Taking Better Pictures With You Cellphone

It’s been 3 years since I sold my expensive DSLR. The one statement that never comes out of my mouth is- ” Damn, what a great shot, I wish I had my camera with me”.  I always have my camera in my pocket because I always have my smartphone with me.

Here’s how you can take better photos with your smartphone

Below are some recent shots with a cell phone:

 

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6 Year Anniversary

Thank you Cuenca Tech Life subscribers for challenging me to keep this blog an interesting time in my life and perhaps providing you with some interesting tech observations and Cuenca comments.

So what has changed since last year:

  • There are less tech posts now that I am a full time Fish Monger 
  • I have accepted my smartphone addiction and trying to reduce my daily dose of my Nexus 6
  • My guess is that there are 6000 English speaking expats in Cuenca.
  • Lenin Moreno is the new President Of Ecuador
  • Unfortunately, the Tranvia is 2 years behind schedule and the new completion target is Nov. 2018
  • It is easy and fairly inexpensive to find a great meal or have one delivered to your house.

The three most viewed posts are as follows:

Thank you again for viewing Cuenca Tech Life and your continued support

My Smartphone Addiction Part Two

In November 2017 I stated I was addicted to my smartphone and promised to report back on my progress. I loaded two apps to record my smartphone usage and I was shocked on how much time I spent on the device.

Some days my usage exceeded 3 hours.  

I noticed the following patterns that I have since corrected.

  • When in the house I no longer look at the phone for the time.  I either use a clock or ask Alexa
  • I have removed the Facebook and other social media apps from my phone
  • I have removed all notifications
  • The phone is no longer on my night stand when I go to bed
  • I have set aside 3 times a day to answer email. No more answering email on demand
  • I use remote controls rather than my smartphone to control the TV.
  • I am very aware that when I am bored I go to the smartphone.

My usage is still over an 90 minutes a day. I’m seriously thinking about a no digital day and only answer the phone when someone calls. In another 3 months I will report back on the changes in my smartphone usage.

The following article is a must read for anyone thinking about cutting down their smartphone usage.

Smartphone Detox: How to power down in a wired world

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Know How To Say Popcorn In Spanish?

It depends on what country you are in. The other day I scared a local Cuencana while walking to Supermaxi. I was racking my brain to come up with the word for two days when at that moment my brain reminded me it was “canguil” and I proudly shouted it out.

So why mention canguil?  One of the proven ways to delay the onset of dementia is to learn a foreign language. Other methods are to play chess, bridge, quilt and a various other games that require critical thinking and memory recall.

I highly recommend the smartphone app “Pocket“. Besides, acting as a reservoir for your saved websites, the app suggests articles that may interest you based on your web browsing history.

Here was interesting article that I found on Pocket and the catalyst for this post.

Retirement Caused Brain Function To Decline

It’s a quick read and was actually very promising for all of us who live in Ecuador and struggle for the right word for popcorn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

End Of The Year Musings – 2017

Here I am sitting in front of my computer on the 3rd rainy afternoon in a row. No complaints about the rain since the river was at an all time low just a week ago.

The following are six major themes in tech and in my life in 2017

  • Voice – Our household now has an Amazon Echo and 3 Dots. The primary use is for music. Other uses include timers and research. For example last night while watching a movie it  was as simple as saying, “Alexa, what is the capitol of North Dakato (BTW, it’s Bismarck)
  • Photo Editing-  I now shoot 100% of my photos on my Nexus 6 and only use 3 editing tools (Google photos, Prisma, Snapseed) Prisma now has HD printing and creates framable art.

  • Food Delivery – Cuenca now has several food apps. The one that is primarily used is Megabite. Its a pleasure when you are tired to go to the app and have your favorite cuisine delivered by motorcycle in 15 minutes.
  • Smartphones – The major flagship phones (i.e. Samsung, Apple) are now $1000 fully loaded. I decided to hold on to my Nexus 6 for another year because it has a great camera and a superb screen.
  • Streaming TV in Cuenca – We still have our older versions of Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. We mostly watch Netflix and seem to be watching more series on Netflix.
  • The Cloud – My computer is the only Apple Device I have left. I use Google, Amazon and Flickr to back up my photos and other media.
  • Fish Monger- As I am writing this post I can hear my wife on a Skype call with a friend saying the following” Lenny is no longer my 5 letter help word in tech”. All he cares about is selling his fish”. Not totally accurate but pretty darn close.  The fish business has taken off in 2017 and I look forward to supplying Cuenca with the best Salmon in Ecuador.

Happy New Year to all my friends and subscribers who read this blog.

Best 2017 Photos

I take about 1500 photos a year so it’s hard to pick a favorite. Here are my five. What is your favorite?

 

 

Our Toxic Smartphone Addiction

My name is Lenny Charnoff and I’m an addict. Yes, I realize I am a smartphone addict. The smartphone has become an extension of my body and after reading the following article from the Chicago Tribune I’m going to keep a diary of my smartphone use and report back on how I’m using other activities in lieu of smartphone use.

But in the meantime read this article to see why I started my project of less smartphone usage.

 

Chicago Tribune article on “Our Toxic Smartphone Addiction”