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Two friends had this problem recently and both turned out to be broken VPN apps. Neither could remember why they installed them in the first place. And neither even thought that those apps could have been a possible cause. Interestingly, neither could be disabled using the VPN switch in the Apple Settings app. The simple […]

Dropbox is a popular and favourite cloud service. Many photographers want to send photos directly from their camera to an editor or colleagues. Modern cameras like the Canon R3, R5, R6, 1DX and the Nikon Z9, D5, D6 have the ability to send images using the FTP protocol either wirelessly via WiFi or with wired […]

In October 2022 Microsoft disabled some authentication protocols for their hosted Exchange Server email service. This means some clients like Outlook 2013 will not connect unless it uses Modern Authentication. This is not enabled by default, and it needs to be enabled and Outlook needs to be forced to use it. Here are some tips […]

In Australia, Amazon’s return window is 1 month. But many products have a warranty period far exceeding 1 month from the manufacturer, and the Australian Consumer Law also requires businesses to provide consumer guarantees for products under $100,000. The Australian Consumer Law also requires the retailer to provide the purchaser with remedies that include repair, […]

If you’re having problems with older iPhone devices like the iPhone 6, 5, and 4 on Unify access points like the Dream Machine, make sure you turn off WPA3 options. My testing is enabling this will prevent these devices from authenticating. Even if you set it to transition mode. There’s an Apple document that has […]

To troubleshoot ftp connections, here’s a set of parameters you should have. If you don’t have all of these, you’re unlikely to get it to work: 1 IP Address (or hostname) of your ftp server 2 IP Address of your router and network mask of your network 3 IP Address of your camera 4 account […]

To shoot video at 6K RAW or 4K 100fps on the EOS R3 you’ll need a CFExpress card that can write 400 Mbytes per second at a sustained rate. There are a few cards out there than can do it, but the best value as at this post in July 2022 is the Angelbird AV […]

December 2021 saw the release of pro-level mirrorless cameras from Nikon and Canon. Both have autofocus technology that feature subject detection, specifically face and eye detection. This is the most significant autofocus advance over the DSLR era where autofocus was achieved via a sub-system rather than being off the sensor in the mirrorless bodies. While […]

The EOS R3 has an autofocus system that’s different to the R5 and R6. It also allows you to customize buttons to activate autofocus features. The most common customization is commonly called back-button focus. This allows the photographer to separate the release of the shutter from the activating the autofocus. The thinking behind this is […]

There’s no point getting one of the new MacBook Pro with the Liquid Retina XDR (MiniLED) Displays if it’s not calibrated accurately. The good news is that out of the box, these displays are very accurate. The default profile is the P3 gamut capable of displaying HDR content to 1600 nits (brightness). For my photography […]

After the excitement of getting a new Macbook, the practical issues of moving all the applications, data and settings from an old Macbook is largely undocumented. Here’s what I did: The old Intel-powered Macbook Pro was updated to Monterey 12.0.1 The new M1 Macbook Pro had 12.0 and needed to be updated. I created a […]

If you run your own DNS server like pihole, you can see in the logs that Netgear routers wants to contact a couple of Netgear servers hundreds of times a day. Netgear has been silent on why they need to do this in public forums. Pihole has a pretty simple way to block this request […]

It is not as simple as just ordering a new plan. While the NBN supplied termination device (NTD) has four data ports, UNI-D 1-4, and theoretically can have four separate ISPs providing simultaneous services, this doesn’t work if one of the services is at gigabit speed, such as a 1000/50 plan. NBN won’t allow you […]

I’ve used quite a few password managers. I was an early adopter of 1Password in 2007 and have been using these managers since then. With version 7 of 1Password, the developers moved to an annual subscription revenue model and the Safari browser extension from version 6 stopped working with Safari version 13 in mid 2019. […]

First there was FTP. Then browser-based services like WeTransfer, and cloud-sync services like Dropbox and OneDrive, and newcomers like Filemail. But now there are services designed for video creators and production houses: MASV aka massive.io Signiant Media Shuttle Aspera Here’s a comparison. https://www.filemail.com/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-send-large-videos and another one https://massive.io/how-to-send-large-videos/

I might be late to the game, but just updated a Windows 10 install from MBR to GPT using the “mbr2gpt” command. However, as many have discovered, the convert results in an error message as shown in this video. But, as the video shows, once you reboot the system after changing the bios to UEFI, […]

If you get the error “A revocation check could don’t be performed for the certificate” when trying to use RDP, and you use BitDefender free version on your Window computer  you will need to exclude RDP from Bit Defender to allow it to work properly. More from this tip. Seems this was first discovered and the […]

This blog has entries going back to 2006 and many of the entries did not have a Featured Image set in the post. This meant that the theme didn’t put a nice image in the archive pages. This web page How to automatically set your featured image on WordPress has some useful links and this plugin XO […]

I’ve been using the Widescreen theme from Graph Paper Press for ten years. It was one of the 7 themes that integrated with Photoshelter. However, the theme isn’t “loved” by GPP anymore with a recent chat agent telling me that it will be withdrawn soon. Ten years ago, the iPhone was just getting started and […]

It’s not as glamorous or sexy as wireless, but if you want reliable and fast live transfer of images, this is as good as it gets. Two Nikon D5 cameras shooting football and sending every image live to a cloud service via a shared folder on a M1 Macbook. No external power required. Here’s the […]

Encountered this problem with upgrading from a 3rd gen iPad Pro to a 5th gen. I’d successfully made a backup of the device on a Mac. The iPad uses a separate Apple ID for iCloud and for Media and Purchases. The former is for the shared Apple apps like Contacts, Calendar, Mail etc. And the […]

Bufferbloat is a known problem and can be exacerbated on fast Internet connections like a Gigabit fibre service. One way to reduce bufferbloat and throttling by ISPs is to use a router that has smart queue management algorithms. On a Unifi Dream Machine, this is a setting called Smart Queues and it apparently uses an […]

One of the features of Pihole is its ability to show a query log of which device made a query to a particular domain. This works fine on an IPv4 network. But when IPv6 is enabled, and the Pihole is used for DNS resolution the query logs have entries with unhelpful hostnames. This arises because […]

My network uses a Unifi Dream Machine and implements VLANs. I needed a managed switch for some Ethernet devices and I had a Mikrotik Cloud Router Switch CRS125-24G from a few years ago. Previously I never used it for VLANs, and there’s no guide on how to do this except for a video on YouTube: […]