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rickrich
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Joined: 06 Jul 2003

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2003 8:38 am    Post subject: $11 digital camera Reply with quote

You might have read about these $11 digital one-time use cameras at Ritz Camera...

http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1068844096.html

This is another one of those goofy razor/razorblade marketing ideas that was shot down several times during the dot-com craze. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Anybody remember the iOpener? How about the :Cue:Cat?

I got one of these cameras for the kids and made the cable for it so I can download their pictures without additional charge. I'm thinking of picking up another for use in a cache. Its not a great camera, but is OK for these purposes. If it gets lost or destroyed you are only out $11.

The cable needed to attach the camera to a computer can be made for less than $10 by joining a Belkin "Palm III,VIII Hotsync cable" and a USB cable together. The USB cable can be snipped off the end of any USB device you have that you no longer use. The Hotsync cable can be found on eBay, Amazon, or you might be able to find one locally if you are lucky (they don't make these cables anymore). I can help with making a cable, there is a small amount of soldering required.

There are camera drivers for Linux, Mac OS X, and even lowly Windows. I've tried the Linux and the Windows drivers. No problem with Linux, no problem with Win/ME or Win/98, but the current driver bluescreens Win/XP. I suspect the Win/XP problem will get fixed in short order. Not that anyone cares Smile

-Rick

P.S. For a humorous retrospective on the infamous :Cue:Cat, try this link http://metathink.com/killcat/
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Kitch
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Joined: 18 May 2003

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i got a $15 one at officemax...then a 5 rebate.....but the cam was such a piece of junk i went and bought a better one...still cheap at 100 bucks at walmart.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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Joined: 02 Sep 2003

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kitch wrote:
i got a $15 one at officemax...then a 5 rebate.....but the cam was such a piece of junk i went and bought a better one...still cheap at 100 bucks at walmart.


There is a really inexpensive (and probably rightly so) 5 megapixel Kodak digital camera going around. It uses MMC/SD and has the ability to take movies w/sound for up to 60 mins (or till your memory card reaches capacity).

I believe that my father picked me up one for Xmas in the $265 range. YMMV. I unfortunately have only CF cards for memory and need to now buy a 1GB memory stick for this camera in order to utilize the video in the way I want... Such is life.

Here's the information from WorstBuy...

Just an idea,
Silent Bob
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