CONATH https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/ C like creative. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 09:15:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/wp-content/uploads/cropped-conath-logo-32x32.jpg CONATH https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/ 32 32 62016442 How to boot a MacBook without its internal display https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2019/06/how-to-boot-a-macbook-without-its-internal-display/ Fri, 28 Jun 2019 08:55:34 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=1084 Continue reading How to boot a MacBook without its internal display ]]> I discovered this trick while repairing a MacBook Air with a broken screen. Mine additionally had a software problem that meant it wouldn’t start up far enough to recognize the display I had connected via Mini DisplayPort. To fix this, you have to:

  1. Power off the MacBook
  2. Connect an external keyboard, mouse and display
  3. Press the power button on the MacBook and immediately close the lid!

The MacBook will now show its EFI boot screen and all (mac)OS output on the external monitor, allowing diagnosis and software restore, as well as enabling normal usage as a “clamshell” Mac.

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Polaroid 1000 Land Camera: Taugt das Kult-Modell zum Fotografieren? https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2019/02/polaroid-1000-land-camera-taugt-das-kult-modell-zum-fotografieren/ Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:25:53 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=1060 Continue reading Polaroid 1000 Land Camera: Taugt das Kult-Modell zum Fotografieren? ]]> Dieses Modell von Kamera eignet sich leider nicht für Innenaufnahmen ohne Blitz. Das liegt an der geringen Empfindlichkeit des Films (ISO 100-150) kombiniert mit der sehr kleinen Blende (f14.6). Es landet also immer sehr wenig Licht in der Kamera. Wenn bei weniger als hellem Sonnenlicht fotografiert werden soll (das ist schon bei Bewölkung grenzwertig), muss ein Blitz oder ein Stativ verwendet werden, sonst verwackeln die Bilder. Das begrenzt die Nützlichkeit für Schnappschüsse sofort auf Portraits oder, im Falle des Stativs, auf Stilleben.

Hinzu kommt noch die sehr einfache Linse der Kamera: es ist eine Kunststoff-Linse mit festem Fokus. Das bedeutet, dass immer auf eine bestimmte Entfernung scharfgestellt wird, egal, ob sich das Subjekt des Fotos dort befindet oder näher dran bzw. weiter weg. Der Fokus-Bereich der 1000 liegt bei ca. 1 Meter bis 5 Meter. Näher dran und weiter weg sollte es also nicht sein, damit das Foto scharf wird.

Blitzgeräte für die 1000 gibt es dreierlei: die klassische „Flash Bar” (General Electric, Osram) mit 10 Einmal-Blitzen, den klassischen Polaroid „Q-Light Flash” und, eine neue Entwicklung, die MiNT SX-70 Flash Bar.

Fazit: mit Blitz oder Sonnenlicht können auch aus der Polaroid 1000 Land Camera gute Bilder kommen – aber es geht mit Kameras der 600er Reihe wesentlich leichter, da diese generell weniger Licht benötigen und einen eingebauten Blitz haben.

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HDR Movies on iPad Pro https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2018/08/hdr-movies-on-ipad-pro/ Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:55:16 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=1036 Continue reading HDR Movies on iPad Pro ]]> In my previous post I told you about my favorite film bundle on iTunes. The bundle is remarkeable because it includes “4K Dolby Vision” versions of all included films at no extra cost compared to the HD version. I was able to enjoy the higher quality video on my iPad Pro and I go into a few technical details of the experience below.

Supported devices

Apple’s support document ↗ about movies with ” 4K badgeHDR badge, or Dolby Vision badge ” reads:

iPhone 8 and newer, iPad Pro (2017), and Apple TV 4K can play HDR10 and Dolby Vision content.
Apple TV 4K, connected to a 4K-compatible television, can play 4K content.4 4K video, especially with HDR10 or Dolby Vision, requires an HDMI cable compatible with these formats.

iPad Pro 2nd Generation, iPhone 8/X and Apple TV 4K. That’s right, iTunes for Mac doesn’t (as of this writing) let you download or stream the “4K” versions of films even on iMac 5K!

Additionally, a swift internet connection is required to stream 4K content:

Apple recommends a minimum speed of 25 Mbps for 4K streaming.

If your internet connection doesn’t meet this requirement, your device will stream lower resolution video automatically. Oddly enough, Apple doesn’t permit downloading 4K content to watch later – the download is maxed out at 1080p:

You can download a local copy of an HD movie to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions to your iOS devices, but you can’t download a 4K version.

