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Moving between Mac and Linux

In Software on September 19, 2009 by Daniel Schildt Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Found interesting post about Moving From Mac to Ubuntu. Had to read all of the comments besides the writeup since there was quite bit of interesting conversation in between.

I have been using computers for most of my life and gone from MS-DOS to Windows 3.11 to Win95 to Win98 to Win2000 to Debian Linux while also using different Macs in the same time (not at home since I didn’t have enough money for Apple hardware).

Used Apple OS 8 and 9 before starting to find more of OS 10.3 or .4 installed at computers. Wouldn’t say I know too much about low-level details of different operating systems, but I have surely read quite bit of documentation and been using them for various tasks from plain old gaming to graphic design to server administration.

I like Apple’s user interfaces (mostly consistent usability requirements help to create better combination for users) but have experienced more problems than I would have wanted to. Yet, while I have seen wide array of “interesting” error code numbers in screens of Mac computers, I have mostly been liking the use of Macs. Sadly there aren’t that much of good/stable alternatives for Photoshop (+some other software) as it’s one of the main reasons I’m using OS X.

Having experienced good and bad sides of more than few operating systems I find myself going to the mix of both Mac OS X and Linux, running on different computers. Macs are good for graphic design and digital photography (RAW image processing, retouching, etc.) and UI is mostly reasonable for daily usage. Linux (recently mostly different flavors of Ubuntu) has it’s own kind of problems but package management feels more powerful than with OS X.

Anyway, both systems have their uses. I’m just not trying to do everything with one tool anymore. Use what works for you, even if it’s more than one tool. (Some developers of Microsoft Windows actually use Linux as their main development environment as it’s more suitable for large scale software development than the Windows environment itself.)

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Best Photo Organizer?

In Photography,Software on March 28, 2008 by Daniel Schildt Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Lifehacker writes asking what would be best tool for getting your photos in order. What it would be? I have been using different ways and software to do things depending on what kind of computer I find myself using. I have photos in portable hard drive so I can edit them at different computers.

I mostly use directory structure like this:
Photos –> 2007-01-28 –> name-of-event

As for software, I find Adobe Bridge quite nice. While it lacks some things compared to more advanced photo library managers, it’s still very good tool especially when using build-in Adobe Camera RAW Converter to tune photos to better.

Some people (including one contact who is doing advertising photography) recommend Aperture over Lightroom because of much better image quality but I haven’t had opportunity to test both with same RAW image files. Should try, if I get possibility to have some time with some Mac.

Picasa looks nice but I haven’t used it much because I find easier to have directory-based photo library instead of collection-based. Maybe that is just because I have really big amount of photos. For some people, XnView could be useful tool for organizing smaller collections of photos (it even has build-in RAW converter). Anyway, I would recommend to try different tools to find what is best for each task.

Little bit more about things to do with photos.

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Top 7 Things System Administrators Forget to Do

In Security,Software on May 5, 2007 by Daniel Schildt Tagged: , , , ,

Tom Adelstein writes about mistakes that many system administrators do when they forget to do important things. Some would say other things, but here is his list:

  1. Forgetting to Delete a Former User’s Account
  2. Forgetting to Regularly Search for Rootkits
  3. Forgetting to Use a Trouble Ticket Tracking System
  4. Forgetting to Set Up Technical Documentation and Creating a Knowledge Base
  5. Forgetting the Risks of Flash Memory Drives
  6. Forgetting to Manage Partial Root Access
  7. Forgetting Courtesy

Article has more details together with examples of mistakes. Read it and learn how things could be done better.