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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
10/11/04: Digital Mugshots

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From Helene=== Dear Webby, Whenever I take close-up pictures of people with my digital camera, they look like they were in a police mug-shot, or had been frozen by aliens and were waiting for the end of the ice age. Do I need a better camera or a different way of taking the pictures? Helene Dear Helene It's not the fault of the camera. You are probably getting "dead pan" pictures from people staring at the camera too long, waiting for the flash. Try doing it like the old time photographers. Hold up a birdie with your left hand, arm straight out to your side, bent up at a right angle at the elbow. That reduces the sharp shadows from double or triple chins, but gives a lively contrast to the faces. A little rubber duckie works fine too, especially if you replace the squeaker with one from a whoopee-cushion. If you can't take a birdie along, stick some bubble wrap into your camera case. Crunching that in your upheld fist works almost as well. Have FUN! DearWebby
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