In the past few days there were news in the tech world that the iPhone is secretly tracking your location, storing the position of the communication towers it had contact with. This data is stored along with time and date, so that a movement profile can be created (note: GPS data is NOT protocoled) When you connect your iPhone to your computer, iTunes downloads this protocol file and stores it on your local Mac or PC. That is unencrypted. Meaning – everybody who knows where that file is and got access to your computer, is able to check where you went. Apple does not specify why this data is being collected. It might serve as a basis for future services, but that is pure speculation at the moment. The programmers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden wrote a small program, which allows you to display the position data your iPhone has gathered about you. The software is called iPhone Tracker (Mac only, sorry PC users). I tested it and – who would have thought that – my iPhone also protocols my movements. It starts with this screen, showing you the complete world map. Obviously I have been moving around in Germany and […]
Wohoo ! The results for the DigitalRev TV video competition are out. My video did not make it to the first prize, but I was notified by DigitalRev taht I am one of the runner-up prizes. I think it is a camera and lens cleaner kit. I mailed them my postal address, and the package is on the way I hope. What did I learn ? Enter competitions, you might win 🙂
This morning I brought the damaged Nikkor to the Nikon Service. Nikon will assess the damage and check whether it might be a warranty case. If the warranty is acknowledged, I will get back the lens repaired in about 4 weeks. If the warranty is not acknowledged, I will get an estimate in 2.5-3 weeks. Now it’s time to wait…
I am on the road in Rajasthan, India. And I am making heavy use of my iPhone4. I am surfing, writing emails, taking and modifying pictures, blogging. I have an indian SIM from Airtel, 2gb data in 30 days for 10 Rupies (about 0,16 € 🙂 The network coverage is excellent. You only have Edge to surf, no 3G network. But hey, long car rides and enough time to wait for a page to load. With a 100% battery charge in the morning I work it down to 40% in the evening, and that is very heavy use. With moderate use I could go towards 2 days without recharging. These are normal use times for the iPhone4 as I have read them from other user reports.
I got this summary today via WordPress. I think it’s worth sharing with you. ======= The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s. In 2010, there were 23 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 2 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. The busiest day of the year was October 23rd with 69 views. The most popular post that day was I suck big time @ analog photography. Where did they come from? The top referring sites in 2010 were alphainventions.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, student-loan-consilidation.com, and happyshooting.de. Some visitors came searching, mostly for moon, samyang 800mm, samyang 800, the moon, and samyang 800mm sample. Attractions in 2010 These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010. 1 I suck big time @ analog photography October 2010 2 Shooting the moon August 2010 3 Geek Stuff – Nikkor lens cup August 2010 […]
SPAM is a pest. I created the blog yesterday late in the night, today I had the first message from a Spambot. Thanks to the WordPress Spam filter it was sorted out immediately. I am still waiting for the day where you get a button in your software that says „Delete this message and nuke the sender’s computer“.
…well, not completely. While photography is something I do on a regular basis, blogging isn’t. I maintained a few smaller blogs in the past, but they were all “project-based” blogs, like a travel diary for example. This blog, lumonatic, is intended to be a continuous thing. I don’t know whether I will keep it up, but I have the urge to do something creative besides photography. Writing. The entries in this blog are intended to reflect my activities in photography. I do not aim to be a newsticker for camera releases, neither will I post in-depth reviews of lenses with all the lab tests etc. pp. This is more a personal thing. Whenever I learn or discover something, I intend to share it with everyone who is interested on this blog. Enough chitchat…. welcome to my blog and let’s see where the road takes us ! Cheers, Lumenatic