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DearWebby is actually Helmut Morscher, the CEO of Webby, inc.

Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
01/08/04: Which Digital Camera accessories are necessary?

Tech Support Pits:
From Fran=== Dear Webby, I tried to buy a digital camera, the Canon G3 that you had recommended last year. The local salesman told me I would be stupid, and an obvious novice if I didn't buy this and that and the other thing with it. Do I really need all that stuff? Fran Dear Fran Tell him to stuff his stuff where the sun don't shine, and buy the camera on-line for a lot less money and no hassle. With a G3 you don't need anything else. The battery seems to last forever. For a two week trip I don't bother taking a spare battery. And even if you run it down, it charges back up in the time it takes you to have a shower. If you buy it with a 256 MB memory chip, you can put 250 Megabyte pictures onto it. If you plan to take more pictures than that between downloading to a computer, get another memory chip on-line from whoever has them on sale. That is not likely to be a camera store. Adapters and extra lenses, don't bother. Unless you do some REALLY specialized photography, you won't need them. Never buy an extra lens unless you have found out personally that the camera alone won't quite do the job without it. Chances are very good that that camera will do it just fine. If you want to spend extra money, get a sturdy surveyor's tripod. Combined with the remote control, that comes with the camera, that produces much clearer long distance shots than an expensive tele lens and no tripod. Have FUN! DearWebby
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