Fujifilm XF1

My Fujifilm XF1 is my most loved camera ever. The XF1 is a high end compact camera. Its just small enough to get into my big jackets pockets, and just big enough to be a pain in my jeans pockets.

It looks fantastic and feels fantastic. Proper lil retro look to it.

It has enough options to keep me feeling like a proper photographer with aperture and iso settings, and enough ‘good’ presets that I rarely need them.

The only problem with it is the lens control errors that have marred it since I have owned it. Its been back to Fujifilm 5 or 6 times. But to their credit they have repaired it every time and this cameras well out of warranty.

I would certainly recommend the brand Fujifilm, but maybe not this camera.

That said, the day this camera finally does move on into digital heaven, you will find me burying its body under a tree. With a gravestone. Releasing a dove. Crying.

I really love this little camera.

Social Sable

I enjoy social media for work. Building brands social media accounts is always enjoyable for me. I like talking on the internets (you may have noticed this!).

I am bloody awful at pushing my own social media and blogs social accounts though. Its just not something I am interested in doing during blog time. I am however making an effort this month to be seen somewhere by people other than bloggers. So heres some of the social medias I share too.

I am honestly only active on Twitter and sometimes Flickr. But I do check them often so please do say hello if you frequent any of the below networks.

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Pinterest for Small Businesses

One of the 5 Skillshare courses I took for this months to-do list was Pinterest for Small Business by Lisa Rusczyk.

I keep going back to Pinterest, but still have not gotten my teeth into yet, so a course was required to try and get up to speed. The course was pretty good. I do not believe it was planned, but she ended up showing some examples of what not to do on Pinterest and explained why. Its helpful all the same. Shes good over the mic and her explanations are clear.

The project for the course was to create and link to a pin, that was tall, had a picture and some text. Not quite what she had in mind, but I reworked the old Blue Moon Theatre poster, and pinned that.

I would recommend Lisa Rusczyk’s Skillshare Course.

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Featured Image from Url

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Now heres a damned handy plugin.

A featured image usually appears quite large sized across the tops of posts and in sliders. They are also the default image all shares to social media use. It’s handy to hot link an image from Flickr or Photobucket for your featured image due to bandwidth and storage size of large photos if you host your own website. WordPress however does not give you that option.

This plugin does. It gives you a little widget on your add / edit post page where you can paste in an url from anywhere for your featured image.

The only downside is your theme needs to be able to handle them well. In my case I have dicked about with the CSS so much, I get a giant block across the screen when I try to set a featured image heh.

I imagine some of you lot must have a use for this though!

Hard Drives for the Non Techy Minded

I got duped! Kinda… Bad case of should have known better.

OK a quick run down of the difference between laptop hard drives for the non tech minded among you. It may help some of you on future purchases.

The first type of laptop hard drive is a traditional old style mechanical drive. They have several disks in them, like CDs, which record your data. The are heavy, they do not like being moved while the disks are spinning and are slow compared to modern hard drives. They can also get hot with constant use and contribute to your laptops heat output. They are however easy to to change with a universal Sata connection, can be upgraded to a 2.5″ SSD drive at a later date, and cheap!

£50 for a 1 Terrayte old style mechanical hard drive.

The next type is a 2.5″ SSD drive (Solid State Drive). A long time ago they were considered unreliable. I never experienced unreliable SSD drives. They are fast. Seriously fast. The Sandisk Ultra has a read / write speed over 10 times faster than the Samsung listed above. I notice the difference the most starting up a PC and starting programs. An old style mechanical drive took 14 secounds to open an A1 300dpi poster I was working on. The SSD drive had it open in 3 secounds. The also have Sata connections so can replace your mechanical Sata drive and as they do not having any moving parts, they do not heat up like mechanical hard drives. The downside is however is the price.

£170 for a 960gb Sandisk Utra SSD.

There are also hybrids available, which are a mix of the two. Its a good idea as they try to store your most used files and programs on a small SSD drive within a mechanical drive, so the programs and files you use regularly open quickly. Its also a lot cheaper than an SSD drive. They have Sata connections so can replace any other Sata hard drive. I am not a fan though. I did not see the great gains promised from mine, and to be honest, if you can wait it out, you can get a 1 TB SSD in a sale for £100.

£70 for a Toshiba Hybrid Drive.

EMMC drives are feckin pointless. OK, maybe not entirely pointless, but I cannot stand them. An EMMC drive is a small chip, embedded onto your laptops motherboard. 99% of the time they cannot be removed or replaced. The advantages are they are tiny and lightweight and cheap to manufacture, this makes them great for things like Chromebooks. They are often referred to as SSD drives. They are technically solid state drives as they have no moving parts. However, they rarely go above 32gb in size, they are often slower than mechanical hard drives, and I repeat, usually cannot be replaced.

£125 Lenovo Chromebook with an EMMC

The last kind is PCIe memory. These are tiny solid state hard drives that have their own connection type. They are lightweight and have no moving parts so fairly cool. They are also blisteringly fast. Faster than the SSD drives I mentioned above. This is because they do not have a Sata connection, they have the potentially faster PCIe connection. I can turn the new laptop on and start using Firefox withing 5 secounds. They cannot however be swapped with any drive. If you get a laptop with a PCIe hard drive, at the moment, you can only upgrade it with a PCIe hard drive. That can be off putting when you see the price. This often limits you to smaller hard drives. If you are a graphics designer, video editor or gamer, they become cost prohibitive.

£599 for a 1TB PCIe hard drive.

So as you can see above, there are 3 solid state drives (SSD), and I fell for the dupe in PCWorld where I was told the laptop had an SSD drive and could be upgraded, which it can be. He just did not tell me it was a PCIe drive and would cost a fortune to do. Oh well, live, learn, and teach others to not make the same mistake.

I am still happy with my HP Pavillion 360 though. 🙂