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Sunday, March 27th 2011

Testar Bloglovin

Håller på att sätta upp ett konto på Bloglovin. Tydligen måste jag lägga in den här koden för att få det att funka:

Följ min blogg med bloglovin

Edit: Sådär, nu har jag lagt in en liten knapp i spalten till vänster.

Saturday, January 15th 2011

Rolig parodi på musikaldans

Flight of the Conchords Stay Cool är en finfin parodi på överdramatiserad musikaldans. =)

Monday, December 6th 2010

Ledig

Helt underbart skönt att vara ledig efter en rätt intensiv sexdagarsvecka på ekuriren.se med två tolvtimmarspass nu i helgen. Har ingenting jobbigt alls att göra i dag, men möjligtvis tar jag en vända med dammsugaren.

I går hann jag förresten ikapp snösvängen på E20. Att köra om den första lastbilen, som körde i högerfilen, var inga problem. Knepigare blev det att köra om plogbil nummer två som körde i vänsterfilen och kastade ut snö, slask, is och salt i ett stort moln åt höger.

Det innebar at jag dels fick forcera den snödriva som han hela tiden skyfflade över i högerfilen, och dels att sikten framåt minskade proportionellt med avståndet till lastbilen. Sa jag förresten att det var becksvart?

Visserligen gick det inte speciellt snabbt, kanske 50 km/h. Men känslan av att inte veta var jag, den enorma plogen eller vägen var under en eller två sekunder var ingen höjdare. Det där gör jag aldrig om. Då ligger jag hellre och sniglar bakom fram till Strängnäs.

Apropå ingenting, jag insåg en stor fördel med att bara använda Lightroom. Jag kan helt sanningsenligt säga att inga av mina bilder är Photoshoppade.

Monday, November 29th 2010

Life Expectancy Over 200 Years

Here’s a relly cool video with a decently crazy Swede (apparently Hans Rosling) projecting life expectancy data from all over the world in a room. Not sure how they did it.

This seems to be a short clip from a tv show (The Joy of Stats), which sounds like just the thing for me. =)

Edit: Here’s a really funny lecture with Hans Rosling.

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

Ung och bortskämd

Tittade just på det tredje avsnittet av SVT:s första förnedringssåpa, Ung och bortskämd. Det kom inte i närheten av det första avsnittet när det gäller antal gapskratt, men det är lite småkul ändå.

Har hittills fått som jag velat i omröstningarna, men nu hade jag hellre sett att Paulina åkte ut.

Wednesday, May 5th 2010

Anemone Nemorosa

Driving home from Enköping after looking at a flat for rent I caught site of these Wood Anomones by the road side. (Vitsippor in Swedish.) Found a spot where I could actually stop.

There was a rather worrying sign, Danger of tics, where I turned off. Which obviously made it feel like stuff was crawling all over my skin even though there wasn’t actually anything there.

I used my 50mm and my 70-300mm lenses, the latter with the close-up lens 500D attached for a few shots.

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Here’s what I did to the photos in Lightroom:

  • Overexposed them by 1/3 stop.
  • Set Blacks to 18.
  • Set Saturation to -42
  • Set Tone Curve to linear.
  • Applied lens correction vignetting. Amount +100, midpoint 17.

Sunday, February 7th 2010

WordPress Migration Completed!

I have now managed to migrate my blog content and design to WordPress!

There were quite a few hoops to jump through, but I’ve finally got to the stage where I feel I can invite you over to the new version. In fact, if you’re reading this in an RSS reader you should be automatically redirected to the new version of the blog if you click through.

I believe I have managed to set things up so that all incoming links should redirect to the posts imported into WordPress. (Which use a different URL scheme than Blogger.)

Here is the link to the new RSS feed.

Should you find any weirdness, I’d be very grateful if you let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks!

Saturday, February 6th 2010

Moving from Blogger to WordPress

Blogger have just informed me that they are getting rid of the possibility to publish via FTP to your own domain/server.

I should be angry, but I’m kind of happy because this is just the kind of push I need to move to some better blogging service or software.

Just like everyone else, I’ve decided to go with WordPress. I’ve got it up and running, and I have managed to import all my old posts.

The next thing to do is to migrate my design to the new system, and when that is done I’ll implement automatic redirecting from all my old posts.

Obviously I hope to do the switch with as little disruption as possible, but any subscibers I have might need to re-subscribe to a new feed. I’ll let you know when I’m done.

Monday, December 14th 2009

Nice Lens: Sigma 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 OS HSM

Sigma has just introduced a new and very interesting lens, the Sigma 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM.

Sigma 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

When I got my Canon EOS 30D I decided to go for the Sigma 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5. It is better than the standard kit lens and optically better than the Canon EF-S 17-85mm even if it lacks stabilization.

