Lightroom 5 cannot import images and crashes

LightRoom 5.x

I’m normally a LightRoom CC user, but on one computer that is “close to the camera”, I run an older version of LR (5.7x), just to have as a tool to do quick edits (and previewing what should go into the dumpster :)) This is a plain vanilla desktop computer, running Windows 10 Pro (64), Core i7, 32GB of RAM and an SSD disk.

All of a sudden, LightRoom would “Encounter a problem” (as Windows so elegantly puts it) and leave me with the only option to close the application every time I tried to import new media.

There are many suggested solutions to this problem on the Internet, but after having tried a few of them, I was about to re-install LightRoom 5. A “solution” I absolutely hate. Why on earth should I have to re-install an application to get it working again?! It’s 2017 FFS!

After reading a few more suggested solutions, I ran across one that didn’t make any sense at all. Until I tried it that is. It turns out I had my Android phone connected to the computer via a USB cable at the time. This is, apparently, a known issue. So I disconnected the phone and voila, imports started working again.

Adobe … seriously … really?

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Are you missing some keys on your Lenovo Laptop keyboard?

As much as I hate editing Excel / LibreOffice Calc sheets, it is sometimes necessary. While doing so recently, I noticed I was all of a sudden scrolling the entire document with the arrow keys, as opposed to switching cells. I found out that this was apparently expected behavior, when ScrLK (or “ScrollLock”) is active. Only, I was using one of my Lenovo laptops at the time. It doesn’t have a ScrLK key.

So, after some searching I found out that the answer is, as it often is, the Fn key. The following keyboard combinations work on many Lenovo laptops:

Break (FN + B)
SysRq (FN + S)
ScrLK (FN + K)
Pause (FN + P)

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Brolle: Elvis, Cash, The Killer & me

Oavsett om du är uppvuxen med Presley, Cash och Lewis eller inte så är Brolles uppsättning på Göta Lejon, “Elvis, Cash, the Killer and me” riktigt sevärd! Jag fick förmånen att vara med på ett genrep på Göta Lejon ikväll. Tyvärr hade jag inte med mig någon vettig kamera (trots att jag faktiskt fick tillstånd), ni får helt enkelt gå och se föreställnigen.

Under 1tim 45min tar Brolle (eller “Brulé” som den tecknade Jerry Lee Lewis kallar Brolle från filmduken bakom scenen) oss genom historien om dessa tre giganter inom musiken, och många av deras inspirationskällor. Det gör duktigt ont i själen när man blir påmind om hur mycket tragedi som ofta döljer sig bakom människor som vi “avgudar” på ett eller annat sätt.

Jag är själv uppvuxen med deras musik och jag antar att man kan säga att den kom med modersmjölken. Hur som helst, och på enklast möjligast sätt, Brolle & Co gör ett jävligt bra jobb! (Det är ingen kärnfysik att förstå vem Brolle helst vill låta som, men faktum är att när han drar ner på tempot och tar de lugna låtarna så låter det stundtals briljant!)

Jag måste också passa på att tacka Katja som fixade biljetter 🙂

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Guns N’ Roses; Not in this lifetime – Stockholm, Sweden 29-Jun-2017

Holy shit! That is the shortest summary I can muster, a few hours after the “Gunners” walked off the stage on Friend’s Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on June 29th 2017. I know a lot of people want to write GNR down with trash talk, and I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. But to perform like they did yesterday, after all the turmoil and shit they have gone through (and put themselves through) is nothing short of magic. This is the sixth time I see them live since hearing the intro riff to “Welcome to the Jungle” on the radio in my car, back in 1987. I’m obviously damaged goods, but hey, if this is damage, then bring it on. If you haven’t seen them live, now is (possibly your last chance) a good time. The only concert I can think of with GNR that is on par with yesterday’s performance would be seeing them live at Wembley many many years ago.

Thank you Duff. Thank you Slash. Thank you Axl.

And thanks to everyone else in and around the band for making this happen.

The only outstanding question is now: Why is there no Slash emoji?! There should be a law or something about this …

#GNR #GUNSNROSES #ROCK

 

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Dream Car Experience

After months of being on the waiting list, it was finally time to actually sit down in a Lamborghini and drive it. I realize these cars are ridiculously expensive “toys” that most mortals will never come close to driving, let alone owning. Perhaps that is why it was such a thrill. Unfortunately, the GoPro had not been prepared for this event, so there are only some clips of “coming and going”. Driving slowly onto the on ramp to the highway, and then flooring it, was a remarkable experience I will remember for a long time. “Way cool” 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Forcing OutOfOffice response to always fire in Zimbra

We had a need to create an e-mail account in Zimbra that would always generate an automated response to incoming e-mails. So we activated the OutOfOffice functionality (or “Vacation Mode” as some people prefer to call it). This is great, and you do have some control from the ZWC (Zimbra Web Client) user interface.

The “problem” with the OOO functionality is that it is designed for human interaction. So, in an attempt to be somewhat “intelligent”, Zimbra will remember to whom it has sent an automated response message, and if a second message is received within nn time, it will not send another one. This makes sense, if I have sent an e-mail to John Doe, and Mr Doe is on vacation, I probably know this to be true even if I send him another message within a few hours or days. So I don’t want a second automated response.

We wanted it to send an automated response every time it received a message, zmprov to the rescue!

As the ‘zimbra’ user, from the CLI prompt, enter:

zmprov ma acct@tobemod.com zimbraPrefOutOfOfficeCacheDuration <value>

 

The default <value> in our installation was 7d, presumably that means seven days. So I set it to ‘1s’ and anyone sending e-mail to acct@tobemod.com now gets an automated response, even if they send several messages within a short period of time.

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Handlar du på Staples via Visma Advantage, var försiktig

Visma Advantage är en sorts “inköpsportal” där man genom “större kundmassa” kan binda upp leverantörer på avtal för att på så sätt få ned priset för köparen. Detta är inget unikt eller nytt och det finns flera andra organisationer som erbjuder detta. Du blir kund hos Visma Advantage för en kostnad och kan handla billigare på ett antal ställen.

Det låter ju bra. Så länge som du sparar mer än vad du betalar för Visma Advantage per år så tjänar du på det.

Tills du upptäcker att det kanske inte är så enkelt i alla situationer.

Visma Advantage har valt att rubricera sitt samarbete med Staples Advantage som “Staples”. Men de menar egentligen “Staples Advantage” och inte “Staples Direct” (staples.se). Tydligen, enligt Visma, så har dessa två företag helt olika prislistor och väldigt lite med varandra att göra i praktiken. Det innebär också att prisbilden för produkter ser annorlunda ut.

T ex kan du köpa pennan “Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 RT” (svart) på staples.se för 33,75kr ink moms styck. Om du lägger samma penna i varukorgen när du går in via Vismas portal till Staples Advantage, då kostar exakt samma artikel 68,11kr styck. Dvs mer än dubbelt så mycket.

Ja, du får rabatt på en hel del produkter hos “Staples Advantage” via Vismas portal, men var försiktig och jämför gärna priset med vad samma produkt kostar på staples.se, det kan löna sig ganska ordentligt. Om du nu vill handla på “Staples” vill säga.

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