I had absolutely no idea that this was indeed the case — and, moreover, has been since July 2001. 18-years ago. WOW.
Another casualty of the Internet.
Yes, it is also true that once I could get cricket score on the Interweb (via. say ‘cricinfo‘) I lost interest in fiddling around with SW.
I just go myself a small radio from Amazon today so that I can EASILY listen to NPR during my walks. [I am off-crutches after 6-weeks and intend to do a fair amount of walking.] It had SW has a bonus. So, I was looking forward to listening to BBC on SW. Well, I guess that is not going to happen.
P.S., It was cheaper to get this $24 radio than messing around trying to get FM on my Google Pixel 2.
IF The Supposed Canon EOS RP, Due Soon, Does Not Have In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS), It Is DOA!
It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.
If it doesn’t have IBIS it will be a total waste of time — let alone money.
Just last week, as you can see above, Canon’s CEO said that they expect the camera market to FALL 50% by next year! That is a HUGE drop in sales, BUT easy to see. Smartphones are making cameras obsolete. Even I, a camera buff, use my Google Pixel 2 much more than my two high-end cameras! Yes, I plan to get a new full-frame mirrorless soon, but I am in that shrinking pool of folks still interested in buying a real camera.
So, I am keeping a very close eye on this upcoming Canon announcement. I will, of course, keep you posted.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
30,000th picture — January 26, 2019.
20,000th picture — June 26, 2018.
10,000th picture — August 16, 2017.
1st picture with my a7 II camera — May 10, 2017.
Since I got back into photography in 2014, this is the longest I have held onto a camera. 1 year, 8 months & 2 weeks –> 626 days. Wow. I am impressed with myself. I had told myself — and possibly even you — that I was going to sell it once I had taken 20,000 pictures and completed my ‘next’ book. Well, I have now taken 30,000 pictures and completed at least two books.
30,000 pictures. This is a record for I — by a long chalk.
30,000 pictures in 626 days. That comes to 48 pictures a day!
But, here is the kicker. Though I take pictures each and every day, without fail, I do NOT use the Sony a7 II every day. Today, for example, was the first time I had used it in 13-days!
Since I have had the a7 II I have always had AT LEAST two other cameras (my Google Pixel 2 mainly a camera rather than a phone). And since getting the Google Pixel 2, on Christmas 2017, I tend to use it more than the a7. That is quite an endorsement for the Google Pixel 2.
So, here is how it worked out:
So, how many pictures do I take in total, in a given year, across all my cameras.
2017 — 29,322 pictures
2018 — 26,625 pictures
2019 — 1,173 in 26 days (45 a day).
Check Categories ‘Sony’ & ‘Six Images’.
Yes, I finally managed to get an Amazfit Verge — yesterday. Today, I got around to unpacking it. Yes, this is still with the protective cover on it. You can see the little flap at the bottom with the red line.
I am still in the process of setting it up. Alas, it wasn’t as straightforward as I had hoped. For a start the Amazfit APP does not work with Android 9 — as in my trusty Google Pixel 2! That did not amuse me much. I had to install the APP on a Tablet. That worked. After that it was fairly straightforward sailing. Connecting to Wi-Fi was a breeze and downloading a new software update was pretty easy.
I haven’t started wearing it on my wrist as yet. Will do so shortly.
Yes, I will keep YOU posted. It is very light. WOW.
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On January 1st of each year (of late), I create a folder with that year’s name for ALL the pictures I am going to take that year.
So, a year ago I created a ‘2018’ folder on my Drobo RAID storage unit.
Today, I created the ‘2019’ folder. But, before doing that I checked the ‘2018’ folder.
26,625 STORED pictures (i.e., individual files) in 96 folders. I create a folder for each month BY CAMERA! So, in the image above you will see a7 (i.e., Sony a7 II), a6500 (i.e., Sony a6500) and Pixel 2 (my Google Pixel 2 phone).
So, this comes to 74 pictures a day. That makes sense. Most days I shoot between 25 — 35, but there are days I shoot upwards of 900!
Remember that I also post at least 7 pictures EVERY DAY and I did NOT miss a single day in 2018. That means I have posted, on this blog, at least 2,555 pictures in 2018! Since I invariably post more than 7, most days, the number, in reality, is probably over 3,000 pictures! That is a lot — but it also means I have 23,625 pictures I have NOT share with YOU! That is sobering.
The issue had been synching it once it was paired.
No issues with my Google Pixel 2. But, that has the latest & greatest Android software. Nonetheless, that serves as a baseline. Now that I can get it to SYNCH on my Pixel 2 we can move on.
Just wanted to share this with YOU.
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Polar gives you THREE options for setting up a new Vantage 5 Sports Watch:
- On a phone (iPhone or Android) with the ‘Polar Flow‘ App.
- On a computer (Windows or Mac) with the ‘Polar FlowSync‘ App.
- On the watch itself.
I opted to do the initial setup, USB-connected, on my PC because as Polar points out you can be charging the watch at the same time — and because I knew that the inevitable firmware upload that would be required would be quicker via USB. I was right.
When I had installed Polar FlowSync on Windows it claimed that it had downloaded and pre-installed the necessary USB driver. Nonetheless, when I plugged in the Vantage V Windows went through the process of looking for the requisite USB software online and installing it. Didn’t take too long and it installed, without issue, right-off-the-bat. That was good and reassuring. That said, the Vantage V does NOT show-up on my Windows USB-list. That means you can’t eject it. You just unplug it.
FlowSync had also installed without issue. I had invoked it before I plugged in the Vantage V. As soon as the USB software was activated it started to synch. It was pretty fast. Then, of course, as I had anticipated, it wanted to do a firmware update. Downloading that was pretty fast too. But, it failed to install the first time around. Suggested that I retry. I did. Installed fine the second time.
The watch was about 76% charged when I got it. To top it up to 100% took about 45 minutes.
But, overall, including that firmware install failure, it was fairly painless and fairly quick.
So, that was it. I now have the Vantage V on my wrist in place of my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus which is being temporary RESTED.
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This is pretty clever BUT, at present, too limited in that it ONLY works with Apple Watches & exploitatively priced!
IF they make one that is Garmin compatible and does NOT require the Premium Membership I will get one — as long as the strap is not too ugly.
Great idea. Poor execution.
I have noticed this with AliveCor. They seem DESPERATE for cash. Continually trying to get you to buy membership.
I am not sure what the PATENT situation is with this technology. I would LOVE to see others enter the arena and make an effort to work with Garmin.
Honestly, right this minute I have no intentions of upgrading. I am fairly happy with my Google Pixel 2 and don’t see that much of a ‘Big Bang’ in the Pixel 3 to justify an upgrade. IF they had come up with new camera hardware that would have been a whole different matter. Two cameras, for wide-selfies, doesn’t excite me that much — especially since I take selfies, my-way, using the REAR camera.
So for now I have no plans to upgrade.
I know that Google will do its best to convince me with offers. Maybe next year.
Yes, today I traded up to a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus from my older Fenix 5. But, I got a real sweet deal on that.
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IF I didn’t have a real camera (or in my case two, i.e., Sony a7 II & Nikon P900) I would consider getting this ‘Pictar Pro‘ to use with my Google Pixel 2 phone. I miss having a GRIP and control wheels. But, I can’t justify it. If I want the feel of a real camera I can use one of my real cameras. Yes, I use the Google Pixel 2 phone in places, e.g., shows, where I cannot take a camera — BUT I can see that using this will lead to trouble. Does make your phone look like a camera.