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Archive | June 12, 2017

Visually Intelligent — A Visual IQ Test For What It Is Worth.

by Anura Guruge


Anura Guruge visual IQ test

Click image to access the Quiz at the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’.


I happened to see it in today’s U.K. “Daily Mail”.

They, as is their wont, had hyped it up and claimed: ‘those who pass have an incredible ability to analyse and calculate what they see‘. That intrigued me. I think of myself as being fairly decent at being able to analyse what I see.

So, I took the test. I found it trivial, with hardly a need to dally at any of the questions. I was able to breeze through and I knew I was getting each one right! Just knew. Pretty obvious. So, I was not surprised to be told I got them all right.

Not sure what it proves. It seemed too simple. But, I am sharing with you just in case you too might be slightly curious (always bearing in mind that that is supposed to be what killed the infamous cat).


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Cricket Now Has Bat Sensors, Built By Intel — And They Are Being Used At The ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

by Anura Guruge



Click image to access the Intel Press Release talking about these bat sensors.


The bat sensor is on top of the handle, with the red surround.


I was watching the England vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match, live, on Willow, when I heard that both England openers, Jason Roy and Alex Hales, were using bat sensors — and they even managed to show a close-up of a sensor in-between overs.

I was intrigued BUT immediately knew what they were supposed to do. Basically another accelerometer-based sensor that would monitor bat speed, bat angle etc. And that is exactly what it does. Data is transmitted in real-time, via WiFi I guess, to the pavilion. If used by every batsmen they would provide a third means, behind Hot-Spot and Sniko/Ultra Edge to detect contact with a ball. Incredible. Cricket has come a long way from my days as a player and I am happy. All this technology makes it more competitive and exciting.


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Sony a7 II: Updated The Firmware From 3.30 to 4.0.

by Anura Guruge


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I have had the Sony a7 II for exactly a month and this was my 2nd firmware update!

I am NOT used to updating camera firmware that often. But, to be fair, for reasons that nobody seems to be able to explain, my a7 II, with zero shutter actuations, came with downlevel firmware, i.e., version 3.10 which had been released in November 2016, 6 months prior to me ordering the camera.

Updating to 4.0 was a breeze. Updater worked, flawlessly, first time around. Took about 14 minutes from my reckoning, but I wasn’t keeping careful track. It was pretty quick and the progress bar was moving along nicely.

Took about 80 pictures following the update. Didn’t notice anything awry.

This is what 4.0, released just a few days ago, viz. June 8, 2017, is supposed to do:

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