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Archive for October 31st, 2006

Photography: Save Money with the Nikon D50 digital SLR

Posted by cascadehush on October 31, 2006

Save Money with the Nikon D50 digital SLR:

Overall, the Nikon D50 offers a lot of value for the money, and should be at least considered side-by-side with the newer D80 and other entry-level dSLR models.

Do you always need the latest and greatest, or will an older model at a run-out price offer better value? Especially one that has been well respected as the entry level dSLR.

This is especially worth considering when you consider that you can put any money saved towards better lenses.

I don’t have a dSLR yet myself, but I have considered whether a slightly older model may prove a cheeper way to break into this kind of photography.

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Vista: 2 Gigs ‘Great’ Says Dell CEO

Posted by cascadehush on October 31, 2006

TechWeb: Vista With 2 Gigs ‘Great’ Says Dell CEO:

Dell chief executive Kevin Rollins told Bloomberg News: “I think they tell you maybe 1 gig [gigabyte] of memory is okay. No. Two gigs of memory would be great.”

Well maybe, but I’m running Visa RC1 with 1GB of memory and a 3GHz Prescott P4 and performance isn’t an issue. I could even run Aero even though I only have an nVidia FX5200 based graphics card. I don’t run Aero because I mainly use this box for video playback and the graphics drivers can’t cope with both Aero and video at the same time. This is a driver issue that will be fixed in due course.

The system requirements for XP were always over-hyped. Most people have trouble with XP because they have bloatware on their system or are trying to run too many programs. You can’t blame the operating system when the bulk of memory and CPU time is being used by a bunch of (often) poorly written programs. You’ll find that most of the time XP itself is using a very small percentage of your CPU cycles and RAM to keep itself going.

There is always a sweet-spot, however. Whilst XP struggles at times with only 256MB, it runs very well with 512MB. I’m sure Vista will double those values, but I don’t think it will quadruple them.

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OSX: Make networked scanners available to other Macs

Posted by cascadehush on October 31, 2006

macosxhints.com – Make networked scanners available to other Macs:

If you share a scanner using the Open Source SANE project… you can use Mattias Ellert’s TWAIN/SANE interface to make it available to your Mac applications.

Sounds like a useful thing to be able to do.

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