Posts filed under ‘Computers’

It’s Been Awhile…….Time to Blog

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here and thought about Felix (I’ll explain Felix in another entry).

Ceramics is out and photography is back in (for now). Actually, I am mixing film and digital. Shooting macros with a Nikon D80, extension tubes and a 50 mm lens and pretty much everything else with a Minolta Autocord and Canon G6. I’ll shoot with Alex’s G11 from time to time but only when I want to carry a camera in my pocket. I just bought a Crown Graphic 4×5 so I’ll be taking photos with it from time to time.  I am also getting into creating images by cutting and merging pieces of existing photographs like this.

I’m not very good at it but I hope I do develop a better eye for content and composition.

Right now(Jan 312, 2010) I am sitting in JetFuel with Alex and reading up about PhotoShop and some of the things I need to do to configure it for our IMac.

Well, that’s it for now, I will write more as we go.

February 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Internet censorship in Brazil (again)

© GlobalvoicesIt’s becoming eerily common – Brazilian authorities are once more trying to censor info on the internet. This time it’s the Brazilian Olympic Committee who is prohibiting all the athletes participating at the Pan Am Games 2007, hosted in Rio, from maintaining blogs, photo logs, and personal websites during the games. They also want to prevent any digital coverage of the games to be available online. Apparently, the BOC wants to please the television broadcasters sponsoring the event… You can read more about it here.

What’s wrong with these people??? First of all, when is the tv industry going to stop trying to compete with the internet and decide to fully embrace the technology (i.e. making their services available online)? More importantly, when will Brazilian authorities stop trying to meddle with what people choose to make available on the web and what they can access?? Unfortunately, the country is beginning to be associated with attempts to censor the web… Is this how the Brazilian Olympic Committee wants to make a case for hosting the Olympics?

We’re becoming more and more a Banana Republic…

February 2, 2007 at 6:02 pm 4 comments

The iPod to measure value of currencies

For some years, the price of McDonald´s Big Mac was used to gauge the value of a specific currency. Now one of Australia´s largest bank has developed a new indicator for foreign exchange based on Apple´s ubiquitous digital music player. iPod nano

One of the basic differences between the two foreign exchange indicators is that whereas Big Macs are made in a host of countries, iPods are made only in China and in theory it should cost the same anywhere – with some allowances made to import duties and volume discounts.

The first reading of the iPod index for 26 countries listed Brazil as the place where the iPod is most expensive and Canada where it is the cheapest. No surprise there. My brothers always ask me to buy electronic equipment for them when I go to Brazil for the holidays. I once went to the Brazilian Apple site and was shocked by the cost of computers. My 12″ Powerbook, which cost me about CDN $ 1,800 (roughly about BR$ 3,500-4,000) was listed at almost 10,000 brazilian reais!!! That would be almost CDN$ 5,000 at the time. For that reason alone, I leave my Powerbook at home when I go to Brazil…

If you want to know more about the iPod index, go here.

January 23, 2007 at 10:30 am 2 comments

Keynote address

Here’s what the new iPhone looks like:

iPod features:

Internet:

Cell phone:

January 13, 2007 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

I’m a computer gadget freak

I have a confession to make.

I’m a computer geek. Have been for as long as I can remember. My husband and I can’t go into electronics stores because I can’t be trusted to play the responsible wife and say “you don’t really need another gadget, honey”. Truth is, I want the gadget or the new computer as much as he does.

I remember the first computer my family had. My dad has always been keen about new technology, you see. We weren’t wealthy, we never owned our home, but we were the first to have a video game console in our street (before Atari, when all it could play was ping pong), we were the first to have a vcr (my brothers and I quickly converted our bedroom into a movie threatre and would put signs out announcing the movie of the week and charging our friends some token amount to watch it), and we were the first among our friends to have a PC.

It was a big clunky machine with a green screen and no hard drive to speak off. If you wanted to write a text, first you had to insert a diskette on drive A and load the word processing software and then load a blank diskette on drive B to save your work. It ran DOS. It was hard to use. You had to know all sorts of command codes just to type the stupid text. But when we loaded the Prince of Persia video game my brothers and I were blown away. After years of playing pac man in Atari, Oddyssey, and the like, the graphics on the computer were unbelievable. When the prince jumped, you could see his muscles flexing. We were hooked.

I had similar wow moments – truly blown-away reactions – at other points in my life. Like when a cousin of my cousin, introduced us to the internet and IRC chat rooms before the internet was widely available to the public. The cousin worked for the World Health Organization in Brasilia and had internet at work. When I first sat down in front of his computer and typed “hello” and someone on the other side of the world said “hello, where are you from?” back, I was totally mesmerized. Of course we could contact people on the other side of the world before through the telephone, but who’s going to pick up a phone and dial some random number in Australia? I came back from that vacation at my cousin’s telling my dad “we MUST get internet”. So we upgraded our computer, bought a modem, updated our OS, and joined the internet back in July 1996. I met my husband on the internet in September of that year.

