Archive for December, 2010
I just received this present through the post from my brother in Hong Kong. It’s the awesome 24-70mm F/2.8 coffee mug.
My postman, who’s also a keen photographer, rang my doorbell because I had to sign for it. Because it was an international package it had to be declared on the label which said “Mug”. I opened it with much excitement and lo and behold it was the Lens mug. I’ve not been this excited about a package since my last lens which was the £1200 14-24mm!! This mug was a fraction of the price but it just looks so damn cool!!
Being a geek and a photographer I had to photograph them side by side. Can you tell by the photo below which one is the real one??
Thanks to my bro Ray!!!
Just a quick post. I’m in the process (still) of deciding which new broadband to get; in the UK there are only two choices, BT Infinity or Virgin Broadband.
Virgin are rolling out 100mb down and (more interestingly) 10mb up speeds as we speak. During my research I found this very useful PDF from Virgin about their UK 100mb rollout schedule. I hope you find it useful.
It is shocking how many people still do not have a computer backup system in place. Fair enough, when it comes to complaincency I’m terrible at business administration (my filing is way behind), but in my mind backing up critical files is something that cannot be delayed.
If you are a Windows user, Microsoft has a nice robust system imaginatively called WINDOWS BACKUP AND RESTORE. It can be automated, and your data can be backed up onto a network location. I am currently archiving an old Windows 7 PC to my Synology DS1010 NAS. I hit a small problem when my PC went to sleep in mid backup, but I started it backup again without any hitches.
For Apple users there is Apple’s TIME MACHINE. It is a very simple and elegant archiving solution. But it’s greatest trick is the ability to go back to several different versions of the same file. What that means is not only can you retrieve the latest version of, for example, your Photoshop edit but you can retrieve various versions going back as only as several months providing you have the storage space.
These two products are free, easy, automated and should give some peace of mind. I could go on and on about this, but I believe everybody knows backing up your information is important but not everyone does it.
For home users, it may not be “critical” to archive, but with so many precious photos of family and friends stored on computers these days, there is nothing worse than your computer developing a virus or hardware issues.
For professionals, it is bad business to not have a backup solution for your computers. It’s irresponsible not to invest in hardware to store important data somewhere off the main computers.
Finally, we are at the very beginning Cloud computing. Storing your valuable data on the internet, as opposed to local hard drives, will become common place so perhaps the need for regimented archiving may not be necessary. But until that time, backup your work people! Don’t make me come over there and sort you out!!
i thought I would share my current desk and all the Apple things I have collected.
- Macbook Pro i5 2.66
- iPad WIFI 3G 16GB
- 30″ Dell Monitor
- 15″ iiyama monitor
- Macbook Pro 15″ Core 2 duo 2.33
- Mac Pro 2007 model, upgraded to 8 cores
- iPhone 3GS 32GB
What you can’t see is my iMac 24″ in my studio.
With the recent release of World of Warcraft’s expansion pack Cataclysm, I wanted to stretch my old RPG muscles again. However, gaming technology has been re-invented with the iPhone and iPad. I wanted to see if there was any genuine way to play World of Warcraft on a mobile device and I found it.
It is called EveryAir. Now let’s get one thing straight, it won’t allow you to install World of Warcraft on your iPad; what actually does is capture the video display on your gaming computer and streams it over WIFI at a high refresh rate.
I’ve yet to try it as my Mac Pro is having issues running World of Warcraft right now but I thought I’d share that with you. Let me know if you have installed EveryAir and played World of Warcraft with it!