We've had the Rocky Mountain National Park on our bucket list for a few summers. This year, we decided to plan our week-long annual vacation around the park, with a 6 month old infant to boot. This affected almost all aspects of planning that went into the vacation - where to go, where to stay, what activities to do, how much to do and more. This post talks about all these aspects and how we planned an itinerary that we stuck to with a high degree of success. Hopefully this helps someone in the same situation as us.Read More
CPUs (be it Intel or AMD) have for the last several years 1 been past that point in the performance curve which makes them 'good enough' for the average user. Only specialized workloads have need additional compute power but even then it's usually a case of diminishing returns 2. Ditto with GPUs - besides games, there are a only a handful of applications that need anything beyond an integrated GPU. Both factors, along with ever-lowering cost for memory and SSDs, mean most computers bought in the last couple of years work well for all regular workloads.
Mine, unfortunately, cannot be classified as a normal workload…Read More
For a long time DSLRs have been sophisticated enough to cleverly expose the scene in front of them. Essentially all DSLRs start by metering the subject, which means they use the in-built lightmeter to determine the intensity of light reflected off or emitted by the subject. The DSLR next calculates the different possible exposures…Read More
Bahubali released to theatres a week ago, on 10th July. The films marketers claimed this to be the biggest Indian movie to date - in terms of cost, in terms of distribution and in terms of scale. Movie critics waxed eloquent about its epicness, its visual effects, how it is the perfect blockbuster and more. The movie scores 9.4 on IMDB - more than each of The Lord of theRings trilogy , movies whose scope Bahubali seems to be inspired by…Read More
Lenses play a central role in photography. For most photographers, lenses make up the bulk of the cost of their equipment. The kind of photographs you want to take decide the lens to use - wide angle or telephoto, macro, wide or narrow aperture and so on. However, the simplest camera - a pinhole camera - has no lens but is equally capable of taking as beautiful photographs as any sophisticated camera…Read More
Amish Tripathi's 'The Immortals of Meluha' was released in 2010 to instant bestseller status with all bookstores stacking the novel front and center in 'Recommended' section. During a visit to one such store, I had picked a copy, read through the gist on the back-cover and decided to skip it. Soon after, Amish Tripathi released a sequel, 'The Secret of the Nagas', which garnered equally glowing reviews and sales…Read More
With camera prices plummeting, a lot of hobbyist photographers are keeping aside their point and shoot(P&S) cameras and investing in an entry-level or a mid-range DSLR. But most tend to keep the camera on Automatic mode or on one of the many default modes built-in. Sure one ends up with prettier and cleaner photographs than with a P&S purely due to the fact that the…Read More