Where Were We?

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Thursday night: epic insomnia.

Friday: Kit came home for the weekend.  We didn't think she was going to come back because she had to go to Sydney on Sunday night, but she did, so we went down and said hi after dinner.

Saturday:  All The Things.  Although not really all of them.  Got some stuff done but not huge amounts.  In the afternoon we headed out to the club for the evening.  The pool was warm enough so it was all quite pleasant.

Sunday:  More house stuff, food shopping, Rake and Death in Paradise.  Oh and we also went clothes shopping and it didn't end in tears!

Struggling to stay on top of everything.  So.  Busy.  

Stop the world, I want to get off!!

iPhone EXIF

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Yeah so the other day I was complaining about Apple iPhones screwing up the Date modified field on their photos.  Thanks to a pro tip from the little brother, I can use FastStone to change the Date modified field to be the Date taken from the EXIF data.  Look! That first file is correct now!!  (and all the other photos are too)

iPhones are dumb

However.

Hi.

That doesn't work with the PNG files (screenshots).  5884 was taking early morning on 6 November, and 5885 was taking mid morning on 6 November.  But their modified dates are screwed up.  5884 is noted as being modified two days later, and 5885 several hours earlier.  So the script I have to rename the files got 5884 wrong, so I had to manually rename it.

Fricken hate Apple.

In Other Phone News

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Still haven't really had much of a chance to play with my new camera phone. 

I have noticed that it seems to quite well with backlighting - doing a decent job of HDR by default.  My old phone would have struggled with this lighting.

iPhone XS HDR

iPhone XS HDR

Annoyingly, the bug iPhones have recording date/time is still there in this phone/iOS.  These are the first photos taken.  Even the very first photo is wrong.  It was taken at 22:06 on 5/11, but the Date modified field is 01:51 on 7/11, when I was in bed asleep!  Fricken hate Apple.

iPhone bad date time data

I knew later phones/OSes had little video clips attached to photos, so when you play them on the phone you see the second or two before the photo was taken as a little animation.  I thought was some internal function on the phone.  I didn't realise it actually saves little .mov files for each one!  It's kinda cool, but I'm not entirely convinced - it takes at least twice as much space per photo, and it will make sorting/filing photos that much harder...

The face recognition is pretty cool.  Haven't tried it to see if anyone else can hack into it with their face.  

The lack of a home button is taking some getting used to.  It's mostly ok, but sometimes need a couple of swipes to get it.

The size and weight of it is majorly painful.  I feel like I'm going to drop it on my face when I'm playing with it in bed.  I got a case for it today and with that on the corner of it sticks out of my pocket because it simply doesn't fit.  Le sigh.  Fricken hate Apple.

Remember, Remember?

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So eleven years ago today I started work at my current job.

Since it was a nice, memorable date, I decided I'd take the plunge on the 256GB XS.  $15/month more (ouch!!) but with any luck it should do me a good five years and not fill up (it has 16x more space!!).

The whole process of getting the phone was fairly quick, on account of being a current customer.

It sat on my desk all afternoon.  I couldn't do much with it though until I got home.

I backed up my 5 with iTunes, and made a physical copy of the data files.  Then I downloaded and upgrade iTunes to the latest version.  The new version wouldn't see my phone - complained about needing a driver.  So went into device manager and updated the driver.  It wanted to restart but I didn't bother with that, as iTunes could see the phone again.  Backed it up again in the new version, and went to make another physical copy of the backup files.  Except they'd all gone.  Disappeared.  I actually ran SpaceMonger to find the files - they'd been moved to c:\users\<user>\apple.  Fricken hate Apple.

So plugged the new phone into iTunes, and went through the process of restoring my old phone setup.  Took like twenty minutes.  It was pretty cool to see over 200 GB free :)  It did its thing and rebooted, then kept going, but it got stuck at Updating iCloud Settings.  Left it for ages but it still stayed there.  So rebooted the phone.  Got back in and kept going.  Looks like it was actually updating all of my applications in the background.  Without my permission!!!  Fricken hate Apple.  The worst part of that was Foursquare - it finally updated to a version that you can't checkin with anymore.  Which means I'm going to have to get Swarm.  Fricken hate Foursquare.  I got away with it for so long, so this just makes me sad.  Thanks Apple.  NOT.

The other thing that's not working that I'm going to need is one of my work apps, so will need to take my old phone to work tomorrow until that's sorted.

And then there's all the apps that simply don't work on the 64 bit OS.

I suppose I should swap the sim cards over and make it all official-like.  And take a photo on it to christen it....

