Daily Archives: February 8, 2016

‘Safety’ Trucks With Huge TVs On The Back Will Be A Very Bad Idea In The U.S.

by Anura Guruge

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Click here for the original article from ‘Gizmag’.

Click to access YouTube video.

As with so many of such things I learned about this from my daily, cover-to-cover reading of the ever trusty U.K. “Daily Mail“.

I think these trucks  will be a DREADFUL idea in the U.S.

Why? Well they are NOT going to be cheap to begin with. So if truckers were forced to have them they will incur some huge costs.

So, given the non-Bernie American way, how do YOU think they will get around that cost.

They will start running ADs on these TVs when it is NOT safe to pass. So if there is traffic coming the other way you will suddenly start seeing toilet roll commercials. That is scary.

So that is my concern. American enterprise (in every sense of that word) WILL find a way to run ads on these TV. That is the American way (that Bernie is trying to hijack from us). SMILE. 

by Anura Guruge

Google Doodle For Russian Creator Of The Periodic Table — Dmitri Mendeleev.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

Description provided, as is now the norm, by Google.

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Use above links to access originals.


Click to access Wikipedia entry.

BEST Periodic Table ‘joke’ I have ever seen.

Saw it in December 2015, in Hanover, NH,
at the “Salt Hill Pub“,

after Christmas Revels 2015 (North).

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by Anura Guruge

Amazon ‘Echo’, As In Super Bowl Ad, Apple’s Siri On The ‘Cheap’.

by Anura Guruge


Amazon’s ‘Echo’ Super Bowl ad. Click to access YouTube video posted by Amazon.

I am sure most people seeing the Super Bowl ad yesterday had NO idea as to what an AmazonEcho‘ was and what it was capable of doing — other than maybe play music, turn lights on and answer questions. But these features are NO LONGER new, let alone ‘oh gosh’ to many people. From TV ads I have seen (albeit not during Super Bowl) quite a few contemporary cars have this type of voice-controlled automation — and then there is Apple’sSiri‘. [You really should check out this ‘Siri‘ link.]

So this is not groundbreaking technology. Amazon had offered my one, as a Prime customer, at a discount quite a few months ago. I really didn’t see a need. PLUS it would never be able to understand my garbled accent — given that most times I can’t understand what I am saying.

PLUS, there is a MAJOR privacy reason I will talk about in a later post!

For now let me just give you the specs. Yes, you need an APP, running on an mobile device, to set it up.

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Use this link to access Amazon’s product page for the ‘Echo’.

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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — February 8, 2016 + 6 Bonus Of The Dogs.

by Anura Guruge

With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Our Maya (Golden, 4 years) & Braxton (Harrier, 2 years).

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Malaysian Airlines MH370: 23 Month Anniversary — Month Short Of 2 Years!

by Anura Guruge

23 Months.

702 Days.


How is this possible?


Remember when the Australians, a YEAR AGO, said they were CLOSE & CONFIDENT?

That was close to 2 YEARS AGO.

So much for their credibility.


Click to access original from April 11, 2014. 23 months ago!

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Yet Another Sophie’s Choice For I — Panasonic Lumix LX100 or New ZS100.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access original at “Camera Decision”.

As I have been saying for the last couple of days I am now looking for a replacement for my Sony RX100 II given that it is sold and gone.

I was planning to get a Fuji so that I could standardize on Fuji cameras. BUT that doesn’t seem as easy and practical as I had thought — and not in the budget that I was hoping. Anytime you do any serious evaluation of today’s cameras, using Web resources, you are bound to be told of the competitors. The Panasonic Lumix LX100 kept on coming up. Over the last 24 hours I, as I am wont to do when I come across a camera that looks interesting, did a deep-dive, immersion into finding out about it. Quite the camera. Just two things, other than the smaller than APS-C sensor size, that bothered me: it being a 13MP camera (despite using a 16MP sensor) and the lack of a built-in, pop-up flash. (I am a great exploitor of pop-up flashes). Though the LX100 comes with an external flash that would be an impediment. But the reviews rave about the LX100.

Then on Sunday I came across the newly announced, viz. January 5, 2016, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100. I had not paid any attention to it since I had by then thought that I was done with buying anymore Panasonic cameras. WOW. ZS100. Basically a smaller version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 that has served me so well! But a 1″ sensor and I really wanted to move away from 1″. But it has a pop-up flash and is 20MP. Lens, at zoom, is a bit slow.

To make it worse, and would you believe it, they are EXACTLY the same price! $697.99.

The ZS100 will NOT be available till March 26. Can I wait that long? Seven weeks? Yes, I can, but do I want to.

Wow. This is quite a decision.

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