Scales USA

Lives in United States Spokane, WA, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2007


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Scales USA: I started using ACDsee way back when we used Unix and Dos commands to access the internet, before the WWW. It was very fast to view images which were all in GIF format at the time. I do not purchase every new version, usually every other one. I still use Lightroom as primary, my wife uses ACDSee only, and I use it for editing phone photos or jpegs, but since they are very slow to update for newly released RAW formats, I don't use it for RAW.

I remember going from 300 to 1200 as being a big event.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 05:55 UTC
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Platinumkid: Great! Now I can replace the 11 I didn't buy with the new model I would not buy!

Same here, except that I bought a SE and returned it after it would not bring in any signals where I live even though all our other phones did. Apparently, it was the Apple radio that used a Intel rather than Qualcomm module.(they have gone back to Qualcomm in 2020). Then, I use a Cochlear Implant and the iPhone 11 Bluetooth would not work properly with legacy Bluetooth devices. It took them a month to roll out a update that fixed that. I no longer trust them.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 00:36 UTC

I started using ACDsee way back when we used Unix and Dos commands to access the internet, before the WWW. It was very fast to view images which were all in GIF format at the time. I do not purchase every new version, usually every other one. I still use Lightroom as primary, my wife uses ACDSee only, and I use it for editing phone photos or jpegs, but since they are very slow to update for newly released RAW formats, I don't use it for RAW.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2020 at 03:58 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

Update: August 21, 2020 (2 AM ET): Google has clarified a few things about how it’s limiting third-party camera apps in Android 11. According to The Verge, the company is concerned about apps that may ask for photos just to track your location. The pictures you take are sometimes geotagged with your location coordinates and a non-camera app could steal that information from a third-party camera app, even if you did not give the non-camera app location permission to begin with.

Google will only force you to use your phone’s default camera app when you’re using an app that doesn’t already have a camera baked in and needs to access your phone’s camera. So if you’re using an app like Instagram, you will still be able to use its camera. You can also continue using third-party camera apps directly and double-tap your power button to launch the camera app of your choice.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2020 at 06:27 UTC as 8th comment
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wcan: The fact that the overheating seems to be card related gives hope that there may be a solution...even if it is more advanced cards that don't overheat when being run at high throughput. Does the "no card solution" also apply to 8K recording in addition to 4K?

I'd like to see a someone do a test with a separate custom card testing rig which can write to the memory cards at the same speed as R5 video and see if the cards start to overheat. DPreview can you do something like that?

Delkin has some very good information as to how much heat a CF express card generates and the work arounds they have devised to slow it down when it overheats. It does appear that a card generates a lot of heat. They warn you not to touch it when its hot, it can burn your fingers. It can heat up to 194 degrees F before shutting down.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2020 at 21:05 UTC
On article Google Pixel 3 XL sample gallery (DPReview TV) (105 comments in total)

It so happens that I'm looking for a new phone, and the 3XL is $200 off, which makes it a good price. I'm not sure that it would replace a travel camera, but the results certainly beat my old iPhone 6+

I really like the face id on the new iPhones, and the cameras are acceptable. What I don't like is the poor signal sensitivity. I'm holding out to see how my wife likes her new Samsung that arrives Tuesday.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2019 at 06:36 UTC as 10th comment
On article DPReview TV: Jordan buys a phone (198 comments in total)

I bought a XR and really loved it except, when I got it home, it would not pull in weak signals, and we are in the fringes. My old 6 plus can still pull in weak signals. Other than that, for the price, and all around use, the XR is great. The face recognition just works. I saved my face and my wife's, either of us could unlock it with just a glance, first time, every time. One minor drawback to the XR is the large notch cut out of the screen. Sadly, I returned it and I still miss it.

I can use Android or IOS, or switch back and forth but finding a equivalent Android phone for the same price has eluded me. I will not use a phone wit fingerprint reader on the rear, no feeling in my fingers to locate it, I have to look.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2019 at 02:10 UTC as 13th comment

Surely, there is more information than just 2 months worth? The R has been around for several months. What is the overall picture? I seem to recall Sony having a big sale in the past which pushed figures up for 2 months, but not for the long term.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2019 at 15:43 UTC as 207th comment | 3 replies

The rumor sites posted that there was going to be a shortage of the modules, the information was reasonably well known well before the announcement. Somehow, I just am not enthused about buying the new model.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 04:14 UTC as 6th comment
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Karroly: A lot of marketing BS with one key parameter missing : the guide number.

The fact that it uses AA batteries and gets 85,000 full power flashes is a indicator of its light output. Very low.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 03:49 UTC
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ThatCamFan: Does this mean the new owners of the company are going to refund the people who funded it in the first place? Or will they just continue to be thiefs?

ThatCamFan -
There was a bankruptcy because the company could not pay their employees and bills, but they had some assets that could be seized and sold.

