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GadgetFlow: KeyMouse™ Re-invents the Keyboard and Mouse.

This is the kind of gizmo I’m usually a sucker for. Not at this price, though.

01/26/15 • 01:11 PM • ComputingConsumptionDesignGeneralHardware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ReadWrite: Why We Need A New Word For Drones.

I was all over this what, nine months, a year ago? Catch up, media. Or not. “Drone” sells ad impressions.

01/26/15 • 12:50 PM • HardwareMotion GraphicsNewsPhotography • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

EOS HD: DSLR Video Quality Rank, January 2015.

Of note.

01/26/15 • 12:40 PM • HardwareMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Someone successfully used a drone to breach the White House security perimeter.

Drugs over the border, visiting the President ... if you wondered why the FAA was dragging its feet, these seem to be good examples.

01/26/15 • 10:58 AM • HardwareLawMotion GraphicsPhotography • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Drone carrying six pounds of meth crashes at Mexican border.

New commercial use. Not quite what anyone expected, I’m sure. Border Patrol’s going to get real good at ‘wing shots’.

01/22/15 • 11:39 AM • ComputingHardwareLawMotion GraphicsPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wired: Moog Music Recreates a Trio of Its Legendary Modular Synths.

What? No mention of Rick Wakeman and Wendy/Walter Carlos? C’mon, kid-journalists. Do your research!

01/20/15 • 01:23 PM • ComputingHardwareHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Macworld: Unlocking Disk Utility’s hidden secrets.

Never knew you could multi-verify. Bookmarked. Macworld, please stop with the auto-play videos. We hates it, Precious.

01/19/15 • 10:38 AM • AppleHardwareSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: GoPro stock plummets after Apple granted patent for mounted cameras.

Pulling the rug out from under, if Apple decides to compete. GoPro is pretty mature at this point; it’s a big leap from nothing to marketshare for Apple. GoPro has lots of competition, none have knocked it off yet. Color me skeptical.

01/13/15 • 04:41 PM • AppleConsumptionEconomicsHardwareInternetMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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
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