Daily Archives: December 6, 2013

Prove You’re Not a Pirate to Get Free Support


Some things in life just really piss me off. I can understand piracy is a bad thing and you want to protect your work, no big deal I understand that, but when you change things around, move sites around and then make your users prove they’re not a pirate to get free support, it’s just annoying to me. (Maybe I didn’t phrase that exactly how I wanted, but whatever…lack of sleep I guess, only got about 4 hours last night..)

I do a fair amount of website design specifically with WordPress. Free templates are great but sometimes the individual wants or finds a premium template they like but want it modified which is what I do.

When I do a website for someone I don’t buy anything, it’s not in my name, none of it. If you like a template I’ll tell you to go buy it and install it then give me access and I’ll fix, change it whatever to how you want it. It’s all in the owners name, plain and simple and that’s how it should be I think.

I’m not going to mention the company right now until I see how all this plays out.

I’m working on a site now with a template that was purchased back in May or June of 2012 because the owner liked it. Since then he switched to other templates and now we’re back to this one as he likes it after trying others. Emails and stuff get lost, especially after more than a year, things happen to computers and people forget.

So I’m working on this site now and for whatever reason I can’t find how to limit the number of related posts shown on the post pages. The template I’m working with is huge and all kinds of custom code in it and I’ve found it to be just annoying and frustrating to work with overall, but that’s my problem to figure it out. So I can’t find, after hours of scouring through code and looking everywhere, through every file and I can’t find it so I figured instead of wasting more time I’d just email support with the very simple question of how to limit the numbers of posts shown for the related section. It’s most likely something just stupidly obvious but I’m just missing it…

The coding really isn’t intuitive or straight forward, plain and simple they don’t want you to modify it, at least that how it seems to me.

The company was on Theme Forest but they left and opened their own site. Apparently nothing is left of them on Theme Forest either, none of the old support chats or anything it seems.

So I email then with the question and I have to basically prove that I didn’t pirate the theme or they won’t answer my simple question. That’s where missing things like emails and files come into play. So the template was bought like 18 or 19 months ago and I have to find the proof of purchase or they won’t give me the free support. What happens if it can’t be found? Guess no support then right?

From what I recall when we first got the theme I had some questions then and I recall they weren’t exactly the friendliest bunch of people to get support from, so I guess this shouldn’t surprise me at all..

Lots of things can happen in that time period, hard drives die, people don’t backup as often as they should etc etc. So if the proof of purchase can’t be found then I get no support.

I get it, I understand it about protecting your work but that doesn’t mean I have to like it…

I don’t know, it’s just annoying… whatever

Chinon Announces DIY 35mm Camera Kit


This is actually kind of cool, I like it. The PR below says the camera is called the L.A.S.T. but on the Chinon site it’s called the Powershovel DIY Film Camera Kit. I put the direct link to the camera at the bottom of the PR below so you don’t have to search for it.

(Reading a bit further it’s called the LAST camera but it’s from a company called Powershovel in Japan..)

Not sure what I would do with it but it would be fun to make..


Have you ever wanted to build your own camera? Have you ever wondered how a traditional film camera works? Are you looking for a fun, educational project to share with students or your family?
If so, the Chinon L.A.S.T. (Learning-Achieving-Sharing-Teaching) camera kit is right for you. Available at www.chinonshop.com, it  is the 35mm film camera you assemble yourself. Once built, it is a fully functional point and shoot film camera that takes photos the good old fashioned way.
The L.A.S.T. has two interchangeable lenses, standard view angle (45mm) and ultra-wide view angle (22mm). Swap the normal back cover with the light leak back cover to take amazingly creative photos. Long exposure photography — a rare find on digital point and shoot camera — is also possible with the camera’s Bulb mode.
Don’t think that’s enough? Not only can you build your own camera, you can also dress the camera to express your own personal flare. The front plates are removable for easy decoration. So go ahead and spray it, paint it, engrave it… let the world know your special style, ideas and designs. In addition, Chinon offers pre-made decorative labels for the front panels to customize the camera.
This holiday season, whether you’re looking to rekindle your passion for old school image-making, or hoping to teach a new generation about the basics of photography, the L.A.S.T. camera is a great way to go about it. Let’s turn back time and experience the Golden Days of Photography. There is still plenty that can be learned from film through the fun of building this beautiful film camera.
The L.A.S.T. camera from Chinon is available at www.chinonshop.com for $59.99 (USD) and comes with one free front panel label.

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