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1  General / General Discussion / Re: Forum load speed? on: April 24, 2007, 12:13:00 PM
Peter,

In addition to the message Dave got, which I saw once while trying to post this message, I have also twice today seen this error message:

  : Lost connection to MySQL server during query
  /home/content/p/e/t/peterkroghbook/html/smf/Sources/Load.php
  131

The first occurance was at 2:39 pm EDT, then again about 20 minutes later.  Otherwise page loads were taking 10-40 seconds, or more then 3x longer then other sites I was visiting for comparison.

Hope that helps in the troubleshooting.

Cheers!
-Chris
2  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Deciding, 1) Organizing, 2) Editing, as Workflow on: April 23, 2007, 02:18:41 PM
David,

I got mine from Amazon (delivery was quick) but I have also seen it in store on the shelves at various Barnes & Noble locations.  Their site now shows in stock items (but always call first to confirm -- books go missing sometimes).

If you'd prefer online training, you might want to checkout Lynda.com (specifically http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modPage.asp?ID=334).  For $25 you can get one month access to all their training, which includes tutorials by Peter that in total are over 4 hours in length.

Chris.
3  DAM Stuff / Keywords and Controlled Vocabulary / Re: Controlled Vocabulary with Adobe Lightroom on: April 09, 2007, 07:11:46 PM
Kim,

If you haven't seen them already, here are some related links to look at, which backup the information you've been provided:

Related post:  http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?topic=1754.0
...the link contained in the post:  http://www.shepherdpics.com/Blog/2007/02/how-to-use-controlled-vocabulary-in.html
...and the information at:  http://www.adobeforums.com/cgi-bin/webx/.3bc380ea/6

-Chris
4  General / General Discussion / Re: I've got a mess here... HELP!! on: April 09, 2007, 11:35:15 AM
Rick,

Are you using RAID 0 or RAID 1?  RAID 0 is no redundancy, simply the alternating use of an A and B disk (typically for performance reasons).  RAID 1 is a mirror (exact copy) of two disks... A = B (which is what it sounds like you've done).

I use RAID 1 on my primary drives (250 GB each, mirrored).  My thinking is that I don't have to worry about a HD failure on my computer resulting in any downtime.  It took me a while to install all my software and configure my machine and I'm not in a rush to do that again, so the drive mirroring is an extra layer of protection.  While I try to segregate my programs from my files, inevitably some application settings files are burried with program files and not covered in my regular backups, which would get lost if a single system drive fails.

I have the advantage of a NAS (Network Attached Storage) for additional data storage, my backups and non-critical files (music, movies, etc.).  That gives me plenty of room to grow (and it has RAID as well).  If you can afford to do so, look at ways to expand your storage without breaking the RAID setup you have on your primary machine.  It is a luxury but a nice one to have.  If in the end you decide that you need more space and cannot afford to add any new hardware, then your plan of moving your system files, applications and non-critical files to the 120 and data to the 250 (mirrored), isn't a bad strategy.  Make sure you keep your photos (and other important data files) together on the 250's and backup all data often... RAID is an extra layer of protection, not an alternative to backups.

Cheers!
-Chris.
5  DAM Stuff / Keywords and Controlled Vocabulary / Re: Soccer Mom seeking Control on: April 08, 2007, 07:26:31 AM
Peter,

Thanks!  It definitely makes sense.  In my mind I am still holding on to the *perception* that there is a stronger benefit to limiting the use of people names to photos that they are in and using other keywords to describe the event in a meaningful way.  If I'm understanding your answer, the issue is the time it would take to hand code each photo with the name of each person in the photo and whether going forward that detailed keyword tagging is the most effective use of my time.

With my smaller collection (16,000 total photos over 5+ years), the keyword tagging of people does not seem that daunting of a task (since most of my photos are of animals and places I've traveled to, not people) -- but I am just getting started.  It will be interesting to see how things evolve for me over the next few weeks.

Cheers!
-Chris.
6  DAM Stuff / Keywords and Controlled Vocabulary / Re: Soccer Mom seeking Control on: April 07, 2007, 10:22:51 PM
...Maddy's birthday party will all be tagged with the word Maddy, even if Maddy is not in every picture....

Peter,

I'm sure that I'm missing something obvious here... but my simple (stupid?) question is... When you want to find your best photos of Maddy, what keyword(s) do you search on?  It would seem at this point that if you do include the word Maddy in all of the photos that are a related event, you lose the ability to narrow down to just the pictures that Maddy is in.

I would have thought to only list names when those people are in the photo, so that you can easily do a keyword search that is narrow to just an individual.

Thanks in advance.

-Chris
7  General / General Discussion / Re: Partitioning Clarification for two internal drive setup on: April 07, 2007, 09:02:48 AM
Happy to help... keep up the great photography!  It helps to inspire tech-savvy photo-newbies like me.

-Chris
8  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Hard Drive almost full? How much space do you leave open? on: April 06, 2007, 10:34:12 AM
Emile,

Based on what you describe, the fragmentation on those drives would be low.  You might want to analyize the drives nonetheless, to confirm that fragmentation hasn't been a problem.  Moving foward, try to keep 10-20 GB free (out of the 400) and you should be fine (unless your usage pattern changes).

Chris.
9  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Please help me collect raw files for testing on: April 06, 2007, 06:06:23 AM
Marc,

I've randomly selected a few files from my girlfriend's camera that are CRW (mine are CR2).  She was having a problem with her lens, so the photos aren't super sharp but hopefully they will do for your testing purposes.  I've uploaded three.  Let me know if you need more.

