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Fuji X100 ~ Seal: How to Show Irrational Bias (Part 2)

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Following on from Part One. What was also of huge interest and blew my mind a second time was what I found in the comments section. Seal, the international pop star and Leica Ambassador weighs in with his opinion and serves to show how subjectivity gets in the way of a good discussion. Seal posts under the alias ‘`6‘ by the way.

The discussion is about the Leica X1 vs the X100 and which on a technical level is the better tool. Sadly, the latter part isn’t true, it never goes there because Seal decides to threaten those he is talking against.

While I’ll narrate the comments, in the interests of being fair I’ll repost them in their entirely here so you can make your own mind up as well.

Why am I doing this? This is an appeal for closure, I would love for Seal to respond in a more constructive way, explaining himself. Importantly I also expected a more intelligent response from somebody in Seal’s position.

The comments can be found here at the bottom of the page of David Babsky’s rant.

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May 28, 2011 at 15:25

Fuji X100 ~ David Babsky: How to Show Irrational Bias (Part 1)

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This review of the X100 blew my mind when I read it the first time, it’s by a guest writer called David Babsky over at stevehuffphoto.com. This review does Steve Huff no favours while it’s on his website, as it’s a terrible piece of writing both in content and form. It’s surprising when David Babsky can’t articulate himself in the manner befitting a teacher. The piece is an insult to Steve Huff’s audience, the quality is just that bad with no journalistic integrity, monkeys must have written and proof read it.

Normally I would just make a comment and move on, but you’ll see later in part two why I didn’t. David’s severe unprofessional negative bias is revealed right away, there’s no attempt at all to be objective or take a constructive critical approach.* It’s clear David just wants to bash a camera he doesn’t want to buy.

I’ve provided a breakdown of the 15 problems in his review with what I think is a fair rebuttal.

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Amazon Kindle ~ 105 > 100?

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I was amazed and curious about the press release Amazon put out last week regarding eBook sales. For the first time in Amazon’s history, digital books have surpassed both hardback and paperback books in total sales. Amazon state for every 100 printed books sold, they now sell 105 eBooks (not including free Kindle book downloads). Amazon have been selling printed books for 12 years, and eBooks for the last four years, so that’s pretty amazing growth.

The bit that interested me was that those quoted figures have no reflection on the number of titles available for sale. Amazon sell 35,332,807 printed titles vs only 712,187 eBooks.*

That’s an insane difference when you consider the 105/100 ratio. It’s obvious that gap will close over time, it’s just a case of when. All I can say is my iPad is crying out for content. Twelve months ago I couldn’t find what I thought were relatively common photographic theory books on the Kindle Store. These would be books written by photography’s heavy hitters like; John Berger, Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Tom Wolfe and Michel Foucault.

Now a year has gone by, the Kindle Store lists titles from every one of those theorists except for Tom Wolfe – ‘New Journalism’. That’s okay progress, however there are still plenty of titles I still want to buy, and that doesn’t include those in my more spontaneous moments. I have a long list of books saved in my shopping basket where they are patiently waiting for a digital version to replace them. The progress might be slow because it’s clear fiction and celebrity biographies are the most popular types for content in order to attract people to the Kindle homepage.

But if your interests lie elsewhere, there isn’t much beyond the ‘shop window’. The Kindle Store is obviously above and beyond the iBook Store** in content, but as somebody who is actively learning German and Spanish; the second most widely spoken language on the planet, Typography, Journalism and Design, it’s a shame I’m still better served by purchasing physical books.

It’s not so much Amazon’s fault, it’s the book publishers. The press release I’m sure is there to impress them as it is us. I keep noticing the ‘Tell the Publisher’ links that Amazon’s customers should click if they want an eBook version and in my quest to live a more minimal lifestyle I just wish the book publishers would catch on so I can clear some clutter from my apartment and shopping basket!

*Sourced from the Amazon store at time of publishing. Just for comparison, the iBook Store has just over 200,000 titles.

