** (8/26/2010): Here’s the !

So far, I’ve really been enjoying the TX9. The quality is great, but I already expected that considering the quality of the my previous , the TX1. What really surprised me though was the quality of the AVCHD video. It is buttery smooth and sharp!

The 2 features that I was really excited about, background defocus and HDR were slightly disappointing. The background defocus does an okay job of simulating an SLR’s shallow depth of field, but depending on the subject and the situation, it sometimes defocuses things that shouldn’t be out of focus. The HDR does a decent job of increasing the dynamic range. I compared it to some of the other modes (which might not be the best idea considering the sensor already does a great job of capturing a range of ) and could not tell much difference. Maybe Sony should have options with the HDR that include intensity of the HDR effect as well as a setting to change the number of pictures it takes using different . Right now it only takes two photos and combines them. Maybe if they combined at least 3+ differently exposed photos, the HDR effect might be more obvious.

The 3D feature works well. I don’t have a yet, but the in-camera effect does what I expected…it gives multiple perspectives.

I still need to play with the camera more, I’ve only had it a day as of writing this. I will be getting the WX5 soon, so I can compare the two.

(8/25/2010): Just got the TX9 in the mail today. I am currently working on the video. I will keep you posted once I am done editing.

(8/20/2010): I’m still waiting for the camera to arrive at my doorstep. I am very excited to get my hands on the Sony DSC-TX9. I also ordered a WX5 and will be doing a review of that as well.

This is the of the Blackberry Curve 8900 () for T-Mobile. You can see a between the 8900, the old 8700 and the old Blackberry Curve.

The official release date for the 8900 is February 11, 2009, but we received them early by calling T-Mobile and asking very nicely. These are only supposed to be release early to business accounts, but the option IS available on their upgrade screen. So FYI, they can do it it they want to, all they have to do is press the button. Some of the people you will talk to will not do it, some will.

I’ve been using my for a few days and I really like it. It is definitely an upgrade from my old 8700. My favorite features are the camera (very good quality), sound quality, speakerphone quality, screen resolution (very sharp, very bright), the keyboard is solid, the is useful, can upgrade the memory to for music, pictures, movies, lots of apps to download. I’m getting used to the trackball. Just something about the old trackwheel/scrollwheel that was also very satisfying. The is still too slow for my taste.

You can also watch the of the unboxing in by double-clicking on the , it will take you to YouTube, then choose “High Quality.”

Summary:

This is a about ’s that happened fairly recently, what caused it, and the effects on the citizens of Argentina. Seeing that there are many talks about the US’ economic problems, this might serve as a history lesson to those who are interested.


Link to Full Screen Version

Questions:

1) Do you see any similarities between what happened in Argentina and what is currently happening in the United States?

2) What could the United States learn from Argentina’s mistakes?

3) What is our role as citizens to ensure that this does not happen to our country?