Finally I have a decent slide scanner, a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000, with the help of which scanning slides in high quality is no trouble at all. The thing works just great and has a slide feeder to scan up to 99 slides one after the other without me doing anything at all.

So if, in the next weeks and months, you'll find here lots of photos taken years ago - you know the reason why.

...and yes, I do have a life away from the scanner.