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Man Showing Flashing British Passport, Post-Brexit, To Avoid ‘Hate Crimes’ Is A Sri Lankan.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the June 27, 2016 U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

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I don’t know him personally but I do know the name. “Dissanayake” is a quintessential Sri Lankan, Sinhalese name and I even have a “Dissanayake” as a relative. “Nalin” is also a Sri Lankan name, though not a common one. There is also a Sri Lankan cricketer of that name.

That he felt compelled to do this — i.e., go around flashing his British passport — is SCARY. I guess he is worried that he would be mistaken for a Middle Eastern immigrant. This is sad. Not sure I would have to flash my British passport IF I were in Britain today, post-Brexit. I guess, for a start, I don’t dress like an immigrant.

C’est la vie. This is very sad and bad.

Just thought I would share with you that he is originally from Sri Lanka — same as I.


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by Anura Guruge

Olympus Cameras Provides Good Tips On Photographing Your Christmas Tree.

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by Anura Guruge


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Click to access original from Olympus.


Since I do like Olympus cameras, and since Deanna does have an Olympus point-and-shoot (the SZ-16) which she loves dearly, I do subscribe to e-mail posts from Olympus.

I received the above this morning about trying to get good pictures of decorated and lit Christmas trees. Though it is for Olympus camera owners the tips in general, the aperture setting, ISO, ‘hand-held mode‘ etc., should be applicable to most other cameras. So I thought I would share them with you. Taking decent pictures of Christmas trees can be a challenge. One KEY item that Jamie MacDonald, the author of the Olympus post, does not discuss is White Balance (WB). I have found that getting the right WB (of course) can make a huge difference.

We have, as has been the case for the last 8 years, two decorated Christmas trees. I haven’t really spent any time trying to take any serious shots of them. Maybe, inspired by this post, I will do that tonight.


A few random shots of the 2 Christmas trees I have snapped, with my trusty Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, over the last few days. I really didn’t spend anytime messing with the settings. Picture where you can see a paper butterfly … that is a REFLECTION of the tree in a window, the butterfly stuck to the window.


I Am Returning My $269 Refurbished Canon G1 X, It Is Way TOO Slow For Me.

Taken with my Canon G1 X — yesterday.

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Taken with the Canon G1 X.

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The $269 Refurbished Canon G1 X, I got directly from Canon, takes some amazing, very clear, very sharp pictures with vivid color. It is really good at taking facial pictures. I was very impressed with the image quality.

But, when it came to me, a well documented Type Hyper-AAA +++ person, it was WAY TOO slow between shots. It is rated at 1.9 shots per second but I never saw anything that quick. You take a picture and you want to review it. It takes forever. You get this black screen saying ‘BUSY’. I just can’t deal with that. Life is too short to waste peering at a black LCD for it to display the image I want to see.

So, great little (but heavy) camera. Loved it. Just did NOT like the lag time between shots — or at least between shots in my type of shooting, i.e., take a picture, make sure it is OK, then move to the next. Yes, I am sure if I held the shutter down it would take pictures fairly rapidly. But I do not do that often. I like to see what I shot before I move on. That way I can take another to correct any problems.

So I am back to the drawing board. What next?

Again taken with Canon G1 X.


I Get A Refurbished PowerShot G1 X, From Canon, For $269.

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by Anura Guruge


No flash, HDR-mode with Lumix FZ1000.

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I have been hankering for a ‘powerful’ compact to augment my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. [Check out my FZ1000 blog for new pictures.] I want a small camera that I will carry around as much as possible — possibly even on my run.

That is why I was considering the new, quite impressive Canon G5 X.

But since I bought, last August, a refurbished Canon Rebel T3i, from Canon, they send me quite a few offers a week hoping to tempt me into buying another Canon from them. I got such an e-mail today. I knew that there would be no discounts on the G5 X. But I was curious what they had. It was a 3-page e-mail. Then I saw this $269 offer on page 3.

Of course it is NOT perfect. But neither was the FZ1000. All cameras are a compromise. But for $269 I can AFFORD to compromise quite a bit. What swung the deal is that it has a BIG sensor, even slightly bigger than 1″. So for $269 I am willing to give it a try. The cheapest I can find on Amazon is $358 — for used. Refurbished from Canon, I think, is a better deal.

I will keep you posted. So now I will have the challenge of trying to master two new cameras in tandem.