My experience of HDR on iPad Pro

I watched five Mission: Impossible movies in “4K Dolby Vision” on my iPad Pro 12.9” (2017). The video quality is impressive! I haven’t found mention of how the HDR effect is achieved on the iPad, so I decided to find out myself. I filmed my iPad Pro that was playing a Dolby Vision movie in 240fps using my iPhone 7. Watching the slowed-down clip confirms that there’s no interlacing used to create a fake HDR perception, this is native HDR thanks to the iPad’s exceptional display. Bonus: ProMotion technology allows the iPad to display the 24fps movie at native 24 Hz, which eliminates tearing produced by conventional displays that run at fixed 60 Hz refresh rate. Awesome!

The best movie experience in the home

Using “Apple TV 4K” connected to a 4K TV with Dolby Vision support using proper HDMI cable, you can actually achieve full 4K (3840 x 2160) HDR playback quality as demoed by Apple on stage during the “Apple TV 4K” announcement keynote.

A few technical limitations that should be mentioned:

  • iPad Pro and iPhone are limited to 1080p Dolby Vision renders of the movie, not 4K as advertised in the store both on iOS and macOS. On the flip side, the difference in resolution is probably not noticeable even on the 2048p display of my iPad Pro 12.9″.
  • “iTunes Extras” content is in SD for older movies and HD for more recent ones – no 4K/1080p HDR, a downgrade that is immediately noticeable after viewing the full blockbuster in 1080p HDR!
  • Interruptions of HDR: anything displayed outside of the video playing will temporarily prevent HDR from working its magic. The transition is mostly smooth. However even subtitles and notifications caused my iPad to briefly switch to non-HDR mode.

Funny enough: the brief interruptions of HDR allow you to consciously notice the added video quality.

Summary

iTunes “4K Dolby Vision” offers a truly cinema-grade visual experience, both on Apple TV 4K and on iPad Pro (2017). The team behind the Apple ProMotion display deserves highest praise! 👏

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Quick thoughts on the Mission Impossible Franchise https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2018/08/mission-impossible-franchise/ https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2018/08/mission-impossible-franchise/#comments Sun, 12 Aug 2018 18:32:25 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=1034 Continue reading Quick thoughts on the Mission Impossible Franchise ]]>

#MissionImpossible is the best movie franchise of the early 21st century.
There, I said it.
Can‘t wait to see #MissionImpossibleFallout in 3D / Dolby Atmos tomorrow! #Cinema

This was me tweeting before seeing the new Mission Impossible Fallout (sixth film in the franchise). I am now convinced Fallout is one of the best action films ever produced.

For all fans (and passer-by fans) of the MI franchise: treat yourself to the Mission Impossible Movie bundle on iTunes (now or after they add the latest one). Link to 5 movie collection: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/movie-collection/mission-impossible-5-movie-collection/id1181237190

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: let me know which one is your favorite and what you think about the latest installment. (Twitter @_conath)

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Bewertung: „Train Valley“ bringt Modelleisenbahn auf das iPad (Puzzlespiel) https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2018/08/bewertung-train-valley-bringt-modelleisenbahn-auf-das-ipad-puzzlespiel/ Sun, 12 Aug 2018 12:06:21 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=1032 Continue reading Bewertung: „Train Valley“ bringt Modelleisenbahn auf das iPad (Puzzlespiel) ]]> …also genau das richtige Gelegenheitsspiel für mich als (ehemaligen) Modelleisenbahn-Liebhaber!

Train Valley von Flazm Interactive Entertainment UAB

https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/train-valley/id1135938758?mt=8

Im Train Valley geht es darum, Züge möglichst bald an Ihren Zielbahnhof zu bringen. Der Haken: der Streckenplan muss erst noch festgelegt werden und jeder Zug will auch noch per Hand gesteuert werden. Modelleisenbahn pur!

Dabei ist schon mal die Berliner Mauer oder ein Bergmassiv quer durch die Landschaft, die man geschickt mit Gleisen umfahren oder überwinden muss. Genau diese Level, wo es einen Engpass gibt, sind die schwierigsten. Zum Glück gibt es viele davon und mit genug Abwechslung, dass man auch nach den ersten 20 nicht genug hat. Im Gegenteil: ich habe dieses Juwel an Puzzlespiel über einige Wochen sehr sporadisch gespielt und bin nun erst am (bisherigen) Ende angelangt.

