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Installing another air conditioner
Topic: Stones Road house, general, technology, opinion Link here

Nathan Barnes and his apprentice Justin along this morning at 8:00 to install a Mitsubishi MSZ-AP-60VG2 air conditioner. As if the early hour wasn't bad enough, the remote controlled front gate had got jammed, not for the first time, and I had to go out into the freezing cold and dark with only a dressing gown to un-jam it.

They got stuck into it pretty quickly. About the only issue was that we had to briefly take house power down, so nearly all the computers had to be powered down. Once again lagoon survived on the UPS, but the other machines didn't have one. I took the opportunity to put them in circuit, only for the main machines.

By 15:30 they were done and gone, and the air conditioner was working:


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Nathan also continued his investigation of the Actron Air unit. The inside part of the circuit had lost more than half its pressure over the last week, and he found that the coil of the inside unit was once again clogged with gunk, but also had a massive leak. It'll need to be replaced, and for that I'm looking at round $3,000, roughly what we paid to have the new unit installed.

Why? Like Tony Nesci before him, he had never seen anything like it before, and he, too, thought that the material was dog hair until he looked at it more carefully. It's almost certainly spider's webs. Are the two issues related? On the face of it, no: one is dirt, the other is damage to the piping. But we should really look at stopping either happening again. Mice chewing up the duct between return air and inside unit? Maybe, but the clogging doesn't look like mice. In any case, he can't do it this month: he let a lot of other stuff lie to do our installation, and now it's his other customers' turn. July? August? At least we have a stop-gap, even if it's not exactly a replacement for the Actron unit.


Google: You have violated our policy
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Sent a message about the Tapiola panoramas to the Hugin mailing list today. The response was swift and unexpected:

We're letting you know that we've permanently removed the content at https://groups.google.com/d/msg/hugin-ptx/6cIfYhbkz74/yG2lQnBmBgAJ

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What an arrogant, inaccurate and stupid response! What “external report”? What inappropriate content? Why a URL when they have deleted it? And my only recourse is proving my claims in court. Google, I have found you obnoxious for some time, but this is extremely insulting. “Don't be evil”, indeed!

What was their bot objecting to? I guessed, without much evidence, that it was the number of image URLs that I put in the message. Rewrote it without those URLs and it was accepted. What a pain!


New photo toys
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

I've been taking photos now for 60 years. This unremarkable photo was taken at the Bath Festival on 11 June 1964, 60 years ago yesterday:

 
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The camera was a Voss Diaxette, a particularly primitive camera with no light meter. How did I get the exposure right? It wasn't just this image: all the photos I took looked relatively well exposed.

But recently I was reminded: I had a Zeiss Icon Ikophot exposure meter, and recently I found one on eBay for a price I could afford. It arrived today:

 
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It's really quite a pretty thing. Interesting to note the shutter speeds in the old series 1/25 to 1/125, and that when I received it the thing was set to 40 ASA. Or was it? It also shows 18° DIN, which is now 50 ASA. On the other hand, the sensitivity range is from 3 (!) to 800 ASA or 30° DIN.

 
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So is the dial slightly off-centre? You wouldn't think so for a device of this quality.

It's surprising how little reliable information there is on the device. This Camerapedia page gives a feeling:

The first Ikonophot [sic] 1328/1 light meter was manufactured in Dresden by Zeiss-Ikon A. G. in 1339.

But wait, there's more! An Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH [German, no English version available] Hektor 13.5 cm f/4.5 and a 20 cm f/4.5 Telyt:

 
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According to this serial number list, the Hektor was made in 1951, and the Telyt was made in 1956. That makes the Hektor the oldest lens that I have, now 73 years old. Last week I found another site which gives me the same years.

What can I do them? Both of them fit my FED 1, but that won't help with the Telyt, which, as I only discovered later, is designed for a Visoflex and thus requires 62.5 mm distance from the camera flange.

One of the reasons for this purchase is that my FED has a film in it, and potentially there are interesting images on it. The lens for the FED is 50 mm f/3.5 Fed lens with no apparent serial number. It appears to be an Elmar copy, and the diaphragm is jammed at f/4. So if there are any exposures left on the film, I'll take them with the Hektor.

What do I do with the Telyt? I could theoretically mount it on my (Pentax) bellows, which compress to 45 mm, and use it on my Olympus cameras. I have an adapter from M42 to Micro Four Thirds, but I'd also need an adapter from M39 to M42. Is it worth it? Surprisingly it appears to be the widest aperture lens that I have at that focal length, though the Zuiko Digital ED 35-100 mm f/2.0 would beat it with a 2x teleconverter.


Mini hamburger bun
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

One of these silly things that we can't find in Australia are sensible hamburger buns. The ones we do find are far too soft. Today Yvonne brought some “mini sourgdough” buns, so we ate hamburgers again. Mini? We couldn't get our teeth round them, and Yvonne left half of hers for breakfast:

 
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Warmth!
Topic: Stones Road house, general, animals, opinion Link here

Finally we have air conditioning again, after nearly 2 weeks:

 
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Wall-mounted air conditioners are never as uniform in their heat distribution as ducted systems, and there were temperature differences of up to 3°. I soon improved on that, but in the meantime the cats had found the warmest place:

 
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After adjusting the position of the vents and moving the cabinet beneath to one side, things worked better:

 
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Leica to M43 adapter
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

Four days after buying the Leitz lenses on 3 June 2024, I ordered a Leica to Micro Four Thirds lens adapter. The lenses came from Perth and took 9 days to arrive. The adapter came from Shenzhen and arrived today, after 7 days. What's wrong with Australia Post?

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Yes, it does what it says. But there are a couple of issues. First, the screw thread doesn't register correctly, so the tripod mount of the Hektor was off-centre:

 
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And I couldn't focus with the fake Elmar. Like many older lenses, it has an infinity lock that needs to be depressed to move from the infinity position:

 
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And the body of the adapter is too wide, getting in the way of the release pin:

 
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You'd think that they would have noticed that and fixed it.


Front gate issues
Topic: Stones Road house, general Link here

Our electric front gate has jammed a couple of times recently. Before we connected the opener, there was a conventional chain, and for some reason the wind has been blowing the gate into a more “closed” position on the wrong side of the chain hook:

 
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Presumably a bigger hammer will fix that.


Quora: regurgitating?
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

It's pretty clear that Quora is on its last legs, and it has been for some time. Recently I have been receiving upvotes for old replies, notably “Should I buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5 or the EM1?”, which I answered in November 2016. Why am I getting upvotes now? My guess is that Quora picked the reply out of a hat and presented it to numerous people. Until last week I had had one upvote; now it's 14.


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