Sigma’s new lens offers two great improvements:

  • Ultrasonic auto focus motor (HSM)
  • Optical stabilizing

It also features better glass than the old lens, so in theory it should give even more detail. The old 17-70mm isn’t very sharp at the wide end.

I’ve felt that my 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5 is the weakest of my lenses when it comes to low light photography. Adding stabilization would make a huge difference. An alternative would perhaps be to get a second hand Canon EF-S 17-55mm 1:2.8 IS.

Really looking forward to reading some tests of the new Sigma.

Saturday, November 28th 2009

NEC EA231WMi Review

Well, we decided to get the NEC EA231WMi after all. A contributing factor was that my wife wanted a new bedroom tv. So we got both. 🙂

NEC EA231WMi

As flat screens go, it really is brilliant. It seems almost completely insensitive to viewing angle, although when you tilt it up and down you can see the gamma changing very slightly.

This screen is factory calibrated so it gives you pretty much correct sRGB (gamma 2.2) colours right out of the box.

As I mentioned in a previous post, it is also able to actually show 8/24 bits of colour. So it doesn’t show any banding in a test such as this one.

When gaming it is brilliant to have a large wide screen. Crysis never looked so good. With our XFX Radeon 4890 Black Edition I’m able to play with maximum settings @ 1920×1080. The first time I tried it it really made me go wow.

I did consider the Dell U24010 for its 1920×1200 resolution, but in the end it wasn’t worth the extra money (+50%). Also, the Dell is nowhere near as nicely calibrated out of the box. (And I don’t have a calibrator thing.)

The NEC pivots, but I noticed that my pivoting software interferes with Crysis for some reason, so I un-installed it. And after having Googled around for a while, I now realize that it is possible to rotate the screen by hitting Ctrl+Alt+arrow. Edit: I’ve found that to be incorrect. However, I’ve been able to set a keyboard shortcut in the ATI Catalyst Control Center.

It also turns very easily around its foot. The turning mechanism on our old screen was so stiff that you always ended up moving the stand as well as the actual screen.

Here are some photos comparing it to our old screen, an Acer AL1722. The most obvious difference is the colour temperature of the screens. I did each comparison straight on and with the screens at ~45 degree angles.

NEC EA231WMi compared to Acer AL1722

NEC EA231WMi compared to Acer AL1722

Nothing much to complain about with a normal picture.

NEC EA231WMi compared to Acer AL1722

NEC EA231WMi compared to Acer AL1722

Here you can see that the NEC is affected a lot less when viewed from an angle.

NEC EA231WMi compared to Acer AL1722

NEC EA231WMi compared to Acer AL1722

For these shots the exposure was increased to exaggerate the effect slightly. But this is still pretty close to what it looks like in a pitch dark room.

NEC EA231WMi

NEC EA231WMi

These two photos show that the colour temperature is very consistent across the screen. First I thought I could see a slight gradient from left to right, but when I analyzed them in Photoshop I realized I was just imagining it.

Edit: Added a few comments about the comparisons.

Edit 2: Decided to continue with some more thoughts …

As I said above, the gamma varies very slightly with viewing height. But the difference is small enough to be unnoticeable between your left and right eye when the screen is pivoted. (Our old screen was a bit of a pain to use pivoted because the left and right eye got significantly different gamma which resulted in a very weird feeling.)

The screen comes with a nice cover that snaps into place on the back of the foot to keep the cables in place. The snap is a bit weak though so I have stuck ours in place with some blue-tak.

The screen came with automatic brightness adjustment enabled by default. I found this to be rather annoying, since the effect was very noticeable when switching the desk light on or off. It would perhaps have been less annoying if the brightness was adjusted in a smoother fashion. As it is now, the brightness jumps up or down in a series of small yet very noticeable increments.

Instead I usually have the brightness constant at around 40–50%.

It is interesting how quickly you get used to the extreme width of the screen. I thought it would take much longer. Already I feel that going back to 1280×1024 would be pretty tough.

I’m beginning to see the possible benefits of Windows 7’s improved window handling (without actually having tried Windows 7 yet). It would be very nice to be able to easily get two windows side by side. I know it is possible in XP too, but it is quite a tiresome process: Minimize all other windows, then choose the menu option after right-clicking the Task Bar.

I’ll end with a summary: Highly recommended!

Saturday, July 4th 2009

New Computer Up And Running

Finally we got our new computer yesterday after waiting two weeks for the graphics card. In fact I gave up on the shop to get hold of the card and ordered it separately over the web.

While installing Windows XP and then Service Pack 2, the computer just rebooted on us for no good reason, and then wouldn’t boot at all.

After a few tries I gave up and had a look inside. The reason was probably a loose SATA cable. After fastening it properly we started again.

