EdgarStokka.NET/Blog http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog Thoughts on Technology and Stuff Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:35:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.21 SOLD: Canon EOS 1D Mark III for sale http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2011/08/22/canon-eos-1d-mark-iii-for-sale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=canon-eos-1d-mark-iii-for-sale http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2011/08/22/canon-eos-1d-mark-iii-for-sale/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:21:20 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/?p=562 24 August 2011: Camera is now sold!

I am selling my used Canon EOS 1D Mark III. The camera appears in very good condition with no visible wear and tear. Comes with the original box with all original accessories.  Please contact me if you have further questions.

Asking price is NOK 13.000,-

Number of Exposures

Please note that Canon EOS 1D Mark III is “guaranteed” for up to 250 000 exposures.

  • Owner #1 (Peder Gjersøe): not sure, but less than 10 000 (backup camera)
  • Owner #2 (Edgar Stokka): 4626

Total exposures: less than 15 000

Canon EOS 1D Mark III Specifications

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/eos1dsm3/html/specifications.html

Canon EOS 1D Mark III Review

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/canon-eos-1d-mark/4505-6501_7-32332751.html

Pictures

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The Black Sun Project http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/12/19/the-black-sun-project/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-black-sun-project http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/12/19/the-black-sun-project/#comments Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:36:54 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/?p=155 Although I work with computers and sit at a desk most of the time, a lot of people don’t know this about me; I’m a handyman! It’s true! I am handy to the extent that I fix my own car, service my bike, renovate my house, build cabins, and so on. Inspired by the epic words “let there be light!” – and from what I saw a friend of a friend had done – I set out to build my own sun. Folks, I give you The Black Sun Project!

I built this “little device” to add some spice to my portrait photography. In fact the whole purpose of this humongous light source is to add a circular flash effect in the eyes of my portrait photo subjects. Although I find the idea quite brilliant, I am honest enough not to take credit for it; I was inspired by the work of Jan Fredrik Leversund (http://photonstew.blogspot.com/2009/02/black-sun.html).

All it took me to build it was a a piece of wood, some light bulb sockets from Clas Ohlson, light bulbs from IKEA, some electrical wire, an electrical switch and a aluminum stand to hold it.

Click on the images in the gallery below to read more about how I created The Black Sun.

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SOLD: Canon EOS 40D for sale http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/12/19/canon-eos-40d-for-sale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=canon-eos-40d-for-sale http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/12/19/canon-eos-40d-for-sale/#comments Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:35:30 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/?p=407 I am selling my used Canon EOS 40D. The camera appears in very good condition with no visible wear and tear. Comes with the original Canon BG-E2N vertical grip that gives you the shutter button and control wheel also for vertical shooting, as well as double battery capacity (2 x Canon BP-511A batteries). Also comes with the original box with all original accessories. Upgraded to latest firmware version 1.1.1. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Asking price is NOK 4.500,-

Canon EOS 40D Specifications

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/eos40d/specifications.html

Canon EOS 40D Review

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos40d/

Canon EOS 40D - Front

Canon EOS 40D - Front

Canon EOS 40D - Right side

Canon EOS 40D - Right side

Canon EOS 40D - Back

Canon EOS 40D - Back

Canon EOS 40D - Left side

Canon EOS 40D - Left side

Canon EOS 40D - Top

Canon EOS 40D - Top

Canon EOS 40D - Bottom

Canon EOS 40D - Bottom

Canon EOS 40D - Front with shutter mechanism

Canon EOS 40D - Front with shutter mechanism

Canon EOS 40D - Front with shutter mechanism

Canon EOS 40D - Front with shutter mechanism

Canon EOS 40D - Flash shoe

Canon EOS 40D - Flash shoe

Canon EOS 40D - Top display

Canon EOS 40D - Top display

Canon EOS 40D - Vertical battery grip

Canon EOS 40D - Vertical battery grip

Canon EOS 40D - Shutter release button

Canon EOS 40D - Shutter release button

Canon EOS 40D - Top display

Canon EOS 40D - Top display

Canon EOS 40D - Flash shoe

Canon EOS 40D - Flash shoe

Canon EOS 40D - Control buttons on vertical grip

Canon EOS 40D - Control buttons on vertical grip

Canon EOS 40D - Back display and control buttons

Canon EOS 40D - Back display and control buttons

Canon EOS 40D - Original box (kit lens not included!)

Canon EOS 40D - Original box (kit lens not included!)

Canon EOS 40D - Original box (kit lens not included!)

