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B&H Photo: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle F2.8 IF ED UMC Lens.

All-manual, but $100 bucks off. FF and APS-C. Might be worth a shot. Not for P mode all-automatic shooters.

08/15/14 • 12:40 PM • HardwarePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

300+ bloody gigabytes already this year ...

And it’s only a little beyond half over. My 365 project is eating up the hard drive space. Looks like another 4TB is in the cards for this Xmas. And my biggest photo projects of the year are still to come!  Ayayayay ... If anyone sees fire-sale prices on RAIDs in the next few months, remember ol’ Garret.

Later: It strikes me, I’m a rich man now. Rich in hard drive space, even though I’m running out of it. That 300 gigabytes, if priced the same as 1986 Jasmine drive space, would cost upwards of $15,000.

08/13/14 • 05:33 PM • HardwarePersonalPhotography • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Macworld: Flight Cases for iMac review: Heavy duty protection for your traveling iMac.

Take it from me, a dude who used to fly with PCs just about every other week. Check the baggage insurance on flights, and have separate insurance to cover your computer. And have a source for a local replacement. Commercial airlines do not baby baggage.  When you read the fine print on your ticket, you may find the replacement rates for lost luggage are comically low (they were $20 on some airlines in the 80’s).

Also, I would travel with four (4) duplicates of the hard drive’s content.  One on the travelling computer. One on the backup computer. One Bernoulli removable disk in my carryon, and the last left at the office.  Out of those four backup options, only twice did I have to resort to the carryon backup; never had to get the one from the office.  Cloud solutions today make this easier, of course. But I thought the circumstance would be of interest to you all.

08/12/14 • 11:47 AM • ComputingConsumptionHardwarePersonalTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DP Review: LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS.

Of interest.

08/08/14 • 02:09 PM • ConsumptionDesignHardwarePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AnandTech: OWC and SoftRAID create ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition.


08/06/14 • 07:33 PM • DesignHardware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Bookseller: Sony to cease production of e-reader devices.

Analysts have previously indicated that e-readers have a short shelf life in the market now the versatile and popular tablet computer is  more affordable.”  Surprised it took this long. I predicted the dedicated e-reader was an interstitial form-factor; tablets, in various sizes, would win the long game.

08/05/14 • 09:34 AM • BooksComputingHardwareInternetMobile • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Fire Engineering: Drone Causes Problems at California Wildfire.

Another dimbulb who can’t think beyond the end of his nose. This is why the FAA may look to pilot training for drone operators; one needs to have knowledge of air operations.  Thanks, Mark!

07/29/14 • 11:36 AM • EnvironmentalHardwareLawMotion GraphicsNature • (14) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Officials Search for 3 Days; Drone Finds Missing Man After 20 Minutes.

Match point, FAA. What are you going to do about the very positive aspects of quadcopter/drones?

07/23/14 • 02:33 PM • HardwareLawMotion GraphicsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ReadWrite: An Ode To Jim Rockford’s Answering Machine.

Funny; my old man was an attorney, and drooled over the idea of having such an answering machine. Problem was, they were expensive at the time. Eventually a dual-cassette one was purchased ... and come to think of it, very similar to Rockford’s.

07/22/14 • 05:44 PM • ComputingEntertainmentHardwareHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AnandTech: Western Digital Updates Red NAS Drive Lineup with 6 TB and Pro Versions.

More space for your NAS.

07/21/14 • 01:04 PM • ComputingConsumptionDesignHardware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

VaultSkin for iPhone.

Interesting.  I’ve seen others of this kind of case, of course. A photo of one on another site tickled my fancy. My concern is, pulling out of a pocket, does one dump their cards and/or phone all over the place?

07/21/14 • 11:24 AM • DesignHardwareMobile • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Luminous Landscape: Out On The Streets With The Leica M8.

Some stellar shots within. You’ll want to go out and pound the pavement for some street photography after.

07/18/14 • 10:56 AM • ConsumptionHardwarePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

RockHealth: Why Doctors Still Use Pagers.

Significant positives. Makes me want my pager back.

07/11/14 • 10:23 AM • HardwareHealthInternetMobile • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LensRentals.com/blog: A New Old Lens, review of the Petzval Portrait Lens.

