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3276 – Unclear Directions

It’s funny. While the layered architecture of modern computers enables tremendous progress by boosting developer productivity (both on the hard- as well as the software side), it also makes the systems brittle, unnecessarily complex, and – if things go wrong – impossible to diagnose for anybody but experts. Well, even becoming an expert (or maintaining that status, once reached) gets harder and harder.

Windows 10 is much more stable than Windows 7 and a Mac is a pretty awesome machine (as long as you play by its rules), but both will invariably fail in almost mystic ways. You won’t know why. They won’t tell you. Maybe you’ll find something on the Internet if your problem frequently occurs, but maybe you’ll just hunt from page to page, in search of the elusive hint.


3245 – K

A long time ago, after technical high school, I’ve worked a year for a big international company, where at their Carinthian plant they maintained some engineering staff. The crew was intended to support operations, and to fill the gaps they made side-projects. Names are irrelevant, but at that job I learned how technical soundness is routinely overridden by “from the guts” judgement of managers. I was appalled and I drew what seemed like the only possible conclusion: At the university I chose German Literature instead of Computer Science.

It took me a year to get back to computers. One reason were the two main lectures of the first semester, “The Influence of Ancient Mythology on German Baroque Lyrics” (or something close) and “Franz Kafka”.

I have always disliked lyrics of the Baroque age, and while I had the complete works of Kafka on my book shelves with the full intention to read them some time, I strongly felt that that time was absolutely the wrong time. I hated being force-fed literature and this was the end of my flirt with a non-technical career.

A few years ago I have finally read Kafka’s complete works – on the Kindle. It was the right time 😀

3218 – The Hook

I fully expected to get back to my Songs of the Day after having finished the series about Ferrara, but the truth is, I have grown weary. The complexity of only giving a title to an image after I have found a song, of never uploading untitled images, all that slowed me down.

Actually I liked the concept. It gave me an excuse to spend time with music, and that’s something that I rarely do these days. On the other hand, one has only so much time in one’s life, and the continuous searching for songs was more stress than it was worth. I suppose I’m done with it, I likely won’t have Songs of the Day any more on this blog. I may lose some viewers (some people found my blog searching music), but I can’t help it, it’s better to do what I enjoy in a sustainable way, than to risk closing the blog altogether.

3164 – Don’t Apply Compression Gently I

Yesterday’s post may have seemed overly negative, but I just wanted to point out the undeniably existing negative points and how Olympus’ Pro series of lenses greatly cancels the weight advantage. There are a few advantages as well though 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Don’t Apply Compression Gently” by Courtney Barnett. Hear it on YouTube.

3157 – Dappled Light

The grass is always greener across the fence. A few days ago, when posting a couple of stitched panorama images, I wrote that I didn’t care about the tremendous resolution that the Canon 5DS provides. Well, in the meantime I have seen a few images taken with that camera and I can’t say I’m not impressed 🙂

My new lens is terribly heavy (at least for Micro Four Thirds standards) and quite expensive. For the price of the 7-14/2.8, the 12-40/2.8 and the 40-150/2.8 I’d already get a 5DS and maybe the new nifty fifty. Wouldn’t that be a better alternative? Just keeping the small and light Olympus lenses and having one ultra-high resolution Canon with one single standard lens?

Well, no 🙂

Some of the sample images at the link above are horrible. Why? They have been taken wide open, and wide open the new 50/1.8 seems to suck. The Sigma 50/1.4 Art would be a much better and much more expensive option, but then, most of the images that I do like from that sample set, have been taken at f11. Why? That’s the DOF penalty of the larger sensor. You can take some images with incredibly shallow DOF and some of them I couldn’t take. No way. The problem is, most of the time I like everything to be in focus. In order to do that, well, f11 is the way to go.

F11 on a camera without image stabilization? Really? Honestly, I’ve used it on a stabilized 18-200 with my Nikon D300, and I already hated how it forced me to push ISO.

Of course the real reason why I must not buy that Canon camera is, that I am an uncurable junkie. Do you really believe I could resist buying one lens after the other? Do I believe it? Hell, no! I’ve been through that with Nikon, I’ve already a lot more lenses for Micro Four Thirds than I’ll ever need, and there are still a few that I’d like to have and quite likely will buy one day. The Canon lens lineup honestly makes me shudder 😛

It also wouldn’t make sense for me to have more than one camera. I’ve tried it, but I never used the second one. In reality it’s not even sensible to keep my Nikon D300 around as a backup. I should sell it and, in case I really need a backup because the E-M1 is in repair, buy a cheap Olympus or Panasonic, use it a few days and then sell it on.

But still, and now without envy, boy is that resolution of the Canon 5DS impressive 😀

The Song of the Day is “Dappled Light” by Murdo McRae. Hear it on YouTube as the soundtrack to some travel video.

3153 – Chasing The Sun

This is exactly what caught my attention while I slowly drove by. Fortunately I could stop almost immediately, walk a few steps back and take the picture. This is a pretty extreme crop, but I’ve tried and nothing less radical would work.

The Song of the Day is “Chasing The Sun” by some starlet called Hilary Duff. Hear it on YouTube.