Canon EOS 40D - Original box (kit lens not included!)

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Christmas Gift Tip: SuperTooth Buddy http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/11/23/supertooth-buddy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=supertooth-buddy http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/11/23/supertooth-buddy/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:01:19 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/?p=404 Black Friday is only days away, and by now you should start planning your Christmas shopping. But if you are like me, you are already late – and really struggling to come up with a good idea. Well here’s one for you – the brilliant SuperTooth Buddy Bluetooth handsfree for your car!

SuperTooth Buddy

I’ve been a happy owner of one of these for a couple of months now, and it is a brilliant gadget and it could potentially be one of the best investments you ever make. Considering the fines frequently handed out for using your mobile while driving in Norway, one of these could save your wallet big bucks!

Key features:

  • 1000 hours standby time
  • 20 hours talk time
  • 3 hours charge time

It could be yours for as little as NOK 390,- but check out the Prisguide.no for updates.

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A simple and effective macro setup http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/11/19/a-simple-and-effective-macro-setup/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-simple-and-effective-macro-setup http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/11/19/a-simple-and-effective-macro-setup/#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 21:37:55 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/?p=461 While updating my StokkPhoto website, I came across some photos from the actual setup I arranged when shooting some flower macro images at my parents’ house back in January 2009. As you will see from these photos, this was a rather simple setup; however, suitable for this use, and quite effective. Here is what I did.

As always with macro photography, I strongly recommend to use a sturdy tripod. To increase the chances of getting crisp clear results, also use a remote control on your camera, or alternatively you can use the timer-function on your camera.

To add the dark background, I simply placed my subject in front of a wall-mounted LCD TV, and to be able to control the light, I set up a Lastolite reflector and pointed a LED flashlight at it.

Simple, clever, and effective! Here is the setup, and the result.

Simple and effective macro setup - The setup

Simple and effective macro setup - The setup

Simple and effective macro setup - View from the camera

Simple and effective macro setup - View from the camera

Simple and effective macro setup - The result

Simple and effective macro setup - The result

Happy capturing!

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The e-mail form is a thing of the past http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/10/19/the-e-mail-form-is-a-thing-of-the-past/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-e-mail-form-is-a-thing-of-the-past http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/10/19/the-e-mail-form-is-a-thing-of-the-past/#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2010 21:01:41 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/?p=400 I would argue that the e-mail contact form is a thing of the past. In fact, I find it very annoying when I encounter websites – in particular commercial websites – that do not display their e-mail addresses and other contact information properly, but instead rely on a web based e-mail form through which existing and potentially new customers can contact them. And why do I think so?

The e-mail contact form - a thing of the past?

The e-mail contact form - a thing of the past?

Control

First of all, I like to be in control, and with e-mail forms I seldom feel that I am in control. How can I be sure the e-mail for works as intended? How can I be sure the e-mail was actually received?

When I send my e-mails through my regular e-mail client (Outlook, Gmail, etc.) I have a copy in my “Sent Items” folder – and that leaves me in control. I know what e-mails I have sent, and if necessary, I can refer to them later on. With web forms, e-mails are sent through a “black hole” and often never seen again. Which leaves me to talk about confirmation.

Confirmation

Sending an e-mail through an e-mail form is like shooting a bullet straight up in the air – you’ll never know where it is going to land – and if it ever landed. Some e-mail forms do offer the option to have a copy of the message sent to your own e-mail address – however – it is not a confirmation that the message was ever received by the recipient.

Referring to my previous point – if I send my e-mail from my regular e-mail client, I do not necessarily get a confirmation of every delivered e-mail, but I least I (usually) get an error message if e-mails I send cannot be successfully delivered.

(Lack of) Professionalism

If you as a company do not want to reveal you contact e-mail address to visitors of your website, I start wondering about why you need to be so secret? What do you need to hide from the public? Is spam a problem, and you cannot afford to deal with it, well, in my view that says a lot about you as a company – that you are not professional. Most companies find their way to fight spam – and so should you. Don’t blame your customers and leave them to pay for your lack of professionalism.

My recommendation

I recommend to always display your contact e-mail address in the open, e.g. in the footer of your webpage. E-mail forms are just an annoyance, and I would recommend to have them removed from you website.

