Cinematic Short Film

Today I decided to make a short film. I did some research and found the best settings on my Canon 80D for a cinematic look to my shots. I then used Final Cut Pro to figure out settings to make it look cinematic in the editing. Notice the letterbox look. I also found a perfect piece of music to go with the video. I think it looks pretty good. It’s very short but I think it looks cool. And hey, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Today I walked 2.06 miles.

Work Stopped Again

The screw extractor tool came yesterday but Valentine’s Day activities got in the way of getting back to the computer. So today I got back to it. I had no problem getting the screw out and taking the computer apart to get to the logic board. I started to remove the old capacitors but had a problem with the soldering iron. I spent most of the day working on this. I could not just heat them up and pull them out. After doing some more research I needed to get a DE-soldering iron. So I ordered it and it will come tomorrow which means at the end of the day when I need to spend time with my husband so this won’t get touched again until probably Saturday afternoon or Sunday. Ugh! I hate not having the tools I need to get these things done. It will get done though.

1.88 miles indoors today. Although the temperature got up to 71 degrees today I didn’t get outside because of some intermittent rain. Later in the afternoon I did get outside and enjoyed the temps and walked half a mile. The temperature broke a record at Dulles Airport when it got up to 76 degrees. Too warm for mid February.

Stripped Screw

Today I began my eMac project. I am soldering on new capacitors on the logic board. I began by taking out all the screws holding the case on. When I got to the last one it would come out and it got stripped in the process. So I had to halt the upgrade of the logic board and order some stripped screw remover. I’ll get back to it tomorrow when the tool arrives.

Total of 1.97 miles today.

Trump Effect and iMacs

It’s happening. The Trump effect is beginning. The country is in the midst of a horrible decline…in every aspect. Today it was the stock market. At one point it dropped 1600 points. The most in history. He’s ruining everything. The Dow closed down 1179 points. The single biggest drop in history. There goes some retirement accounts. I blame it all on Trump.

In other news I have been working on another computer. I got this 17-inch Late 2006 CD iMac on eBay for 99 bucks. It is in great shape. However, when it was shipped the guy stuck tape all over it. I had to use WD-40 to clean all the sticky off it. Then I maxed out the ram and replaced the hard drive with a 60 gig SSD. This one wasn’t nearly as bad as taking that eMac apart. And when I first plugged this thing in it began to stick like Indian food. So while I had it open to put the SSD inside, I cleaned it out really well. Now it’s like a new iMac! It’s fast and clean. I don’t have much use for it though. Maybe I’ll sell it on eBay and make some money. I don’t know. We’ll see.

I walked 1.81 miles today.

Old Computer

I’ve been buying a couple of old computers on eBay lately. Here’s my latest find. I got it for $80. It’s an eMac (USB 2.0). It is the low end eMac from 2004. It doesn’t even have Bluetooth. I have to use a wired keyboard and mouse. The problem is it keeps freezing up. After doing some research and taking the machine apart, I find that the capacitors need to be replaced. I’ve never done that before. But I ordered the parts I need and a soldering iron and I’m going to attempt to get this thing fixed. It’s like brand new. There was no dust inside and it came with the original box and cords. I think it was a good buy. I just want it to work. It’ll be a challenge but I’m up for it.

1.34 miles today.

iMac Ram Upgrade

A couple of weeks ago I showed you my new iMac. In this video I show you how to upgrade the ram on the iMac. Mine came with 8 gigs of ram. I bought 32 more gigs of ram. When finished I’ll have 40 gigs of ram. Click play to see the video.

New iMac

So…I broke down and ordered the new iMac today. It was introduced back in June but then I didn’t think I needed it. I’ve been having an issue importing video that’s shot on the my iPhone 8 plus. With the new IOS it stores the video files differently and has a different file for videos now. For some reason I could not for the life of me get those videos into my computer. It’s called High Efficiency Video Coding. I thought my iMac would be fine with it because I updated to the lasted OS but it didn’t work. I don’t know.

Anyway, I ordered the new iMac with the 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processor, 8 gigs of ram (I’ll upgrade the ram myself to 40 GB), the Radeon Pro 580 graphics chip and a 3 TB Fusion drive. I’m always excited about getting a new iMac. This one should arrive later next week. Yay!

Goodbye iPods

Today Apple discontinued the iPod Nano and the iPod Shuffle. Sales have been down for years and they probably want more people to subscribe to their music service instead of buying music. I have tons of music that I have downloaded from iTunes for years. I simply make play lists and play them on my iPhone. I don’t want to subscribe to Apple Music because I don’t like streaming music where you have to use your data on your phone plan as well as pay the monthly fee. I just don’t get it. Maybe I’m old. Either way, I’m sticking with the music I’ve downloaded over the years. Also, I haven’t used an iPod in years either. I use my iPhone.

Apple Keynote

Today Tim Cook delivered the keynote at the WWDC conference today. Apple introduced a slew of new things. It started with a new 10.5 iPad Pro and an update to the 12.9 inch iPad. I’m no longer buying iPads because all the ones I’ve bought have ended up sitting around my house. I won’t be getting a new one.

