Martin Ocando

Martin Ocando

Lives in Panama Panama, Panama
Works as a Photographer / IT
Joined on Dec 14, 2004

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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

Sigh... I knew that eventually you'll fall into insults, and that is where a sane discussion goes down the drain. it was fun until it lasted, kid.
BTW, do you homework, and look yourself for the reasons why Premiere is not optimized for Mac. I'm tired of doing the search myself and posting the links.

Regarding Windows and touch, yeah, I know. Is not easy to take the truth.

Have a good day.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 22:49 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

BTW, whoever is to blame, don't. You are blaming Apple, and is not apple's fault that Premiere is not optimized, and not only for macs, but for any GPU based laptop. No matter the make.

Now, regarding pen and touch screen, that is where I differ completely. I never liked a touchscreen on a laptop. It makes my screen completely messy, and Windows has never EVER been optimized for touch. Just trying to hit the close button, without touching minimize is a challenge. BTW, I used to have a Compaq iPAQ. Did you used one of those? If you don't, google it, and you'll realize how far back my experience goes with Windows mobile OSs, so I DO know what I'm talking about.

iPads, on the other hand, were designed to be handled with touch only, like an iPhone, so that's the user experience I enjoy. On a laptop, I'm old fashion. Give me a comfortable keyboard and a good old mouse, and I'm happy as a clam.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 22:50 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

Final Cut Pro and MainStage not industry standards? My goodness, have you been hiding under a rock all these years? For starters, macs were designed with color profiling and MIDI support natively on the operating system, while on windows we used to need a driver for that. I tried to move to a fully software based keyboard rig a few years ago, but the hardware and particularly the software wasn't nearly there yet. It is recently, with Windows 10, that things started to get together in this regard, but the largest base of musicians and professional photographers have been using macs for years.
I think you are confusing popularity with professionals' choice.

And regarding the video that you posted, did you saw it completely? Didn't you realized that the FStopper guy tested all computer with and without GPU enabled, and they all produced exactly the same results? What's the point in having a "powerful laptop", if you can't use the hardware?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 22:40 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

You definitively haven't seen FCP running on a Mac, because is not as fast, is way faster, for many reasons, one being that is optimized for the Mac, and secondly, it auto-renders in the background, exporting a video in seconds.
Now, try to run FCP on a Windows PC. Can you?
BTW, who said there is an "issue" with Macs? Or that it doesn't run "industry standard" software? There is a difference between running and being optimized. And in this case is Adobe to blame, not apple.
Again, try to run an "Industry Standard" software, like FCP, MainStage, Logic Pro X, etc. on a Windows PC.

BTW, you are right about the surface. Of all Windows laptops out there, the Surface is the only one piece of hardware that I truly consider is on a par, if not suceeds, with an Apple product. Steve Ballmer said it himself: "We should have started making hardware sooner"
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/steve-ballmer-we-should-have-turned-microsoft-into-a-world-class-hardware-company/

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:13 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

So testing Adobe Premiere rendering is a factual debunk? Seriously? Read the comments on the video. You'll find out why the Mac was the slowest. Now, go and do the same comparison with Final Cut Pro vs Premiere, and then tell me a story.
The reviewer even blames Adobe for crashing.
Anyway, no matter what they say. For me, the Operating System is the culprit here, and he has a point that is almost the same hardware, but in my experience, the overall quality of construction, the materials and the design makes all the difference in the world. The OS is just the icing on the cake.
Let me remember you that I used to be a hard core PC user for over 20 years, and I laughed at Mac users. Although tired of issues with Windows, I was always researching on ways to have a Unix based OS in my computer. Sadly application developers never really supported Linux on desktops. Then Apple came with OS X, which is FreeBSD in the core.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

And if you don't believe me, check this out: http://www.businessinsider.com/an-ibm-it-guy-macs-are-300-cheaper-to-own-than-windows-2016-10

Specially interesting is this:

..."He reiterated that, in his experience, Mac users needed less help. Though Macs make up about 15% of the PCs in use, only 5% of the help desk is dedicated to supporting them.

Previn said that while a Mac initially cost $117 to $454 more than a similarly configured Windows PC, over four years IBM saves $273 to $543 per Mac compared with a similarly configured Windows PC.

In other words, when you add in all the software a company has to buy from Microsoft to run and manage its Windows devices, Windows PCs are 3 times as expensive, he says."...

Enough said.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:27 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

Oh and since Defender is integrated, suddenly all PCs are impervious to viruses??? You heard about wannacry and other recent ransomware attacks, have you?

Also, have you heard about firewalled processes in Unix? I'll quote the following article:

..."Every Unix process is completely firewalled off from every other Unix process. One process cannot modify the address space of another. This is unlike Windows where a process can easily overwrite the address space of any other, leading to a crash."...

Source: unixguide.net: http://www.unixguide.net/freebsd/faq/10.23.shtml

BTW. the Acer didn't cost the same as the MacBook, although if I sum the Acer, my Lenovo, and an old HP, that all of them broke in 6 years, and the MacBook is still humming, talk about long term investment.