When the companies assets were sold at auction, that was to raise money to pay debts. The buyer of the assets has paid for them, and the original customers and debtors will receive a share of whatever money they paid. That's how a Bankruptcy works. If they owned cars, computers, company name and logo ... any assets, they are seized and sold and the buyer is not responsible for any money previously owed on them. Otherwise, they would never buy them.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 05:58 UTC

I'm disappointed when someone promotes a book with photos taken illegally. It promotes dangerous behavior at best.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 16:42 UTC as 62nd comment | 5 replies
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Triplet Perar: This is same as the US space programs mania during the Cold War; spending millions on expensive rigs and rockets, hiring best minds in science and PR only to put — a monkey into a rocket. (While their competitors decided to put a real man instead and beat them with real results).
That futile advertising mindset lives today; braindead companies go the same lengths to spends millions, use best videographers and hire incredible rigs only to tie in a monkey camera.

There were very good reasons to use a monkey versus a man. The US space program was very transparent, and every launch was watched live by millions of Americans. A failure would devastate the entire program. The USSR did not have public launches, but did put a dog in orbit first, perhaps your memory is selective?

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 23:37 UTC
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Georgescanvas: 4 engines 4 overseas ! Not 2 !

Bring back the jumbo.

I worked on the certification of the 777 engines for ETOPS (Extended over water flights). The engines were run on a test stand 24 hours a day at full throttle, stopping only for scheduled maintenance and inspection. Engines are not operated like that, on the ground, they get tremendously hot, and parts are literally destroyed from vibration and heat. Those parts are redesigned until they can take it, or some cooler is directed on them if there is no other solution. All this time, the electrical generators are maxed out, and wiring turns black. The Titanium turns blue.

This level of overstress finds the weak links and they are eliminated such that the engine is extremely reliable in service from day 1. My parts were high temp 500 degree composite material but burned away. They were remade using 650 degree and extremely expensive material, but managed to barely survive.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 06:28 UTC
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jhinkey: Oh the things you can do with an empty plane and a lot of excess thrust at takeoff . . .

They are at the Paris Air show, and would have a interior to show off to potential customers. The exciting thing is to see them determine the minimum runway length for takeoff during new model certification. A long oak 2 X 12 is attached to the underside of the tail, then when they get to speed, they put the tail completely down on the the runway and keep it there until it lifts off, and the distance is measured. I managed to be on some test flights, and a 0 g maneuver as well as some windup turns where your face is pulled down into your lap. Then engines at idle at 42000 ft to see how much air is leaking out. A touch and go at Everett was exciting the first time because of a hump in the runway. It looks like the runway ends and you are going off the end, then as you go over the hump, there is the other half.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
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Corkcampbell: Thanks for this contribution, although I'm no fan of the 737 or its Airbus equivalent. I pass by Boeing Field a few times a week and can't wait to see the DH Comet that is undergoing restoration and will eventually be in the Museum of Flight.

Aircraft are generally sold with no seats, or engines. The airlines cut their own deals for the engines and seats (as long as they are approved for the aircraft) Boeing installs them and the aircraft is delivered ready to put in service.

Some countries have a high tax on purchases of new aircraft, so boeing flys them for crew training until they have enough hours to be considered as used. They are then taxed at a lower rate.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 06:05 UTC

When I hired into Boeing in 1966, I was assigned to 737 Engineering. The plane garnered few sales, but United saved the program with a huge order for a extended body version, the 737-200. They got a steal on the price, but it kept the program going. Then I worked on several more versions before moving to other new models. Of all those models, only the 737, 767, 777, and the 747 are still in production. The 737 has had a amazing run, but in 1966, it was fighting to keep from being cancelled. The others, 707, 727, 757, and SST, are now history. I was one of the few to work on initial design of many models, and did at least some work on all but the 787.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 05:55 UTC as 63rd comment | 5 replies
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koseng: Bad 3D contents killed 3D, same would happen to VR as everyone rushes to produce mediocre contents for this new but immature medium. Now there are plenty of good 3D contents out there but very few consumer 3D TV available. What a shame. VR could have the same fate.

I remember seeing 3D movies in the 1950's, they quickly lost popularity. Movie goers voted on which they liked best, 3D or wide screens. Now, we have wide screens rather than the 1.375:1 screens from the 1940's. 3D was tried again, but it failed for the same reasons, those glasses are a pain. Many people wear eyeglasses, and the additional hardware complicates their vision, the higher price did not help. 3D movies have been around off and on for over 100 years, they are a gimmick, and come and go.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 16:38 UTC

VR has been around off and on for over 25 years. One use that was being explored 25 years ago where I worked was for installation of parts in a vehicle, diagrams were used as a aid to get everything aligned right, it was difficult to do that. I've since retired, but it had not caught on when I had retired. At that time, it required a powerful computer to generate the images, now a cell phone can do it. It was a compelling idea, because getting parts installed in each vehicle identically is a big benefit toward reducing electrical interference, and achieving things like separation of redundant systems.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 16:26 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

PT Barnum is alive and well.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 05:00 UTC as 23rd comment
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