The Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Upgrading to a 4K Monitor

I'm in the process of getting back into photography which will mean a new camera, more on that in a later post. But the first step for me was a new computer, one with the horsepower to handle a modern day camera and its RAW files. Along with the computer comes a new 4K monitor. 4K is great for media consumption, right? Your characters on your favorite show or movie really look detailed and realistic. Scenery looks wonderful. Everything looks great, right? Wrong. You know what doesn't look great? That photo I took in 2012 that I thought was sharp but is very much not. I transferred over my past catalogs of photos over to Lightroom Classic and eagerly began opening up some of my favorite photos. At first I was happy with how the colors looked and how the scene was composed. Then I noticed it was a little soft. Well I had just gotten a new contacts prescription so that must be it. Changed to my glasses and the photos were even blurrier! I went through photo after photo and most ca

I've Moved

Well, my website moved anyway. 
In looking at my website usage over the past year I decided that it really wasn't worth the ~$100/year investment for my own domain name and hosting. I could have gone cheaper and used a different website development piece of software, but that wouldn't be useful as I use Drupal for making websites. Instead I elected to use Drupal Gardens. Drupal Gardens, by Acquia, is similar to Blogger or Wordpress hosted sites where you have a given area to have your blog, but it expands on it and allows to have a full fledged site. Drupal Gardens is also neat for me as it gives me a taste of what Drupal 7 will look and feel like when it gets released, which could be pretty soon from what I hear. There are of course some drawbacks for having my site hosted here; I'm limited to using only the modules that Acquia has allowed, and other customizations are limited. A strong point, for me, is there theming tools are very useful. It's encouraging to hear that the developers are listening to users' needs and feedback and modules that people are wanting are being approved for Gardens use. If you're looking to have a website with more features than a blog and don't want to bother with performing site maintenance, I suggest giving Drupal Gardens a look. The basic version is free, and there are various paid version to be rolled out next year. 
But what about the domain name? I was never a big fan of "", it was something I came up with quickly before the expiration of the special deal my previous hosting provider was running. With Drupal Gardens I can roll my own domain name if I want to later, or even export the whole site and bring it over to some other host to get it running again. So now I'll take a little more time in figuring out a domain name I like. If you were around from the beginning, let me know what you think of the new digs. And if you're new to the site, let me know what you think too.


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