Boston Globe: A revolution rattling the world of organ music.
DP Review: Can the iPad Pro be a serious editing tool for imaging professionals?
“Despite being a much more powerful device than other models in the iPad line-up, with the software that is currently available the iPad Pro remains an additional tool for specific tasks in your editing workflow, but not the centerpiece.” My italic emphasis.
Register.UK: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline.
“It got so bad AWS engineers were unable to send administrative commands to the metadata systems. At about 0500 PT, the team paused the service so that it could get in and make changes to handle the overwhelming workload. By 0700 PT, DynamoDB was staggering back to its feet. Other services were hit by the outage: EC2 Auto Scaling, the Simple Queue Service, CloudWatch, and the AWS Console feature, suffered problems.”
LRB: Daniel Soar, Short Cuts.
“New inventions – just check out the website for the Lethality Division of the US Army Research Laboratory’s Material Research Directorate – promise clever things, and better soldiers, but when it comes to dealing with the enemy nothing is really as effective as firing at people from far enough away that they can’t fire back.” I’ve read this twice now, and still can’t quite figure out where he stands.
ReadWrite: Apple Builds A Larger Canvas For Tablet Appmakers With The iPad Pro.
Sort of ‘backing’ into a touchscreen computer. What this brings to mind is, innovation on the iMac platform to accommodate a touchscreen. Articulated stand? Exciting, IMHO.
Anandtech: WD Red Pro 6 TB Review.
DP Review: Epson introduces EcoTank printer range.
“... Epson ... has launched a range of printers called EcoTank that it claims will help users save 70% on home printing. The five new machines come with what Epson says is enough ink to last the average person two years, and once empty the tanks can be refilled from a bottle instead of being replaced.” It’s taken long enough. Should have been available a decade ago!
Luminous Landscape: DxO One Hands On Review.
Scroll down to “The Final Word.” You might be better served waiting for the next generation of mobile phones.
Yosemite/mouse problem licked.
Turns out, not Yosemite at all. When I’d previously had some cutouts, I’d noticed it happened after abrupt mouse movements. Seems the battery door doesn’t push the batteries into full contact. I taped a piece of index card inside the door, and that fixed things. I’ve been having them so frequently lately, I thought - what the hell. Go for the easy solution. I slapped a full-length piece of duct tape over the taped index card (twice as thick as previously), and closed the battery door. No more ‘connection lost’ inconveniences.
And my apologies for picking on you, Yosemite.
ReadWrite: Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S.
“The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance. But then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons.”
KurzweilAI: Rechargeable batteries with almost indefinite lifetimes coming, say MIT-Samsung engineer
Mashable: Microsoft builds Surface cover prototype with bonus E Ink screen.
Clever. Taking menus off the main screen, onto a narrow E-Ink display. Would need wider adoption. I would lay odds that E-Ink would get swapped for a color display eventually. [Ed.note: Two eventually’s in that sentence. Removed one. Boiled up more coffee. Thanks.]
The Register.UK: Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts.
“This week, four water storage tanks are being yanked from Endeavour - the most up-to-date of the shuttles. It made 25 flights to the ISS between 1992 and 2011 and is now on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. But it is not the first shuttle to be picked over for parts. Similar tanks were stripped from the Atlantis shuttle in May.” How the mighty have fallen. NASA, put up a ‘donate’ button on your website. Some of us still want to fuel our dreams.
Mashable: Newark airport stores will stop selling drones ‘immediately’.
Airports. Selling drones. I ask you. How idiotic can one be?
DP Review: Sony Alpha 7R II can match or beat DSLR low light AF performance.
I’m getting the distinct feeling this camera is going to clean Canon and Nikon’s clocks for them. Very excited to rent one.
DP Review: iFixit tears down Sony’s new a7R II to find its secrets.
The Register.UK: WD unleashes bigger, badder, Black and revved, rapido Red Pro.
Lifehacker: Performance Tests Show That 16GB of RAM Is Overkill for Most People.
Don’t want it? I’ll take it ...
Youtube: Can You Spy With a Consumer Drone?
Tests how much you can actually see at common and uncommon distances. Useful for those who are nervous about quadcopters.
Motherboard: Wildlife Drones May Stress Animals Out, Study Says.
As I’ve mentioned before, when you encounter one at a crowded event, stalking you for a photo opp, they’ll get your predator-alarms going too.
DP Review: Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic form wireless common standard partnership.
Smart. Phottix as the low cost solution for the amateur, which can then allow you to add pro-level gear without breaking the bank. Keep those company coffers full!
[Laughing] Running out of ‘monster’ names for my hard drives.
Ever since I bought my first Jasmine 20 megabyte (HUGE!) hard drive, I’ve given my drives monster names. [Looking back, I should have named that one “Dinky.”]
Moving into robots. My latest 6 terabyte is “Gigantor”. My first RAID will be ... wait for it ... Gort.
DP Review: Fujifilm X-T10 Review.
Of interest. Most of the X100T, at a slightly lower cost (and lower weight).
DSLR Video Shooter: Panasonic GH4 vs G7 Video Review.
Busy day already, links will be catch-as-catch-can.
Took time to remove an aging external (little used) from my Firewire chain, hunted down wasteful powerblocks, and rerouted some of my electrical wiring. Hopefully my externals and other accessories will be happier today.
Meetings yet to come, and I have to find time for my bodyweight workout. Let’s see what I can dig up in the meantime ...