Soap opera effect

Via Lifehacker

If you or someone you know has ever unboxed a new HDTV and set it up only to find the video looks terrible and overly smooth, the problem is simple: Motion Smoothing, which often ships on by default, is enabled on the set, and turning it off will give you the experience you’re looking for.

This is something what really annoys me in modern TV’s. The interpolated motion just looks so unnatural, and pretty much kills the feeling of any cinematic masterpiece.  Moreover, the interpolation itself is often imperfect, resulting in occasional stuttering. I don’t care how it works but I want it turned off. It does indeed make The Godfather look like Bold and the Beautiful.

It also seems that this cannot be disabled on some TV’s.

I didn’t mind higher framerate of Hobbit. Not at all actually, for me it felt completely natural. Those are real frames, that’s why.

App specific passwords

I already have to remember my OSX Password and iCloud Password. If I enable two step authorization I also have to remember iCloud recovery key. But that’s not all, in the case of using two step authorization, Apple also requests me to create app specific passwords for any third party apps that access iCloud. The last part is a deal-killer for me. That’s just too many passwords.

If you do however choose enable two step authorization, make sure not to forget the recovery key.

Thunder Bolt in Macbook Pro (Retina Late 2013)

macbook pro thunderbolt connector

My Macbook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013 model) is a remarkable computer. It’s super fast and I have had almost zero issues. Just one thing.

The Thunderbolt 2 connectors are loose, like there’s too much mechanical tolerance. The Thunderbolt plug wiggles and there is no assuring firmness. I have had this issue with Thunderbolt to Ethernet, Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter and Minidisplay port to DVI adapter as well.

I decided to test the adapters with my older Macbook Pro (2011) with Thunderbolt 1. The connector felt much more firm and reliable and none of the issues happened in this older device. I even tried to  nudge the connector around slightly. Even though there was slight movement, the connection never broke. This is obviously how it’s supposed be.

It seems I’m not alone with my problem.  This is so widely known problem with the Macbook Pro Retinas that there is even home brew solution. The plastic piece that secures the connectors to the magsafe is quite clever actually, and this can further protect the connectors from external stress. I am considering ordering one.

The problem however is super annoying. It’s OK if I use my laptop on my desk and be super careful not to touch the wire or computer while it’s connected. But using this on my lap? No way. It’s actually quite dangerous since if I’m using FW800 disk for example via the adaptor and connection breaks during data transfer that might result in data corruption.

Furthermore, this raises a question about the durability of the ports themselves. I would advice to be extra careful and not yank the wires when they are connected. Stress from such movement might transfer straight into the logic board.

Since my Macbook Pro is still under warranty I am considering taking it to the genius and ask if there’s anything they can do. But if they decide it’s manufacturing problem, this might require that the logic board will be replaced. Who knows what kind of new issues that might bring. Besides, I cannot afford downtime.

Seeing however how fragile things are in the new Macbook Pro Retina, I am considering getting Applecare for this, after all. In the mean while I make a do with my trusty G-Drive USB3 disk for backups.

Seriously, Dream

Sir Richard:

Don’t betray your dreams for the sake of fitting in. Dreaming is one of humanity’s greatest gifts – it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward.

Couldn’t agree more. He also writes:

The benefits of dreaming far outweigh the perceived risks, because the value of dreaming isn’t just measured by the outcome, but the inspiration that comes from journey of achieving the dream.

Is there a better way to live?

New Year’s Resolution

My new year’s resolution for 2015 is this: not to buy any new computers or cameras (or lenses) unless following conditions are met:

  • Something breaks
  • My work absolutely requires it and renting is not somehow possible

It’s never bad idea to rent equipment and here in Japan rental services are reasonably priced.

I also try to avoid buying new software. My present Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for Photoshop and Lightroom is more than enough and it costs just as much as Hulu subscription.

My wife is likely to agree.