Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 The ipod takes good pictures in well lit scenes.

From the iphone 6s, it takes pictrues a little bit more accurately and with less noise.

The ipod's sensor has trouble dealing with the powerful lights that show a construction scene. Noise everywhere.

Underexposed, the ipod picture lacks low-light sensitivity. 

 A decent shot with the ipod, take during lunchtime in downtown Calgary.

Kitty loves those goddman glow sticks.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A History of Mp3 Players I've Used

The Sansa 1G Express with OLED and FM radio. Oh, the futureshop special I bought for $40 back when these were the cheapest mp3 players out there. It worked intermittently, randomly rebooting and would lose your station presets. It did have a microSD port to allow more MP3's, and it did play them sometimes. After the 20th reset I lost my shit and destroyed it under my boot one afternoon. A real piece of shit. 

The Zune 30G work horse. I bought this for $70 in Truo, Nova Scotia back in mid 2000's. It was solid, heavy, used a tiny physical hard drive and the software was buggy as shit. The games were laughable. No wifi. Compared to the ipod this thing was a real clunker - except for the audio quality. It used really good DAC's and the sound was phenomenal. Sadly, in 2012 I ended up dropping it on the pavement and destroyed the fragile hard drive. RIP. 

So the tiny zune 4GB I found on Kijiji for $50 and it actually worked nicely for about 3 months before the display went completely blank. I don't know what the hell happened but it stopped working and I had to ditch it.

Back to the Zune HD. Found one again on Kijij and picked it up & used it for about 3 years. The problem is the flimsy audio jacks - breaking, I could not replace it. I managed to jerry-rig the audio jack but one day the last of the plastic completey broke on me. So long.

I picked up the apple ipod touch gen 7 and don't use the shitty ear buds. I have Sennheiser over the ear studio phones which work pretty good. I hope it lasts a while. I don't use my phone for music because it's not my phone. It belongs to work. I don't need my MP3's and shit on a work phone.

Friday, November 3, 2017

No more longboarding

Calgary received 25 cm of snow in 3 days so far. The temperature dipped to -13C and it's cold as hell. Immediately, drivers began moving around like idiots and accidents were everywhere. It's like that movie Groundhog day and every year the same traffic bullshit happens during the first major snow storm. Snowpocalypse. The boosted board has been put against the wall for the season, I don't see this being used again until next year - unless we get a massive chinook warm stretch...

I managed to get the Nitto SN2's fitted on my car again for the winter season; I figure I have 1 last season with these bad boys and I'll have to get new ones next year. 

 I found the dollar store was selling glow sticks for $1.25 for a bundle of 10. Great deal. I love them.

Kitty loves them.

Even a slurpee looks better witha glow stick.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Samsung S2 Tab Charging Issues ?

Own a Samsung tablet or smart phone? Tired of the battery draining even if you have the 2A charger plugged into it? It's a common problem for many owners of the S2 tablet series. First, the charger is a piece of crap. Many other people have reported that this charger often is unable to supply even half the stated capacity of 2A. When plugged in, the tablet said it would take over 19 hours to charge (!). Unbelievable.

Quite frankly, I went out and bought a 40W multi-charger USB block and hooked it up to my 7 inch tablet - works great. I use the 60W multi-charger for the 9.7 inch tablet.

Both tablets have applications set to sleep mode when not in use (important). If you don't set this the applications will continue to run and drain the battery even when your tablet is shut to low power. Very rarely this problem can be caused by a damaged or faulty charging cable - usually the cheap chinese copies you can buy of DX are good enough. Sometimes you do get shit cables.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall's Last Gasp

Its getting cold out in the mornings. A fine matrix of ice weaved into random and complex patterns on the hood of my car. It almost looks like a planet from the distance.

A bud of mine drinks this stuff. I never tried it and considering the 15% alcohol I'd probably be on my ass in no time. Instead, I bought an 8-pack of Irish beers.

While boosting downtown I discovered this interesting enclosed pathway with a mural of graffiti on the side. Very neat photo, kind of lucked into it. Enjoy this week of warm weather while it lasts. Next week I have to get my winter tires mounted and get ready for the onsalught of cold and wintery weather. Brrr.

Monday, October 16, 2017

RIP Mr. Lahey

John Dunsworth who played Mr. Lahey from the Trailer Park Boys has passed away at the age of 71. Although I never met him, friends at my last job did and said he was the nicest guy. I'm not sure what he died from, but I know I'll miss him and his acting. Nothing will beat his performance in "I am the liquor" episode. (The one where he labels the bottles after each Trailer Park Boy character).

John was anti-gambling as he was addicted to it.

RIP Mr. Lahey.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Holy Shitballs

Woke up, showered, had coffee and some toast. Went out to start the car and nothing but clicks - fuck - dead battery. No problem. Head to the corner store and withdraw $20 for transit money. I boost down to the C-train station where I realize the downtown core is locked down due to track maintenance. I get off at Earlton station and boost to my customer site. I dont have my pass so I have to call security. My customer informs me they are closed. (The receptionist told me they were open last week, for fucks sake!).

I boost back to try and catch the bus and run out of power at the DT hospital. I call a taxi cab and get a cab ride home. I wait an hour for the board to charge and head to Canadian tire to buy an Eliminator battery ($150!).

Believe it or not, I managed to heft this battery while on the boosted board and make it home without injury to myself or the battery. I quickly swap the battery, head back to Canadian tire to bring back the old one ($20 refund for bringing the battery back for recycling).

Pretty damn tired. Thank goodness I had the boosted board. Peace out!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Winter is coming

Winter is approaching very soon. At the end of October I'll have to get my winter tires put on again. I might have to buy a new battery, it seems a bit weaker and I have had this thing for 5 years now. I think I'll get it changed very soon indeed.