Palette Gear: Analog controls for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom!

A couple months ago, I blogged about an upcoming $180 analog control for computer program interfaces. The concept really intrigued me, although I wasn’t sure a single dial was really going to do it for me. Recently, I was listening to the Cool Photo Tools podcast and one of the hosts mentioned a product called Palette Gear which sounded more useful. Well, after doing a bit of research, I was quick to order one from the limited supply available at B&H.  Read more

HDMI to component adapter!

Ok, there’s probably not a lot of you out there that care about the “Analog Hole,” but I’m going to tell you why it’s important…at least to me ;-) Basically, it’s what people use to get around digital copy protection. Recording the audio output from a CD player is taking advantage of the Analog Hole. For video, recording from the component output was used. Unfortunately, HDMI has all but replaced the giant five-connector component audio/video cable as the HDTV connection of choice, but along with HDMI comes digital copy protection. Read more

A couple funny GIFs

I’ve always loved GIFs and the ancient animated file format introduced by CompuServe way back in 1987 just seems to be hanging in there, if not making a comeback. The problem back in the day was they weren’t particularly efficient and even a short one would be large, at least for the time. Now, with mega-megabyte videos being tossed around, the inefficient compression isn’t too big of a deal. Here are a few I just picked up.

Also, I’ve got my GIF Insanity page working again! Had to hack a couple lines of code on an existing plugin, but it seems to work. Yippee!


Cat Knocks Baby
Mess with the bull, you get the horns…
double dutch fail
This is the actual reason I’ve never tried this.
Doggy Back Ride
For my gf and her canine-loving cohorts.

Best birthday present: FCC wants anyone to be able to make a cablebox!

On February 18, 2016, my birthday, the FCC has this on their meeting agenda:

  • Expanding Consumer Choice:
    The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on a framework for providing innovators, device manufacturers and app developers the information they need to develop new technologies to access video content. (MB Docket No. 15-64)

Basically, the FCC wants anybody to be able to make a cable box. Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, etc. must be dancing a jig since they will no longer need to bang their heads against the wall trying to make deals with content providers. They can just get to work on making awesome products!

Here’s an excellent summary of what this all may mean.

FYI, I will still be accepting birthday gifts despite the size of this one ;-)