Stationary Journey https://stationaryjourney.com One step forward, one step back Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://stationaryjourney.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/greyscale-512-54a826c8v1_site_icon-32x32.png Stationary Journey https://stationaryjourney.com 32 32 64970933 Recent Links October 14, 2018 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-october-14-2018 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-october-14-2018#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:00:21 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14545

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Recent Links August 19, 2018 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-august-19-2018 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-august-19-2018#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 09:22:34 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14471

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Yes, I’m still here.

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Recent Links May 20, 2018 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-may-20-2018 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-may-20-2018#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 17:12:54 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14367

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A post of recent links. I aim for weekly but rarely achieve that.
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Recent Links January 28, 2018 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-january-28-2018 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-january-28-2018#respond Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:30:15 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14305

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First post of 2018 and it’s a links post. Must do better.
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Recent Links November 28, 2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-november-28-2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-november-28-2017#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:00:19 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14279

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A post of recent links. Been spending too much time reading tweets again, and not posting here.

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Recent Links September 15, 2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-september-15-2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-september-15-2017#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:23:15 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14239

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A post of recent links. Been busy with other things again for a few weeks.

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Recent Links July 29, 2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-july-29-2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-july-29-2017#respond Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:11:41 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14207

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A post of recent links. It’s been a long time since the last links post, hence the number of links below. I’m still here though.

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Recent Links April 08, 2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-april-08-2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-april-08-2017#respond Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:36:57 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14154

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Recent Links March 19, 2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-march-19-2017-template https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-march-19-2017-template#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:10:40 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14141

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Recent Links February 21, 2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-february-21-2017 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-february-21-2017#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:02:55 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=14121

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Yes I am still alive, and I’ve clearly been spending too much time on Twitter and YouTube. I also seem to be favouriting tweets by accident when I’m just scrolling through them on my phone – need to watch that in future. Looking back I’ve been doing it for a long time but I haven’t spotted it until now. I think I’ve successfully caught the most recent ones.

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Why we can’t have nice things https://stationaryjourney.com/why-we-cant-have-nice-things https://stationaryjourney.com/why-we-cant-have-nice-things#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:55:46 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=13842

My wireless SD card, an Eye-Fi Pro X2, bought in 2013, was a nice little card that went in my camera. When I took photos the card synced them to my phone, geotagging them in the process. The photos would then sync to Flickr when the phone was next connected to Wi-Fi. If I wanted … Continue reading Why we can’t have nice things

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My wireless SD card, an Eye-Fi Pro X2, bought in 2013, was a nice little card that went in my camera. When I took photos the card synced them to my phone, geotagging them in the process. The photos would then sync to Flickr when the phone was next connected to Wi-Fi. If I wanted to use mobile data I could share them from my phone almost immediately. Most of the photos on this site used that process. There was also a desktop app which didn’t reinstall when I upgraded my desktop PC to Windows 10 last year as I rarely needed to use it – the phone app was still working fine and I was very happy with it.

When I bought the Olympus Pen E-P7L in 2015 and found the wireless features to be effectively unusable I quickly bought another Eye-Fi card which was available at that timne, the Eye-Fi Mobi. I didn’t put much research into it, so I can only blame myself for not realising that its features were more limited. I do remember reading about Eye-Fi Cloud, but had no intention of using it because I was happy with the Flickr syncing with the other phone app. In practice I didn’t use two cameras at once, didn’t find the Mobi reliable and wasn’t impressed with the features so I kept using the Pro X2.

I haven’t been posting anything recently or taking many photos. I also managed to miss and email that I received in June saying that the Pro X2 would stop working in September. So I when I took some photos yesterday for the next review and wondered why they wouldn’t sync to Flickr a few minutes searching on Google reminded me why we can’t have nice things (or we can have them until someone realises they aren’t making enough money out of them).

If I believe the official line the Pro X2 had security vulnerabilities which could not be addressed through software. So for my own good the card won’t work any more, other than as a standard SD card. A desktop application has been provided which is supposed to allow wireless transfers, but I can’t get it to work and in the process it had eroded any remaining confidence I had in Eye-Fi to provide reliable software.

2016-11-21

The Mobi card will still work (lucky I could still find the activation code), but with a different app now confusingly called “Keenai”. Oddly this wanted access to my contacts – should I be worried? It wouldn’t even show a thumbnail of a transferred photo until I rebooted the phone. It doesn’t sync to Flickr, although Google Photos will see the transferred photos and sync them, at least at the moment. It doesn’t seem to GPS tag either – I’ve read somewhere that the card is supposed to, but can see no option to do it in Keenai. It looks like to get full use of the Mobi I need to pay for the Cloud service which at $49 per year is nearly as much as I paid for the Pro X2 in 2013. Alternatively I could get the latest Mobi Pro version which has a year’s free Eye-Fi Cloud however based on my recent experience that’s not going to happen, so I’ll blunder on the the Mobi and its limited features until something better comes along.

