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Don’t miss a TechThought. E-mail subscriptions now available.

July 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Sure RSS is fancy, there’s Twitter & Facebook… but if you subscribe to enough stuff, or get busy on a project, you are simply not going to scroll through pages of stuff to try and make sure you didn’t miss a phenomenal article from me. Well, now you can subscribe by e-mail.

When I post, You’ll get an e-mail that will just sit in your in-bin till you have the time. I use it to follow other essential blogs and find it far better than chasing down good info through so many other various methods– especially since e-mail is an absolute requirement when it comes to business tools. Facebook, Twitter, RSS, etc, not so much. Computers should be doing the work for us, and e-mail subscriptions make that happen.

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When is a trade news site not useful? When it does so little.

July 2, 2010 2 comments

DV Magazine onlineI’m just one person. I write when there’s time between jobs, or while stuff renders, etc. But I try to really make it interesting and useful to readers. In fact, in the 2 years I published elsewhere, and not touched a single thing on this site, the articles I wrote here were STILL garnering some 50 page views a day. This is down dramatically from when I was publishing new content, but testimony to the quality of the work I produce.

So it really bugs me when I see competitors to TechThoughts, and to EventDV Magazine and Web site, for which I am a owner, and contributing editor, respectively, getting traffic for writing as little as TWO SENTENCES and linking to something else. Read more…

iPhone 4’s 960×640 pixel screen as camcorder monitor?

June 28, 2010 7 comments

iPhone 4 imageALarshall LCD Monitor lot has been said about the iPhone 4 screen’s incredible resolution.

Packing a 960×640 (o.6 MP) resolution into a screen that small means it is 326 pixels per inch. Unless you have perfect vision, reviewers have said that you’ll just not be able to make out individual pixels. This is a very high resolution for any portable LCD screen, and when shooting HD video, a high resolution monitor is critical.  Read more…

Apple v. Adobe. – FCS v. CS5. – The choice is pretty clear.

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Adobe CS5 boxAdobe has really been pushing the limits when it comes to what the software package can do. From CS3, which was nice, but had a few carryover PC apps from a recent purchase, to CS4 which broke new ground in terms of authoring DVD’s for Flash, video in a PDF, and more.

Now CS5 jumps a whole new direction with 64-bit ONLY computing. This cuts some old computers off, but with a decent system, you can access tons more RAM. Add to this the new Mercury Engine using GPU to handle video processing and you can handle multiple streams of heavily compressed video where one stream used to choke a computer. Specifically I mean H.264 and AVCHD, which seem to becoming defacto standards in tapeless acquisition these days.

In an article in EventDV Magazine, Jan Ozer does a pretty nice head-to head comparison and Read more…

I’ve returned.

June 20, 2010 Leave a comment

After a couple years writing some great articles and reviews elsewhere, I’ve decided to roll all this media back together under one umbrella. Amazingly, after nearly 7 years of no posts, my work here gets more traffic than the other blog ever did. Plus I have complete control of the blog here and can make changes how and when I see fit, like tying Facebook and Twitter into the blog. Read more…

Break free of Apple’s limitations. OS-X on a PC.

December 7, 2007 Leave a comment

shuttle1.jpgI’ve blustered on and on about how Apple doesn’t offer anything like a Shuttle PC for Pro Mac users who need something smaller- or something that is rack mountable, to easily integrate, remain connected to, and travel with all the other video gear.

Pictured here is Shuttle’s Quad-Core Xeon Processor. I pitted the Shuttle against the Mac Pro, similarly configured, and guess which costs more? Moreover, there’s an article on LifeHacker which can make the Shuttle (or any similar build your own) system the cheapest Mac Pro anywhere…

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Cell Phones, Wireless Keyboards & data secuity— or not!

December 6, 2007 1 comment

finger3.jpgThe biggest difference between Mac OS-9 (and earlier) and X is that the owner of the machine is not the sole user. By this I mean that OS-X integrated the multiuser OS architecture that the person who bought the machine is always one of many users (even if they are the only user).

A recent iPhone article brought this to light because, now, as phones and PDA’s get more powerful, they too could benefit from multi-user technology that would let you hand your phone/ pda/ web browser/ ipod/ mail tool, to someone else to make a call, without giving them complete access to all your private e-mail, web browsing history, and more. Apple’s simple “slide to unlock” is simply not enough… Read more…