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standing still… not!

take a moment to enjoy the above photo. shot it yesterday as part of my boon lay post-dinner walkabout. it’s called ‘standing still’, and that is in direct opposition to what my heart was doing a few minutes ago.

we always hear this – back up your data, back up your data, back up your data… yada yada yada. repetition is the surest way to ensure that a message gets disregarded. so i was nearly made to pay for my complacence when i woke my mac and got an ‘invalid… error’ message on my external hard drive. come on… that’s my backup! backup drives don’t fail, main drives do! wait a minute… that is, in a sense, my main drive – since almost 90% of my photos are stored on it.

as expected, my heart stopped and i nearly had a coronary. the realisation that the photos from my commercial assignments were backed up on dvds did little to ease the stress. bluntly speaking, my personal work matters a lot more to me. i stopped ripping them onto dvds months ago due to yes, procrastination. i guess this incident comes as a timely reminder, especially with my rapidly burgeoning archives. tomorrow i am going to buy a huge stack of dvds, and get the good ol’ burnin’ going again.

anyway, i managed to repair the corrupted directory (the cause of the problem) on the drive and access the files – thanks to this wonderful software called diskwarrior 4.

don’t think i want to go through something like that again, though it is inevitable. so i am going to be as prepared as i possibly can be the next time round.

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fallen apple

the mac is down and so this space has been quiet and will remain so till i get my macbook back. hate blogging from work because daytime is not the time to be blogging, at least to me. somehow the cloak of night creates a more conducive atmosphere to share.

the keyboard and trackpad on my macbook stopped working, making me feel like i had my hands bound and lips stitched, with a mind overflowing on overdrive to boot.  apparently, this is a very common problem and the chap at the apple store said that i’d have it back in a week.

it is actually quite disgusting how the daily operation of my life has become so intertwined with that white, whirring thing. i now spend my evenings reading and watching animals devour each other on arts central. a nice change, i must admit.

wkwsci foc 2008 (what a mouthful, thanks to wee kim wee) is approaching and i am certainly looking forward to it. i seek to escape the mundanity that has now become a cornerstone of my life. 111 freshies to rag, an exciting bounty.

bought myself a new lens for my camera yesterday. have been wanting to for a while and finally saved enough cash to get it. hopefully, i’ll be able to patch the proverbial ‘hole’ with the shoots i have coming up. you can help too by referring me to whoever needs a photographer. i promise a finder’s fee, or a finder’s hearty meal.

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leopard

i have to say that after watching the virtual tour of the new mac operating system, leopard, i am impressed.

what i have always liked about the apple os is that it combines both aesthetic appeal and intuitive ease of use. i am convinced many believe that the apple system is hard to use because they are intimidated by the prospect of leaving their comfort zone and switching from the windows platform. the above can’t be further from the truth.

leopard is an upgrade form the tiger operating system, both in form and function. along with the sleek, seamless interface that the apple os is renowned for, leopard features 2 new additions that i particularly like – time machine and spaces.

time machine is basically an application that allows you to locate files from the past that you might have accidentally deleted. even though disk backup is common, time machine adds value in the sense that it provides a very intuitive search function, even to the extent of featuring a timeline that aids in the process.

spaces is an improvement on expose. for non-mac users, you might already be lost but this application gives mac users the ability to multitask, rapidly switching between different windows.

nothing beats actually viewing the video for yourself so click here.

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