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User report from an iPhone novice http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/09/17/user-report-from-an-iphone-novice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=user-report-from-an-iphone-novice http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/09/17/user-report-from-an-iphone-novice/#comments Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:21:25 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/?p=364 I ordered my iPhone 4 32 GB from Eplehuset a few weeks back, and I actually received it earlier than expected – I was supposed to get it on September 24th but I it was ready for pick-up already on Wednesday September 8th! Consequently, I’ve been an iPhone user for a week and a half, and since I’ve been a strong opponent to anything that has to do with Apple for quite a number of years, you might wonder what my experiences have been so far?

iPhone 4 - with Facetime

Well, to be honest, I am impressed! I have definitely fallen in love with “the smartphone experience”, and I wonder if I would have been just as happy with an Android phone, e.g. the HTC Desire? For now I am happy with my iPhone – very happy!

I can see why Apple tend to get an increasing number of loyal (some would claim fanatic) fans who cannot get enough of their products. At least three aspects of an Apple products, such as the iPhone, stand out to me:

  1. The unique design and build quality!
    It simply looks and feels very good. It kind of makes you want to show it off?
  2. The user experience!
    It is intuitive and very easy to operate! And with App Store you have endless possibilities to customize you phone.
  3. It simply works!
    There is no clutter at all. It is responsive, and without any apparent issues – at least for now.

As mentioned above, since this is my first real smart phone, maybe I would have been just as happy with a HTC Android phone. At least the people I know who have the HTC Desire are very happy about it.

Windows Phone 7

The next months or so should be interesting as Microsoft plan to ship their Windows Phone 7 operating system leading up to the Christmas shopping extravaganza. Phone vendors like HTC, Motorola, Samsung and others are lining up to promote their new phones with the long awaited phone OS to replace the “ancient” Windows Mobile 6.5 – which let’s face it is crap!

I believe Microsoft is making a smart move with Windows Phone 7 (WP7), and from what I have seen so far, it looks promising. A major benefit for the Microsoft camp is the huge number of web and desktop developers who will have no problem at all switching to the mobile platform. I therefore believe that the Marketplace for mobile apps for the Windows Phone 7 will grow fast and soon become a real competitor to those of iPhone, Android and other phones.

Check out Windows Phone 7 here: http://www.windowsphone7.com/

Many friends and colleagues have questioned my loyalty when buying the iPhone – after all I have been (still am!) a strong supporter (and fanatic fan?) of Microsoft. My answer is this:

Bill Gates has apple.com as the home page on his computer. “Know your enemy”, he says.

I’m simply testing out the iPhone while waiting for Windows Phone 7. Or am I caught by Apple, never to part with my iPhone?

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Windows Phone 7 Series – Already a Failure? http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/03/21/windows-phone-7-series-already-a-failure/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=windows-phone-7-series-already-a-failure http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/03/21/windows-phone-7-series-already-a-failure/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 12:25:12 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/?p=300 Since the February 15th announcement of Microsoft’s next mobile phone operation system Windows Phone 7 Series at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, fans and skeptics alike have had plenty of time to publicize their opinions on this next move from our clever guys in Redmond.

All in all, this next and long awaited “upgrade” from Windows Mobile has been received very well. There is no doubt that the existing Windows Mobile OS as such is no longer any match against iPhone in terms of “coolness” and usability – even on HTC phones with the TouchFLO touch-screen overlay. Windows Mobile as we know it is outdated!

No copy & paste, so it’s already a failure?

One of the biggest criticisms towards Windows Phone 7 Series seems to be the lack of a copy & paste feature. With the release of the iPhone 3GS series, Apple chose to include this feature – by popular demand. So why do Microsoft choose not to include it?

People tend to find this decision particularly hard to swallow since a major proportion of the intended customers and users of this product is business users – and let’s face it, many of them hardly do anything but copy & paste!

Microsoft has stated that the main reason for the removal of this feature is that it “isn’t necessary” any more. A statement reads:

“We tried to focus on what the core use cases were. Certainly there will be some people that won’t be happy with some of those decisions.”

At first, when I heard about this, I couldn’t quite believe it. I consider copy and paste an integral part of just about any device I am using. But then I started thinking – do I really use it?

Working on my computer, of course, I use it all the time. But on my phone? Do I use it? Do I need it? Do I even have that feature on my current phone? No.

And this is exactly what the usability engineers at Microsoft have concluded, the copy & paste use case simply isn’t what users prioritize to have available on a mobile phone. It is not considered to be one of the core use cases, as stated above. I give credit to Microsoft for making this bold decision and for having such a strong focus on usability!

HP iPaq H2210

HP iPaq H2210

As mentioned above, my current phone, a Sony Ericsson C905, doesn’t have a copy & paste feature. However, quite a few years ago I had a HP iPaq H2210 device which I used to sync my e-mail, calendar and contacts.

