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Pilot Vanishing Point

27.03.2017 02:00

```text I’m not sure what to say about the Pilot Vanishing Point. There is a lot to like about it, but there is just as much to not like about it. The most striking thing about it is the unique look, and it is not a good one; at least not for me. You can either get a regular blackish one or one of the other. My biggest problem with all of the other designs is that they kind of have a Mont Blanc vibe going on or as I usually say “a little bit too grand daddy for my taste”. ```

```text The regular black is very utilitarian and that is fine. Not every pen you own need to have be considered a piece of art (the Lamy 2000) to be great. ```

```text My two “gripes” with this pen is the clip and ink capacity. ```

```text The clip on this pen is placed in the grip section, which means that it is either bothering you or not. My impression is that it is either a little bit or very annoying to fellow lefties. I can see why some people hate it, but I’m not that bothered by it itself. But I do not for the life of me understand why Pilot can’t use the lower profile clip they had in the past or why they can’t make a left handed version that is reversed. For christ sake, you can get a replacement nib section, and you can’t get a left handed version of the outer casing? There should be a large enough section in the market for lefties for this. ```

```text Pilot Converters and me is an old problem, and I’m pretty sure it will go on until they make them bigger or I die. I’m betting on the latter. It drives me nuts that they can’t make something large enough to get me through a day of a lot of writing. It usually lasts me 2-3 days if I’m only writing tasks and so on. But that can be cut down to somewhere between a few hours and half a day if I write a lot. For example if I take a lot of notes in a meeting or if I am in charge of taking the minutes. ```

```text This is why I always carry more than one pen. ```

```text Where this pen shines is in the coating and the utility of it. I love how fast I can go from “not writing” to “writing”. And the coating on the pen makes it very comfortable to write for longer periods without feeling slippery. It is the thing I go for the first if I am not going to sit down to write for longer periods. ```

```text It’s the perfect “office pen”. ```

On updating passwords

22.03.2017 01:00

```text I assume that you are doing the only sensible thing and are using unique and complex passwords everywhere, and have a good application to manage it like for example 1Password or LastPass(they are the only ones I recommend). ```

```text I’m a big fan of updating passwords on a schedule. And I’m also a fan of doing it maybe once or twice a week with a cap on how many passwords you update. 1Password has a brilliant audit section that show you all the passwords you should update. I first update anything in the Watchtower section, then duplicate and then old, starting with the oldest. But I do not do all of them at once. I do it once or twice a week and never more then 10 passwords per day. The reason is that the passwords will turn up again at the same pace as you change them. This means that if I take the first Monday of the month and change everything that needs to be changed, then I’ll end up with the same backlogs six months from that Monday. ```

```text If you instead change up to 10 passwords on every Monday and Friday, then you will never end up with more than 20 passwords that needs updating; except for Watchtower and duplicates. ```

```text Doing all of it today, will only solve parts of the problem. ```

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Bear

20.03.2017 01:00

```text I have been a nvAlt user for so long that I can’t even remember when I started. And it is in many ways the perfect note app. Except for it being kind of old, and very hard to make money off because of many GPL related reasons. ```

```text I chose to move everything over to Bear, when it came out, to again re-assess everything when Brett Terpstra finally releases BitWriter, the app that is going to replace nvAlt. Bear is a fantastic app in many aspects. It looks good, is easy to use and I have not met any big bugs this far. And having the app both on OS X and iOS makes everything a little bit more convenient. There are many good note taking apps and writing apps for iOS but I have never seen anything that felt natural together with nvAlt. ```

```text Is Bear the perfect solution? Far from it. I have one big problem with it, and if BitWriter is more or less identical to bear but solves this problem, then I’ll switch. And that is the combined search and create note feature of nvAlt. It does one thing, you can type in the search field to search for notes and hit enter; if you found anything it will select the note, and if not it will create a new one. ```

```text A great feature for power users. ```

```text I see the space for both Bear’s solution, which is more user-friendly and more discoverable, and I hope there is also space or room for a real power user alternative, like we had in nvAlt. ```

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My first fountain pen is retired

19.03.2017 01:00

