I am pleased to say that I have nearly got the job finished of getting the bike just right. Yesterday I was working on putting the controller into some sort of protective box. This needs to be done because the one that came with it is too small for the size of the controller. I did spend some time cutting down the extra plastic box that came with the kit to try and make it fit on top of what was there, but even with that it is not big enough. I may have to go to one of the local stores to try and find a box that will be just right for keeping the controller protected and dry.
All sorted out now
Although it took far longer than it should have done, I did eventually get the application sorted out with the proper serial number. I still think it was very bad management by the maker of this software to send out into the world unready. There were quite a number of people that had the problem with the serial number although I notice that some other people had their problem sorted out before mine got sorted.
Now that I’m actually using this Dragon dictate software version 4 have to say that I’m very happy with it. It is much faster and much more accurate than the previous version and was well worth the money to upgrade. I haven’t managed to work out how to use the transcription service with it yet, but I will give it another try over the next couple of days. The other thing that I need to look at with this version of the software is to use it to control Safari browser on my iMac. There is a plug-in that you have to install, which I have done, but I’ve not had time yet to play with.
The trip to Ireland to see the family
I’ve just had a surprisingly good trip to Ireland to visit my family over there in the emerald isle. Two of my sons live over there permanently and the other one who is living in Dubai was also back for a week. Absolutely fantastic to be able to see all of the three lads in the same place and we even had a Christmas lunch on account of the man from Dubai not being able to be back to Ireland for Christmas last year. I had something vegetarian, although there was turkey and all the trimmings for everybody else. Even Xmas crackers! We can thank my ex-wife for doing such a good job of creating this meal and making it a very good family get-together.
Photography with my Sony NEX-6 mirror less camera
I absolutely love the fact that I can always have this camera with me because it is so light and small. I have a quick release whatsyamacallit, thingymabob that clips to a strap of any bag that I am carrying and all I have to do is to press the red button and instantly I have the camera ready to shoot. Well, I do have to switch it on first. Right from the start while I was on the train from Caldes going to awards Barcelona airport I was taking street photography shots on the train. I even managed to inadvertently include myself in a photo with the reflection from the windows of the train.
Loughcrew Gardens – Sacred Tree Walk
My eldest son George, is the general manager for the Loughcrew House and I was able to go with an organised group on a tree walk around the estate on the Sunday of the visit. There were about 20 to 30 people that got a huge amount of information and background about the estate in general and in particular about the trees within the gardens. The guide that took us around was hugely knowledgeable and it was really interesting indeed. George asked me to take some photos of the large Grecian style, neoclassical pillars that are the only thing left standing from the house, that was finally burnt to the ground in 1964. I got some good shots with smaller part of the house that was saved in the background. I think he would like to be able to use them in the advertising for the Loughcrew Gardens business.
A music night out in Chapter 1
There was a band playing called Shouting at Planes who were absolutely marvellous. The music played was varied and hugely enjoyable. The musicians also had trumpet and the saxophone which added to the whole musical experience. I got pictures of the band as they were playing, but I didn’t get any pictures of the two poets that were the warmup for the band. The poets were very good in the realm of the angry poet brigade and of course they had a particularly Irish theme to some of the poems that were recited. It was great to see that the audience were very appreciative of the art of the poets and the quality music that came afterwards. It made for an excellent night out.
Good news time!
As a family we had good news delivered to us, which I can’t really talk about at the moment. Not only was it good news in itself, but it also seemed to help myself and my ex wife turn the corner in our relationship. This really happy news that we got, really makes me feel great about the future. To a certain extent going back to visit in the past has made me feel quite anxious, but after this successful trip I think I will be looking forward to going back again, and soon.
Going electric with a bicycle
I ordered the electric bicycle kit and I look forward to getting my hands on that. In the end I went for one with a less powerful motor and less volts but surprisingly has more of a range and the battery will last much longer. I may need to get my hands on some tools to be able to fit the kit onto the bike. I will have to take a trip to the local bike shop and see how much the tools will cost. The man in the local electric bike shop has been very helpful and I would be tempted to ask him how much it would cost to fit the kit. That could be an option of it is not much more than the cost of buying the tools.
