Passion is a force-multiplier

Take two people. One has more skills and ability, but the other has incredible passion for what they do; an energy and intensity that is contagious. They know that they’re not as good [yet], but their desire to get better and their work ethic makes up for any deficiency. Who would you rather have on your team? I always pick passion over pure skills because these are the people that will carry an idea forward. They can see what needs to be done and because they don’t rely purely on their overdeveloped skills, they are capable of thinking laterally. This is because passion...

How to correct lens distortion with Phan...

With it’s 14 megapixel camera, the Phantom Vision+ takes some great photos but they unfortunately suffer from distortion which is especially noticeable at higher elevations or when using the wide angle lens.  But if you use Photoshop, then this issue can be fixed pretty easily. As you can see from this image, the results are pretty impressive. And so, here’s how to do it. 1. Load your original photo (the one to be corrected) into Photoshop.   2. From the Filter menu, select “Lens Distortion” 3.  Photoshop already picks up the camera make of DJI...

My first autonomous flight – now i...

I’ve always considered the term “drone” to be an emotive word.  Most of the devices out there are simply radio-controlled model aircraft with a small camera attached – devices that have been around for decades without any real public or media interest.  For me, in order for something to really become a drone it needs to have some level of autonomy. My Phantom 2 Vision+ is a quadcopter (a helicopter with four rotors).  You fly it with a R/C controller and operate the on-board camera with an app on your mobile phone that uses a special wifi link to...

How to Automatically OCR Scanned PDF Doc...

I moved to a paperless office system a few years back. This means that any and all statements, invoices, bills and receipts get scanned, OCR’d, stored on a secure drive and then shredded. The OCR aspect of this is important as it means that the scanned documents are indexed and searchable by Spotlight on my Mac. I now have my system configured so that each document is automatically OCR’d as soon as they are scanned, here’s how. I use the following to achieve this: HP OfficeJet Pro 8600A. This is a very nice all-in-one printer/scanner that allows duplex scanning; it’s...

Nested Tagging is the Future

I’ve always thought that adding tags to files, iPhoto photos and blog content was a useful form of categorisation; but nothing more. After using Evernote’s nested tags for the past month, I now believe that this is how we will organise our digital media in the future.. simple, yet completely game-changing. Folders and sub-folders We are all trained to organise our files into folders. This makes a lot of sense. We can create a folder for our work files and then perhaps create subfolders for staff, accounts, legal, etc. We place our photos into a folder and then organise...

First Flight with DJI Phantom Vision+ Dr...

Flying cameras – what’s not to love? I recently replaced my Parrot AR Drone with the latest from DJI – a Phantom 2 Vision+. I found that the Parrot Drone has too many flaws and I stopped flying it. Despite claiming an “HD” camera, the photo and video quality of the AR Drone is relatively poor. It is flimsy and incapable of flying in anything but perfect weather conditions. It also has an annoying software glitch that performs an “emergency shutdown” if the angle from the nose to the tail is too steep – meaning that it shuts off the rotors and drops to...

The Narrative Clip Reviewed

I placed an order for the Memoto Lifelogging Camera on 14 May 2013 and received my Narrative Clip (as it was later named) on 31 March 2014. I’m not sure what I expected to be honest and so finally getting my hands on this device after the better part of a year was somewhat anticlimactic. So here’s my impression after using it [irregularly] over the past three weeks. First, the packaging. The packaging was impressive; almost too good I think. It felt like in a rush to emulate Apple, that they spent too much money on the packaging. It really was that nice. I admired it for...

Mastery is Progress

A couple of my employees were invited to speak at the local university recently to discuss their jobs and their career choices with students. They asked me if I had any advice for them that they could share; they may have regretted that question after 45 minutes of my response. You see, there seems to be a generation entering the workforce currently that is super smart and super ambitious but is missing a very important basic principle – that careers are built on mastery. Level 50 Perhaps it is the gamification of a generation or simple impatience, but achievement...