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Wednesday, 22 June 2022 Dereel Images for 22 June 2022
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Where's Troy?
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

Troy Addicoat was due to erect the shed today, and to call me by yesterday if he couldn't make it. Neither happened.

Called him in the morning, and he said that he would call back in 5 minutes. He didn't. Over the course of the day I tried several times, only getting voice mail. Finally I sent him an SMS threatening—once again—legal action

And that was all I heard.


Where have all my contacts gone?
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Yvonne back from shopping and wanted to know why her phone no longer knew who I was. Instead of displaying my name and image, it just showed the phone number.

Further investigation showed that almost, but not quite, all of her contacts had disappeared. Checked on a real computer and discovered the same thing: somehow they were just plain gone.

How can that happen? Yes, of course it's possible to delete contacts, but Yvonne doesn't know how to do that, and I can't see her accidentally deleting 50 or so contacts. Went into settings and discovered that it's possible to restore older versions of the contacts list, and yesterday's seem to be OK. But what causes that?

To be safe, got her to change her Google password, though I don't really think that it was a breakin.


Early 35 mm cameras
Topic: photography, history, opinion Link here

When was the 35 mm film cassette introduced? That's a question that I answered on Quora years ago (my answer: probably the Leica Standard). But today somebody upvoted the answer, and I went back to take a look.

And there was an answer that had been downvoted, pointing to this page. It seems that there were dozens of still cameras using 35 mm film in the early part of the last century. I need to spend more time looking at it.

What a useless site Quora has become! Why can people just downvote useful information like that?


More choucroute thoughts
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Finished off Sunday's choucroute today. Yes, definitely too little potato. Also too little sauerkraut. And I already used much less than any recipe recommends. More modifications to the recipe.


Thursday, 23 June 2022 Dereel → Napoleons → Dereel Images for 23 June 2022
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Troy: the next delay
Topic: Stones Road house, general, technology Link here

Troy Addicoat did respond to yesterday's SMS, at 16:31:

I am sorry but were we are working has not got A lot of service and can't Cole I will call you tomorrow morning

Where's the email copy? I didn't see one. Yet another reliability issue with these damned Android “devices”. Called him up, and it he tells me that the weather has not been in his favour, and now it looks like it'll be the end of next week at the earliest before he can do our job. He didn't take me up on the offer of equipment hire. I suppose that's a good sign, though I'm reasonably sure that he's quoting an overly optimistic time. Still, the real deadline was for the Anke Hawke clinic, which, barring further catastrophes, will start tomorrow. Since he can't make that, a few more days won't make much difference.


A leg of lamb for Lena
Topic: animals Link here

While walking the dogs, Larissa found a severed lamb leg in Spearys Road. Not quite the cut of meat you associate with roast lamb, but still a lamb leg. She dropped it, Lena grabbed it and took it home with her:


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How did it get there? Yvonne suspects a fox, but that seems unlikely to me.


Finally! The Kiev 3a!
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

“You have mail” slip from Australia Post in the letter box today. Finally the Kiev 3a has arrived from, well, Kyiv. Off to the post office to pick it up and unpacked it.

It's really in good condition, particularly the case:

 
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The camera is a little grimy, but in excellent condition:

 
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What's missing? The instruction manual! It was in the sales description on eBay:

 
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And that proved to be more of an issue than I thought. I had difficulty getting it to focus, and I wasn't able to find the shutter dial without a Google search. And even then, it seems that there are no instruction manuals for this model to be found on the web. I found an instruction manual for the Zeiss Contax IIIa, which seems to be very different from the Zeiss/Kiev III, which were both almost identical to my camera. And strangely the Zeiss Contax IIIa has a considerably smaller rangefinder base. This photo is from the page above, but they make it almost impossible to link to it:

 
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The shutter is set from the wind knob (and yes, it winds in the same direction as every other 35 mm camera except the Exakta, from left to right). But unlike most other cameras, there's no separate shutter speed dial: it's under the wind knob, barely visible:

 
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To set the speed, you lift the knob and turn it so that the dot matches the fixed shutter speed dial below.

And for some reason there's a lock for the lens, keeping focus at infinity. There's also a wheel near the shutter release for focusing. A whole lot of interesting ideas that somehow didn't survive.

Apart from that, it's interesting to compare the cameras. It looks bulky, and to an extent it is. But what surprises me is the size of the lens. It's a Юпитер-8 (Jupiter-8) 5 cm f/2 lens, basically a rebadged Sonnar, but it's so small. Here next to the 5 cm f/3.5 Fed on the Fed:


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And here compared with the 50 mm f/2.8 Cassar on the Contax D:


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Is it extensible? It doesn't seem to be.

One of the interesting things about this camera is the extremely wide rangefinder base. And it makes itself felt. Compared to the Fed/Leica, focusing is much more precise. It's strange that the Zeiss Contax IIIa reduced the base. I wonder why.

And the exposure meter? It seems to work. Here with the cover closed and then open:

 
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But in bright sunlight it goes off the scale. Is there some range switch somewhere? And how do you interpret the indication? The rewind button has something like a calculator on it:

 
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“ГОСТ” (GOST) is the old Soviet film speed measurement system, and clearly there are apertures and shutter speeds underneath. They can be turned relative to each other, but I don't see any relationship with the meter readings. None of this is made any easier by the very small markings on a reflective background.

Still, it's interesting to see the amount of technological innovation that went into this camera. Yes, it was made in 1957 (the first 2 digits of the serial number show that), but the design goes back to the 1936 Contax III; the only significant difference is the flash synchronization (1/25 s!).


Finally a simple git invocation
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

The FreeBSD Core Team has private data, of course. In my day we kept it with RCS, but that's no longer modern. So of course now it's kept with git.

How do I access it?

=== grog@dereel (/dev/pts/2) ~/core 103 -> git clone freefall:/secret/core/mysecret/mygit.git
Cloning into 'repo'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 30603, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (30603/30603), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (13306/13306), done.
remote: Total 30603 (delta 13903), reused 29661 (delta 13265), pack-reused 0
Receiving objects: 100% (30603/30603), 8.35 MiB | 257.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (13903/13903), done.

I've changed the pathname for obvious reasons, but it was really that simple. That's so different from all the pain I've had with git in the past. Of course, it wasn't all that simple. I've already established that for a normal commit to a repository I need two steps, first commit, then push. But in this case, I also needed an add, though the file already existed. I wish I understood this program.


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