On my move to Guelph, pretty much the first thing I did was buy a cell phone. I signed a three-year contract with Rogers, which I may or may not come to regret. In any case, the free* phone I got has a digital camera built into it. I didn't really want this feature, but in fact it's now difficult to get a new camera that doesn't have a camera function. I played around with it a little bit, but I only took a few pictures because I didn't know how to get images off of the camera and on to something useful, like my computer.
Today I downloaded Nokia's PC software for interfacing with Nokia phones. There's a data-transfer cable (USB) I could buy, and drivers for it on the Nokia website, but this laptop and my new phone can talk to each other (for free) using infared radiation. I have to position the phone in a mildly awkward spot to use this, but it seems to work, and now I can take pictures with my cell phone, move them to my computer, and post them here on my blog.
You didn't seriously think I was going to use this camera for something useful, did you?
Actually, I harbour hopes that I will be able to use my cell phone to take pictures relevant to my work - field sites, insect dissections, collecting techniques and gear, etc. It's quite crappy, taking VGA pictures at 480 x 640 pixels, so the pics are very small and grainy. Here's a self-portrait I took.
Wow, quality! Also, that's a sweet shirt I'm wearing. I took this picture in the bathroom mirror at my aunt's house, where I was staying for my first week in Ontario.
*It's not really 'free', per se, since I signed a three-year contract that includes an up-to $200 penalty for cancelling. Still, this thing retails no-strings-attached for about $250, which may or may not indicate a certain level of quality and / or sophistication.