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4 August 2023

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 converging verticals, stop-motion animation, the Fibonacci spiral, shutter activations and Backblaze drive stats.

  • In Moose's Verticals, Mike Johnston links to edits a reader made to two of Johnston's recent images, correcting converging verticals. Except in one case the vertical was simply askew and not converging.
  • Salt Paper Studio shows how to Turn Images Into a Stop-Motion Animation in a one-minute video.
  • Jasenka Grujin shows 23 images of Powerful Spiral Compositions. Spiral composition, also known as the Fibonacci spiral or golden spiral, is "used to create visually appealing and aesthetically balanced images," she explains.
  • Thom Hogan wonders, Are People Really Using Their Cameras? He talked to dealers about cameras turned in for a trade. "They pointed out that they see two variations: (1) cameras with huge shutter count numbers; and (2) cameras with virtually no shutter count mileage," he writes. One came in with just 14 activations.
  • Andy Klein has published Backblaze Drive Stats for Q2 2023 after monitoring 245,757 hard drives and SSDs in Backblaze's data centers, including 4,460 are boot drives, of which 3,144 are SSDs and 1,316 HDDs. The annualized failure rate for 8-TB and 10-TB drives was significantly higher than other drive sizes. But still not panic worthy.

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