The Luminous Landscape: Samsung NX1 First Impressions.
One look at the specs, you’ll go cross-eyed. Lack of lens options, however.
WSJ: Drone Flights Face FAA Hit.
Paywall blocks reading it for me, but some of you may have access. Sounds like the FAA is going restrictive, as I expected.
DP Review: Lighting equipment manufacturer Metz files for insolvency.
Improving product from China murdered them. Many’s the time I thought of going for Metz rather than Canon or Nikon, but the savings and/or features were never enough to steer me in their direction. I will miss having them available as a quality option.
Italian Ways: The paradox of the Ducati RR 3404.1 ”breadbox”.
Not a motorcycle. A tube radio.
Science of Us: Look at How Texting Is Warping Your Spine.
“An adult head weighs 10 to 12 pounds in the neutral position. As the head tilts forward, the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees.” I was wondering why I see so many human ‘vultures’ around - and it’s worst in the young!
DP Review: Sony announces Alpha 7 II full-frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis IS.
Ah. Because of the MPs, this is still the most intriguing of the mirrorless cameras (IMHO). This may finally spur a rental.
Youtube: Introducing Lantern: One Device = Free Data Forever.
Internet connectivity weirdness.
This is bizarre. It seems my cable modem is dropping connections all of a sudden (Motorola 6120). Now, it’s been on constantly for two years - I can accept that it might be at end-of-service-life. The nature of the outages seems to point to something other than hardware failure. It seems to be happening most frequently in the middle of the day, and when I put a load on the modem (I start loading a site heavy with graphics or video).
Now, I had my chimney cleaned. At this point (Occam’s Razor), I’m suspecting the chimney guy ground the cable with a boot and allowed water in (midday melt, shorting of connection, etc. etc.). I’ll test that theory tomorrow.
Anyone else have ideas, I’m open.
ReadWrite: K5, The Autonomous Security Robot, Is Now On The Beat.
EOSHD: Apple kill third party SSD support in Yosemite.
“The problem is down to Apple having introduced a new ‘security feature’ in Yosemite. Only kext drivers for official Apple SSDs are supported. Built in drives that Apple themselves use in your Macbook Pro Retina and some iMacs will upgrade just fine to Yosemite but if you have installed a third party SSD or more commonly are running off an external one, you’re out of luck.” Beware, beware.
The Register: Kryder’s law craps out - race to uber-cheap storage is over.
Building a CustoMac: Buyer’s Guide October 2014.
NY Times: A Passion for Vintage Trailers.
My wife has acquired an abiding desire for one of these. I’m being volunteered by the ‘secondary volunteer method’ to get/fix one.
[‘Primary volunteer method’: You volunteer willingly. ‘Secondary volunteer method’: Someone volunteers you. Inherited from my Latin teacher in PHS, Mr Carman, who used to secondarily volunteer me to ‘put a sentence on the board’ way too often ...]
The Register: LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 – dual SSD sizzler.
Always pricy, La Cie, but always reliable. Got a 4TB sitting next to me at this moment, and I need to start thinking about RAID before Xmas.
Guardian.UK: Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF.
AppleInsider: Wall Street blown away by Apple’s ‘remarkable’ record September quarter.
I’m surprised they’re surprised. I thought there weren’t any secrets anymore.
Apple Insider: IDG cancels Macworld/iWorld 2015 conference, says show ‘going on hiatus’.
Wowzer. End of an era, indeed.
Kickstarter: StandStand, the portable standing desk.
The Verge: King of click - the story of the greatest keyboard ever made.
IBM’s Model M. The keyboard on which I could pass 120WPM without even thinking. I make one hell of a racket, however. I don’t think my current studiomate would be very happy (Sandra is keenly attuned to ambient noise).
Server issue. Be with you shortly.
Clients come first ...
The Gadget Flow: Turn Your Apple Device Into A Virtual Reality Machine With AirVR.
The second photo down. We all knew this is where we were going to end up ... [laughing] ...
Yep, I’m going to sit back and just ... watch. Until someone says something useful. Given the posts flying around, I suspect it’ll be a week or more.
Later: Wrongo. Dave has something very useful to say.
Ramming around with drones ...
You’ve seen these two?
Mashable Drone Beat: Another Arrest in New York, NASA Working on Drone Safety and More. Do scroll down and watch the ram video.
SciAm: Personal Drones - Are They a Public Hazard?
Fluff again. Please show a video of a drone, sans bladeguards yet using higher performance carbon-fiber blades, impacting something the approximate density of human flesh. They’re like high speed paring knives. Even shuriken.