Tom_N

Tom_N

Lives in United States Northeast, United States
Works as a Software Engineer
Joined on Aug 31, 2005

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bronxbombers4: I just wish they'd open the iPads up a bit! They desperately need to be unlocked a bit and given dual full USB 3.0 ports!!!! Why does a photographer videography need to drag a tablet AND a laptop along just to transfer giant video files (as well as images) over to an external HD for instance? The iPad has more than enough power to do that, but NO, Apple has to be all 1984 and lock it all down. THAT is the only reason the other tablets have gained grown and started to overtake the Apple tablets.

I mean the Microsoft tablet can basically serve as a full on laptop for 100% real and even run all desktop software. And the Android stuff isn't as locked down either.

At least just give them freaking USB 3.0 ports and allow special sandbox areas with open file access for the love of god!!!!!

>> I mean the Microsoft tablet can basically serve as a full on laptop for 100% real and even run all desktop software. <<

The Microsoft Surface RT tablet cannot run all desktop software. It uses an ARM-architecture CPU, and Microsoft does not provide a way to run Wintel binaries in emulation.

The Microsoft Surface Pro tablets can run Windows software, but they are also priced higher than iPads.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 18:28 UTC
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f8BeThereToo: I was planning on upgrading my 2012 Mac Mini. But the new models appear to offer less at a greater cost... I was expecting SSDs and more stock RAM. A GPU upgrade from the Intel HD4000 would be nice but it's not enough for me to upgrade.

Fortunately, I am still quite happy with my i7 Mac Mini with 16GB RAM. Now that third-party SSDs are relatively inexpensive I may install one and wait for the next upgrade with a 2016 ETA...

What the heck is wrong with Apple? There are many of us who don't need a MacPro but we would like a "headless" Mac with a little more oomph than the Mac Mini. I've owned three iMacs but I won't consider going that route again until Apple adds ergonomic adjustments. My current NEC display has been such an improvement over Apple's displays I cannot imagine downgrading to an iMac.

>> I won't consider going that route [iMac] again until Apple adds ergonomic adjustments <<

Apple makes VESA-mount versions of the iMacs and Retina iMacs. You can't add the VESA mount after the fact (the way you can on some older models), but there is an option other than the regular stand.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 18:14 UTC
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Michael Piziak: I guess there is no standard for RAW

There isn't. Each vendor makes up their own RAW formats and the RAW formats may even vary from camera to camera within a manufacturer's line.

Adobe's DNG format is the closest thing to a "RAW standard", but I believe that only a few cameras have adopted it as an option for "RAWs straight out of the camera".

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 03:16 UTC
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)
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David Fell: I checked a few out, got some good scores, then some were quite low for what I thought were atypical popular images, and they were lower than I expected. However, it seems to work, but what I really want is a tool that can tell me which are the commercial images :-) then thinking it through a bit more - I think we all know what that is... lots of flesh tones I guess.

"Your image is worth $500.00. Do you want to sell it?"

"Yes"

"Your photo contained a recognizable image of a cat, and you did not present us with a signed model release form. So we get the photo, but you do not get the $500.00. Instead the $500.00 goes into the fund to upgrade Fluffy's diet to include caviar and imported French goose livers."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)
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DonSantos: whats the range?

My photos get between 4 and 5.5.

Could someone post a link to a super popular photo?

Also I tried Steve Mccurry's afghan girl and that only got a 4. Way to go science!

Well, putting aside whether they have achieved their goal, they do say that their goal is to identify what makes an image POPULAR – not necessarily the same thing as what makes it GOOD.

That National Geographic image of the Afghan girl is famous (among those who pay attention to such stuff) mostly because it is good.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 09:18 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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Impulses: Not as much of an advertorial read as the comments would have me believe, but not that critically thought out either... Seems like the number one purpose for your Air is shifting files around with little editing (at least on the scenarios discussed), in which case the MBA 11 would work just as well... Heck a Surface Pro or even an IPad might be more mobile for that purpose, without "having to find a flat purpose" or tucking card readers between display and keyboard as you described (why not just disable sleep on display close btw?).

I'm not sure how easy it is to import RAW files into an iPad, it's pretty simple to do over USB OTG on modem Android tablets though (and obviously over faster USB 3.0 on a Surface Pro). For sending them out online via Dropbox, USB 2.1 wouldn't be a bottleneck, your Wifi/connection would be the slowest link... Obviously for other scenarios like quickly showing proofs to a client USB 3.0 would be a huge boon.

I actually had no clue the recent MB/MBA had high speed SD readers... I'm sure they're just wired over USB 3.0 internally (rather than 2.1 as they'd been for years), but I think that's still pretty uncommon outside of Apple. Very interesting, kind of a small but overlooked advantage. Apple's battery life edge is worth praise too, and it's something they'll always have by virtue of having less systems to optimize their OS for. It's more of a factor in usage cases that involve plenty of idle time, but that's a lot of usage cases.

