Gadget needed — please advise or invent


October 9, 2008 by 8junebugs

I used to have a scanner.

It required lot of time and lifting/lowering of the lid to make passable digital copies of some old photos. I did it for a while with my old Gateway but it got very old. The scanner went to Silicon Heaven (Goodwill) a while ago, and I think something much better should exist.

For less than $300.

Can anyone recommend a sheetfed photo scanner that would quickly turn my old film-only pictures into hi-res images OR a service that will do it for me? Given the prices I’ve seen in my own research, I’d rather spend the money on having someone else do it.

For crying out loud, if there’s a gadget that will turn the songs on my old 80s mix tapes to mp3s, there must be a better solution for this.



4 thoughts on “Gadget needed — please advise or invent

  1. jon says:

    Another blog I read starts posts of this nature with:

    Dear lazyweb,

  2. 8junebugs says:

    Awesome. Does that get him comments containing helpful solutions? Because I seem to have missed that target. 😛

    I am loathe to purchase unitaskers with a clear end date on their usefulness. I will eventually run out of photos and negatives, and any new ones I produce with my 35mm can be automatically developed and put on CD. And I will eventually run out of mix tapes.

    Hence my desire for a service instead of a device…

    There is the option of buying the devices and providing the service to other lazy mopes, but if I don’t want to do it for me, it’s hard to imagine I’d charge a reasonable price to do it for someone else.

  3. Alicia says:

    The New York Times had a story about a service where you mailed in your photos and they scanned them for you. It was about two months ago, and I don’t remember tha name of the service, but it’s a start. It was pretty reasonably priced if i remember correctly.

  4. 8junebugs says:

    A ha! Now we’re getting somewhere…

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