Author Archives: J.D. H.

Fastest Web Hosting

Wow, finding a quality post on “fastest web hosting” is exponentially harder today than a few years ago. In the past you could generally find a rather lengthy blog entry showcasing a nice comparison between top hosts. Today you find pages of search results tailored to sell you hosting and generate affiliate revenue for the site owner. ­čÖü Thankfully, there are some rather in-depth comparisons and tests available out there. After perusing a good number of┬áresources, I eventually settled on

InMotion Hosting: East vs. West Hosting

During the InMotion Hosting signup process, they ask if you want to be East or West coast. Specifically, which coast you want to optimize for by locating your site(s) on servers proximal to one coast or the other. Even though I am in relatively central US (MO), they recommended West and that is what I went with. Will keep you posted if I find any more specific info from them on server locations and responsiveness.

WEN 56200i Inverter Generator Review (real world, off the grid)

My family has lived off the grid for the past 25 years. No power lines, no phone lines and no utility bills. Over those many years, we have primarily used solar panels for our electricity needs. They do a stellar job, however, occasionally in rare multi-week cloudy periods we still need a good backup generator. We have used a variety of generators over the years, with our traditional favorite being Honda. However, four years ago I bought my first WEN generator.

5k Everyday

Two months ago I was running zero miles a month. One┬ámonth ago I ran 100 miles and a half marathon thanks to some good friends,┬ámapmyrun, and the extra mile challenge.┬áNow I am setting out to accomplish 5k on foot everyday for 365 days. That comes out to 1825km or ~1134 miles. Self made rules: Days can be more than 5k but not less. Running is preferred but walking is okay as those days will constitute “rest days”. No treadmill. Elliptical

Lens mount diameters

When discussing in body image stabilization (IBIS) it is informative to know the lens mount diameters for each particular lens mount. More diameter relative to sensor size generally gives more leeway for IBIS movement and compensation. As such, here is a list of lens mount diameters: MFT (Micro Four Thirds) ~38mm (Olympus and Panasonic) FT (Four Thirds) 44mm (Olympus and Panasonic) Fuji X: 44mm Pentax K: 44mm Nikon F: 44mm Sony E: 46.1mm Minolta/Sony A: 49.7mm Canon EF: 54mm  

LG G3 Questions

LG G3 Questions: Hello, please excuse my ignorance. So if I have a T-Mobile SIM card which I am using in my phone right now and put it in a LG G3┬áphone for example will this work. And if so, let’s say four or five months down the line I decide to switch to AT&T do I have to do anything different at all apart from just switching out an AT&T SIM card for my T-Mobile SIM card. I have

Thanks for purchase Apple iPhone 7 256GB Gold [or how to spot phishing schemes]

Hotmail seems woefully incapable of blocking spam and phishing, so if you have a Hotmail/Outlook Mail email you will likely get plenty of messages like this: Thanks for purchase Apple iPhone 7 256GB Gold But wait, you didn’t purchase a 256GB Gold iPhone 7 did you? So let’s look at this message and see what’s up: #1┬ácheck the sender details #2 hover over the hyperlinks to see if they actually point to PayPal #3 determine that it is definitely a

Micro Four Thirds Lens Filter Size List (Olympus, Panasonic, etc.)

Recently I was going through my filters to see which ones to keep and which ones to sell. Many of my filters were of the 58mm or 62mm variety but I even found some oddities like 43mm ­čśë After some effort trying to round up lenses to see what the filter size was each, I determined to put together a list of Micro Four Thirds lenses and their corresponding filter size, sorted from smallest to largest. The list was quite