Computer By Remote Control

ChickenI have three main computers in my office; a dual-processor G5 desktop (my main machine for writing, etc.), a G4 PowerBook (for e-mail, calendar and travel), and a HP Tablet PC (for note taking and in-car GPS mapping).

Since my e-mail and calendar reside on my PowerBook, I use VNC software (short for Virtual Network Computing) on my desktop machine to control my PowerBook. The PowerBook shows up as another window on my desktop and when it’s the front most application, my keyboard and mouse control that machine. The software I use is called Chicken of the VNC. If you’d like to use a similar setup, then visit www.versiontracker.com and search for VNC to see your options.

How Long Will Your Prints Last?

Wir_logo_wbHave you ever wondered if off brand inks will affect how quickly your prints will fade… or how best to store prints to extend their life… or which printer/ink/paper combination will deliver the most archival prints? If so, then Wilhelm Imaging Research is the only place you need to visit. Henry Wilhelm offers dozens of free articles about these topics and more… it’s an essential resource for anyone who prints with an ink jet printer.

Apple Switching to Intel Processors

041003_fg1This morning Apple announced that they will be transitioning from the PowerPC chip to Intel. It’s all because IBM (Apple’s current chip maker) hasn’t been able to make the G5 chip faster processors or low power enough to be used in laptops.

Apple has been secretly running OSX on Intel chips in their labs for the last five years and has a road map for developers to easily make the transition while keeping their applications working on the IBM based Macs. Does this mean you shouldn’t buy a Mac right now… only if you can wait until June 6th of 2006 and want to be a beta tester for the very first version of their new hardware. If I were you and had plans to buy a Mac, then I’d do so. The only time I’d think about waiting is once January of ’06 rolls around.

It could be interesting if Apple would to make OSX only run on Apple hardware (current PC hardware doesn’t have everything people expect from a Mac), but to also support Windows. Then we could possibly have the best of both worlds.

UPDATE: It’s exactly as I was hoping… if they can pull this off, then I’ll upgrade all my machines (I have just under a dozen) so I can run Mac OSX and Windows on the same machine! From news.com:
"Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller addressed the issue of running Windows on Macs, saying there are no plans to sell or support Windows on an Intel-based Mac. "That doesn’t preclude someone from running it on a Mac. They probably will," he said. "We won’t do anything to preclude that." However, Schiller said the company does not plan to let people run Mac OS X on other computer makers’ hardware. "We will not allow running Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple Mac," he said."

For more coverage of the PowerPC to Intel transition, visit www.MacSurfer.com for a list of all the sites that are covering this story.

Essential Accessory for Apple’s iSight Camera

Iglassesexample1If you use an Apple iSight camera to video chat with others, then you’ll want to know about iGlasses, an $8 piece of software that can vastly improve the image quality you get from the iSight camera. My iSight was always producing dark images because of a bright window behind me. With iGlasses, I was able to adjust the exposure and color (it even has a night vision setting) to finally achieve a nice bright image.

Should You Buy a New Mac Now?

RumorIf you’re in the market for a new Mac, but are worried that Apple might release a new model the day after you take delivery, then check out MacRumors Buyer’s Guide, which will show you how long the current model has been on the market and the time on market between the last revision of the product. That allows you to make an educated guess as to how probable a revision is.

via YourMacLife.com

External Hard Drives

SuperdrivedockplslrgAs photographers shoot more and more images, they require a more and more hard drives to hold all those images. The cost of an external drive is a combination of the raw drive and the enclosure/power supply. WiebeTech makes a power supply/firewire interface that does not include an enclosure and allows you to quickly connect raw drives and quickly swap them out so you can buy a stack of inexpensive raw drives and then switch them out as you need to use them.