PMA starts soon, and some PR people I know didn't even get more than 1 day off between this one and that other Vegas show in January. That's what I call hell. I'm glad Matt Buchanan is taking the hit and going for us. I think he just bumped into Pogue in the airport. The cameras we've seen so far are generally spam, although a few interesting models are coming our way, like the HD video recording Panasonic Lumix camera and the Nikon DSLR that can patch together 100 stills into a short movie. Very cool.

But back to the product spam. How should we cover all this junk at trade shows? Pass on the little things entirely? Maybe. Let me know.

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I'm also increasingly impressed with the Canon 40D I've been using. Most notably, the 40D's got far less grain at higher ISOs than the 30D. When I asked a Canon rep what happened to the noise, he quickly replied, "We gave it to the competition." Such a bloody battle, that camera war.

A few days after CES, Charlie White, the Giz editor with a record tenure of 2 years, resigned. The place feels a bit less wild without him around posting things like Pencil sharpeners shaped like women in sexual positions. But Charlie is also really knowledgeable when it comes to AV tech. A solid guy.

What else? I'm growing to enjoy the Macbook Air more with each use. Instead of lugging the Macbook Pro to Lisa's house, I just take the Air. And the weight does make a difference. (Especially for a out of shape blogger.) Speed hasn't been a problem when using it as a casual computing machine. But that's all it is. I notice a strange problem. Because it is so light, I don't treat it with the same sort of TLC I do my big notebook. It begs to be tossed around, like a magazine, and I've just stopped myself from doing so several times.

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