is burning a hole in the pocket. If I dont
    spend it now it will go on whorehouses and alchol.

    So camera ? And then what camera out of Canon EOS350D or EOS20D ?

    So laptop ? Dell 700m with 12.1" screen ?
    Will S, Jul 9, 2005
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  2. In on Sun, 10 Jul 2005 01:11:37 +1000
    iBook. Or Powerbook if you can afford it or buy one second hand.

    You'll be surprised how much easier life gets with a Mac....

    - ready for the vi vs emacs war now
    Zebee Johnstone, Jul 9, 2005
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    Jules Guest

    God 'ere we go.

    "On Sunday you're Thinking Different. On Monday you're a huge tool,
    paying too much for slow, soon to be neglected hardware and waiting for
    your chance to Think Like Everyone Else."
    Jules, Jul 10, 2005
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    Beefhooked Guest

    Hi Will
    Don`t know if you`ve ever picked up a Canon 350, but, they are a huge camera
    by modern standards.
    My sister bought one and when she told me about it I couldn`t wait to get my
    hands on it to try it out. But when I finally did I was shocked at the
    physical size of the thing. It`s fair dinkum bigger than most video cameras.
    Definately not pocket size :-(
    Beefhooked, Jul 10, 2005
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    Bill_h Guest

    I'm confused, I fail to see the problem...


    (remove the nospam bit for email)
    Bill_h, Jul 10, 2005
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    sanbar Guest

    Cue the age-old question of what are you going to be using each for? No
    point in over-spending on word processors and 17-inch, 72dpi image
    galleries ...
    - sanbar
    sanbar, Jul 10, 2005
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    Will S Guest

    sorry Zee PC only for me :)
    Will S, Jul 10, 2005
  8. Will S

    Will S Guest

    In April I am travelling around Oz on my bike. Now I would like a small
    to transfer pics to from my current camera , keep a log of the journey,
    to music , maybe connect to the web and other computer stuff. I have a
    that I take to work but its too big to take on my trip.

    I am going to have the opportunity to get some good pictures on this trip so
    getting a new camera would be good. Since I dont see myself making this
    trip again I would like these pics to be good
    Will S, Jul 10, 2005
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    sanbar Guest

    If it were me, then (and it's not so consider this in part a jealous and
    spiteful rebuff) then I'd forget the lappy and go for the camera and a
    high-storage (~1Gb) memory card for the camera. The lappy's going to
    have to deal with dust, humidity and rough handling in an environment
    where there probably won't be too much protection from the elements, and
    it doesn't read as though you'll be travelling far from the net cafe
    route (had a look at the website).
    Carrying a USB card reader would allow you to dump some pics from net
    cafes (assuming the pics aren't too big or the connection too slow, or a
    combination of both). The other option is to go for a high-memory
    portable storage device that you can keep dumping pics to. Some even
    store and play music. I know a few people who have done the memory
    card/USB/storage device thing while travelling overseas and it's worked
    well for them.
    As for the trip log, pen meets paper, eh? Or blog it from the net cafe.
    - sanbar
    sanbar, Jul 10, 2005
  10. In on Sun, 10 Jul 2005 18:56:46 +1000
    Laptops are fragile.

    For music, get an MP3 player, keep the journey log in a notebook. For
    web connection, use internet cafes, your chances of getting a way to
    connect the laptop aren't much. For storing the pics, use a camera with
    cards and either have many or else get one of the hard drive based card
    readers, has a few, they turn up on ebay too.

    Else buy a cheap old 2nd hand laptop on ebay so you won't care too much
    if it dies from dust or vibration or a getoff.

    Zebee Johnstone, Jul 10, 2005
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    sharkey Guest

    Otter Boxes look good for this. Of course, if you get one big
    enough for a laptop, there goes most of your luggage capacity.
    Not to mention you'll constantly worry about leaving the damned
    thing on the bike while you go see stuff, have lunch, hang about
    the pub, etc.

