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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

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I would like to age like Jeff Goldblum.

My gear list for our trip to Iceland is growing by the day. I’m going to have to make some hard decisions to keep weight down.

I need a drone that works like a Russian doll. Starting at the size of my Phantom 4 Pro all the way down to the small size of my Airhogs DR1 with 4 or 5 steps between.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10

Occasionally I will have need to transfer photos from Eliza’s iPhone X to my Windows 10 laptop. I’ve found the process of transferring the photos to be excruciatingly slow, unreliable, and frustrating. That is, until I figured out a better way.

Most tutorials, including Microsoft’s own, will recommend you plug the phone into your computer, open the Photos for Windows 10 app, and import the files through that app. But this never worked for me. I was attempting to transfer just under 5,000 photos and the process rarely worked for more than a few hundred before the phone disconnected, the process halted, or an error message popped up.

It turns out there is a better way. Here are the steps I recommend.

Transferring files from iPhone X to Windows 10 screenshot

  1. Open iPhone’s Settings app and navigate to Photos and under “Transfer to Mac or PC” choose “Keep Originals”
  2. Connect your iPhone to Windows 10 via USB
  3. Open File Explorer and navigate to “This PC”
  4. Under Devices right click on the now connected iPhone and choose “Import Photos & Videos”

Using this process proved to work reliably and much quicker than going through the Photos app. Also, toggling that one option in Settings made a world of difference in reliability.

Of course, this was my experience, your mileage may vary.

Joel Embiid writing about me

Joel Embiid, Center for the Philadelphia 76ers:

Listen, I know it’s a stereotype, but have you ever seen a normal, 30-year-old white guy shoot a three-pointer? That elbow is tucked, man. The knees are bent. The follow-through is perfect. Always. You know how in America, there’s always an older guy wearing like EVERLAST sweat-shorts at the court? That guy is always a problem. His J is always wet.

I’m that guy. I’m the problem! 🙂

At least, I hope to be for a few more decades.

Leo Laporte leaves Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook

Leo Laporte:

Yesterday I deactivated my Twitter account and kicked Tumblr to the curb. A couple of weeks ago I did the same with Instagram. A month or so before that I killed Facebook. And I survived. No, thrived!

I had deleted my Twitter account in the past and lived. And while I haven’t deleted my account again I am on Twitter far less than ever. I spend much more time in my RSS reader (like in 2003 era), dabble on Micro.blog, and now on Mastodon a bit. It feels so much better even if decentralized.

Palmer Lucky on Magic Leap

Palmer Lucky, co-founder of Oculus (no longer with the company):

The product they put out is reasonably solid, but is nowhere close to what they had hyped up, and has several flaws that prevent it from becoming a broadly useful tool for development of AR applications. That is not good for the XR industry. It is slightly better than Hololens in some ways, slightly worse in others, and generally a small step past what was state of the art three years ago – this is more Hololens 1.1 than Consumer AR 1.0.

He didn’t hold back. But, then again, I wouldn’t expect him to.

Seeing every social tool begin to see growth is very reassuring. I think a decentralized future – one where no one network owns all people or content – is coming. It won’t just be Mastodon or just blogs or even just Micro.blog. It will be them all and others.

If you’re new to Mastodon my post from over a year ago is still very relevant if you need to catch up on what it is, how it works, etc.

Back on a different Mastodon instance

Longtime readers of my blog will know that I was on Mastodon and then didn’t log back in for a long time. My instance (mastodon.cloud) was sold? or was given? to a new Admin so my account was suspended and I couldn’t reset my password. I reached out to the current Admin via email and he/she said that they cannot restore my old account but could delete it and create a new one with the same name.

I decided to ask them to simply delete that account and I would create a new account on the OG instance at mastodon.social/@cdevroe

I have no specific plans to use this account other than to keep up with what is going on in the Mastodon world. But if you feel like connecting there please do.