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A pleasant and unexpected interview for BBC Capital

default-capital-imageOn 5th September 2014 I had been contacted by the UK-based journalist Lennox Morrison because she was writing an article on collecting fountain pens for BBC Capital. She asked me if I was free for a telephone/skype interview of about 20 minutes on Monday 8th September in the first afternoon.

She’d like to ask me about when and why I became interested in fountain pens and writing instruments, whether I do so purely for pleasure or also for profit, which pens are particularly special for me. Also, if I have advice for other collectors on where to start, where to buy, how to look after my collection etc.

So after some message we agreed for the interview, that, let me sincerly tell, it was very pleasant and it last around 40 minutes.

The article has been published today, thursday 4th December 2014, in the Capital section of BBC main site. In this page you can read the full interview, while there for International readers, and there for UK only, you can read the full article with other extracts to other collectors like me.

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Some suggestions always useful against thefts of camera/videocamera

It is always a bad sensation to discover that someone has stolen our photographic or video equipment.  The past summer was like the others, with a lot of friends and other people I know that don’t have their equipment anymore, neither the pictures inside of them, that were just shot taken. So here you can find some suggestions, that I wish I had written before, to prevent thefts of your equipment. You are free to follow one of them, a mix of them, or all of them.

  • Always set on the camera the Owner’s, Author’s and Copyright information (I don’t know if it is allowed in the videocameras too), better if you use an email, in order to let an honest customer (that could buy the equipment online trought an auction service) to reach you easily if the thief had not deleted them.
  • If you are not on a trip with friends but you are planning to visit crowded places like museums, churchs, concerts, etc. using also public transport, try to prefer a shoulder bag instead a backpack or monoshoulder backpack. Infact backpack are easily to be opened without any possibility for you to catch the action. And look for a bag that is difficult to open without your notice, leaving the zippers in front of you.
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Editing exif infos, sorting, browsing, storing and backing up photos

As you probably know, I am a backup maniac. I have multiple physical and online backups of all my data, particulary of all my photos and camera clips. And I also use Flickr service to backup all of them and share some of them too. So what happened let me decide about a lot of issues regarding my photos’ management.

Recently I had turned 35 years old, and for my birthday I made to myself an important gift: a Canon Eos 550D. Thanks to 550D photos’ resolution and size, and of Flickr Exif Page, I discovered that all vertical oriented photos of my collection have been modified with quality loss by iPhoto, also photos from the past, and I have uploaded to flickr not the originals but the modified ones. Moreover, now that I shot about one thousand photos for each month, iPhoto library was increasing in dimension very much because of a main big database file. And everytime I modify, add or delete a photo, an album, an event or simply I change something inside iPhoto management, iPhoto rebuilds this file. And this file takes a lot of time to be backed up online with Memopal because was around 10Gb the last time.

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Gmail new look

Surprise!! At the opening of my email, this morning there were a lot of changes in layout and structure of the Gmail account. Infact Google Team announced these changes:

Overview of what’s new in Gmail

A new look for Gmail
We’ve pruned our pixels and made it easier to get to Contacts and Tasks.

  • Mail, Contacts, and Tasks links have moved to the top left of Gmail.
  • Compose mail is now a button rather than a link.
  • A smaller header area puts the first message in your inbox about 16 pixels higher on the screen.
  • The Select All, None, Read, Unread, and Starred links that used to be above your messages are now options in a drop-down menu, next to the Archive button.

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New management for my web sites

Yesterday I finished to configure the new management for my site, considering I have no more time for them, I decided to continue to use duninet.com as a portal for my pages and profiles and for other sites I manage directly or for future relatives’ sites. I also continue to manage the Confconsumatori Sardegna web site. But all my other domains point to dedicated sites that I have only to configure and fill them, not to manage and control against hacker attacks. And I don’t need to duplicate informations and news about me as I did before, because this blog on WordPress.com is synchronized with my two profiles. Look at my portal DuniNet to test it. I have also created some catchall forwarding emails within my domains in order to avoid to loose some emails.

We have to make choices in our life, and I don’t want to use all my free time trying to resolve problems of my sites.

Good Flickr Customer Care

They worked to resolve an issue about an account duplication with mixing of email and Yahoo ID that prevent me to register one of my email on my pro account. Now all things are ok, because italian team found what I needed and passed the ball to the american team. Not a fast solution, because it needed 14 days from the first help request, but sure it worked!

Thanks.

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