WANTED: Two N8 Cameraphone apps with settings locked: default + hyperfocal street photography

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2012-04-08 07:33

I'd like the following N8 Cameraphone Apps to avoid all the problems with accidental key presses and screen touches that I encounter every day:

  1. The default cameraphone app but with the default settings locked to still photo (not video), auto-focus, auto-white balance, no zoom, touch screen off.  And with no way to exit other than by killing it. This would be the app I'd use most of the time!
  2. A cameraphone app like #1 but with the settings locked to hyperfocal instead of auto-focus, no preview and again no way to exit other than by killing it. This would be the app I'd use for "cameraphone street photography"

Ms. Jen, can you write this for me? Or can we write this together?


Backup your public Flickr photo metadata to MongoDB using backupPublicPhotoMetadataByDateAndUser

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2012-02-27 01:19

If you know how to run MongoDB and ruby on your computer or your server, then backupPublicPhotoMetadataByDateAndUser.rb is a simple Ruby script to backup your Flickr metadata for yours (or anybody else's) Flickr public photos for a given time period. Simple (it doesn't replicate flickr's richness nearly as comprehensively as Aaron's parallel flickr) but effective because then you can with very very simple programming use the MongoDB query language to do useful Flickr queries such as:

1. give me all the photos in gastown

2. give me the square 75x75url of all photos in Vancouver tagged "yellow"

3. give me all the photos geo-tagged in the city of Vancouver taken in 2011 during the morning rush hour (e.g. if you wanted to do Eric Fisher-like  maps)


  1. Start up MongoDB and create some indexes: /Applications/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.0.2/bin/mongo
    1. > db.photos.ensureIndex({id:1});
      > db.photos.ensureIndex({datetaken:1});
      > db.photos.ensureIndex({dateupload:1});
      > db.photos.ensureIndex({lastupdate:1});
  2. Set Environment variables to point to your MongoDB and your flickr api key and the userid e.g.
    1. export MONGO_PORT=27017
    2. export MONGO_HOST=
    3. export FLICKR_DB=rtflickr # your flickr database name in Mongo DB
    4. export FLICKR_USER=yourfunnyFlickruserIdendinging@01
    5. create a flickr.conf file like this:
      1. Roland-Tanglaos-MacBook-Pro-2:mongoflickrbackup rolandtanglao$ cat flickr.conf
        api_key = a3b9eeatbeefdecafbad
  3. specify time and date to backup e.g. to backup your 2009 public photos:
    1. ./backupPublicPhotoMetadataByDateAndUser.rb 2009 1 1 2009 12 31  >backup.2009.stdout.txt 2>backup.2009.stderr.txt

Nokia Pureview 808 - 41 Megapixel sensor downsamples to superior 5 Megapixel images

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2012-02-27 00:26

If the Nokia Pureview 808 hype (Nokia, Engadget, Verge, AAS) :-) (Xenon flash, continuous focus 1080p video, 34 megapixels for still images, pentaband HSDPA, Symbian Belle) is to be believed, the Nokia Pureview 808 has a 41 Megapixel sensor which downsamples 7 pixels into 1 which means awesome images. 5 years in the making! Anyhow as somebody who as taken over 50000 photos with Nokia cameraphones since 2004, I need to review this immediately :-) ! Glad to see that Damian and the rest of the Nokia cameraphone team are still having fun and producing kick a*s cameraphone modules!

This week's hot camera is the Olympus OM-D

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2012-02-23 08:16

I have of course changed my mind. Out with the Fuji X Pro 1, in with the Olympus OM-D because it's cheaper, it has built-in Eye Fi support so my photos can get auto-uploaded and auto-geotagged, takes the awesome Micro Four Thirds lenses (45mm prime! 20mm prime!Need I say more  :-) ? )  and is weather sealed! Anyways really enjoying my Fuji X10 for now! I will think about the OM-D in July around my birthday!

If you trust just one site like TechMeme or Reddit or YCombinator News or Slashdot for your tech news you are doing it wrong

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2012-01-31 22:33

Dave Winer is right as usual. Actively pick your news sources (plural, not 1000 like me but at least 2 dozen!), pick real voices, no crazy algorithmic ones like TechMeme or preaching to the choir rags like YCombinator News (I love YC News but really it's so over the top Silicon Valley startup it's not even a joke :-) !)

Fuji X-Pro 1 is seriously tempting

Submitted by Roland on Sat, 2012-01-14 17:30

The Fuji X-Pro 1 sounds fantastic. Big sensor. Some great looking prime lenses and a great EVF. The rumoured $1700 for the body plus $600 for lenses sounds a bit too rich for me so if an Olympus or Panasonic with a great built-in EVF and updated sensor becomes available I still might end up with Micro Four Thirds. Now if only there was a built-in GPS and WiFi option in a MFT 4/3 or Fuji camera then I would have the perfect social camera. Much as I love the current crop of cameras and the cameras I have, it's very annoying that none of them has built-in Internet sharing and integration and an app platform (except the iPhone but except for Slow Shutter I quickly tire of its limited camera; when compared to the N8 and my Fuji X-10 the iPhone 4 camera still seems like a toy)

I can't believe I have been using Lightroom for 6 years! - Lightroom 4 Beta introduced

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2012-01-09 23:21

(Via Chuq, Lightroom 4 is out on the eve of the 6th anniversary of Lightroom beta 1 back in 2006!!) I have been using Lightroom since Beta 1 six years ago (and I love Lightroom but really don't like any other Adobe software!)! Time to up my game. Re-learn Lightroom 4 (it seems to be have lots of great radical changes in the develop module so my Develop Module workflow which is almost automatic so much so that I don't consciously think about it is now obsolete!) AND shoot more JPEGs (or at least tweak my Fuji X10 settngs to get the most out of RAW + JPEG and just post the JPEGs if they are good enough)

16GB class 10 eye.fi SD card that works w/my Fuji X10 is all I want for 2012 from eye.fi :-) !

