Blogs on the move

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

We are moving the blog to a new location as of this week. In short its grown up and we now have to find it a bigger home. Our thanks to all of you that have read the blog on a regular basis. This wouldn’t have been possible without that support.

Go the new location

Categories: Uncategorized

Okavango Delta Photo Safari opportunity

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Denis Glennon is running a once in a life opportunity, to photograph in one of Africa’s top destination the Okavango Delta.


Highlights of the Safari

*Photograph the best and most stunning wildlife the Okavango Delta has to offer
*Capture the big predator cats in several locations we have selected
*Stay in exclusive lodges/camps; we have booked each Okavango Delta camp exclusively for our group
*Photograph Africa’s wild dogs, (now  an endangered species) in the best place in Africa
*Photograph the majestic Victoria Falls, with an option for aerial photography from a micro-light or helicopter and enjoy a memorable cruise on the Zambezi River
*This is not a rushed ‘game-viewing’ tour. It lasts 19 days, from 30 Nov to 18 Dec 2011 and our drivers/guides have experience in working with photographers and are used to waiting, to capture that ‘decisive moment’.

*You will fly between destinations in the Okavango Delta allowing more time for photography.

This is all starting in November 2011

For detail and booking information go to Iconic Images

Yasu Software

Rob Findlay our Mac consultant  on OS X Maintenance with YASU
Mac OS X features many embedded routines and program’s for self maintenance and the “File System Repair” programs that were so necessary in the old OS 9 days are largely a thing of the past however occasionally cache files get corrupted or permissions are incorrectly set by installers or updates. A simple donation-ware utility like Yasu can be a quick tuneup for a Mac that is misbehaving or running slowly.
Using Yasu
Once selecting which options you want to run and hitting the return key, if you’re logged in as an administrator, you’ll be prompted with an authentication dialog. Enter the password for the current administrator account and click “Okay” (or hit the “Return” key). If you are logged in as a non-admin level account, you’ll only be allowed to perform the standard user options. Additionally, no authentication dialog will appear when you click “Run” (or hit the “Return” key).
Important Note: Yasu can take a long time to run. It may seem as if the application is not doing anything, but rest assured that it is. It should be left alone to complete the tasks you have chosen to perform. It is recommended that you not run other applications while performing maintenance with Yasu. Also, you should be aware that if “Restart” or “Shutdown” when finished is selected, your workstation will do just that once all tasks have completed.
Once you’ve authenticated as an admin (if the tasks you’ve selected call for it), Yasu will present a “run panel” and begin performing each selected task, letting you know what’s going on. Once all tasks are complete, Yasu will perform which ever option you’ve selected in the finish menu.

Here are my preferred settings for a general tune-up. (these will be remembered next time you launch it).

I run YASU once a month generally at the same time I clean my laptop’s screen & case.
Get YASU from http://jimmitchell.org/yasu/
And please if you use it, Donate. It makes the world go around.

Ex Demo iMac 27″ Special

Ex-Demo iMac 27″
Quad Core, 2.66Ghz i5 iMac
Was $2,599 now $2,199 save $400.

Only 6 months old, showroom use.
One only first in, best dressed.

Includes:
2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x2GB
1TB Serial ATA Drive
ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB
8x double-layer SuperDrive
Apple Magic Mouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard and User Guide

Categories: Apple, IT, Specials

New Mac Pro’s at last

Apple unveiled a new Mac® Pro line with up to 12 processing cores and up to 50 percent greater performance than the previous generation (according to a pre-release rendering test performed by Apple). Featuring the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD), the new Mac Pro continues to deliver amazing performance and expandability for the most demanding consumers and professionals.

(URL for Apple release and testing details) http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/07/27macpro.html

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac ever made, with up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50 percent, and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”

At the heart of the new Mac Pro’s performance are next generation quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing processing speed. These systems feature an integrated memory controller for faster memory bandwidth and reduced memory latency; Turbo Boost to dynamically boost processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz; and Hyper-Threading to create up to 24 virtual cores. The Mac Pro now comes with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory and customers can configure-to-order the even faster ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of memory.

Pricing & Availability
The new Mac Pro will be available from August through Team Digital.  Pricing and Specifications according to the Apple Australia website (28/7/2010) are as follows:

The new quad-core Mac Pro

Starts from $3,499 (A$ inc GST), and includes:

One 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3530 processor with 8MB of fully-shared L3 cache;
3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 16GB;
ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
Two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
18x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
Four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
Five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire® 800 ports;
AirPort Extreme® 802.11n;
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

The new 8-core Mac Pro

Starts from $4,899 (A$ inc GST), and includes:

Two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 processors with 12MB of fully-shared L3 cache per processor;

6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;

ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;

Two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);

1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);

Four PCI Express 2.0 slots;

Five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;

AirPort Extreme 802.11n;

Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and

Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

Categories: Apple, IT, Team Digital

Landscape 500 Photo Comp

Team Digital very excited to be a sponsor of “The Landscape 500 Photo Competition”. It promises to be more than just photo competition. More details to come soon, but all we can say is get your very best landscape ready. Game on.

Some great prizes on offer

A trip on the True North , experience the ultimate in luxury

The amazing Epson Pro 3880 printer, one of the best Epson printer ever

The Gigapan Epic Pro automated head, the latest tool in the landscape photographers kit bag

And a day with Christian Fletcher himself , not sure if its priceless but it promises to be a great day

There are also offering from Kata Bags and Hoya filters

For more details check out Christians Blog

Gigapan has arrived

Team Digital has received stock of the New Gigapan Epic Pro.

We have had some great fun with it over the week . See the unit in action and have a laugh at

http://www.christianfletcher.com.au/blog/2010/07/gigapan-video/

Just as a bit of a covering comment re video there was three takes all a bit of fun .

Take 1) was because we had set the Gigapan to do bracket exposure . Which it can do up to 20 exposures per frame

Take 2) was because we had someone walking through the shot

Take 3) was because we used the Canon 100mm IS and the IS was on and everyone knows that you shouldn’t have IS on when you are shooting on a tripod, if you want sharp images .

The actual shot took under a minute to do 28 frames.

We also now have our hire unit which you can hire after this weekend at $ 100.00 per day. If you decide to purchase a Gigapan after you have hired it and we know you will want to. We will give you 100% of hire costs off the new unit ( conditions do apply )

We have been testing it now for a week and we love what the unit does. We will have a full review very shortly.