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U.S. House Approves $1 ‘Christa McAuliffe’ Coin To Be Minted -> Proceeds To Benefit ‘FIRST Robotics’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘nhlabornews.com’.


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This is BIG for New Hampshire & the FIRST Robotics program. The bill to make this happen passed the U.S. House this last Thursday with bipartisan support.

The bill instructs the U.S. Mint to issue 350,000 $1 silver coins to commemorate Christa Mcauliffe, the NH science teacher who died in the January 1986 ‘Challenger’ Space Shuttle disaster. The proceeds from the sale of this coin will go to benefit the FIRST Robotics initiative.

The bill, however, has to be be approved by Donald Trump. That should not be a problem, since Christa, in marked contrast to Harriet Tubman, is white & good-looking. Well, it had to be said, and few others will, though they will think it.


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Ginni Rometty: Laying Her Off Would Have Saved 10,000 Other Layoffs At IBM.

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Click to access the ZDNet article. Google for others.


Click to access my June 8, 2019, post.


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Click to access my post from 9-months ago.


I said it before, just as recently as June of this year — IBM only needs to lay off Ginni Rometty to slowly but surely get back on a more even keel.

She has, of course, as we all know, been a total and utter disaster. Easily the worst CEOs in IBM’s 108-year lifespan. IBM did NOT deserve her.

Keeping her on with everything at IBM tanking is grossly sexist and hyper hypocritical. If she was a man, she would have been fired years ago.

She has proved, over the last 7-years, that she is a disaster. She has decimated IBM.

Laying off more and more workers is NOT the solution right now.

First priority is to get rid of the root cause of the troubles, Ginni Rometty. This is a no brainer.

This is pretty personal for I. I owe most of what in life to IBM. I am still very devoted to IBM. I hate to see IBM going down the drain because of one person’s total incompetence.


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IBM Doesn’t Need To Lay Off 1,700; Just One Employee, Ginni Rometty.

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘marketwatch.com’. Google for plenty more.


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Click to access my post from 2-years ago.


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This is so grossly sexist and hyper hypocritical. If she was a man, she would have been fired years ago.

She has proved, over the last 7-years, that she is a disaster. She has decimated IBM.

Laying off more and more workers is NOT the solution right now.

First priority is to get rid of the root cause of the troubles, Ginni Rometty. This is a no brainer.

This is pretty personal for I. I owe most of what in life to IBM. I am still very devoted to IBM. I hate to see IBM going down the drain because of one person’s total incompetence.


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Nikon’s Rumored New APS-C/FF Mirrorless — Curious How It Would Better Sony a6500 or A7 xx.

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Having owned a Sony a7 II for two months and a Sony a6500 for close to a month, both of them mirrorless and near the top of Sony’s product line, I have to say that I am in AWE of both these cameras — in particular the Sony a7 II. As some of you know I am no stranger to cameras and have owned for rented over 17 cameras in the last 3 years including a Nikon D500, Fuji XT-1, Fuji X-E2S, Sony 6000, Samsung NX500, Canon T3i etc. etc. I have to say I have never enjoyed using a camera as much as I do the a7 II. It is by no means perfect (and to be fair no camera is) BUT the a7 II goes a long way towards being user-friendly, responsive and pretty damn good. Having got used to the a7 II my main grip with the a6500 is the lack of a dedicated exposure value (EV) compensation dial.

For the record I have also owned a superzoom Nikon P900 for nearly a year and am very fond of it — though I will confess that I have hardly used it since getting my latest two Sonys. Though the P900 is justly noted for its amazing zoom one should not overlook that it is a MIRRORLESS — though with a tiny 1/2.3″ sensor.

And I was seriously thinking of getting one or more of the Nikon 1″ DL-series cameras BEFORE they dastardly decided to scrap that product line one-year after they announced it!

So that is the backdrop against which I am weighing the insistent rumor that Nikon plans to announce an APS-C or Full-Frame mirrorless — their first venture into ‘large sensor’ mirrorless cameras.

I am curious as to how they intend to better Sony in terms of technology and the all-crucial Image Quality (IQ) — particularly because Nikon gets many (but not all) of their sensors from Sony.

Yes, I know that 100-year old Nikon is legendary and has a HUGE, devoted army of followers around the world — and they would, of course, be a captive audience for a halfway decent mirrorless IF it offers a clear size/weight differential over a heavy Nikon DSLR.

IF all that Nikon does is offer a higher resolution that would not interest me one iota.

