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Ever since the first NEX-5 came out, I've been trumpeting its strong points. With the notable exception of the amazing new Sony RX1, the NEX-5 series is the smallest camera with an APS-C or bigger sensor. In other words, it's the smallest camera that you can really get professional level shots out of. The two big features that I've wanted ever since Sony came out with this camera are in-camera charging so that I don't have to carry around a separate charger, and an audio-in port.
The built in microphone is acceptable, but if there's any amount of wind or background noise, audio quality degrades very quickly. Despite the incredible optical quality of the camera, the audio quality when recording videos has been its Achilles' heel, making many videos unusable. All that Sony would need to do to fix this is put a tiny little microphone jack on the camera. The new NEX-6 and the NEX-7 both have microphone jacks, but getting that jack isn't worth the (admittedly small) increase in camera size.
In a desperate attempt to improve sound quality, I bought Sony's own solution, a microphone that clips to the top of the camera. While it's better than the built-in mic, the microphone was still vulnerable to camera noise as well as background noise. Plus, sometimes you just want to wear a little clip-on lav mic and not worry about outside sounds.
I searched online for some solution, but although there was speculation that it might be possible to hack something together, no one had actually done it. One night, as I drifted off to sleep, my mind circled back around to the microphone issue. I had been recording a video every day for a couple months, and I really wished that I could just plug a microphone in. There had to be a solution. I decided that since the add-on Sony mic wasn't that great anyway, I'd take it apart the next day and see what I could figure out.
Hey guys, I'm curious about if theres anything I need to do to optimize SEO for my site powered by Sett. Apparently google can't find the robots.txt and I'm not sure if I need a sitemap like other wordpress sites.
Hey guys, I'd like to stop by your site and connect with all the new SETT bloggers getting started since the launch. Post your URLs!
Last time i checked on coinbase a bitcoin only costs $220 and I've seen prices at $180. The trend seems that bitcoin is dropping, what do you guys think of this? Is it a good time to buy? If ~$200 is market value, what do you guys think actual value is (of course "actual" is speculative)
I bought a 1996 Winnebago Rialta to live in starting when the lease on my house is done at the end of May. Obviously Tynan was an inspiration in the sense that I would never have considered an RV if not for him, but long before he and I reconnected I'd always taken the stance that I would live in the smallest living space possible as long as I had a great kitchen.
So, when I was looking around at apartments in Seattle's Capitol Hill recently and dreading moving into a lousy studio in some nice building's basement with an electric stove and a crummy refrigerator, I thought, wait a minute, Tynan's got a great kitchen in his RV. Time to put my money where my mouth is.
I've done a fair amount of work on it. The Community section of tynan.com is a perfect place to log this stuff. I'll post some status here in a minute.
My question is for those computer guys. I have 3 computers in my house. I have 2 Acers and 1 Dell laptop. I bought them at Wal-Mart, so they are the basic computers. I have Verizon FIOS internet service, which I believe to be a pretty fast connection service.
Lately, all of the computers have a pop up on bottom right of screen that says "High Disk Usage" and another pop up in the middle/top of screen that asks "Do you want to kill page or wait". This just started happening about a month ago. Sometimes it takes 30 seconds or more to load a new web page.
I do a "disk cleanup" and it helps a little. There isn't much to clean up if you do that several times a day.
One of the computers has a tendency now to just lose the internet connection when this "kill or wait" occurs. If I turn the computer off and back on, it works.
Any suggestions on what to do to end this problem?
I've been playing around with different ideas and techniques for habit building over the years, and this is my most recent take on it (well, the short version):
Each month, I publish a list of the habits I’m currently trying to establish in my life on my blog (like “only do one cheat meal per week”) and document my day-to-day successes and failures via Google Docs. And then I punish myself for the latter ones… $10 for every single time I didn’t stick to a habit.
If you want to read about my process in more detail:
Since habit building is one of the main things Tynan talks about (that's why I started reading his blog in the first place) and since I imagine his readers to be pretty experienced with habit building strategies as well, I would be very interested in your feedback, to further optimize my process! Specifically:
I like business ideas. I started watching the show "The Profit" with Marc Lemonis last year. It came on after Sharktank, which I also like that show. This guy, Marc Lemonis, is a pretty sharp character. I believe his main business is CampingWorld, or he has a majority interest. He was integral in getting that company to sponsor the NASCAR "CampingWorld" Truck Series.