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With the Lumix FZ1000 last night — at first Halloween party of 2015. See yesterday’s post.


The New Canon G5X Could Very Well Be My Next (Companion) Camera

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** ‘Camera Labs’
review
of Canon G3X.
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Sony RX10 II vs
Canon PowerShot G3X.

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Click to access the “dpreview” for the new Canon G5X.


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Click to access Canon online store page for the G5X.


I really thought long and hard about getting a Canon PowerShot G3X as an alternative to my Canon Rebel T3i (which has now become Devanee’s camera). In the end the MAIN REASON I did not get it was the lack of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). Yes, I knew I could get an external add-on but that jacked the price beyond what I was willing to pay.

Then as I have amply documented here, I ended up getting a Sony a77 mk II which I had assumed — and maybe even hoped — would be my permanent camera for at least 24 months. Well that was not to be. When I lost 989 images with it, I just could not deal with it. So I ended up getting a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as a short-term compromise. I LIKE THE FZ1000. It can take some stunning pictures — out of the box. That appeals to me. But given that I got 100% of my money back on the Sony a77 II I kind of have $1,000 in the bank from my camera fund.

I have been toying with getting another camera to augment the Lumix FZ1000 — primarily one that I can carry around, most of the time, without having to lug the FZ1000. PLUS I have been hankering, this week after again reading reviews of Olympus OMD cameras, for a camera with a LOT of control wheels! I do not like fiddling around with menus to set parameters. I want a dedicated ‘Exposure Compensation’ wheel (like I had with the Sony). Another wheel or two I could customize, maybe for flash and focus, would really appeal. The G5X seems to offer me this capability and it has a EVF and a 1″ sensor.

Yes, I am seriously thinking about it. Might not get it this week! I still need to spend some quality time with my FZ1000. Maybe for Christmas. I will keep you posted.

Bottom line, the Canon PowerShot G5X sure is more attractive than the G3X.


Canon slashing prices of other PowerShots,
including G3X & G9X, ahead of G5 X. Click …


I get a refurbished PowerShot G1 X, from Canon, for $269.


Google Chrome Unbeknownst To YOU Is Hogging A Ton Of Your Computer Power — Apply This Simple, Safe Fix.

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Anura Guruge


IF you use Chrome, and you really should, since it is the BEST Web browser, by far, around, you right now are losing a LOT of computer power because of a bug between Chrome and Adobe Flash.

You won’t see it. It just results in HUGE unwarranted PC CPU usage — which will slow down other work, generate lots of unnecessary (and always damaging) heat and if you are using an unplugged laptop SAP your battery life.

If you want to get technical it has to do with the Flash ‘Shockwave’ plugin used by Chrome to display Adobe Flash content … and many, many, many Websites still use Flash for their animation.

This Plugin (or a part of it) is going into a loop.

There is a NEW Flash version floating around. Install that. Not sure whether that will fix this problem.

But, this easy, safe fix that I am going to tell you WILL. I applied it, without any problems hence, 2 nights ago.

CPU usage is NOT a problem on this PC. I have 4 genuine Intel i7 cores that run 8 threads. So, I only noticed this bug BECAUSE the CPUs were generating excess heat because of the tight loop. As I have mentioned earlier, this PC has 7 fans — the speed of the four chassis fans controlled by the Motherboard based on CPU temperature. Most of the times these fans run ‘quiet’. BUT, if I hear them speed up and the PC sounding like a jet revving up for take off I know that my CPUs are running hot — even though ‘hot’ in this case means that there is still 40% MORE heat capacity left! Yes, I over-engineered this PC.

Chrome has its OWN Task Manager.
Very safe and easy to USE.
Just hit SHIFT + ESC.

Here take a look at what the Chrome Task Manager looks like.

Notice the Plug-ins at the bottom. IF you see that the ‘Shockwave Flash’ has MORE than ‘1’ against its CPU use … YOU need my fix.

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Fix is very simple. I found it on the Web, on a Chrome Forum, after some fast but incisive Googling.

Type in chrome://plugins into the URL (Address) trench. When the Plug-ins display in a Chrome tab, go to the RIGHT HAND top and click ‘+ Display‘.

You will then see the TWO entries, files, for Adobe Flash Player … at the Top.

Just disable the entry that has ‘PepperFlash‘ in its file name. That is it. You are all set. Bob, once again, will be your uncle.

No charge. Free advanced Tech Support from Anu.

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