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10 January 2022

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at paper sculptures, a photobook of the year, penguins, picking a macro lens, a RAID failure, free watermarking software and programming.

  • Richard Sweeney's Pleated Paper Sculptures are white subjects on white backgrounds and devilishly difficult to deal with. But these photographs deal with them nicely.
  • In Time Flies: A Photo Book of a Few Seconds, Joe McNally makes a photobook of his favorite images captured during the year. "At this time of the year, I look back on pictures from the past year that in some way shape or form were deemed successful and I add up the shutter speeds, roughly," he writes. "It's usually less than a second of total time."
  • In Curious Penguins Take a Selfie, Dan Havlick tells what happened when Australian photographer Eddie Gault left his camera on the ice at a penguin rookery in Antarctica with the video mode running.
  • In Picking a Macro Lens, Jim Kasson lists the issues involved in picking a macro lens for any particular situation. "All these variables complicate picking the right macro lens for a particular task and make it impossible to say that any one lens is the best macro lens for all tasks," he writes.
  • Derrick Story's LaCie 2big 8-TB RAID Hard Drive failed to power on but the drives inside the unit were fine. "I checked the reviews of the LaCie 2Big and there were some other power failures reported," he writes. So he's shopping for a new RAID enclosure.
  • Plum Amazing Software has released a free version of iWatermark for iOS+, which also runs on Android, macOS and Windows. The Android version is $3.99, the Pro version for macOS is $15 and Pro for Windows is $30.
  • We've all been stung by bugs in applications we rely on and Web sites we visit. Jeff Atwood answers his own question in Why Can't Programmers. Program? And there's more on the subject at Slashdot in Why Do Programmers Make So Many Mistakes? including the false assumptions programmers make about names and time. Sad state of affairs, especially given the complexity of most applications today.

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