The iPhone 5 Credit Card Case

I’ve had my Speck Smartflex Case for a month now and I have to say it is super convenient and I haven’t lost my wallet. The main things that are sad are that it completely hides the very nice gold iPhone underneath and you have to be careful with just three cards. But it is ...

UV filters: Hoya HD2 upends B+W, Heliopan and dusts Tiffen

LensRentals.com – Good Times with Bad Filters. Is a great example of how filters affect image quality. Most folks I know don’t put a filter on top of the lense. I put them on all of mine because one scratch and your $$$s lense is well not so nice. In terms of brands, I’ve been ...

Getting Merrill Lynch points for Adorama via Rakuten

Wow, it is always complicated (and rewarding to get points). Looking for the superb Canon 15×50 IS binoculars. The lowest price is on Amazon, but if you shop a little with Chase Rewards Mall, you can find them with 1 extra point (worth about 2 cents per dollar) on Rakuten. But on Merrill Lynch Mall, ...

Editing Markdown for GitHub

We are using Git’s version of Markdown for most of our documents. A big advantage over a regular Word file is that this is easy to diff and edit and manage. But while the syntax is nice, it certainly isn’t WYSIWYG. It would be nice to find something that is and is free. Here are ...

iMovie 10.0 and Network Drives

The latest iMovie appears to hate NAS drives. It looks like Apple is now checking to make sure this is a true Apple file system (why???!). In any case, if you want to use a NAS or something else, you have to hack through this workaround: 1. Create a custom .dmg file that lives on ...

Private Internet Access – Unblock email

This is a terrific VPN. It costs $39 per year and it works on iOS and Macs perfectly. Seems extremely fast as well. Their own application seems a bit buggy, but the Tunnelblick which is an open source VPN works great. You do have to download the beta to get it to run on Mac ...

It’s raining amazing compact cameras

The Sony RX-100 seems to have started a trend. Amazingly high quality 1″ sensors. Now the Mark III has an EVF and a much faster lense, but others are catching up: Lumix LX8. Rumors about a 1 inch sensor compact and fixed lens Panasonic LX8 camera are floating around the web for weeks now. And ...

High Power Binoculars

The 8×32 Leica’s really are magnificent. They are tiny and easy to carry on a day hike. The 8×26 Vortex are perfect for taking to the Opera or for ultralight backpacking. But what if you really want to see what is happening during a sailing regatta. The traditional method is to use a tripod and ...

Waterproof Compact Cameras: Lumis TS-5

Yes you can get a massive case for your dSLR, but if you are camping and hiking, the Sony RX100 Mark III sure makes a lot of sense. It is tiny, but has a 1″ sensor and amazing 24-70 F/1.8-2.8 lens. But what if you are looking to spend time on the water, but then ...

Real Usage: Canon 5D2 and 100-400 plus Leica 8×32 and Vortex 8×26

OK, just spent eight days watching some incredible regatta and racing. Here are notes on real world use of equipment: 1. Trusty old Canon 5D2 and 100-400 F/4-F/5.6. This is an old lens now, but if you use if properly, you definitely get good results. Shooting boats a mile or more away is one of ...
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