Soviel des Lobs, etwas Kritik bleibt nicht erspart:

Erstens: es gibt ein paar verstreute, selten ausgelöste, Programmfehler, die die App abstürzen lassen. Das ist im großen Ganzen nicht störend, da man die Fehlerquelle leicht herausfindet (bestimmte Quadrate in bestimmten Leveln) und meidet. Zweitens: die Grafik ist zwar niedlich und liebevoll gestaltet, jedoch nicht auf Retina-Niveau, wie man es von anderen Spielen her gewohnt ist. Hier ist auch bei den Zugmodellen noch viel Luft nach oben. Es fehlen außerdem fast alle dynamischen Beleuchtungseffekte der PC-Version (ich habe statt der PC Version gleich die iPad Variante gekauft, da die Touch-Bedienung hier sehr vorteilhaft ist).

Insgesamt ist Train Valley jedoch ein toller Zeitvertreib, der gleichzeitiges Wege-Suchen, Koordination der Abfahrten und Achten auf Spielereignisse (und Level-spezifische Herausforderungen) fordert. Deshalb trotz der zwei Kritikpunkte 5 Sterne!

(diese Bewertung habe ich soeben im App Store veröffentlicht. Ich dachte mir, poste ich sie auch hier)

Train Valley von Flazm Interactive Entertainment UAB

https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/train-valley/id1135938758?mt=8

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[Video] Unboxing the Impossible Lens Set for SX-70 by Mint https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2017/04/video-unboxing-the-impossible-lens-set-for-sx-70-by-mint/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:08:39 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=924 Continue reading [Video] Unboxing the Impossible Lens Set for SX-70 by Mint ]]> For some reason, this didn’t get published back in December. Oh joy! Here it goes!

On Cyber Monday, The Impossible Project offered a whopping 20% off its entire online store. That was the perfect opportunity for me to purchase a Lens set that I’ve been focused on for quite a while (pun intended) …

This video is actually my first post-narrated one! I’ve tried to make it sound a little better by using the iMovie “more bass” equalizer on the narration track, please let me know how you like it! 😀

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“Dark Knight” self-portrait series part one https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2016/12/dark-knight-self-portrait-series-part-one/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:26:37 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=910 Continue reading “Dark Knight” self-portrait series part one ]]> Back in November of 2015, I ordered a garment called “Knight Hoodie” from an American online shop that sells just this one piece of clothing. I had discovered the product while browsing 9GAG, in a post with the words “want” and “nerdgasm” in the title – my thoughts exactly. Previously, I had acquired an inexpensive black cape from Amazon and had been positively surprised by its quality and sleek appearance. And now, I had a stunning hoodie to match that would eventually start an ongoing self-portrait photography series.
This series isn’t meant to be chronological nor to depict re-enactments of medieval knighthood. Instead, I am using my cameras as a medium of communicating the feelings that extraordinary garments (like this one) evoke in the wearer’s mind.
TL; DR: These pictures aim to capture the feeling of awesomeness that I feel while wearing these medievally-inspired and yet modern clothes. Enjoy!

“Reading in the Fog”

This photograph shows a narrow two-lane city street during foggy weather conditions. Due to the fog, the many street lamps appear as soft, floating sources of very unfocused light. In the middle of the street, the silhouette of a man wearing a black cape and dark grey pants can be seen. The man has turned away from looking at the camera and is looking to the right. He has raised his right hand as if he was trying to catch the passing fog.

“Fighting the Evil Spirits of the Dark”

This photograph shows a narrow two-lane city street during foggy weather conditions. Due to the fog, the many street lamps appear as soft, floating sources of very unfocused light. In the middle of the street, the silhouette of a man wearing a black cape and dark grey pants can be seen. The man has turned away from looking at the camera and is looking to the right. He has raised both hands in a punching motion to the right and his fingers are mimicking the claws of a tiger. Behind the man, a red glow may be perceived. This stems from a car's rear lights that were accidentally recorded by the camera's long exposure.
The close-enough-to-epic red laser effect was created incidentally as a car passed behind the subject while the long exposure photograph was taken. Had the subject been standing further to the right of the image, it would have appeared as if there was a kind of red energy being emitted from the “tiger’s attack” hand gesture.