```text I bought my first fountain pen around three years ago. It was a Pilot Metropolitan, with what we today call the medium nib. There was no choice back then. Today is the last day I’m going to use it or bring as a part of my “everyday carry”. ```

```text I have used it a lot, the clip broke off, the nib is kind of bent out of place and the barrel is all scratched up. But I do love it for what it has become. ```

```text This does not mean that I’m ditching the Metropolitan, I got a new one to replace this one around six months ago, and will without doubt continue to be a part of my EDC in years to come. And I do love if for being the best al around “cheap” fountain pen out there, either for experienced or beginners. ```

50mm-ish

17.03.2017 01:00

```text The first lens I bought, ever, was the 40mm pancake. I got it when I bought my Canon EOS 650D(also known as the Rebel Rebel T4i), and the funny thing is that it took months before I even tried out the kit lens. ```

```text One of the great things about the 40mm focal length is that it is slightly longer than 50mm on a crop sensor system (40 x 1,6 = 66mm), and well 40mm on a full frame system. This lens is loved by both full frame and crop sensor shooters, and is still to this day one of my favourites. ```

```text I personally love it because it is fast (f/2.8), takes amazing pictures, it is small and light. ```

```text My main go to lens these days is my Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens, because it is so versatile and give me more or less everything I could need for almost anything I need. I also have two other cameras that are very small and compact(Fuji x100t and Nikon FM) but this setup is also a great option, if I want digital. Mostly because this camera can without problems survive at least a whole weekend on one battery, and I would be stretching it if I said that my Fuji survived a afternoon. ```

```text There are some stuff I believe everyone with a camera should own, and a lens like this is a must for when you want to make your setup as small and light as possible. For example when traveling, or shooting one handed. ```

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Apple Watch

17.03.2017 01:00

```text Okay. So I have used the Apple Watch Series 1 for a while now. Since the day it went on sale, and I still like it more or less as much as I did when I first got it. But I don’t think it will become “mainstream” in its current form. ```

```text It is a fantastic device for keeping track of how much you move, some Notification triage and some minor app interaction. ```

```text I don’t care enough to get any of the serious “health monitoring devices”, but the Apple Watch does just enough, and just precise enough that I can make informed decisions about if I should move more, sleep more or relax more. ```

```text Getting some notifications on my wrist is great: like Slack, important messages and so on. But getting everything there is horrible. If you want to either do something about it on the watch or you need to now immediately don’t have them on your watch. ```

```text Apps on the Apple Watch is a difficult subject. Some are okay, others are great, but most suck. I love the timers, I love to control audio playback with it and the stop watch and timer stuff are okay. But I think it is very difficult to make something fast and simple enough that also is useful. ```

```text There is one thing that I think is beyond crap, and that is the honey comb app picker thingy. Its difficult to navigate, its hard to find and pick the right app. And I really hope that Apple fixes it with the next major version of watchOS. ```

```text I think this have to become more of a “stand alone device”, with much better battery life in order to become mainstream. The current state is just as dorky as the PDA’s some of us used before the days of the smart phone. We had to sync stuff over bluetooth or a cable. It worked. But it was kind of clunky, and no one wants to move back to that after using a proper smart phone. ```

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A review

15.03.2017 01:00

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```text As anyone that have at least browsed around a little bit on this site should know: I love Pilot Iroshizuku. They provide me with exactly what I want from a ink. A consistent great compromise between fantastic colours, lubrication and short dry time across many great choices. ```

```text I think all of their colours look great, even though I know that some of them are a little bit too light for my taste. The ink we are talking about today have been on my wish list for a very long time. It have been on my wish list since the time when I went through all the Pilot Iroshizuku colours and made a list of all of the ones I wanted. ```

