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Uptime ? Watch this. A 90MHz Pentium processor running my intranet, sendmail, fetchmail, lights through X10 etc. Uptime limited because about 3 months ago I didn't have a UPS yet. Now I do...
12:32am up 97 days, 10:19, 1 user, load average: 0.06, 0.03, 0.01
Not bad for an old machine, he? Oh, and I'm running Linux, Apache, MySQL etc... Not as fancy as HPUX, but I salvaged the machine from a scrap-heap.
I got myself a MiroVideo DV300 card about two years ago (1998) when it had just come out. It combines a FireWire interface and an Adaptec SCSI UW controller (similar to the 2940) on a bit of bus with it's own PCI bridge. I paid another (then) truckload of money for an AV grade 9GB UW SCSI disc with 7200rpm... those were VERY expensive in those days. By connecting this to the SCSI interface, you basically bypass much of your PC when collecting the videostream and putting it on the hard drive. With a 400MHz Pentium II PC and 64MB of Ram I get excellent results in working with video. I have edited a couple of video's so far. However, when I am in a serious editing session, I do make sure that: 1. I disable all frivolous programs that run in Windows 98 (including for instance Palm's Hotsync manager) 2. I defragment the hard drive before copying the video down 3. and before spooling the video back to tape I defragment again to make sure it is as contiguous as possible I no...
It's easy to say that we should use negatives or slides when scanning, instead of prints. Regrettably to scan a slide or negative accurately you cannot use one of the abundant $200-$300 scanners that most people buy.
So I use my scanner for getting quick snaps of photographs into my system.
Now however I have a Nikon Coolpix 950 Camera. Excellent camera, 1600x1200 resolution. I use it more and more... I used to have an Minolta D'Image-V camera (expensive and with 640x480 and very limited battery life) but this was not more useful than for putting small thumbnails on a web-site or for utilitarian purposes as when we were househunting.
The Nikon, I actually use next to my regular camera. It's got lots of goodies, such as spot metering, manual control, great battery life, external flash connection, etc.
The resolution 1600x1200, whilst not as high as PCD or high-end negative scan, certainly exceeds what you would get from a flat-bed scanner with a negativ...