Photo Fun

img_20161009_172337_processedNice treatment of Gabe in the Prisma app, with the appropriately named “Hunter” filter.  He hasn’t hunted with much success beyond catching grasshoppers although he is showing an unfortunate enthusiasm for digging after moles.

I downloaded another app today and it’s promising enough that I coughed up the $2.99 for the upgrade.  I’ve had Eye-Fi cards in several of my cameras for some time now.  They automatically upload pictures to my Synology NAS so that they are available to any machine on my network, and I’ve been wanting something similar for my Android phone.  I think I have found it in the PhotoSync app.

An advantage this app has over the Eye-Fi card is that the strength of the wifi radio in the phone is miles ahead of the tiny little thing they have crammed into the SD card.  I like the automatic upload that happens as soon as I take the shot, but you can trigger an upload manually if you prefer.  That way if you flub the exposure or snap the photo too soon you can decline to upload that one, you select those you want to transfer.  I figure I can as easily delete it from the network folder as I can on the phone.  Lots more at the PhotoSync link.

Gadget Post – Eye-Fi

I’ve put off getting one of these for a long time, it seemed too fiddly for me, and they were touting it as a way to upload pictures to social media sites like Facebook and others.  They spoke so loudly and proudly about that feature that the basic functionality I was really looking for was mentioned in reviews almost as an after thought, as if relegated to the fine print.

What convinced me to try it was the trouble Mrs J was having remembering to load the pictures from her little Canon into the network drives we have set up on our local area network (LAN).  She would come in from the shelter and later would mention that she took some pictures of a really cute critter and would have to fetch the camera so I could pull the chip and copy them into a shared folder where they would be available to copy to a local machine for editing.  I generally resize photos I load for this blog, and try to tweak the colors and contrasts to add a little more oomph, and crop them a bit for composition, same thing with my Flickr account.  ProTip:  Always, always edit a copy!  Not the original!

Anyway, I ordered one, set it up and slotted it into her camera.  Set up was easy and fast, I didn’t have to send the pics anywhere I didn’t want them to go.  It seems like magic.  Take a photo and a little later it’s there in the designated folder.  Huzzah!  It’s a tad slow if you aren’t fairly close to the router – I can watch the upload progress bar speed up or slow down when carrying the camera towards or away from the wifi transmitter.  I haven’t tested it much, but if the pic takes ten seconds to load from twenty feet away, it may take thirty seconds from thirty feet, or just a few seconds from five feet.  This will depend a lot on your particular set up.  If the network you have set the chip to talk to isn’t available, as is the case when Mrs J is at the shelter, all will be taken care of when you are close enough.  Just turn the camera on and the uploading commences.

I bought one for myself:

I will note that the chip will work with a public hotspot, or it can be set up with your smart phone.  Lots of combinations available that aren’t (so far) interesting to me.  YMMV  Needless to say, there are several varieties of these, different capacities and features.  Check them out!

Busy Busy

I have been having home networking fun all day long, so I haven’t put together my usual brilliant off the cuff elegant rustic menu.  I was chatting with a gentleman from Los Angeles the other day in a chat room I am admin for when he mentioned that his Time/Warner cable internet was out.  He was telling me this on the internet so my first thought was “poor guy is reduced to dial-up!  lol”.

Nope.

“I have this Verizon broadband 3g thing as a backup.  It’s slow-I’m only getting 3Mb/sec download speed.”

Slow?  Pooh, that’s twice as fast as Hughes.net *{([grouchy old white haired dude shakes his fist at the sky])}* lets me browse.  My best go has been about half that and that’s late at night.  So I ask around the internets and find many happy campers talking about this “personal wifi hotspot” thing.

Last week I dropped by the Verizon store and talked to a rep there.  They have a demo unit and I can take it home with me!  Yay yay!!  But it wasn’t available until today.

That’s it there next to my cell phone.  The cell phone is a tad bigger.  It’s turned on and doing it’s wifi thing there.  The lights all mean something but the two that are particularly relevant to me are the ones at top and bottom.  The top led is signal strength-green is good, red is …not so good.  The bottom led, the green 3G, mens just that-the thing is operating on the 3G Verizon data network. (A red 3G means slow 2G connection-about the same as your old fashioned dial up I was making fun of earlier.)

That’s enough detail, and I really can’t tell you much more, I’m a real noob at this.  You’ll be wondering about the speed:  best I got today was in the parking lot at Kroger’s-1.78Mbs down.  That is  faster than my satellite ever delivered, I think I got almost 1.7 down one night at 2 am.  Just now I ran this test and only got 0.4Mbs down and was moping about until I connected the satellite modem back up to another computer and ran the same test from it.  0.12 and 0.13 on consecutive tries.  This thing may be a keeper.

Okay, okay, here’s a sammich:

And a little kitteh tableau: