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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
08/30/04: Camera batteries

Tech Support Pits:
From Kim=== Dear Webby I read that with the newer camera batteries it is no longer necessary to drain them all the way to prevent the usual battery memory problem. Is that true ? Thanks Kim Dear Kim Yes, and no. When the batteries are new, then it makes no difference, but when they get a bit older, they develop the same memory problem and give you shorter run times if you recharge them too soon. I realize that when batteries are near empty, especially in the cold or at high altitude, the pictures often over- emphasize the blues and greens and are weak in the yellows and reds. It is therefore very tempting to re-charge sooner than is good for the battery. However, the question should not be "What is the best for the battery?" The question should be: "What gives me the best pictures?" The answer to that is to use fully charged batteries. To avoid re-charging too early, make a battery holder and attach a couple of wires so that they touch the battery contacts when you drop the battery in, and connect the other ends of the wires to a car dome light lightbulb. That will safely discharge the battery. When the light stops showing even a faint red glow, the battery is empty and ready for charging. Have FUN Dear Webby
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