You aren’t going to replace any of your current lenses with this one. But for some of you, it might be a fun addition that gives your portraits some really different looks.

07/10/14 • 08:02 PM • ConsumptionHardwarePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Contour Mouse … comes in sizes for R and L hands.

I may have to trial one.

07/10/14 • 10:32 AM • DesignHardware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PC World: Cloud storage vs. external hard drives: Which really offers the best bang for your buck?.

Cloud is starting to win. I’ll have to look closer now.

07/10/14 • 10:21 AM • GeneralHardwareInternetPhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bicycling: Road Bikes of the 2014 Tour de France.

Yeah, but never make the mistake that equipment trumps fitness. TdF riders are superhuman.

07/08/14 • 10:45 AM • HardwareSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Luminous Landscape: Pentax 645Z First Impressions Review.

Price — and form-factor — versus the competition seem to be the issues.

07/06/14 • 11:19 AM • ConsumptionHardwarePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

EOSHD: A real world Sony A7S rolling shutter test vs the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

Of interest.

07/03/14 • 03:48 PM • HardwareMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Kickstarter: AirDog, World’s First Auto-follow Drone for GoPro Camera.


07/03/14 • 11:27 AM • GeneralHardwareMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: FAA Has Clamped Down on Realtors Using Drones ‘for Months’.

Sorry, there are huge differences between hobby and commercial use. You can see from these videos that the realtors are breaking property boundaries into neighbors’ airspace and flying in the general public airspace (over public roads, waterways, etc.). A drone is a disruptive machine: a noisy device, and even with blade guards it can do a bit of damage if lost control of (everyone seems to have a ‘lost control’ story to relate). Last time I saw one in use near a busy road, the rubbernecking alone could cause an accident.

Are drones being picked on unfairly? No. If a realtor wanted to do aerials of a house and hired a crane to do it with, they’d have to obtain appropriate permits for public use, personnel to clear traffic, etc. I think that’s what the FAA is aiming for - notifying the neighbors ahead of time, and simply making sure the public is safe. That means a level of skill in operation, too. My bet: Look for N-style numbers on commercial drones, professional testing and professional licensing of some sort. Signs and notifications in operating areas, much like a commercial film set. 

Rather than individual liberty, drone operators should be proactive in talking about their safety procedures while operating their little machines. I’d bet the FAA would really appreciate that, and take a softer stance. Anyone talking about it? Not in this article.  If I were a realtor, it would be the first thing I would be doing - showing off my safety protocols, perhaps in a video as well. Be smart, not grasping.

07/02/14 • 11:05 AM • GeneralHardwareMotion GraphicsPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Mag: Here’s What the Future of Reading Looks Like.

‘E-readers are looking like the next iPod,’ Mashable writes today, noting that smartphones and tablets with e-reader apps are poised to cannibalize sales of dedicated e-readers in the same way that the iPhone – which had all the capabilities of an iPod, plus calling and texting and tons of other apps – killed its single-feature predecessor.” Told you so.

06/29/14 • 12:40 PM • BooksHardwareMobileSoftware • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Giz: The Typo That Destroyed a NASA Rocket.

If you’re of my vintage, you’ll remember the amount of time it took to enter code into punch cards and paper tape. The typos were the majority of time spent debugging. And this was ten years *previous* to my experience with punch cards.

06/26/14 • 11:42 AM • ComputingHardwareHistorySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

National Park Service Press Releases: Drones prohibited.

Totally expected. “In April, visitors at Grand Canyon National Park gathered for a quiet sunset, which was interrupted by a loud unmanned aircraft flying back and forth and eventually crashing in the canyon.” Sounds like you can get a ‘special use’ permit, however.

06/20/14 • 01:10 PM • HardwareMotion GraphicsNaturePhotography • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Finally took the plunge; trying a ‘cardboard box’ standing desk.

Stacked some storage boxes on my desk. I need a wider space for the keyboard and mouse. I’ll let you know how I fare as I give this workstyle a try.

06/19/14 • 11:14 AM • HardwareHome & LivingPersonal • (7) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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