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Forum: Photographic Technique 08-04-2008, 08:25 PM  
Do any of you have another hobby which you use you camera to take pictures of?
Posted By raz-0
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I shoot competitively. I also help run several shooting matches.

Me and my K10D have been documenting our big annual static steel match for 2007 and 2008.

Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard to do things like get the range officer and timers out of the shot.

Forum: General Talk 03-12-2011, 05:23 PM  
Texas Voter ID Law exempts elderly and gun owners
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 48
Views: 8,304
No, we give every citizen WHO REGISTERS the right to vote. Oddly enough, those places you can get a license? You can get state issued photo ID. Also oddly enough, due to the motor voter bill, you should be able to take care of registering to vote at the same time.

Hmm. How oppressively convenient.
Forum: General Talk 01-18-2011, 09:46 AM  
PC or Mac?
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 147
Views: 18,260
My department runs labs with 800 workstations (used to be more). We mix both windows and os x. Before apple switched to x86 architecture, we were phasing them out. Now, what hardware we run depends on who gives us a good deal. Most years that is not apple. Even when it is, we still run windows on 80% of the machines. We have spent literally millions of dollars hashing out Mac vs pc for the last 10 years. Most of the Mac info in this thread is plain wrong.

Windows is straight up cheaper to administer. It's why we run windows on most of the Mac hardware. Os x exists due to course support. This mostly boils down to iMovie, garage band, and final cut. The former two are actually cheaper, and the latter is due to faculty who refuse to use premier for their courses. Final cut is good, and used to be cross platform until apple bought them out. If iMovie and garage band have your needs covered, they can represent a couple hundred bucks in software savings.

Apple monitors. Apple does NOT own the factory. They haven't even managed to account for 100% of a given panels production in the last 5+ years. They USED to pretty much be a guarantee of a quality monitor, but not anymore. They have shipped 6bit displays in their low end laptops. They have shipped mediocre tn panels in their small iMacs. They have shipped $3000 big cinema displays with color cast problems that couldn't be calibrated and then told the customers to go scratch when they tried to get them replaced. The latest big iMacs had uneven color casts that you couldn't adjust for because they were uneven. They are currently no better than anyone else on displays. Since they mostly sell iMacs and laptops, it is important that you don't blindly accept this based on their old rep.

Security is a push. Most successful attacks these days come via the web, or by phishing. EVERY platform is vulnerable here as pretty much every browser is cross platform, and the browser is where the exploit happens. As for it being unix based? If you can get shell, you can get root. Realistically there have been an increasing number of os x root kits and attacks in the wild. Security through obscurity is on it's way out.

Software... Windows wins. There are things you can get for it you can't get for os x. These things have NOTHING to do with photography. From the photography and videography standpoint, once you get past the free bundled apps, cost is basically the same as well as capability. At the really high end it might swing back to pc with stuff like flint/smoke/inferno/other insanely high priced software. But from hobbyist to small pro businesses, the only difference is more variety on windows.

Hardware. The only thing apple corners the market on anymore is new flash memory offerings. Everything else is essentially commodity stuff, mostly slapped together by foxconn. Base configurations are more price competitive than ever, the main problem is apple will hold onto old processors for a year after pcs have moved on, and old graphic cards for two or more. Then they still charge a premium for both. Unlike monitors, memory, and hard drives, these two things you are pretty much stuck with. The other recurring problem is thermal dissipation. Apple choses style over function here. Especially in laptops. Buy the apple care. You have been warned. (for example, the cube, most of the high end MacBook pros, the early Mac minis, some of the LCD iMacs... almost every generation of their product line has at least one model with serious overheating issues due to design.)

Fixing of problems. Os x really does try and hide stuff. If it succeeds at it, this can look like a smoother user experience. When it fails it can be much more frustrating. When hardware dies, there is something to be said for dropping it off at your local apple store. Both can be appealing or off-putting, only you can judge.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 01-15-2011, 01:16 PM  
B&H and UPS Madness
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 14
Views: 3,627
B&H closes Saturday for religious reasons as stated. UPS will not let the recipient change the delivery of a package, just the sender. This is because updating the delivery form the recipient end is way to easy to use to commit fraud and theft.

In the end, your complaint is that there was bad weather, and somehow you blame B&H and UPS for this. It happens.

Even if B&H had been open, odds are unless they paid for UPS red, UPS would not deliver it on a Saturday. They charge a HUGE premium for that and tend not to give it away for free.
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