I’ve had another wow moment this week. I had read about the iPhone and seen the pictures and was sufficiently blown away by it all. But this morning I finally watched Steve Jobs’ keynote address and his demo of the iPhone. It’s incredible. I don’t think Apple is far off when they say they reinvented the phone. Each element of the device – internet, ipod, cell phone – is revolutionary in its interface and ease of use. We can all bicker about the lack of hard drive space (4-8 gigabytes may not be enough for some people), the inability to run things like Skype on it, the fact that it comes with exclusive contract with Cingular phone services in the US. All these things are details that will evolve with time. Hard drives will become smaller and more powerful allowing small devices like the iPhone to handle much larger drives without compromise in speed, battery life, size or weight. I believe that phone companies as we know it – cellular or not – will no longer exist in the future. Instead, all our comunications will be done through the internet through programs like Skype.

Right now I’m just wowed and sad. Wowed for witnessing the development of another revolutionary product. And sad that it probably won’t be available in Canada for a very. long. time. And that’s too much for a computer geek like me to handle…

January 13, 2007 at 2:46 pm 5 comments

I’m a computer gadget freak

I have a confession to make.

I’m a computer geek. Have been for as long as I can remember. My husband and I can’t go into electronics stores because I can’t be trusted to play the responsible wife and say “you don’t really need another gadget, honey”. Truth is, I want the gadget or the new computer as much as he does.

I remember the first computer my family had. My dad has always been keen about new technology, you see. We weren’t wealthy, we never owned our home, but we were the first to have a video game console in our street (before Atari, when all it could play was ping pong), we were the first to have a vcr (my brothers and I quickly converted our bedroom into a movie threatre and would put signs out announcing the movie of the week and charging our friends some token amount to watch it), and we were the first among our friends to have a PC.

It was a big clunky machine with a green screen and no hard drive to speak off. If you wanted to write a text, first you had to insert a diskette on drive A and load the word processing software and then load a blank diskette on drive B to save your work. It ran DOS. It was hard to use. You had to know all sorts of command codes just to type the stupid text. But when we loaded the Prince of Persia video game my brothers and I were blown away. After years of playing pac man in Atari, Oddyssey, and the like, the graphics on the computer were unbelievable. When the prince jumped, you could see his muscles flexing. We were hooked.

I had similar wow moments – truly blown-away reactions – at other points in my life. Like when a cousin of my cousin, introduced us to the internet and IRC chat rooms before the internet was widely available to the public. The cousin worked for the World Health Organization in Brasilia and had internet at work. When I first sat down in front of his computer and typed “hello” and someone on the other side of the world said “hello, where are you from?” back, I was totally mesmerized. Of course we could contact people on the other side of the world before through the telephone, but who’s going to pick up a phone and dial some random number in Australia? I came back from that vacation at my cousin’s telling my dad “we MUST get internet”. So we upgraded our computer, bought a modem, updated our OS, and joined the internet back in July 1996. I met my husband on the internet in September of that year.

I’ve had another wow moment this week. I had read about the iPhone and seen the pictures and was sufficiently blown away by it all. But this morning I finally watched Steve Jobs’ keynote address and his demo of the iPhone. It’s incredible. I don’t think Apple is far off when they say they reinvented the phone. Each element of the device – internet, ipod, cell phone – is revolutionary in its interface and ease of use. We can all bicker about the lack of hard drive space (4-8 gigabytes may not be enough for some people), the inability to run things like Skype on it, the fact that it comes with exclusive contract with Cingular phone services in the US. All these things are details that will evolve with time. Hard drives will become smaller and more powerful allowing small devices like the iPhone to handle much larger drives without compromise in speed, battery life, size or weight. I believe that phone companies as we know it – cellular or not – will no longer exist in the future. Instead, all our comunications will be done through the internet through programs like Skype.

Right now I’m just wowed and sad. Wowed for witnessing the development of another revolutionary product. And sad that it probably won’t be available in Canada for a very. long. time. And that’s too much for a computer geek like me to handle…

January 13, 2007 at 2:46 pm 5 comments

Windows Vista vs Mac OS X

Did Microsoft rip-off Mac OS X in Windows Vista? Watch…

December 19, 2006 at 10:14 pm 3 comments

Microsoft vs Apple

As a former windows person who converted fully into macs, I usually tend to avoid the Mac vs. PC debate. But I couldn’t help passing on this video (click here), made by Microsoft employees, on what would happen if Microsoft redesigned the iPod box:

September 10, 2006 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment


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