Friday, February 22, 2013

53: Makes me smile

Ivette Vera wanted me to turn it into a "Soon" pic, but Caustic Kitty looked so uncharacteristically relaxed that I didn't want to jinx it.

Sony NEX-7, Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/50 T*

Thursday, February 21, 2013

52: Full

BTW, there's something wrong with the Pyrex cup. When you see it you'll shit bricks.

51: Where I stood ...

A day late and a dollar short.

I took delivery of my new work computer today and spent the next 10 hours or so installing crap, resetting cloud storage/mirrors, etc. It was pretty painless except for some minor speedbumps:

Google Drive: Don't bother moving the contents of a Google Drive by hand into a new machine, it simply won't work. It is easier to just let it pull the contents into a clean folder. This ate probably 4 hours of my day today.

Biometrics: I use a fingerprint scanner, which is made by a company that got bought and immediately shut down. They don't support their software, and Imagine it's only a matter of time before replacement scanners will only be found on eBay. Dell now ships a bundled security app that has a driver that works with my scanner, which blocks my passwords bank app from installing. This ate probably 2 hours of my day trying to figure out that all I needed to do was uninstall the Dell app. I did not even need to re-enroll my fingerprints, all I had to do was import my vault from the old machine.

FVD Speed Dial is a wonderful Chrome extension, and it has a sync companion extension that suffers from 90% syndrome. It does the job, but only 90%. In my case I was able to sync all of my dials, but it did not carry the screen caps. Another half-hour wasted.

Permissions: I thought I was so smart. I keep all of the critical data on an external SATA drive. $20 or so bought a USB 3 enclosure for the drive, but speed wasn't the issue: the damn thing kept the permissions from the old machine, so I had to re-shuffle permissions on about 150GB worth of crap. Multiple times. I probably burned another couple hours on this.

Activating Office 2013 apps: My machine is on a Windows domain, which means some apps don't see your credentials as having the right admin access. I wasn't able to activate Office, Visio or Project 2013 until I had them run as administrator. Oh, and no usable error message either, it simply gave me a generic error.

Everything else went smoothly, the only big app that took time to install was VS 2012 Premium. And I am sure I still have another 100 or so service patches to install.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

50: I am ...

Pedro, which comes from the Latin "petra," from the Greek word "η πετρα" meaning "stone, rock." As a name itself is a translation of the Aramaic Kephas or Cephas meaning "stone". The stone face is a gift from fellow #fmsphotoaday / #project365 participant +Rachel Vescio .

Saturday, February 16, 2013

#fmsphotoaday #project365 47: Perfect.

  • A perfect crappy winter day, so the restaurant was empty and there were half as many people as usual on the road.
  • A perfect smile.
  • A perfectly-behaving PJ, which is not a very common occurrence. 
  • A perfect storm of reds. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

36: Something you smelled

Microphotograph: Kitty litter @150X, shot with a Celestron USB microscope

Sunday, February 3, 2013

34: Something beginning with "E."

Sometimes it is the little details. You will notice that the nicer lenses (this is not a Sony invention BTW) have some kind of raised indicator so you can align the lens to the mount by feel. Without that little knob you would always have to look at the back of the lens to look for the index mount there or for something like a red dot on the outside of the barrel.