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Partially Colored Images April 16, 2006

Posted by dhar in Misc.

Flower2 Flower2 cut
Flowers Coloured Flowers Partial Colors

The Technique:
Open image in GIMP or any other photo manipulation program. Select from Menu: Layer -> Colors -> Hue-Saturation. Click the radio button of the colors you DON’T want in the image. Set their saturation level to -100. From Flickr Technique


Customer Service and Fuji April 16, 2006

Posted by dhar in Misc.

For quite some time, I have been unable to update my Flickr photostream for a simple reason. My camera was undergoing repairs at the authorized Fuji repair center. While I had given the camera to the repair center quite some time back, they were dragging their feet as the part (Power Circuit Board) was not easily available in India.

One mail to Fuji guys and they swing into action. Harmeet, the Fuji employee at India, personally called me on 5th April and promised to have the defective part flown in from Hong Kong / Singapore within 10 days. Yesterday, I got a call from Harmeet. My camera has been repaired fully and as a small compensation for the inordinate delay, it will be personally delivered to me at my home. In addition, Harmeet said they will be providing me with a set of rechargeable batteries along with a battery charger as a complimentary gift.

Since my battery charger too had conked off, this is a real welcome move on their part. While Fuji may have taken time to get things functioning, they do know how to keep their customers happy.

If any Fuji guy reads this post, I am also looking for UV / Polarizing / Macro filters. A set of complimentary filters might not be a bad idea. Errr, I guess that is expecting too much. :))

Email in the Subject Line April 9, 2006

Posted by dhar in Misc.

Some people I know, use the email Subject line to draft the complete email. I recently received an email with the subject:

If anyone has access to analyst reports on Videocon Industries/links where I can access these reports, can you please forward the same to me urgently – Thanks EOM

For some strange reason I find such emails very irritating. Is it because they convey a sense of “I am too busy to move the cursor to the body of the email” and a sense of lack of courtesy to the intended recipient? Or is it because Gmail does not allow me to see beyond 10-12 words of the subject and I have to anyway open the mail to read it? And more importantly, am I the only one that finds such emails irritating?