Unmasked

This photograph shows a narrow two-lane city street during foggy weather conditions. Due to the fog, the many street lamps appear as soft, floating sources of very unfocused light. In the middle of the street, the silhouette of a man wearing a black cape and dark grey pants can be seen. The man has turned away from looking at the camera and is looking to the right. He is facing the camera and is holding a face mask in his right hand. It seems as if the man has just taken off the mask and unveiled his identity.
The authentic Venetian mask used as a prop in this shot was handcrafted from real leather in Venice, Italy.

Camera settings for the photos varied: picture one and two share ISO 80, f/4.5, 5s  and number three was taken at ISO 80, f/5.6, 10s to reveal more detail about the mask. I used a Benro tripod to keep my trustee Sony DSC-HX50v digital camera steady.

The images in this article are Copyright CONATH 2016. These images are provided only for non-commercial display in a web browser and for non-commercial use as wallpapers for your personal devices. You are not allowed to redistribute the images in any way other than a direct link to this post (no embedding of individual images). For other uses and licensing, please contact the author at chris@conath.me!

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Apple proudly presents: they missed the boat again. https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2016/11/apple-proudly-presents-they-missed-the-boat-again/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:11:19 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=898 Continue reading Apple proudly presents: they missed the boat again. ]]> When Tim Cook went quiet after having talked more than enough about the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I felt a nearly forgotten sensation building up in my stomach. I’m too young to have witnessed Steve Jobs’ keynotes in pixelated live streams, but I’ve watched enough replays of those legendary events to recognize this deliberate pause towards the end of the presentation. Or so I thought, because my excitement for “one more thing…” was ripped to pieces seconds later when Mr. Cook shamelessly missed the opportunity and over-emphatically invited the press representatives to get their fingers dirty on the fancy new Touch Bar.

The amount of anger I felt was unfathomable. The storm of emotion only lasted a few moments, but it was enough to make me whisper WHAT THE FUCK at the TV that I had hooked my iPhone 7 up to. I was sitting on a sofa in the common area of the Stay Inn Lisbon Hostel in the capital of Portugal, and the only thing that prevented me from absolutely losing it were the receptionist and another hostel guest who were unfortunately in the same room. I quietly cursed my good manners and, in my head, drafted a plethora of hateful Tweets to douse the flames that were flickering out of my ears by that moment. I did this while unplugging the Lightning to HDMI Adapter, HDMI cable & Lightning to USB cable plus power brick. This small conglomerate of wires had allowed me to hijack the hostel’s only TV to watch the keynote on a big screen. 

Enough storytelling. This post is called “Apple proudly presents: they missed the boat again”. I feel like this statement might need both explanation and justification, so let’s rewind the clock back to a few days before the event (and before the leaks) and put things in perspective (my perspective, anyways). Apple had sent out its press invites for the long rumored and later-than-expected Mac event. They couldn’t have chosen a bolder tag line: “Hello again”. I was pumped the second I read the words and remembered that Apple had presented the very first iMac using that same catchphrase. That was in May of 1998 and even back then, it was already a reference to an even earlier slogan that had been used to present the first Macintosh all-in-one computer in 1984. “Say hello to Macintosh”, “Hello (again)” and finally “Hello again”. A reference back 18 years and, on a second level, 14 more years into the past. Apple was deliberately using a historic slogan referencing a critical moment in the company’s history from thirty-two years ago. There was only one logical conclusion: something huge was going to be announced and Apple was confident enough to pitch it as on par with their most important breakthroughs before the iPod and the iPhone.
Fast-forward a bit. It’s keynote day. I had turned off push notifications right after the leaked Touch Bar made its rounds because I didn’t want any more spoilers. I spent the day out of town, riding an e-bike through the beautiful Portuguese countryside, visiting the most western point of continental Europe. I finished the ride just on time to catch the train back to Lisbon and was at the hotel only three minutes past showtime. I started the livestream just as Tim Cook said “Good Morning” and got a round of polite applause from the usual crowd of journalists and employees. I noticed that the applause was significantly quieter than at the iPhone event and it came to my mind that this was the last event to take place at Apples 1 Infinite Loop headquarters. The spaceship was waiting and the high tech settlers were granting a last audience at their old fortress.

