John King

John King

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
Works as a None of YOUR business
Joined on Aug 4, 2007
About me:

I have been taking photos for about 58 years since I was about 8 y.o.

My main aim is to take better pictures!

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On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
In reply to:

Patrick Kristiansen: If one needs 40+mp's to crop a pic into something worth watching, one is not taking one's pics right. And 16mp is enough for just about anyone without a very special need. Not many lenses justify a higher resolution either. And not to mention the need for exceedingly high shutterspeed and/or tripods. Nah, super-high resoultion is bonk imo. Can't wait to receive my em1 and 12-40 lens. And can wait even less to try out my OM-lenses on it.

@HSway

I agree about the Subarus. We now own two, and previously owned another one for nearly 18 years.

And before anyone asks: Yes, I have driven two Ferraris a long time ago. A 250 LM and a 275 LM. They were not pleasant cars to drive, and I far preferred the Aston Martin, Jensen Interceptor ff, and the 4.2L E-Type Jag; along with many other such cars that I have driven. Anyone here ever driven a car that has no synchromesh in the gearbox? Try the Ferraris of the late 1960s - ugh!

Give me our two Subaru Foresters, any day ... :-) . Balanced ...

I apply the same reasoning to my preference for 4/3rds cameras and LENSES compared with 135 format cameras.

I am not an early adopter, and will probably wait 6-12 months before buying into an EM-1 (or whatever). However, very interesting to read the truthful comments of the many people I know and trust about this camera's good and not so good points.

Regards, john, from Melbourne, etc ...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 09:34 UTC
On Blackberry 10 passes U.S. security clearance post (7 comments in total)

Agree with Baldhead44.

I have a Blackberry Torch 9810, and it works superbly well as a phone in difficult terrain, remote areas.

Has a touchscreen and very good predictive text.

Has a 5 MP camera that produces surprisingly good images and video.

Has a real keyboard that works, and the browser works better with the 'new DPR' than IE8 or Opera do.

My Palm PDAs have had touchscreens and handwriting recognition for over a decade ... I have just replaced my Tungsten E2 with a new one precisely because none of the "smartphones" ("dumbphones"?) can hold a candle to this device in the integration and usability stakes.

So yeah, Lauren seems to have never held a BB, let alone used one ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 07:45 UTC as 4th comment
On A sneak peek at our forthcoming camera test scene article (323 comments in total)

Good to see the Kodak grey scale chart with its C-Y-M header is still there.

IMHO, this is one of the most important tests of any camera, whether the contrast and brightness between the respective colour circle and the embedded character in white is relatively even over the three (reciprocal) primary colours; as well as the grey scale wedge reproduction.

IME, many cameras fall down on this simple test, and the final results from them also show this systemic bias towards (usually) two of the three colours, with the white character bordering on being indistinct in the other colour. This success or failure gives clues to the adequacy and appropriateness of the CFA and attendant processing IMO.

Not good to see the shadow box with its fluffy balls removed. IMHO, this was an excellent part of the target for evaluating shadow detail and noise. Looking at the full size image just now, I realised that there is nothing similar to it, or to the toys with their very sharp printed detail.

br, j

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 01:17 UTC as 159th comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
In reply to:

Roger Engelken: Dump the "voting" system please. Not all of us are teenagers consumed with the facebook, amazon and the twitter generation. Get rid that garbage and allow dpreview to rise well above the mediocrity of today's social media.

Gidday Roger

I don't disagree ...
However, I also like the idea of having only two buttons, not three buttons - "LIKE" and "COMPLAIN" - the latter for written complaints to DPR, as suggested by another poster in that thread.

regards, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2012 at 03:21 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
In reply to:

John King: What's the point of having images uploaded to my web site at 1024 x 768, when this site re-sizes them to 940 x 705? I haven't seen a desktop or laptop monitor as small as that for many years ...

The IQ also seems to drop off rather badly ...

