Some time ago I bought a Samyang 12mm ƒ2.0 for my Sony Alpha 5100. For those who do not know what the 5100 is: it essentially is a more compact Sony Alpha 6000 without an electronic viewfinder. Buying the 12mm was a huge mistake as it put me into a huge dilemma. I started to like the lens so much that I actually wanted to use it all the time. It is sharp, it renders colors in a nice warm manner and ƒ2.0 is great for not well illuminated areas such as churches, or at night. Despite the lack of an image stabilization system, I never got a shaky image. And I never got one shot which was out of focus, which is surprising, as this is a manual focus lens. In my eyes that lens is superbe (minus some glare when the sun gets in the way).
Since a couple of years I rent a vServer to play around with but also to do some (more or less) useful stuff like hosting my blog and other things. Unfortunately, my old server got too slow and I couldn’t use Docker as the machine was 32 bit only. Hence I looked for more powerful alternatives that do not cost a fortune.
I started with “conventional” vHosters and found some good looking offers in the range from 2,50 to 5,00 EUR per Month.
Some photo cameras, for instance the iPhone, produce photos where the image’s orientation is specified in the EXIF meta data. When displaying the photo, software first reads this information and rotates the photo accordingly. In some situations the software rotation does not work. One example is when you embed pictures into web pages:
Migrating Nextcloud to nginx takes a good while but I can recommend that step. Especially when you are using quite low-powered systems to host your Nextcloud instance you will experience a significant performance boost. Here is a write-up of the things I have learned when I migrated my Nextcloud(s) from Apache2 to nginx.
When I want to play with $things, I mostly use virtual machines as throw-away systems that I can mess up with odd software I don’t want to install on my Mac or that simply does not run on it. A good while ago I looked into docker as a more lightweight and flexible alternative to a VM. However, I put docker aside as it wasn’t usable on a Mac at all.
I got myself a really cheap action cam. Think “China copy” and “Go Pro” and you know what I bought. However, for its 35 EUR price tag that thing is pretty cool.
One problem with that cam is that it comes without any software. So you need to dig around a bit if you want to get creative with recorded movies and pictures. So far, I tried two things: time lapse videos from a sequence of photos and stabilized videos.