Out of Pictures

Pictures: I am out of new photos for now and will not be doing much shooting till it cools off a bit. I guess I have come to the years where I just don’t much want to fight with the weather, so I just stay hidden away from the heat. It is about 10am and it is already 96° out, nuts!
Weather Update: 1pm 107° 🥵. The weather person on the radio this morning said it might rain this afternoon, I hope she was right!

Exercise: Finish off the 5th walk of the week this morning, so now it is time for a couple days off.

Windows Shortcuts: I use smileys, and I have been firing up the on-screen keyboard and clicking the smiley icon on it to pick one, but I think I may start using the Windows short-cut { ( Windows Button plus period ) or by symbols ( ⊞ + . ) }, which brings up just a smiley set 🙂. I know this short-cut but I am just use to using the on-screen keyboard. Hard to break old habits. Those of you that use both Windows and smileys how do you type smileys?

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Mr Rufous

Pictures: This is one of the shots that I got in a little closer to shoot.

Rufous Hummer.
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Exercise: I have been keeping up with my walks this week.

Movies: I watched a couple movies this afternoon, other then that it has been a slow day.

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Raw File Processing

Pictures: Black-chineed Hummer, I did not get much detail in the darker areas of the bird.

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Raw Processing: This morning I used both Adobe Raw and DPP to process the above photo which don’t have all that much details in the darker areas and I was indeed able to save/recover more of it in DPP then I did in Adobe Raw. Now this could just be me, but that is the way it came out for me. By the way, I always use Photoshop to finish editing the photo. Actually, I finish with a plugin from within Photoshop, Topaz labs(DeNoise AI) Noise reduction software about 90% of the time.

Today Fuss …. : Let me see … I am an old man so finding a thing to fuss about is not really that hard, LOL. Today I will pick on software/web sites that wants to rent to you. I know that many of them need a way to keep an income coming in, however ….. lets look at all the software on your computer and think about the ideal of paying for every one of them … and paying for each web site you go to! Would that work for you? It surely will not work for me. So do I have an answer? No, not really, but paying $50 or more a year is not going to work for long, as more and more software companies pile on to the game. And $50 is low for what some of them want. Photo-bucket try for $400 a few years back, wow! Flickr is now up to $60 a year and then there is Adobe Photoshop with $120 a year…. What is going to happen if all go that way? For example, say you had to pay $50 for a web browser, $50 for an Email site, $50 for a news site, $50 for weather, well you can see where this is going. I don’t think it should all be free, companies have a right to make money for their work but greed will catch up sooner or later if they all pile on with large charges.
    Now, saying all that, I am not totally against paying for some things. 1) I kind of got hooked into paying for Flickr because I had about 3000 or more photos on there when they decided they would start charging for any amount over 1000 or delete them if you did not pay. These are all connected to my blog by linking so I either had to let all my old post break or try moving 2000 photos and re-linking each one back to the blog, no that is more then I want to do. So I pay Flickr. When Photo Bucket did the $400 a year I just had to let them go, so you find many broken links in the older parts of my blog. I do pay for other things too but they are all lower cost and I try to keep it to a minimum.
    I think If companies are going to charge they might should think about a time when everyone piles on to the charging game and we will have to pick what is most important to us. And if they could keep the price down enough they might get picked.

What is your ideals on it all?

Weather: It is 105 here at this moment.

Update on AT&T: They have been a bit of a pain for me lately but let me make it clear, I am getting a great deal from AT&T unlike Verizon who can be a pain often and I am not getting much more then the minimum from them and they are not cheap! So the hassle is well worth while with AT&T, and all is working well for now.

Good Day Folks

Wasted Trip … Kind of

Pictures: Here is another Ruufous Hummer.

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Exercise: I decide to go ahead and do my walk this morning seeing as I was up early and the AT&T store didn’t open to 10 am.

AT&T No-help online Techs: Yesterday after I spending 6 hours on the phone with AT&T support, I got one person out 5 that was really putting in the effort to help me and he did that mostly by admitting he didn’t have the answer and contacted at least 3 other techs for help and they all said I needed to verify my account …… they were all wrong! I went to the AT&T store (145 miles round trip) and had my account verified and that allowed me to login one time and then … I was back to the same problem as before! ;^@$*%!!
   However, the kid at the store was smarter then all the techs piled up! He could not fix the problem of not being able to login but he did find a work around, great! I can at least get into my online AT&T account now, but I have to pick forgot password every time instead of logging-in as normal. After resetting my password I can get in. Hellfire way to do things but at least it works.

