Yuck! Proprietary USB Cables

Chris Pirillo makes a good point in this video. Before I say anything further, you should watch it: There, now that you’ve seen his ire, you can read my reasoning. Plenty of us know that proprietary anything is usually bad for the consumer. Proprietary data formats force us to use the same program (switching would be a pain — manual re-entry — because the software company didn’t make a converter or export function). Proprietary procedures mean patents, trademarks, copyrights, or whatever, and mean no two companies will necessarily do things the same way. And proprietary connectors lock in an accessory…

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Canon Camera Numbering Hack

I finally decided to blog about the little hack I discovered over the summer. My Canon PowerShot SD750 (and all other Canon cameras, as far as I know) numbers files by user preference, either continuously or resetting on each new folder and blank card. I found a way to hack this setting so experimental pictures you don’t want to count in your photo total can be re-used. This only works on deleted photos right after your last kept one, so it won’t reuse other unused numbers in the sequence. For example, you keep picture 1343, then take five test pictures…

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Get Back your Canon Camera’s Numbering

I just had the experience recently of trying to reset my Canon PowerShot SD750’s numbering back to the last picture I had saved. The I discovered over the summer was that I could go into the menu, cycle File Numbering from Continuous to Auto Reset and back, and any file numbers I’d erased since the last saved picture were re-used. It worked great when I was carrying the whole summer’s worth of pictures on the card. With an empty one, though, it reset the numbering back to zero. I wanted my numbers back, so here’s how I did it. I…

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