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My Fitbit Ionic Software Updated To OS 1.2 With Firmware Version 27.31.1.29.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original at Fitbit.

Click here to access original from Fitbit.


This update happened, over Wi-Fi, when I did a forced Sync around 12:05am on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

I am not sure whether I was lucky or not. The above says that they just started the rollout to just 10% of the Ionic users. So, I was in that 10%.

The update downloaded and installed ‘OK’ though it took about 20 minutes in total. I much prefer the Garmin approach of doing updates over a USB-connection using Garmin Express.

Have not, as yet, noticed anything different or untoward. But, early minutes … let alone days.

That the Firmware is at 27.31.1.29 is disquieting! That is a LOT of updates.

But, let’s keep fingers crossed. I need the Ionic to work till around May 2018 — when I plan to upgrade to a Garmin Forerunner 645.


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Sony E-Mount, PZ 18-105mm — Updating Firmware To Ver. 04.

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This, the Version 04 Firmware update, was released on July 27, 2017 — 4 days ago. I read about it on DPReview which I religiously scan, at least once a day, for just such information.

I had never updated firmware on a Sony lens. So I had some trepidations. To be fair to Sony they use the same update mechanism as that for their cameras. So that at least was comforting.

The update proved to be straightforward, painless and quick. Worked just as it was supposed to. Was done in minutes.

However, I have NOT noticed any difference in the lens’ autofocus (AF) prowess. If anything it was worse than it used to be! And I am not kidding. So …

Just letting you know. I would NOT rush to upgrade. Wait and see what others have to say. Check the DPReview forums.


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Sony a7 II: Updated The Firmware From 3.30 to 4.0.

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I have had the Sony a7 II for exactly a month and this was my 2nd firmware update!

I am NOT used to updating camera firmware that often. But, to be fair, for reasons that nobody seems to be able to explain, my a7 II, with zero shutter actuations, came with downlevel firmware, i.e., version 3.10 which had been released in November 2016, 6 months prior to me ordering the camera.

Updating to 4.0 was a breeze. Updater worked, flawlessly, first time around. Took about 14 minutes from my reckoning, but I wasn’t keeping careful track. It was pretty quick and the progress bar was moving along nicely.

Took about 80 pictures following the update. Didn’t notice anything awry.

This is what 4.0, released just a few days ago, viz. June 8, 2017, is supposed to do:

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Sony a6500: Updating The Firmware From v1.01 To v.1.02.

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Click image to access the Sony firmware update page for the a6500 — with 1.02 to the latest version.


Click to ENLARGE. Successful update of my Sony a6500 to 1.02 from 1.01.


The Sony a6500, though it has only been available as of November 29, 2016, is already at v1.02 of the firmware, 1.02 having been rushed out in early March to fix a rather nasty ‘dead camera’ scenario.

Version 1.01 was released on January 25, 2017 — just 57-days into its product life. Makes you think.

Version 1.02 was released 41 days later.

At this rate 1.03 should be out soon!

To be fair, the updating to 1.02 was easy, painless and quite quick. I didn’t time it, but I think it only took about 6 minutes. I could be wrong since I was not paying attention and was doing other things.

What I wanted to share with you was that updating to 1.02 was NOT an hassle.

Didn’t notice any changes after I did, BUT I have yet to run into any unexpected snags with this camera.


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Updated The Firmware On My New Full-Frame Sony a7 II From 3.10 To 3.30.

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Sony’s ‘Updater’ utility for Sony a7s — running on Windows 7.


Click image to access Forum post I started at DPReview.com


Firmware version 3.30 for Sony a7 II (i.e., ILCE7M2) was release on November 18, 2016.

Since I ordered my Sony a7 II from Cameta Camera (via Amazon) on May 11, 2017, I had just assumed that it would be at 3.30.

It was NOT!

It was at 3.10. There were ZERO (‘0’) shutter actuations and the camera does look new. So, I am hoping that this is STILL a brand new camera. IF SO, this does not make sense.

I have e-mailed both Cameta Camera and Sony seeking an explanation.

