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  Reply # 899068 20-Sep-2013 15:30
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From 20 years ago - my old Psion handheld computers (as they liked to be called). Sad day when they left the market.




 

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  Reply # 899113 20-Sep-2013 16:36
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Something a bit different. I've a high pressure water supply and a 300 litre hot water tank that we could burn through in a day. $16 for these little wee bits of plastic washer that fit in the shower hose and I'm going WTF!!!!!
But they are worth every cent! Hot water galore at the end of the day!

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 899542 21-Sep-2013 21:12
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Film cameras and my desktop PC that I used for 5yrs and still going.  Education and overseas travel experience esp the backpacking trips, now that I am in my 30s I still prefer to go to backpackers single room b/c all I do is get up for a sunrise shoot and a sunset and spend limited time in the hotel, I only go to hotels on the odd occasion and I use grabaseat specials, oh yes those Air Asia inter Asia flights for like $15 and my Jetstar flight to Singapore for $100 each way.  At the same time you do see those in the 40s or 50s and 60s in the hostels too, prob seasoned travellers.  Many of which don't do the night life, don't watch fireworks, don't do the dressed up stuff like fine dining or what not.  Rather just head to a local fav eatery and have some real local food and drinks be it a hawker centre or that sought after take away box. 

With digital cameras, they are alright but IMO for a hobbyist so what.  You only print the odd one out and frame it and from a trip maybe 8 or so 6x4s.  Anything else just gets stored in the computer and not printed or put on Facebook, LOL.  But I can get a film camera for $100 and a prime lens for $100 not all of them but some of them.  I don't need the latest dSLRs bodies the latest zooms and the latest primes, they are all more expensive than the prev ones, larger and heavier.  One of my fav is a Nikon F100 film camera with a 18-35 lens the old one and Velvia slide film.  Or Portra skintone color neg film. 

Yeah the heatpump. 

Not so much on digital cameras. 
I have a D70 Nikon 6MP since 2004 still goes, nice, not bad, won't say it was decision however but I guess I had to follow suite in todays age.  I recently just got a D600 good for the colors for me mostly, esp skintone, don't do much high ISO but it is good for that, don't do that at all.  Don't need the 24MP but again that's the trend.  I may use that for a friend's wedding up just some casual snaps.  I don't do portraits myself generally.  Hardly take a camera out for Christmas.  I mean yeah .. you take the shot so what?  You gonna print and frame them up?  Or just stored in a hard drive or put on FB .. .  For my own interest preferring to use slide film.  Actually just got myself a 100 pack of glassine film holders to put in ringbinders today.  Looking at going to medium format again shooting film.  To me it is something different.  Photo's of long time family members not the young fellas I prefer color film or b/w film.  Just a bit different.  Than the more perfect digital option.  Also for scenery and maybe I am a loner with the small group but printed out they look less like a magazine spread some negative imperfect attributes to say it is a photo or a record taken by a camera.  A bit more feel. 

My LG Optimus I got in Asia so cheaper, great step up over my Symbian which took like 20sec just to open the webbrowser.  That's a great buy.  Like to keep using it for least 3yrs.  Easier to type etc too ... very responsive.  Today I put on mobile data went to a webpage to get a phone number to make a phone call .... :D

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rayonline: Film cameras and my desktop PC that I used for 5yrs and still going.  Education and overseas travel experience esp the backpacking trips, now that I am in my 30s I still prefer to go to backpackers single room b/c all I do is get up for a sunrise shoot and a sunset and spend limited time in the hotel, I only go to hotels on the odd occasion and I use grabaseat specials, oh yes those Air Asia inter Asia flights for like $15 and my Jetstar flight to Singapore for $100 each way.  At the same time you do see those in the 40s or 50s and 60s in the hostels too, prob seasoned travellers.  Many of which don't do the night life, don't watch fireworks, don't do the dressed up stuff like fine dining or what not.  Rather just head to a local fav eatery and have some real local food and drinks be it a hawker centre or that sought after take away box. 

