Category Archives: Technology

2016 Internet Speed Test

I’ve gotten lazy on this one, and the last speed test was posted on the blog in 2013.

Luckily, I found a tweet from 2014 showing my speeds after we first moved into our new apartment which is serviced by  Wave G (formerly CondoInternet):

Here’s our 2016 speed test results, with the same equipment and same monthly plan ($80/month for gigabit pipe):

I’m in heaven compared to the old days with Comcast where I was paying more and getting at best 1/4 of the speed.

Getting the Fuji X-T1 wireless import to work with Lightroom Auto-Import

Fuji X-T1 and Sync'ing with Lightroom Auto-Import

I’ve been using Lightroom for my all my photo browsing and editing since v3 was release in 2010.  Since then, I’ve struggled with how to consolidate all my photos into the single Lightroom catalog since I typically shoot with 3 or more cameras, including my iPhone. Four years later, the good news is that the iPhone problem is now solved due to the great work Adobe did with their recent Lightroom Mobile and new cloud sync.  Every time I fire up the Lightroom Mobile app, it automatically syncs new photos on my camera roll up to the Adobe cloud, which is then available on my PC through the desktop version of Lightroom.  While the workflow is a bit kludgy still, it’s 75% there.

The Fuji X-T1 and Wireless Connectivity

I’ve been shooting with the Fuji X-T1 since mid-February and absolutely been blown away by the camera both in image quality but also the feature set of the camera. On top of that, the Fuji X-Trans sensor truly is magical in its color rendering and deserves all the critical acclaim it’s been getting for the past several years on their X series cameras.

One amazing feature of new cameras is their wireless connectivity, and the X-T1 is no exception.  The ability to wirelessly connect to devices to transfer photos makes it so much easier to share photos, and harness the power of the amazing photo editing apps like VSCO Cam and Lightroom Mobile.   Fuji has apps for both iOS and Android which allow you to get photos easily to your mobile phone, edit and share to your photo community of choice or social media.

One other great feature is to transfer to my desktop PC through their Auto Save feature.  In theory, you should be able to trigger on-demand for new photos to be sent from the camera directly to your desktop PC to a specific folder. Coupled with Lightroom’s “Auto Import” feature, I thought I could get into the nirvana state with a complete end-to-end workflow from camera to Lightroom import with a few button clicks.  Unfortunately, due to limitation with Lightroom and Fuji’s software, this wasn’t possible, but I ultimately found a seamless solution that makes it work. Continue reading “Getting the Fuji X-T1 wireless import to work with Lightroom Auto-Import” »

Getting rid of “Low Toner” error message on the Brother HL-2280DW printer

Brother HL2280-DW Printer

I absolutely love my Brother HL-2280DW printer since it provides great quality print outs, relatively cheap, full duplex and wifi-enabled.

The thing I don’t like is the expensive toner cartridges.  Instead of spending $35+ on the genuine Brother-branded cartridges, I buy much cheaper knockoffs for sub-$20.  The ones I’ve had the best luck with compatibility are the V4INK TN450 “high yield” ones for $16 on Amazon.

When you use third-party cartridges, you can get a perpetual “low toner” message.  After struggling with this for days on my last cartridge replacement, I finally figured out the magical menu sequence to fix it by piecing together several different resources online.

Here’s the consolidated list of steps:

  1. Put your new toner cartridge in the printer
  2. Leave the front cover open
  3. Press and release the “clear” button once
  4. Press and release “start” button, then press the up arrow (the one above the “OK” button) until you see “12” on the display.
  5. Close Toner/Cartridge front cover.  Now press the “OK” button and you should see “Accepted” on the display.
  6. Close the front cover.

You should be good to go now with the “Low Toner” message now gone.  If it doesn’t work the first time, try it again.  If it still doesn’t work, your toner cartridge might be defective and you will need to swap it for a different one.  Again, I recommend the V4INK branded ones since I’ve never had an issue.

How to map network drive to WebDav share on Windows 8

Quick instructions on how to map network drive to a WebDav share on Windows 8:

  1. Go to the search charm and search for “local services” (alternatively go to Start, and just start typing “local services”). You’ll see 1 match under “Settings” as “View Local Services“.
  2. Find the service named “WebClient” and you’ll see that the service isn’t started and the startup type is “Manual“.
  3. Rick-click and choose “Start” to start the service. Then right-click again, hit properties, then change the startup type to “Automatic“.  This will make sure the service is started with every reboot.
  4. Go to File Explorer (<Windows>+E) and click on “Map Network Drive” in the ribbon on the “Computer” tab.
  5. Choose a drive letter (or accept the default), and copy and paste your WebDav URL into Folder field (e.g. https://webdav-server.com/share).   If this is a one-time mapping, uncheck “Reconnect at sign-in“, otherwise leave it checked.  It’s likely that you’ll need a different set of credentials for the WebDav server, so check the “Connect using different credentials“.  Hit Finish.
  6. Enter your credentials and hit OK.