Archive for June, 2009

Tuesday, June 30th 2009

Firefox 3.5 – Get It Now

Firefox 3.5 has been released today. Many improvements over 3.0. Faster, better privacy options, better standards support. Get it now.

Monday, June 22nd 2009

Ordered a Few Games

With the new computer on its way, I also ordered a few games to play during the summer.

GTA IV for PC

Far Cry 2 for PC

Crysis for PC

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for PC

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X (annoying name to write) is bundled with the graphics card. Not sure if it’s any good.

Tom Clancys H.A.W.X for PC

It’ll be interesting to see how far I can push the graphics settings in GTA IV. BTW, I just saw a great video review of GTA IV here.

Saturday, June 20th 2009

New Computer on its Way

On Wednesday we ordered a new computer. Not that there’s really anything wrong with the current one (AMD something 3200+), but we both had an urge to play some newer games. Such as The Sims 3 and GTA IV.

computer case

We’ve ordered it from a local shop, Proxdata. They seem to know what they’re doing. Here’s what we decided to throw into the mix:

That should be plenty of gaming power for the time being I think, but if we need more in the future we can add another identical video card and have them run in parallel (Crossfire).

All in all, we’re getting much more punch for the money than the big electronics chains in Sweden are offering right now.

We’ll keep using XP, since we see no real point in upgrading to Vista. Not even Direct X 10 has convinced me. All games seem to support version 9 still, and the visual difference, when there is one, is negligible.

There may be a day when we want more than 4GB of RAM. Then we’ll have to get 64 bit Windows 7, since 32 bit XP can’t use more than 4GB. (I’ll gladly skip Vista, for various reasons.) Until then though, I think we’ll be sticking with XP.

Hopefully we’ll be getting the computer on Tuesday or Wednesday. Then we can get started on the wonderful process of installing all the many different programs that we have on the current computer.

Thursday, June 11th 2009

Koenigsegg Buys Saab

This is unbelievable stuff: Koenigsegg buys Saab.

Koenigsegg CCX

The car-making world is upside down. Lets just hope Koenigsegg haven’t bitten off more than they can swallow.

Here’s a translation of the short news article:

Rapport has learned that Koenigsegg and Norwegian investors will get to buy Saab Automobil.

The buyers have signed a letter of intent to buy Saab. Final negotiations around details of the deal will be held the coming months.

Koenigsegg is a small manufacturer of exclusive sports cars in Ängelholm (Sweden) and has according to Rapport’s sources been given support by Norwegian investors to be able to buy Saab.

Wednesday, June 10th 2009

Visby Panorama Framed

Well, I let Jenny decide which of the panoramas we would frame first, so it was the Visby one.

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17464-17469 - panorama

For the print I cloned out the slight shadow along the flag pole to the right.

Now we just need to get a second frame so we can hang this one too:

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Wednesday, June 10th 2009

Bokeh Panorama Attempt

I read here about an interesting technique which I hereby rename as the Bokeh Panorama Technique.

It entails shooting several photos at a longer focal length and stitching them together to give the effect of a shorter focal length with very large aperture.

Here’s my first, rather useless attempt. (Don’t look to closely.) I just went out into the garden to shoot this, couldn’t be bothered to find anything more interesting.

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Here’s one of the better shots I’ve seen made this way. Here’s another one.

To stitch the photos together I use Autostitch which is about as good as it gets, for free or for money.

Since you’re not really doing this for the resolution, it’s a good idea to choose a smaller JPEG size in your camera. That way you save quite a bit of time in the stitching and get a more manageable file size at the end.

Also, you’ll want to do this in manual mode and with manual focus for consistency between the shots.

Wednesday, June 10th 2009

Cats

This first shot is only 99% sharp for some reason.

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Brorsan (below) has had a hard day, as usual.

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