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Postings for December 2022:  (8 posts)
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 00:21:09 UTC

More Luminar fun

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yesterday's photo processing with Luminar was less satisfying than it should have been. Time to RTFM. Oh. That's an old, worn-out magic word. First I read some of the copious emails I received from Skylum, some of which ask me to buy things, and others that show individual functionality. The confusion is illustrated in the ?Help? selection, which offers me a user manual but takes me to this FAQ page, which starts with the following helpful information: Where do I find my Extensions after installation?

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 00:30:46 UTC

Viewed video log

Posted By Greg Lehey

I keep various logs of videos that I have watched. The canonical one ends like this: Sun 2022-12-04 19:14:31  -> 21:21:52 x /spool/Series/90-min/Bergretter/13/13-06-Augen-auf-20211223-201500.mp4 Sun 2022-12-04 21:23:02  -> 22:24:34 x /spool/Series/Hubert-und-Staller/10/10-05-Mord-mit-1.600-Umdrehungen--153--20220209-185000.mp4 Mon 2022-12-05 10:14:11  -> 10:14:20 k /spool/Series/Alles-Finster/Folge_1_-_Alles_finster_S01_E01.mp4 Mon 2022-12-05 15:38:59  -> 16:00:01 k /spool/Docco/AlJaz-15.mp4 Mon 2022-12-05 17:30:25  -> 17:30:30 x /spool/Docco/Putins_Propagandamaschine_-_Das_manipulierte_Volk.mp4 Mon 2022-12-05 19:08:16  -> 20:14:55 x /spool/Series/Notruf-Hafenkante/04/04-06-Kais-Entscheidung-20170111-103000.mp4 Mon 2022-12-05 20:15:08  -> 20:58:41 x /spool/Series/McLeods-daughters/4/4-21-Secrets_And_Lies.mp4 Mon 2022-12-05 21:10:37  -> 21:59:07 x /spool/Series/Koeter-Rex/05/05-07-Blinde-Wut-0707167312.mp4 That's one entry per video, showing start time, end time, end status (x means deleted, k means kept; I think I once had others) and path name.

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 23:25:27 UTC

More Luminar fun

Posted By Greg Lehey

Somehow Luminar shows itself from two different perspectives. On the one hand I'm almost bombarded with suggestions about how to do clever things. But they're not what I'm looking for right now. On the other hand, I still want to process my kangaroo photo. Last time I just went off and played around, and I had surprisingly good results under the circumstances. But they weren't spectacular, and today I tried working on the background image on tiwi, effectively the same photo cropped. This time things didn't go as well. In particular, the ?remove powerlines? didn't work At All. After expending considerably more time than on Friday, I was left with this transformation: Yes, the fences are gone.

Sat, 03 Dec 2022 01:22:41 UTC

Getting to know Lumninar Neo

Posted By Greg Lehey

Finally the Luminar Neo installation is finished. Please reboot! They're really doing everything to make me love them! OK, reboot, move the image to the task bar, start. I really wanted this to process this photo, one of many that I took on 14 August 2018: OK, work round the typical Microsoft space pain, create a new directory /Photos/1-Skylum, link the photos to it (for the fun of it I used the raw images, which it claims to handle), and start: That's a minimalist view.

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 00:43:57 UTC

Luminar after all?

Posted By Greg Lehey

I've been looking at Luminar photo processing software for 4 years now, and I've never found a good reason to install it. But it came close. In April this year I considered it to fix the artefacts in this photo and others that I took at the same time: At the time I discussed the issues in some detail, and also the confusion I had between their two products ?Luminar AI? and ?Luminar Neo?. The reviews were also not overly encouraging, so I left it.

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 00:41:50 UTC

Hanging daily cleanup run

Posted By Greg Lehey

For the last couple of days I've been getting mail messages like this: Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2022 03:01:00 +1100 (AEDT) From: Charlie Root <> To: Subject: daily run output daily prior run still in progress What's that?

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 01:14:34 UTC

More eBay pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

While in town, sent off the rain gauge that I finally got round to return. Next step: report it as sent and give the tracking number. But: It's worth reading the fine print, which contradicts the coarse print. Found a way to access the information after all and enter the tracking number. But what's wrong with these people? A change of generation? It's interesting to note that all people who communicated with me via ?chat? said things like: Hello Greg.

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 01:00:35 UTC

Shopping again

Posted By Greg Lehey

Into town again today for the weekly shopping, or at least the rest of it: we managed most of it on Monday. About the only thing of interest was that Google Maps suddenly stopped reporting in mid-message. And that proved to be because I no longer had mobile phone reception! Drove like that from Sebastopol to PETstock in Latrobe Street. Still no signal. That can't be right. Power down the phone, pop the SIM card and replace, reboot. And yes, I had reception again. What caused that? The phone had recognized the SIMM card before I powered it down, so probably a simple power cycle would have done the trick.