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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....

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.

Black Beauty

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So a couple of months ago I watched the 1994 adaptation of Black Beauty and really enjoyed it.  So I dug out my mum's copy of the book by Anna Sewell and have been reading it before bed, finishing it the other night.  Short chapters which made for easy bed time reading.  It was actually really similar to the movie.  The movie had dropped the odd chapter here and there and there were a few minor differences, but otherwise quite close.  Maybe I'll get the sweetie to watch the movie with me some time.

James and George will be in town this Christmas so thought I'd finally finish reading a book I borrowed off James.

About fifteen years ago.

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The Giant Book of Science Fiction Stories was pretty cool.  Some interesting and good stories, some a little "huh?"  One had a similar premise to the movie Passengers, where a girl is woken up during an interstellar flight.  One about a population of earth so huge that not enough people could work, and people tried any way they could to get work.  Full of editing mistakes/typos though - the most I've ever seen in a book.  Enjoyable before-bed reading.

So a long time ago I saw The Manchurian Candidate (2004).  On account of dementia I didn't remember a whole lot about it, but do remember finding it interesting, and added it to my Netflix watchlist recently.  Also Liev Schreiber - hot as!!

I looked it up on my blog afterwards.  I had no memory of seeing it at the movies with Striker or that it was a freebie from TripleM (as part of the Freq club, which I got from setting up IP Sentry to monitor the website for changes.. heh ;) ).  If I didn't have a blog all of those experiences would be lost forever...

Oh, yeah, we watched it tonight.  Happy Friday!  

Also.. Dean Stockwell.. in the credits but never said a word! haha

Like Father

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Tonight the sweetie put on Like Father with Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.  It was a bit silly but also sweet and I quite liked it.  And I did squee slightly over them being on Harmony of the Seas (one of the epic Behemoths of the Seas that I'd like to go on just to say I've been on like the biggest ship in the world!).  And looking forward to epic BLUE photos of our trip to the Caribbean coming up in a few months :)

Another show I had to squeeze in when I had free time was ABC's Back in Time for Dinner (which I mentioned earlier: I especially liked the 80s and 90s episodes for the fun memories but was also pretty cool to see all the stuff they dug up for furnishing and decorating their house for the earlier decades).  But because I'm obsessive that way, I tried to find their house on Google maps.  I had a pretty good idea it was in the St George area, based on their visits to Carss Park, Brighton Le Sands/La Perouse and various places in Mortdale. 

This is all I really had to go on to find their house:

Back in Time for Dinner location

And I could make some guesses as to which way their house was pointed based on sun direction.  Took me most of an episode to find it.  What was funny is that when you look at it on street view there's a crowd of people outside it!

Back in Time for Dinner house

Other fun things in the show - Tupperware!  We had sooo much of this Tupperware.  In fact I still have most of it.  I was thinking there might be a market for it, so it's boxed up with thoughts of selling it on ebay...

Back in Time for Dinner Tupperware

And the Pigs and Chickens tiles featured!

Back in Time for Dinner pigs and chickens tiles

Quite enjoyed the show.

Whenever I get a spare hour (pretty rare) I'll watch an episode of Air Crash Investigations.  The other day I watched one on Singapore Airlines Flight 006, which took off from the wrong runway in Taipei in 2000 (it crashed partway down the runway because the runway was closed for construction works and there was construction equipment on it).  I went back to my photos of the airport from a few years ago and found the exact spot that the mistake happened.

Taipei airport

The planes at the back are coming up the taxiway about to turn right.  Just behind the plane in the foreground you can see a turnoff to our left.  That's where the plane that crashed turned down, instead of coming all the way out to the runway we are about to land on.  

Sad times..

Friday night a week ago, a bunch of us went in to Library Up Late.  It was an interesting concept, with a keynote discussion with Ben Law and Jenny Phang (of Law School fame, although I'd never actually heard of them), live music, displays of ephemera and other talks and entertainment, as well as food and drinks available.  We quite enjoyed it.

Marriage survey ephemera

Live contortionist

Ben Law and Jenny Phang

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