Marc strolls into a financially struggling business and looks for a way to write a check to get the business the money it needs to get on the right track. He also takes a big share of ownership and takes 100% control of the People, Process and Products. It is usually a very humiliating time for the owner of the struggling business as Marc points out every little flaw about the person and their business. I admit, some of the owners needed a kick in the butt to get their head back into the game. There are other people that are so busy trying to keep their heads above water financially that they were unable to make any big changes.
I have read the book "The Magic of Thinking Big". Marc Lemonis has the thinking big in every situation. He has an episode with a woman that has a popcorn stand at an amusement park, and he immediately jumps into producing bags of popcorn to ship to stores across the USA. He does the same with a little candy shop that has been operating in a residential area.
It will be interesting to see how his partnerships materialize. This is only the 3rd year of the show, so the businesses Marc has invested in are still in the infancy of his changes. I would recommend the show to entrepreneurs. The show has a lot of good moments about business ideas, personal relationships in business, and budget/expense forecasting. The episodes are real people in real businesses.
I have never been able to hold a grudge or ill will towards others. I was always taught to forgive and release the anger from my heart. When things are happening bad to you, it is somewhat a reaction to want to invoke some type of revenge on the other party. If you over react, and do something harmful to the other person, you may face more trouble and/or continue the bad situation.
There is a saying "What comes around, goes around". And that statement has come true for me many times. You may hold the upper hand today, but you may not in the future. So, use your power cautiously.
One incident that greatly affected me occurred when I was 12 years old. I was pretty good at sports (not great, but not bad). I loved playing baseball, and practiced every moment I could. I was good enough to make the All Star team for my little league. I was so proud and excited when I made that team.
The coaches of that team were a few young guys (mid 20's) that had grown up playing in the little league. They were given their first chance to take over the All Star team, which was an honor for them since usually the coaches were the long time organizers of the little league. They were now given the reins and responsibility. I was only 12 years old, but I could see that these guys were big kids rather than mature adults. At first, I was kind of happy because I thought these guys wouldn't be so strict like the older coaches.
These young coaches started out very serious, but that didn't last long. We practiced everyday, and with each day they digressed into saying smart aleck, sarcastic comments all practice. They tried to get kids to start doing the same thing to other kids on the team to gang up on a particular kid. They were just a bunch of clowns that didn't know how to supervise kids. As you can imagine, the wise cracking got around to me as the victim at some point, and the fun of playing baseball abruptly ended for me. I quit the team because I wasn't going to allow them to harass me. This ended my friendships with several of my teammates permanently as they continued to talk about me after I quit. It was quite devastating at the time, as I was very upset and isolated. The further frustrating part was that my parents, nor any other people at the little league put a stop to this ridiculous behavior.
There are various reasons for small businesses not succeeding. The first reason I would say is that they lack having a system oriented approach...like franchises. The small business usually doesn't have a policy manual to follow. They make decisions based on reacting to what is happening at the time. They don't have a training manual or procedure to keep focus on what everyone's responsibilities are.
1. Budgeting: There is rarely a money or budget system in place to manage expenses or plan out purchases. If money is available, they buy what they think will get them more money in the short term.
2. Disagreements and decision making: There are usually disagreements or fallouts among the business owners, managers and employees. When the business starts, no one wants to think of how to deal with disagreements because everyone is positive. When disagreements start, there is no format to follow for who has the power to make the final decision. And, there are some people that don't want to be the person blamed for making a bad decision, so they stay quiet, and wait for the opportunity to blame someone else.
3. Competition: There is always competition popping up. I once worked for a restaurant that was the first delivery Chinese food in our city. As soon as we got super busy, and the word got around, there was 7 new Chinese delivery restaurants within 2 miles of our establishment. Of course, most all of the restaurants failed because of over saturation of the market.
4. Changes in customer habits: There have been multitudes of businesses that failed due to customers changing their routines. When Wal-Mart came to town, they knocked out a lot of Mom and Pop stores who couldn't challenge Wal-Mart on price. We hardly have an independent grocery store in town. Only in the low income areas that other stores wouldn't locate a chain store in the neighborhood because of crime and poverty.