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    Back-ups

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    The strategy we depend on here is to have copies of the backups at two different physical locations (home and the office).
    This of course is not something that most people can do. I work from home and it would be impractical to have off site backups. (I think) Though if you are going to insure against theft or fire, it seems the safest thing. Mechanical breakdown is more easily sorted and Patrick seems to have a great solution here.
    Posted 21-11-09 at 09:10 PM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    Back-ups

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    The big problem with online backup is the speed of recovery. My laptop has a 250GB hard disk. It's 70% full. So that's about 200GB of data. Even with a transfer rate of 1MB/second, it's going to take three days to download your backup and you'll probably incur the wrath of your ISP. I notice that Carbonite's website says: "As a practical matter, however, the speed of today's DSL and cable internet services will make it very slow to back up more than, say, a few dozen GB of data." That's pretty much useless, to me. The strategy we depend on here is to have copies of the backups at two different physical locations (home and the office).
    I'm glad you mentioned download speeds Ian, because its something that I have been thinking about myself. Upload speeds are much much slower than uploads, so that is going to take some time too especially when it only uploads when you are not working
    Posted 21-11-09 at 08:44 PM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    Back-ups

    The big problem with online backup is the speed of recovery. My laptop has a 250GB hard disk. It's 70% full. So that's about 200GB of data. Even with a transfer rate of 1MB/second, it's going to take three days to download your backup and you'll probably incur the wrath of your ISP. I notice that Carbonite's website says: "As a practical matter, however, the speed of today's DSL and cable internet services will make it very slow to back up more than, say, a few dozen GB of data." That's pretty much useless, to me. The strategy we depend on here is to have copies of the backups at two different physical locations (home and the office).
    Posted 21-11-09 at 08:08 PM by Ian Ian is offline
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    Back-ups

    First to Answer Dennis, if its EX you are upgrading, there is no option but a clean install, if Vista you can upgrade.
    On my PC I did a clean install mainly because I loaded 64 bit Windows 7 and if you are upgrading from 32 bit again you can only clean install unless you are already running Vista 64 bit. If your machine supports 64 bit it runs noticeably faster. Programs written for 32 bit can usually run under 64, many have 64 bit versions and your serial keys numbers should work with them. I noticed Photoshop installed both its 32 & 64 versions, I had to uninstall it and re-install again making sure I only selected 64 bit.
    The disk gives you the necessary info. Upgrading from Vista is done from within the OS. Clean installs you have to boot from the DVD disk and follow the instructions. It will be necessary at boot up to press F2 or F12 to boot your machine from CD/DVD.

    Now Stephen, I have looked at the site you indicate and it sounds excellent value for money and well worth considering for off site back-ups. I may very well invest, but would still keep my onsite back-ups for convenience.

    Patrick
    Posted 21-11-09 at 07:00 PM by Patrick Patrick is offline
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    Back-ups

    Patrick, you seem to have your backup system pretty well sorted, and its much better than my own.

    The Mac OS has a built in backup system called Time Machine. It will backup automatically or manually to an external drive, and in my case a 500GB "Time Capsule" which doubles as a router. It is possible to either recover the whole contents of the HD or an individual file from any backup point. When the Time Capsule fills up it automatically deletes the oldest backup.

    I also have several external HDs, but what always worries me is what happens if there was a fire and everything was destroyed, or even if I was burgled etc. It seems the only rock solid solution if off site backups, and this may well be an internet based solution. At $55 a year Carbonite maybe an attractive proposition.
    Posted 21-11-09 at 05:33 PM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    Back-ups

    Backups & Windows 7 Clean Install

    Patrick - Thanks for info on backups.
    So does Windows 7 give you the two options when installing 1) Upgrade or 2) Clean Install. ?
    Posted 21-11-09 at 03:46 PM by DennisP DennisP is offline
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    My Second Blog Ever

    Lovely series Patrick. The last one - b&w log i my favourite, I think the tones and atmosphere are spot on. The sand ripples is interesting. The rocks baffle me, I wonder if you had got more of the land and less rocks it would improve this? The beach shot is a bit too dark for me, maybe increase the shadows? The field shot is surreal.
    Posted 23-03-09 at 02:46 AM by
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    My first ever blog

    Wonderful set of shots Patrick. My favourite is the sepia beach/bay sunset/rise? Or is this one of the infra red ones. Lovely.
    Posted 20-03-09 at 05:58 PM by Autumn Autumn is offline
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    My first ever blog

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    i like them, well done.
    minor tweaks, clone out small rock in center of #3.
    crop off some foreground with boats.
    great shoot. good eye for composition and treatment.
    john
    Hi John

    I shall look at the crop you suggest and see if I like it better.
    These were all processed in Lightroom and other than being resized were not manipulated in Photoshop.
    Posted 20-03-09 at 12:58 PM by Patrick Patrick is offline
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    My first ever blog

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    The two IR shots are a treat Patrick, you surely must be pleased with them. They are not the usual somewhat clichéd style.

    Hope you will add more to this blog

    Thank you Stephen, yes I am pleased with the IR shots as fare as they go. I can't help feeling I could have got the same from the unconverted camera with the appropriate manipulation. I can test that out with the evening picture as I have the same shot made with the 40D.

    Patrick
    Posted 20-03-09 at 11:59 AM by Patrick Patrick is offline
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    My first ever blog

    i like them, well done.
    minor tweaks, clone out small rock in center of #3.
    crop off some foreground with boats.
    great shoot. good eye for composition and treatment.
    john
    Posted 20-03-09 at 10:14 AM by kennykodak kennykodak is offline
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    My first ever blog

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    It just goes to show that one good way of getting some great pictures is to get out there and explore. I'm sure a lot of people may find themselves a bit jaded because they have exhausted much of the photogenic potential of their home turf. But by making a conscious decision to find a new and interesting location, you can rediscover your photography.
    I very much agree with this principle Ian. My best photography has happened when I have made a real effort to get up early. Having someone to go with helps a lot, but basically its a case of no pain no gain
    Posted 20-03-09 at 09:47 AM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    My first ever blog

    The two IR shots are a treat Patrick, you surely must be pleased with them. They are not the usual somewhat clichéd style.

    Hope you will add more to this blog
    Posted 20-03-09 at 09:43 AM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    My first ever blog

    It just goes to show that one good way of getting some great pictures is to get out there and explore. I'm sure a lot of people may find themselves a bit jaded because they have exhausted much of the photogenic potential of their home turf. But by making a conscious decision to find a new and interesting location, you can rediscover your photography.
    Posted 20-03-09 at 09:30 AM by Ian Ian is offline

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