Earlier this month 2 hot fixes were made available by Microsoft for Windows Vista.

KB938194 – This update resolves some compatibility issues and reliability issues in Windows Vista. By applying this update, you can achieve better reliability and hardware compatibility in various scenarios.

KB938979 - By applying this update, you can achieve better performance and responsiveness in various scenarios. This update also improves the reliability of Windows Vista.

Both of these are now part of Windows Update. Last night my PC auto downloaded the first one. I noticed the second one didn’t come down so I checked. Windows Update had it marked as recommended. Not sure why it didn’t just come down with the rest but I did the manual update.

These are important updates for Vista that help improve stability and responsiveness. I recommend both of them.

Every once in a while I get the notion that it would be cool to have a compact still and video camera to have along with me to capture those memorable moments in life. I don’t have a camera in my mobile phone and even if I did I’d want something a little better quality. I’m not expecting miracles in such a small form factor but something better than cell phone.

In the past I’ve read about Sanyo’s Xacti HD1 that records high def to SD cards using MPEG-4. Seems pretty cool to me. They’ve updated to the HD2 so I thought I’d see what the latest prices are. Maybe still out of my price range but I thought I’d look at CNet’s review again. While there I noticed the resellers:

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Click to enlarge. What? Amazon has the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 for less than $100?? Even if it’s image quality is about what the reviewer says it is I could handle that for $100 rather than $600.

Think this is for real? Seems like a pretty radical price differential. Guess I could just order one and find out.

Anyone out there have one of these?