Author Archives: J.D. H.

How long to file for & receive an EIN online? [SOLVED]

EIN immediately assigned at the end of the application

Q. How long does it take to file for and receive an EIN??? A. Generally, it takes less than 15 minutes to receive an EIN. Here are the details: If you visit the IRS website during normal hours of operation and your principal business is located in the United States: You can complete the process online at the offical IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-number-ein-online It takes about 5-10 minutes, after which the IRS will assign you an EIN You will immediately receive your EIN

Orange solid status light on Synology NAS? [SOLVED]

Solid/static Orange Status LED

Q. What does a solid orange status light on my Snology DS 1813+ mean? A. Great question! Here are the meanings of the status lights Green Static Status LED Volume Normal Orange Static Status LED Available volume space < 1GB Available volume space < 1 % Orange Blinking Status LED Volume degraded or crashed DSM not installed Green/Orange Alternating Status LED No internal disk No Color / Status LED Off  HDD Hibernation In your instance, it would appear that volume space

The “best” camera, 2017 edition

Preface: the “best” camera most certainly depends on the needs of the photographer… with that being said, here are some very good cameras that I immensely enjoy using. During the past month, for work projects and for personal enjoyment, I have been very fortunate to use the following cameras extensively: Sony RX1 mirrorless, full frame Nikon D750 DSLR, full frame Olympus E-M10 mirrorless, four thirds sensor Olympus TG-4 Tough rugged camera, 1/2.3 inch sensor Three of them fall into the “best of

New parenting and natural living blog

My good friend Joy recently launched her new blog called EarthMamaJoy. Joy is an excellent mother with smart, well behaved kids. She is also very knowledgeable about living a naturally healthy life. Her blog is hosted by Weblogs.us and she already has some great blog entries under her belt. She also does a nice job with her photography so I am looking forward to seeing more of her photos as well. EarthMamaJoy – Healthy, happy living.http://earthmamajoy.com/       Her home,

Best cheap FX lenses

Nikon 35mm f2D Unboxing

I use a variety of FX lenses on my Nikon D750. My favorite lenses are the “bargain” lenses, i.e. the lenses that cost less than a couple hundred dollars but that are fun to shoot with. Here are some of the best cheap FX lenses to pair with a D750, the D610 and the D810. All these lenses are available for $400 or less in one form of another (some new, some used) and most are in the $100-$200 range. Nikon

Cancel FreedomPop recurring $8.47 services

Classic Nexus 5 from Google

Recently I noticed that my trusty Nexus 5 on FreedomPop had started being billed $8.49 a month for services The particular services were: FreedomPop Usage Alerts, FreedomPop Wifi Hotspot, and Visual Voicemail. Apparently my one year free trial had completed and those services started billing at that point. Normally that would be fine as I would just login and cancel them. However, in this instance the “deactivate” portion of the FreedomPop website would not function for those services. Eventually I

Olympus FL-LM2 Flash Compatibility List

The Olympus FL-LM2 is a handy little external flash that attaches to some Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras. Here is the complete compatibility list: Fully compatible with: Olympus OM-D Series: E-M1 E-M5 E-PL8 Olympus Pen Series: E-PL7 E-PL6 E-PL5 E-PL3 E-PM2 E-PM1 Not compatible with: PEN-F / E-P5 / E-P3 / E-P2 / E-P1 / E-PL2 / E-PL1 / E-M1 Mark II / E-M5 Mark II /E-M10 Mark II / E-M10 Last updated: 2017_02_06      

Smartphone low-light image quality factors

In the box

Camera questions from my good friend Jesse: Hola Mr. Hodges! I have a newish Android phone, Moto X Pure (following my trend of getting 6 month olf technology for half price), which has a decent camera (Sony IMX 230 1/2.4-inch 21MP BSI CMOS sensor and a dual-LED flash. F2.0 aperture and 4K video). It works well, but it pales in comparison to some phone’s ability in low-light situations. Is that on the camera hardware, or the app? Same with image

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