Daily Archives: March 5, 2016

‘Fisherville On Wolfeboro Bay’, New Hampshire, March 5, 2016 — The Pictures.

by Anura Guruge

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Attending this new event wasn’t in our plans and we kind of ended up at the Bay, more by accident than anything else, after going for an impromptu short hike on the “Cotton Valley Trail” (a personal favorite of mine) with the dogs. Glad we pulled in. Hardly anybody around but I assume it was well attended around lunch.

Clever idea. Hats off to Wolfeboro. Maybe next year we will get even more Bob Houses and ice to put them on. Enjoy.

All these pictures taken with the Panasonic FZ1000.

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Another selfie MY WAY.

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Fuji X-Pro 2 Firmware Issue — Resetting All Custom Menu Settings …

by Anura Guruge


Just happened to see this, by chance, when I was browsing through “DPReview” this morning (in my constant quest to try and stay abreast of camera news).

This flaw, which appears not to be an isolated fluke, distresses me. The Fuji X-T2 which I hope to purchase as soon as it is available will share much of the base firmware code from the X-Pro2 (as it should).

Yes, as a software programmer going back to 1969, I fully appreciate that any and all new software will have some bugs. But this, in a very basic and key function, is not acceptable. They had to have seen this during the testing. That is what bugs me? How could a global RESET like this go unnoticed when thousands of folks, inside and outside of Fuji, would have been playing with this camera as it was being developed.

Yes, of course, Fuji will release a Firmware Update to fix it — and I am surprised that they haven’t done so already. Hhhmmm.

Ironically this harks back to one of my pet themes when I was a much more active IT consultant to leading manufacturers. I would argue passionately that for reasons I could not explain the Japanese (and the Chinese) were not that great at creating software — their prowess being hardware. I think that still stands. All the major software companies — Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, eBay, PayPal — are all U.S. That is NOT a coincidence.

I will keep you posted on this X-Pro2 issue.

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Eye4 C1 Indoor Surveillance Camera, With Motion Detect & IR, Is An Absolute Steal At $40 To Mitigate Sibling Rivalry.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access Amazon product page.

No, no. We did NOT get this as a serious indoor surveillance camera for the house. That had been taken care of long time ago.

This was the latest hi-tech measure to mitigate the intense, war-footing sibling rivalry. Yep. This is to hopefully stop accusations of theft (of little things like batteries (rather than going down 2 flights of stairs to my huge cache of batteries (from the Dollar store)). 

And this camera for $40 an absolute beauty.

It took us, Teischan and I, less than 3 minutes, TOPS, to set it up — including downloading the Android APP (to Teischan’s pad) and setting it upon Wi-Fi (using the ‘WOW That Was Easy’ one-touch Wi-Fi configuration). Worked first time. No hassle. Absolute joy. This thing has Infrared for night vision, motion detection and can be controlled remotely. Yes, it is slightly big BUT we are talking $40.

Things are bad on the sibling rivalry issue at our house. In November, fed up with the constant bickering, I got them FOOD LOCKERS! Now they can lock up their favorite snacks so that the other doesn’t ‘borrow’ them. But it appears that wasn’t enough. So hopefully this camera will provide some type of true — the CAMERA DETERRENT!

This was the second camera we tried out. I first ordered an UOKOO camera but we couldn’t set it up! So that went back.

Two thumbs PLUS, PLUS for this camera. Amazing. Oh, it has two-way voice communications too and as such would be GREAT as a baby monitor or a pet monitor. 5-star. We love it. Not sure I would use it as a security camera — and I am not sure whether you can access it over the Internet as opposed to just Wi-Fi. I haven’t looked. But for now it does all of what I/Teischan want it to do. For me its is the peace. $40 for that. You can’t beat it. SMILE.

by Anura Guruge

FYI: Latest Roku Channel Guide Claims Willow Cricket Available On Roku Outside Of Sling.

by Anura Guruge


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With the ICC World Twenty20 2016 just three days out I know that there are many in the U.S. looking at what options they have to watch the matches.

This is essentially a quick update to my February 28, 2016 post about Willow, Sling & the Twenty20 2016.

As you can see from the above image the Roku Guide (which I get via e-mail) claims that you can get Willow on Roku either on its own (for the standard $14.99/month which will also includes other devices, e.g., phone) or for $10/month through Sling.

IF you are ONLY interested in the Twenty20 2016 matches SIGN-UP directly with Willow and pay the $14.99 for the month. You will be GLAD you did that.

Sling, as I continue to complain about, can be an absolute pain — and their electronic program guide will NOT show you which matches are being shown! Every match will just say “Cricket Highlights”. You then have to click on it to see which match it is. A friggin bloody pain BUT the folks had SLING, I have come to believe, are committed SADISTS. It appears that they love nothing more than inflicting pain on their customers. If you don’t believe me sign-up with SLING and get ready to be tortured. SMILE.

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‘6 images for the day’ — March 5, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Boston From February 21.

by Anura Guruge

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

Back to the FZ1000 after 12 straight days
using the Panasonic Lumix LX100.

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

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Was in Boston on Sunday, February 21, 2016
for the Chinese New Year Dragon Parades
& Dim Sum at ‘China Pearl’
as is our yearly tradition.
Series started on Feb. 22, 2016.

These pictures taken with the Panasonic FZ1000.

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