Samsung “intelligent” TVs suck

First the Youtube app stopped working and now Vimeo no longer works. What gives? Samsung just does not care about support for older models. Chances are their software license for the needed codec ended and they clearly have no intention of fixing the issue. The model is only a few years old and cost a bunch of money so you can call their marketing misleading and even downright criminal. Boycott Samsung TV products, people!

Review: Xiaomi Yi

I have thought about getting an action camera for a while now. When the chinese GoPro killer was finally published I plunged in. Xiaomi Yi has a nice simple design. It has just three buttons and four indicator lights. However the instructions were only in Chinese so I had to surf the net a little bit to get going. So far I’m pretty impressed, but there are still some downsides to the gadget. I will be updating the post as I learn more. Continue reading ‘Review: Xiaomi Yi’

Cool stuff

Follow-cam aerial drone has been on my mind since I coded the rules of thirds engine. Future is going to be cool.

Composition and other tricks of the trade

Nice photo composition tips. Works for video as well.

Part two is also worth checking out.

Great minds think alike

DC Live park has basically the same exact same concept as Fideocam. Only the execution is better. The first mover advantage is nothing unless you are persistent and keep at it until the time is right.

Review: Vimeo app on Samsung 7 series tellys

I’m a big fan of Vimeo video sharing service. Mainly I’m just very happy with the quality of content (both technically and artistically speaking) available on the site, but the fact that my Samsung television is able to play the clips out of the box is a great bonus. I have been using the Internet@TV Vimeo app for some time now and I thought it would make sense to publish my thoughts about in form of a small review. Continue reading ‘Review: Vimeo app on Samsung 7 series tellys’

Review: Lacie Network Space MAX 2TB

I have been waiting for the 2TB NAS prices to drop for a while, but now as the hard drive factories in Thailand are flooded I decided to invest in a backup drive before the prices rise again. I had high expectations and initially had a look at products from several different vendors. In the end I went with Lacie Network Space Max due to its fair price and consumer-oriented brand name.

Setting up the NAS wasn’t quite as simple as I would have wished for. I started by installing the software that came on the cd, but the assistant tool is just plain useless. It just couldn’t find the drive on the network. The main issue is that the guide book expects your router to be upnp compatible. If not you are left to fend for your self. Unfortunately finnish telcos don’t supply compatible ADSL modems. Most people are bound to have a hard time with the setup.

The thing is troubleshooting network problems takes quite a while. Initially I thought I just had not had the network cable properly connected or with connection. I moved the drive closer to the Telewell router and used a shorter cable. I figured I should give or couple of the first DHCP addresses a try on my browser. With this educated guess I was able to get access to the admin page and at least figured the drive itself is working. In the end the break-through came when I assigned the modem ports to routed instead of the default bridged mode.

I managed to map the drive share manually (net use \\ip address\OpenShare) and take backups of most of the important data. Unfortunately I had to move the files around quite a bit. One thing I have noticed is that the response times are affected by any data intensive operations. The hardware feels especially sluggish since there is very little feedback on the status of different operations. Only thing that gives away that something is happening is the noise that the drive makes. I upgraded the firmware and now I don’t know how to initiate the automatic file downloads from camera or USB drives anymore.

All in all I would give the drive 7/10. I expect the mirrored drive to keep our precious home media safe and generally it is pretty quiet. If I didn’t have a master’s degree in telecoms I think I would have gotten totally frustrated during the setup process. Consequently I really can’t promote the product to somebody with limited computing experience. The media features are really useful and I will write another post on integrating with Samsung 7 series televisions.

Fideocam concept

Fideocam is a pioneer in automating video tools for personal experience capture.