Archive for April, 2013

Little Bit of Awesome in Red

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

If I had more money than I knew what do do with, I’d have $400 less now because I would have just bought a Lytro Light Field Digital Camera.

If you haven’t heard of this optical awesomeness, it is a camera that captures not just the amount of light and its frequency, but also it’s direction. Yes it is a vector imager. This technology was announced a few years back, but I hadn’t realized that it was commercialized already.

Why is this made of bacon flavored awesome? it turns out that if you know where the light is coming from, you can, in fact apply depth of field and focus _AFTER_ you’ve taken the picture. So having the wrong focus, or aperture is a thing of the past.[1]

  1. I assume that there is a dynamic range limit to this adjustment, since the camera itself does not have an infinite aperture. []

Go Surfboard Go

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Just got my Motorola Surfboard 6121 cable modem last night.[1] Called Time Warner and actually had quite a pleasant phone support call once I got to the right person.[2]
The gent I spoke with was friendly and fast, and was actually ready to turn the modem on before I even managed to attach the cables. Kudos to the broadband overlords. Once I gave him the MAC he set it up on that end, changed the account to remove the monthly rental. It connected right up and showed a bonded down-link right off the start.
We’re paying for the standard service which is rated at 15Mbps, and should be a single channel, but we seem to be getting 2-channel service at 30Mbps. I’m not complaining though.
30Mbps Down, 1Mbps up

  1. $55 after rebate which will pay back on our $4/month fee in 14 months. []
  2. Unfortunately the auto-voice detecting phone menu that insisted that “cable modem” sounded like “phone” and “no” sounded like “yes”. []