BTW, thanks for all the effort that everyone has put in so far to bring the new code into being, and fixing the inevitable bugs and glitches. Shaping up pretty well, IMHO.

Hope some of you have had at least SOME sleep ...

regards, john

Thanks Simon

I realise that there is a "full image" tag, but it gets disconnected from the image as the image is moved to its "correct" position in the post from the (usually) wrong default insertion point ...

On another point, have you got a CHANGELOG by any chance?
If we could check it, it would save us bringing up points that have already been raised.

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

regards, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 07:11 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

What's the point of having images uploaded to my web site at 1024 x 768, when this site re-sizes them to 940 x 705? I haven't seen a desktop or laptop monitor as small as that for many years ...

The IQ also seems to drop off rather badly ...

BTW, thanks for all the effort that everyone has put in so far to bring the new code into being, and fixing the inevitable bugs and glitches. Shaping up pretty well, IMHO.

Hope some of you have had at least SOME sleep ...

regards, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 06:26 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
In reply to:

ericinho: [OT]
I find the downright rude and simply ungrateful behavior of some here baffling, especially since the entire site is FREE. So an effort to make the site better (again free of charge) should be applauded, supported and critized constructively instead of being a complete d--k moaning like a little kid about things that do not work and are "a big mistake".

ofcourse as with most (if not all) migrations to another system, a lot of things go wrong, but the DP team is working to fix them. So why don't you give them an encouragement by giving useful critique in a way your mother taught you to do. No one of us can make any claims or demands, since you don't pay a dime (and spare me non-arguments like the few ads here and there)

So instead of all this negativety that seems to be going around since too many month, try to be a bit more courteous It will make the boards a fun place again and the site in general more enjoyable to visit (plus as bonus the DP crew will likely appreciate it).

Hear, hear, Eric.

Well said. I agree wholeheartedly.

regards, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 11:48 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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John King: "Maximum posts reached" message is being triggered at 149 posts, not 150.

e.g. here:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3277218

Check the increment variable loop structure, it is counting from 148 to 0, not from 149 to 0.

Either that, or the logic of the IF-THEN-ELSE or LOOP UNTIL or similar CONDITION statement is wrong.

[EDIT]
There also appears to be a problem with honouring posts that are commenced before the 150 post limit is reached (or 149, in this case ;) ).

This is not very acceptable, regardless of how much some trolls (selectively) suggest that it should be the rule.

If 5 people all start a reply when the post count is at (say) 146 posts, all five posts should be honoured. Otherwise it is a very unfair system. It also wastes the time of the last poster to click the POST button. This poster has had no warning until the post is refused.

I have just wasted 15 minutes typing a reply only to have that happen.
Not amused.
[end edit]

regards, john

I didn't think you had, Simon ... LOL!

I have noticed the emoticons are now working, and so are Ctrl+B etc for formatting.

Obviously still some bits that need attention (lots of attention, in some cases).
However I reckon that the team has done a fantastic job of doing this while the system was "hot".

Look forward to the finished product in the fullness of time.

regards, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 07:24 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

"Maximum posts reached" message is being triggered at 149 posts, not 150.

e.g. here:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3277218

Check the increment variable loop structure, it is counting from 148 to 0, not from 149 to 0.

Either that, or the logic of the IF-THEN-ELSE or LOOP UNTIL or similar CONDITION statement is wrong.

[EDIT]
There also appears to be a problem with honouring posts that are commenced before the 150 post limit is reached (or 149, in this case ;) ).

This is not very acceptable, regardless of how much some trolls (selectively) suggest that it should be the rule.

If 5 people all start a reply when the post count is at (say) 146 posts, all five posts should be honoured. Otherwise it is a very unfair system. It also wastes the time of the last poster to click the POST button. This poster has had no warning until the post is refused.

I have just wasted 15 minutes typing a reply only to have that happen.
Not amused.
[end edit]

regards, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 07:05 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
In reply to:

solarider: Lots of feed back here too http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50002298

You folks at dpreview must be snowed with things to fix. Maybe revert to the old format and get it fixed first if that's possible?

thank you.