** The iBook Store is functional, clean with everything clearly labelled like an Oxfam bookshop, with a book collection of seemingly random titles of no particular interest, because all the books were donated.

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May 25, 2011 at 23:51

iOS and Mac OS X tweaks!

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I’ve finally got round to tweaking this website. I’ve been recently introduced to the ‘more’ tag in wordpress. Not I can shorten the length of the articles on the front page so the site loads quicker. While I’m in the tweaking mood, I’ve been wanting to write an article about tweaking certain aspects of Safari (it’s a common browser behaviour actually) and the iOS keyboard.

I’ve got a full nerd-on here for the UI issues i’m about to discuss, so please skip this post if it is not your thing.

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March 6, 2011 at 12:54

IBM gets the hate.

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Found this image via minimal mac.  Never seen this image of Steve Jobs before!

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January 11, 2011 at 09:58

Mifi (Wireless part 2)

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This is the second of two reviews.  Both reviews are being written because I recently purchased some cool pieces of electronics.  I’ve realised both products will enable me to live a more mobile life style.  Part One described the JayBird SB2 Bluetooth headphones.

3 Mifi – Introduction

Who remembers how cool it was to walk around the house for the first time using WiFi with their laptop?  It felt so liberating not being anchored to the desk anymore. Remember taking your laptop from one room to another; it became useful to show people something on your laptop rather than escort them to it. I recall having to buy an Airport wireless card to fit my iBook G3 in 2003 in order to upgrade it for wireless use. Now a wireless chip is standard.

Since 2003, the Internet has evolved considerably. It’s matured to a level in our computing experience where the Internet runs in the background, allowing us to work off and online without much fuss. Much more dynamic compared to dialling up with our 56k modems all those years ago. To me, computing offline seems like owning a house with no windows because of that feeling of being closed off from the world when you’re not connected.

I get frustrated if I’m out of the house and there are no WiFi networks available for my MacBook or iPad. Owning an iPhone has helped but owning an iPad has made things worse. The iPad is crying out for a constant Internet connection, unless you’re content with reading iBooks. I was a cheapskate and bought one without 3G.

Mifi with iPhone size comparison

The solution for me was a Mifi (mobile wifi). They started showing up on tech blogs after the MacBook Air originally debuted. It seems like coincidence (mobile Internet rates were becoming reasonable) but many people lamented the lack of a ‘True MacBook Air’ when it was first announced in 2008. Apple hadn’t taken their design philosophy far enough, they should have allowed for a 3G sim inside the ‘the thinnest notebook in the world’.*

We didn’t lament for long because of these new pocketable Internet hotspots. Once activated they can simply sit on your person or in your bag giving 4-5 hours of Internet use. Importantly, they allow for multiple devices to connect to them. On the road, my iPhone and iPad connect to it (as a bonus, the iPhone’s battery lasts longer if using the Mifi) at the same time.

The device 3 offers, is very easy to set up. 3 include a bunch of small instruction cards offering a step by step process for those intimidated. All you end up having to do after the initial setup is turn it on. I think it’s already a geek’s toy that has gone straight into the mainstream.**

I’m amazed now, as I was when I walked around my house with my laptop years ago. But this time I’m anywhere in the UK. Owning a Mifi has helped me live a more mobile lifestyle.

Speed Tests – from my iPhone.

I ran a number of speed tests using the O2 network. None of them could beat the speed test result I got using the Mifi.

3G on O2 with iPhone

Latency is lower with the 3G in the iPhone on O2. The fastest download speed I could gather on O2 was 1.03Mbps.  The fastest upload speed can be found in the image above.

3G score using Three's Mifi on iPhone

I ran this test once on the Mifi. I thought the time of day would be a factor but I re-ran the tests on O2’s 3G, after the Mifi test again but it made no difference. For me, Three’s network is faster by far.

