Repeating myself

October 26, 2005

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Please bear in mind that it's very likely that I'll repeat myself more than a few times with this blog. I was just responding to a comment by David on printers and almost wrote another entry about how much better printers have gotten. Turns out, I've already done that one.


C-Nets URLs

October 26, 2005

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This is one of the best setups for URLs that I've seen before. Take the following URL as an example:
http://news.com.com/Passport+to+get+RFID+chip+implants/2100-7348_3-5913644.html
It's easy to tell what the story is "Passport to get RFID chip implants". This makes them very friendly to the people that use computers since you don't have to go to the page to remember what the specific story is about. The thing about URLs that have text strings like those titles in them is that they are a bitch to keep up with from a content management point of view.
For example, if you publish a story and send out some links to it, but then realize you need to change the title the URL would change as well. This could mean that the original links would be broken or that both URLs would have to be actively maintained to point to the same content. Both of those are a pain in the ass.
C-Net's solution seems to have found an elegant solution for this. The text in the middle doesn't appear to matter. In fact, it doesn't have to be there at all. All three of these go to the same content. The "2100-7348_3-5913644.html" tells the server what it needs to know while allowing people to be able to use the rest of the URL for identification.
http://news.com.com/Passport+to+get+RFID+chip+implants/2100-7348_3-5913644.html
http://news.com.com/Updated+text/2100-7348_3-5913644.html
http://news.com.com/2100-7348_3-5913644.html
Nice job C-Net.
– Tags: tagHacks


Get your passport now

October 26, 2005

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Well, they have been talking about it for some time, but according to this article RFID chips will be in passports starting a year from now. So, if you are paranoid like me, go get your passport renewed now. If you don't have one, go ahead a get one. Never no when you might need to flee the country.
Favorite line: Out of the 2,335 comments on the plan that were received by the State Department this year, 98.5 percent were negative.
Good to know our law representatives are representing.
– Tags: tagParanoia


The Digital Pin Hole

October 25, 2005

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Front and back view of my pin hole body cap. The foil is taped on the inside. I should be able to use the body cap pretty much as normal. Of course, I almost never use them preferring to keep a wide lens on the body.
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And here is a shot of the outside of my office at lunch time. Shutter speed metered out to 8 seconds at ISO 100. (David had it right about needing to block out the viewfinder while metering to prevent light leak.)
If my math is right, based off the Sunny 16 Rule the pin hole works out to F/512. That's half a gig of aperture. Wait. I'm mixing analog and digital terminology again.
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(And, yes. I need to clean the sensor on my camera to get rid of the specks.)
– Tags: tagPhotography


Digital Pinhole Test One

October 25, 2005

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Mr. Nuge made himself a little pin hole out of cardboard. This got me thinking about something I tried back in the days of film. Making a lens cap into a pin hole "lens" with a piece of aluminum foil. So, here's my test shot:
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This is looking out my back porch at very close to sunset. Exposure was about 8 seconds. Needed to be a little more. I think the fact that there was no aperture may have confused the meter. I'll try a few more tomorrow with some stronger light to see what shakes out.
Definitely the cheapest "lens" I've ever shot with. For film based pin hole, I've always wanted to give one of these a try..
– Tags: tagPhotography


Technolust - Powerbook with Aperture

October 24, 2005

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Okay, I think a friend in LA just cost me a lot of money. Damn it. I had specifically not taken a look at Apple's new Aperture software because I didn't want to know what I was missing. The marketing says it's for the Pro market, so I really wanted to stay away.
You see, I no longer have a Mac. My current gig is at an IBM shop. So, my work supplied machine is a windows based system. After a long time of little use, I finally gave my old Mac G3 to Good Will. It was a sad day. Up until then I had always been a Mac guy.
Apple keeps doing things that make me want to switch back. For instance putting a FreeBSD core under their OS X is awesome. I've grown quite fond of linux/unix and working full time on an OS with that underneath would bring repeated bits of happiness.
Then, Apple had to go and release Aperture. If you haven't taken a look at it you should. Especially watch the quick time profiles they have. It took me an hour to pick my jaw up off the floor.
So, now I'm dreaming of getting another Mac, but it just doesn't make sense right now. Damn it. Then to rub it in a little more, I find out about a company called ETCHaMac that provides engraving on powerbooks. Someday…..


Hot Chocolate

October 24, 2005

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Just made the seasons first cup of Hot Chocolate. Please note, that it's 64 degrees right now. I have definitely acclimated to Florida.


Money Making Photography Idea

October 24, 2005

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Have a photographer at an Alabama Football game shooting digitally. Setup a few Wi-Fi nodes to allow them to ship images automatically to a partner with a printer outside the stadium. Have the partner churn out 8x10s from the game. As soon as the final score come out, print out a nice label. with the date, opponent, and final score. Fame up the label and photo in a precut mat and sell them for $50 a pop.
You'd make a killing right up to the point when you got busted for selling unlicensed photos.


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