fredag 20 september 2013

More speed to computer

A bit frustrated from the slow start and stop of my Win 7 installation I decided to buy a SSD-unit (SolidStateDisk).

The SSD is like a big USB-memory. It's solid state - no moving parts and can replace the ordinary HD with it's spinning set of discs.

Since I have a lot of programs on my "old" C: I bought the largest SSD - a SANDISK Ultra Plus 256 GB.

I searched for info how to replace the HD with the SSD and there were plenty of descriptions on how to do it.

I decided to buy the SSD Conversion Kit which includes an adapter cable which connects the SSD to USB. The program EZ Gig IV from Apricorn made it a breeze to clone the C: (and D:) to the SSD. I could not fins a way to clone only the C:.

Now all I needed to do was to stop the computer, move the cables from the old HD to the SSD and restart. The difference was significant. Much quicker start of Windows and of programs were noted.
I guess its almost like getting a quicker CPU ...

Also when I was at it, I made a backup to an older HD which was showing signs of ageing. I replaced the old one with a 2TB unit. Today HDs are cheap!

Pictures in Facebook vs GPlus vs Blogger

I just scanned envelope No 430 from a collection of 6000 cabinet card photos.


The photos are kept at the Karlstads Kommunarkiv. They were collected by CE Nygren in Karlstad and all are with names and often with information about the person. This is what I know quite uncommon since many photos of this kind are lacking identity.

The project is well under ways and scanning is made by people at the archives but also by external voluntaries like myself. Today we have scanned about 1000 pictures and we are preparing to put them online in our searchable database at http://www.wermlandsbilder

I just found out some disturbing facts:
IPTC-information for each scanned picture which has been part of the job is stripped by Facebook when you publish on Facebook. And also when you add a picture into Blogger (just found out).

BUT another reason to use GPlus - IPTC is kept intact and the main information is used besides the picture:
You have to remember that some programs does strip the IPTC when you make adjustments or conversions. Test your program when you convert like we do from TIFF to JPG before publishing.