Vaguely quoting Tim Cook from memory: “We love the Mac. […] It’s integral to Apple and everything we do. […] Let me start with a few updates … on MacBook Pro.” Let me start. Updates in plural. I shuddered in excitement and ate half a bag of chocolate cookies while the executives talked about and demoed the Touch Bar. I wasn’t too surprised because of the leak I’d seen floating around, but I still liked the concept and the fact that you can use the trackpad/mouse cursor and the Touch Bar at the same time. It’s truly innovative and the overall design new MacBook Pro is a step in the right direction. But at the same time, I noticed that a few things were amiss.

1. They had spent a huge amount of time on non-Mac things already.

2. Craig Federighi, usually one of the most entertaining and well-spoken of the bunch, commented along the lines of “I get my David Copperfield moment” as he was removing the black blanket from the MacBooks, though he should really have referenced Steve Jobs’ reveal of the iMac instead.

3. The amount of time spent talking about the Touch Bar was also alarming, because it meant they were trying to hide the absence of other new features besides the usual hardware spec bump.

I caught myself feeling relieved when Phil Schiller started talking about the MacBook Air. I was still okay when he said they were going to drop the 11″ while keeping the 13″ model untouched. I was reasonably shocked when he announced the “cheaper” model of MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar and I nearly spat out the cookie I was chewing on when he claimed that this new laptop lineup made sense, even though he had obviously excluded the Air from the comparison slide. There was a brief moment of awkward silence when he finished his little summary of the screen sizes and prices and I laughed out loud at the apparent ridiculousness of it all.

I could add that there is no way to connect your iPhone or any other Lightning gadget to this new MacBook Pro (no Magic Mouse 2 for you!). Or that the website claims that you can enjoy FaceTime calls on your 5K LG (!) monitor even though the camera in the MacBook Pro is still stuck on 720p. I’d rather not even touch on the ridiculous price increase from the previous models and the fact that Apple has waited so long with this upgrade that the Skylake chips they’re using are already nearly outdated by the time these laptops ship.

These details are, individually considered, not reason enough to dismiss this new portable computer as a failure. However, all things considered, even just looking at the laptop lineup that the Cupertino company currently has to offer makes apparent how much they have missed the boat on planning and consistency. Add the fact that no word has been said about even just spec bumps for the aging Mac Pro and Mini lines and the boat with the up-to-date hardware is also long gone. I hope that the reason for my anger becomes evident: it’s not the late, half-hearted upgrades to the MacBook line. There’s no personal or economical issue hidden between the lines – I am a student and just fine with my 2014 Mac Mini and 2016 self-built gaming PC. However, as a small-time Apple connoisseur and collector, I am deeply upset about how blatantly present-day Apple exploited its own history of awesomeness and set everyone up for a historic event that turned out to be quite a disappointment. It is insulting to the Macintosh that Tim Cook claims with a straight face that he deeply cares about the Mac, while at the same time neglecting the majority of the family.

Header image credit: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

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Selfie Stickers Update Version 1.1: Hunting the bugs https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2016/09/selfie-stickers-update-version-1-1-hunting-the-bugs/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:25:17 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=892 Continue reading Selfie Stickers Update Version 1.1: Hunting the bugs ]]> It’s a fact that nearly no apps – even seemingly simple ones such as Selfie Stickers – are bug-free when they are first released. Thankfully, it’s possible to release updates that fix these issues and that’s exactly what I’ve done this week. The free update brings my iPhone app Selfie Stickers to version 1.1. Here’s the changelog:

+ Added haptic feedback (iPhone 7 & 7 Plus only)
+ Added preliminary VoiceOver support
+ Added French localization
* Changed the App Store name to “Selfie Stickers for iMessage”
* Fixed a bug that caused new stickers to not appear in the list until the app was re-opened
* Fixed a bug that caused stickers not to be sent due to incorrect scaling
* Fixed missing translations for photo library access
* Miscellaneous fixes and optimizations

As you might have noticed, I have changed the name of the app from “Selfie Stickers for Messages” to “Selfie Stickers for iMessage”. This makes it more obvious that you can only use the app with iMessage and not with other messaging apps. I’ve also added French localization and VoiceOver support as well as a touch of Haptic Feedback (pun intended).

You can head over to the Updates tab of the App Store app to download the update. Alternatively, tap here to download the app for free from the App Store.

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[Video] Unboxing the iPhone 7 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/2016/09/video-unboxing-iphone-7/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:45:03 +0000 https://chrisp.cafe/conath.me/?p=885 After holding on to my iPhone 5S for two years, I’ve decided to upgrade. I made a brief and very calm unboxing video for your enjoyment:

What do you think about the iPhone 7?

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