    Memory cards for digital cameras are cheap and rugged, and if you
    take happy snaps at reduced resolution can fit a tremendous number
    of photos. You're not going to be spending days setting up photos
    and selling them as works of art, so don't bother taking a digital
    SLR or similar top-end thingy, because you'll want to protect it
    in its special box, etc, and so it'll be such a pain in the arse
    to get out that you'll never take any photos. Buy a compact, 3MP
    beastie which will fit in your jacket pocket (in a zip-lock bag
    if it's raining) and you'll take many more photos ...

    In short: take as few gizmos as possible, and none you'd be
    terribly upset to destroy or leave behind. Well, that's what
    I reckon anyway.

    sharkey, Jul 10, 2005
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    jlittler Guest

    "Ninety percent of my salary I spent on booze and women ... and the
    other ten percent I wasted." (Tug McGraw, Major League Baseball
    pitcher) (also attributed to John Laws and George Best)

    I agree with the other posters - I'd suggest something along the lines

    (as in the type of camera, not necessarily that particular model)

    and pair it with something of this type

    Total cost circa $600, store heaps of photos, take up little room in
    your bag and easily backed up to CD (shouldn't be too hard to find a
    computer store or Internet cafe that will let you plug it into their PC
    and backup to CD or DVD in case of HDD failure)

    jlittler, Jul 11, 2005
  13. Have you considered an iPod and one of these:

    it lets you dump various memory card fomats onto the iPod drive without
    needing a computer in between.

    That'd solve the "transfer pics" and "listen to music" bits.

    I'd probably go with Sharkeys suggestion though, memory cards for
    cameras are dirt cheap these days, I got a 1 gig SD card a few months
    back for ~$100, you could store a _lot_ of pictures on a handful of

    (actually, I'd most likely use the trip as an excuse to upgrade my old

    Iain Chalmers, Jul 11, 2005
  14. <chanting>One of us, one of us</chanting>


    Iain Chalmers, Jul 11, 2005
  15. In on Mon, 11 Jul 2005 13:51:20 +1000
    Well, they gave me a powerbook...

    I do note that I don't use it very much, it's been doing bugger all for
    the last few months and only getting resurrected because my employer's
    Windows support people can't get their bloody laptop working as I need
    it to work on their bloody VPN so I bought an OSX VPN client and that
    works nicely. (The Linux one's too old for my current linux kernels)

    I'd use it more if the battery was working, but it needs replacement and
    I haven't got around to it yet. I won't until the weather is better and
    I feel like lazing around on the balcony.

    The killer app for me was iRecord. I get heaps of stuff from the BBC
    and ABC and transfer it to the iPod.

    That's all done on an elderly iMac of the kind you can now buy 2nd hand
    for about 300 bucks.

    Zebee Johnstone, Jul 11, 2005
  16. Heh - I'm busy trying to resist the urge to buy a new 60gig iPod for
    ~$600AUD instead of a replacement battery for my old 5gig one for

    Iain Chalmers, Jul 11, 2005
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    Will S Guest

    you and zeebee have the same idea and I think thats the way I will be going

    the only problem is I can still remember our science teacher saying to me a
    can write better then you to which I replied ... "can you " . not 6 of the
    best but
    3 plus detention
    Will S, Jul 11, 2005
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    Moike Guest

    A 40 g notebook HDD in a USB2 case shouldn't cost too much (I put
    together a 30g one earlier this year for $130). If you have a 1g card
    in the camera, you drop into internet cafes every week or so and
    transfer images to the protable drive. Takes up a lot less room. You
    can't listen to the notebook while you ride, that's what minidisks are
    for. For the diary, how about a pda with a folding keyboard?

    Moike, Jul 19, 2005
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    John Littler Guest

    40 grams ? Shoite that's light ! Where'd you get that from ?

    John Littler, Jul 19, 2005
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    Moike Guest



    Moike, Jul 19, 2005
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