There's a lot of great things to talk about with IDImager, a photo cataloging, management and editing program -- to say the least. But let me first tell you briefly about my workflow and why I had the need for software like IDImager. I shoot in RAW, move to .DNG with the Adobe DNG Converter, select and catalog with Expression, then edit and polish in Photoshop. Because … [Read more...] about IDImager Review — An Expression Media Alternative? An Aperture Equivalent on the PC?
I've talked at length on this blog about the need to run frequent backups, but I haven't spoken much about making archival copies of data on DVD. For most people, backing up to an external hard drive (or two) as well as to a (trusted) online source is a pretty adequate way to safeguard your data. But for those of us who like to take it a step further, archiving your data to … [Read more...] about How to Split Folders into DVD Sized Chunks or How to Split Directories to Span DVDs
My readers know that historically I haven't been a fan of online backup services for one main reason: privacy. The way I see it, data is only as secure as the server that it's on, and while you can encrypt from here to the moon, your encryption is no good if someone else has access to your password. Now as the volume of data I need to store has increased, I started exploring … [Read more...] about SpiderOak Backup Review: A Secure, Encrypted and Private Online Backup Service
As part of my need for a meticulous organizational system for my classical and opera .mp3, I also needed a program that would quickly allow me to rename long, complex filenames. I was doing it by hand for a while until I came across the Bulk Rename Utility - a program which continues to save me countless hours renaming files. The program is free, loads quickly, and has an … [Read more...] about Bulk Rename Utility – Rename Multiple Files for iTunes and Music
I started up with Netflix again, I was thrilled to discover the possibility of watching streaming movies on my tv. I have no problem watching on my widescreen lcd monitor, but it is much more comfortable to watch on a big tv from the comfort of the couch. I came within an inch of purchasing a Roku Digital Video Player but eventually I did not make the purchase. Instead I … [Read more...] about Why I Chose Against the Roku Digital Video Player and Picked Insignia Blu-Ray – A Limited Review