Monday, February 1, 2016

Rogers using classic payment delays take our money …

So Rogers overcharged me a few weeks ago for roaming and will be refunding my money in 4 or 5 months!

Rogers … are you serious? You need the interest on my money that much more than I do? Shame on you …


Note: For those interested, the recession caused companies to delay money owed from 30 days to 45 and 60 to 90, as per this article:

But nowhere in there does it say that 4 or 5 months is ok … that’s just a rip off … and why? Because they can …

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rogers helps Canadians forget high data prices …

Canadians understand that we pay some of the highest rates in the world for internet and wireless services. It is simply a fact of life that we have to dedicate a pretty big chunk of our income to be connected to the rest of the world.

But Rogers have found a way to take our minds off of internet and wireless costs by distracting us with across the board increases in our digital television services.

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I for one am glad for the break … ;-)

Open Live Writer is the new Blogger gold standard editor …

It took some time to be ready for action this year, and in the meantime I had to give up on the photo a day project for several reasons:

  • I was sent to Texas for 8 days and it was both busy and exhausting …
  • Editing the blog directly on Blogger’s editors was too flawed
  • Editing the blog directly in HTML was working, but only when my brain was fresh

So that project collapsed under its own weight. Too bad …

Meanwhile, I went to blog the new Rogers increases and just for fun, I again tried Open Live Writer and OMQ it worked! It obviously upgraded itself in the background (Windows 10 seems to have brought with it much more automated updating of applications) and so I just launched it after typing “writer” in the search box and Bob’s your uncle …

So try it if you are a Blogger user … much better than trying to make Word function …

Friday, January 8, 2016

Photo A Day #8 -- Stonehenge Sunrise Inside the Circle -- 8 January 2016

Just squeaking this one in ...

I didn't think things could get crazier with this last minute trip, but I was apparently wrong. So I am again going to take the path of least resistance and reach back into time ...

This is from my third trip to London in September 2007. I was speaking at a Rational Software Developer Conference and had booked an extra day in London for a premium tour to Stonehenge, Lacock Village (think Harry Potter 1 and 2), and Bath. I had to take a taxi from the airport hotel to Victoria Station and board a seriously nice coach at OMG It's Early O'Clock.

It was something like an hour to Stonehenge and it was a foggy / cloudy day until we arrived. By the time we rolled up it was clearing and the sun was up. I got lots of great shots with the D2Hs and 18-200VR and the D70s and Sigma 10-20 ultra-wide ... one of those shots still amazes me.

On a premium tour, you can go inside the circle and touch the stones. This because you are either before or after the normal business hours. I really enjoyed the morning time, but then I got pretty lucky with the sunlight. I will reprocess this image one day, but not now as I am trying to get packed for Texas.

Other highlights of the trip include a wonderful breakfast at the pub holding the longest continuous license in all of England, the Roman Baths and thousand year old pavement that you can actually walk on, and Bath Abbey, which is a truly gorgeous sight.

You can see it all in this gallery page.

Photo A Day #7 -- Raised Tower Bridge in London -- 7 January 2016

Day 7, I'm late, I'm late. It is actually day 8 as I push the button to publish.

Things are crazy around here as I continue to prepare for Texas. I did not even get the chance to ponder what to shoot. I would have liked to shoot Jupiter, but alas it is cloudy right now.

I thought about putting nothing out there, but I will in fact include an image from the past -- something that pleases me and has some significance. I will also reprocess anything I post as that is at least some level of work. I may do this now and again over the year ... but I will try to avoid it.

In this case, I have chosen an image of the Tower Bridge being opened for a large ship to pass. This is not all that common an event since in five trips to London with a lot of time spent on the south bank, I only saw this happen once I believe.

This was shot on my first trip to London in May of 2007. It was a fantastic trip with great weather and we were walking along the bank after dinner one evening when the bridge opened. We stopped and I started shooting. This image is the first image where the bridge blocks a bit of the view of the ship going through, putting the ship squarely under the bridge. Unlike the others in the gallery, I put this one through Photoshop to extend the sky and fix the top of the left-hand tower, where the little cross had been cut off. Easy to do in modern Photoshop CC.

This was shot with my first dSLR, the Nikon D70s. This was a 6mp camera and I must say that, having not processed a 6mp image in a long time I can see why I moved up. The D70s was a wonderful camera and 6mp is enough for a decent 13x19 print, but in the end I much prefer the look of today's sensors and the ability to do a bit of cropping if necessary. But make no mistake, the images came out great for the limitations of the day. This camera remains a classic. The lens was the original Nikon 18-200VR, an excellent all-in-one zoom that was much-maligned by lens snobs. They were wrong in my opinion, as you could get great images from this lens.

I would go back to London in a heartbeat, but I am told that my next trip over has to include Paris, as I have not been there. I hope one day to photograph that city in all its glory.