Things about re:Invent · The AWS­palooza took me to Ve­gas for four night­s, with thir­ty thou­sand or so oth­er cloud-heads. Here­with notes and spark­ly Ve­gas pic­tures ...
 
Validating State Machines · This morn­ing we re­leased AWS Step Func­tions, a Server­less Distribut­ed Cloud Mi­croser­vices Poly­glot Work­flow Orches­tra­tion Co­or­di­na­tor thingie. It’s cool; you want to read about it, vis­it Jeff Barr’s joint. Step Func­tions us­es state ma­chines spec­i­fied in a JSON DSL called the States lan­guage. This piece is about the two val­ida­tors I wrote for States doc­u­ments, one of which is in­ter­est­ing ...
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Achromat Photowalk · On a re­cent cold and damp (but not ac­tu­al­ly rainy) evening I was in­vit­ed on a Fujifilm-sponsored pho­towalk on Vancouver’s Granville Is­land. The day be­fore, I’d re­ceived the fruits of a whim­si­cal Kick­starter splashout from months and months back: a Da­guer­rotype Achro­mat 2.9/64 Art Lens from Lo­mog­ra­phy. It was great fun among the sparkles in the dark ...
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Fujifilm Photowalk · On Sun­day, I bought new shoes. On Mon­day, I got my Kickstarter-backed long-delayed Da­guer­rotype Achro­mat 2.9/64 Art Lens. Thus, on Tues­day I was well-prepared for a Fujifilm-sponsored pho­towalk on Vancouver’s Granville Is­land ...
 
Big-Show Tech · I’m all stressed out get­ting ready for re:In­vent, Nov 28th through Dec 2nd this year, in Ve­gas. I’m at­tend­ing, and may even be speak­ing if cer­tain pieces fall in­to place. I’ve seen this movie be­fore ...
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Pixel Abuse · What hap­pened was, I went down to the dock in the dark, and took pic­tures that no phone-cam should ev­er be asked to take. You might be amused ...
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Software-Defined Cameras · When I pull out my Pix­el for a pic­ture, I have to pick which app to tap: Google’s An­droid cam­era (which odd­ly seems to have no link) or Adobe Lightroom’s. The choice isn’t hard, but is in­ter­est­ing ...
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How to Give Away an Android · You take your nice mod­ern An­droid, you factory-reset it, and you give (or sel­l) it to a rel­a­tive (or friend, or stranger). (In my case, “give” and “son”.) But when they turn it on they see a screen la­beled “Verify your account” with text read­ing “This de­vice was re­set. To con­tin­ue, sign in with a Google Ac­count that was pre­vi­ous­ly synced on this device.” Here’s one way to fix the prob­lem ...
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Sold My Google Shares · I want the au­thor piece linked in the side­bar to be a full dis­clo­sure of the fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests of the per­son who’s writ­ing what you’re read­ing. I think on­line writ­ing with­out such a dis­clo­sure is trou­bling. Any­how, my fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures no longer in­clude Google, be­cause I sold all my shares last week ...
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After Mac? · So, there are new MacBooks and many peo­ple are un­hap­py. Tl;­dr: Ap­ple thinks thin-and-light is more im­por­tant than well-equipped-and-powerful ...
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Pixel Notes · I pre-ordered the ba­sic Pix­el (5", 32G, Sil­ver) be­cause the 5X was get­ting on my nerves (more be­low); here are early-days notes. Tl;­dr: Ug­ly, solid, fast, cool cam­er­a ...
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Message Processing Styles · Re­cent­ly I’m think­ing about how we pro­cess mes­sages in net­worked soft­ware ...
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Fall Dark · Most years I hate this sea­son; less light ev­ery day, and with ev­ery gust a whirl of sum­mer leaves torn from win­ter branch­es. Maybe I dis­like the res­o­nance with my life’s own grey­beard sea­son. Maybe it’s the trio of huge Pa­cif­ic storms we’re deal­ing with. Let’s be hon­est: Most­ly, it’s shit­ty US pol­i­tic­s. Some of the col­ors are beau­ti­ful though ...
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Wrong About Cameras · Today’s Wrong­ness Ex­hib­it is iPhone 7 vs Le­ica M9-P: A Side-by-Side Pho­to Com­par­i­son by Michael Zhang, which demon­strates  —  any fool can plain­ly see, look at the pho­tos  —  that an iPhone 7 takes pic­tures just as well as a $9K Le­ica com­bo ...
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Still Playing “No Man’s Sky” · Usu­al­ly be­fore I go to bed, for an hour or so. Id­ly pok­ing around plan­et­s, find­ing stuff to beef up my weapon or suit or ship, chat­ting with alien­s. Ex­cept for I’ve de­cid­ed to head for the cen­ter of the galaxy, so maybe I’ll be “done” soon, what­ev­er that mean­s. This is most­ly to pass along tips and share pix ...
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Focal Length and Angle · If you care about cam­eras you prob­a­bly like learn­ing about in­ter­est­ing new (and old) lens­es. They’re de­scribed by two num­ber­s: How wide they open (al­so: aper­ture, bright­ness, speed), and how long they are (al­so: fo­cal length­). That first num­ber is gen­er­al­ly com­pa­ra­ble across lens­es: Low­er is bet­ter. The aper­ture unit, “F-stop”, is hard­ly in­tu­itive, but what­ev­er. Fo­cal lengths are hard to com­pare, be­cause how much the lens sees de­pends on how big the sen­sor be­hind it is, and there are lots of dif­fer­ent sen­sor sizes ...
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Old Geek · I’m one. We’re not ex­act­ly com­mon on the ground; my pro­fes­sion, ap­par­ent­ly not con­tent with hav­ing ex­clud­ed a whole gen­der, is most­ly do­ing with­out the ser­vices of a cou­ple of gen­er­a­tions ...
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The Fixing-JSON Conversation · Last week I sug­gest­ed some mod­est JSON im­prove­ments, and con­ver­sa­tion en­sued. Ob­vi­ous­ly, much was “He’s Wrong On The In­ter­net (again)” but lots was juicy and tasty, and worth con­sid­er­ing fur­ther ...
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Fixing JSON · I’ve edit­ed a cou­ple of the JSON RFCs, and am work­ing on the de­sign of a fair­ly com­plex DSL, so I think I can claim to have dug deep­er in the JSON mines than most. We can eas­i­ly agree on what’s wrong with JSON, and I can’t help won­der­ing if it’d be worth fix­ing it ...
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