With digital cameras, they are alright but IMO for a hobbyist so what.  You only print the odd one out and frame it and from a trip maybe 8 or so 6x4s.  Anything else just gets stored in the computer and not printed or put on Facebook, LOL.  But I can get a film camera for $100 and a prime lens for $100 not all of them but some of them.  I don't need the latest dSLRs bodies the latest zooms and the latest primes, they are all more expensive than the prev ones, larger and heavier.  One of my fav is a Nikon F100 film camera with a 18-35 lens the old one and Velvia slide film.  Or Portra skintone color neg film. 

Yeah the heatpump. 

Not so much on digital cameras. 
I have a D70 Nikon 6MP since 2004 still goes, nice, not bad, won't say it was decision however but I guess I had to follow suite in todays age.  I recently just got a D600 good for the colors for me mostly, esp skintone, don't do much high ISO but it is good for that, don't do that at all.  Don't need the 24MP but again that's the trend.  I may use that for a friend's wedding up just some casual snaps.  I don't do portraits myself generally.  Hardly take a camera out for Christmas.  I mean yeah .. you take the shot so what?  You gonna print and frame them up?  Or just stored in a hard drive or put on FB .. .  For my own interest preferring to use slide film.  Actually just got myself a 100 pack of glassine film holders to put in ringbinders today.  Looking at going to medium format again shooting film.  To me it is something different.  Photo's of long time family members not the young fellas I prefer color film or b/w film.  Just a bit different.  Than the more perfect digital option.  Also for scenery and maybe I am a loner with the small group but printed out they look less like a magazine spread some negative imperfect attributes to say it is a photo or a record taken by a camera.  A bit more feel. 

My LG Optimus I got in Asia so cheaper, great step up over my Symbian which took like 20sec just to open the webbrowser.  That's a great buy.  Like to keep using it for least 3yrs.  Easier to type etc too ... very responsive.  Today I put on mobile data went to a webpage to get a phone number to make a phone call .... :D


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  Reply # 899575 22-Sep-2013 05:08
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Lizard1977: "Expensive" shoes. For years I bought cheap sneakers from the Warehouse, but they never lasted for more than a couple of months before the heel would collapse like a souffle. About 7 years ago I took the plunge and bought proper sneakers from the Shoe Clinic. My feet haven't stopped thanking me, they've lasted for years and years, and the average cost (compared with the cost of buying new shoes from the Warehouse every few months) works out much better. I just refuse to buy cheap shoes anymore - it's a false economy for me. I've bought two pairs of sneakers from them (one pair of miAdidas customised to my feet), one pair of court shoes for badminton, and one pair of business shoes. Not only do they last, they feel as comfortable as they did on day one.


Next time you're in London, may I recommend Lobbs in St James?

Their craftsmen make wooden lasts that match YOUR feet precisely and then each pair of shoes you order is made on those lasts. Better shoes you could not get.

Added trivia - they could make shoes today that would fit Queen Victoria perfectly, because they still have their lasts of her feet!

The price, you say? Ahem. If sir has to ask, he may be more comfortable seeking his footwear elsewhere....!


Wow!  Yeah, I guess that's why I put expensive in quotes.  Definitely compared to Warehouse shoes, my current collection is expensive, but probably not expensive in the grand scheme of things.  Certainly not nearly $6000! :)  Sir would most definitely be seeking more affordable footwear!  Bet they would be comfy though...

Still - you've got to be impressed by the commitment to perfecting a craft, even if it sets you back almost as much as a reasonably good second hand car...


I have several bespoke jackets from tailors in the UK that set me back about $2,000 each over 10 years ago. Nothing like off the peg stuff - each one took about 3 months with 3 or 4 fittings and everything from the cloth to the linings to the buttons was chosen individually by me. Cloth was cut from a pattern made to measure just right for me and so on.

I'd have got to the shoes eventually...!

Very few seem to prefer quality to price in NZ though.



Or that most Kiwi's know that quality doesn't have to cost $$$$$$.



True, have have three woollen coats I bought from the UK on special - Muslim online clothing shop (SHUKR Islamic clothing) and the coats were made in Syria and sold to me at £39.95 each with a flat rate of £20 for postage and packaging. You can get good quality gear if one is willing to look. Hard Yakka trade card comes in handy was well when it comes to finding hardwearing pants and shirts - pants I have are 3-4 years old yet good as new and not falling to pieces.




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