12.07.2018 02:00

IDE’s are not my kind of thing, but if it is, then I think Cursive is four you. It is a plugin for IntelliJ. IntelliJ is without a doubt the best Java IDE I have ever used, and I have spent some time using Cursive, you know, just to give it fair shake, and it is great.

Some languages need more IDE like features than others. Java and C# are two of them. I’m not 100% convinced that Clojure need all of them though. They might be nice, to you do not need them. Check it out if you are looking for a powerful Clojure IDE, it is the best non-Emacs Clojure experience I have seen.

New Camera Bags

12.07.2018 02:00

I have a long and complicated relationship with camera bags.

None of the ones I have bought have worked out very well for me. Because I tried to find one solution that fits the mall, before I gave up.

Then I decided to solve it. Usually I don’t need a camera bag, because I either just bring the camera using the strap, or in some other bag like my laptop bag; because I only bring one camera with the lens on it. But there are times when I would like to have something, either because I want to bring more than one camera or a camera plus a lens, and there are times when I want to bring “everything”.

One of my constraints was that I wanted the bags to be good, but not expensive, because I wanted to feel free to add more bags if I found situations where I needed something else. And I would not feel comfortable doing that if I went into ONA land.

The first situation: two cameras or one camera plus an extra lens; and some stuff, like notebook, rolls of film, batteries etc. I decided to go with a “Lowpro Nova 170 AW II”. I can fit two camera bodies in it, plus some extra stuff I might need or want while shooting. Or one camera plus an extra lens or two. It is the camera bag I’m going to use if I’m going to a family thing or going somewhere during the weekend and might want to shoot digital and analog.

But I also wanted a travel bag. You know, the kind where I can fit all my photo stuff, and some stuff I might want while traveling, like water bottles, some clothes etc. I went with a backpack instead of a bag because when you reach a certain size they are more elegant than bags. I went with another Lowpro bag “Hatchback BP 250 AW II”. I can fit all of my stuff in it, and a couple of extra lenses when or if I get them.

I’m very happy with this setup. Because there is enough room for both the camera stuff and the non camera stuff in each of them. And they are picket the two typical camera bag scenarios I have.


11.07.2018 02:00

Fujion 23mm F2

11.07.2018 02:00

I finally bought the third lens I was planning to get when I first got my X-Pro 2. The process have been long, because I have gone back and forth between getting this lens and some of the Fuji zoom lenses.

I’d love a fast similar sized 60 or 90mm to complete the setup; I know Fuji have them, but they are HUGE, I want compact.

I now have three small primes (four counting my Fisheye) a 23, 35 and 50 all f2; or similar to a 35, 50 and 75 on full frame. They are all fast, small, light with very fast auto focus. The reason I prefer to have small and light primes over zooms is that they are light enough to shoot one handed, very useful if you like to take pictures while walking the dog or other situations where you can’t spare an entire hand holding a lens.

If you want to have one lens go for the 23 or 35. The 23mm is more versatile in terms of capturing a larger variety of things without stepping too far back. I think it is the best for just capturing what you see. The 35mm on the other hand is better if you also want to take portraits or want to have more control over what is included in the frame.

This lens is awesome for street by the way, and the auto focus speed is the fastest I have ever seen.

Linux Backup Strategy

10.07.2018 02:00

For me, there are two different “roles” to a backup system. One is to make sure you don’t loose backups, and another is to make the process of moving from one drive or hardware to another. On my Mac I have a lot of stuff that doesn’t live in the cloud or anything like that. Which means that I need a solid backup strategy. My Linux machine on the other hand doesn’t. Everything on it is in Git, and the rest is the system.

The way I decided to back it up, is to clone the system drive with the “dd” command to an external drive. And I update it every few weeks, because the system itself doesn’t change that often.

If my drive fails now, when there have gone a few weeks since the last time I cloned it, the process of recovery would be to get a new drive, clone my backup over to it and then just update the system and the git repositories.


09.07.2018 02:00

How I sync my dot files

09.07.2018 02:00

DotFiles for those of you that don’t know are a term used for files and folders starting with a dot “.” (hidden files and folders on UNIX systems) that often contain configuration files and stuff like that. If you have multiple computers or just want to have them in version control, you need some kind of system for managing this.

You can either write your own script or you can use an existing system. I have tried many of them, but have ended up with a very simple strategy that works very well for me.

I keep all of my DotFiles that I care about in a git repository, and then I have a very simple shell scripts that links the files and folders to where the apps expect them to be. If something new are added I just re-run it and it overwrites the existing with new symlinks. Then I just manage the rest with git. I commit changes and push and pull. What I like about this strategy is that because of the symlinks I’m always editing the version in git and not another copy. And that all the code I need to manage it all is either Git or in a shell script that is less than 50 lines of code.

There are a number of things I have to do on the backend to get that to work though. I need to make sure that work, since I am syncing between a OS X system and a Linux system. The main thing is that I need to make some extra symlinks to make sure that some binaries and certificate folders are where they would me on a OS X system on my Linux system. And that can be a pain from time to time. But that is far more convenient than to keeping separate configs for both systems.

The KUM Master Piece.

09.07.2018 02:00

I just sharpened three pencils with my new KUM Master Piece.

I’m coming from another KUM sharpener, the “Long Point Sharpener”. The basics are the same, both have two holes to let you get a long point on your pencils.

The big difference between the two is that the Long Point is made out of plastic, while the Master Point is made out of metal; and that the Long Point is boxed in and making it easier to use when you don’t have garbage can available, while the Master Piece does not.

I would not say that the Master Piece is “better”, the perfect version would be the best from both. But the build quality of the Master Piece is awesome. I can’t really describe how good it feels in your hand. But I got the same feeling that I had the first time I twisted a Retro 51.

The thing I don’t like about the Long Point sharpener is that it is too easy to break it, if you unscrew the blades. You know plastic and metal screws are often a mess. This will not be a problem with the Master Piece.

There are not that much to say about this sharpener. It sharpens your pencils well. It is well built, and not that expensive.


06.07.2018 02:00

Learn edn in Y Minutes


06.07.2018 02:00