Custom URL Shorteners and Why You Don’t Need Them Anymore

January 23rd, 2013

I no longer own the domain

The URL shortener at (is neat) was my private URL shortener for Twitter back when they didn’t have their own. The shortener (and URL forwarding) will be deactivated and the URLs in my blog posts (Twitter Updates) replaced with the original ones.

Unfortunately there is no way for me to replace the URLs in the Tweets on so those will stop working in the future. Ironically that was the very reason for me to create my own shortener: keeping the shortened links alive even when such a service ceases to exist.

The lesson we’ve learned today: nothing is forever and stop using (custom) URL shorteners—they’re not worth the hassle.

Printing from iOS (to a PDF) using Mountain Lion

January 12th, 2013

In the past I’ve written about using AirPrint on iOS to print to a PDF or a printer connected to your Mac. The process of setting it up was quite a bit of manual work, so I’ve updated the instructions when an alternative became available.

After upgrading to Mountain Lion the printer sharing stopped working and I had to look for an alternative (again). Two easy ways to print and create PDFs from iOS are

In the past I’ve used AirPrint Activator, but have now switched to Printopia for the simple reason that I own a license from MacUpdate Promo. Both tools have a demo so try them for yourself.

Africa 2012: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia

November 12th, 2012


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November 11th, 2012

Some photos from a trip to the Wisentgehege near Hanover. .

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2012-09-30

September 30th, 2012

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Amazing Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse Video of Singapore

September 28th, 2012

This video is definitely a must-see.

For ‘The Lion City’, the idea behind the extension of the tilt shift technique is for focus and distance to be something the viewer can experience.

From the shoot info:

[…] the film is hard hitting, and full of effects… more so than if I were releasing a story based concept. Many of the scenes are not really tilt shift.. they’re what I call ‘clean shocks’, or ’tilt shocks’ […]


Weekly Twitter Updates for 2012-09-23

September 23rd, 2012

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John Gruber on Articles Claiming iPhone Launches No Longer Excite

September 14th, 2012

There are all sorts of subjective arguments we can have regarding the iPhone 5. But one thing is inarguable, a cold hard simple fact: millions of people around the world are excited to buy one. To argue that this iPhone announcement did not excite people is the most foolish thing I’ve seen all week.

Daring Fireball

Exactly. You might hate the iPhone or just think it’s overrated but please don’t tell millions of people that they are stupid because they want to buy an easy to use phone with a great ecosystem.

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Amazing Photographs from the National Geographic Traveler Magazine 2012 Photo Contest

June 26th, 2012

Amazing Photographs from the National Geographic Traveler Magazine 2012 Photo Contest.
My favorites are #14 and #23. They look like taken on an alien planet.

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2012-06-17

June 17th, 2012

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Shooting Geese

May 28th, 2012

During a walk in the park a few weeks ago I shot some geese using the early birthday present my wife gave me. The lens performed quite well at 300mm and “wide” open (f/5.6) even handheld in the evening light—thanks to the good IS.
You can see the and take a look at the EXIF data if you’re interested.

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Weekly Twitter Updates for 2012-05-13

May 13th, 2012

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Japan 2012 — Photos

April 25th, 2012

A of our trip to Tokyo, Japan three weeks ago.
See the .

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A Quick Pinhole Experiment

April 23rd, 2012

While reading thinking about how photography started, pinhole cameras came to my mind and I thought how easy it would be to make one using a DSLR and some cardboard from a shipping box.

Exhibit A:

After a few shots I started wondering why we pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for lenses, cameras or iPhones just to use and other software to create images a black box with a hole in it could have taken. (Only half kidding.)

My photos are really bad pinhole shots but the (w)hole purpose of this little experiment was to see what a simple pushpin hole in some cardboard was able to do—and it was a success.

Canon EOS 60D, cardboard lens of unknown focal length and aperture, ISO 400, 5 seconds

Canon EOS 60D, cardboard lens of unknown focal length and aperture, ISO 400, 8 seconds

Canon EOS 60D, cardboard lens of unknown focal length and aperture, ISO 400, 8 seconds


Weekly Twitter Updates for 2012-04-22

April 22nd, 2012

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Simple Explanations of Basic Photography Concepts

April 15th, 2012

Dylan Bennett created a where he explains basic photography concepts in a very simple manner.
The videos are even useful when you already know what an f-stop and DOF are. His explanations are easy to remember.

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Weekly Twitter Updates for the Week in Tokyo

April 8th, 2012

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Weekly Twitter Updates for 2012-03-18 and 2012-03-25

March 25th, 2012

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Random Photography Links

March 8th, 2012

Recently I’ve started shooting with a DSLR (Canon EOS 60D). This post is a random collection of links I’ve found interesting and that got me started. I might update this list in the future.

General Information

News, Rumors and Reviews

Photo Blogs

Video Podcasts


And of course you should use Instapaper to save the articles for reading later.

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2012-03-04

March 4th, 2012

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