Photo Rumors: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens (Canon version) tested at DxOmark.
Hmmm. I rented the Zeiss 50mm F2 Makro and liked having an f/22 in addition to half life-size detail work. I’d miss the 1.4 shallow DOF, perhaps. But 800 or so extra smackers’ll buy another lens. 50mm isn’t that compelling a focal range.
Youtube: Newest Honda ASIMO Robot Moves Like A Human.
Cute. The perpetual-bent knees make my quads hurt just lookin’ at ‘em, though.
CNet: LaCie admits to year-long credit card breach.
“LaCie, which is set to merge with American hard drive maker Seagate, said it was informed about the breach on March 19, 2014 by the FBI. But the hardware company speculated that all transactions between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014 were possibly affected.”
CNet: The secret to saving a wet phone or tablet.
BitTorrent Sync Beta.
“No cloud required.” Interesting, in light of Google’s recent pricing strategies. Security?
The Dissolve: Film preservation 2.0.
“Archivists can use whatever media best suit their needs. But right now, there aren’t any great options.” Punched paper tape, perhaps? I was lamenting this just the other day. Via MeFi.
ReadWrite: Apple Retires Snow Leopard Support, Leaves 1 In 5 Macs In The Dust.
Not unexpected. My old white Macbook has stayed current longer than my Quadra 840AV did ...
DP Review and Zack Arias give impressions of the Fuji X-T1.
TechCrunch: Next-Gen YotaPhone Follow-Up Unveiled, With Full-Touch E-Ink Rear Screen.
The Luminous Landscape: Fuji’s X-T1.
BonjourLife: Shortcut-S Photoshop Keyboard.
That, and a Wacom tablet, and you’d be set. Maybe. I spend more time screwing with brush sizes and specs, which I don’t see on this ‘board.
The Luminous Landscape: Fuji X100s Review.
DP Review: Sony Alpha 7R Review.
ProVideoCoalition: Music Video Shot With All Three Blackmagic Cameras.
Dell Laptop Forum: Installing VLC Media Player voids your speaker warranty!
Hmmm. Laptop speakers are so awful OEM, I suspect burning them out might be a service to audiophiles everywhere (joking, dryly). VLC does a bang-up job with FLACs. I like clean audio.
DP Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, a quick summary.
I still want 20MP, not 16. But scroll down and just look at the ‘interface unit’!! XLRs! Wow. I’ll have to consider this baby.
Ian Johnson’s Blog: VPS disk performance, Digital Ocean vs Linode part II.
SSD vs. rotating platters? Your expectations will not be met, apparently.
Fred Miranda: Sony A7R teams up with Canon glass.
Photogs, you’ll want to read this one. Particularly, if you choose to try this, about the shutter vibration. This is THE photographic link o’ the day. There, I called it.
Apple Support: iPad Air Freezing.
Mine has begun this circus of freezing/key repeats. I use a Logitech external BT keyboard case. Very strange. If anyone hears of a fix, I’d appreciate a tip.
Of iPad cases and keyboards ...
I wonder why extended storage is not part of iPad cases and keyboards. It would be simple enough to add an SD or CF card slot in most of these little Bluetooth beasties. It would be nice to have a thumbnail-sized set of hard drives to swap out as one works. As nice as cloud systems are, there are many areas in NM (even SF County here) where there’s no cell service and, upon asking someone about wifi, your question is met with a burst of hysterical laughter.
Ars Technica: BeWifi lets you steal your neighbor’s bandwidth when they’re not using it.
Linkbait title, shame on you Ars. Not stealing - more premeditated sharing. You have to own a specific brand of router.
Apple: Thirty Years of Mac.
I was still working on Wall Street when the Macintosh was announced. The fear was, in the midst of Apple III-dom, that it would be too much of a toy for serious work. It took years for that prejudice to dissipate. It was the Laserwriter [and ‘Desktop Publishing’] that kicked Mac into high gear.
The laser printer. Now there’s an invention I’ll really celebrate.
AppleInsider: Zoom launches iQ5 professional-grade microphone for iPhone, iPad.
A bit expensive. Better make sure your recording app works upside-down or sideways on an iPhone. Not all apps do.
DP Review: Sony Alpha 7 Review.
As usual, I cut to the chase and take you to the Conclusion page. You can backtrack after reading their take.
Guardian.UK: Ten tools for digital and citizen journalists on the go.
Handy. I’d say if you are still a bit old-school and take paper notes, remember to snap them with whatever camera or smartphone you’re carrying. ‘Redundancy is good’, is the mantra. No matter if it is analog or digital.