Vox: Here’s how incredible computer word processing seemed in 1982.
“And the comically underpowered computers people bought in 1982 were expensive.” Underpowered but not incapable. The dedicated word processors could churn out formatted text faster than today’s overaccessorized word processing software because they had *dedicated keyboards*. Indent? Press a clearly labelled button. Columns? Press a clearly-labelled button. It was the PC and WordStar that started us on the standard keyboard three- and four-finger keyboard commands (that so few people actually learn to use beyond the basics). Those of us using dedicated machines used to make terrible fun of the bargain-basement PC folks (PCs were cheaper than dedicated systems by a long chalk, and WordStar was trying to offer the same capabilities as the highest end dedicated setups. Trivia: Doing columns easily was a big deal back then, a litmus test of sorts.).
Granted, the output was limited by daisywheel printers. But you could switch fonts by snapping in and out different daisywheels. You know, working around a daisywheel could be why my left ear seems to not be as sensitive as my right anymore (that, and driving with the window open). And sheetfeed tractor-feed paper! Ah, the memories. How many forests we burned through.
WordPerfect, I think, is still the closest thing to living history you can experience. Do they still have the ‘codes page’ - access to the source code of documents?
Logitech: MX Master Wireless Mouse.
The thumbwheel interests me. I’m a born sucker for this kind of tech ... yet in use, it ends up being less than the fine photography and sales copy. I’ll wait to actually get my hands on one.
ArtDaily: Bound to please - book-making machines star at French fair.
Forget 3D printing for the moment. Is this a paradigm-breaker?
The Kernel: Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web.
Entertaining. I don’t recall it being that hard on my Mac Plus; perhaps memory plays tricks.
Later, if you’re bored ... peruse a random 1988 PC Magazine. Man, the memories ...
Apple mouse mayhem.
My Mac started up fine this morning, yet I found I couldn’t click the Dock. Or apps. All widgets called by the keyboard were working perfectly. Yet any window I’d open would be unresponsive to a mouse click. Because Bluetooth gets messed with frequently by local fire, police and rescue vehicles, I keep a USB mouse hooked up as a backup. It worked fine. The problem? Somehow, I’d half-closed the on/off switch on my Apple mouse. Apparently that was just enough for the mouse to still work as it was moved across a pad, but blocked the click and top touch-functions. Seemed to mess with the BT connection after I turned it back on fully, so I had to do a full disconnect/reconnect sequence. All is well now. A once-in-a-lifetime sort of glitch, but I thought I’d mention it, for others to put in their mental basket of fixes.
It’s one o’ those days. I’d just previously opened the fridge door, and a bag of kale had gone off since last night. Man, what a stench.
Packal: Package management for Alfred (Mac).
New to me. Bookmarked.
Everyone pulls a boner at some point in time.
Two huge bits of dust on my 5D Mark II sensor - one dead center, immovable with a blower. Pulled out the sensor cleaning brush, got the big stuff, left two patches of small dust. One more time, and managed to smear oil (from someplace) all over the left side. 5D’s aren’t supposed to have oil around the sensor, according to my reading ... so ... I get to try out Canon Professional Services. I get five free cleanings for joining. I’ll let them clean it off ... the camera could use a check after two years, anyway.
Relegated to my poor old 50D for a week. (sad face emoticon, if I had any.)
Rent drones. NYC-only, it seems.
c|net: Man arrested for refusing to give phone passcode to border agents.
EOSHD: Olympus E-M5 Mark II - love and hate at first sight.
“This is ultra silly. Sillier than a weasel riding a woodpecker.” C’mon, tell us what you really feel.
Typos. Bane of my existence.
I think I need to replace my Mac keyboard. It’s never been a favorite, except for the aesthetics. Seems keypresses are not necessarily registering at certain times; actually got worse after I cleaned it. My “L” key is bald, with a scoop out of it. A, S, E, N, M, O, ‘enter’ worn ... yes, I believe it’s time ...
BBC: Paris night drone mystery deepens.
“The security threat from these drones is minimal. Bird’s-eye images of Paris landmarks are available online in far higher quality than anything these devices could produce. And small, shop-bought drones are not strong enough to deliver a significant payload of explosives.” Probably just some numbskulls creating footage.
The Luminous Landscape: The Epson V850 Pro Scanner in Context.
Science: Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places.
“When ecologists look at the Amazon, they see ‘virgin wilderness’ untouched by humans, Iriarte says. But thanks to the discovery of large-scale earthworks called geogylphs and terra preta — ‘black earth’ that was purposely enriched by humans in the past — archaeologists have concluded that at least parts of the rainforest must have been home to large, agricultural settlements.”
The Luminous Landscape: Sony A7II and Tamron 150-600mm in Antarctica.
Given this, I have to believe the Tamron 150-600 I rented was a bad specimen. Look at those pix!
Macworld: DiskWarrior 5 - Essential drive maintenance and repair tool gets even better.
DW has always been the go-to fix in my arsenal. I haven’t had to purchase it for a while now, but I may spring for it soon ... as my original externals begin to age. I’ve got backups, but DW is extra insurance.
AtomicObject: Setting up Cheap, Long-Term Backups on Glacier Storage.
Of interest. Rather than collect local hard drives ...
Mashable: The FAA just proposed regulations for commercial drones.
PC World: Mattel’s iconic View-Master becomes a VR headset.
“Starting this fall, Mattel will sell a virtual reality version of View-Master using the same software as Google Cardboard. Instead of sticking slide reels into the plastic frame, you’ll plop in an Android phone. Instead of seeing static images, you’ll use apps to explore virtual worlds.”
Slate: Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 42 percent of Americans support private drone ban.
“Seventy-one percent said drones should not be permitted to operate over the property of others, while 64 percent said they hope their neighbors won’t add drone flying to their list of weekend pursuits.” Folks want privacy, I understand that. Irresponsible operators are already flying over properties without warning or clearance.
On a side note, I just heard about a recent dismissed arrest. There’s a new use for “selfie sticks”. Pervs are going out to do ‘upskirt’ shots in public. Seems some courts feel that walking in public, there’s no expectation of privacy. Wait for that one to hit the social channels (the media won’t react until Twitter does, anymore) ...
blessthisstuff: tuna knobs.
Cute, if you use your iPad for sound mixing.
EOSHD: Canon 5DS takes a backwards step for video - severe rolling shutter, moire ...
Not every DSLR needs to have video ... this is a play for the high-resolution stills market, not a video play. This market *does* still exist. Studios. Landscape and architecture. Etc. Those who have dreamt of medium format, but didn’t have the green.
DP Review: Go wide! Hands-on with Canon’s 11-24mm F4 L.
One big hunk of glass. The Nikon 14-24’s incredibly sharp; this lens had best be competitive with that level of performance.
Hollywood Reporter: FAA Grants Additional Exemptions for Drone Use in Film/TV.
“Meanwhile, the FAA continues to receive exemption requests faster than it can approve them, demonstrating the need for the agency to begin the rulemaking process and create regulations in order to allow for more widespread use of the technology, rather than regulating on a case by case basis.” Jes’ keepin’ an eye out.
GadgetFlow: KeyMouse™ Re-invents the Keyboard and Mouse.
This is the kind of gizmo I’m usually a sucker for. Not at this price, though.