Jobs Car No Plates

How Steve Jobs drove without license plates

Apparently Jobs drove his SL55 with no plates by exploiting a loophole in California law.

Yahoo Autos Article


Jamie Ibarra Photo

Jaime Ibarra Photography

Definitely a site worth visiting to see some stunning photography.   It is interesting to note that Jaime has Synesthesia (he 'hears' colours).

The site is not entirely safe for work, just a warning.

Jaime Ibarra Photography

Google Plus Icon

Enable Google Plus for Google Apps

Finally!  Google Apps users (such as myself) can access Google+ with their Apps account.  Until now, you had to sign in with a gmail account.  This seems to be common for Google, most of their applications are not available to Apps users to start which is always a pain.

Learn how to enable Google+ on your Google Apps account


If you are not familiar with Google Apps read more here.  Essentially it lets you run your own mail server using the Google infrastructure and Gmail interface.  Free for personal use.

UPDATE: It looks like you can't add your Google Apps account if you have already created a G+ account with gmail.  So it looks like you need to delete your old G+ account and create a new one with your Google Apps address.   This is going to be a problem for anyone with significant content and contacts already set up with Google+.  If you know of a way around this, please let me know by posting in the comments below.

Giant Negative

A Six-Foot-Long Camera That Shoots Enormous Photos

For some people film is superior to digital, for others film is a joke and medium format is the only way to go. for one guy, no existing camera was good enough so he decided to build this monster that produces negatives 3 feet long!


RIM Blackberry PlayBook

RIM confirms PlayBook OS 2.0 delayed until February, still no BBM in sight

Not good news for fans of RIM. The PlayBook isn't selling well as it is, and delays to the new OS isn't going to help things. Native email will have to wait, and too bad if you were hoping for Blackberry Messenger (BBM). Apple released iOS 5, which includes iMessage and a bunch of other new features. Not looking good for ol' RIM.

Engadget Link

iPhone Test 1

iPhone 4S vs Canon P&S vs Nikon D90

An image shootout between the iPhone 4S, a digital point and shoot (Canon SD870 IS), and a digital SLR (Nikon D90). I have tried to match focal length as best I can.  On the Canon I zoomed in slightly to try and get the same field of view.  On the Nikon I used a 14-24 lens at 24mm.

iPhone Camera

  • Sensor: 8 megapixel CMOS sensor (1/3.2")
  • Focal length: 4.28mm
  • Aperture: f/2.4
  • Image dimensions: 3264 x 2448
  • Focal length multiplier: 7.61
  • 35mm equivalent: 32.6mm

Canon SD870 IS

  • Sensor: 8 megapixel CCD sensor (1/2.5")
  • Focal length: 4.6-17.3mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8-5.8
  • Image dimensions: 3264 x 2448
  • Focal length multiplier: 6.02
  • 35mm equivalent: 28-105mm

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 Lens

  • Sensor: 12 megapixel CMOS sensor (Nikon DX)
  • Focal length: 12-24mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Image dimensions: 4288 x 2848
  • Focal length multiplier: 1.5
  • 35mm equivalent: 18-36mm

Photos were taken with the Canon set to Auto, flash disabled.  The D90 was set to "P", flash disabled, lens at f/2.8.  All devices were hand-held, medium light.  Here are the results.


iPhone 4S

iPhone Test 1


Canon SD870 IS

Nikon D90

Nikon D90 Test 1

Taking a crop on the clock face you get this.

iPhone 4S

Canon SD870 IS

SD870 Zoom 1

Nikon D90

D90 Zoom 1

Alexandre Farto Art

Portrait Photos ‘Printed’ Onto Abandoned Buildings by Scratching Off Paint

Fantastic art created by Alexandre Farto.  He scratches off paint on abandoned buildings to create portraits.  Take a look at more samples here.

Reminds me of the 'reverse graffiti' art created by Alexandre Orion: Alexandre Orion Art

Nikon 1

Nikon 1 System Preview Preview

Digital Photography Review has just posted a preview of Nikon's newest cameras, the J1 and V1. There are a few image samples and comparisons to the competition. Worth a look if you are interested in these models. Me, I'm still waiting for the D800.

Steve Jobs Book

Hints of Apple Plans in Jobs Book

My copy of the book is on order and I'm looking forward to learning more about Jobs and Apple.  Apparently the 'next big thing' for Apple was text books.

GoPro Hero 2

GoPro Launches HD HERO2 Camera

GoPro has announced a new camera, the Hero2. 11-megapixel sensor (versus 5MP for the old GoPro), sharper lens, and new remote features. Looks like a good buy, and will likely entice me to buy one myself.

2X More Powerful in Every Way 11MP Sensor

  • 2x Faster Image Processor
  • 2X Sharper Glass Lens
  • Professional Low Light Performance
  • Full 170º, Medium 127º, Narrow 90º FOV in 1080p and 720p Video
  • 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 30 fps 1080p Video
  • Full 170º and Medium 127º FOV Photos
  • 10 11MP Photos Per Second Burst
  • 1 11MP Photo Every 0.5 Sec Timelapse Mode
  • 3.5mm External Stereo Microphone Input
  • Simple Language-based User Interface
  • Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™ Compatible (coming soon)
  • Long Range Remote Control of up to 50 GoPro Cameras
  • Wi-Fi Video/Photo Preview + Playback + Control via GoPro App
  • Live Streaming Video and Photos to the Web

Check here for a comparison of GoPro cameras.

