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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

The Register.UK: Plugging the gaps in today’s Macs - Elgato Thunderbolt Dock.

There’s more to it than just a Gigabit Ethernet though, as you get three USB 3.0 ports, separate audio in and out, HDMI and two Thunderbolt ports. With the latter, you obviously need one to connect to your host device, but the other can be used to daisy chain to other Thunderbolt devices or hooked up to a DisplayPort monitor.” I’ve needed a USB expander for my iMac for quite some time. Perhaps this would be a better solution, if a little short of USB ports (4 would be better).  If you’re running a newer MacBook, it’s worth the look (be sure not to miss Page Two if you use Windows; the pagination is a little obscured).

06/03/14 • 10:10 AM • ConsumptionDesignHardware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PC World: So long, TrueCrypt - 5 alternative encryption tools. [Mac/Linux options mentioned.]

Of note.

05/30/14 • 11:54 AM • AppleHardwareMicrosoftSecuritySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gizmodo: Here’s How a 1984 Macintosh Tutorial Taught People to Use a Mouse.

Oh, I remember this. But what was more stunning was the first use of MacPaint. That cursor, the paintbrush … they felt alive, in a way that a computer had never felt before.

05/30/14 • 08:38 AM • AppleHardwareHistorySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gizmodo: How to Get Hit in the Head With a Drone.

Quadcopter operators, use blade guards.  $20 for a set of blades, $16 for blade guards. You can get super-light carbon fiber guards for like $70. Read about the attachment screw/motor burnout and possible descent issues before purchase. Better to have them; it’s only a matter of time before the crash or injury. The eyes you save may be your own.

05/29/14 • 10:29 AM • HardwareMotion GraphicsPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MeFi: FalseCrypt. [TrueCrypt is Dead.]

TrueCrypt is dead, and in an extremely bizarre way.

05/29/14 • 10:00 AM • HardwareInternetSecuritySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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