Red Bull does it, apparently some lady hygiene products do it and now I do it, Yep I’ve given my Desktop machine Wings. Having a couple of 256Gb SSD sitting around doing nothing seemed a bit of a waste, but seeing that all of my hard drive slots (plus one of the optical drive slots) were filled with spinning disks, with the exception of the boot up disk, i got in touch with my current supplier of all things Mac related, Create Pro and they suggested that I install a PCIe card with space for 2x SSDs.
The main reason for wanting to re-use these SSDs was a) well they hadn’t been used much, b) it seemed a waste of money not to, c) Photoshop & Lightroom are greatly speeded up if you have fast scratch disks.
So all installed, not tested in anger yet, but certainly has speeded up the access to my Archive in Lightroom.
The one that I opted for is the Angel Wings X2 (Yay even better than Wings they’re X-Wings) £155 inc VAT & Delivery.
One of the issues with the Canon WFT-E6 wi-fi module is configuring and setting it up to communicate with the iPad or iPhone. There are a number of variables that need to be set before it will talk to the iPad. So if you are having problems here is my guide to how I managed to connect two WFT-6s to an iPad pro. Continue reading
To speed images from the camera to news desks a Lenovo tablet, with Eye-fi & snapseed installed to download the photos from the camera to the tablet & onwards from there.
Having recently upgraded to a smart phone it only seemed sensible that I upgrade from a rather dodgy “3” Dongle, which works more less as and when it feels like it, frequently showing zero signal which connected & sending images, then minutes later showing full strength signal whilst dropping the connection, so a cheap mifi is the order of the day, meaning that I also am not tying up a valuable USB port whilst wiring images.
You upgrade your camera equipment, and then you have to upgrade the lap-top as well because it can’t cope with the mahooosive files. I guess it needed to be done, the old MacBook Pro was getting a little tired, even with maxed out RAM & a SSD it really wan’t cutting it. So the replacement laptop has a 512gb SSD & 16gb RAM, I have taken it back to OSX 10.7 as everything works & I am reluctant to do Apples Beta testing for them.
Not sure that I can keep up with all this new technology, new camera, new phone new laptop,
Upgraded the memory in my “new” Mackbook Pro last week, up to the maximum it can handle, (3GB) and the thing absolutely flies, Photoshop CS4 opens in a couple of seconds, transfering images from PhotoMechanic to PSCS4 takes less than a second. RAW files transfer in about a second, so it is substantially quicker than the old G4 Powerbook.
Tomorrow it will get tested in anger, as I am covering AFC Wimbledon versus Cambridge United, so will will see how it stands up.
I did temporarily upgrade to OSX 10.6 but for some reason the 3G modem is not supported so it is impossible to wire, if anyone has any workarounds for the HUAWEI 3G USB dongle (on the 3 network) I’d be pleased to hear from you.
My old G4 Powerbook really is on it’s last legs, So I have been hunting for a replacement, but couldn’t justify spending the best part of 2 grand on a new MacBook Pro.
So a few days watching ebay and I saw a few likely candidates, but they went for silly money. However a search of Gumtree and I found a MacBook Pro, 2.33ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo machine, with 2GB RAM, 320GB Hard disk in near mint condition with box and original disks and paperwork, in fact the remote control had never even been taken out of the box. All for £650, a quick haggle and £600 notes change hands, Deal Done!
I have spent the last day or so installing all of the software that I require, and I am gobsmacked at the difference in performance, I probably shouldn’t be too surprised, my old G4 1Ghz Powerbook is at least 6 years old, and whilst it has been upgraded in terms of memory and hard disk space, the processor was the weak link.