Then they talked about updated MacBooks, MacBook Pros and an updated iMac with faster processors, more memory and a new brighter display. My current iMac is 2 years old. It’s the exact same model as the one introduced today except for the updates. Not sure I need one but I might just take the jump. We’ll see. I just got a new MacBook Air in March so I won’t be upgrading that.

Then they announced an amazing looking iMac Pro. It’s got amazing specs and won’t ship until December. There is no way I could afford it but man it looks great and has great specs!

They also updated all the OSs. We’ll see High Sierra in the fall and IOS 11 then too. I’ll upgrade when that happens. They talked about the new watch OS and the new TV OS. Both of which I will update to when they are released.

They also talked about a Home Pod…an Alexa type home assistant. It’s going to be expensive and won’t be released until 2018. I’ll have to keep an eye on that one.

New MacBook Air

So…last week I decided to order a new MacBook Air. They haven’t been updated in almost two years except for speed bumps. Since I know they will be updating it soon, I wanted to get a new one before the ports changed. When they released the MacBook they took away all the ports except for the USB type C connection. I like all the ports on the current MacBook Air. I don’t want to lose the SD card slot. So because I don’t want it to change so much. I ordered a new one and it arrived today! Yay! It has the 3.2 Core i7 chip, 8 gig of ram and 512 SSD storage. Of course it’s fast and wonderful. I probably didn’t need to get it. I’m retiring in July and probably won’t use it much unless I travel. Now my husband has the old one. It’s his computer to deal with. If he breaks it, it’s his problem. hehehe

Netflix for iPad

So last night I reactivated my Netflix account and downloaded the Netflix app on the iPad. It’s a pretty good app. I can watch movies instantly. However, you have to have a wifi connection. It won’t work using the 3G. No big deal. I make my iMac a wifi hot spot and the iPad connects to it. The movies load really fast. If you have Netflix and an iPad, consider getting this app. It’s free!

Last night I watched Sunshine Cleaning. It was okay. I like Amy Adams and her part was pretty good but the movie overall wan’t that great. This one only gets two out of five A’s.

Tonight I watched Breakfast With Scot. I have the book but never got around to reading it. The movie was about a gay couple who take care of boy temporarily. The boy is gay and one of his “fathers” (Tom Cavanah) has a hard time dealing with the boy being gay. The movie basically continues with this storyline. It’s a cute story. I enjoyed it. The only thing I didn’t like was some of the scenes filmed included the microphone. I would think the film editor would see this and cut that out. Check out the picture below. Anyway, it was a decent movie. I’d give it three out of five A’s.

Here’s how creative I am. I don’t have a stand for my iPad to hold it horizontally. So I took a kleenex box and cut a slit in it just enough to hold the iPad horizontally. It worked pretty well.

iPad Ordered

The pre-orders for the iPad began this morning at 8:30 AM Eastern time. I was planning on being one of the first but I was in a meeting. So it wasn’t until about 10:30 that I was able to pre-order my iPad. Which one did I order?

I ordered the iPad with wi-fi and 3G connectivity. I got the 64 GB model. I also ordered the dock and an extra power adapter. Of course I had to get the top of the line, right? Good thing my tax refund came in. It will cover the cost. Plus I have a gift card left over from the holidays.

Now I just have to wait until the end of April for the iPad to be shipped. If I had gotten the wi-fi model, I could pick it up at the Apple store on April 3rd. But no, I have to wait until the end of April. I’m ready to wait but of course I want it now. Anyone else order one today?

Apple iPad

Apple has done it. Today Steve Jobs was back to introduce the iPad. It was good to see him back at it. I wonder if this might be his last “big thing”. I think the iPad falls between the iPod Touch and the MacBook. It’s bigger and better than an iPod Touch but smaller and not as powerful as a full size computer. I think it’s amazing. Of course I want one.

I’m sure you’ve already read or heard about all the things it can do and what features it has so I won’t go over them here. You can always head over to Apple and read about them for yourself. Or watch the video about it, it’s pretty cool. I will say though that I’m a little disappointed that it doesn’t have a camera built in. I like all the other features though. The size of the screen is perfect. I think it’s time I give up my Kindle and get the iPad. I have the iPod Touch but the screen is too small to do all things I want to do with it. I barely use it anymore. This screen is the right size to do what I want to do on the go. There is a version that offers the 3G option but I won’t pay a monthly service fee for that. I’ll rely on the wifi for online things.

They aren’t available yet but by the time they are, I might have my tax refund back and able to buy one. We’ll see.

Day 290 of 365

Apple introduces a bunch of new things today. The one that excited me most was the new 27″ iMac. It’s huge, fast, fancy, and cool. If I hadn’t of just gotten one last March, I’d be ordering one right now! Isn’t it beautiful?


Day 294 of 365 I should have waited a few more months to get my iMac. I want the new one!