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.

So which lens is next?

July 25, 2017 - New build posted that is 18 times faster than d1.
July 24, 2017
- Thinking of getting faster, better glass? What focal lengths are you planning to upgrade? 

What if you could simply push a button to find out what focal lengths all your photos were shot with?

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focal lengths app
vitamix leaky lids

Vitamix… we have a problem

June 28, 2017 - 12 weeks have now passed since Vitamix told me 6. I have now been waiting almost 6 months for Vitamix to resolve this. Ridiculous!
March 27, 2017
- I was contacted by Vitamix today and told it will be 4-6 weeks before they have new lids that are not defective.

February 24, 2017
- According to Vitamix, there are currently no lids in inventory that are without these issues.

January 26, 2017
 - My new S30 arrived with a defective lid on the 20 ounce container. Vitamix kindly sent me a replacement, but it has the exact same defect. Did Vitamix get a flawed batch of these from their supplier?

Photos, Video, and More

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

April 12, 2017 - In trying to decide if this new ultra-wide was for me, I ordered not only it but also the Tokina 11-20 and the Nikon 10-24. With the intent of doing a full comparison of all three… find out why the Tokina and Nikon never made it out of the box!

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new tamron 12-24
about ois

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

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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HAM Bridge
echo vs home

Amazon Echo Vs: Google Home

November 10, 2016 - As someone who has been pretty happy with the Amazon Echo for the last year or so, using it for informational purposes (news, weather, sports, traffic, and other questions), as well as playing music and podcasts, and voice control of Home Automation, including Philips HUE, SmartThings, and HAM Bridge, I thought I'd check out the new Google Home. After about a week with them side by side, here are my thoughts...  

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).

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