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76  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: Multi Colored Spinning Wheel of Death (Mac Crash) on: May 21, 2006, 08:59:51 PM
Do  you have the latest version of Iview? I've heard that catalogs can become corrupted--you might want to try making a new catalog and see if  you have the same problem. How much free space do you have on your boot drive?

By the way, it's commonly known as the "spinning beachball of death."  :Smiley

77  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Considering a storage purchase, some insight please.. on: May 15, 2006, 01:16:50 PM
If you're on a tight budget, that may be another reason not to use RAID. The thing about RAID, is that you can have data duplicated on two or more discs. But if you're building gets hit by lightning, and the computer or enclosure that houses your RAID gets fried, you lose everything. Also, if the total capacity of your RAID setup is 1TB, let's say, you're only able to store 500GB (1/2) of data in that RAID setup. That's why to me it makes sense to store 500GB in a JBOD at one location, and the duplicate 500GB data elsewhere. RAID is good for video editing where you need extremely high speed access to your data, or for the kind of situation (like a bank) where you can't afford to lose access to your data for even a second. For still photographers, I'm not sure if it makes sense. However, I am by no means an expert at this stuff, and I've never set up a RAID.

If you use the bucket system, you can back everything up with DVDs and store them offsite, and keep your images on hard disks in your office/studio. Storing the DVD duplicates at school, or a friend or family's place would definitely better than only storing stuff in one location.

78  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Considering a storage purchase, some insight please.. on: May 15, 2006, 12:18:03 PM
I would strongly recommend you store copies of all your images in more than one location. If you only store  your images in your office or studio, you can lose them all by theft, power surge, flood or fire, etc. I have everything on DVDs in a safety deposit box. They don't need to live in a bank, but you should have duplicates of your files stored somewhere offsite.

Peter covers backups in depth in the book--I recommend it highly if you haven't read it yet.
79  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Considering a storage purchase, some insight please.. on: May 15, 2006, 11:58:32 AM
Hi. May I ask why you want to go with  Raid? You are planning on having offsite backkups, right?
80  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Re: Software to create "buckets" on: May 13, 2006, 03:52:25 PM
iView will show you the size of the currently displayed media, so you could create your buckets with iView.
Peter

Peter, I don't quite see how to do this with Iview. Using Iview Media Pro (v 3.0.2) with OS X, if I select one image, I see its size in the upper right corner. In the lower left corner I see the catalog size, and total size of all media in the catalog. I don't see any display of selected images (ie, if I select two or more images, I don't see where it shows the total size of the selected images).

How would I use Iview to create buckets of DVD size?

I recently transferred a bunch of old CDs and DVDs with image files to a hard drive. I have a folder each for 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 (with no sub-folders--for 2003, I have over 15,000 images). I would like to create buckets for these, but I can't think of a way to do it that wouldn't involve lots of trial and error and time. It would be great if there was a Mac app that would create the buckets for me.
81  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: surge protection and battery backup hardware on: May 11, 2006, 10:35:23 PM
I've never bought a UPS unit, but I'm getting ready to. I just bought and set up a Burly Firewire 4 drive enclosure, and I'm concerned about a power failure or spike causing havoc with the 4 drives. I don't know how much power the Burly actually draws, but the power supply is 300 or 350 watts as I recall. There's a pretty cheap device called "Kill a Watt" that measures how much electricity is drawn by anything you plug into it. I was thinking about getting one of those.

If anyone has any suggestions regarding UPS, I'd love to hear them. Here are a few things I've found
(Sorry Windows users, these are Maccentric):

OSX Hints article on choosing a UPS (and note discussion further down the page):
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20051009043816537

APC UPS Selector:
http://www.apc.com/tools/ups_selector/index.cfm

MacOSG Power Protection Forum:
http://macosg.com/group/viewforum.php?f=51&sid=94c9e38bb8c16c0f296cf37642700438

Macintouch: Backup battery experiences:
http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/batterybackup/topic3532.html

Here are some models I'm considering:

Belkin 1500VA:  http://www.buy.com/prod/Belkin_1500_VA_Dual_Form_Factor_Small_Enterprise_UPS_F6C1500_TW_RK/q/loc/101/10391960.html

APS 1500:
http://www.buy.com/prod/APC_BR_1500_Power_Supply_BACK_UPS_RS_1500VA/q/loc/101/10346095.html

Tripp-Lite 1000 w/LCD:
http://www.buy.com/prod/Tripp_Lite_SmartPro_LCD_UPS_1000VA_120V/q/loc/101/201949534.html
82  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Factory "Recertified" drives? on: May 03, 2006, 08:12:00 PM
Other good sites for deals:

http://www.dealmac.com
http://www.techbargains.com
http://www.newegg.com
http://www.ecost.com
83  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Backup software for Macs on: May 03, 2006, 02:26:43 PM
Instead of Carbon Copy Cloner I recommend SuperDuper - a simple interface and the developer is super-responsive.

Me too. I used to use CCC, but I recently switched to SuperDuper. Highly recommended.
84  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Quickimage & Phototool: great OS X freeware on: May 02, 2006, 06:42:53 PM
I searched the forum and as far as I can tell these haven't been mentioned. They both are really great and free. If you have a Mac, I would recommend giving them a try. They're both contextual menu plugins. With Quickimage you can view, rotate, and edit image files without opening any applications. With Phototool you can view and copy photo exif info, rename files based on exif date, and more. Here's the link :

http://www.pixture.com/software/macosx.php

(I have no relationship with the makers of this software; just wanted to pass this along).
85  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Archival DVDs and CDs on: May 01, 2006, 12:44:00 PM
Here's a post I made on the Editorial Photo Forum:

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I'm skeptical of these 100 year plus claims. Both Delkin and Mam-A cite tests that show their respective media will last 100 years. But neither site mentions who conducted the tests, and whether they were impartial parties or not (if anyone can find info on who conducted their tests, I'd appreciate hearing about it).

Here's a poll taken at CDfreaks.com, which shows that users there prefer Taiyo Yuden media by a wide margin. That site has an insane amount of info about optical media; they're not kidding when they use the term "freaks".

I've been buying Taiyo Yuden from Supermediastore for over a year now, and have had good results (watch out for counterfeit brand name discs). I always verify my burns (with Toast) and avoid burning at the highest speed. I avoid writing on the disc (only the center part) and store the discs in DVD cases; not sleeves or CD cases (some say that DVD cases are safer than jewel cases and sleeves). I use slim DVD cases that hold two discs.
86  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: JBOD recommendations? on: April 30, 2006, 05:28:38 PM
Peter:

Thanks for the reply; I'll keep that in mind regarding Macgurus.

I just found yet another one (this is different than the other fwdepot enclosure mentioned on this thread):

http://fwdepot.com/thestore/product_info.php/products_id/1482

Anyone have experience with the above enclosure, and/or experience with Firewire Depot?

87  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: JBOD recommendations? on: April 30, 2006, 02:55:39 PM
Anyone have experience with the Burly FW enclosures from Macgurus?
http://www.macgurus.com/productpages/firewire/burlyfwenclosure.php

The 4 drive enclosure is $198, a lot less than the ones I was looking at at Cooldrives.com:
http://www.cooldrives.com/qubayredk1st.html

Also thinking about this one, which has been mentioned on this thread:
http://www.cooldrives.com/fi80qu5fitoi.html

I'm leaning toward the Burly enclosure from Macgurus, but wondering if I should be concerned
about heat damage or anything else.

-Jim
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