Archive for January, 2008

Macbook Battery Life

January 23rd, 2008

I’ve just replaced the battery in my first generation Apple Macbook, well worth the $129 dollars. For such a small battery I was always amazed that I was able to get more then 5 hours of battery life and about 9 months ago when it started to drop off a bit I realized how great that was.

I will admit that to get better then 5 hours use has to be pretty minimal, but if I’m in a meeting or surfing the web while relaxing with the screen’s brightness down to it’s lowest setting I have no trouble keeping it alive for 5 hours. If you are editing photos or watching a movie that number comes down to about 3.5-4 hours depending on screen brightness.

I’ll be honest though, I like the screen to be not too much brighter then ambient light. If I’m at my office with the laptop right next to the window I’ll crank it up but in the evenings I don’t want the screen ultra-bright.

"Live so that when people…

January 21st, 2008

"Live so that when people speak evil of you, no one will believe it."

Install Tiger on a G3 without a DVD drive

January 19th, 2008

Here is a quick tutorial for anyone with an ancient Apple G3 Blue & White Powermac looking to install an OS via DVD. Basically, these machines are some of the first to have Firewire ports on them, the caveat is that they are plugged into the motherboard using a small daughter card. This allows them to be used in the OS normally but makes booting with the or using them for target disk mode impossible.

My first thought after discovering that was to install a generic DVD drive in the mac and use that but the drives on had on hand did not immediately work. This could be for any reason, and in hind sight I should have done more work on getting the drive to work before abandoning it. It is likely I screwed up the jumpers settings or didn’t fully plug in the IDE cable. Truth be told though it was late at night and I didn’t feel like going to the store to by more blank DVDs so I was looking for a workaround anyway. What I did have on hand though were spare hard disks and if you’ve ever been to the Apple Genius Bar you have seen the apple techs install the OS from a hard disk and not CD or DVD. This, in my mind, meant that you could use any drive for the installation.

It seems one can install OS X …

January 13th, 2008

It seems one can install OS X Tiger on a G3 mac w/o a DVD drive if you use an internal hard disk as the install disk… A Process, but fun 🙂

Thecus N5200 Failure…. Again

January 12th, 2008

Wow, this is getting old. 36 days in and I’ve had another drive fail.. only not really. Sure the N5200 thinks it’s failed but if I pull the disk out and pop in back in, the array rebuilds and all is well. The logs show no errors on the drive, no bad reads or writes, it just disappears. What a wonderful device it is….

Also, even though the email test functions work the N5200 still does not send me email when something like this happens. I still have to log in every few days and check manually. Very nice….


Digital Photography Workflow

January 11th, 2008

I shoot a lot of pictures so sorting, editing, and using them can be cumbersome. Over the years I have moved around from application to application trying to find a good way deal with all the data. The biggest issue for me is that the application doesn’t get in the way of my organization of images, but works with it. I don’t want my images stored in some kind of ‘library’ file, I want them stored in flat folders that are easy for me to move around as I need to.

Up until recently I was running Windows or Linux on my desktops but over 2007 I switched to the Mac platform full time. I’m not suggesting you need to do the same, the applications I use and my workflow will work equally well in Windows or Mac, but it seems important to know where I’m coming from.

D300: MB-D10 Battery Grip

January 10th, 2008

When I picked up my D300 I also bought the battery grip, as I mentioned in a previous post my primary reason for buying it was the ability to be able to use AA batteries if need be. I also bought a spare battery for the camera which also fits into the grip so when it came in I of course tried it out.

Just Got 2GB of RAM for my iMa…

January 10th, 2008

Just Got 2GB of RAM for my iMac for $40. Thank you Newegg! Really helped the performance of Adobe’s Lightroom Photo management/editing s …

D300: Buffer Size and Limitations

January 9th, 2008

Lesson Learned: If using the D300 and you have Active D-Lighting enabled it will limit your frame buffer to 12 shots.

Active D-lighting is a new feature found in the D300, as well as the D3 I believe. Basically, it’s a way for the camera to optimize the image as you shoot. I’m really boiling it down here but it will enhance the dynamic range of an image to make the photo look more like you eye sees the world. Ken Rockwell has a much better explanation on his D300 review, an excellent resource. It’s the place I go for the real scoop on all things photographic.

D300: Interval Shooting

January 9th, 2008

I had band rehearsal last night and, just for fun, I put the D300 up on the tripod and set it to take a shot every minute. I was able to put the ‘Interval shooing’ option into my ‘Custom’ menu so it was easy enough for me to get to but it’s not all that intuitive to setup. Once I completed the options they made sense but at first glance I was somewhat confused as to what I was changing. They feature set offered for interval shooting is pretty good though. You call have it start shooing at an interval right away, or at a specified time which makes is versatile both for fun time lapse shoots as well as for some kind of surveillance shooting. For me I set up the camera about an hour before rehearsal while I was getting ready and set it to start shooting as rehersal began. I suppose the draw back there is that camera makes a bit of noise when the mirror lifts up and drops back down.

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