Oh, and finally. You did heard that IBM decided to give their users the option to select either PC or Mac? IBM??? Can you imagine? The creator of the PC offering their users Macs??? Unbelievable, right?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:26 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

Fair enough

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 23:02 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

When I made the switch to Mac, I purchased an used 2011 MacBook Pro, that was later inherited by my daughter, and compared with the ZBook, everything ran faster and snappier. Even with only 4GB of ram.
I've also installed and supported FreeBSD on my customers for over 15 years, so I know my way around Unix, and I know what I'm talking about when I say that Unix is far more stable and manages memory better than Windows. Why I didn't switched to Mac earlier, well, because of financial issues. But now, I'm not looking back. I'm sold.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 19:47 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

A windows laptop with the build quality of an apple, will cost like an apple, or in the ballpark.
I know what I'm talking about. I've been using (building, and servicing) PCs for 30 years. My last PC was a top of the line HP ZBook 15 (Supposedly Apple class build quality) which costed my company around $3K., It had 24 GB of RAM, two SSDs and an nVidia GPU, and just a few weeks after I got it, one of the pins on the back cover broke. Its a very flimsy plastic. Later on, one of the USB ports started behaving, and it was overheating. It was also creaking when squeezed. I used to reinstall everything every 6 months, or a year, depending on how much garbage it collects. Which is something really stupid. I never understood why my Windows folder continued to grow exponentially.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 19:47 UTC

I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 16:49 UTC as 103rd comment | 17 replies
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (220 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: Why do I feel that Canon could add this tech to a camera in a whim, but somehow they won't?

Is it because they could have also added 4k to probably every camera released in the past year, but didn't?

Don't know why they haven't introduced the eye AF thing, it also makes no sense to me, but if they put 4k on DSLRs, might cannibalize some Cinema camera sales.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 02:36 UTC
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Dude with a camera: Why not bring back Kodachrome if they were going to "bring back from the dead" their film emulsions. Yes film is dead, no matter this percieved film growth, but if Kodak would release an old film why not the best? I bet even those of us who have made the transition many moons ago wouldnt mind getting our hands on some Kodachrome. It certainly was a beautiful film. This I will pass on.......unfortunately. The Mamiya 7II and Nikon F5 will remain in my museum :-)

But then again this is Kodak. Should not expect it to be any different or better or wiser.

Bringing back Kodachrome would mean having to also bring back the processing facilities, which I don't think is worth the effort, for the amount of rolls they are going to sell. Ektachrome can be developed in your kitchen sink, so the decision is logical.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 21:05 UTC

Time to look around for a Nikon F3 or an Olympus OM-1

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 21:03 UTC as 34th comment

Is incredible what Ansel Adams could do in the darkroom. We are so fortunate to have amazing tools like Lightroom and Photoshop. I can't even imagine what someone like Ansel would have done with these new tools. I remember the late Michael Reichmann talking with Clyde Butcher, better known as the Ansel Adams of The Everglades, mentioning that Ansel would have embraced digital completely from day one, since he was always all in for technology.
I can't stop reading and watching videos about his craft and legacy. Thanks for the video.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 14:06 UTC as 56th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (313 comments in total)

Why they simply created an adapter for APS-C lenses? Like Olympus did with the 4/3s lenses? What a way of restricting your lens options.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 18:09 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies

The speed argument falls on its own weight. If they say we can do minor level and brightness/contrast adjustments, then we will have to do them in lightroom, don't we? What is the difference of doing it in the RAW, which will avoid any clipping or posterization. And if all they want is speed, then unless you have your camera tethered to a smartphone, and are sending the pictures immediately to them, you'll have to download them and midly process them. The one who does it faster, wins. They shouldn't care if we are using JPEG, RAW or TIFF, all they want is the finalized JPEG.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 22:51 UTC as 21st comment
On photo MO153507 in Martin Ocando's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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John King: Very nice shot, Martin.

Anything that makes a 40' container (let alone a stack of them ... ) and a semi-trailer look like a child's toys is seriously big!

Almost infinite possibilities for shooting from your 'crow's nest' vantage point. Specially with a telephoto zoom ... ;-)

Thanks, John. As a matter of fact, I was climbed to one of those cranes that you see there.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 12:57 UTC
On article Lowepro launches Echelon luxury bag line (61 comments in total)

Suddenly, the Billinghams doesn't seem to pricey at all.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 16:50 UTC as 19th comment
On photo a lady in red in the I Spy: women with red clothes (Read Rules) challenge (11 comments in total)

To senn_b: You can demonstrate that the original image is not a composite, but the extreme oversharpening job is evident. The halos around the subject are too strong. Obviously the challenge host failed to see it, and should have failed your image right on the spot. Simply because of this.
And it is also not fare to the other competitors with very good images in the challenge.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 01:19 UTC as 4th comment
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