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Old 02-07-2009, 04:38 AM   #51
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Why does somebody want pictures of keyboards? Seems pretty strange to me.
I came up with the idea and immediately got a reaction that it would be interesting.

Why? Ever seen a Turkish keyboard? If you haven't it's hard to understand why typing English on a Turkish keyboard (if you're not used to it) is very hard. I kick myself now that I didn't think to take a picture at the time. Ever seen an Arabic keyboard? Do you think typing on one would be hard? What kind of keyboard would you expect in Uzbekistan? In Tajikistan?

   
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:21 AM   #52
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I'm going to be busy!
Sounds like it. But you will probably have a great time with it!

BTW: I was joking about the recipes.

   
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The ones in Japanistan are usually roman characters but some of them are in just different-enough places to make touch-typing maddening.

And it can be a little startling to type something at the command prompt and see your backslashes turn into Yen characters. Even odder: it works anyhow.

   
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:26 PM   #54
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There are also tales of people being held up for bribes or deprived of their batteries at some customs points. I'm still going to bring money and AA cells with me. Maybe I won't be one of the few unlucky ones! <g>
There is a ban on more than one laptop battery I believe because the fire problem with LiIons (and confusion with the Fedex fire/crash but that involved stillages of them). And they need to be packed in a way that the contacts can't short against anything.

   
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:32 PM   #55
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<< The camera comes with a new specially designed rechargeable battery that's supposed to last really long >>

Those sound as though they may be the NiMH Hybrids which have very low leakage and once charged hold their useable charge for weeks and weeks? I use them in the AA format in my Olympus SP560 and but Dottie in her Canon Coolpix uses a couple of Lithium non rechargeable AA's since she doesn't take many photos and the Lithium ones hold their charge for years.

Does your camera take a standard size like AA or is it a dedicated for one camera battery? If it takes AA then I'd take a set of Lithium non rechargeables for if all else fails use. I used to do that with the ordinary NiMH cells which would promise to fail when on the beach or a snorkel boat .....

I don't remember if you said what the camera model actually is?

   
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She said it was the Panasonic DMC-G1. She linked to a preview at DP Review.

   
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Thanks -- I remember now. I'll look it up.

I see it's a dedicated LiIon cell, not AA's

   
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There is a ban on more than one laptop battery I believe because the fire problem with LiIons (and confusion with the Fedex fire/crash but that involved stillages of them). And they need to be packed in a way that the contacts can't short against anything.
There's that too. I was thinking of a situation where the customs inspectors in a police state gave a photographer/writer all kinds of trouble at the border; he finally worked out that they wanted, of all things, the AA cells he was carrying to power his flash units, tape recorder and so on.

   
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