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Don’t bother me: I’m thinking deep thoughts. It looks even more impressive when you hold a cellphone while you think…

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Don’t bother me: I’m thinking deep thoughts. It looks even more impressive when you hold a cellphone while you think…
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This guy was sitting at an outdoor cafe called ‘Arte Around the Corner" at 73rd Street and Columbus Ave in Manhattan.

Note: this photo was used to help illustrate a June 2009 Boorah blog titled "Amsterdam Cafe, New York – 79%."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2012) blog titled "Amsterdam Cafe, New York."

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.


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When Laptop Battery Won’t Hold a Charge, how to do?

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When Laptop Battery Won’t Hold a Charge, how to do?

Most laptop batteries have a life expectancy of two years or 400 to 450 charge and discharge cycles. After this time, the battery may lose the ability to charge or to hold a charge for substantial periods of time. When this happens, it’s likely the battery needs replacement. However, troubleshooting can narrow the problem and ensure you are not wasting money on a battery replacement. toshiba laptop battery

Check Power Adapter

1 Turn the laptop off. Remove any power cords or power sources.

2 Separate the battery from the bottom of the laptop. Slide or press the locking mechanism to unlock the battery. Slide the battery out of the battery compartment.

3 Plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet. Insert the opposite end of the adapter into the charging outlet on the side of a laptop.

4 Power on the laptop. If the laptop does not turn on, the power adapter is not correctly working. If the power adapter is not working, the battery can not charge. Replace the power adapter. If the laptop powers on, the power adapter is properly working. HP pavilion battery

Clean Battery Contacts

1 Turn the computer off. Remove any power cords or sources.

2 Take the battery out of the battery compartment.

3 Dip a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol. Rub the dampened swab on the battery compartment and battery contacts. Dust and buildup can prevent battery contacts from properly charging.

4 Slide the battery back into the battery compartment. dell inspiron battery

Charge and Test Battery

1 Plug the power adapter into the laptop.

2 Charge the battery for six hours.

3 Remove the power adapter.

4 Turn the laptop on. If the laptop turns on and stays on for at least 30 minutes, the battery is holding a charge. If the laptop doesn’t turn on or the battery doesn’t power the laptop for at least 30 minutes, the battery should be replaced.


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