I bit the bullet this week and turned on two-factor authentication for both my NosillaCast Google Account and my Apple ID. It was an “interesting” adventure in the same vein as the Chinese curse, “May you have interesting times.” The two experiences were really different and I’m not sure which one was better. In-between those two discussions we’ll cleanse our palettes with a discussion of David Sparks new Hazel Video Field Guide. After we’re done with the two-factor discussion, Bart joins us for Security Bits.
After my someone painful and tedious experience with two-factor authentication on Google, I wasn’t sure I could face doing it on my Apple ID. Since I wrote the previous article, I’ve continued to add to the count of times I’ve had to do the 2FA dance with Google, like when my friend Diane wrote a blog post on her Tumblr account and I wanted to leave a darn comment. The paper cuts have slowed way down over the week but this “you only do it once per device!” claim is pure horse pucky.
In spite of this, I decided to go ahead and try two-factor authentication on my Apple ID. I made this decision because somehow I actually got locked out of my Apple ID. I feared that my account was being targeted by the bad guys but after it happened a second time two days later, I decided to take to the Twitters to see if anyone else was getting locked out. Continue reading “Apple 2-Factor Authentication – Now With Fewer Paper Cuts”
Allison interviews Ross Hornbuckle from Zoom about their new portable audio recorders. The H5 and H6 field recorders are both designed for handheld use or attachment to DSLR and video recorders. They’re ideal for live recording, live broadcasting and professional film/video work. The H5 provides four tracks of simultaneous recording while the H6 provides six tracks. Both recorders support interchangeable microphones as well as mic- and line-level audio inputs. The H5 is powered by 2 AA batteries providing up to 15 hours of continuous recording while the H6 uses 4 AA batteries and provides up to 20 hours of operation. The setting is the PhotoCon LA show floor at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.
A couple of weeks ago I told you about Affinity Photo’s extensions to Apple’s Photo app. I promised that I’d come back later and give you an idea of what you can do with the full Affinity Photo from affinity.serif.com/…. Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, remember that Affinity Photo is only $50 in the Mac App Store.
I’ve struggled a bit to do this review because the tool is so crazy capable, I can’t possibly go through everything it can do, but on the other hand if I don’t, you might walk away thinking it’s another Pixelmator, when in reality it might be another Photoshop. I’m not a Photoshop expert by any means but I’ve been showing Affinity Photo to a bunch of my photography friends and they’ve all been very impressed. I’m going to pick out a few things that make Affinity Photo stand out from the crowd, while continuing to stress that this is a $50 piece of software with no monthly fees.
And as always, here’s a link to Bart’s terrific tutorial for the episode: bartbusschots.ie/…
Allison interviews Michael Turnham from Kenko-Tokina about a few of the photography related products they sell. The first is the Pro 382CFL carbon fiber monopod made by SLIK. This monopod is as sturdy as aluminum yet weighs less than 16 oz., extends to 64 inches and folds down to less than 20 inches in length. Michael also shows several underwater camera housings made by AquaTech. These housings are designed to fit several brands and models of professional DSLRs and provide full control of the camera while underwater. They are designed for depths of 1 atm. so are best suited for photography near the water surface and not appropriate for deep diving. The setting is the PhotoCon LA show floor at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.
Pop quiz: would you rather go to the dentist, or scan in that giant pile of papers next to your desk? It’s a tough question, right? You bought that fancy pants scanner everyone was talking about a few years ago, and you committed to going paperless, and you probably bought some storage to file away all of the bills and such, but you still dread the actual job of scanning, am I right? Each time you finally go through them all, you swear to yourself that this time you’ll keep on top of it, this time you’ll do it once a week, this time you won’t let it stack up. And then three months later there’s that giant stack again.
David Sparks, aka Mac Sparky, co-host of the Mac Power Users Podcast, and good friend of mine, has been blathering on and on for years about how he uses Hazel to automate scanning of his documents. I have always meant to go watch some of his videos and read some of his tutorials to figure out how he does it and what’s so cool about Hazel, but I figured I’d never find the part about how to get started. I was afraid that going to his site might be like starting in an upper division calculus class when you forgot to take Algebra 1. Continue reading “Hazel Video Field Guide by MacSparky”
Allison interviews Ray Acevedo from Olympus about two of their new products: the PEN-F camera and the M.Zuiko 300mm lens. The PEN-F is a mirrorless, range-finder style camera with the same internals as other Olympus OM-D cameras. It has a vintage design and is well suited for street photography. The M.Zuiko 300mm fixed focal length F4.0 lens is part of Olympus’ PRO line designed for micro 4/3 cameras. It provides the equivalent zoom of a 600mm standard DSLR lens at a significantly reduced price, size and weight. This lens offers the highest resolution of any lens Olympus has ever made. The setting is The Reef in downtown Las Angeles.
Turns out the Theta S software works great on the iPhone, IF you have the right version. We’ll have a nice Trigonometry lesson as I try to explain what interpolation means and why you might care about it if you’re editing images. We have an interview with FoxFury Lighting and Audio-Technica from NAB.