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Good turnaround time
Feb 27th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

The frame counter reset on my Leica MP recent­ly broke, so I took it to Samy’s Cam­era, the store I bought it from. I was afraid they’d tell me I had to send it back to Leica for repair (the last time I dealt with Leica it took them six months to repair a dam­aged lens), but for­tu­nate­ly they told me it could be repaired in the store. To my sur­prise, it took only four days for them to fin­ish the work!

iTunes prize winner takes Steve Jobs’ call as a prank
Feb 26th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

iTunes prize win­ner takes Steve Jobs’ call as a prank. The win­ner of Apple’s recent iTunes con­test, Louie Sul­cer, ini­tial­ly dis­missed Steve Jobs’ per­son­al phone call as a prank, accord­ing to Rolling Stone. Sul­cer claims to have pur­chased the 10 bil­lionth iTunes track, John­ny Cash’s “Guess Things Hap­pen That Way,” while unaware that Apple was run­ning such a pro­mo­tion.… [The Mac­in­tosh News Net­work]

The title of the track seems appro­pri­ate to this sto­ry.

What we have here is a failure to communicate
Feb 24th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

I’ve noticed that for some rea­son the peo­ple who work in sand­wich shops have great dif­fi­cul­ty fol­low­ing sim­ple instruc­tions. The fol­low­ing is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of con­ver­sa­tions I’ve had in var­i­ous Togo’s, Quiznos, Sub­way, and inde­pen­dent places:

Employ­ee: How can I help you?
Me: I’d like a large pas­tra­mi sand­wich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and noth­ing else.
(Employ­ee grabs a piece of wheat bread.)
Me: I’d like a large pas­tra­mi sand­wich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and noth­ing else.
Employ­ee: Oh, sor­ry. What size would you like?
Me: I’d like a large pas­tra­mi sand­wich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and noth­ing else.
Employ­ee: What kind of sand­wich did you want?
Me: I’d like a large pas­tra­mi sand­wich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and noth­ing else.
Employ­ee: What kind of cheese do you want?
Me: I’d like a large pas­tra­mi sand­wich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and noth­ing else.
Employ­ee: What else would you like? Onion? Let­tuce?
Me: I’d like a large pas­tra­mi sand­wich on white bread, with lots of jalapeños and noth­ing else.

How did it become acceptable f…
Feb 23rd, 2010 by Ken Hagler

How did it become accept­able for (alleged­ly) human males to hoot and screech like a bunch of baboons when they get excit­ed?

There’s nothing like waiting f…
Feb 22nd, 2010 by Ken Hagler

There’s noth­ing like wait­ing for a bus while a drunk­en bum vom­its near­by. Thanks, Chief Brat­ton, for chas­ing them out of Skid Row.

I noticed that most Twitter cl…
Feb 21st, 2010 by Ken Hagler

I noticed that most Twit­ter clients didn’t like my 4×5 pro­file pho­to, so I squashed it a bit to make it square.

Seen on a new café: “organic c…
Feb 21st, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Seen on a new café: “organ­ic cof­fee.” I sup­pose inor­gan­ic cof­fee would be mud?

Telephones are annoying
Feb 18th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

If your tele­phone con­nec­tion is so bad that you have to shout into your phone in the mid­dle of the night to talk to your friends in Korea, that’s a pret­ty good sign that it’s time to get rid of the phone and switch to Skype.

Aperture 3 finally works
Feb 14th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Aper­ture 3 adds Faces, Places, and improved local adjust­ment.

After a long wait, Apple has released the next major update to its pro-class pho­to work­flow appli­ca­tion, Aper­ture 3. The new ver­sion boasts over 200 new fea­tures, includ­ing the addi­tion of the suc­cess­ful facial recog­ni­tion and geo­t­ag­ging fea­tures, Faces and Places, that were intro­duced with iPho­to ’09. Ver­sion 3 also adds edge-detecting adjust­ment brush­es for non-destructive local­ized edit­ing and touch-ups. Along with numer­ous UI and per­for­mance improve­ments, Aper­ture 3 adds full 64-bit sup­port on sup­port­ed sys­tems run­ning Snow Leop­ard.

Aper­ture has always had a focus on the work­flow of pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers, but Apple also mar­kets it for ama­teurs that want to move beyond the sim­plic­i­ty of iPho­to. Aper­ture 3 takes that even fur­ther, seem­ing­ly meld­ing more pow­er and advanced man­age­ment with the fea­tures and ease of use of iPho­to.

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[Ars Tech­ni­ca]

I’d been inter­est­ed in Aper­ture since ver­sion two as a replace­ment for iView Medi­aPro, which was bought out and aban­doned by Microsoft years ago. How­ev­er, ear­li­er ver­sions of Aper­ture couldn’t han­dle the very large files pro­duced by scan­ning 4×5 film (a slide pro­duces a file around 1.25 GB) and would crash if you tried to add one. That prob­lem has been fixed in ver­sion three–probably due to a com­bi­na­tion of 64-bit sup­port in Snow Leop­ard, and the fact that my Pho­to­shop sys­tem has 24 GB of RAM.

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