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Photosynth - follow up
My post last week on Photosynth was best with gremlins - first I managed to link to PhotoSyth (missing the N). The www.Photosynth.com stopped re-directing to www.photoSynth.net . Then the interest was so high that the servers couldn't keep up and more capacity had to be added ... so the synths I tried...
25 Aug 2008
A day out with Divers
I spent yesterday at the DIVERSE – the South Eastern area conference for BSAC (the British Sub Aqua Club) : officially I was there to speak about why Windows Vista (and 7) are so good at handling pictures. Unofficially as a diver (though not a BSAC member) any valid excuse to hang out with diving folk...
16 Mar 2009
Phase one strategic alliance
I've been using Phase One's "Capture one" software for the last 3 years and I like it better than anything else I've tried for processing RAW images. So I was interested when one of the photography forums linked to this press release . "Microsoft and Phase One Form Strategic Alliance to Improve Digital...
30 Oct 2007
Windows 7 : Photos, Gallery and AutoCollage.
When I first started using Windows Vista it was the better experience for photographers which really hooked me in. Most common image formats use the EXIF standard for embedding data about the picture (everything from the camera model and settings, to the title, keywords and so on. XP lets you look at...
17 Feb 2009
Server 2008 R2 feature map.
One of the popular giveaways at our events this year has been the feature poster for server 2008-R2 – which is now available for download. I think the prints were A2 size, although at 300 DPI it is closer to A1 dimensions – the paper copies have all gone although I’m told more are being printed if you...
15 Dec 2009
The other man's grass is greener - a guide to colour in Windows
Most weeks, one or other of the photography forums I visit will contain one of the following questions "Should I set my camera to use sRGB or Adobe RGB as a colour space ? " "Why do my pictures look different in different programs ?" "My Pictures look great on screen but lousy when I print them...
3 Apr 2006
Vulcan hunting: a mini case study in social media
I’ve described some of my activities over recent weekends as the biggest hunt for a Vulcan since Star Trek III - The Search For Spock . The Vulcan I’m after isn’t the pointy eared kind but XH558, the only flying example left of the V Bomber. It’s very easy to talk a lot of tosh about beautiful machines...
25 Jul 2009
From the "I want one of those" file.
I was sure Scoble mentioned Eye fi ages ago .... He did. How's this for Cool. A 2GB SD card with integrated WiFi. Set it up and it sends pictures to Web services or your PC, and if it can't find where it is supposed to send them there is a 2GB buffer until you're back in Range. There's a review at DP...
1 Nov 2007
On Scanners, Cameras and their USB modes, and lifting the lid on how they can be scripted.
Long title, and I’m afraid I’ve been on a bit of a voyage of discovery about some of the things Windows 7 (and Vista) can do with photos and first thing I wanted to cover here was something I’ve been trying to ignore: Cameras have two USB modes. In “Mass Storage Class” (MSC) mode, the computer sees...
23 Sep 2009
Exploring Photographic EXIF data (using PowerShell, of course)
My PowerShell project for the last few days has been to get into the EXIF data which is embedded in Pictures. It turns out to be a bit easier than I imagined. The first thing I found is that the . NET framework has a "BITMAP" object-class which gives access to these properties. Just get a new instance...
13 Jul 2007
Dreadful timing for me, because I really want to be honing the presentation I'm doing later today - but I was up late looking at this and it still feels exiting. So here's a problem that's always bugged photographers: You can only get so much in a photo. The camera is at one point in 3D space, aimed...
10 Nov 2006
Rolling your own support for 64 bit Vista.
A few days ago someone who had installed 64 bit Vista asked us " why Microsoft developed an operating system that MOST of the software manufacturers have told me will take at least 2 years for them to support" Now if you develop a new OS it takes vendors a while to support; heck, Office won't be 64bit...
9 Mar 2007
A while ago I wrote about getting a new camera to take diving. Rather spookily one of the mails in my inbox when I got back from my dive trip last night was asking about underwater cameras , so here's what I replied about the new Canon One of the observations of my recent dive trip was “You don...
13 Nov 2007
Vista's desktop index and PowerShell.
Vista's desktop index has changed the way I work. I've stopped worrying about folders, any more than I worry about URLs for Internet content. It's either obvious or I find it with search. So... since I have all of my stuff indexed. I should be able to tap into it ... shouldn't I ? Time to fire...
11 Jul 2007
Digital Image Suite. RIP.
I've mentioned Digital image suite before. I always felt I needed to apologise for not using Adobe Photo shop. As several people commented, Photoshop was overkill. Digital image suite let me Straighten Pictures which had been taken at an angle Clone or blend out stray telephone lines, spectators, skin...
10 Jul 2007
Not the usual mobile device review.
There's no two ways about it. I'm loving the new camera . When I'd been with Microsoft a few weeks we were issued with the first iPAQ PDAs. I've been interested in the different things you can do with mobile devices ever since, in questions like "What kind of applications are viable on a smartphone...
1 Jan 2007
Something for the photographers: Silverlight Deep-zoom formerly "Sea-Dragon"
With all the other stuff I've been doing lately I'm champing at the bit to get out and take some more photos. Still here I am slaving over a hot laptop. Search suggests haven't mentioned Sea-Dragon before - but I've talked about Photosynth , which is one of the technologies that use it. We've been...
5 May 2008
Putting Vista's index to work.
You can go straight to the blogcast if you don't want to read the text ... Last weekend I went with an old friend, David, and my daughter to watch the "Grand Prix Masters" which is now the only motor sport where the drivers are older than I am. There was a race for historic Formula...
22 Aug 2006
On film ...
Skimming down my feeds this weekend I found a post from Scoble on obsolete skills (a new wiki has grown up). One was "developing film". Unless you've done it it's hard to describe the rituals of processing and printing black and white film. It goes something like this. In the dark (or with...
17 Feb 2008
SD cards (again)
I was about to say some things about Vista and TV when I realized I had actually said them a few months ago When your TV programmes are FILES there's a different psychological relationship to them compared with TAPE . VHS cassettes were something you recorded over and over. You taped a programme watched...
7 Apr 2008
Working with the image module for PowerShell; part 3, GPS and other data
In Part one I showed how my downloadable PowerShell module can tag photos using related data – like GPS position – which was logged as they were being taken, and in part two I showed how I’d extended the module in James Brundage’s PowerPack for Windows 7. Now I want to explain the extensions which...
7 Jul 2010
Camera lens rules
Because my daughter has been on school holidays this week I have been spending time at home and thinking about photography more than work. In some of the forums I've been reading I keep seeing questions about the "digital SLR crop factor" - and statements that given focal length on digital is equivalent...
29 Oct 2006
Media Centre Edition is dead, Long live Windows Media Centre.
I want an Xbox 360. Someone gave me an original Xbox and the games still impresses me. When I got the Xbox I already had a cable TV decoder, VCR, and DVD player lashed into the back of the TV. I gave the DVD player to my Dad because the Xbox did that job. But it's not a pretty piece of furniture and...
2 May 2006
A guide to FUD, thanks to Canon.
One of the Interesting things about this job is getting a new point of view on how Marketing and PR work - and applying it things I see away from work. I've seen Microsoft accused of spreading "Fear Uncertainty and Doubt" and I've seen FUD used against Microsoft too. I've recently seen a textbook example...
21 Jan 2007
Pentax have just released a fantastic new DSLR . Before anyone jumps to the usual conclusions about us Microsoft folks being paid in huge sacks of gold, after my recent holiday, its going to take time and careful management of the pennies before I can buy one. I mention cameras because of a conversation...
25 Sep 2006
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