I love wasting time watching YouTube. There’s always something interesting, funny or informative to find. On my Mac I have extensions to eliminate the annoying ads, And to get the highest quality available, but when watching on my iPhone or iPad I have sit and wait five seconds and then press skip when ads are shown. But not anymore. I found a great YouTube App replacement that plays back videos in the highest possible quality, but also does away with the ads. The app is called Protube. It’s only $2.99 and well worth it. So now I can watch even more crazy videos.
My New walkabout camera
I used to try to bring my Canon 5D Mark II with me wherever I went. But with the best walkabout lens, the venerable 24–70 f2.8L mounted on the camera, it became a dreary just to carry the beast around. Just the lens weights 1.1 kilos and with a battery grip with dual batteries it’s a complete monster. I still use it because of the great optics and the quality when shooting with it, but I no longer use it for street photography.
Trying to display color corrected images on an iPad
A couple of weeks ago i bought the Spyder4Elite so I could color calibrate my Retina MacBook Pro 15“ and my Asus PA246 24” monitor. And the calibration works really well.
There is no way of color calibrate your iPad, because Apple has not given developers the ability to create or change the calibration of the screen. But Datacolor, the makers of the Spyder4 line of calibrators has solved the problem by making an app that connects to your Mac via your network and use the calibrator to calibrate their app called SpyderGallery. This enables you to see calibrated versions of your pictures inside the viewer. But the calibrated data only works in the SpyderGallery app.
SqueezePlug problem where Squeezelite refuse to start
I installed a Raspberry Pi in my livingroom as a Squeezebox music Server/Player, using a SqueezePlug image. But when I tried to install the Squeezelite player, it refused to start. I tried to uninstall and reinstall, selecting another USB Audio Interface, but the problem persisted. After checking around and doing a some experimenting, I found that I could start Squeezelite manually from the terminal prompt, but if I tried to start it with the init.d or service script, it refused to start. So I started to dig around and experimented with changing the settings for Squeezelite and I found the problem…
Pogo Connect, washed and dried
A year ago I bought myself a Pogo Connect Bluetooth touch sensitive pen. I’ve been very happy with it during the year I’ve used it. The most amazing thing with it is the battery life. It’s insane! Throughout the time I owned it, I never needed to change the battery. It uses low power Bluetooth, so it only works with newer iPads and iPhones that support Bluetooth Smart.