Saving Money By Not Buying Diesel
I can see that I will have to use the electric bike as much as possible in order to not be using the car and the diesel. I will be able to look at the accounts at the end of the year and see how much money I have saved.
I am still unsure about whether I should take the job where I’m working nights. As it is I spend an awful lot of time on my own and although there are problems with the old job especially with the horrible boss, it is have the advantage of me meeting and talking to more people. If I’m working nights then that is not going to be the case. On the other hand, working nights does give me the possibility to be able to write and I really would like to be able to get a couple of books into the online stores by the end of the year.
I got my hands on the latest version of this software and I plan to use this for a project of writing a book. I’m looking at having a series of books that look at combining using a pair of computer platforms such as Mac users using an Android phone or other Android device. I plan to look at the day-to-day problems of such combinations and provide solutions.
I will be using Devon think to collect as much information as possible of the subject matter in question and then to continue using the application to put it together before finishing it off in Scrivener.
The application Devonthink seems to be a very completed application and as a beginner I am having trouble getting my head around how it works. I’m sure that this is the case for other people and I’m not just being thick. I think the best way to learn this application is to use it for an actual project and so it will be perfect to have this book to work on.
This is all for a review and a set of tutorials I will do about DEVONthink.
A lovely day for taking photos at Castel Beach
There are lots of really nice beaches very close to where I live and today the sun was out and there was not a cloud in the sky. It was a perfect day to go out and take some photos at the beach. We went to a beach which is just north of Palomós called Castel Beach. It seems that lots of other people had the same idea as there were quite a few people walking around, riding around on bicycles, sitting around on the beach and enjoying themselves. Normally when I go there during the winter the place is deserted.
Myself and Victoria had an NEX-6 each to shoot some photos, with the sea a beautiful viridian green and it being a lovely warm sunny day in January we were bound to get some excellent photos. At the northern end of the beach there is a ruin of some sort, not much to look at or photograph but a good place to look down at the sea. The dog got lucky with getting some freedom to run around while we were busy with the cameras.
Kit lens or vintage Canon lens
I was able to get a vintage Canon lens very cheaply indeed from Ebay and an adapter to be able to fit it to the Sony NEX-6. The advantage of this lens is that it has a maximum aperture of f1.8, so it is a fairly fast lens and great for getting those photos where you want to have the background blurred out with a nice bokeh. I did use it for some of the photos that I took today, although I found that the Sony kit lens was better for what I wanted to do with the landscape photography.
On the southern side of the beach there is a path which takes you to a couple of tiny fishing villages. Well, calling them a village is a bit of a stretch as they are really just a couple of houses tucked away in the small coves. There used to be fishermen’s houses, but now they are used by the owners as leisure Beach houses. There were people at the beach that had been diving for the sea urchins and were sitting there using scissors to open up and eat them. You can’t get your sea fruits any fresher than that!
Rusty grunge winch machinery
As much as I like a beautiful landscape or seascape I would much prefer to find some textural grungy life and today I found an old rusty boat winch. It looked like it didn’t work any more and probably only worked as being something for the boat to be tied to on the beach. When I got back home I was able to add even more texture to the photograph by turning it into a HDR High Dynamic Range photograph. With the application Photomatix Pro is possible to go completely crazy and make a photo that looks like it came from Mars with wild saturated colour. Occasionally I do like to go fairly strong with the high dynamic range effect and today was one of those days although I did turn the colours down a little.
As you might expect with me having a new camera I am out taking quite a lot of photographs at the moment. Yesterday I went to the nearest coastal town to record some video, I did a timelapse video and also a straightforward video with the beach and the sea in the background. With the video I shot that was the time lapse it would have been handy if there had been more people around. The video that I ended up with wasn’t too bad though, as I had clouds moving across the shot as well as the cars and people moving around the traffic roundabout and street.
Controlling the NEX-6 by Wi-Fi connection
My new little camera, the Sony NEX-6 has Wi-Fi in it and I was able to set up my shots using the camera application for remote control. I can make changes to some of the settings for the photograph, such as the ISO, shutter or aperture settings and I can even use the zoom before I take the picture. It looks like I might be taking quite a few shots that you will see me holding my Google Nexus 7, because that is what I’m using to connect with Wi-Fi. I can also use my Galaxy S3, the iPhone and also the iPad.
