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Adding storage capacity to your computer

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A couple posts back I mentioned how my hard drives were filling up fast.

So who’s responsible for chewing up that all that capacity?

One of my students is shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II. Luckily I don’t think he’s set his camera to shoot at Large jpeg settings.

Another who uses the Nikon D300 sends files of 7.4 MB each.

I’ve since added a 1TB hard drive in the final bay of my MacPro.

I also bought a cheapie dock from BlacX. It’s nothing fancy really. Just a way to connect the drive I removed for use via USB 2.0.

I haven’t added a eSATA controller card for the PCI-Express slot. When that happens, I’ll of course be using the much faster eSATA connector.

Modern day computer users all develop a “wait problem” sooner or later. Some even develop the other kind of weight problem too.
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Restarting the Clock

Wireless phone service always comes with a whole string of gotchas. As we approach the month of April when I’ll be finally rid of Sprint, they are all of a sudden playing nice once again.

I just got a friendly email from them touting the various upgrades to a smartphone and other plans.

That’s not the tune they were singing a year ago when I asked them to reduce the payment I had to make for trying to get out of my contract.

I had to pay them $300 for the 2 phones. You see like many unsuspecting cellphone users, I didn’t know if I changed something as simple as increase the minutes, pay them more each month, it restarts the clock.

Thankfully now there’s a lot of competition out there.

Restarting the clock is their mantra. That I’m afraid isn’t just the chant of Sprint. Direct TV does that as well. They offer a free DVR and if that DVR dies before your contract expires, they’re so nice, they’ll replace the DVR for free but … you guessed it…. they restart the clock.

Who else do you know restarts the clock in their dealings with you?

Geotagging

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This portrait of my aunt, her grandson, her two sons and their wives was made near a seaside on the island of Penang, Malaysia where I was born. Conditions weren’t exactly ideal. See the original picture. The one speed light I had with me was insufficient to light this group but I was on vacation and didn’t have my usual gear. Lit by 1 flash placed on the right. If I had to do this over, I’d make sure everyone showed up at the time I asked. But having a second flash would have made this easier to remove that harsh shadow on my cousin’s face.

It just occurred to me when an “i-pal” recently asked for a recommendation for a location to do an “e-photo” session how geo-tagging may be useful.

Until now I was kind of skeptical of its usefulness.

I  have my favorite spots to for portraits,  but I never feel like I own those places.  Too often I hear photographers get very territorial about their secret spots. Continue reading Geotagging