To conclude, my suspicion regarding the Pro X2 is not that it had a security flaw but that it was just too good. It had all the features I needed so there was no need to upgrade or buy into the Cloud service which provided essentially the same features at a higher price. I have no illusions that this is about me individually – but I think that enough people didn’t use Eye-Fi Cloud that the company realised it had a problem. It was being denied the income stream that its investors expected, so it appears they decided to go the route of enforced obsolescence. This post dating back to 2012 seems quite prescient SmartBear, especially as 2012 is the same year that phasing out of the Pro X2 began. Of course other companies try this on a regular basis – I’ve already been on the receiving end of it repeatedly. However my direct experience of that so far has been to stop receiving software updates – not a piece of hardware that abruptly stopped working as it has previously. I am aware of the Revolv and the publicity over that has has been enough to put me off ever buying anything from Nest. This latest experience will put me off buying anything from Eye-Fi ever again.

Better get back to work on the overdue reviews.

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Recent Links November 21, 2016 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-november-21-2016 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-november-21-2016#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:17:21 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=13840

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A post of recent links. Even by my standard this one has taken ages to post.

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Situation Normal https://stationaryjourney.com/situation-normal https://stationaryjourney.com/situation-normal#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:07:27 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=13834 After two changes of operating systems involving two reinstalls and a change in hosting provider, I’ve decided the point has come where I need to give less attention to around with the server and start posting again. Along the way I went down the rabbit hole and explored Google PageSpeed Insights, where improving the score … Continue reading Situation Normal

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After two changes of operating systems involving two reinstalls and a change in hosting provider, I’ve decided the point has come where I need to give less attention to around with the server and start posting again. Along the way I went down the rabbit hole and explored Google PageSpeed Insights, where improving the score is possibly the darkest art I’ve come across across since I started setting up websites. Change one thing to try to improve the score and instead it makes it worse – reverse the change and the worse score remains. Flush all the caches. It still stays at the lower score.

And don’t get me started on “Render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content”, which seems to be baked into the core of WordPress – only way of stopping so far has involved accepting a Flash of (or even permanent) Unstyled Content, which in 2016 I’m not prepared to do. So I’ve taken things as far as I can for the moment and the only negative at the moment is that my Gravatar doesn’t appear properly on posts. Any more substantial PageSpeed improvements would involve a fundamental redesign of the site and to do that I think it would be better to stop changing the existing site and instead set up a test one and gradually build it back up from scratch. I know that’s really just good practice but this experience has reminded me that what starts out as a bit of apparently harmless tweaking can open up a world of pain on a live site.

The day job also hasn’t helped but without that I doubt I would be posting in the first place. Now I have a serious backlog on reviews and limited time, so no more wittering on a bout the server. A links posts will follow this one – it will be obvious that I’ve not been reading much in the last 3 months either!

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More Server Problems https://stationaryjourney.com/more-server-problems https://stationaryjourney.com/more-server-problems#respond Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:47:22 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=13794 The new web server configuration is painfully slow. I feel a reinstall coming on. More to follow. Also on:Facebook Google+ Tumblr Twitter   

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The new web server configuration is painfully slow. I feel a reinstall coming on. More to follow.

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Recent Links August 28, 2016 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-august-28-2016 https://stationaryjourney.com/recent-links-august-28-2016#respond Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:38:08 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=13791

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Server Problems https://stationaryjourney.com/server-problems https://stationaryjourney.com/server-problems#respond Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:12:36 +0000 https://stationaryjourney.com/?p=13789 I’ve spent the last few hours fighting the server software to try to get the site back up and running. It went down overnight and no amount of rebooting would bring it back to life again. I’ve ditched the old web server and installed something else, and finally imposed my will on it strongly enough … Continue reading Server Problems

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I’ve spent the last few hours fighting the server software to try to get the site back up and running. It went down overnight and no amount of rebooting would bring it back to life again. I’ve ditched the old web server and installed something else, and finally imposed my will on it strongly enough that the site is back up again.

Until I can make sure the new setting are okay there may still be some instability. Hopefully normal service, i.e. almost complete silence, will resume soon. I am going to do a quick links post though to more thoroughly test out posting later, as it’s well overdue.

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