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2012-01-06 20:09

that's all I want in 2012 from eye.fi :-) ! Seems a bit ridiculous :-) for the top of the line Pro X2 eye.fi card  to be stuck at Class 6, 8 GB. I and presumably lots of others need faster cards with more storage! I need a card that works with my Fuji X10. Apparently the Pro X2 doesn't work with my X10!

mongohq + GS API + mongoPoll.rb on my VPS + emailReport2.rb + cron = awesome twice daily Thunderbird support report

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2011-12-23 16:15

mongohq  + GS APImongoPoll.rb on my VPS + emailReport2.rb + cron = awesome twice daily Thunderbird support report with trending tags, topics, anti-virus, ISPs and mail providers on posterous and in my inbox. Code is open source. Pull requests welcome!


  1. posting to posterous via email or the API results in truncated posts (I guess that's what happens when you have 2500 line long posts :-)! )

features that i intend to add:

  1. trending Thunderbird add-ons
  2. trending nouns that aren't: ISPs, Mail Providers, anti-virus, tags or add-ons
  3. remove polling, use Web Hooks instead

I didn't buy the Panasonic GX1 because I was blown away by the X100 hybrid viewfinder

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2011-12-22 16:39

So I am looking for a camera w/built-in Fuji X100-like hybrid viewfinder + interchangeable lenses. Anybody know of one :-) ? Perhaps Fuji will make one such camera in 2012? Pretty please? Oh and it would be so awesome if it had a GPS and WiFi connectivity built-in too so we can finally have a social camera that's not also a phone !

Kalv since you refuse to charge me for RSS Hero, I would like to buy you lunch before Christmas or in Mid January 2012

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2011-12-19 15:53

Kalv, since you and Boris refuse to charge me for RSS Hero :-), I would like to buy you lunch anywhere in Gastown, Yaletown or downtown Vancouver before Christmas or in Mid January 2012. Text me  at 6oh47297924 or email me roland AT rolandtanglao.com

"sudo gem install SystemTimer" fixed my mongodb timeout issues after time machine restore

Submitted by Roland on Sat, 2011-12-17 23:42

don't know why time machine restore didn't fully restore my Mac OS X Lion ruby install but who cares :-) ! And don't know how I figured this out. Other than looking at  the yakshaving to get ruby working with mongodb on my VPS.

What is the best Bluetooth headset to buy for recording podcasts while bicycling? Jawbone Era?

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2011-12-15 18:28

What is the best Bluetooth headset to buy for recording podcasts while bicycling? My guess is something with great noise reduction like the Jawbone Era.  What say you? (I am not interested in listening to music so A2DP not required, just want to record my off the cuff thoughts while bicycling using an app like Cinchast)

Galaxy Tab 10.1 + Zagg Folio + Browser = Awesomely light blogging and note taking machine

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2011-12-15 09:05

The Zagg Folio keyboard case for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is great for editing (e.g. Google Sites or blogging on your Drupal or Wordpres site with WYSIWYG editor turned off). A fun, light way to blog on the road without having to carry a laptop. Better than a bottom of the line MacBook Air? No but a lighter and viable and slightly cheaper alternative. Recommended!

PostgreSQL + hstore +hashes = interesting way to store non tabular data

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2011-12-11 11:31

Hstore as expained in Ecstortive:The key value store everyone ignored (Postgresql) is an interesting non NO SQL way to store key value pairs. I wonder if it's faster than doing the same thing in Redis or MongoDB. My uninformed guess is yes :-) !

hello world from Android Galaxy Tab 10.1 using Zagg Folio bluetooth keyboard

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2011-12-06 21:19

Takes me back to 2004 (or was it 2005?) when I used to manage Bryght Light servers using SSH running on my Nokia 7610 with a bluetooth wireless keyboard. The WYSIWYG editor doesn't work of course :-) ! WYSIWYG didn't work in 2004 either BTW!

Small groups that have high signal to share can move forward

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2011-12-04 23:13

Boris wrote:



For me, these falls into the theme of curation. Small groups that have high signal to share with each other on a peer level are much more interesting than much larger gatherings where there is a high disparity in interest/skill/expertise between participants.

I miss the 100 person Northern Voice days.

And at the same time, I hate the bullshit “curation” (because it isn’t) of TEDxVancouver. I don’t know that you can curate more than about a 100 people.



My two cents :-) 

  1. Yes, small groups that can meet together in real life around common interests, skills and expertise are powerful
  2. The tension is that you don't want to "over-curate" the people which is what Foo Camps and TED do but you also don't want to have a random group of people without any common threads or cohesion or even an overly large group of people which is what Northern Voice has become (unless you you have the network to meet up with cool people at Northern Voice and also meet new people at Northern Voice and make them part of your network to learn from and do stuff with; something that I always try to do and usually succeed only partially!)


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