Cool Looking Harley

Saw this Harley outside of the local grocery store recently. So cool looking.

I love the matte black finish on it.

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iPhone 2.1 Feature: Partially Completed Podcasts

Just updated to the 2.1 iPhone firmware.

Features mentioned by Apple include

  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
  • Significantly better battery life for most users
  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • Faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
  • Improved performance in text messaging
  • Faster loading and searching of contacts
  • Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  • Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
  • Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Genius playlist creation
But here is one feature that didn’t get a mention.
See that half circle by the Diggnation Video? I started watching it but haven’t finished.
Now they just need to add this to iTunes…

New iPhone Ads

Apple just put out some new iPhone ads.

Thats all well and good but the cool thing is the song thats playing, “You, Me, & the Bourgeoisie By The Submaries“, which I’ve been listening to for the last month and its really good.

Personally though I don’t think the song was used very well in the ad. Comparatively to the MacBook Air ad, with Yael Naïm, anyway.

Via TUAW

Mac Tip: Add The Date To The OSX Menu Bar Without Installing Additional Software

I was surfing around and finally found out how to add the date to the OSX menu bar without installing additional software!

The tip says you need to use the medium category, but only the Long category for Times worked for me. This may be due to a difference between 10.5 and 10.4.

The following tip

Want to see the date in the menubar? Start by opening the International Preferences panel, and clicking the Formats tab.

In the Dates section, click Customize. Click the Show pop-up and select your choice of Short, Medium, etc. Now place the elements you want in the small “work area,” by dragging and dropping them from the Date Elements section. Once placed, you can click on some elements to see other options (Wednesday or Wed, for instance). Once you’ve built the date string you want, click once in the work area, and hit Command-A then Command-C to select the string and copy it. Now click Cancel to close the window without making any changes.

In the Times section, click Customize, and set the Show pop-up to Medium. In the small work area below the pop-up, place the curser where you want the date elements to start, and click to position the cursor. Now hit Command-V to paste the elements you just copied. You can further add characters and spaces to customize the look. If you want to remove an element (i.e. the year), click on it and use the Delete key. Click OK, and you’ll see the results in the menubar.

MacOSXHints

Since a picture is worth a thousand words here is how I have Time Long set

ISO 50 Is A Lie

I just took delivery of an EOS-1Ds Mark III and wanted ask a question about ISO to ensure I’m optimizing the quality of images from this fantastic camera. I’ve been doing studio work with my EOS-1D Mark II and II N on the extended ISO 50. Is there any quality compromise when using this lower ISO? I was using it thinking I would be getting better quality with the lower ISO, but I read something to the effect that it actually increases noise and that extending the range is only a method of light- not quality-management. Am I better off shooting at ISO 100?

The standard ISO range for the EOS-1Ds Mark III camera is 100 to 1600. Optional settings for ISO 50 and ISO 3200 are enabled via menu command, and are indicated on the camera’s LCD data panel as “L” for Low and “H” for High, respectively. Part of the reason behind this is that these settings are not truly ISO 50 or ISO 3200. Instead, in the case of “L,” you’re looking at ISO 100 processed by the camera to achieve an effective rating of ISO 50. Similarly, “H” means that the camera is processing an ISO 1600 image to achieve an effective rating of ISO 3200. “L” images have about the same level of noise as ISO 100 images, but they have less “headroom” in their tone curves to recover overexposed highlights than do ISO 100 images captured with the 1Ds Mark III. This is typically not a problem with evenly lit scenes, but it may become an issue with scenes that have a lot of dynamic range to them, such as sunsets, backlit flash photos, etc.

ISO 50 can be helpful when you are trying to achieve a creative effect, such as a wide aperture to blur the background behind the main subject, for instance in portraiture. It can also be helpful when you are using studio strobes and you don’t want to stop down the lens excessively, or in outdoor situations when you want a longer shutter speed to blur subject movement like the water in a waterfall. But if none of these situations apply, you are better off to use ISO settings in the 100 to 200 range in terms of overall image quality and maximum dynamic range.

© Chuck Westfall

http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0804/tech-tips.html

Words do not express how much this annoys me…

Tumblr Is Pretty Awesome

I’ve been messing around with Tumblr for the last week. Its pretty awesome.

Basically its a blogging platform thats had all the bulk stripped from it. The Lotus Elise of blogs you could say.

Lotus Elise

Posting is easy as pie. Plus it has quick options for inserting images, videos, music, and anything else embeddable.

But my favorite feature, this is slightly geeky, is that I can just point the A-Record for a domain and/or sub-domain name I own to tumblrs servers and BAM custom blog. Why wordpress.com hasn’t done this already is beyond me.

Anyway here’s my tumblr blog tumblr.erikpersson.com

3 Days

I joined Vimeo 3 days ago. Just got a google alert telling me a new result for Erik Persson showed up. (I swear I’m not vain) My vimeo profile is currently on the second page of results. I haven’t linked to it or anything so thats just standing on its own.

Anywho you can find my vimeo profile here: Erik Persson Vimeo

and heres a video of me sleeping. (Not vain, its just the only video content that I’ve created recently)

Mac Tip: Change The Login Screen In Mac OSX

Am I the only one that’s getting tired of Leopards fireworks loginscreen? It turns out you can replace that image with anything of your choice. Heres how.

Go to

Hard Drive > System > Library > CoreServices > DefaultDesktop.jpg

replace that jpg with your new backdrop

Type in your admin password when prompted and you’re done!

Just remember to backup the original DefaultDesktop.jpg incase you decide to switch back to the default at a later date.

Via Lifehacker Comment