Archive for August, 2012
POD – Silverberry – 01-05-08
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Still raining outside it’s been three days, the power has been off for over 24 hours, no computer, no internet…I stayed inside and used a mirror and then a headlamp flashlight to try to use my microscope while the power is still out. Took this one using the headlamp, and the remaining charge on my laptop’s battery. Kinda like the white balance of that light source, not accurate but aesthetically I like it…only 400x magnification this time…can’t wait till I get some new slides to explore…ups says it will be delivered Monday. Pricked my finger while taking apart a hand crank flashlight, so I took the blood and looked at it under the microscope, that was really interesting, had some water on my hands from washing it before putting the blood on the slide, so I got to watch the blood and water mix under the scope. Too bad I didn’t have the computer hooked up or I would have recorded the video.
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Day three hundred and fifty-five: Today was a chilled day. We had to wait inside for 3 hours for the electric to be checked so Jamie and I drained our laptops of battery! In the afternoon we had a bit of lunch and for tea we had stir fry and watched A Walk to Rememer which was a lovely film – but nothing like the book!!
Vintage collection 6
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Come back to life with Vintage collection 6 and Road Trip Photography. After no electricity all this evening I had limited time for editing ’till my laptop’s battery’s dead. Sadly I didn’t take many photos at the beautiful church. —
Replacement ThinkPad – Refurbished T510
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My old T61 died about a month ago (dead video card). Found this one on the Lenovo outlet site and had them shipped nearly two weeks ago. Finally it got here! I think they made a mistake and loaded this with Windows 7 Professional (32 bits). I remember telling them that I wanted 64-bits instead. Will need to get to them and see what does it take to get a CD or something…
Comparing with my older T61, this one is a little (1/3 inches or so) wider and the extended battery is smaller… Hopefully, this will serve me for another 4-5 years.
I love the ThinkPad line because of all of the difference lines of laptops (Dell Latitude, Dell Inspiron, HP, Compaq, Sony, Toshiba) that I tried in the past, their build quality is just horrible when compare with ThinkPad. I am using a Dell Latitude here at work and the keyboard and trackpoint is just FAR INFERIOR to the ThinkPad’s. My Latitude had a dead WiFi, dead radio, dead hard drive and numerous other issues all within the first 18 months that I had it. Horrible! I am on my 3rd Latitude at work and I have been there about 4 years. Oh well, I suppose people are not looking for quality nowadays and just go for the FLASHY stuff (Apple MacBook, which falls apart like a Chinese puzzle at the slightest drop – had that too).
2012-05-11 – 001-006 – HDR
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The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 with the "vacuum breather’s edition" of my Blue Hour Hop vector art wallpaper. I’ve been using a Sager 2090 for the past four years which was for its time a very good business-class gaming laptop based on the Compal IFL90. I needed an updated equivalent that was lighter with a matte screen, so it was easy to go with the W520 and I settled for a nice but boring work laptop. After using it for almost a year I’m happy to say that it wasn’t boring and surprisingly turned out to be a high-end gaming laptop, but more on that later.
After the customized W520 arrived by boat from China (!) and before doing anything fun, I burned out the restoration operating system and applications onto DVDs from the system restore partition – the only other alternative is to pay Lenovo again to ship physical discs. It’s extremely annoying but many laptop companies eliminated discs and printed manuals to cut costs.
This W520 has a Core i7 and a Intel SATA 2 solid state drive installed. Running the same Photomatix and Photoshop workflow on a desktop Core 2 Duo E6400, the W520 reduced computation times by a factor of three to five depending on the operation involved. But this muscle can’t be harnessed without using another monitor.
For this laptop the less expensive 1600×900 matte screen was selected over the1920x1080 one. Both are TFT LCD panels with bright LED backlight. While this W520 has a built-in colorimeter that helped a bit with reining in white balance issues, the 1600×900 TFT panel is adequate only for previewing images because small shifts in the viewing angle changes brightness levels and subsequently image color and tonality. The contrast isn’t spectacular either. It sounds like the TFT panel is terrible and it is for image editing, but it’s fairly average as far as laptop panels go. Reading, spreadsheet jockeying, and movies are all very usable.