In this photo you can see the town hall for Platja d’Aro with its water feature in front of it. Not long before I took this photo the water feature was functioning and spraying water around the place. As you can see from the photo it was a lovely sunny January day and just right for shooting video and taking photos.
Post processing using Intensify Pro
I did some postprocessing editing of this photo in Intensify Pro which I get access to as a plug-in from Aperture. There are lots of lovely presets that I can use to completely alter the way the photo looks, but with this picture I just gave it a little bit of extra punch. Within Intensify Pro it is possible to draw out all sorts of things from within the picture that you didn’t even know was there. This can be in the form of detail and texture and there are also presets which take you down the direction of something that looks like HDR photography.
I see that Google have changed the way that Google+ and Gmail work together and I’m expecting that one or two people will probably complain. I have been having a look at how it really does work and am not sure that people should actually have any complaints. What Google have given the users of Google+ is the ability to email people in your Google+ circles, even if you don’t have their email address. I’m sure that the worry that people could have, is that they will be getting spam emails from all and sundry and that there is going to be some sort of privacy issue. I don’t think that there is any need to worry because there are controls in place to protect us all.
So how does this work in Gmail
You have to be in the Gmail web browser and you just click on Compose as per usual. When you start to type the name of the person, if there is a match in your Google+ circles you will see their name and photo. At the moment this only works in the desktop version of Gmail and not in the mobile versions on your iPhone or Android devices. I am kind of wondering why you will want to do this because you can already send messages to your Google+ circle contacts through Google+. You can also send a message to a Google+ contact using Hangouts. So in some ways this is more of an integration into a service that you already have of things that you can already do. On the other hand, there are some people that see the email system as different and perhaps wouldn’t want to have the crossover between the social layer that is Google+ within email.
Receiving emails from your Google+ connections
So let’s imagine that you would want to receive emails from your connections on Google+, how is that going to work? First of all, the emails that come in from people that you have added to your circles already, they will go to the Primary Category. If you get sent an email from somebody that is outside your circles, then these will go to the Social Category. You do have to be using the inbox categories within Gmail for this to take place like this.
So if an email has come in from somebody that is not within your circles then you have some choices to make regards whether you want to get further emails from that person.
- You can allow future messages just by replying to the message or by clicking Add to circles.
- You can also block future messages from any specific person on Google+ from sending you emails this way just by clicking on the Report Spam or Abuse which you will see as a link within the message.
- You can also choose to ignore the email and unless you do something else with it that person can’t send you any more messages. If they add replies to their original message then once again you have the option to report the spam.
Take control of who can email you from Google+
There are some new settings within Gmail which you can get to by clicking on the gear icon at the top right of the window and selecting Settings. Then all you have to do is to scroll down to the Email Via Google section on the General tab. There you will find a drop-down menu that gives you four choices. If you really don’t want to have anybody sending you messages from Google+ to your email you can choose No One. Then with the other three options you can decide if it is going to be just people within your Circles, Extended Circles Or Anyone on Google+. So if you see it as being a problem, you can nip this in the bud within your own email settings in Gmail.
Move along, these are not the problems you’re looking for.
From what I can see of these safeguards which are within the overall way that this works within Google+ and Gmail, I don’t think that is something you should worry about. Certainly, it is something that you should know about and you should know how to go into the settings in order to make it work the way that you want it to work. So we are not all going to be inundated with with offers of pills to enlarge certain parts of our bodies or whatever else goes around in the spam of email these days.
Carrying the NEX 6 camera around
Where ever I go now I have my good camera with me. On Friday I was at the market in Platja d’Aro and I spotted this cactus besides the public toilets. Amazing where you can find interesting shapes, patterns and also colours, although I though this looked better in black and white. I shot it in colour and converted it in Aperture on my Mac. I now have a thingy bob which lets me attach the camera to a strap on a bag. Unfortunately the base plate for the camera is too big as it was meant for a larger camera, I have a new smaller one on the way. I also have a strap which connects to the camera that I can attach to the wrist. This is so I don’t have straps hanging around and getting in the way and yet the camera is safe and not going to fall to the ground.
What is the best way for you to carry your camera?