BBQs and Stuff

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Thursday night was BBQ at @CLBradley's which was nice.  Haven't seen them in ages (other than at Frank's funeral).  Chris and Glenda (and Junior) came too which was good but Neil and Doc couldn't make it.  Next time!

Friday night was BBQ at Kit's for a farewell party.  It was nice too, and chatted about nothing to Tarun for a while too which was good.  The only problem was the drama.  The Kit-Serena drama, the Sarah-Serena drama, the Kit-Pete drama.  Sheesh.  I don't like drama.  

Saturday was just doing All The Things.  Didn't even leave the property all day.  Had a pretty quiet evening, watched Up.

Sunday was just doing All The Things.  Didn't even leave the extended property all day.  Had a pretty quiet evening, watched Toy Story 3.

So a nice quiet weekend.  Got a fair bit done, although not as much as I would have liked.  

On Sunday morning we went down to say goodbye to Kit.  She went down the coast after that to start a new job.  We'll see her a couple more times before they're down there for good.  Gonna miss those guys.  Gonna miss George.  Gonna miss feeding all our kitchen scraps to the chickens.  David will not miss Fonzie!

Vivid Sydney 2018

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Back in June I went up to Sydney for Mum and Ken's birthday.

On the Saturday evening after everyone had left after playing cards, we decided to head into Vivid.  I'd never been, so it was all a bit of fun.  Well except that guy who told us we couldn't get close to a barrier to get a photo.  Wanted us like three metres back.  For no good reason other than his own ego.  Retard.  Other than that was a great night and walked for hours.

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In 2016 I borrowed the book, The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank, by Willy Lindwer, off Kit.  It's the transcripts of interviews Willy Lindwer did in the late 1980s with six women who knew Anne Frank, who all survived German concentration camps.  So it's all their stories in their own words.  I read the first three stories in 2016, but things got a little too real at the end of 2016 and it got too hard to read.  

But with Kit about to move down the coast I finished it off last week.  

A somewhat tough read because of the content, but stories that need to be told.

I'd like to see the documentary some time too.

Happy Birthday?

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Six years ago today I got my iPhone 5.

It was my "halloween" phone, this is the first photo I took on it:

Halloween 2012 

So I thought I'd mark the occasion by getting a new phone.

Except Optus didn't have any black or silver 64GB phones, only gold ones.  And it's $15/month more for a 256GB phone.

So I left in disgust.

Friday David and Kat came to stay which was nice.  We couldn't decide what to have for dinner, so went to the shop for inspiration.  While staring at the fridge some random came in so David asked "what's for dinner?", to which she said, pasta with chicken, cream, sundried tomatoes, and D&K were like "can we come to your place?" haha.  Did pick up some stuff and made creamy bacony porky pasta.  After dinner we finished the jigsaw I'd been working on for the week (all that was left was sky that took a third of the jigsaw).  And we put on Flying High because Kat needed to see it.  Except she wouldn't watch it.  Oh well.

Saturday morning we started a new jigsaw before they wandered off.  Didn't have a particularly efficient day.  Did some food shopping but that was about all.  Thought we'd have a nice quiet evening.  Watched Wall-E (because we don't have Ratatouille).  After the movie I tried to use David's G7X in stars mode, but I couldn't get it to focus.  I completely lost it.  My brother can get the most amazing photos out of that camera, but I can't even operate it in point and shoot mode.  Such a failure at life.  Which was sad because the sweetie had come out to sit with my while I was doing stuff, which was really nice, but I couldn't deal and went to bed.  And then woke up at about 1:45am and stayed awake for the next three or four hours.  Hurrah.

Sunday I was pretty much a zombie, so again, nothing got done.  Such a waste of a weekend.  I shoulda gone petanquing.  

David and Kat came back in the afternoon, complete with broken ankle.  Kat had rolled it on uneven ground on Saturday night.  They got it treated at Goulburn Base Hospital on Sunday on the way back here.  We finished the jigsaw we started on Saturday and watched some Good Place and had roast pork for dinner, and I slept a whole lot better.

Monday evening I think I managed to achieve more in an hour than I did all weekend.  Silly really.

Tuesday evening was hurty, which was remedied with wine and pizza, and a drink with Kit and Pete, one of our last ever at their place.  Sad times.

Turned on the cooler tonight for the first time this season.  I think it's going to be a hot one....

Tired

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Got something in my eye this morning and it wouldn't go away.  It seriously felt like someone was poking me in the eye for three hours straight.  Made it very hard to concentrate.  My eyes are very tired now.

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