pro beta and domestic beta were two different things, as pointed out elsewhere on here.
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pro beta and domestic beta were two different things, as pointed out elsewhere on here.
Used to back up to dvd, until we discovered at least half of them had self destructed within 2 years. Never again.
Doesn't make much sense. Hong Kong uses the same plugs as the UK, so I should think the Chinese (or specifically all the cheap manufacturers in HK) were already tooled up for making them anyway.
I've freelanced at two different motion graphics companies over the last year who finally got fed up and dumped all their mac pros for better spec windows pcs (and this despite them all being apple fans in general, they just couldn't deal with the limited spec hardware/lack of upgradeability any more). That's the way it's going to go in more creative companies, especially ones that do video and animation, unless Apple pull their finger out soon...
We export a lot of drugs and weapons...
Just out of interest, what is the old joke/story about the engineer?
Presumably he meant media server, which are very much targeted toward running lots of large displays/projectors etc, and a lot of them run on some version of windows. Eg Hippotizer, Avolites ai, d3 etc. However the windows they run is usually pretty locked/stripped down and you'd like to think they'd have this covered.
We do the odd live event using cheaper desktop machines and back in the day I was caught out by a random windows update which rebooted the machine while I wasn't there, which showed the whole reboot to desktop cycle on the big projectors. That was embarrassing. But it's a good way to learn for the future...
It's not just Apple..Pcspecialist, for one, sell laptops with nvme options (plus much better graphics cards). The higher range Surface pro also has one. Etc.
By "the world" you often are really talking about "someone's front door/personal property". The entitlement of some people who think it's OK to just piss anywhere is astonishing.
Windows automatic updates have lost me way more precious work over the years than any virus has ever done. Usually because I've wandered off and left a file open in an application that doesn't autosave, and then windows has decided to reset itself automatically to apply some update or other. Which by default forces everything to close in the process. Whereas the only viruses I ever got just put some annoying pop up ads everywhere. Oh, wait, that sounds familiar...
"I spent 90% of my money on women, drink and fast cars. The rest I wasted"
- George Best
Sadly right now London is full of exactly the kind on venal developers who would be all over kicking these people out in a heartbeat for a few extra quid. They have already wrecked a lot of places I enjoyed going to only 10 years ago. It's definitely not just an American thing.
Seems like you missed out quite a few big hitters there I'm afraid. Besides that, there's not a single significant piece of *OSX-only* 3d software in either of those lists.
BTW Max is still one of the most used 3d software, especially in visualisation. And AutoCAD is at least a version behind on mac, not to mention all the other missing autodesk stuff.
Mac still has the edge for web and music people as far as I know though, so you are welcome to that lot if you like :)
Besides, a lot of software(*) actually runs quicker on windows with equivalent hardware, so you are actually cripppling your pc by running OSX.
* source: assorted googling
Plenty of 3d/creative design (ie the imac target market) software actually doesn't have a mac version, for a start.
Although strictly speaking 3ds max doesn't run on DOS either, but I suppose you were trying to be funny or something.
"Also you may like it or not, but most of the photo/design/etc. business workflow is built upon Macs."
Not if you are a 3d artist or CAD designer. Windows is where all the major pro packages have traditionally lived (apart from a few on linux) - some are still not available for the mac or get released a version behind.
I'm a graphic artist (with a Wacom tablet I use most days for work). The odds of me wanting to fiddle about all day changing an easily-lost pen tip every time I want to change brush types is precisely zero.
It makes about as much sense as plugging in a different keyboard every time you want to change fonts.
Try pcspecialist.co.uk, they sell rebranded clevo laptops with very muted styling that you can customise to your heart's content (I think there are even some with upgradeable graphics cards)
Very happy with mine, and it was incredible value. (I don't work for them or anything BTW)
Ha, and me! What is it with goths and IT? In fact my biggest achievement at Leeds uni (93-96) while doing comp sci was running the goth society, rather than my lazy Desmond degree result. Which came about due to putting too much focus on goth related leisure activities, and drawing pictures instead of studying. Still, I ended up as a 3d artist in games after that and was one of the few artists who could actually communicate with the coders and write bits of code etc, so it worked out OK in the end.