For actual photo editing the Air is still woefully under spec'd compared to the competition or even the rest of Apple's lineup though. A 1440x900 TN display with lower color accuracy on a $1,000-1,500 system is inexcusable at this point. That display was pretty solid when the Air first launched but you can now find plenty of $1K systems with higher quality and more accurate 1920x1080 IPS displays (or even higher res if you go up the price scale, all the way to the retina MBs obviously).

I have a feeling Apple will get around to addressing that this year, just kind disappointing they've been pushing super high end high DPI displays on the regular MBP while ignoring the MBA entirely, decent 1080p (or even 1920x1200) displays aren't hard to source and they don't bring a large performance impact like the "retina" displays do. They're just trying to milk higher profits out of the Air since it's probably one of their best sellers.

No love for the NEX btw? At least it looks like that's what you used in the Radio City job (if that photo at the start is from said job). I was surprised it's alluded to as a "compact digicam" or a non-DSLR in an article that's all too eager to name/brand drop elsewhere. Just saying... No dog in this fight btw (Windows/Android/iOS & M43 user here).

There isn't a huge price difference between a mid-range 13" MacBook Air and a comparably-equipped (RAM and SSD) 13" Retina MacBook Pro. Aside from battery life, weight, and normal desktop area, the comparison favors the rMBP. But it is not an accident that the MBA wins on weight and battery life. Most of the rMBP's advantages come with increased power consumption, which must be paid for with a larger battery (more weight), or with shorter battery runtimes.

Unless Apple is going to combine the MBA and MBP entirely, it makes sense for the MBA design to continue to place a higher priority on low weight and long battery life than the MBP design does.

So, for instance, there might be few if any drawbacks (from a customer standpoint) in equipping the Airs with IPS panels that have the current resolutions. But going to a Retina display on the 13" Air might not be desirable if it forced a large reduction in the weight and battery life advantages the Air has over its 13" rMBP counterpart.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 06:19 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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Mark K: Typically filled up 2 128Gb CFs..in a busy half day shooting so can this Mac Air meet the demand not just for importing but also processing some of the works in a very short lunch break?

You can configure a MacBook Air with up to 512 GB of internal PCI-E flash (SSD) storage. If you need more internal storage than that, a Retina MacBook Pro can have up to 1 TB of PCI-E flash storage.

That's not counting the option to add external storage via the USB 3.0 ports and Thunderbolt ports. USB 3.0 gives you access to cheap HDDs, and Thunderbolt is fast enough to do justice to external RAIDs and SSDs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 05:46 UTC
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brycesteiner: Why are the lions not scared of the drones or robots? In one of the pictures on the NatlGeo site you can see the shadow of the robot. It's close.

If you were a lion, would you be scared of a small robot? A lion would probably think of such a robot as PREY that, for some reason, does not smell tasty enough to be worth hunting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 07:18 UTC
On Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 5 article (253 comments in total)
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fyngyrz: Does it still require OSX 10.7 like the beta did?

Worthless to me if it does. I have a very stable 10.6 system, not about to change it to get a feature CS5 already has, since CS5 runs just fine on 10.6.

Programmers who, in true knee-jerk fashion, require the latest OS from Apple for no good reason whatsoever, should be fired. Who are you serving, Adobe? Apple? Or the poor sod who pays you money for your app?

Well, with a 10.7-requiring app you made sure you wouldn't get my measly few dollars.

While I'm running 10.6 on my own machine, 10.7 (Lion) is not "the latest OS from Apple". Apple is up to 10.8 (Mountain Lion) already, not counting whatever they may have planned for WWDC this week.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 06:07 UTC
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Bach Photo: I would say that my vote for "Having to repeatedly pay to retain access" goes along with "Uncertainty over future of Adobe or pricing". Overall I hate not owning, I own my home, I don't rent.

If they did that, you could quit renting ("subscribing") at the reward point, to save money. Possibly not what Adobe wants if the goal of this change is to keep people paying rent forever …

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 04:28 UTC
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CarlosNunezUSA: A very nice article by Corel . I think they are the best alternative to Adobe and have really strong products. The problem is that they have no Mac Version which is a pity. I would encourage you to leave a message on their page requesting an OsX version. They cannot do that in 2 days, but I guess my CS6 version can hold until Corel is ready, if they make the commitment. Now would be a good time for Corel CEO to put on the big pants and challenge Adobe with an annoucement.

http://corelblogs.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/corel-is-all-about-giving-users-choice/#comments

Even Adobe stopped major development of the MOBILE version of Flash, because, essentially, Steve Jobs was right. You can still get mobile Flash on Android devices, but it's an old version; everyone expects that it will eventually be superseded by HTML5.

With regards to DESKTOP Flash, that runs on Macs, although a lot of people use browser plug-ins like Click2Flash that keep it from running by default.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 04:25 UTC
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midou: I would accept subscription. But if I stop the plan I would like the software stay Working as it is. To prevent people to cheat with such a plan there can be various condition how to renew the subscription in the future. There can be also some minimal length of subscription to be qualified For such a running software

You're saying that you would accept a subscription plan for purchasing the software and its updates. Subscription as in "magazine subscription", where if you stop subscribing, you keep everything you've purchased so far.

Unfortunately, what Adobe seems to want is rental, as if "if you ever stop paying for the apartment, you don't get to live there any more".

