25
October
2016

Argh Browser incompatibilities

I’ ve been hitting quite a few these days, here are two annoying one: iPhone Upgrade Program. The actual loan you take from Citizen’s is managed by a site called fdec.com. Just be aware that this site does not work on either Safari where you get a blank page when trying to login or on […]

23
October
2016

Credit card strategies

Wow it is incredible what Chase is doing with rewards cards. Hey Paul if you are listening here is the ideal portfolio. It does seem like the devaluations of airlines has meant cards are where the action is :  1. Chase Sapphire Reserve. Effectively $150 per year ($450 plus $300 for any travel expense). 100K […]

22
October
2016

Chase Sapphire Reserve Activating Benefits

This is an awesome card, but you have to dig down deep to activate benefits. It is buried deep in Redeem Points on the portal. Go to ultimaterewards.chase.com and do: First if you have other Chase cards, transfer all those points to the Sapphire Reserve so you can use them with the Chase Travel portal […]

16
October
2016

UHDTV now gets HDR

Well, now that 4K ultra high definition televisions costs as much as a bag of chips. (OK maybe not that little, but they are really inexpensive), the next jump in state of the art of high definition. That means a much higher color range than before so models like the new Samsung¬†UN65KS9800¬†provide the latest bells […]

16
October
2016

Sous Vide Geek

OK, I finally had a sous vide meal with my buddy Paul, I can see why geeks all over the world buy these things, some notes: Buy a sous vide controller. The Anova immersion controller is less than $200, but the big boys get either a $1,000 Fusion Pro immersion controller or a dedicated water […]

10
October
2016

Best apertures and isos

Ok shooting a bunch of candids and here are some quick reminders for best settings: Canon 5D Mark II. I know it’s old but trusty. Base ISO is 100 and you want to start below ISO 800 before dynamic ranges disappears For lenses Canon 70-200/f2.8 L. This is not the mark II but still a […]

08
October
2016

Android Marshmellow Nexus 5X photos to a MacOS Sierra

This is one of the more tricky things to find, but if you are running Marshmellow, here are the instructions that seem to work. With Android, you do not get a hard drive that appears on your screen, nor does Photos work with Android, so try this instead: Plug in your Nexus 5X into your […]

07
October
2016

Getting from NJ to JFK

This is actually harder than you think. Make sure to leave more than plenty of time as you have to get your way across the city.  Uber. I tried twice but uber drivers in NJ will refuse to take you to JFK. They mumble something about licensing. Probably more likely they don’t want to be […]

07
October
2016

Getting back from seatac

Ok the many mysteries of travel. Here’s a big one. What’s the best way back from the airport assuming ur tired don’t want to spend too much but want to get of the airport as fast as possible. From best to worst Driving there and back. Ok still the most reliable for dropoff and assuming […]

01
October
2016

Karabiner for Sierra MacOS

I’ve been using Karabiner to remap a PC keyboard to a Mac keyboard. This however only works for El Capitan and earlier. You need to use Karabiner-Elements for Sierra MacOS. By default, this switch the function keys to the brightness and other keys. You can also edit a ~/.karabiner.d/configuration/karabiner.json

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