RE The maths: It was quite a shock coming to uni with my A in a-level maths thinking I was good at it, and then being whacked hard in the brain with discrete maths. Never quite got the hang of it. Do they still teach that?
I agree with you about the contracts - normally I'd do that too, but this was a quick 1-2 day job and he was introduced to me by a friend so I foolishly didn't do a contract. The email trail was enough for the court to rule in my favour anyway. But winning court cases doesn't even guarantee you'll get paid, as I found out.
As for demanding they take them down yes I could, but then it's another unpaid bunch of hours (at least) sitting on the net writing emails and getting bitter.
I guess it's a useful learning experience which I suspect quite a few freelancers have to go through at least once!
He employed me to do a 3d render of a gold plated retro cellphone (for what he said was "visualisation" purposes). Stupidly I didn't do much background research on him, because it doesn't take much more than a cursory google to uncover the kind of things he gets up to (which begs the question - why can't journos be bothered to do this?)
Meanwhile I did the images and then never got paid. I had to take him to small claims court, but despite being awarded the judgment against him, he never responded to any communication or paid me. Bailiffs didn't seem to be an option as it seemed his company was registered under a false address.
The various media outlets he spammed duly published the pics as real items. A quick search reveals they are even on this very site (bottom pic)....http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/24/stuart_hughes_luxury_items/)
In theory I could try to get all the pictures I did taken down from the various media organisations he'd spammed his press release with. But life's too short, it was 3 years ago, and I'm still not entirely sure how that works in the UK. (no DMCA?)
So - I'd be 100% certain that some hapless unpaid photoshop/3d lackey mocked these pictures up, and the whole story is total nonsense.
Some of that amiga stuff is still worth a surprisingly decent amount, you should stick it on ebay or to amiga groups. I got 100 quid recently for a dusty old amiga 1200 accelerator board.
yup, i'm still using a lacie electron blue iv crt @ 2046 x 1536, with the added bonus of proper 24bit colour too (no banding on gradients), and talking of cheap, I picked up 3 of them for 60 quid on ebay because nobody wants crts any more. I find that strange because I genuinely think these things are great. And crucially,they are still operational, which is more than I can say for the 4 lcd monitors we've had in 5 years (out of 7) that have self destructed.
it's like some kind of incredibly slow motion london riot
great, that's another level to add to my new iphone game "compo hunter". So far I just got the "trip over pavement cracks and sue the council" and "spill coffee on yourself in mcdonalds" levels done, this would make an ideal bonus round. Might leave it running on phones in tesco.
Some fanboyisms getting in the way of facts here. Actually the PS3eye runs at 640x480@75fps, or 320x240@125fps. These high frame rates make it very handy for smooth blob tracking and various live performance applications (keeping up with a fast-moving object or person). Before the kinect came out it was the preferred bit of homebrew tracking kit - once you open it up and remove the IR blocking filter, and stick a proper board lens on there, it becomes an incredibly good camera for the price, (and I tried pro firewire machine vision cameras that cost 5x the price that had worse specs).
I have both kinect and ps3 for experimenting with live performance (live tracking and projection stuff) and the ps3 cam still has its uses because that frame rate means you can keep up with someone moving quickly, provided you can light the scene adequately with IR light. The kinect with its lovely depth sensor is sexier and can do more stuff but is also relatively laggy at 30fps and can't keep up with things moving as fast. So they both have their place in the homebrew/hacking word. If you want to make a multitouch table for example, the kinect is definitely not the best solution.
As for the Move part, I dunno, I haven't tried it. If it has a proper gyroscope in it I might be tempted to use it for something.
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