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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.

Hands on: Cheap Interchangeable Cell Phone Lenses

That L glass is too heavy anyway

January 22nd, 2014

Shooting with a smart phone is fun! As one tends too keep it close at all times, capturing that special moment has gotten so much easier. But what if you are tired of that limiting, fixed focal length lens - is there a way to change it? Turns out, there are quite a few options. Mostly for fun, I ordered a set of three lenses - one which also doubles as a macro lens - and took them for a spin. For less than 10 USD, what can go wrong? Read on for more.

Easy fix for Google Nexus 4 sliding off surfaces and muffled speaker

World's smallest IKEA hack

November 28th, 2013

The Nexus 4 may have been superseded, but anyone still using it probably still struggles with its (great looking) slippery flat back, which makes it slide off most slightly slanted surfaces and also muffling the speaker when placed on its back. Easy fix for that: get a rubber bumper pad - eg. from IKEA - and stick it to the back next to the speaker. The rubber stops it from sliding, and since it's lifted up slightly, it lets more sound from the speaker out (demuffling!). I carry my phone in my pocket and the pad has stayed on for several weeks so it's fairly durable too. Good luck!

Quick Sharpness Comparison

Sharpest tool in the shed

September 20th, 2013

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 @f/2.8

I was recently asked by a reader if I could do a comparison between the Canon kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II), the Canon 50mm "Plastic Fantastic" (EF 50mm 1:1.8 II) and the Canon 40mm pancake (EF 40mm f/2.8) with respect of sharpness. I was a bit curious myself, so I went out and took a few shots. I also included the Tamron 18-270 DI II. Read on for more.

DSLR vs cell phone camera vs digicam

Next up: Apples vs Oranges

August 13th, 2013

Canon 600D, Nexus 4, Olympus TG-310.

I recently picked up the Nexus 4, and it's the first time I find myself really using a cell phone as a camera. Obviously, a DSLR has better image quality, but just how much better? I compared the Nexus 4 to the Canon 600D (AKA T3i) to find out - and also threw in the the compact point and shoot Olympus TG-310 for good fun.

Short review: Logitech K400r vs Plexgear Mediatrack Ergo

Keyboards for the couch potato

July 19th, 2013

The touchpad of the Logitech K400r.

I have just recently hooked up a dedicated PC to my TV to use it as a media center. This obviously calls for a suitable device to operate it with. I am not ready to ditch the keyboard for a "real" remote just yet, so in order to comfortably control the PC from the couch, I looked at two options: The Logitech K400r and the Plexgear Mediatrack Ergo (AKA MCSaite W9710RF AKA Generic Wireless Trackball Keyboard). Read on for a short review and comparison.

Back in Sweden

A breath of fresh air

June 14th, 2013

A Swedish lake.

Been a bit busy lately to post much here, reason being me relocating to Sweden. Moving from one country to another is quite a project, but luckily things went (mostly) as planned. The summer in Sweden is beautiful, but also short. Expect to see articles on my experiences with polar bear photography soon. ;)

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