Tracking down replacement UPS batteries

APC BR24BP external battery pack

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) batteries have an expected lifespan of 3 to 5 years and need upkeep and maintenance just like your rechargeable camera and flash batteries. Unfortunately, after a failed self-test, maintenance pretty much translates to battery replacement for high-end units or upgrading to a new UPS for low-end consumer units. And, whether replacing just the battery or the full unit, the old lead-acid battery needs to be disposed of properly at your local dump or transfer station.

The good news is that most UPS batteries are user-replaceable and vendors like APC provide battery replacement guides that will assist in finding new batteries or recommend discounted UPS replacements through trade-in programs such as APC Trade-UPS.
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The Canon rumormill is working overtime…

The Canon rumormill is currently buzzing over the fact that dozens of lenses have disappeared off of Canon’s EOS (SLR) Camera Systems Web site and are now in the discontinued product archive. I first noticed the missing products while researching Canon’s last flagship 35mm film body, the Canon EOS-1v, which was also moved to the archive.

Rumors range from the plausible to the utterly absurd; the gamut is run from possible price increases going into effect after Canon’s current rebates expire on 16-Jan 2010 through the prospect of a full-line refresh of every single EF lens due to reports of the upcoming Canon EOS-1Ds Mark IV having a square sensor all the way up to Canon getting out of the lens business completely.

I’m selfishly hoping for price increases due to my recent acquisition of a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and pile of Canon Speedlite 580EX II units. At least my Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM aren’t on the list.

Metadata and thumbnails can out your sources

Most photojournalists have started tagging their photos with IPTC metadata to aid in copyrighting and indexing their massive collection of images. Some news organizations also require that all digital images be tagged to properly track and attribute the file during the production process. This metadata, however, can lead to some compromising moments if not properly sanitized or redacted before publication.

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