Friday, May 25 2012

Dissapointed with the Lytro Camera
[06:27:28] matt [wronka.org]/Psi.generay I split time on my recent vacation in Japan between my DSLR and my Lytro camera. I had some dedicated days where I just used the Lytro, and it was the only camera I carried with me. Other times, I carried it once I'd put the DSLR away. It has some bennefits, but I don't think I'll keep it as a real back-up, even over my main phone's fixed-focus camera. Prox has similarly indicated he's not enthused about it, to the point he's going to sell his.

Walking around, my impression was that it was hard to see the LCD in actual light to frame a photo; if you're using it for the touted bennefit of shoot-first, focus later, the difficult with framing on the small screen while squinting in daylight causes the process to take longer than most camera's would with auto-focus. As has been mentioned in every amateur photographery review of the device, there are no manual exposure controls at all, and I couldn't find a means of AE-lock either, which means you're at the mercy of the environments for the final exposure unless you're shooting in a studio. And if you're in the studio, you can use a tripod and take several much higher-quality shots at different focus points and create the same depth perspective (at least until Lytro adds 3D modeling based on the depth-map which would be much more difficult with the in-studio fakes).

Since I didn't bring my hefty Mac OSX laptop (another drawback is that the camera is basically tied to its proprietary closed software to convert photos from the device to a rendered lightweight version) I looked at the photos on the device, and my reaction was that the results were much better than I had expected, while many shots from indoors in non-ideal lighting were blurry, and night shots were very noisy. Many however included frustrating white balance settings which were also not within the user's control. Still, I felt like maybe I'd underestimated its bennefits as small little camera.

However, after getting home and looking at the final results on a computer (extracting the JPEG files and looking at full size) it again was dissapointing. Downsampling from the 1024x1024 square (I like square film, so I was quite happy with this) could probably fix the blockiness, and banding perceptually, but it's clear that this isn't something you'll want to look at blown-up or even larger than a 4x4 if printed. Again to be fair to Lytro, they've said as much.

Thursday, July 28 2011

[00:18:41] matt [wronka.org]/Merch XCode and the iOS Simulator in OSX Lin do not seem to update status unless they have focus which is both odd and frustrating when trying to multitask.

Wednesday, July 27 2011

[15:35:38] matt [wronka.org]/Psi.dementia Running OSX Lion at work, and the only way to get rid of the menu bar in X appears to be if the window manager automatically switches to X after another program closes (i.e. there is no program that currently has claim to he menu bar).

Tuesday, February 22 2011

[14:47:57] matt [wronka.org]/Merch I let OSX do a software update, and now I don't have WiFi.

Friday, February 4 2011

[14:25:39] matt [wronka.org]/Merch Good: OSX can fullscreen a video on one monitor, and leave another application on the other screen. Bad: OSX: drops the video out of fullscreen if you interact with something on the other monitor.

Wednesday, August 18 2010

[15:51:15] matt [wronka.org]/Merch OSX is an attention whore.

Friday, July 16 2010

[16:40:58] matt [wronka.org]/Merch I'm sick of OSX "spaces". At least once a day, the system gets stuck in "switch space" mode leaving the spaces grid glyph on the screen and making the keyboard useless as no real app can get focus.
[17:05:02] matt [wronka.org]/Merch Why can't get a context menu in OSX FireFox to edit a bookmark directly from the menu? Why mandate opening the "Organize" option first and adding yet one *more* window?

Thursday, June 24 2010

[13:03:22] matt [wronka.org]/Merch Ctrl-arrows are no longer registering in wmaker on OSX. Usability is down.

Wednesday, June 23 2010

[15:41:26] matt [wronka.org]/Merch Trying out OSX once again. Annoyance filter on medium: MobileMe is all over; but less obtrusive than .Mac used to be; QuickTime isn't pestering me; and the perpetua bombardment of mandatory EULA bombardment is annoying.