Track the lifespan of your LED lightbulbs with a Sharpie

I moved into a house that was built just three years ago and every light in the house is LED, but they’re all generic with no brand names on the bulbs. LED bulbs typically last several years, but about every 3-4 months one of our lights go out, especially the outdoor ones. Each time they …

Speed Notes (automated iPhone text files on Dropbox)

I tried out this app called Speed Notes the other day (thanks to a mention on MetaFilter Projects). It's pretty simple, you tie the app to your Dropbox account, it creates a Notes directory, and then you can quickly create a new note by giving it a name. You get a blank document to fill …

Kickstarter tips from a fan of crowd-funding

I've been a huge fan of Kickstarter since they launched just two years ago. My friend Andy was one of the first employees, I got to put my money where my mouth is when I became a small investor in the project, and I do run a curated page of all MetaFilter members with Kickstarter …

How to enjoy bigger photos on Flickr

As a longtime flickr user and photographer with ever increasing megapixels at bay, I’ve slowly become dissatisfied with the small 500px wide default photo layouts at Flickr. I edit my photos full screen on a huge monitor and I’m often cropping and adjusting based on that view, so when I upload to Flickr I realize …

2nd curtain sync with a Canon 5D

aka “Merlin’s Rockstar Flash” aka rear curtain flash aka 2nd curtain flash Hit Menu Scroll down to custom functions, hit select Change custom function #15 from a 0 to a 1 to enable 2nd curtain flash Hook up a flash (if using a 550/580EX, change setting on your flash to enable 2nd curtain, if using …