June is coming. This image was taken on the way back from Fjordland National Park to Queenstown at Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand.
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25 years after the first contact with a Apple Macintosh, the day came to replace my old computer hardware (Dell Dimension XPS 9200). My first impressions are very ambivalent: Great hardware, very good software, but a poor support (sorry but I don´t know the English expression for Gratlerbude, maybe someone is reading this article and will send some suggestions).
What I like the most at the moment: Absolutley no noise, although there are some fans built in. In times were many other users try to reduce the noise of their equipment, this feature comes to you when you buy this piece of hardware. What I don´t like: Wear the wrong clothes and it´s petty hard to work loger than 10 min on the computer, because of the glossy display.
About all topics concerning the software (especially for my digital workflow) on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard), I will write a bit later.
Sometimes when you don´t have enough memory cards, it´s necessary to have a notebook or mobile harddisk drive with you. In the past I traveled with my Lenovo X60 notebook, but for most of the time after 2 hours in battery mode I had to finish my work. In the meantime I own a Apple IPad (1. Gen) and I´m very happy with this little guy: it´s possible to check emails, surf the internet, check my images, makes some notes and nearly 8 hours without a break until the accu is empty.
The drawback on a IPad is that the Apple Camera Connection Kit is only available for SD Cards and if you use Compact Flash Cards (which are used in a Nikon D700) you will have a big problem. There are workarounds that some card reader can be used on a IPad, but most of them need too much power, so that the IPad blocks these devices.
But there is a new gadget, called HyerDrive iPad Hard Drive. It has a lot of built-in memory card reader (SD-, Compact Flash-Card a.s.o.), is powered by a accu, which can be loaded at a USB interface and can be bought only as a housing, in which you can built a HDU of your choice (2.5″ S-ATA). And what´s absolutley cool: You can connect this device to a IPad and copy your images to your little fellow and do the same things as on a notebook. For more information have a look here (click).