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I was NOT happy being 2 version down on the Firmware.

So after some Googling to make sure that 3.30 was NOT a total dud, I went ahead and started the upgrade process this morning using the Sony instructions and tool.

On Windows 7 (64-bit) had to download the Sony ‘updater’ TWICE. First download was somehow corrupted and would not run. Though the download finished, without issue, the downloaded file was 169MB — when it should have been 219MB.

Second download was fine, and was 219MB.

After that everything went without a glitch.

Took 14- minutes — which is pretty damn close to the 15-minute Sony tells you.

So, I am happy with that. Not sure I notice any differences. That AF might be a tad faster might just be wishful thinking on my part.

 


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Sri Lanka, Turns Tails, And Stops Work On World’s Tallest Christmas Tree — Bloody Typical.

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From December 7, 2016, U.K. “Daily Mail”. Link below. Click on image to ENLARGE. Google for more.

Click here to access the original U.K. “Daily Mail” story.


To NOW try and claim it is to appease the ‘Tanned Ratziner’, Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is disingenuous beyond belief — even for a Sri Lankan politician.

Ranjith has been against ostentatious displays of Christmas trees from the BLOODY start. Refer to my original post. The Buddhists wanted to build the tree to spite the cardinals. So to now say that this comes as news is very unbecoming.

All I can say is that Arjuna Ranatunga should have worn a BETTER BOX when he used to play cricket. If he had done so he would still have had some testosterone left.

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My new proposal.

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The Planned World’s Tallest Christmas Tree In Sri Lanka Still Under Construction.

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> >> Construction STOPPED << <<

Refer to this post.


Click here for my original
August 31, 2016 post.


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Click to access this November 2016 update from Catholic ‘UCAnews.com’.


 Here is the competition it faces:


My attempt to show YOU the scale. The Christmas tree shown is the height of the one planned in Sri Lanka.

My attempt to show YOU the scale. The Christmas tree shown is the height of the one planned in Sri Lanka.


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I Got A Fujifilm X-E2s Camera — My First Fuji.

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Click to ENLARGE. Taken with an Android Pad.

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Don’t worry. I have some lenses. Just haven’t put one on yet.
Wanted to update the BODY Firmware to 1.01.


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Did update the BODY Firmware to 1.01. Very easy.
Very straightforward
(though I read the instructions 6 times to make sure I didn’t screw-up).

Wish checking firmware version was a MENU option.


I needed a new camera to replace the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (7 months old) and Panasonic Lumix LX100 (6 weeks old) that I gave away (to the same 17-year old boy) in an impulsive act of random kindness.

Yes, the plan is to get 2 cameras as I had in the past. But I already know what my BIG camera is going to be — my DREAM camera, the Fuji X-T2 that is due to be announced in the next 6 weeks. So that is settled. That is a given tryst with destiny. So what I was looking for was the ‘small’ camera to take the place of the LX100. I decided that I was NOT going to bother with a traditional compact. I never stick cameras in my jean pockets or my jacket pockets. So small size per se is not a factor. I prefer to carry all my cameras on my wrist — and you can see that my Fuji X-E2s already has two wrist straps attached. (I actually happened to have them as spares!)

Finally after 9 months of considerable thought and research I know, for sure (for sure), what I now want for in my cameras:

  1. Large sensor — at least APS-C.
  2. Mirrorless.
  3. Best still image quality, DAMN the 4K video.
  4. As much MANUAL control as possible, i.e., lots of dials and FN buttons.
  5. Good EVF (and damn hybrid and optical).

Given that list you can see why Fuji is the best fit for me. I did look, very seriously, at the Olympus PEN-F. Well it did NOT meet the above criteria.

Yes, I could have got a X-Pro1 at a bargain and IF I wanted the X-Pro2 that too was within my budgetary range. But I didn’t want a BIG camera not one with a weird hybrid viewfinder.

The Fuji X-E2s kind of fit the bill — though it is by no means perfect. I would have preferred 20MP resolution. It is also TWO FN buttons short. But from everything I read and saw (on YouTube) it is NOT a bad (little) camera.

