Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Sun is still shining, but it isn’t too hot. Business in Finland seems to be stalling. Recession seems to be reality.
This has been a good summer for me. I hate heat, but I like the sunshine and rainy days. They are hard to combine, so I usually prefer autumns.
I have great expectations for the rest of the year. My mood has changed for the better, and there is some nice things waiting around the corner.
Google is on the right track about the importance of speed (or, lack of latency). Its the single most important factor when building anything remotely important on the web. Web pages should open instantly, actions should trigger instantly, and the flow shouldn’t be broken.
Example: You have suddenly an magnificent idea. You want to write it down, while its still burning hot in your mind. You fire up your favorite editor, and… Bam! WOULD YOU LIKE TO UPDATE THIS PIECE OF CRAP SOFTWARE, WOULD YOU? PLEEEEEAAASE? CLICK ME! CLICK ME! And of course, the icon is bouncing on the dock like there’s no tomorrow.
This happens way too often. For weird, annoying reasons, software developers seem to think that it is more important to keep the software up to date than to let applications to do what they are meant to. Its not. No matter what the software, it should NEVER come in between the user and its purpose. I don’t give a flying f*ck about is the software perfectly up to date or not. Most of the time it doesn’t matter at all.
Its bloody annoying. Luckily, most softwares offer option to disable automatic update, but usually, option is enabled by default. Everyone who thinks this is a good idea: f*ck you. Life is too short for waiting that a random software downloads some chinese text bug fixes.
So, I finally bought a new toy.
I have some nice cameras (namely Canon EOS 400D and iPhone), but because my wife nicked my compact Canon S95 (which is still a pretty darn good), there has been some sort of void in my life. EOS 400D is way too bulky for every day use, and iPhone is… well, a phone with a camera.
At first I drooled over some Leica’s (M9 and X1), but M9 was way out of my price range, and X1 didn’t have optical viewfinder. True, you can get reasonable priced M9 chassis under 5000 €, but you would still need to buy some proper lenses too. So, ouch. Maybe in the future.
After doing some research, I found Fuji X100. Professionals seemed to call it “a poor man’s Leica.” I don’t know about that, but Fuji X100 is definitely awesome piece of work. There are some weird quirky stuff going on in the camera (like no automatic switching to a macro mode), but so far, I love the manual controls and the optical viewfinder. Picture quality is also pretty awesome. More about it later.
Check these out:
- Fujifilm FinePix X100: Where the Hell Did THIS Come From?
- X100Photo UK (closed, but plenty of nice blog posts)
- zackarias.com: Fuji x100 :: Review (Warning! This was the sole reason that finally made me purchase the camera)
- Digital rev: Fujifilm Finepix X100 Hands-on Review