I remember clearly that this device had the copy & paste ability built into it – it was even part of the device setup – you had to practice it by moving an appointment from one day to the next using cut & paste before you could even start using the device!

When I think back, even on this device which had copy & paste built into it, I cannot remember ever using it. Moving an appointment one day forward was rather a matter of opening the appointment in order to change the start and end date. For me at least. Copy & paste was indeed not one of my core use cases!

Windows Phone 7 Series – the iPhone Killer?

From what I’ve written here, my answer to the initial question is clearly no. I do not think Windows Phone 7 Series is a failure based on the fact that it will not have copy & paste abilities.

In fact I think this next release will be a huge success – maybe even the (long awaited) iPhone killer!

  1. Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 Series will target both the consumer and the business user – and let’s face it – iPhone has never quite made it into the corporate environment. If Windows Phone becomes “cool” and user friendly like iPhone and popular, compatible, and fast enough for business users, it will be big!
  2. Current users of Windows Mobile (6.1 or 6.5) are pissed off! This OS is old fashioned, it’s performance is crap, and compatibility issues are increasing. What users need is a modern, Windows 7′ish OS for their mobile device. Windows Phone 7 Series will give them all of this.
  3. Last but not least; Microsoft has a formidable strength in its huge and established development community, and the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace is likely to outgrow Apple’s iPhone Apps. Just think about it, as a web or Win Forms developer, with Windows Phone 7 development you already know the programming language and you are familiar with all the tools. The development tools and the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator is already available. Making the change to the mobile platform is “a small step for man, a giant leap for Windows Phone 7 Series”! Microsoft has even announced that tools and technologies for developing Windows Phone 7 Series applications will be free for all of us to use!

The first batch of phones to use Windows Phone 7 Series are set to launch by the end of 2010. Will I get one? Indeed! I can’t wait! Will you, or do you require copy & paste?

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Nice Welcome Gift from Practical Photography http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/03/21/nice-welcome-gift/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nice-welcome-gift http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/03/21/nice-welcome-gift/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 10:55:21 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/?p=277 For last year’s Christmas Holiday, I went totally shopping crazy at the local Narvesen kiosk buying just about every photography related magazine I could find. My “mission” was to figure out which magazine I would choose to start subscribing to. The choice turned out not to be a difficult one.

Nice welcome gift from Practical Photography

I went for Practical Photography. This magazine stood out among the others as indeed being more practically related. It also assumed some basic photographic knowledge among readers, whereas some of the other magazines seemed to assume that the reader was more or less retarded (at least that’s my opinion). This magazine really encouraged me to take more photos, and to try out new techniques, settings, and equipment.

I submitted my subscription details during December when there was still a special Christmas subscription offer. New subscribers would be sent a welcome gift.

It’s a while since Christmas, and it’s been a while since I received my welcome gift, but I was so positively surprised that I wanted to mention it and show off a picture of it here on my blog.

In my gift I found:

  • The latest edition of the magazine (of course).
  • Digital SLR Skills – The Complete Camera Course.
  • Beginner’s Guide to Photoshop Elements (25 video lessons).
  • Camlink Camera cleaning kit.
  • 2 GB CF Memory Card.

It was like Christmas all over again!

So if you’re looking for a photography magazine to boost your photographic interest and skills, I recommend Practical Photography from Photo Answers! Check out their latest subscription offers here.

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This is Good Shit! http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/03/21/this-is-good-shit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=this-is-good-shit http://www.edgarstokka.net/blog/2010/03/21/this-is-good-shit/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 10:16:42 +0000 http://www.edgarstokka.net/?p=261 I consider myself quite handy when it comes to fixing things around the house. The other day a eventually got rid of the old, leaky toilet, and replaced it with a brand new Porsgrund Seven D toilet. It features dual flush modes, hidden S-lock and Fresh WC (see below).

Porsgrund Seven D

Porsgrund Seven D

The problem with the old one was that it was leaking slightly, but more importantly, the cistern took forever to fill up. I timed it a few times – it usually took between 20-25 minutes! I agree that a toilet isn’t exactly the most important part of our lives, however, when buying a new one I was determined to get one with the Fresh WC feature. The idea is as brilliant as it is simple – it works well at it looks really neat!

Fresh WC

Fresh WC

So if you’re thinking about getting a new toilet, think no more! Porsgrund Seven D and Fresh WC is what you need. This is good shit! :-)

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