New Lenovo Photographer’s Laptop

A friend just pointed me to this pretty amazing new laptop, the Lenovo W510. Like it’s (really) big brother the W700, the W510 is really designed just for the digital photographer.  Here are a few highlights of the top-end model.

Quad Core i7 processors Integrated color calibrator
on board eSATA
CF and Smart Media readers
Touch Screen!
Can Take 16 GB RAM
1 GB VRAM
USB3!
Internal mobile broadband card slot
Blu-ray burner
Fingerprint reader
5.9 lbs

Full specs here.

I’ve got a W700DS here in the studio, which would probably be more accurately described as a portable than a laptop. This one looks very attractive for the location photographer.

Mac Break Weekly #171

Last December I did a Mac Break Weekly netcast with my fellow Tasmanian traveler Leo Laporte. It’s a really fun show to do, and you can catch it in the site archives. Caveat – mostly it’s a lot of goofing around. This is infotainment, people.

If you don’t know Leo, I suggest you check out his rapidly growing internet media empire TWiT TV. He’s building a new kind of broadcast network for the internet age.  Anybody who is creating content and is concerned with  the rapidly changing media landscape could do well to learn by his example.  Leo is one of the poster children for a content provider who creates his own distribution channels.

He’s also great fun to watch. Which, is, um, one reason he’s been so successful.

Speed up Lightroom on your Intel Mac

Here’s a quick tip to speed up Lightroom on an intel Mac. Select the program in the applications folder (single click), and then go to File>Get Info. In the General Panel, there is a checkbox to run the program in 32 bit mode. This is the default setting.  Uncheck this box, and Lightroom will now run in 64 bit mode, speeding things up.

This is not available for  G5 or earlier computers, nor for OS prior to 10.5.

On PC, you need to be running a 64 bit OS to install the 64 bit application.

Tampa FL Feb 4 – Digital Boot Camp

I’ll be in Tampa this Thursday, from 6-8 PM doing a free program on the dpBestflow project at the International Academy of Design and Technology’s Digital Boot Camp.  Like all of my currently scheduled dpBestflow appearances, this is sponsored by ASMP. (Thanks to the Central Florida chapter for making this one happen).

Here’s a map:

This presentation is a discussion of the nature of digital photography workflow, and how to create a workflow that is appropriate for your budget and skillset, as well as the objectives of the job at hand. This program presents a strategy for the use of the tools we’ve created in dpBestflow.org, as well as The DAM Book.

This is an entirely new presentation – built from the ground up with Richard Anderson over the last couple of months.

First come, first served. I’m told that the they have always been able to accommodate everyone who shows up, but that some people may not get seats, so you might want to show up a little early.

I’m coming back…

I’m venturing back into the world of Blogging, after a long hiatus. The php attack on the blog last year was a huge pain to deal with, and I’m very thankful to John Beardsworth for helping me purge the offending code. Hopefully it does not come back.

Since I’m headed out on the road starting this week, I thought it would be time to try and get back on the horse. At minimum, I’ll try to keep all my upcoming events posted. (of course, you can also look on the DAM Forum here:

http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?board=6.0

and find out where I’m scheduled to be.

For now, I’ve got comments turned off, since that’s where the php attack came from originally. I’ll work over the next few weeks to get the old posts back up, and to see if I can get comments turned back on.

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