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The genesis of this web site was a desire to clean house. Over the years I have had numerous web domains that have served different purposes — principally for podcasting, tech writing, social commentary, and my aviation photography. These have to some extent tended to cross over one another and at one time I even…

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Scanning Negatives with VueScan (Multi-frame)

Some years ago I began the task of scanning my father’s large collection of photographic negatives, comprising several hundred films. I have had many starts on this project and many different approaches, each with their own issues. Some approaches have been easy to perform but yielded suboptimal results. Others much harder to perform but with…

Lightroom Classic Smart Previews… aren’t

I’m posting this short treatise because I spent hours today scouring the internet looking for this information and only found it in a forum post — not in countless blog posts on the topic. In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic (ugh, let’s call it LrC), as with most digital asset management systems, there is the concept…

Why I’m No Longer Ruled by Activity Tracking

When the Apple Watch first arrived, its core strength was yet to be realised, but in subsequent years the health aspects have come to the fore. I’m on my third model now (original, Series 3, and Series 5) and I still enjoy having it on my wrist every day, but the obvious, there-from-the-beginning activity tracking…

Add Glanceable Information to Your Mac Menu Bar with SwiftBar

This post is adapted from an original contribution I made to the NosillaCast Podcast. You can find the original post here, or listen to the audio recording I made in Episode 826. On an episode of the Upgrade podcast Jason Snell talked about an open source utility called BitBar. This utility puts customisable information in…

Ngā manu

Have a look in the list below and see if you can pick out the Māori name for the bird also known as the New Zealand Fantail. hīrairaka; hītakataka; hīwai; hīwaiwaka; hīwakawaka; kōtiutiu; pīrairaka; pīrakaraka; pīrangirangi; pītakataka; pīwaiwaka; pīwakawaka; tīaiaka; tīaka; tīakaaka; tieaka; tīrairaka; tīrakaraka; tītaiwaka; tītakataka; tītīrairaka; tīwaiwaka; tīwakawaka; wakawaka If you picked the…