```text But I got some serious cravings when Myke Hurley added a picture of the ink in use to the show notes of a episode of The Pen Addict. And it is amazing. This is one of my two all time favourite inks, together with another Pilot Iroshizuku the Tsuki-yo. I would, without any hesitation order another bottle of either when I run out. Something that isn’t true for my other inks. I might, but it isn’t 100% sure. ```

```text As with all Iroshizuku inks (with the exception of the black one) I initially thought it was a little bit light. But I have come around (as always), and it is more or less perfect. This is not a “pure orange”, to me it looks more red-orange. And Iroshizuku inks are not for you if you want a “orange orange” or a “blue blue” and so on. But if you want a really good looking orange or a really awesome blue, then it is for you. ```

Sorry

15.03.2017 01:00

```text Sorry everyone. I have not had much time to poste lately. The weird thing is that I have had drafts laying around it various notebooks, but I have simply not had the time to transcribe them. I have some posts lined up now. And my hope is that I’ll get the time to publish at least bi weekly moving forward. ```

```text – Eivind ```

Fuji

03.03.2017 01:00

```text When I look at the current camera landscape, I don’t see anyone except for Leica and Fuji doing what I want from the controls. Most Leica digital cameras are a little bit outside my comfort and ability in terms of cost. But Fuji is more or less in the middle. ```

```text Here is what I want from my cameras: similar controls to what you find on Leica’s and mechanical analog cameras: you have dedicated controls for Shutter Speed, ISO(if they have a meter) and aperture. ```

```text I know that more expensive advanced cameras with or without mirrors have multiple buttons and wheels that can do this job. But that is not what I am looking for, because a dedicated button system means that you can control the parameters without looking at the screen. Having the actual numbers of the dial is very help ful when you are chasing two or more variables together to get the best possible settings for what you are trying to do. ```

```text One of my big problems with how current DSLR and mirrorless cameras are being designed is that everything is being invested the the semi automatic modes, without spending a little bit on the fully manual mode. Which in turn makes it very hard to use it. ```

```text The Fuji X-Pro 2 has exactly what I want in this aspect. But It falls on its nose in some other aspects: battery life and full frame. ```

```text I would love to see Fuji moving into the full frame space, I don’t need it, but I want it. One of the major problems with all mirrorless systems these days are battery life. People have been complaining about this for years, and I am baffled that Fuji and others don’t do anything about it. ```

```text For example: If I go home to my parents for a long weekend: Thursday to Sunday, and I use my Canon dSLR, one battery charge would get my though the whole trip; and I shoot a lot. My Fuji x100t would probably need 3-4 fully charged batteries per day, if not more. ```

```text I know. The reason is that a lot more “stuff” are using the battery in a mirrorless system compared to a dSLR, but the batteries are also larger in a dSLR. Use larger batteries, or make it possible to use more than one battery with some kind of grip, and easy to charge them without having multiple chargers. ```

```text This is what I expect from a camera battery: two batteries should get me through 12-14 hours of heavy use. ```

```text I love what Fuji are doing at the moment, but they and the rest of the mirrorless camera makers need to get serious about battery life. ```

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USB-C

03.03.2017 01:00

```text I just got back my MacBook Pro from repair(or the whole thing was replaced), I’ll get back to why in a later post. But one thing I realised while using my old MacBook Air while waiting is how much more convenient USB-C / Thunderbolt-3 is compared to the previous mess. ```

```text Do I need an adapter to plug in more or less anything? Yes. Does it have a SD card slot? No. Is both annoying? Yes. ```

```text Here is the thing. I usually end up plugging in three external drives to my machine, one for cloning my system drive, one for archive / time machine and one clone of that archive drive, plus a SD card reader. Then I have a power plug and sometimes a screen or two. ```

```text Previously this meant one adapter per screen, at least one USB-A hub, and a power adapter. Now I can do the same by plugging in either one or two USB-C plug (depends on how I connect things up). ```

```text USB-C is more messy for the simplest situations, for example when I just need to charge my iPhone, and the new MacBook Pro’s are more messy when I just need to copy some images from my SD card. But when it comes down to when you connect a lot of stuff to your MacBook the situation is a lot simpler, because you can daisy chain all your crap together with a few USB-C hubs and just connect one cable to your system. Kind of like a dock, except that it isn’t tied to one laptop model. ```

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