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1  General / General Discussion / Re: Digital Projector on: September 04, 2013, 11:05:21 AM
^Looks like a nice projector.  How are you getting on with it.

Stephen
2  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / High resolution monitors - 27" ish on: September 04, 2013, 10:51:39 AM
Hi,

Does anybody have any experience with current high resolution monitors?  I'm thinking of around 27", resolution 2560.

I use a Dell 2711 at the moment, but I need another monitor for another workstation.  The 2711 is no longer current, and there seem to be more monitors around in this segment nowadays.

Good colour reproduction is important, although probably not quite as crucial as it is for photographers.

Any thoughts or experience appreciated.

Cheers,

Stephen
3  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / SSD choices / advice on: September 04, 2013, 10:44:06 AM
Does anybody have any advice on the best types or makers of SSD at the moment?

I've used Intels before without problem, but I'm aware that it's a relatively fast moving technology so things may well have moved on.

Cheers,

Stephen

4  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Back up advice on: July 26, 2011, 05:46:40 AM
Doesn't the striped setup put all your files at risk from disk failure?  Wouldn't you be safer mirroring instead to gain disk redundancy?

S

5  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Re: Is Disk Defragmentation Dangerous to Your Data? on: July 26, 2011, 05:42:59 AM
^which would certainly be dangerour to your data!

(Sorry to double post)

S
6  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Re: Is Disk Defragmentation Dangerous to Your Data? on: July 26, 2011, 05:41:24 AM
I thought the only need to defrag was to increase speed by reducing the number of separate reads per file.  But not all file systems need it anyway, and I have a feeling that the file system on my NAS is not prone to this anyway.

A note re SSDs though - these should never be defragmented due to the amount of wear on the drives which might reduce their lifespan.

S
7  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Notebooks for Road Workflow on: July 26, 2011, 05:37:50 AM
Great - what did you go for?

The shift from 16:10 to 16:9 screens is such a shame for PC use, losing the vertical space is a real pain.

S
8  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Windows RAM limits in XP on: July 21, 2011, 10:35:22 AM
Definitely go Win 7 64 bit.  RAM is so cheap now that you can go 8GB or more for little money and you'll likely notice the difference in PS and when running other apps simultaneously.

S
9  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Hard Drive Shopping on: July 21, 2011, 10:32:09 AM
You could try NAS storage.  This will connect to your router rather than directly to your machine, but they tend to be more robust, and allow sharing more easily.

What they also can have is several bays.  This means you can add extra storage (drives) later, or you can use multiple drives for disk redundancy so that it can keep going even if a drive fails.  Multiple drive NAS can also read/write faster in most circumstances.

I have used QNAP for years with no problems - http://www.qnap.com - and I think most of their current stuff supports 3TB drives (which you can multiply with more drives to give higher total storage).   If I need to increase capacity I can just replace the drives with I have larger ones one-by-one and the NAS will rebuild itself with higher capacity.

A neat solution which might make things easier in the long run, although there's a little more tech to it than plugging in a USB HDD or similar.

Hope this helps as a starting point.

S





10  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Notebooks for Road Workflow on: July 21, 2011, 10:26:40 AM
Dale,

You may well have been out shopping by now, but if not......

I've just taken delivery of a ThinkPad x220.  Really nice.  Very fast (i7), and small.

- Screen is matt IPS.
- Weight is 1.3-1.7kg depending on battery.
- If you want max disk storage AND disk speed then you can fit an mSATA SSD in the mini PCI slot (although there's only one so it's that or WWAN) and keep a larger spinning HDD.
- Build quality seems solid although I haven't put it to the test yet.
- It will drive a 2560x1600 external monitor over displayport.

Other alternatives are the new Vaio Z, although it can't drive large external displays, and the HP2560p if you need to have an optical drive on-board, although it's a little heavier.

Hope this helps.

S

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