Cameras I’ve used

That is what I like about taking photos — to capture a moment or series of moments so I can remember the faces and the places I have been at a point in time.

taking photos with a CanonI started with a borrowed Kodak instamatic film camera when I was in grade school. I even tried developing my own film roll using an empty but minuscule storage cabinet as a dark room. Of course, naive that I am, that exercise was a failure. In high school I eventually moved on to a borrowed SLR — an Canon AE-1 Program — which I fell in love with. When I started working I used another borrowed SLR — a Pentax (I forget the model) — which I used to experiment with black & white film.

I eventually bought my own SLR film camera — a Canon EOS88. It was nothing fancy. I wanted to start recording memories of a newborn as he grows up.  Years later I eventually got myself a DSLR for a birthday — an EOS 100D — the camera pictured here.  The kit lens was replaced by a prime and I was quite satisfied with the results.

Without me being conscious of it, just taking photos transformed into a hobby.

The film camera is still working fine but it’s due for bit of cleaning. Instead of the kit lens it is now fitted with one of Canon’s low end prime lenses — a 50mm f1.8, It is very good glass inside a plastic body and mount. I still use it every now and then whenever I forget to be lazy or when there is an itch to use film.

Between the two cameras, I have recorded more than 25,000 slices of moments and I would probably take twice more given enough time and opportunity.

 

Blocking China

I do not trust the Chinese Government. Say one thing and do another.

I have also been getting probes from Chinese IP addresses so I’m blocking  all the known IP addresses that China uses. Call me paranoid but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

There are over 330 million IP addresses that China use and you can get a list of these addresses from IP2Location.com.

WordPress Reminders

Quick WordPress reminders or tips that shouldn’t be forgot [a moving checklist]

  • Pick plugins carefully. Look at the number of active installations and user ratings — higher numbers reflect its usefulness and security. No one in their right mind will use an known insecure plugin. Look at the date when it was last updated — it shows how active the developers are in modifying, upgrading, improving their plugin.
  • Pick themes with care. Check the theme details, click on Live Preview and see how the site looks with it. If I cannot do a Live Preview, move on to the next that interests you. I usually look the the featured themes as I assume they have been looked over by a human third party not involved in the theme’s development.

 

AIOWPS and the WordPress mobile app

I cannot login to my WordPress site using the Android mobile app. I have the All In One WordPress Security (AIOWPS) plugin installed and enabled the Completely Block Access to XMLRPC checkbox.

I have to note that when I blocked access to XMLRPC my failed logins went from more than 3,000 for one month to zero which means the login bots were trying to guess a username/password combination to gain access to the site.

I prefer to keep blocking XMLRPC access but I also want to use the mobile app.

I found two ways around this situation.

If I want to use the WordPress mobile app, I really have to uncheck the  Completely Block Access to XMLRPC checkbox keeping the Disable Pingback Functionality From XMLRPC checked.

If I want to keep my sense of security, I have to block access to XMLRPC and just use a browser instead of the WordPress app in my mobile thingy.

 

People hardly look up anymore

Eyes closed, I hear your voice from the kitchen. Faint but still sweet. Always melodious. I feel your whispers. I hear the trees and the stars sing with you. This world was meant to be seen with your eyes. And it has not been as beautiful without you.

People hardly look up anymore.

 

keep it updated

I’ve heard people say WordPress and open-source in general is not secure. I believe otherwise. Simply keep the app and its associated plugins updated and you’re good.

If you customized your theme, the next theme update will wipe your customizations so seriously think of creating child themes. It’s easier than you think.

Should the plugins you use stops development then ditch it and look for another plugin.

Sometimes the process is tedious but you’ll feel more secure about your WordPress site.

password minimums

Maybe it’s time to level up you password’s minimum number of characters from eight (8) to maybe 10 or even 15. Remember that the longer the password the more difficult it would be to crack it.

I was also considering to implement this change in the company I work in. I expect some will have their say of it but it’s for their own security.

through the window

window

it was a cold morning when you left. i remember because it was raining really hard the night before. there were no goodbyes but just a gentle brush of your hand against mine. the last touch. that was ages ago. the room had become darker as the days passed but each day i still wait for you to come back. sometimes i would sit by the window and look for your face among the multitudes that pass by and i would just close the panes after the sun has set.

but now i grow tired of sitting and looking out the window. the faces have become blurs in time. the room has gone much darker and i tire.

i feel myself starting to leave.


This photo was taken in the late 90s, the words were written sometime in early August 2015, and I put them together and posted it on Instagram in the latter part of August of the same year.

There is no time limit

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

— Benjamin Button

portraits

portraits

This photo was the one that got me started with portrait photography.

This was taken when Cherry and I were just starting to go out. It feels like it happened just a year ago.  Time is biased. It goes so quickly during the happy  times and walks all too slowly during the not so good times. As of late, time seems to just linger about as if waiting for something to happen.

The photo was taken with a borrowed Pentax film camera loaded with a Kodak black and white film. ISO 400, if I remember correctly.