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12.12.2017 01:00

Got my Pilot Metal Falcon today. First thought: why doesn’t the Vanishing Point have this converter?

Learning React now and then.

12.12.2017 01:00

When I started to learn react in 2015 I thought it was a challenge. Not because react itself is difficult, but because there was a lot of stuff surrounding it one had to know. It kind of reminded me about when I started to do web development back in the stone ages. “You need to know html, css, javascript, php, mysql, apache cookies”. And I just understood that I should learn all of it, without understanding what everything was or why I had to learn it.

The short version is that the react community is very good for better an for worse to use the bleeding edge of new Javascript features, even when they are in drafts stages. But I wasn’t familiar with all of the new ES6 features when I started to learn React. And when you finally understood what was going on, then you had to learn how to get webpack or browserify up and running. Looking through a million different config files trying to find a config that works.

What I recommend that you do today, if you want to learn React is to start with “create-react-app”. It is a very good package for starting a new react app without having to worry about anything but react. You might still want to learn how to configure webpack, but I don’t think you need so unless you have some particular needs or have a larger app. I have deployed smaller apps into production using create-react-app.

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11.12.2017 01:00

Lightroom CC has the essential options, where the old Lightroom had options for every single possible thing imaginable. For example the old “export” have been replaced with a “Save To” with three options File Type, Location and Size. But my impression is that it is much slower than the old export.

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11.12.2017 01:00

The speed of navigating between photos in Lightroom CC seems to be roughly the same as in Classic. But the killer in terms of speed is that you don’t need to jump between library and “develop”. It will probably result in me editing way more of my photos than before.

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11.12.2017 01:00

The process of importing new photos into CC is much more streamlined than in Classic. It’s just add; not “move”, “copy” and “copy as DNG”. You just copy them in as is. I would prefer a option for them to be converted to DNG. But that might show up in the future.

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11.12.2017 01:00

All the previews are generated in the cloud, or I do at least think they are. Which means that it may take more or less time before you can process your images after a import; it all depends on the speed of your internet connection.

For me, it took way less time when I imported two 64GB cards yesterday. But I have a very fast 120mbit connection.

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11.12.2017 01:00

I’ve bought a second hand ThinkPad, because it’s been way too long since I played around with desktop Linux.

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11.12.2017 01:00

Looks like my Pilot Falcon will arrive tomorrow.

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11.12.2017 01:00

Charging the iPhone 8 Plus

11.12.2017 01:00

It takes forever to charge the iPhone 8 Plus using the charger and cable you got with the phone; and it is a little bit better if you use a iPad charger. But it still takes a very long time.

But, you can get faster charging if you take one of the Apple MacBook Pro USB C bricks and plug one of the LIghtning to USB-C cables into it. My impression is that it charges around twice the speed.

Which brings me to my point. Why can’t Apple start to bundle better chargers with their devices? Or at least a cheap version of their current chargers with USB-C instead of USB-A. To charge using the USB-A cables is horrible. It takes forever. It is bad user experience to wait longer.

I get the margins argument, that people use every time someone thinks Apple should do better. And, yes, I get that. But I just want Apple to start moving in the right direction. Because if Apple comes out with phones with bigger and bigger batteries, the charging over USB-A thing will become a joke.

If you want faster charging: get a MacBook Pro power brick (the 13 inch version is good enough) and a Lightning to USB-C cable.