FYI, the Razer Abyssus Mirror is still my favourite wired mouse. Very reliable, no software drivers needed, sensitivity and polling rate settings as physical buttons on the underside, easy to clean, ambidextrous.

Seit der Ansprache der Kanzlerin gestern ist heute deutlich weniger los auf den Straßen hier oben in Trier. Schön.

Really cool ad for the new iPad Pro but dang that new Magic Keyboard has me excited. Glad to see it’s going to work with my 2018 iPad Pro. It’s an insta-purchase for me.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0P0FQ770dE

Holy smokes, the latest Slack update is great. Really liking the new organisation and having all major UI elements on one side. Bravo, Slack team, bravo!

Spring is here. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to a curfew and we all get to enjoy scenes like this. I guess having to take my dog out for walks might be even more of a blessing soon.

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Today was a productive day on all fronts. Let’s hope tomorrow is going to go similarly well.

The feature in my iPhone 7 Plus that I like most these days?
Waterproofing. I wash it at least once per day with a tiny bit of dishwashing detergent and some luke warm water.

Not gonna lie, this week’s episode of The Bugle was one of the funniest in recent memory. Thank you Tiff, Alice, and Andy!

Watching ST:TNG “Galaxy’s Child”. Geordi’s storyline is one of the most cringeworthy things ever in Star Trek. The not so subtle crush he has on Brahms, the invasion of privacy, the horrible advances. Kudos to LeVar Burton for acting this out and Susan Gibney for enduring it.

This week was hard on all of us. So here’s a picture of Bijou napping peacefully. Maybe it helps a bit.

Mid-sized dog sleeping on a bed that is covered with a red blanket

I cannot even begin to express how much joy Star Trek – Picard fills me with. This perfect mix of a great story, amazing acting, cameos, and references, is almost too much to handle emotionally.

Interessant, ich beginne an den Liedern von Peter Fox Gefallen zu finden. Hätte ich vor einigen Jahren nicht gedacht.

Es gibt ja Leute, die verkaufen IKEA Ivar-Regalböden des alten Typs. Die sind doch wahnsinnig.

In reference to my last post, my current poison from Mondo del Caffè:
“F.U.R.O.R.E.” & “Indien Yellikodige Estate AA”

Two coffee containers with various labels stuck to the top

Ever since this comic was published for the first time, I briefly think about it when I make a fresh pot. (From Zach Weiner’s ever brilliant SMBC Comics.)

The switch to 1× is happening. New crankset and an e*thirteen XCX Plus 3-39 cassette have been ordered. Taking a bit of a gamble on the cassette since I haven’t found even one serious review of it online. Super curious how it’ll behave with a Shimano RD-RX800 derailleur.

Ok, I didn’t think this would happen but I might go hydraulic/mechanical 1× on the gravel bike after all. Updates soon-ish.

This woman is delightful, smart, and fierce. I believe the U.S. would heal and prosper with her as POTUS.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — Hometown Hospitality With Senator Elizabeth Warren

Apple doesn't care about audio quality my butt, Neil Young

By internet time this story is ages old, I know, but I was reminded again that Apple cares about audio quality and why Neil Young is so.very.wrong. 😉
He made a few waves in the tech sphere in late January by stating something to the effect of the Apple’s MacBook Pro having a shit DAC (Digital Analogue Converter) and Apple generally caring more about consumerism than creating high quality audio equipment for professionals.

Jim Dalrymple thoroughly debunked any of the claims made by Young on The Loop weeks ago but I wanted to offer a different example:
The Apple Lightning/USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter

Many people make fun of these little dongles and I get it. Apple removed the headphone jack from its iPhone and iPads and replaced it with an easy-to-lose USD 9.— dongle and they called it courage. My feelings about the dongle went from a solid meh (#donglelyfe) to loving these little things, seriously loving them. The reason is simple: they have amazing sound quality.

In more technical terms (source 1, source 2):

  • The output source impedance measures > 1Ω.
  • Frequency response is close to perfectly flat.
  • Harmonic distortion is almost nonexistent across various resistances (Ω).
  • Dynamic range is on par with previous iPhone headphone jacks, which had great audio quality

In less technical terms it means that these little dongles can drive extremely sensitive earphones with no to absolutely minimal changes to the frequency response (their sound signature) on the one hand and can also power full-size headphones on the other hand. To get this kind of flexibility and sound quality, you’d typically have to buy and lug around a dedicated portable DAC.

My earphones of choice are the Campfire Audio Andromeda, great sounding earphones that are very hard to drive properly. Sources with an output resistance of larger than 1Ω will quickly and negatively impact the sound signature, starting with reducing the bass response dramatically.

Using Apple’s dongles, they sound brilliant, same as they do on my MacBook Pro. I even use the USB-C dongle to listen to music on the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 that I use for work a lot. Its 3.5 mm audio jack is … not good, to be polite. With a USB-A to USB-C adapter and the USB-C audio dongle (again #donglelyfe), I get perfect audio quality listening to losslessly compressed music.

So no, Mr. Young, Apple does care about audio quality even on a consumer level. And what I use for proof are these tiny, easy-to-lose, beautifully sounding, flexible dongles.

