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For those that are in the Insider program and those that want to know a bit more here is a good article from OnMSFT.
Forty years ago today, Intel launched the original 8086 microprocessor — the grandfather of every x86 CPU ever built, including the ones we use now. This, it must be noted, is more or less the opposite outcome of what everyone expected at the time, including Intel.
Image by Thomas Nguyen
If you like doing pano’s and in the digital age who doesn’t, this is, in my opinion, the best stitching program. Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor (ICE) is from Microsoft’s – Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group – AND it is free!
From a recent shoot I had both vertical and horizontal images to stitch and with just a little adjustment to the program I ended up with images that I could not have gathered going to a wider lens and possible distortion. The issue, for this shoot, was having just 2 lens for the cameras given the terrain covered so again this became part of my kit knowing I could shoot for a pano and then make it happen on the computer.
I publish Exploring Ohio online photo magazine and try to get around the state to show off fun places for families to travel to and enjoy. Rockbridge State Nature Preserve has a unique rock structure that faces an interesting waterfall when the weather is wet and the water runs.
The photographic problem, even with a Nikon 24mm lens, is showing the environment to include the rock bridge and the waterfall from top to bottom. Stitching from left to right with a horizontal image is normal and in most instances simple to do. But going from top to bottom can be a problem. ICE with a great set of support tools to adjust the images and stitching engine the final image looks great with little effort!
Check out the above link, download and enjoy, have some fun.
Finished image on the left after adjusting the vertical overlap.
Horizontal images stitched from top to bottom.
For the image on the left with a wide lens distortion becomes an issue. Ended up with a correct perspective. On the right keeping a correct perspective without bowing the gentle curves of the hillside.
Nikon has just updated it’s app Snapbridge for iOS and Android. Full control of certain camera’s like the D850 that have WiFi or Bluetooth. Check out the link below for more details.
I’ve a meeting at Starbucks and of the 6 computers in use here 5 are PC’s and 2 are Surface Pro’s! And lots of water, tea and few coffees… hummm
Did you know? Taken in whole from: http://blog.andrewallingham.info/2011/06/the-difference-between-a-buttload-boatload-and-shitload/
Thank you Andrew Allingham for the insight and buttload/boatload of info…
I found that I’ve been censoring myself when it comes to measuring quantities in storytelling. It’s part of growing up, I thought, it’s inappropriate to talk about buttloads of
shit in polite conversation. Not only was I wrong about what a buttload actually was, but I found that I’ve been throwing the terms around with no regard to their actual quantity. Were there boatloads or buttloads of people in line at the supermarket, or was there merely a shitload?
For arbitrary’s sake, I’ll be comparing these sizes in gallons of whiskey (not including the jug), which is less dense than water, and weighs about 7.7 lbs per gallon. I know this is problematic, what if you want to describe how many legos you used to own in terms of butt/boat/shitloads? What about abstract concepts like boatloads of fun? you’ll need to convert them yourself. This is just a mild attempt at understanding size differences.
Buttload: “A ‘butt‘ is a traditional unit of volume used for wines and other alcoholic beverages. A butt is generally defined to be two hogsheads, but the size of hogsheads varies according to the contents. In the United States a hogshead is typically 63 gallons and a butt is 126 gallons.”
I used to think buttload was just a mishearing of boatload, but nope, it is a butt distinct unit, from Middle English bote. From now on, I’ll probably start measuring things in hogsheads.
Boatload: “the cargo that a vessel carries or is capable of carrying.”
Thanks to the indefinite response from the dictionary, I guess it will depend on how big of a boat we are talking about (can be modified, huge boatload, tiny boatload). As an example, we’ll use one of the largest cargo ships, The Colombo Express.
The Colombo Express holds 8,749 Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), and while TEUs are hardly standardized, “the maximum gross mass for a 20-foot (6.1 m) dry cargo container is 24,000 kilograms (53,000 lb). Subtracting the tare mass of the container itself, the maximum amount of cargo per TEU is reduced to approximately 21,600 kilograms (48,000 lb),” according to a Page That Cannot Be Found. Thrilling, that’s good enough for me. Math.
21,600 kg * 8,749 TEUs = 188,978,400 kg = 416,626 ,056 lbs
so, 416,626,056lbs / 7.7lbs = 54,107,280 gallons.
Shitload: After reading through a thread discussing a formula for calculating average poop size, minus the fiber and bacterial content, I’m siding with user “Dave” and agreeing that the avg poop is probably around .5 lbs, but since it varies daily with diet and health, and is messy, highly intricate and hard (or soft) to calculate, I’ll elect to use an interval of .5 ≤ x ≤ 2 lbs, so .065 ≤ x ≤ .260 gallons.
AND NOW THE rebutting of the above… apologies, just had to say it.
Ck it out, new update to the Microsoft Translator now understands Klingon…
Microsoft Translator v188.8.131.52
· Expanded support for Arabic language in conversation mode, and as a downloadable package to use offline
· Added support for Klingon language
· Bug fixes
After upgrading to Win10 I have found a few bumps along the way but most of them have been little and solved. Win10 is actually very likable.
On my road trip, We The People 2013 – www.wethepeople2013.us – I used my Asus ROG laptop as my mobile lab for ingesting still and video files and then editing them. For the video from my Nikon D800 I get MOV files and I would use the MS Movie Maker program to get a quick edit done and posted to YouTube.
After the move to Win10 and keeping the Movie Maker program, part of the Windows Live Essentials package that was not updated for Win10, I find the program will not open MOV files anymore. Sad…
I did find this link, http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-MOV-File-to-an-MP4, from wikiHow that explained you could just change the extension of the file from a .MOV to a .MP4! Really… So I did a basic copy/paste in the same folder, got a COPY added to the file name and then changed the extension. Works like a charm and the ‘new’ files open in Movie Maker just fine.
Hope this is helpful to someone else, have a good one…
Don’t forget to have CTRL+ALT+DELETE to log to your computer. It’s another layer of security to protect your computer.
The following is from Microsoft support page:
For Windows XP, follow these steps:
For Windows Vista and Windows 7, follow these steps:
Note If the Advanced tab is not available, click Start, click Run, type control userpasswords2, and then click OK.
The Advanced tab is not available under certain conditions. For example, if you are a restricted user, the Advanced tab is not available. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to manage stored user names and passwords on a computer in a domain in Windows XP
3. Do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do.
4. To Enable Secure Sign-in
Windows plus I keys will bring up Settings