The rest of the Story: Well, yesterday while having all the trouble trying to login to my account, I did a silly thing and reset my device (Mobley ZTE Car Connect) and that caused an updated to the firmware on it ….. so what you say? As it turns out the car connect device had a option to stay on always before that firmware update but after the update it does not have that option, it only has options for 30, 60, 90 minutes and 2 hours max. So now I need to find a new work around to keep it always on …… $%^^&*(^%!!
   I am trying one now, which is to keep it moving a bit to make it think it is in a moving car. I read about one other, which is to buy a little power supply that keeps the voltage a little higher to make it think it is in a running car. I will likely get one of those power supplies . The testing is happening now 🙂.

Okay that ends today fuss!

Night Folks

AT&T Being Sleazy

Pictures: Another shot of the Calliope Hummer.

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Exercise: I did my walk this morning but will likely miss tomorrow walk because I have to take a little road trip to Las Cruces.

AT&T Being sleazy!: As I said above, off to Las Cruces tomorrow ….. I don’t want to go but I have to go verify my AT&T account after spending over 6 hours on the phone today with tech support ….. %*%#@$*!!! A 142 mile round trip. I have been using it for over 3 years …. now I have to go verify it, bullshit!

Folks hope your day is going better then my!
Night

On Duty

Pictures: Here is another shot of the Rufous Hummer on his favorite guard post.

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Just Fussing: Subject Adobe : I am starting to play more with Digital Photo Professional that comes with any new Canon Camera that one buys from Canon(as far as I know) and I am feeling more comfortable each time I do a photo in it. The reason I am doing this is that one day I will move to a Digital Canon Camera and I always shoot in Raw and use Photoshop CS6 and it’s build in Adobe Camera Raw to Edit the image. However when Adobe stopped making new Versions of Photoshop to sale because they decided they could make much more money by renting it to folks, they stopped supporting the Raw updates for new camera in all the Full Software versions like CS6. They now only update their rental version for new cameras with new kinds of raw camera file formats.
      I don’t like rental anything and certainly not rental software. So, I will use CS6 for many years to come, and I think it will hold up fine for the kind of editing I do. Should the day come that CS6 won’t do the job I will move to another brand of editing software that one can buy and not rent.
     If I ever upgrade to a 4K monitor(or any monitor with a resolution higher then 1080p) then that may be a time that I would have to possibly change from CS6 too, because I hear it doesn’t scale well to higher resolution monitors. I think 1080p monitors will be fine for my use for some time to come too, because most of the folks out on the net don’t have the higher resolution monitors yet, except for apple folks. Shoot, many of them in my age group don’t even have 1080p yet. I have one last thing to say and that is, I think I am keeping a bit more detail in my images when using DPP instead Adobe Camera Raw, or maybe that is just my wishful thinking 🙂. At any rate, DPP is staring to grow on me.
      🤔, Well I guess that was a bit of a long answer(that no one ask for by the way) as to why I am playing around with other Raw editing software, but that covers it!

      Maybe my next fuss will be about photo storing/sharing sites …. Photo-bucket/Flicker 😁.

Using Smiley : I often use smileys and I don’t know all the meanings to each one, so I just pick one that looks to me like the feeling/meaning I want to convey … but does that really work out …. well, maybe not. I might be putting out things I don’t really mean, LOL. The thing that got me thinking about this is that I sometimes use a text to speech software that reads things back to me, so I can hear what it sounds like. As it is reading and comes across a smiley the software will say what the smiley means, like “smiley face” for 🙂, and “thinking face” for 🤔, anyways, I sometimes get surprised. So, should you be one of them folks that understand smiley faces and you see one that seems out of place on my blog, don’t be too alarmed it might be that I just have no ideal what it means!
      I think one thing that could be helpful is if smiley face software/keybroad makers would add in a little feature …. where-as if you hover over the smiley it would give you the meaning it was intended to mean …. that sure would be helpful, don’t you think?
      I don’t think that is going to happen because, I think smiley are not all that poplar anymore except for the very young and a few of us old dogs that are headed back to our child like ways!

Have a nice day folks

More Hummers

Pictures: Calliope and Rufous Hummers enjoying a few sips. Today I have been playing around in alternative Raw Editors to Abode Raw Editor. The below images where done in either DPP 4 or Faststone Image Viewer for Raw part, then finish with Photoshop CS6/ or Gimp. I even downloaded a CR3 file to play with in Faststone Image Viewer. The things we do when we are bored, LOL.

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Exercise: Got my five days of exercise in for the week.

Night Folks