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Chrome cannot download files from microsoft.com

From the Mixed Security dept.

June 06th, 2015

Had this strange problem the other day. I was trying to download Windows Management Framework from microsoft.com, but no download would start, no matter how many times I tried or how long I waited. But I finally found a way to make it work:

  1. Bring up the developer tools (F12)
  2. Click the console tab
  3. Note the blocked HTTP-request(s). Clicking on each will start the download.

Turns out the page is served over HTTPS, but the download over HTTP for whatever reason. Trying to change HTTPS to HTTP only led to a redirect back to HTTPS in this case so it seems liberate but not quite thought through.

Now, have fun downloading frameworks and tools for your windows PC!

Fix: Google Cardboard Magnet not working with Nexus 4

It might be ugly, but hey - it's just cardboard

May 31st, 2015

Note the hole under the magnet slider ring.

I have difficulties getting the magnet slider to work with the Nexus 4. The phone sometimes reacts if slid out far to the left, but that does not feel like a solution. So I thought: The magnet simply causes a tap. Why not just tap the screen directly? So with a finger sized carved out hole on the side of the headset signed yours truly, tapping the phone's screen is just as simple as sliding the magnet. Not pretty, but it works. :)

Experiment: Shooting art with cheap lenses

Analog to digital conversion

January 04th, 2015

The poster without frame.

A dear reader asked if the Canon 40mm 2.8 pancake is any good for shooting paintings. While I figured that it would be, I decided to compare the 40mm to the 50mm 1.8 and the 18-55mm kit lens to see which one would be more suitable. Please read on for the 3 test shots - 1 will shock you and blow your mind! Not. ;)

Aurora Borealis Hunt

Far from the madding crowd

November 09th, 2014

Green magic.

Went with some friends to the very north of Sweden to hopefully shoot some northern lights. It was a very long drive and the cold was getting to us - but luckily, we did get to see some of that magical green light. Feel free to check the Image Gallery.

Solved - Picasa Cannot See or Import MP4 Video Files

Installing codecs like it's '99

September 23rd, 2014

Had this problem the other day. I was trying to import images and videos from a phone, but the videos did not show up on the import tab. After some googling, it seems that if the proper video codec is missing, Picasa may have problems playing back video files. Windows Media Player was able to play the files, so thought everything was OK - but after identifying (using this) and installing the codec manually, the files showed up in Picasa and everything was fine and dandy. :)

Found bee, won bike

No model release needed

September 15th, 2014

A bee.

There was a local photo contest going on this summer, where you could win a bike. Since I could use a new bike, I thought I could just as well participate. There was no particular theme, any good shot taken in the general area was a candidate. I hunted this bee down with my Tamron at 270mm and apparently, that was good enough. :)

Using Old Tablet as Charger

Recycling is weird sometimes

June 18th, 2014

The Nexus 4 happily sucking the juice out of the old ASK 731SP Smartpad.

Just a little idea I got when I was on vacation: My phone, which I use a lot, kept running out of battery and I didn't have a battery pack. However, I had my trusty ol' Android tablet with me. Tablets often have quite large batteries, this one had 4000 mAh which is about the same as a (slightly below average) battery pack. Using the host USB port, I could charge the phone when I was out. It's quite a lot bigger and heavier than a battery pack to lug around, but at least I didn't have to break my back... erm, I mean, the bank.

Met Lok C from DigitalRev!

Interwebs celebrity IRL

April 07th, 2014

Lok C from DigitalRev TV.

During my recent trip to Hong Kong, I was fortunate enough to accidentally run into Lok C, editor and presenter at the the DigitalRev TV YouTube channel! If you are not familiar with DigitalRev, it's the most subscribed photo related channel right now. So go check it out, they make good reviews and also Lok is a really nice guy. :)

Quick tip: Select MP3 file from file system as alarm on Android

This was easier in the 90s

March 12th, 2014

The Nexus 4 runs Android KitKat 4.4.2.

Had a stupid problem today. I just wanted to set a certain MP3 file as an alarm on my Nexus 4, but the default song selection box did not include a way to browse the file system. Also, putting the file in the Notifications or Alarms folders did not show the file, not even after a reboot. Then I simply went to Settings → Apps → All → Media Storage and tapped "Clear defaults" under "Launch by default". Now, when I tap to select an alarm sound, I get the option to use the ES File Explorer I happened to have installed. Just browse to the file, done. Any side effects? Possibly. But the only one I have noticed so far is that I can use the file explorer for the ring tones selection as well, which is pretty neat.

New: Responsive image gallery

Form the Anything is Better-dept.

February 20th, 2014

Actually, I haven't tested this on the iPhone yet... please get back to me if you try it and it doesn't work - and feel free provide a bugfix too. ;)

I have been using HighSlide for quite some time for the image gallery now, and felt it was time for an update, especially since it never worked well on smartphones. A quick google didn't immediately yield what I was looking for, so I implemented a simple image slideshow thingy using JavaScript and CSS. It is still a bit rough around the edges - works well on Nexus 4 and most modern browsers though - but should scale better on mobile devices and also look great on a PC. Try it out if you like.

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