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California Wine Country Wildfires Most Likely Will Majorly Spike Wine Prices.

by Anura Guruge


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While the human and animal tragedy is palpable and immense, it is NOT as churlish as it may first appear to start thinking about what this is going to do for wine prices. To be fair it was 11-year old Teischan who got me thinking about it as we were watching the news. It resonates with her, to an extent, in that we were in San Francisco & Yosemite area last year, in April.

The economy of that area, as we know, is inexorably linked to wine. Appears that even prior to these devastating fires there had been some major concerns about this year’s crop because of Summer heat that withered the vines. Appears that the crop was down even ahead of the destruction caused by the fires. Plus, the ashes left on the ground can have an impact on the taste of grapes for years to come!

Wine does make a noticeable contribution to the Californian — and thus — U.S. economy. A marked drop in wine revenues will have a ripple effect.

Wine prices at the consumer level are bound to go up and I am not sure whether other countries will be willing to bail us out. This, whichever way you look at it, is not good news for wine lovers — such as I.


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by Anura Guruge

First Impressions Of A Fuji X-T1 Hours Ahead Of X-T2 Announcement.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. The Fuji X-T1 I rented. It is brand new. No clicks. This picture taken with my Fujifilm X-E2s.


Renting a Fuji X-T1 ahead of the X-T2 announcement so that I can get a feel of  a Fuji X-Tx (as opposed to the Fuji X-E2s I own) has to be the best decision I have made when it comes to my long and tortuous sojourn with cameras (for the last 2 years).

This is one of the problems of living in the sticks. There is no local camera store that I can go to that stocks ‘high end’ cameras, especially if they are not Canon or Nikon. I rented the X-T1 for a week, from Lumoid, and at the same time rented a Lytro ILLUM 40 for Devanee who thinks that this is the camera for her! So far, so good with the rental experience from Lumoid. Very friendly, very helpful and everything came as promised bar a missing SD card reader — which was no big deal since I have plenty (and they did send one with the Lytro).

Wow, I can’t get over how SMALL the X-T1 one is. I had just assumed that given its DSLR-like styling it would be bigger. This is quite the testament to mirrorless cameras. It is just fractionally bigger than the X-E2s or for that matter (just in terms of the body) to the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I never realized that the X-T1 was that small. That is good and bad. Great for travel and street photography BUT to be honest I like cameras with a bit more heft; the X-E2s supposed to be my ‘compact’. As such, that the X-T2 will be slightly bigger is good news.

The X-T1 is a joy to use in terms of the controls. Everything is there. You don’t really have to ever use the menus or look at the LCD for reading prior to shooting. This is exactly what I had been hoping. Everything is basically one-touch and all the dials and buttons appear to be just where you would want them to. Yes, having to unlock the ISO and shutter-speed dial is a pain — and I gather this will not be the case with the X-T2. So that is also good.

Took good pictures BUT in terms of image quality I would have to say it is on par with my X-E2s — which is to be expected since they share very similar specs. Well, the X-T2 changes that.

Wow! It gets HOT. I can appreciate why they want to FIX overheating issues on the X-T2. I didn’t shoot any videos and neither did I use ‘burst mode’. Just shot 110 still images, fairly leisurely. But after about 70 shots I could feel the HEAT emanating from the camera! I have never experienced that. Towards the end it was noticeably HOT. Yikes.

Now that I have used a X-T1 I am more convinced than ever that I will love the X-T2. In terms of direct-control the X-T2 will continue to be the camera of my dreams.

Right now I only have one reservation and it is major. Autofocus performance. Though direct-control is important my overriding criteria is image quality (IQ) and for me IQ starts, most of the time, with razor sharp focus. Soft images just leave me cold. And that is an issue. The X-E2s has not impressed me overly in terms of autofocus. From what I can see the X-T2, though it will be better, is not going to be stellar. And I am NOT willing to compromise on the next camera I buy — did that a few times already. So I will be reading the reviews real carefully to see what they have to say about the X-T2 autofocus. In the meantime I am going to try and rent a Nikon D500 for a week or two. Looks like that is doable though the rental prices are not as attractive as they were for the X-T1 (given, of course, the price difference).

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The Lytro ILLUM 40 MP Rental.


This is a BIG, heavy camera. Actually it is huge and cumbersome. It is all lens and funny angles (including the battery). It has no appeal to I. The polar opposite of what I am looking for in terms of direct-control. And I don’t have the patience or time to do all the mandatory post-processing. Devanee, last I saw, was still struggling with the software. I will let you know what she found.


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by Anura Guruge

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

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013....
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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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