I continue to be shocked about the incredible gap in competence and clarity of communication between Elizabeth Warren and the other Democratic Party candidates in the upcoming U.S. presidential election as well as the U.S. media’s seemingly intentional neglect of her.

I would kill for a Psion 5mx style keyboard case for my iPhone

No no no, hear me out…

It’s crazy how many things I can get done on this little super computer that is my smartphone but sometimes when writing longer texts, particularly email responses, or blog post, or telling someone on the internet how they’re so wrong about something (kidding), having a physical keyboard is a blessing.

So when this video popped up in my youtube recommendations, I thought, yeah no, not something like this because that’s stupid and unusable unless you have very thin fingers.

I’ve found this little old ThinkOutside foldable bluetooth keyboard for Pocket PCs over a year ago for € 30.— and take it with me as a redundancy if my laptop or iPad doesn’t work on a trip. They keys assignments are obviously made for Pocket PCs/Windows CE and the keys are not big but it’s still a huge productivity boost if you really need to write a lot.

iPhone 7 Plus on the ThinkOutside Bluetooth Keyboard

The Psion 5mx was maybe my favourite PDAs back in the day. The keyboard was big enough for some semblance of multi-finger typing and it was a pleasure to type on. If someone where to make a keyboard case for smartphones with a versatile insert system for different smartphones (read: future proofing) and a wired connection (think: adapters for USB-C, Lightning, Micro-USB), I’d be all …

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I could live with a bluetooth connection too and in that case, add a big battery into the bottom to give it some heft and long battery life.

Alternatively, just make the Palm Foldable Keyboard again (at some point Targus had the rights to it), lest I might seriously consider making an adapter for it.

Mole hill I’m willing to die on:
Apple’s Butterfly Keyboards provide the most comfortable typing experience with the highest degree of precision. They’re fragile and require care but they’re amazing.

Symphoniekonzert des Collegium Musicum der Universität Trier. Immer wieder ein Genuß.
(Mussorgsky, Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Bonus: Paganini)

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Fujifilm just announced my next camera, the X100V (ARGH!)

Yesterday Fujifilm announced a few new things at their “X Summit” in London. The most consequential one for me was the announcement of the X100V. It’s the fifth generation of the X100 series and it’s going to be my next camera.

I’ve been in love with the concept of the X100 series since shortly after I started shooting with Fujifilm APS-C cameras but it always had too many crucial drawbacks for me to consider actually buying one.

The lens

The first lens I bought for my X-E1 way back when, was the XF23mmF1.4 R. I purchased it because after inspecting the photos I had taken with the XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM kit lens, I saw that most of my shots were in the 22–24 mm range and I wanted something with a wider aperture to play around with. The 23/1.4 is still the lens I shoot with the most. I absolutely love it.

The lens in the X100 series, while decent, simply didn’t have the same versatility. Corner sharpness wasn’t very good at f/2 and shooting at close focus distances wide open resulted in very soft pictures. Coming from the XF23mmF1.4 R, that’s simply not something I would be able to accept.

(As a side note, the same drawbacks of the X100 lens also apply to the XF23mmF2 R WR lens, albeit not in the severity as found in the X100 series lenses up until now. It’s the reason why I sold the lens again after having used it for a few months.)

Weather sealing

I can’t begin to say how much I appreciate this on my Fujifilm cameras. I have it on the X-Pro2, on the X-T3, and I had it on the X-T1. I take a camera with me almost everywhere I go in any weather. Be it for a trip downtown or going hiking with my dogs. The cameras and weather sealed lenses have handled everything I’ve thrown at them so far and I had hoped Fujifilm would’ve added this to the X100F already, but no.

Now, the new X100V is properly weather sealed once you put a protective filter on the lens and that gives you an extremely compact package that you can take anywhere.

Flippy screen

Maybe you like it maybe you don’t, I like having it and dislike not having it on the X-Pro2. To get this in a camera as small as the X100V is just a nice bonus that only increases the camera’s usefulness.


After the announcement, I read the excellent preview written by Jonas Rask and immediately knew that it would be very hard to pass up on the X100V.

Then the first review by Chris and Jordan of DPReview TV was published and that completely sealed the deal. It’s worth a watch.


An observation regarding Fujifilm’s product policy

Chris Nichols and Jordan Drake mentioned something interesting in the video. Fujifilm has put almost all features found in the very recently released X-Pro3 into the X100V. More than you’d typically expect for what is essentially a compact large-sensor camera. Even the video features are solid for the most part.
This really made me happy because it shows that Fujifilm is essentially following Apple’s (and particularly Steve Jobs’s playbook) for positioning and releasing products:
Instead of artificially separating their product lines to prevent cannibalisation, by limiting the feature sets compared to the flagship products, they let their products cannibalise themselves instead of letting products by other manufacturers do so. This creates true choice for customers and—to me—is a sign of respect for the customers by the company.

Well dammit. Looks like I’ll be exploring a change in groupset and braking system for my gravel bike after all. This review of the Yokozuna Ultimo mechanical/hydraulic brakes makes them seem like a good option.