Happy New Year 2002!

Happy New Year! I had a quiet Xmas in Connecticut with family and friends and a phenomenal New Year’s down in Miami.
oh no…4000 DPI scanner from Nikon
Steve’s Digicam review
Imaging-Resource review
uh oh…5 megapixel Nikon digital camera…
imaging-resource review
Steve’s Digicam review
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NYTimes: Yes, There Are Still Optimists in Japan
“Don’t hold your breath for quick reform in Japan Û particularly of bank bad debts Û or you will both underperform and die before it,” David Roche of Independent Strategy, an investment firm based in London, said in a recent report.
But there is a silver lining: because of their woes, banks, contractors and real estate companies make up only 11 percent of the Topix, about half of their weighting in 1998. So even if the government mismanages the bank cleanup, the effect on the broader market is more limited than it was during the previous recession.
More important, plenty of big Japanese companies are still partly insulated from the domestic economy, and many of their stocks are more affordable than at any time in the last 15 years. Matsushita Electric Industrial, Toshiba (news/quote) and Fujitsu are trading at well below their peaks, yet have little debt, strong brands and well-trained work forces. All of them have announced job cuts, factory closures and plans to spin off or trim unprofitable divisions.

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Salon: Martha Stewart Invades Japan
…in Japan, democracy is largely nominal, a diplomatic cover for some rigidly hierarchical systems and assumptions. Little surprise that to some local fashion arbiters, European models seem better attuned to contemporary Japanese tastes. One editor at a mass-market Japanese women’s magazine sours on Martha Stewart Omnimedia’s chances for success in her native land. Citing the recent failure of a Japanese version of Good Housekeeping, she finds Stewart’s über-Americana ill-timed. “Today’s Japanese are more interested in Italian styles in furniture and design,” she says. “There’s an Italian boom, partly because the aesthetic sense and the use of space are similar. American homes are unrecognizable in Japan; Japanese women simply don’t have the room to entertain guests.”