Archive | July 11, 2018

July 11, 2018, In New Hampshire, By A Lake.

by Anura Guruge

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It has been quite the Summer up here in New Hampshire. We, as usual, went down to our beach (slightly late) around 6:15pm. We rarely go earlier. It is too hot and ‘non-peaceful’. I did my usual swim to the swim platform and back. [You can just about see it, way to the right, in line with the furthest boat — in the ‘black’ slick of calmer water.] By 6:45pm everybody was GONE. Just us. I read a bit. Took a quick snooze in the heat. Then I picked up my camera and looked through the lens. This is what I got — yes, albeit, after I kicked down the exposure compensation a few notches. This to I captures what Summer in New Hampshire Lakes Region is all about.

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Drop In “Atlantic Broadband” Internet Speed Appears To Have Been My Dying Arris SB6141 Modem.

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Installed under my desk.

My 3-year old ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem that appears to have kicked the bucket.

My ‘Atlantic Broadband‘ Internet speed had been steadily falling for the last couple of weeks. I even did a post about in on June 24, 2018. I knew I should have called them, but had been just too busy.

Well, this morning the matter was finally settled for me. I had NO Atlantic Broadband‘ Internet service, though my TDS service was still up.

Called Atlantic Broadband‘ (the new ‘Metrocast’). They were very good. They could not get my modem online. They suspected that it was dead. Told me I needed to try a new modem and that I could rent one from them.

They gave me one of these BIG Arris TG3452 Gateways. It has 4-LAN ports, Wi-Fi and voice ports. I don’t need any of that. But, I checked the specs. The Cable specs. are OUT OF THIS WORLD. DOCSIS 3.1 and 32 channel bonding. To get one with the same specs. would cost me $197. So, I am going to keep it. I gather I lucked out. They have only had these DOCSIS 3.1 modems for less than a week.

A technician came later on and changed my connectors. They were getting old and rusty.

I am again getting 200Mbps — though not ALL the time. Sometimes it still drops down to 160Mbps. But, prior to the new modem I had ceased to be able to get above 160Mbps.

I do have a TDS 45 Mbps service IN ADDITION to this ‘150 Mbps’ service — as a backup. I use it to drive my Roku 3 streaming.

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Nikon’s Ultra-Zoom P1000 Is Finally Announced And It Fails To ‘WOW’ I.

by Anura Guruge

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Well, Nikon finally announced it, MORE than a year later than it was expected, and yes, as we had all predicted it did have a 24-3,000mm zoom.

A 3,000mm zoom is mega-impressive, but, alas, that appears to be the only selling point of the P1000. That is galling.

Everything else is essentially the same, though I get the impression they have improved the Image Stabilization to help with keeping the monster lens steady. The RAW support is totally irrelevant to I. I do NOT do post-processing. I am not sure how many folks buying a ‘Coolpix’ will want to deal with RAW. ‘Coolpix’ is for us ‘point, shoot and post’ brigade.

It is still 16MP and most disappointing the Max. ISO is still 6400. And that is a killer in my book. [I was wrong on this — and I was going by the initial reviews. SORRY. Appears that there is a 12800 option.] Yes, Nikon is going to say shoot in RAW and then add lightning after. I would RATHER not do that, ‘thanks’.

This is what I said in April 2017 when we first started talking about the P1000.

So, the P1000 like the P900 only truly excels in good light. Forget the built in flash. The extended lens gets in the way.

The P900 was $599. The P1000 is $999. Yes, 3,000mm lenses are NOT cheap. I appreciate that. But that is a 67% price increase.

So, this is not sour grapes, but I doubt whether I will be rushing out to get one. I still have my P900 and to be honest I rarely use it. So, I cannot justify getting a P1000. Over the last year I have discovered that I am truly a FULL FRAME guy. I love my Sony a7 II. It just feels right. When not using that, I use my Google Pixel 2 — mainly for the convenience.

So, that is my take. The 3,000 lens is very impressive and tempting. But, that is all that the P1000 offers over the P900. To, I, that is not enough. Plus, in the end, it is still a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor. That is basically the same as that on a phone.

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