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Local governments are not suited for ERP solutions designed for model enterprises, as they are more complex, less well-funded, and have a wider range of services to provide with little control over revenue. The mis-selling of services by corporate carnivores is a problem, and there should be legal risks to suppliers above the normal contractual safeguards.

https://www.theregister.com/2023/09/11/opinion_piece/?td=rt-3a

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I live on what's supposed to be a quiet residential street in Flemish Brabant. Every day, I can't help but wonder at what point some of the homeowners around me gave up on enjoying life, their nice homes, and the useless shit they ordered on Amazon?

When did they decide that pressure washing their driveway at 7 AM was more important than getting some quality sleep and maintaining their mental health?

Seriously, there are actually people who think that sacrificing their and others' well-being has priority over a spotless driveway when most normal people are still catching some Z's?

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The two weeks of holidays did me good. No phone, no internet, and no obligations.

However, only three days after returning home, I feel a certain type of stress creeping up on me that I now link to unlimited access to the internet, news sources from all over the world, and other negative influences against which I feel helpless.

I'm seriously considering getting an old-fashioned flip phone to avoid the temptation of endless notifications, appointments, etc.

I had this feeling of utter helplessness before, but wasn't aware of its source. It’s my smartphone. And in a certain way, this applies also to a tablet, especially if it's equipped with 4G access.

There are numerous sources of continuous, digital stress: the constant flow of information coming from different sources like email, WhatsApp, Messenger, SMS, Telegram, Signal, and even physical mail...

I cannot judge the size of the issue in other locations, but especially in Belgium, this has degenerated into an endless flow of official letters with bills, reminders, recalls, and bureaucratic nonsense that takes up the best part of the week to sort out.

I remember the days when I eagerly awaited the postman, hoping he would bring a postcard or a letter from faraway places, written by a human. Now I receive a Facebook post or an SMS.

It's a pity that the Post has now become an institution that only brings bad news and letters you don’t really want.

What can be done?

I don't know the solution, except the drastic one of downgrading my communication devices. Are there other, more sophisticated approaches? Probably.

I had a “WTF” moment when a mainstream online magazine recommended that I -INSTALL- another app in order to manage my digital overload. Wouldn't surprise me if it was written by ChatGPT.

-z, photographer © 2020 – 2023

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2023/05/25/deep-sea-mining-environmental-impacts/

The important information here is that scientists are being paid to study potential deep mining locations for metals that the industry will need to manufacture batteries for electric cars.

Which are often marketed as an environmentally responsible alternative.

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I thought I saw it all... But Quora.com just flabbergasted me out of this world.

Pitched as a “place to gain and share knowledge, a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers”, it's serving answers generated by chatGPT.

It's almost like there is no common sense left in those Internet companies. Just running blindfolded behind every new fart they smell.

I rest my case...

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This link is about me. And this blog is my digital, Midori notebook.

I am a photographer, but I am incredibly curious about a wide range of topics. I love to learn and broaden my horizons just because I can. I write, take notes, highlight or save anything and everything that tickles my mind. My interests can range from photography, dance, ballet, books, films, computers to digital life and a lot of other things.

My goal is not to become the best in a specific niche, but rather to feed my brain and let my soul breathe. I also want to share my findings with others, hoping it will help them through their day or simply make them enjoy it for the sake of it.

We are already pushed to the maximum to deliver, to advance, to become the best. It is an enormous source of stress, and sometimes we are not even aware of it.

We often forget to enjoy things just for the fun of it, and that is something I strive to change.

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This review reminds me about how understated forum’s are nowadays. And how Toppings are pretty cool audio devices that offer a lot of features and functionality for a reasonable price.

But this article isn't about an audio device. It's about a community where you can hang out without any hassle, a place where you can chat and learn about HiFi and everything music-related. It's an old-school forum where you can mingle with people of all levels of knowledge, status, and financial abilities without getting sucked into arguments. The community's rules are simple – no snake oil, no provocation allowed, and trolls get kicked out. No one cares how much your setup costs or how fancy it is, and you don't need to share photos of your gear to impress.

What makes this community so special is that it feels like going back in time when forums were all the rage. It's a place where people swap ideas and information instead of just interacting through algorithms. You can come and go as you please without being demoted because you haven't interacted enough with “THE ALGORITHM.” You're not subjected to recommendation engines that are biased towards pushing certain products, services or views.

The community's founder, Amirm, is an electrical engineer who reviews devices with complicated equipment and charts. While not everyone may dig the charts, many people can get a ton of info from them. His review always ends with a “conclusion” chapter that summarizes the whole review, telling you in layman's terms what the charts were saying all along.

In addition to the community's founder, you can find people from all over the world, with different backgrounds and experiences, sharing their thoughts and ideas about music and HiFi. The community isn't just for audiophiles or people with a technical background. It's a welcoming place for anyone who's passionate about HiFi and music in general.

And it is super active, with new threads and posts popping up every day. There's always something interesting to read or participate in. It isn't just a place to consume information but a place to engage with people.

Give it a try: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/.

Best thing about it? You don’t need to login to read the articles…


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#audio #nicetoknow


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Dpreview delves into the differences between a 2.8 and 4.0 aperture in more detail.

The problem with the F2.8 zoom is that it’s more than some people need or can afford. That's where the F4 zooms come in, promising similar features and quality in a smaller, lighter and above all more affordable package. For many, getting a sharp, perhaps weather sealed lens at about 50% of the price is an attractive option.

The price difference between the two can be significant. If you're in the market for a new lens and are unsure which one to buy, this article is for you.


Source: https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9986660675/the-f4-compromis


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I owned the previous model and while there was a lot to love, the user experience was terrible. It felt like the buttons and controls were placed haphazardly, and the buttons and dials would move when the camera rubbed against me, my bag, or other objects, causing it to enter modes I didn't know how to exit.

When you miss shots and spend more time trying to understand the camera than using it, it's time for a change.

I can't blame the device. Many people seem to be happy with it. What I can’t complain about are the film recipes. Truly amazing.

In any case, the new model is here and looks very promising.


#photography #review


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In a nutshell:

You have a perpetual license? The joke is on you.

You purchase a subscription? You lose your perpetual license. The joke is still on you.

Filmora did the same thing. They thought that customers would roll over and die. This guy decided to fight back.


From Thomas Fitzgerald Photography


#photography #nicetoknow


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