Cheers!
Chris.
10  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Hard Drive almost full? How much space do you leave open? on: April 06, 2007, 05:59:53 AM
Emile,

Is your concern data integrity or performance?  Do you regularly defragment your hard drives?

Files are written in free spaces on your drive, not in one continuous segment.  As you delete files, the system will fill the gaps with file fragments.  The closer the drive gets to being full, the more fragmented your drive becomes (which can have a surprisingly significant effect on performance).  A full drive is much harder to defrag.  Using software, the fragments can be moved around on the drive until most (or all) of the files are written to the drive in contiguous segments without any gaps, which will improve performance, but that process requires room on the drive to move things around (as much as 20% or in your case 80 GB!!).

Secondarily, there is a risk of a drive that becomes literally 100% full getting corrupt.  That event is rare if your hard disk and operating system are otherwise performing well.  You can safely fill an unfragmented drive up to 99.5% capacity (or more), without much concern about data loss -- performance notwithstanding.  In your case, that would mean you can use up to the last 2 GB but performance will be very poor.

On Windows, you can check and fix your drive's fragmentation by using software such as Diskeeper (they have a free trial offer) or Microsoft's built-in tool (right-click on a hard drive under My Computer, choose Properties, choose the tools tab, choose the Defragment Now... button).  If you are a Mac user, I'm sure you can find a similar tool on Google or maybe someone else can suggest a tool for Mac users.

The conservative view will be to leave 20% (80 GB);  my view is defrag regularly and leave 5-10% (20-40 GB)... you are below that point.

Cheers!
Chris.
11  General / General Discussion / Re: Partitioning Clarification for two internal drive setup on: April 04, 2007, 11:52:21 AM
Daniel,

Fantasic photos... I love the image on your home page.

I think what DJ is trying to say is that if I go to the ".. global sports" page on your Web site, the URL (web page address) is:

  http://www.danielrootphotography.com/fmsetgallery.html?gallery=..%20global%20sports

It would be better if the URL (Web page address) was:

  http://www.danielrootphotography.com/fmsetgallery.html?gallery=GlobalSports

The shorter the URL the better but I don't think you'll get much shorter then then above.

This is because you've named the button/page ".. global sports" which has two spaces.  Web addresses cannot contain spaces, so they are converted to "%20" in the web page address.  This is neither attractive or effective (for a variety of technical and non-technical reasons).  There is the chance that if you wanted to e-mail a client a link to a page within your site, their e-mail program or Web browser would not properly recognize the %20 and they would get a broken link (and not be able to see the page you're directing them to).

Similarly, Google (and other engines), when indexing your site will not be happy about (but not necessarily have a problem with) the %20 (and other similar) transformed characters in your URL.

The questions is -- in the interest of cleanliness and good form -- can you do anything about it?  If you built the site yourself using Web tools, you can likely resolve this issue but renaming the file names of the pages.  Most Web site building software use the file name to construct the URL.  You want to aim for one word (or connected word:  GlobalSports) file names with no spaces or special characters.  If you are using an online tool to build your site (where the tool is doing the work for you), you might not be able to easily correct this problem.

Cheers!
Chris.
12  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Custom Vocablary in Lightroom on: April 03, 2007, 02:08:03 PM
The format Lightroom uses is TAB delimited (not comma).  Try replacing your comma's with tab's and see if you get the results you're looking for.

(That being said, you probably will see a significant slow down in performance.  Do some testing first, with only 10, then 100, then 1000 keywords before committing to this approach.)

Chris.
13  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom Backup on: April 03, 2007, 01:59:09 PM
Another option (if you like Lightroom), is to use syncronization software to watch and mirror the folder that lightroom is putting that second copy into.

My plan is to have Lightroom put the second copy on my NAS (Network Attached Storage) device and then have syncronization software duplicate that NAS folder.  That way I know I have two copies of the original flies already backed up.

Chris.
14  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Managed Backup Company--Long Post on: April 02, 2007, 09:21:05 AM
Mike,

How about a service where you have clients mail you DVDs that you load up on to a secure online server?  Stealing from the NetFlix model, media mailing is extremely cheap and would allow you to service a larger range of clients.  You take the inbound DVD's and load them on a redundant server (verify the data, anti-virus, etc.).  Those images become available to your client through a Web/FTP server (securely).  They can then independantly verify the data and know that their photos are stored safely in an offsite location.

The idea needs a little work but I like the idea.  Let me know if you do move forward with this.

I currently backup my third copy to DVD, which then goes into a fire safe (which may not actually be strong enough to withstand a fire) before eventually going offsite to a storage locker (if and when I ever get around to going to storage).  Sadly, this means that I rarely do as well as I should with this backup routine.  If I could just pop the DVD in a prelabeled mailer... I'd do it!

Chris.
15  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Custom Vocablary in Lightroom on: April 02, 2007, 08:49:07 AM
How many entries in your custom vocabulary?  There are some performance issues with large vocabularies in Lightroom.

First you might want to read this related post:  http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?topic=1754.0
...the link contained in the post:  http://www.shepherdpics.com/Blog/2007/02/how-to-use-controlled-vocabulary-in.html
...and the information at:  http://www.adobeforums.com/cgi-bin/webx/.3bc380ea/6

That being said, you should be able export your custom vocabulary list from iView and also export a same list from Lightroom (even if it only contains a few sample keywords that you add manually).  Then using Microsoft Excel (and a variation of the instructions in the above link (http://www.shepherdpics.com/Blog/2007/02/how-to-use-controlled-vocabulary-in.html), you should be able to create a .csv file from the iView export that matches the format (using your sample a guide) that Lightroom will import.

If the above doesn't help, or you get stuck, let me know and I'll try to document the steps for you tonight using my test system.

Cheers!
Chris.
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