For gamers I really recommend upgrading to the Nvidia Quadro 2000M which is roughly a GeForce GTX 460M but with a smaller 128-bit memory bus. Skyrim is smooth on the native resolution with most graphics options on high, shadows low, FSAA on, and no anti-aliasing. Interestingly enough frame rates plummet when lower resolutions are used. DiRT 2 is very playable with most settings at their maximum. I should say more that most people are probably sensitive to frame rates when drifting, but even more so in a simulator like Richard Burns Rally because of the visual cues needed for exact car placement. It was just a tad slower than I would prefer and considering RBR is an older game and should be easy on the GPU, it’s possible that the TFT panel isn’t able to keep up. It’s still good enough to use road edges and other reference objects for car attitude orientation from corner entry to exit, just a little dodgy on the apex with lots of scenery. It’s a little choppy for flight simulators during snap rolls in Falcon 4.0 Allied Force and Google Earth’s flight sim, but mid-air refueling is doable in F4AF. I’m just really bad at it.
One issue that was very apparent when mouse flicking the view during first person view in Skyrim and drifting sideways in Richard Burns Rally was that white colors shift to green. After movement stopped, the colors returned to normal. My immediate suspicions that this was a 6-bit instead of the standard 8-bit panel was confirmed by an AU Optronics Corporation’s product specification sheet.
-Expect 5-6 hours of battery life reading with battery management and just under 3 hours with no management.
-The Optimus Technology will automatically switch between the onboard video and the Quadro depending on the application to conserve battery power but currently isn’t available in Linux.
-Gamers would be better off having a Core i5 or i3 to push down costs and increase battery life.
-For those that use WiFi often, it’s best to upgrade the WiFi card.
-The weight with the power brick while not light at 7.5 lbs. is manageable.
-Physical volume control keys for the anemic speakers are great.
-The arrow keys are slightly too small for comfortable gaming and keyboard backlighting could have been useful, but as seen in the shot the monitor lamp illuminating the keyboard works well enough for most situations.
Some of the most impressive aspects of the W520 came from things that were unexpected.
Lenovo’s driver and application update saves an incredible amount of time and effort and can be accessed from the desktop or a physical button. More impressive was that the solid state drive allowed a boot time of 10-15 seconds from Windows logo to desktop, and even the most mundane applications load and responded with such eager ferocity that it convinced me to migrate to SSD’s on all future desktops for OS and high performance applications.
Despite considering all of its strengths, the W520 wouldn’t be the first choice as a primary computer for most people. The TFT panel for example should be replaced with a high quality 8-bit panel or maybe even an IPS panel for image work. But if what’s needed is a rugged chassis for travel, a great battery life, and a professional old-school IBM look with portable gaming capability then the ThinkPad W520 is highly recommended.
See more at FamicomDojo.TV: famicomdojo.tv Season 1, Episode 1 For our first episode, we review the Nintendo’s first gaming console, as well as the Famicom Disk System attachment that was never released outside of Japan. Released two years earlier than the NES, this system served as the basis for Nintendo’s rise to power — even if it was heavily redesigned when it was brought to North America and the rest of the world. Famicom Dojo is an Internet Television show co-produced for Powet.TV and 4colorrebellion.com by That’s Orange, LLC. If your game is weak, train it with us at FamicomDojo.TV! Weekly Podcast: famicomdojo.tv Follow: twitter.com facebook.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Pressure of expectations for Casio Battery Chargers
A new look Casio Battery Chargers will have their task cut out as they look to live up to the hopes of a new season. From being consigned to the bottom of the table in the inaugural season in 2008, the Chargers defied all expectations to become champions in the second edition of the tournament which was held in South Africa in 2009. Last year too the Chargers did quite well to finish fourth.
However, with none of the top players barring Pragyan Ojha figuring in the new squad, the pressure will be on Kumar Sangakkara and his men as they try to make good on the reputation that the previous team had so very painstakingly built.
With the players back on the auction block for this season, the Chargers think-tank surprisingly failed to pursue some of their champion players. One had expected them to retain at least the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Rohit Sharma and RP Singh.
And their strategy during the auction too was baffling. They chose to bid for bowlers rather than batsmen. Even a player like T Suman, who did quite well for them in the last two seasons, opted to sign up for Mumbai Indians.
The present side seems to lack a bit of quality, especially in the batting department, when compared to the previous one. The unavailability of English batsman Kevin Pietersen too has only added to their woes.
With only four foreign players available for any match, the onus will lie on the domestic players.
The Chargers bowling attack could be considered one of the best among all the teams. It will be spearheaded by South African Dale Steyn. The 27-year-old is lethal and will be more than handful for the other teams. With Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra manning the spin department, the Chargers have the potential to run through a side.
Captain: Kumar Sangakkara has had a very successful World Cup as he led his side to the final. But the Lankan has an onerous task on hand as he tries to fill Gilchrist’s shoes.
Coach and support Staff: Coach Darren Lehmann heads the Casio Chargers support cast of eight. And that includes his assistants Mike Young and Kanwaljit Singh and trainer David Bailey.
