Aperture, Journal, Photography

Graphics Cards and PowerBooks

When I bought the Quad, the only video option around was the entry-level card, the Nvidia GeForce 6600. The 7800GT was a BTO and would have taken an additional month or two to arrive. Had I known how dog slow the 6600 would be with applications that rely so heavily on CoreImage and the GPU, such as Aperture, I might have held out.

This morning, I sent in an order for a reflashed Nvidia GeForce 7800GTX 512MB. From the review on BareFeats, it’s the fastest video card for the Mac today. In a few months, when Apple releases the new MacPros, that will likely change. That’s tomorrow, however, and I need faster performance now.

This afternoon, I swapped hard drives out of my PowerBook. It was a harrowing experience the first time I did it a couple of years ago, and it was harrowing today as well. The “new” hard drive in the PB is actually the original 40GB hard drive. The “old” hard drive was an 80GB model that has developed several bad sectors. Disassembling the laptop is not was the faint of heart, and I am very glad that there are several websites that detail the process. Thanks to Vin and Chris for their help today!


Dia de Los Padres

We’re celebrating our one-year anniversary at our new home in Santa Clara with friends and family this weekend!

We’re having a Battlestar Galactica theme for the party and have designed an appropriate poster for the event. If you’re a veteran of Dia de los Mojitos, In Da Clubertino, Hide Your Daughters, or Pre-Heat, you know what to expect!

Party attendees, bring your swimsuit, goggles, towel, and your favorite beverage/snack/food for the grill. Free inflating/deflating service for all pool toys. Party starts at 2:00 pm and goes until 10:00 pm!

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COBA June 2006 Meeting

The June 2006 meeting of the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 in Cordura Hall 100 at Stanford University from 7:30-10:00 pm.

Location Reminder

Last month, we held our meeting in our new home for the next several months:

Cordura Hall 100
210 Panama Street
Stanford, CA 94309

Cordura Hall is on the corner of Campus Drive and Panama Street. Park in the lot across the street. Cordura 100 is next to the courtyard between Ventura Hall and Cordura Hall.

On Google Maps, the building is just north of the little icon it displays for the address (in satellite or hybrid mode).

Infrant and ReadyNAS NV Promotion

Infrant has been busy the past year since holding the ReadyNAS 600 promotion with COBA members!

Sam Feng of Infrant will be demonstrating the ReadyNAS NV, the latest addition to the award-winning ReadyNAS family. “Network attached storage (NAS) devices enable advanced home and business users to easily share large amounts of data in a cost-effective and power-efficient manner.”

If you’re looking to store tons of data in your home or office, check out the NV:

  • X-RAID Automatic Volume Expansion
  • Standard RAID levels 0, 1, and 5
  • Real Hotswap
  • Lockable disk trays
  • Backup button
  • Environmentally Friendly Chassis Design
  • Power efficient


This month, we’re partnering with one of Infrant’s distributors to get COBA members a great price on the NV in the following configurations:

  • Barebones (no hard drives)
  • 1.6TB XRAID
  • 1TB RAID5
  • 2TB RAID5
  • 500GB XRAID
  • 800GB XRAID

If you missed out on the 600 promotion last year, you’ll not want to miss this one! Pricing and additional details at the meeting!

Canon Printer and Product Updates

Jim Rose from Canon will be on hand to demonstrate Canon’s new lineup of professional quality PIXMA Pro series printers.

“A new series of A3+ professional-quality inkjet printers, PIXMA Pro offers users a choice: the Pro9500, using a 10-colour ink system featuring new formulation ‘LUCIA’ pigment ink, meets the most exacting commercial photographic requirements and delivers high quality, durable colour and monochrome output; the Pro9000 employs 8-colour dye inks and is suitable for general printing, especially high quality gloss photographs. PIXMA Pro printers leverage core Canon technologies — including FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print heads – and benefit from the company’s experience in both consumer and professional print and capture markets. As a professional-quality range, new PIXMA Pro complements Canon’s EOS series of D-SLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras and broadens the PIXMA line up.”

Jim will also be showing off some of the new lenses announced by Canon, including the 85/1.2L Mark II and the 17-55/2.8 EF-S.


Sensor Cleaning

Has your sensor been overrun by dust bunnies? Come to the meeting to get your sensor cleaned! We will have products such as the Sensor Swab, Sensor Brush, SpeckGrabber, and more at the meeting. If you have any of these additional sensor cleaning products, bring them to the meeting!



Butterfly is hard

I’m learning the butterfly right now. It’s a most difficult stroke to learn. My utter lack of coordination causes Rae and Randy to laugh hysterically when they see me attempt to swim across the pool.

I hope that learning it will be like learning how to bike. Unfortunately, there’s no training wheels to assist me in developing my dolphin kick! Rae and Randy are doing their best, but I just have to get it right by doing it wrong enough times.

Randy took some videos of my sad but funny butterfly technique. Once I’ve transformed into Aquaman, I’ll post the before and after clips!

Aperture, Journal, Photography

iView 3.1 Incompatible with Annoture

A user of Annoture has discovered an incompatibility between the recently released iView Media Pro 3.1 and Annoture 0.92. Annotations from iView to Aperture do not work. I’m investigating the problem and hope to have a fix soon. If you use iView, consider using version 3.0.2 instead of 3.1.

When iView released version 3.0, they changed some of the AppleScript dictionary terms making scripts developed for previous versions of the product fail horribly. They fixed this problem in 3.0.1 days later. Let’s hope that the fix is something similar.

I also have the shaking suspicion that Aperture 1.1.1 changed the underlying SQLite Database. Annoture has been running much more slowly when paired with Aperture 1.1.1. More stuff to look into!