Formatting the 1 TB drive took close to 3 hours. A quick format would probably have done the job just as well (without looking for surface problems) but I thought I might as well do it properly.

After installing Windows again, getting everything set up the way you want it takes ages. Service packs, drivers and a million different programs. File endings: visible, system files: visible, start-menu: classic, annoying shortcuts on the desktop: GO AWAY! Disable ten or so unnecessary Windows services. Etc.

Now the computer is beginning to become usable. Our old Firefox profiles in place. Internet access working.

The graphics card, an XFX HD 4890 Black Edition, is a bit on the loud side while gaming, but in Windows it is a lot quieter. Before we got the driver installed for it the fan was spinning away at 100%, which was a bit trying during the three hours it took to format the hard drive.

At the moment my lovely wife is playing Sims 3 at maximum graphics settings with no visible lag at all. Will be interesting to try some of my games later.

Monday, June 22nd 2009

Ordered a Few Games

With the new computer on its way, I also ordered a few games to play during the summer.

GTA IV for PC

Far Cry 2 for PC

Crysis for PC

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for PC

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X (annoying name to write) is bundled with the graphics card. Not sure if it’s any good.

Tom Clancys H.A.W.X for PC

It’ll be interesting to see how far I can push the graphics settings in GTA IV. BTW, I just saw a great video review of GTA IV here.

Saturday, June 20th 2009

New Computer on its Way

On Wednesday we ordered a new computer. Not that there’s really anything wrong with the current one (AMD something 3200+), but we both had an urge to play some newer games. Such as The Sims 3 and GTA IV.

computer case

We’ve ordered it from a local shop, Proxdata. They seem to know what they’re doing. Here’s what we decided to throw into the mix:

That should be plenty of gaming power for the time being I think, but if we need more in the future we can add another identical video card and have them run in parallel (Crossfire).

All in all, we’re getting much more punch for the money than the big electronics chains in Sweden are offering right now.

We’ll keep using XP, since we see no real point in upgrading to Vista. Not even Direct X 10 has convinced me. All games seem to support version 9 still, and the visual difference, when there is one, is negligible.

There may be a day when we want more than 4GB of RAM. Then we’ll have to get 64 bit Windows 7, since 32 bit XP can’t use more than 4GB. (I’ll gladly skip Vista, for various reasons.) Until then though, I think we’ll be sticking with XP.

Hopefully we’ll be getting the computer on Tuesday or Wednesday. Then we can get started on the wonderful process of installing all the many different programs that we have on the current computer.

Friday, May 15th 2009

Amazing Macro

This has gotta be the most amazing macro I’ve seen for a long time.

Wednesday, May 13th 2009

Tingeling

After having watched the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Swedish interval act Tingeling is about ten times funnier than it was the first time I watched it: (Skip to 4.15 for the music part.)

This was done as a parody on Russian culture, and then the Russians themselves go and do exactly the same thing for their real, 100% serious interval act:

But the thing that kills me is that the Russian embassy in Sweden handed in an official complaint to SVT (Swedish television) saying that the parody was humourless and insensitive. (Or something along those lines.)

And while we’re on the subject of interval acts, the best one I can remember was the Stockholm 2000 one:

Saturday, May 2nd 2009

Avoid NoScript

A note to all NoScript users:

The author of NoScript, Giorgio Maone, has in previous versions included hidden code to tamper with Adblock plus if installed, to prevent it from blocking ads on his own website. NoScript claims to be an extension for increased security. This move clearly shows that Giorgio Maone and all of his extensions cannot be trusted.

I recommend you uninstall NoScript and FlashGot if you happen to have them installed. Personally I always found them very overrated and not very useful.

Just to make things clear. Giorgio was confronted about the hidden code and then removed it. Instead he then went on to add a feature which adds all his sites to the Adblock Plus whitelist, without asking the user. (And if you deleted the whitelist addition, it would reappear on restart.)

This has even led to Mozilla revising the rules for extensions hosted at the Mozilla add-ons site.

If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, that this kind of behaviour doesn’t belong in the Mozilla Addon community, why don’t you write a review and let Giorgio and others know what you think.

Monday, April 27th 2009

Swine Flu

Monday, April 13th 2009

Back From Paris

I’ve been for a week in Paris with my wife. I have around 700 photos to go through and develop, but when I’m done I will post some here. Did a few panoramas of the Eiffel tower, among other things.

Monday, March 30th 2009

Röyksopp – Junior

Röyksopp - Junior on Spotify

Röyksopp released their new album a few days ago, Junior. If you like Yello, you will probably like this. If you have Spotify installed you should be able to click this link to open the album.

Tuesday, March 24th 2009

Why Can't My Stats Always Look Like This?

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My Firefox benchmarking post has just been twittered by MozillaFirefox with 15,000 followers, and a few people at Mozilla.