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1:52AM

Sothis Quantième Spirit Of Moon: Watch of the day

Sothis Quantième Spirit Of Moon, aka Sothis Chrono 3

I wore this timepiece for quite a while.

It is a beautifully made watch, designed by the late Wolfgang Steinkrüger who started the firm in 1990 with Karina Steinkrüger.

Definitely a keeper.

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© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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6:11PM

Looking forward to Microsoft’s Project Honolulu server management GUI

I believe I have confessed several time here how much a fan I am of GUIs.

Either for general use, and especially for systems management.

Now from Peter Bright at Ars Technica comes the very welcome news that Microsoft is creating a server management GUI for Windows Server 2016.Next.

I am basically rubbing my hands in glee at what I personally would do with it.

My dev team will get hands-on with it at Ignite, and their feedback will determine how soon we make it a part of, or an adjunct to our in-house management platform.

Stay tuned!

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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12:45AM

Interesting To Me This Weekend……September 17, 2017

On my mind today……

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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10:26PM

Watch of the Day: Voutilainen 2 Eight

I like watches.

The more complicated and rare, the better.

Voutilainen is a brand introduced to me by my pal Roger Luethy, who being Swiss AND a watch aficionado, knows what he is talking about.

This watch is the Voutilainen 2 Eight, which I believe was the brand’s entry in the 2012 Only Watch Charity event.

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It is very fitting that it is my first entry in what I hope may become a frequent journal showing which watches are catching my eye.

All photographs Copyright © their respective owners.

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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6:10PM

Microsoft Pix grows up

…and becomes a worthy productivity application.

I tend to try most Microsoft apps. Especially those from the Microsoft Garage incubator.

Those kids always come up with nifty ideas that even while may not be able to survive as standalone apps, are innovative enough to be parts of larger apps or suites going forward.

I liked Pix right away.

The premise was that the AI would help smooth out photos that n00bs like me shoot, a potential boon to my photo inventory.

Despite a lack of functions comparable to the default iPhone camera app, I have used it instead since.

When it came out with photo-into-art morphing capabilities not too long ago, I had higher hope for it. However, that stalled, with just a handful of art styles compared to the market leader, Prisma.

Today, Microsoft announced [version 2.0?] a largish functionality upgrade to Pix.

According to Microsoft, this update “automatically detects whiteboards, documents and business cards in real time and intelligently adjusts camera settings for these types of photos. Once the shutter clicks, the app uses AI to improve the image, such as cropping edges, boosting color and tone, sharpening focus and tweaking the angle to render the image in a straight-on perspective.”

Since, to hear Microsoft put it, “Microsoft Pix is out front pushing the boundaries of using AI to take better pictures of everything from a snapshot of your kid in new sneakers to the whiteboard in your morning meeting. The research thrust behind Microsoft Pix informs innovation across apps, including Office Lens.”

This new capabilities make Pix a definite keeper.

I have installed the update, and taken some initial photos with my old iPhone 6+, and with Wifey’s iPhone 7.

I shall play with it further in the coming days.

This Pix product feature page actually helped me understand this product better, and gave me some new usage ideas.

The only hurtful downside to this device is that it isn’t available for Windows tablets, or the Windows desktop. I could really use it to perform post-editing on some truly pathetic photos I have taken in the past.

Oh yes: I also would like to be able to create animated .GIFs from my movies or from new shots.

That would make Pix not just a must-have, but an indispensable tool we’d recommend to everyone.

Still, I like, and recommend it.

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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5:50PM

Interesting To Me Today……September 14, 2017

On my mind today……

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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5:38PM

Interesting To Me Today……September 13, 2017

On my mind today……

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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8:22PM

Interesting To Me Today……September 11, 2017

On my mind today……

Prayers for all those lost on that fateful day.

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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4:50PM

Interesting To Me Today……August 30, 2017

On my mind today……

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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4:49PM

Interesting To Me Today……August 29, 2017

On my mind today……

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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4:19PM

Interesting To Me Today……August 28, 2017

On my mind today……

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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5:22PM

Interesting To Me Today……August 27, 2017

5:35PM

On My Mind……August 26, 2017

On my mind today……

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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5:04PM

Interesting To Me Today……August 24, 2017

5:16PM

Interesting To Me Today……August 23, 2017

On my mind today……

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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3:11AM

Interesting To Me Today……August 22, 2017

On my mind today……

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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4:51PM

Should you spend $129 to turn $3,000 into $19.99?

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Let me get this straight: you buy a $129.99 dongle that transforms your $3,000 DSLR into……wait for this……a $19.99 webcam?

Are you effin’ kiddin’ me?

Elgato is trolling the masses, right?

Come on, humans!

You’re better than this!

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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4:10PM

Interesting To Me Today……August 21, 2017

On my mind today……

Colin Kaepernick Won

He may be an ass, and may not eloquently state his point, but Kaep has a point that resonates with EVERY BLACK PERSON in the USA.

While I would NEVER protest that way, I will defend our American right to protest whatever we want to.

Always!

Read it here.

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© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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3:07PM

The IoSS Journal: The “Smart Lock”

A ‘smart lock’ seems like a fantastic idea/innovation/invention/whatever.

To some people.

Not me.

NEVER me!

Why the hell do I need an Internet-connected lock for my door?

I mean, if I’m not at the lock’s location, why do I need smarts in my lock?

What if electrical power is off, or internet connectivity in down?

Read this story.

This Internet of Stupid Shit really has legs….

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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8:46PM

Interesting To Me Today……August 20, 2018

On my mind today……

Windows & Microsoft

Business & Technology

General Interest

World

Politics

© 2002 – 2017, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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