Awesome promotional video shot entirely with the Hero2


Press Release

GoPro Hero 2
GoPro Hero 2

Dennis Calvert Light Painting

Dennis Calvert's Photostream

Some amazing light painting in this photostream. Also a few 'how to' images and videos. If you are interested, worth a look.

Dennis Calvert's Photostream

The light painting set on Flickr

Dennis Calvert's Website


TouchFire: The Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad

This looks like a very promising product. A thin rubber overlay for your iPad that provides tactile feedback as you type. Held on by magnets, and works with both iPad 1 and 2.

I always thought carrying around a separate keyboard somewhat defeats the portability of the iPad. I have tried the clamcase in the past, but stopped using it as it makes the iPad too bulky. If anyone types a lot on their iPad, they should check into this product. It's a Kickstarter product, so not yet available, but I have no doubt it will come to market.

TouchFire: The Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad by Steve Isaac & Brad Melmon — Kickstarter.

Steve Jobs and iPad

Smart Cover can unlock password-protected iPad

iPad 2 users take note. Using the smart cover you can bypass the passcode on the device.

Smart Cover can unlock password-protected iPads running iOS 5 (video) -- Engadget.

Puppy Chomp

iPhone 4S Video Test and more PUPPIES!

A quick test of the iPhone 4S video.

Link to the HD video on YouTube

Science World HDR

BC Place and Science World HDR Photos

A couple of HDR photos shot in the false creek area of Vancouver, BC. The new BC Place stadium and Science world. I processed with a demo version of PhotoEngine which I like a lot.

Science World HDR
Science World HDR
BC Place HDR
BC Place HDR


iPhone 4S HDR

My First iPhone 4S HDR

This is the first photo I took with the iPhone 4S in HDR mode.  Untouched, this is how it came from the phone.  Rather impressive considering it was shot in low light.  Looking forward to testing this new camera more now that I see the results.

iPhone 4S HDR
iPhone 4S HDR

Same file with some edits in Lightroom

iPhone 4S HDR Edit
iPhone 4S HDR Edit

And for comparison an HDR from the same scene, same time shot with a Nikon D90, 14-24 lens, processed with PhotoEngine and Lightroom. The iPhone photo isn't bad, but I don't think anyone can argue it's as good as shooting the scene with a decent camera.

BC Place HDR with D90 and 14-24
BC Place HDR with D90 and 14-24

One more shot, I had a request to try and tone the iPhone photo to more closely match the D90 shot.

BC Place iPhone 4S re-edit in LR3 to match D90
BC Place iPhone 4S re-edit in LR3 to match D90

MC Hammer

MC Hammer launching his own search engine

Apparently, going bankrupt once wasn't good enough for MC Hammer. He is now launching a search engine called WireDoo which apparently has "deep search" capability.  Call me cynical, but trying to compete with Google in the search space is a recipe for failure.

My latest digging shows Google has 65% of the search market, Yahoo 16%, and Bing 14%.  Since Bing powers Yahoo search, I'll lump them together into a 30% combined share.  That leaves 5% for all of the other search engines combined.

Microsoft managed to grab 30% of the search market partly by making Bing the default search in all of their products, including Internet Explorer.  Many users either won't change it or don't know how so they just stick with it and it works well enough.  Hammer doesn't have this luxury, so his chance of success is next to nothing.  The only thing that may help is if the front page of WireDoo has an animated GIF of him doing the Hammer Dance.

MC Hammer launching his own search engine -


Wiredoo logo  This  is the awesome WireDoo logo.  If this is the best they can do, I doubt Google and Microsoft have much to worry about.  Honestly, I could do better in five minutes using MS Paint.

MS Yahoo Flickr

Flickr May Soon Be Owned by Microsoft

Microsoft tried to buy Yahoo once before and failed, maybe they will have better luck this time around. If so, that means MS will own Flickr, which is likely a good thing.

Flickr May Soon Be Owned by Microsoft

Lytro camera

Lytro introduces world's first light field camera

Interesting technology, remains to be seen how well it works in the hands of consumers. May become the new standard for digital sensors if they can increase the resolution.

Lytro introduces world's first light field camera: f/2 lens, $399, ships early 2012

View sample images at the Lytro image gallery.

Lytro camera

A quick review of the iPhone 4S


Signal strength for cellular and WiFi seems stronger. When choosing from Wifi networks, I get more options than I did with the iPhone 4 in the same locations which suggests it's picking up things further away. Also, I can pick up my company WiFi signal further away. Well done Apple, this is a change everyone will appreciate.

The new dual-core A5 processor (800MHz) is an improvement over the iPhone 4 and this phone feels faster overall, especially when using the photo app. Things render just a bit faster.

Screen is the same, but still excellent if not the best on the market.

Camera is improved, it's faster and 8MP. I haven't used it enough to comment on the performace though. I do love the fact that iOS 5 allows me to launch the camera from the lock screen, handy if you need to pull out your phone for a quick snap.


Notification center is a 1000% improvement over the previous system. It's now not annoying and useful, something Apple should have done years ago.

Still no week view in the calendar app, lame.

Addition of iCloud is nice, a backup away from the computer is certainly the way of the future.

Siri, the voice assistant. I'm not sold on it yet, it worked well for some things but not others. It can't find restaurants in Canada, nor can it give directions making it less useful. It does have location and geofence capability, so for example it knows where you work and if you are currently there. I can then tell Siri to "remind me to call my wife when I leave work" and it will create a reminder that triggers when I leave the office. I think I need to live with it for a while, but it could be an interesting feature.

Overall, a good upgrade to the iPhone 4.