Mifi – Advantages

  • iPhone 3GS battery lasts longer using Mifi Wifi instead of 3G.
  • Since the iPhone sees the device as a Wifi router, downloads ignore the 20 Megabyte rule imposed by Apple.
  • 3 has better coverage and faster 3G speeds than O2. (Importantly, full signal inside my house with Three unlike with O2).
  • All my devices can connect to the Mifi network at the same time.
  • When I move house, I don’t need to wait for a wireline provider. In time I’d like to exclusively use mobile Internet.
  • The Internet is a convenience again. I have it all the time with me now.
  • Did I mention faster?
  • I can use DisplayPad over the MiFi network.

Mifi – Disadvantages

  • I have another thing to charge, charging luckily only takes 2 hours.
  • An addition device to carry around
  • 30-40 delay with turning it on and making a connection.

*Another thing which puzzled me with Apple’s design philosophy is their lack of tethering; allowing the iPhone to serve as a mobile hotspot. I know there are many people who would want this capability.

**3 offer their Mifi for £70 with 3GB included in what they call a starter pack. This 3GB lasts up to 3 months. You can use it in a single day or in small chunks until the 90 day limit. After that you purchase another sim, on a contract or pay as you go.  The pay as you go is far more useful because you can cancel at any time. What’s better is 3 will allow you to purchase an iPad sim card. The iPad sim for some reason is cheaper than a normal sim, with more Gigabytes. Why I don’t know, but it’s good to take advantage of it.

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December 21, 2010 at 14:21

New things.

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To those that do follow and have a genuine interest in my work, I thank you.  Thank you for looking at my images and to find this website interesting.  I mainly get a lot of traffic for my Leica lens review but, people do stop and stick around for a little longer to look at the kind of photography I’m up to.

I’m not really busy at the moment so I hope to update this site more often (again).  I’ve recently graduated from Swansea Metropolitan University with a First Class Honours Degree in Photojournalism and I’m now waiting to start up my course at Westminster later this year.  I’m going to enroll in an MA in Photojournalism.

I’ve also started a new project about car culture, it is early days yet but I have set-up another blog to record my progress.  It can be found here at www.cgnc.wordpress.com.

On top of that, some of the finer images can be found here: http://jonathanjk.viewbook.com.  This is a new website, not another blog but a website which showcases my best work from my projects with a bit more background information about myself.  Thank you if you can take a look.  This takes my tally of websites to 4 blogs, a Flickr stream and now a viewbook portfolio.

I’ve also bought the domain for this blog so some of you will have noticed the lack of ‘wordpress’, in the URL.

If anybody is also interested following me on Twitter I can be found as the user ‘CrackedButter‘:  If you add me I won’t necessarily add you back though, I find Twitter moves too fast for me, and try to keep who I follow under 10 for the time being.  Mostly they are photo-agencies, and my favourite music group. :)  I can also be found on Flickr under the same username as my Twitter account.

In other news, I’ve an interview on Tuesday for the new Apple store in Cardiff, due to open sometime soon.  This is the final stage and I’m looking forward to the 90 minute interview.  I love interviews for the fact they push, and prod at the essence of who a person is, I’m a self discovery kind of guy open to new things, which is the theme of this blog post.

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July 26, 2009 at 15:53

What will i have in 10 years time?

In 1999 I owned a desktop computer which was a Pentium 2, 350 MHz, with 128 megs of RAM, a 30GB hard drive and I think the video card had 8MB’s of inboard memory.

Jump forward to today and I’m typing this blog post on my iPhone 3GS. A PHONE with a 600 Mhz processor, 256 megs of RAM, 32 GB Flash drive and i am unaware of the video capabilities of this device. It has to be more than 8MB’s of memory though.

Some people do care about these things. Just like the guy who recently installed windows 95 on his iPhone, to do some comparison tests with the hardware we have now.

I’m new to mobile blogging but a google search will find it if you’re interested. I’m not sure how to insert links yet with this app! :-)

But. I am left wondering, what will I have infront of me in another 10 years time? What else can we do with technology? Will it even be in my hands, it could be an implant. To me that’s very interesting.

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July 15, 2009 at 21:41

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