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iPhone 5S and the Golf Swing

October 12, 2013

Here’s some slo-mo video taken from the iPhone 5S. Video is way compressed. Cant figure out how to keep it from compressing yet.

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I am Not Happy with Drobo

October 3, 2013

I was one of the first people on the Drobo train. I purchased a Drobo S several years ago. It seemed like a solid way to store a lot of data and have it protected. I look at storage as a process that is long term, secure and worry free. Set it and forget it. That’s what I thought I had in Drobo until today.

My iMac can now only see one of the partitions of the Drobo and of course it is the partition that has all of my photos on it. So after doing some investigating and attempted fixes (the Mac’s Disk Utility) , I called Drobo.

To my utter dismay, I was told by the support rep that the Drobo S was end of life and he could only provide limited support. Put another way, they would no longer offer any meaningful support for the Drobo S.  I asked the rep point blank, “So Drobo is sending the message that if its customers don’t buy a new unit every few years, they can’t get support?” After a long pause he responded that he was sorry. I understand the need for Drobo to make money but their drive to make money is contrary to my outlook on storage as long term, secure, and worry free.

He did mention that I should go buy 3rd party software DiskWarrior to TRY and fix the problem.  How much does DiskWarrior cost? $100.00. My next question to the support agent, “Wait, so now you’re telling me to spend $100 on software to TRY and fix the problem that your device/software created?” After a long pause he responded, “I’m sorry, Scott, but yes.”

He said he would ask for permission from his supervisor to offer me more detailed support. I’m not holding my breath…

I’ll be looking for an alternative to Drobo – and it won’t be Transporter because Drobo now owns them.

I guess Apple customer service spoils me as I routinely see customers bringing in really old Macs into the Apple Store for repair. Hell, they recently replaced the trackpad on my ’08 MacBook Pro free of charge.

I will never buy Drobo again. Ever.

Kialoa’s Dragon Carbon Paddle

September 30, 2013

Kialoa sent me their new Dragon Carbon Paddle for testing and my thoughts. It looks beautiful.

After some time with it on the water, I’ll report back.

 

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Kialoa’s new Dragon Carbon Paddle next to their Hybrid.

 

Eddie Murphy?

September 12, 2013

Growing up, I loved Eddie Murphy – his Raw album in his red leather suit, Beverly Hills Cop. He was awesome.

Then he released his song “Party All the Time” and suddenly, he became a joke (at least to me). Fast forward to 2013, he just dropped a new song and I like it.

Guest appearance by the new UCLA supporter Snoop Lion.

MOM, THROW DOWN SOME MONEY, THE ICE CREAM MAN IS COMING!!!!!

RIP, Go Pro

September 2, 2013

I’ve been trying to get a bit more creative with my photography lately so over the last few weeks, I have been taking out my GoPro camera with me to the golf course and driving range.

So this morning, I went out to the driving range to work on my golf and my photography at the same time.

Driver

As you can see from the picture above, I set up the GoPro on an upside down range ball bucket a few feet in front of me – right down the line. I set the camera to take a shot every 2 seconds. I’m about an 18 handicap but waste a large portion of strokes on the green putting. I’ve been hitting the ball on my full shots fairly well recently so I got a bit cocky in the placement of the camera.

In retrospect, I should have placed the camera to the side of the balls line of travel. After a few decent shots, I skulled a ball right at the camera. Here’s the GoPro after I fetched it from the driving range.

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I need to work on my golf game!

 

Black Gold Golf Club, Yorba Linda

September 2, 2013

Before the UCLA/Nevada game last Saturday, I had a chance to play at the Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda. What a fantastic course. Here’s a shot I took of my brother on the back nine.

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UCLA v Nevada

September 2, 2013

I sat behind the Bruin sideline last Saturday during their game against Nevada.

One of the coolest things I noticed was that when Brett Hundley was out of the game, he’d go sit on the bench with his offensive teammates. He’d just sit and enjoy the moment yet staying focused. No coaches  came up to him to talk to him throughout the game that I noticed. Meanwhile, defensive and offensive coaches were moving from group to group, player to player, coaching and motivating. Brett just chilled until it was time for the offense to take the field. He’d go out and drive the team to another score (UCLA didn’t punt at all Saturday night). Pure assassin. Enjoy Brett while he’s here. As suffering Bruin fans, we deserve this.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to shoot the game from the sidelines so I took a few shot with my iPhone from my seats. Here’s one:

the Rose Bowl - UCLA v Nevada by Scott Wu

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