Went on a crazy Fox hunt and took some evening pics with tripod

Tess saw a Fox, flipped out and took me on a mad dash up the mountain.  The fox she was chasing was joined by a second fox, both of whom would only run far enough away from Tess to stop and look back.  They were playing with her.

Took some shots with a tripod for the first time.  I’ve always wanted to do some evening shots, but haven’t yet lugged a tripod until tonight.  Made the fox hunting more difficult.
And a nice shot of the city:
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Finally I have the God phone: the Sprint HTC EVO 4G

It has been a long time in coming, but the first Android device I will keep is in my hands.  It was November 2007 when I first heard about, and became excited about the prospects of Android.  Despite my investment in learning how to program Android while competing in the first Android Developers Challenge,  it has taken me this long to actually end up with one that I wanted to actually have.

In October 2008, I briefly had a T-mobile G1, and I would have gotten a Nexus one but I found T-mobiles network to be unusable compared to Sprint.  I was not willing to go from the capability of streaming audio and video indoors over Edge, to having to go outdoors or frantically try to find some point which was exposed to enough of the very weak signal.  The prospect of paying $1800 over the next 2 years for T-mobile’s impotent network made me cringe. So I sent it back.

Wireless tree-mounted solar powered remotely operated camera

Here is a computing hobby project I am considering putting together.  The objective is to clamp the device to the top of a tree somewhere with good exposure to sunlight, and to establish a line of sight network connection to the device to view and/or control its camera.  Think of it as a mini ground-mounted spy satellite. Continue reading Wireless tree-mounted solar powered remotely operated camera

Flash sites: You’ve been beaten by the anticompetitive stick

I’m no fan of Apple’s exclusion of Flash content from the iPhone OS.   But I acknowledge and accept that it exists, and that Apple customers represent an important and growing market share.  There are some valid technical merits to the exclusion of Flash.    You do use up more CPU power to play a video that is being resized from one resolution to another.  The video controls of most flash video players are designed with mice in mind, not fingertips.

At the same time I’m amazed by the entirely broken state of the internet at this moment when using an Apple iPhone OS device:
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Death on the perimeter: to catch a predator

The dangers that lurk in Frontier have struck too close to home.  Yesterday I discovered a partially devoured deer carcase not much more than 300 feet outside of my front door.

 

 

At my home there are no fences to protect us from the frontier.   Continue reading Death on the perimeter: to catch a predator