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 06:51 UTC
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CFynn: Seems like they are imitating the marketing tactics of the narcotics and tobacco industries. Get users completely dependent on a regular, time limited, fix of their product and they have a steady income stream.

Once users are hooked they can also jack up the prices whenever they like.

It's the old mainframe and minicomputer "software rental" model – the one that we thought personal computers had changed for the better.

One of the firms that followed this model charged customers more for everything – not just for upgrading to more users, but ALSO for upgrading to a faster CPU (same architecture) even if they kept the SAME number of users.

Going back further, there's a story about a mainframe company that sold two different tape drives: a "fast" one (for $50K?) and a "slow" one (for $25K?). A customer could upgrade by paying the difference but customers were not allowed to watch the technician do the upgrade. One customer did manage to watch, and reported that "The technician opened the tape drive cabinet, moved one jumper, and closed it up again."

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 09:07 UTC
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T3: Regarding piracy, I think the best way to decrease piracy is to *decrease* the price of your product, rather than *increasing* it. It's like music. Now that music is only 99 cents a song, people buy songs all the time now. Make it easy and cheap, and people will buy. Sure beats paying $18 at the music store for a whole CD album just to have a couple songs that you actually like. The cost of buying CDs were so high, people opted to pirate songs. Likewise, if Adobe didn't charge such an exorbitant amount for Photoshop, more people would be able to afford it, and fewer people would resort to piracy. But Adobe just doesn't get it. Now with this cloud strategy, it's just going to drive more people way, but this time it'll drive them towards other competing products.

I buy music, and I don't fit any of your three categories.

1. I know computers well enough to program them; not just enough to run programs that someone else has written. So I could find out "how to pirate" very easily; that's not what's keeping me from doing it.

2. I don't have an irrational fear of malware embedded in music files. (The nastiest case of music malware that I can think of came when a certain major-label company distributed "CDs" that installed DRM, and that also installed a hidden root kit to try to keep the user from removing the DRM infestation from their computer. Although I knew enough not to buy one of the infested "CDs", I didn't care for that approach to customer relations, and I boycotted virtually all audio CDs from THAT company for a LONG time.)

3. I don't feel any duty to subsidize pirates.

As for financial justification, artists need to eat, too., even if the deal the industry gives them on recordings is often a raw one.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 08:50 UTC
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Edgar Matias: The 1.3x Crop Mode basically crops the sensor down to m4/3 size. Very cool.

I think they're saying that if the lens has an actual focal length of 200mm, and a "35mm-equivalent" length of 300mm in regular DX mode, the "35mm-equivalent" length would be 400mm in this DX plus 1.3x crop mode. That is, there's a roughly 1.3x crop factor above and beyond the 1.5x DX one, for a total crop factor of 2.0x as compared to full-frame.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 15:01 UTC
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huyzer: Wish it had a swivel back screen.

If using a phone as a display would be "not that handy", wouldn't carrying around a LCD monitor with HDMI and A/C power cables dangling from it be even less so?

Even if you managed to find a battery-powered device that took HDMI input (most only support for output), that arrangement would still be much the same as carrying the phone ... only with that dangling cable.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 14:52 UTC
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Earthlight: Seems to me Nikon continues to put out great products instead of dumbed down, crippled stuff in order to milk the customers.

At this point my Canon gear is pretty much complete for what I need. I will use it until it has no practical value and if at that time Nikon still dominates like this, I will happily jump ship.

Seems to me that improved auto-focus is a benefit not only to "machine-gun photographers" (the ones obsessed with huge buffers), but also to those who control the time of the shutter release.

And yes, if you have a D7000, you might not want to rush to trade it in, but not everyone has a D7000 (or its counterpart in other brands' lineups).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 14:47 UTC
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racketman: some company should bring out a tablet targeted specifically at photographers with CF and full SD slots etc

If what you are looking for is a portable photo backup device, there are devices made specifically for that purpose. They typically are based around notebook-size hard drives, have multiple types of card slots, and can serve as external drives to Macs and PCs (for importing photos once you get home). Most such devices have very small, low-resolution (sometimes even only black-and-white) screens that are more suitable for selecting menu controls than previewing photos, but if backup is what you need, they are specialized for that job.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 08:02 UTC
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Mssimo: When did 1024 x 768 8" screen become "low-res." This article needs a new title. It may suck for photographers but for other reasons like its crap 5MP camera and low storage.

"It barely have enough resolution for windows 8 or mac os" - even if that were true, how is it relevant? This is a tablet running a tablet operating system, not a tablet-shaped PC. It has the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad and iPad 2, which sold like hotcakes (and that was with the pixels spread out over a larger area).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 07:57 UTC
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Pandaemas: I awe apple devices for their display, but offering a low res device doesn't seem like a smart move...

It's the same resolution as on the iPad 2. My guess is that keeping that resolution helped not only with cost, but with weight and battery life. (Remember, when they went from the iPad 2 to the iPad 3, the battery capacity went up significantly but the battery life did not, in part due to the Retina Display.)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 07:51 UTC
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