Review of the AlphaSmart Neo2

14.08.2018 10:00

The AlphaSmart Neo2 is a electronic typewriter. I finally got around to ordering one a couple of months ago. And it is awesome.

It is a computer made to do one thing: let you type text into it. The keyboard is a great, it is light and you use regular AA batteries.

The way it works is that it has eight “files” that you can store text in. In total it can store somewhere between 100 and 150 pages of text. And each file has a maximum of 24.5 pages of text. You start it, pick a file and start typing. And you just turn it off when you’re done.

Then, when you want to transfer it to your computer, you just open the app and file you want it in, connect it by USB, select the file on your AlphaSmart and click send. This will transfer character by character like a USB keyboard would. It is slow, but it means that you do not need a driver. It would probably be faster, haven’t it been for the very slow CPU in the AlphaSmart.

Remember to change the keyboard layout on your computer to US English before clicking send.

This is the perfect computer for writing, if you want something small, light without any distractions. I personally love using it for transcribing blog post drafts from my notebooks to it.


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A lens similar to a 50mm on a full frame camera is not tele and it is not a portrait lens.

13.08.2018 10:00

Apple does this with their dual lens phones, and Fujifilm does this with their “tele” converter lens for their x100 series of cameras. And it is just wrong.

No one would consider a 50mm on a full frame camera to be a telephoto or a portrait lens. It is a fucking normal lens, and the most normal of them. According to Wikipedia a telephoto lens starts at 67mm.

Why is this important? Because it is kind of annoying that they call it for something it is not. The other side of it is that you usually want to use a longer lens when you take portraits because the longer the lens is the more proportional “stuff looks”. If you shoot with something less than 50mm it is very easy to get a nose that looks huge etc.

A very popular portrait focal length is the 85mm or 135mm. The longer the better, except that when who you take pictures of are too far away it becomes a little bit difficult to talk to them.

Going with the Golden Bear

13.08.2018 10:00

I have tried quite a few pencils over the last few months. And I thought it was time to kind of pick one that could be my daily driver. The pencils that I was considering were:

  1. Blackwing 602
  2. Field Notes Pencil
  3. Golden Bear.

What I was looking for was a pencil that felt like a quality product, with a point that didn’t go dull very fast, while at the same time wasn’t too scratchy. Price, design and how comfortable it was to write was also factors I considered.

Each of these pencils have something about them that would make them a fantastic pick. The Field Notes pencil are so comfortable to write with. It is awesome. While the 602 has a very smooth led. While the Golden Bear has a fantastic led that keeps the point better than the 602, while being smother than the Field Notes pencil. But it isn’t as comfortable to write with compared to either one of them.

I decided to with the Golden Bear for a number of reasons. The main thing was price. Let me compare: A pack of 12 Blackwings are $22 the last time I checked, and a 144 pack of Golden Bears are $30. The 602 is better than the Golden Bear, but it is not that much better.

Both the Field Notes pencil and the 602 are better than the Golden Bear, but also more expensive. And the Golden Bear is also a good compromise between the two in many aspects.

Anyways. The Golden Bear is a awesome cheap pencil that I use every single day.


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