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March 15, 2019

New photography workflow one week later

March 14, 2019

The process of getting rid of Lightroom from my photography workflow started a week ago, and today I imported and processed my first round of images using the new workflow end to end. I could not be happier. The photos looks great, and it was really qucik. I just copied both SD cards into my Mac while reading some e-mail. Then I started the import of the JPEG’s to photos and by the time I had walked Luna and done some yoga I could process them on the phone.

My photopraphy process for as long as I have owned a camera that can shoot raw files have been to shoot raw, and then import it into Lightroom. Then waiting for it to do its thing before processing them. And then export it into Photos or Dropbox back in the day.

The problem with this workflow is that it only really works on my Mac. And all of it is slow. Also: I never have the time to do anything that justifies dealing with raw files.

So my solution now is to shoot JPEG+RAW on my Fuji. JPEG’s on one card and raw on the other. I keep the raw files just in case, and then I import the JPEG’s as is into Photos.

I love this process this far because: - It’s fun and easy - Really fast - And I kind of prefer the look of Fuji’s film simulations to what I have ever managed to get out of Lightroom.

I'm replacing Lightroom with out of Camera JPEG's

March 10, 2019

What started as a exploration into alternatives to Lightroom ended in a place I did not expect. I checked out Luminar and Capture One. Capture One wasn’t really for me, and Luminar is impressive, but the app itself is worse than CC. I enjoy what both Lightroom CC and Luminar can do with their AI technology in terms of tuning the image into something a lot better than the out of camera RAW file. But the apps are horrible. I have given CC close to two years, and I’ve had enough.

The thing I have decided to do is to shoot JPEG+RAW. Store the RAW’s for later, if I need or want to. And just put the JPEG’s into Photos. I’m not going to touch the RAW’s; except for when I want to change film simulations, and then I’ll use the Fuji RAW Studio.

What I have done this weekend is to export all my RAW files out of Lightroom, export all my JPEG’s out of Lightroom (I’m about 50% done with that), then I’ll delete my library and delete all the Adobe apps from my stuff and cancel my account.

How I use the Neo 2

March 10, 2019

I have written about this thing a few times over the half ish year I have owned it.

The way I use my Alpha Smart Neo2, is that I leave it in the living room. And when I feel like writing and is not in my office I just turn it on and start writing.

I just write in file 1 until it’s full, then I move over to the next one and so on. And I try to tranfer stuff into my Mac at least once a week.

My system is that I just place a markdown “h1” and a title, and that marks a new “document”.

I use it for all kinds of stuff, everything from planning to regular notes and drafts for blog posts. And like I have written about before, everything that started out on paper first gets transcribed into this bad boy.

I really like it because it is a thing that does one thing really well, kind of like my Kindle. I take my Neo if I want to type something out and I take my Kindle if I want to read.

Node is better

March 09, 2019

I don’t know how many out there remember how it was to do serious web apps before Node, but it was not great.

There are many big problems with Node, and those of us who have done a lot of Javascript because we in general like it, know it better than most.

But, before Node, we did not have a real development enivornment, like in most other languages. There was no real “test runners” or package management systems.

What you did was that you had a bunch of JavaScript files, maybe you had some git submodules for the third party stuff, and either some script or symlink thing that put it into place.

This was the same era as when RequireJS was the most advanced way to deal with depenencies. It was basically just a function you passed a list of files into, and told it to load them before running a callback that was your code.

I remember more than once getting into situations where things you really fucked up if jQuery plugin C loaded before B, because they wrote to some of the same global namespace.

Node is not perfect, but a lot better than things were before it, and it is also getting better.

Links

March 08, 2019

My storage and backup system

March 07, 2019

I have three backup systems, one in the cloud, one clone and one incremental backup.

The basics is that I use Arq to back up to Backblaze B2, and I use Time Machine to backup to an external drive, plus that I clone my system and the combined “archive” and Time Machine drive. Everything from old stuff, to time machine data and my Plex library live on that drive.

I recently changed all the drives. This is something I do every third year or so. When one of the drives starts to act up, I order new ones as fast as possible.

This time I went for two 5TB drives for the archive and as always a 500GB drive for cloning my system.

The reason I do this is that good NAS or external RAID systems are too expensive. When I compared the last time, the price of getting a future proof RAID, would basically be the same as one and half round of drives of my current system, before I started to buy drives.

The reality is that drives with built in USB interfaces have become so cheap, that I don’t see it ever making sense from a pure money perspective.

The thing that migh get me to do it however is the fact that the time it takes to clone a 5TB drive (it will probably be closer to 10TB the next time) is so long that I’m soon at a point where I kind of have to move to a raid.

How I use my Neo 2

March 05, 2019

I have a Alpha Smart Neo2, it is a digital typewriter. A pretty damn great one. It is basically just a keyboard, with a small screen and some memory in it.

It lets me write, without having a full computer. I personally think it is a hell of a lot better than an iPad, if you just want to type words.

Most of my blog posts either starts out on paper or on this little thing; and most of those that start out on paper gets transcribe into to this little bad boy before it get to my computer.

The reason I love it is because it is small, the battery lasts forever, and I can just have it in the living room. And I don’t have the option of doing anything except writing. The way I use it is that I just write in the same file, and divide stuff up by adding a markdown style H1 header for each new thing, and once a week I connect it to my mac, open my Drafts.txt file in Emacs and transfer all my files (usually just the one) over.

A painful goodbye

March 03, 2019

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I’ve posted about this earlier in the week on my Micro blog. But my mum had to let our family dog of 11 year go on Tuesday. It was not a huge surprise because of her age. But still very hard, and a lot harder for my mother. And Luna will probably be very sad and confused when she can’t find her the next time we visit.

Tom Waits didn’t want to grow up, Nemi never dit. It’s great to see a dog of 10 years old play like she was 1.

Learning to use the Emacs keybindings

March 03, 2019

I think I have written about this before, but I can’t remember. When I started to learn how to use Linux I first used nano, and then I got into VIM becuase the people that helped me used it. And obviously I became one of the people who mocked Emacs for being an OS.

Then Spacemacs hapened.

During the summer of 2018 I decided that I wanted to learn how to use the standard Emacs keybindings. I started doing it sometime in August, and now almost six months later I can say that I am somewhat competent using it. I’m not yet at the level where I can combine 25 shortscuts into someting nuts. But I’m at least advanced beginner or a beginning intermediate user.

This is how I went about doing this:

  1. I wrote down the basic commands I had to know, like saving files, opening files, quitting emacs, managing “windows” on a Index Card.
  2. I started a text file where I pasted interesting keybindings or answers to how to do something I used to do in VIM. And I used it as a FAQ while learning.
  3. Re-read Mastering Emacs.

The process was really slow and painful in the beginning. But after a few weeks, and getting stuff into my fingers it sped up. And today I actually prefer it to other keybindings.

The main reason I started learning it was because regular emacs with evil is kind of slow, and what I think when I’m at the other end of it is that Emacs makes a hell of a lot more sense after learning this.