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ReadWrite: How To Pick A Selfie Stick.

Distance does little to render the wide-angle view of a smartphone aesthetically pleasing. Any ‘selfie’ makes my head look like an exclamation point, with a Durante schnozz - neither of which are realistic interpretations. Perhaps with an add-on telephoto clip.

01/12/15 • 11:36 AM • ConsumptionHardwareInternetMobile • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AppleInsider: The best external monitor alternatives to Apple’s outdated Thunderbolt Display.

Useful; bookmarked for future reference.

01/11/15 • 11:59 AM • AppleConsumptionDesignHardware • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Prismatics, and a lens comment.


I have to say, I’m disappointed by this Tamron 150-600. I’ve yet to coax a single critically sharp image; the landscape yesterday was the best image by far, and an anomaly. The 600 end is so soft, I actively avoid it. 500 is much better, but still not as sharp as the old vs1 100-400 Canon. IMHO. YMMV [This may just be a less-than-stellar model.]

01/02/15 • 05:56 PM • ConsumptionDesignHardwarePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Well, the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC arrived.

365/2: 362 outtake. Tamron 150-600 Rental.

And there’s no hummer to use it on. So I’ve got it for a week. Might as well kick the tires. This shot was taken spur of the moment, handheld, through a window. Get this ... handheld, yes ... 1/25 of a second. 300mm equivalent. Pretty decent sharpness with the Vibration Compensation tech. Can’t wait for some sun (or just a bird or three) to try it out properly.  We’re currently punishingly cold with snow falling.

12/30/14 • 03:57 PM • ConsumptionDesignHardwarePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Amazon: SanDisk - iXpand 32GB USB 2.0/Lightning Flash Drive.

We were just talking about this the other day. Getting photos off an iPhone, without iTunes and iPhoto (coyote howls for that workflow, Apple) is a bear.

12/29/14 • 01:39 PM • ComputingHardwareMobile • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Macworld: Why the cute and quirky eMate was Apple’s most human product.

It’s such a beautiful little machine, so full of character, that I actually feel bad for not using it.

12/09/14 • 10:18 AM • AppleComputingHardwareHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AnandTech: Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review.

Of note.

12/08/14 • 10:47 AM • ComputingHardware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Two interesting bits o’ hardware. Teeny-useful USB/Flash drives.

Leef, really small. And Sandisk has a dual-adapter flash drive that can hook to micro-USB as well as USB 2.

12/07/14 • 09:45 AM • ConsumptionHardware • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Luminous Landscape: Samsung NX1 First Impressions.

One look at the specs, you’ll go cross-eyed. Lack of lens options, however.

11/24/14 • 11:33 AM • HardwareMotion GraphicsPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/24/14 • 11:00 AM • HardwareLawMotion GraphicsPhotographyPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/20/14 • 02:32 PM • EconomicsHardwarePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: The paradox of the Ducati RR 3404.1 ”breadbox”.

Not a motorcycle. A tube radio.

11/20/14 • 01:02 PM • ArtsHardwareHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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!

11/20/14 • 10:34 AM • HardwareHealthInternetMobile • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/20/14 • 10:24 AM • ConsumptionDesignHardwarePhotography • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Introducing Lantern: One Device = Free Data Forever.

Cool idea. More.

11/19/14 • 11:35 AM • HardwareHuman RightsInternetMobileTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/17/14 • 06:59 PM • HardwareInternet • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ReadWrite: K5, The Autonomous Security Robot, Is Now On The Beat.

Security Roomba.

11/14/14 • 12:19 PM • ComputingHardwareHuman RightsSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/12/14 • 12:03 PM • AppleHardwareMotion Graphics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Register: Kryder’s law craps out - race to uber-cheap storage is over.

Of note.

11/10/14 • 10:34 AM • ComputingHardwareHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Building a CustoMac: Buyer’s Guide October 2014.

Of interest.

11/08/14 • 09:05 PM • AppleHardwareSoftware • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Amazon Echo.

My garbage can gives me career advice.

11/07/14 • 07:46 PM • ConsumptionDesignHardwareInternetSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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 ...]

11/07/14 • 03:21 PM • ConsumptionHardwareHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/03/14 • 11:15 AM • HardwarePersonal • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF.

Don’t give terrorists any bright ideas, please.

10/30/14 • 02:34 PM • HardwareLawMotion GraphicsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

10/21/14 • 11:04 AM • AppleEconomicsHardware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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