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I’ve been using Lightroom from the very first version and I’ve now just realised I’ve been reviewing and selecting my images in the wrong mode. Like many, I thought that if I created Standard and 1:1 Previews it would speed up Lightroom in scrolling from image to image. But LR was still excruciating slow in […]

When Apple allowed apps to specify their own encrypted DNS server, this was a convenient way for apps to avoid ad-blocking DNS servers. I got tired of the Gmail app on iOS and iPadOS bypassing my AdGuard Home DNS server, just like it can bypass similar blocking services like PiHole. Another example is Safari browser […]

Apple doesn’t make this easy. When your iCloud storage is full and you want to download 200GB of photos to free up space, one of the options, and arguably the most reliable, is to request Apple to compile the data via a request at privacy.apple.com. You can read about the issue with other methods in […]

  I wanted to move a WordPress Multisite from Digital Ocean to a Raspberry Pi running on my LAN. The total size of the sites was just over 1 GB. After checking Google, it seems the Migrate Guru plugin could do the job. After several failed attempts, it finally worked and here are my tips, […]

I was following the excellent instructions on how to Build a LAMP Web Server with WordPress on my Pi running on my LAN. Everything worked fine with the internal LAN IP address. I wanted to have the web server accessible from the Internet and I thought all I had to do was setup port forwarding […]

Took a bit of Googling to find, but here’s the answer on StackOverflow: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/52021393/link-to-show-google-reviews The answer is to find the placeid and use this stub https://search.google.com/local/reviews?placeid=<place_id> Or use the hack via Google Maps and getting the link to reviews via the embed map popup

If you have several Apple devices and use the Safari browser, iCloud tabs is a convenient way to access web pages you’ve got open on another device. A common problem is that when you close a tab on another device it keeps showing up on other devices. It seems that when you close a tab […]

Public service announcement – if your droplets are crashing mysteriously, check to see if it’s running out of memory and if adding swap space will fix your problem. This is what was in the /var/log/syslog file: kernel: [62413.467900] Out of memory: Killed process 12910 (mysqld)…status=9/KILL Sample instructions here if you’re running Ubuntu. This fixed my […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’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 […]

Working on a workflow to integrate different cameras when shooting video. As all new cameras these days have some degree of video capability, having a common setting among different cameras greatly simplifies the post production. Here are my current settings, standardising on 4K, 25fps: Canon EOS R6 – 4K-UHD – C-Log – IPB (Light) – […]

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: […]

When you import another catalog into an existing one, or when the preview cache file is not available, Lightroom is unable to show the thumbnails of the photos in the catalog. The catalog will just have grey rectangles like the image on the right when Grid View is selected. This makes it impossible to browse […]

Updated 20 February 2024. The Canon EOS R3, R5 and R6, along with the 1DX, and the newer 5D cameras have a FTP client built in. This allows images to be sent via Wifi or Ethernet to a FTP server. One of the use cases is to send images to a computer. This works very […]

There’s no clear instruction on how to allow this via the Unifi Controller. On my UDM running the solution is to Accept ICMPv6 and IPv6-ICMP protocols on the WAN-Local interface of the Firewall. This allows you to get 10/10 from the test site http://test-ipv6.com. If you’re using this test https://ipv6-test.com the results are different on Safari, Chrome […]

Just saw a video on using Fujifilm cameras as a web cam on Apple computers. Basically the steps are: Download and install Camera Live app on Github Download and install CamTwist Studio Run a command on your Mac via Terminal on the app you want to use the camera on Setup your Fujifilm camera Connect […]