Sony Alpha a58 is NOT an updated a57 rather a37

by Bruce on February 22, 2013

While the media and rumor sites are reporting that the Alpha a58 is a replacement for the a57, it is really just a barely upgraded a37. The model number should be a38.  Take a look at the specs, it has the same screen resolution and ISO sensitivity as the 37 while the 57 has double of both of those specifications. The continuous shooting speed is also less on the a58, very close to the 37. And as if that wasn’t proof enough, the screen tilts like the a37 as opposed to tilt and swivel on the a57. The only improvements over the a57 is the megapixel count and the oled viewfinder, neither of which really matter a whole lot to me. It also has a spot on the dial for effects, and a new feature called Auto Object Framing which could be nice.  Why am I the only one to notice this.

here and here for example


Missing iTunes DJ in iTunes 11?

by Bruce on November 30, 2012

Are you missing iTunes DJ after upgrading to v11?  I might be able to help.  No, it’s not a hidden feature that we can re-enable (that I know of).  However, the Queueing functionality is replaced by “Up Next” and we can mimic the random behavior of iTunes DJ.

It’s a bit unclear to me, but maybe your comments can clarify the rules.  At first I though you had to be in Song view, hit the random button and then press play.  That does work, but so does… having nothing selected in any logical view (Songs, Albums, Artists, Genres – it’s not logical for Radio and I don’t know about Match as I don’t use that service), clear the Up Next list if it isn’t already, then press the play button.  iTunes will populate your Up Next list randomly and behave as before.


This is a keeper. Proof of how ridiculous most class action settlements are for the consumer.  I should have been a lawyer!  At least it’s one way to keep companies in check.


Backup and Restore for Things 2

by Bruce on September 4, 2012

Until Cultured Code get’s around to posting a backup and restore procedure for Things 2 with cloud support, here it is.  The data file has moved.

Things 1: ~/Library/Application Support/Cultured Code/Things/Database.xml
Things 2: ~/Library/Containers/com.culturedcode.things/Data/Library/Application Support/Cultured Code/Things/ThingsLibrary.db

The tilde character (~) indicates your home directory.

To restore a backup, replace the database file with a backup. However, if you’re using Things Cloud, that data will quickly be replaced by data from Things Cloud. To replace your database locally and replace the data in Things Cloud,

  • quit Things,
  • disable your Mac’s internet connection,
  • place the ThingsLibrary.db file into place,
  • launch Things, and disable Things Cloud.
  • Re-enable your Mac’s internet connection and
  • enable Things Cloud.
  • When prompted to handle the merge or replacement of your data, pick the third option, which will replace the data in Things Cloud with the local data from your Mac (and thus, the backup that you just restored).
  • On your iDevice you should get a notification that your database was replaced, or you can delete and re-install the Things application.


Scotts LawnService – Dishonest Business Practices

August 25, 2012 Life

Dishonest? Harassment? You choose. Here’s what they did. In the fall I signed up for a special, one-time service that was steeply discounted. In the spring they showed up at my home, knocked on the door, but I wasn’t home and my wife was bathing a kid. When she was finished with the kid she […]

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Can You Transport a Refrigerator on it’s Side?

July 11, 2012 Life


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Waterproof Your Phone

February 12, 2012 Technology

AMAZING!   In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll get a commission if you buy from this link.

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Prayer Thief

October 15, 2011 Religion

We have assigned prayer days for each member of the family, but some kids think it’s fun to steal the prayer. The thief will start to say it just before the assigned person, and sometimes we have 2 simultaneous prayer thieves.

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New Terminal Tab at Folder (here) Service in Lion

August 23, 2011 Mac

This should be enabled by default in my opinion but Lion adds “terminal here” functionality as a “Service” named “New Terminal Tab at Folder” and “New Terminal at Folder”. To enable them open the Keyboard preferences pane, choose the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, and then the Services item on the left. Check “New Terminal at Folder” […]

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Oracle Instant Client and SQL Plus on Snow Leopard or Lion

July 6, 2011 Mac

Download the 32 bit flavor of “basiclite”, sqlplus, the sdk, and jdbc (if you need it) from Note: as of 10.2, 64 bit works on snow leopard but not lion. unzip the downloads and place them somewhere out of the way like /Applications/Develop/oracle  the files should be combined into a single folder.  In my case […]

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