It isn't possible.

The data format is different.

regards, J

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 04:30 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

The cursor activation when hovering over the "Click to use the image viewing mode" button in posts is off centre badly. Also too small an active area; applies to both expand and collapse.

URL links and image links still do not work in my footer block.

Top Posters and Top Threads is still displaying the stats for the forums as a whole rather than for the specific forum.

The link to the last post takes one to somewhere (?) in the thread, but not to the last post.

The FORUM link next to specific threads/posts in RECENT ACTIVITY takes one to that thread, not to the specified forum.

Number of posts in a thread does not display in FLAT VIEW when within the thread, only on the forum home page.

Still no emoticons.

Splitting a quote does not work (IE8, WinXP Pro SP3).

Quoting another post mostly leads to a "hung/slow script on page" error.

EDIT twice only works once ... gives an error that the post has already been edited twice.

Keep those squirrels working ;)!

regards, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 04:28 UTC as 114th comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
In reply to:

Greg Gebhardt: Well it IS a big change. Time will tell but I suspect it will be tweaked as we go and be better in the end. The old code that ran this place had to be a pain in the butt to maintain!

I say thumbs up for now!

Gidday Greg

I agree.

Considering that we are into Day One, with the forums actually working from the moment the change over occurred, I reckon that in itself is a small miracle.

Having had to probe and plumb the depths of "antique" code on a number of occasions, I have considerable sympathy with the trials of the programmers here having to deal with proprietary code that is well over ten years old ... UGH!!

Better to re-program the site using modern, documented tools.

br, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:29 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

Neither reply posts nor quote posts work at all with Opera.

Crashed twice ...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:13 UTC as 224th comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
In reply to:

SergeyGreen: It looks ugly, it is unintuitive, and the rating system is an absolute nonsense. For the forums that are driven by conflict it is yet another addon of useless information. It is uninviting.

As one of the people who contributes mightily to such conflict, you ought to know.

What's the problem? Did someone give one of your positive, useful posts a Brown Thumb award?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 09:26 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

If you are going to use an embedded WYSIWYG editor, why not use a full featured one like TinyMCE.

I cannot get images in my footer block to display (have tried .JPG and .GIF formats), and the URL of my web site is not "active" unless I select it while editing my post/reply.

Previous comments about not splitting posts are right on the money.

No emoticons is bad news ... :( :(

br, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 07:14 UTC as 252nd comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

I like "Forum Pro" as a designation somewhat better than "Forum Addict", but I suspect that "Forum Junkie" would probably be more accurate than either ... ;) :) :D.

br, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:43 UTC as 278th comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

I have found the problem with the Poster's Profile and Forum Bookmarks links.

This is the correct link, e.g.:
http://www.dpreview.com/members/{member number}/forums/bookmarks

This is the link from the PP and Forums pages:
http://www.dpreview.com/members/{member number}/bookmarks

The intermediate link "/forums" is missing from the URL (actually, URI, unless I'm mistaken ... ).

One's bookmarks are available via one's Poster's Profile/Forums/ ... Showing: SELECT "Bookmarks".

br, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:30 UTC as 280th comment | 2 replies
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
In reply to:

Lee Jay: Is there some way to take some text and make it show as quoted text as you could before with > or > > etc.? If I break into a quoted paragraph, the text after the break loses the quotation lines and I can't figure a way to put them back.

Yeah LJ

A very important feature.

On vBulletin boards, one can use [/QUOTE] .... [QUOTE] to break into the middle of a quoted post.

br, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 03:13 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

On the main forum page, the Top Posters list shows the top posters for all of DPR, rather than the top posters for the specific forum.

br, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 01:53 UTC as 301st comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

Under the Poster's Profile, the link to Message Bookmarks doesn't work.

Neither does the Bookmarks shortcut ("B" or "b" key) on the main forum page.

br, john

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 01:50 UTC as 302nd comment
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