Wednesday, 23 January 2013

On A Phone Camera!

How good can a camera on a phone be?

I took the following picture of fungus in a wood on Bodmin Moor, in the rain, on an overcast day, using a phone camera/flash:

It might not look that remarkable, but it was taken with my Nokia 808 Pure View phone, with a resolution of 38 Megapixels. A bigger version can be found here, although even this has not got the detail of the original.

However, lets look at some detail crops:

Personally, I think it is amazing to be able to take such photos from a phone. I bought the 808 as a camera. However, as a phone I believe the Symbian operating system, and the phone functionality are a match for any phone.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Rekonq Browser ~ Identification.

I have a net book which I use on the train when going to work. Every few months I change the OS, just because I can, and so it has had many Linux distros, and even Solaris. Recently, I tried Kubuntu, the KDE front ended version of Ubuntu. Kbuntu ships with a WebKit browser for for KDE called Rekonq.

I decided to try Rekonq, and see how it is identified. Unfortunately, identification of Rekonq browser was poor, and most counters mis-identified:


Macintosh/Apple Safari:

Linux/Rekonq II:

So only Statcounter identified Rekonq browser as Rekonq. All the other browsers identified the browser as Safari! Personally, this would put me off using Rekong; I use Linux/FreeBSD/etc. because I do not like the way certain companies are trying to monopolise the internet, and the users experience/options. So why use an alternative browser which counts statistically as the product of a company which has a hostile attitude towards an open internet?