20MP to 24MP is fine for I and I am not going chasing after higher-res. cameras — which is why I refrained from looking at the a7R II or the a99 II.

Where Nikon can change the whole mirrorless landscape is IF it can find a way where the thousands of currently available Nikon lenses can be used on their mirrorless WITHOUT the need for adapters. That would be a game changer. IF that is the case — or even if one could only use 50% of the Nikon lenses — I would seriously give it a look. Lenses are Sony’s Achilles’ heel and Nikon and everybody else, worth their salt, know that.

So, that is where I am right now.


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Was The $250 Off The Nikon 1 J5 1″ Mirrorless A Mistake Or Just A 24-Hour Trial.

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Anura Guruge Nikon 1 J5 1" mirrorless cameras

What is being reported at ‘Nikon Rumors’. Click image to access their post … assuming it is NOT taken down.


Not that want one or even vaguely interested. Was just curious to see what the deal was.

I could NOT find any at $250 when I went looking at 12:30 am,
June 13, 2017.

Just the regular $1,046 price. However, what is interesting is that it still says ‘ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK’.

What gives? They didn’t sell the one? Very strange.


What I really was trying to determine was whether this was an indication that Nikon, after the disaster of the 1″ mirrorless DL-range cancellation, was also trying to get out of 1″ mirrorless altogether. That would make sense. Panasonic and Sony have quite a stranglehold of that segment.

Now I am nonplussed. 


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‘Central Pain Syndrome’ Book — 29 Copies Were Downloaded On May 1, 2017.

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Does NOT seem that much, BUT it was enough to give it #1 ranking for the day.

So, now I know. 20 downloads is GOOD for this category — and in this ‘game’ that is what matters, ‘per that category‘.


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Nikon Coolpix P1000 (P900 Replacement) — My Realistic Wishlist.

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I am being totally realistic.

I would LOVE to see a 1″ sensor BUT I know that that would not be technologically possible for that level of zoom — unless it was going to be a mounted on wheels!

I am NOT that fussed about the higher resolution either. Let’s face it — this is 1/2.3″ sensor. I am fine with the current 16MP but I know Nikon will insist on giving me at least 20MP. C’est la vie.

Now for the shocker. I am not that hung up on 125x zoom either! 

100x might do, provided we can keep max. aperture in the f/2.8 to 6.5 range. A larger aperture will be a BONUS.

But what I have above is what I would really want.


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A 125X Zoom, 24-3,000mm Monster-Zoom Replacement For My Cherished Nikon Coolpix P900.

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As yet it is BUT a rumor, and to be fair there has been speculation for at least 6 months that the P900, when it comes, will indeed have this type of ultrazoom capability.

This would be amazing.

I love my Nikon P900 — which I have now had for 7 months. That is a long time for I.

I used the P900 yesterday. It takes AMAZING pictures with NO FUSS.

If not for my preoccupation with SIZE, in this case Sensor Size, I would not use/need another camera. But, the P900 is a 1/2.3″ and that always niggles me.

After what we went through with the 1″ Nikon DL series I am NOT going to hold my breath for this replacement

One thing I do know. I will get it once Nikon announces it. That is a NO BRAINER. Not sure what I will do with my P900. I might even keep it for posterity. 


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A 1″ Successor To The ‘King Of Zooms’ Nikon P900 By Nikon Would Be A Sensation.

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Click here for “The New Camera” post
of December 10, 2016.

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IF Nikon manages to pull this off it would be close to a MIRACLE.

They would have to get pretty close to DEFYING the laws of physics — when it comes to optics and focal length.

As you KNOW I am in awe of my Nikon P900. It is one heck of a camera. Though I previously owned a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, which does have a 1″ sensor, the Nikon P900, head and shoulders, is a better camera.

I just can’t even imagine how they could get a 1″ sensor into a body similar in dimensions to that of the P900 and offer a 1,800mm zoom.

The best that we have, at present, with 1″ sensors is 20x to 25x — and that is even true with Nikon’s, yet to ship (and now rather ill-fated) DL 24-500mm.


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Amazon (AMZN) $1050 Options Now Available — Scary But Exciting.

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This is scary BUT in a good way. AMZN is up about $30 in 3 days. But it closed today at $829.05.

A $1050 option 77-days from now is saying that there are those that expect it to go up $221 dollars in 77-days — a 26.7% increase.

Yes, I know that a bunch of analysts hiked the price target to $1,000.

But the possibility of $1,050 before Christmas.

That would be quite the Christmas for some. {SMILE}


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