Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Which Company Invented The Digital Camera?

This is NOT a trick question but which company invented the digital camera?

a) Nikon                 c) Sony                 e) Fujifilm           

b) Canon                d) Polaroid            f) Kodak

Big surprise here as the answer is f) Kodak. Actually, Kodak is the only company mentioned here that had a core focus and deep DNA in all technologies related to imaging and color science so they did early on have a leg up on all of their competitors with patents and research in the fields of color reproduction and with film manufacturing and processing. The big 3 Digital Camera companies of today. Canon, Nikon and Sony all embraced digital camera technology and applied their engineering and marketing prowess to beating Kodak in creating more advanced and easier to use digital cameras in a very big way. Kodak at one time like Polaroid was viewed as one of the most innovative product development companies and was often placed in the category of a IBM, Xerox, 3M, and Polaroid when it came to obtaining key patents that allowed them to produce consumer and business products that were so far ahead of every other company's technology offerings.

I think it's fair to say that Kodak missed the boat with digital cameras the same way Xerox lost out to Adobe when it came to PostScript.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

We're All Pulling for Pete Huttlinger!!!!

Here is the latest update on Pete Huttlinger. Vince Gill's web-site has been the focal point for the benefit concert publicity and has the latest info on Pete's progress:


Vince Gill
A Night of Great Music, Electrifying Jams & Cool Collaborations

Tuesday, July 26 at Mercy Lounge
Featuring Live Performances by Vince Gill, John Oates, The Long Players, John Jorgenson, Mark Selby, Joe Robinson, Baillie & the Boys Della Croce & more!

Vince Gill, John Oates, The Long Players, John Jorgenson, Mark Selby, Joe Robinson, Baillie & the Boys, Sean Della Croce and others are coming together to lend their extraordinary talents to FOR PETE’S SAKE: YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE HEART – A Benefit for Pete Huttlinger on Tuesday, July 26 at Mercy Lounge (1 Cannery Row) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via TicketWeb and at the door.
All proceeds raised as a result of this amazing night of music – sure to include once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and jams –will help diffuse costs associated with Huttlinger’s surgeries and treatment. The widely respected guitarist and Nashville studio artist is recovering from surgery and awaiting a heart transplant.
Huttlinger has a congenitally defective heart. His heart has slowly deteriorated over his lifetime, and in March, he went into extreme heart failure. Too sick to wait for a heart transplant, Huttlinger was life-flighted on April 29 to St. Luke’s Texas Heart Institute in Houston and underwent surgery (May 4) to have a heart pump installed. This cutting edge device is a mechanical pump that is implanted in his heart and is powered by a battery pack which Huttlinger carries with him. This undertaking is referred to as a “bridge to transplant.” When Huttlinger recovers from this surgery, he will return to Nashville and await a heart transplant which will take place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Huttlinger suffered a massive stroke in November, but had recovered completely.

To make an online donation go to petehuttlinger.com.

To See Photos from this event you can view them here:

Pete Huttlinger is recovering from a recent life-threatening stroke. One of the most talented fingerstyle artists I have ever seen or met Pete is a genuinely nice person who is a fantastic performer and great guy who has helped many aspiring guitarists learn how to play fingerstyle guitar through his instructional DVDs and books. We are all praying for a full recovery Pete. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Pete Huttlinger playing Josie at the Guitar Player
Live Event held in Livermore CA in September 2009