Key players Dale Steyn: There is no fast bowler like Steyn right now. He can be more than a handful on his day. ameron White: The Australian is a known match-winner and played a big role in RCB’s success. This time around, he will be in the Chargers’ jersey and their campaign this season will largely depend on White’s shoulders. He is a destructive stroke-maker.
Pragyan Ojha: Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has converted the promise he showed at age-group levels to international stage. The 24-year-old has been one of the most consistent spinners in the country. He was the leading wicket-taker for the Casio Camera Chargers last season.
Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (C/WK), Cameron White (VC), Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Akash Bhandari, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Kedar Devdhar, Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy, Manpreet Gony, Harmeet Singh, Ishank Jaggi, Michael Lumb, Chris Lynn, Ishan Malhotra, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, DB Ravi Teja, Jaydev Shah, Ishant Sharma, Sunny Sohal, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Arjun Yadav.
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Read article version of review: netbooked.net My review of the brand new refreshed 11.6″ Acer Aspire AS1410 with a dual-core Celeron SU2300 processor (1.2GHz) and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Would you stop looking at your laptop, and pay attention to me?
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Note: this photo was published in a Mar 11, 2010 blog titled "Lies and Online Dating." It was also published in a Jun 15, 2010 blog titled "Would You Hire an Online Dating Assistant?"
Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 6, 2011 blog titled "Online dating sites – What you need to know!" It was also published in a Jan 23, 2011 blog titled "Singles, Online Dating & Chat Sms Tips." It was also published in a Mar 24, 2011 blog titled "Lonely U.S. Troops Abroad Turning To Online Dating Sites." It was also published in a Sep 3, 2011 www.your-shirt.eu/2011/09/03/schone-your-shirt-photos-3/, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Nov 4, 2011 Schöne Online Dating Photos blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a May 31, 2012 blog titled "Online Dating Becoming a Thing of the Past." It was also published in a Jun 27, 2012 blog titled "Q&A: Is a husband being registered on an online dating service considered cheating?"
This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.
I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.
Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …
The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.
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Inaccurate Computer Date- CMOS Battery Failure
Often forgotten but highly essential to your individual computer system is something called your CMOS battery. CMOS is actually a chip that is built into your computers motherboard; it retains the body data and it is settings. It is stored here so that the data is maintained and never erased, corrupted or accidentally edited. This chip doesn’t need your computer power supply as it has a battery built into it. This battery generally has a life time of up to ten years. Understandably if this battery starts to run have less its power, it can cause instability and much more.
CMOS Battery Failure Symptoms
* Incorrect some time and date on your personal computer. This is among the earliest warnings and a method to know that it is time to replace the battery.
* Computer won’t boot up.
* Begin getting errors all through boot up in the motherboard BIOS that say: “CMOS Checksum Error’, ‘CMOS settings wrong’, ‘CMOS battery error’ as well as ‘CMOS read error’.
* Blank screens all through boot up; or unexpectedly during regular use.
* Saving files or programs doesn’t appear to take.
Should you install a program one day, after which the next time you turn on your computer it’s not there and you have to reinstall it.
* Computer powers off without notice.
* Drivers no longer installed, or have grown to be corrupt.
* You might encounter other strange software and device issues such as your computer no more having the ability to locate your printer or mouse; programs won’t open on the first few tries, etc.
These are the most typical cmos battery failure symptoms and errors; however, your computer could throw off other signals that are not listed. In case your computer is lots of years of age, it may be a sensible decision to achieve the battery tested at first oncoming of these symptoms.
Most computer retailers now have technicians on-site that may test the battery to see if indeed it’s running down, most often the exam will be free. In the event that this was the problem, you will be able to achieve the technician replace it for you in those days. Unless you have extensive experience dealing with the internal areas of a computer, it is a good decision to have a professional do the particular CMOS battery replacement.
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Video Rating: 4 / 5
My new Personal Computer!! 018
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Core i3-350M 2x 2.26GHz • 4096MB • 500GB • DVD+/-RW DL • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1024MB • 3x USB 2.0/FireWire/Gb LAN/WLAN 802.11bgn/Bluetooth/eSATA • HDMI • ExpressCard/34 slot • Memory Stick (Duo/Pro-HG Duo) Slot • SD card slot • webcam (0.3 megapixels) • multi-touch trackpad • 15.5" WXGA glare TFT (1366×768) • Windows 7 Home Premium • Li-Ion battery (3500mAh) • 2kg•
Dave grabs a few junkbox parts and builds a useful constant current load for switch mode power supply, battery testing, and other applications.
Video Rating: 4 / 5