Author Archives: J.D. H.

Simplicity and Photography. It’s not about the gadgets.

Two links to Ken Rockwell’s site, both of these articles resonant with me. Regarding the first article, as a somewhat gadget obsessed dude that also like photography I can empathize. I know that some of my best photographs were with relatively ancient cameras; and some of my worst photos have been with the “latest and greatest”. The second article is similar to the first one,  except going into a bit more of what really makes for good photography. Article #1

Hawaii after a month

We’ve been in Hawaii just over a month. It’s been a wonderful time so far and here’s a short categorical summary of my thoughts so far: Weather Definitely one of the highlights. In Kona we had one day of rain, the rest was sunshine.  Temperatures were in the low to mid 80s during the day and mid 60s at night. Now we’re on the Hilo side and we expect more rain but similar temps. So far we actually like the

Does Windows 7 load balance multiple internet connections? [yes, probably]

Question. Does Windows 7 load balance multiple internet connections? And what exactly is load balancing anyway? Answer. Yes,  Windows 7 appears to load balance! Annoyances.org – re: Multiple Internet Connections (Windows 7 Discussion Forum) Annoyances.org – re: Multiple Internet Connections (Windows 7 Discussion Forum) pg. 2 Windows 7 Break through. Excited!! Load Balancing Works! – Overclock.net – Overclocking.net NOTE: I haven’t found any official MS documentation on this topic, but from reports on the web it does seem to work…

Popular Mechanics: V8 + Electric = muscle hybrid

I’ve always had a soft spot for Popular Mechanics, they are usually a good choice to read at the doctor’s office or at a newstand. They almost always have something interesting in each issue. Recently, Popular Mechanics did a really cool makeover of a 2009 Dodge Challenger. They took the Challenger, which is a modern V8 “muscle car” and added an electric drive system. The article starts here.  The electric additions start on page 5. My house uses solar energy,

SkyGrabber Review [updated with screenshots and download]

If you’ve read about the security vulnerability of US military drone planes, like the Predator,  you probably wanted to checkout the Russian  SkyGrabber software to see what all the fuss is about. Unfortunately, their site seems to be down due to all the traffic. Hopefully the military (or the company that builds the drones) will fix the vulnerability soon! UPDATE 2: download links for Skygrabber link #1, link #2 (mirror) UPDATE 1. Here is a screenshot of the Skygrabber program

Work update from paradise

I may be in Hawaii, I’m still doing as much or more work as usual. It’s just a lot warmer here ;-). Today I’ve been working on some simple improvements for NetRender (NR), it’s a site that sells hi-res textures. John is my partner on the site and we try to improve the site anytime we can. Here’s what I’ve been up to: +backed up everything (as part of our periodic backup schedule) +removed the credit card logos from the

Dell M4400 display models

I recently ordered two Dell Precision M4400 laptops. Upon receipt of the laptops I was slightly surprised that there were different panels in each laptop: First order: X864C Module, Liquid Crystal Display 15.4WX+, WLED, Lg Philips Lcd Maybach/Avia Second order: U609C Module, Liquid Crystal Display 15.4WX+, WLED, Au Optronics Corp, Maybach/Avia Thankfully both are matte anti-glare displays and the quality is comparable :-).

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