Now that I have it, delivered in a sealed bag by Amazon, I like what I have seen. Menus, compared to Panasonic or Sony, are much easier to navigate. Q-menu much easier and direct than Panasonic. That firmware level cannot be checked from the menu is a pain (and inexcusable). But upgrading firmware (for the body) was a snap.

So that is where we stand. I haven’t used it as yet. I wasn’t going to rush. So stay tuned.


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Fuji’s X-Pro2 Firmware 1.0 Explanation Raises Questions As To Testing & Quality Assurance.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Start of Fuji’s explanation as to why Firmware Update 1.0 was released. Use link below to access original from Fuji.

Click here to access original from Fuji X-Pro2 Support.


That Fuji was forced to release a Firmware Update within 22 days of the much vaunted X-Pro2’s General Availability has to indicate that the Menu Setting Reset problem was real. The explanation (above) that comes with the 1.0 update confirms that.

This is disturbing and I speak of one who has been involved with software for 48 years! How could X-Pro2 testers, QA folks and beta-testers (in the field) NOT have seen this. Cameras would have to have been turned off — if nothing else to replace batteries. So people MUST have experienced this problem before the camera started to ship.

Would appear that Fuji OPTED to ship initial units KNOWING that there was this RESET problem. Would not be the first company to have knowingly shipped faulty products. But worrying. What can we expect with the Fuji X-T2 that is supposed to be available around August 2016.


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Rumored Panasonic Lumix LX200 Unlikely To Offer 20MP & Needs A Lens Tweak To Make It Special.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Daily Camera News’. See link below.

Click to read whole story from ‘Daily Camera News‘.


The inevitable rumors of a Panasonic Lumix LX200 — the successor to the widely popular Lumix LX100 (which I own) — have surfaced again today, with a vengeance.

The LX100, announced in September 2014, is now getting old in the tooth and Panasonic no doubts knows that the LX100 owner base, including I, will happily cough up $900 for the follow-on, if it is the LX200.

But the rumored specs. don’t reflect reality from the PERSPECTIVE of one that owns and uses, near daily, a Lumix LX100.

The sensor more than likely will be a micro four thirds 20 megapixel from Sony. OK. But that doesn’t mean the LX200 will be a 20MP camera IF Panasonic perseveres with its ‘cropping’ approach. The LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the MOST you get is 12.7MP at the 3:2 aspect ratio. IF the LX200 follows suit the most we will get, at 3:2, is 15.2MP.

SO STOP TALKING 20MP unless we know what the crop is going to be. Yes, of course, Panasonic could OEM a 26MP sensor and then, with that crop, we could get 20MP.

Panasonic’s ‘Depth of Defocus‘ (DFD) autofocus would be nice BUT if you have a LX100 you will know that autofocus is not half bad. Plus I use Manual Focus at least 50% of the time. Isn’t that the point of owning a ‘real’ camera like the LX100?

Larger OLED viewfinder. Yep, that would be nice, BUT not a huge game changer. The electronic viewfinder on the LX100 isn’t great BUT it isn’t bad either.

Of course higher ISO will be nice BUT with a micro four thirds what price will we pay in terms of noise?

Built-in ND filter? Not a biggie for I and as such NOT a game changer for I.

Built-in flash. I just had a look at my LX100. Not sure WHERE they could put one WITHOUT making the body bigger and bulkier and the current LX100 is about as BIG as I am willing to contend.

What would be really nice is more zoom and more SPEED. SMILE. Might be hard to do. But even another 25mm would help. That would be a biggie.

So the bottom line is let’s be realistic. Folks who are propagating the rumors (and I THANK them for it) aren’t LX100 aficionados and as such are not thinking things through

But I will most likely upgrade to a LX200 the minute it is available. Deanna has already said, knowing my propensity to get new cameras every few months, that she will have the LX100. That is good. I won’t have to sell it and it will still be around. I do like the LX100. SMILE.


My Panasonic Lumix LX100.

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