Posts tagged ‘computer’

Tech Tuesday – Scientists develop new ‘photonic’ chip that could make quantum computers a reality

Here is a link to a news article combining photonic technology with quantum computing. Pretty exciting stuff!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1312936/Scientists-develop-new-photonic-chip-pave-way-quantum-computers-future.html

by the way, watch out for the rollover advertisement on the left. It is extremely annoying.  Somebody should tell GE that ads like that lower customer opinions of their product.

Windows 7 is coming!

Checked my email this morning and found a release date tucked away in a Sam’s club bulk email. 

Microsoft Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. It operates faster, cleaner and more efficiently with a smaller load on system resources than even Windows XP, Windows 7 will be released on October 22.  It looks like any computer bought between now and then will include a free upgrade to windows 7 when it is released. I have seen this deal from best buy and sam’s club as well as some other online vendors

Here is a link that compares different versions.

Check out the professional mode which has a feature which lets you run existing Windows XP productivity applications in Windows XP Mode. (great for older photoshop versions).

I realize that today’s blog post is just loosely related to photography, but it is pretty important to anyone looking to buy a new computer or is just plain tired of dealing with Vista.  The operating system can make a huge performance difference to anyone who relies heavily on post production work.

here are a couple of videos about Windows 7:

A Close Call

About 6 months ago I bought my son some very powerful magnets to play with (trying to add a little science to playtime). Imagine my surprize when I walked into my office and saw him holding a magnet with the stylus from my tablet dangling from it. Boy I panicked.

Fortunately he had not gotten around to seeing if the tower or external hard drive were magnetic. It did however get me thinking. I routinely back up my external drive onto my internal drive and vice versa, BUT, both drives are next to each other, in reach of children and (although safe from crashes) not safe from physical threats. In the very near future, I will be purchasing a second external hard drive to back up the first so that I can store it somewhere PHYSICALLY safe.  The other thought I had was that I need to explain to my children (all 3 of them) about computers and my photography gear and explain how they are used and how they can be damaged.  Hopefully this will help them make better decisions when unusual situations arise (such as finding out what is magnetic while the parents aren’t around).

p.s. So far, the tablet seems to have survived the shock.

Hardware Lists and a little entertainment

On my main website – outofnapkins.com, I have added two sections in the hardware category (cameras and computers). They are listings of manufacturers, some retailers, and a few review and news sites. I have also added a couple of links in the entertainment section. One is for a web comic that deals with photography and the other couple of links are for photography related t-shirts, clothes and other merchandise.

Also, I added a book – The Complete Guide to Light and Lighting in Digital Photography– to my essential reading list page on this blog as well as a couple of magazines that I consider indispensable.