Category Archives: Computers

Going 10 bit

Coming from Amiga HAM 4096 colors 8 bit color with 16 million colors seemed like all I needed.

I was wrong. There is no end to perfection.

Enter NEC PA241 monitor. It can display billions of colors for those extra smooth gradients. There is the catch – you also need a gfx card that supports 10 bit, my choice is nvidia Quadro FX 4800.

After years of stagnation I feel fresh again!

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What I would like to see from Apple

All these years I have been trying to justify owning an iPad.

Sure, they are cool, but I could do most of things  on my iPhone.

I thought I could use an iPad when iPhoto came out as my mobile processing station, but, alas, iPhoto for iPad just did not have enough functionality to replace my laptop with Aperture. And iOS 7 still does not have color management built in, so editing photos on unmanaged device is like playing catch in the dark – you might get lucky once in a while, but there will be no consistency.

So this is what I would like to see: a color managed iOS device that would be supported by X-Rite colorimeters  (via USB), mobile Aperture, SD card slot for accessing raw files to be edited.

If iPad can not do it, I would wish for – a 11-12″ retina Macbook Air. But seriously, I need a productivity tool, not a gaming platform. For games I still prefer dedicated game pads and high quality games of Nintendo 3DS.

So there, I am still waiting for that killer photo app for iPad. C’mon Apple, you can do it, and free us from looming Adobe Opressive Cloud.

What can iPad do for me?

At the moment, not much.

Every time I handle one, I marvel at design – smooth lines, familiar OS and beautiful screen. The problem lies in its application – iPad is excellent for browsing the web, reading books or watching movies but doesn’t have any kind of screen color profiling, and image processing apps are amateurish.

That leaves me confused no, not really – my iPhone is device I take with me that does 95% of things iPad does but is more portable; for reading I have a Kindle e-ink reader, and for image processing I use Aperture and Photoshop on my MacBook Air. iPad just doesn’t fit into my the scheme of things.

What would make me buy an iPad? New apps that would replace my MacBook Air, but there is just not enough power in iPad to do heavy lifting of RAW files at the moment. Maybe I wanted to play Candy Crush Saga, which I am not into, or watch movies on the road with a bigger screen. It needs to be able to reduce my gear I carry, plain an simple. Right now it just does not.

Geeking out with Windows

I have been  a strong believer that the best operating system is the one that has applications you want to use. That was true in Commodore Amiga days in the 90s, and is still true today.

Sometimes there is an application available for Windows that is just not available for the Mac, what to do then?

I have been a strong emulation/visualization supporter since the days of Amiga Transformer to run GWbasic compiler for my programming class, then I used ShapeShifter to emulate Mac on my Amiga 3000. Later I got a Mac and used Virtual PC.

Fast forward to now. What is a shame now days that there is hardware that is no longer supported by current operating systems, yet the hardware is still quite competent, like my Epson 9500 printer. As the last Mac OS to support it was Tiger (10.4) and Windows XP, I been running a virtual machine using XP for years to print on it. I have used VMWare Fusion, Virtual Box and Parallels, lately have been using Parallels 7. It works well. However, until today there has not been Firewire support for emulated devices like my Minolta  Multi Pro scanner. I can no longer run the original software on my Mac (although it does work with VueScan9). Today I saw Parallels 9 being announced and it claims to support external FireWire and Thunderbolt devices, which none of the previous emulation software has. I have high hopes that my scanner could be used again using Minolta software under Windows XP. Wouldn’t that be grand!