Jun 27

I just found this on the package of an iPod charger I purchased:

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Do I have to be over 21 in order to use this?

Jun 26

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Fry’s has the Seagate 500GB SATA drive for $109 including shipping. This is a great deal, although a little more expensive than the last Seagate deal I posted.

**Remember, this is a serial ATA drive, which means it’s only for G5s, or Mac Pros and Serial ATA cases like the Guardian Maximus and the OWC Mercury Elite.

Jun 22

Here’s a great little program:

Keyque

KeyQue is a small shareware program that shows you all the keyboard commands of a program by just holding down the Apple/Command key for about a second or so. A translucent window appears showing you all the key commands for the current program you are working with. Here’s what it looks like:

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So now you have no excuse for not learning all the keyboard commands for each and every program you use!

It’s shareware, folks, priced at $20 and you can download a demo here.

Jun 22

From my favorite place, Deal Mac:

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newegg.com offers the OEM Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB Serial ATA II Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST3500641AS, for $99.99 with free shipping. That’s $20 off our last mention and the lowest total price we’ve ever seen for this drive. This 3.0Gb/s drive features a 16MB cache and runs at 7200 rpm.

I already ordered two!

**Remember, this is a serial ATA drive, which means it’s only for G5s, or Mac Pros and Serial ATA cases like the Guardian Maximus and the OWC Mercury Elite.

Jun 20

Fight

Macworld has a nice, long comparison between Apple’s Aperture and Adobe’s LightRoom. I haven’t read the entire article yet and here’s a little taste:

Which is right for you?

Aperture and Lightroom are both well-designed applications. Aperture will appeal most to photographers who largely compose in-camera and want an application that will make quick work of culling images. The program offers better options for importing and storing your photos, and its project structure is better tuned than Lightroom’s collections- and folder-based approach. While the simplicity and power of Lightroom’s Develop module may seem like a big deal, in reality I was able to get the images I wanted from both programs. When you factor in Aperture’s excellent Web and Book modes and integration with Apple’s iLife suite, it’s clear that this is the more mature product. It may take you longer to feel comfortable in Aperture, but once you are, you’ll be happy with the breadth of its features.

That said, Lightroom is no slouch. For a version-1.0 program, it offers an impressive collection of features. Despite a few rough edges, Lightroom gives you much of the same functionality as Aperture, and has an excellent image-editing engine with an intuitive and effective set of tools. If you already have a structured workflow, and pixel editing is your primary concern, Lightroom may be the better fit.

I use both programs quite a lot. I love Aperture for its system of organizing images yet I prefer LightRoom’s develop module. I wish I could crazy glue the two together. Better read the article to see what will suite you better.

You know what? Just buy both (J&R is still selling LightRoom for $199 at the store itself).

Jun 18

From my favorite deal website, Deal Mac -

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“BestBuy.com offers the Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000 1TB Serial ATA Internal Hard Drive, model no. HDS721010KLA330, for $319.99. With free shipping, that’s the lowest total price we could find buy $66. Sales tax is added where applicable. This 7200 rpm hard drive features a 32MB cache. Of note, it’s currently listed as backordered and shipping within 1-2 weeks.”

So, if you can wait a couple of weeks….

Here’s the link.

Jun 18

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Kodak is announcing a new image sensor that can deliver better images in low light, by a factor of one or two f/stops, according to a June 14th press release. They go on to say:

“Kodak’s new proprietary technology adds panchromatic, or “clear” pixels to the red, green, and blue elements that form the image sensor array. Since these pixels are sensitive to all wavelengths of visible light, they collect a significantly higher proportion of the light striking the sensor.”

We’ve all heard about potentially superior image sensors before but I’m sure that some of this technology will hit the streets as soon as possible. Kodak could certainly use all the help it can get.

Here’s the link to Kodak’s press release and a Kodak (!?) blog.

Jun 18

Adobecamera

Adobe has been tinkering with a camera that has 19 lenses (like a bug) and can take 3D images where focus can be manipulated after the image is taken.

From a PopSci article:

But the process doesn’t stop there. Adobe software can analyze the 19 captured photos and from them generate thousands of intermediate images so that each shot seamlessly morphs into those adjacent. Then images are layered, like thin sections, producing a three-dimensional simulation of the scene in which every piece of it is in focus.”

Click here to read more at PopSci’s site.

Thanks to my nephew Scott for this story.

Jun 18

Target

Copyranter has some “things” to say about Target’s ad placements.

Jun 13

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“It sure feels like we’ve been around this block before, eh? Nevertheless, it seems that the ever-popular D3 rumors are cropping up again en masse, and while there’s still no true signs of an imminent release, a whole heap of fanboys and girls are doing all they can to will it into production. A smattering of message boards are harping on the “forthcoming” high-end DSLR from Nikon, stating hopes that it’ll sport 18.7-megapixels, a nearly full frame sensor, and an uncanny ability to cope with low-light conditions. As expected, guesstimates surrounding a release date are literally all over the Gregorian calendar, but majority sects believe that a summertime launch is definitely plausible.

Sound like a cool machine if true. Click the next link to continue reading at Engadget:

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