Scottin Pollock

Some musings and rants on software, web design, home automation, photography, and more…

Nailing Tricky Exposure

August 1, 2017 - Today’s in-camera metering is better than ever. With hundreds (or even thousands) of segments, they can even assist with auto-focus. But they can easily be fooled by the scene. They’ll still do what they do… but that isn’t always what you want.

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When should you NOT use O.I.S.

March 18, 2017 - VR, IS, OIS, VC, OS… all are acronyms for technology that electronically shifts lens elements or camera sensors to counteract camera movement. It is a wonderful technology, but should you always use it? The short answer is a resounding NO!

Here’s Why
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SmartThings and HAM Bridge

January 8, 2017 - For those folks that are new to writing SmartApps and are going a bit off into the weeds on this, I’ve posted several SmartApps and a modified Device Type that should help out with your SmartThings to HAM Bridge projects. Enjoy!

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Why don’t you have a web site?

July 26, 2016 - If you're a business, you should have a web site. I know there is Facebook and Instagram and other social networks that allow businesses to promote themselves, but their interface is obnoxious. I don't want to join, or wade through a lot of crap. I want to know where you are and if you're open. And if you're a restaurant, I want to see a menu with prices, if you do take out or require reservations, and easily access your phone number.

I am saddened when I use Yelp or Trip Advisor, etc. to locate your establishment, want more info based on what I've read, only to find that you have no decent presence on the web. At that point I usually move on (as do a lot of other prospective customers). There is no excuse for it; it's like not having your number in the phone book of old.

I get that it is an expense, but in this day and age it costs pennies on the dollar of what a well designed site used to cost. There are dozens of services, providing templates for non-coders, and hosting for not much more than $100/year. Or I can do it. But regardless of who does it, get it done! And don't put up a train wreck either. It should be clean and attractive, informative, and work well on mobile devices (as that is what will most likely be used to find you).