Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
In any case, after I left, I was urged by deep geek friends to switch to Unix. One totally switched over, running clusters in his bedroom. My geek friends felt it was in my best interest.
The deepest Ive gotten with unix is to set up a QA lab and a few web-servers, but otherwise, I didnt use it.
In retrospect, I shoulda - but I wasnt that interested.
Nowadays, LAMP competence is almost mandatory. And unlike 10 years ago, it's ready for primetime, so ....
I'm switching to Unix. For personal use, even.
For a geek, that is a Big Deal.
Yeah, Im still a geek.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Put some more effort into your career today, and get ready to do the work you've been putting aside. It's a good idea to assess your current situation and think about whether or not it may be time to set your sights a bit higher. Formulate your plans. Start by organizing a list of your recent accomplishments. -
Hm. That's a good thought.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I always wonderd why I would do that. I'd always thought it was because I didnt feel like I was yet a Pro, but now I realize the real reason. I dont WANT to be a Professional Photographer. Or more accurately, I dont want to make a living as a Pro. Never have.
Being a professional photographer is a hard way to make a living, not that far above trying to be a professional writer and that is far harder.
Today, Ive started feeling good about what Im trying do, because I am doing exactly what I want to do, inspired by Gordon Ramsey. In fact, it was watching his "Kitchen Nightmares" series that really crystallized my feelings.
His practical demonstration of his principles of passion, high standards and fundamental business principles have really inspired me.
And with that, Im happy and have started on what Ive wanted to do for the past 15 years. Actually happy, inspite of being short of money. But that's temporary. I only feel scared if Im not doing something.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
About 2 -3 months after I got it, this Powerbook died.
Except for my old PowerComputing Mac, every Mac Ive personally owned has died on me - this one simply refused to boot. It is one of the reasons I dont belong to the Cult of Mac.
I can fix it, but Im not motivated to do that because A) As a tech, I consider computers disposable, B) Laptops are a BITCH to work on once you get past memory upgrades C) There are 3 possible things wrong with it and one of them costs more than the thing is worth, D) It's time to buy a new Mac. I need an Intel Mac.
I do miss it tho, because Lord, the thing is pretty. Simply gorgeous.
However, when it died and I picked up a near brand-new PC for a HUNDRED BUX off Craigslist, my productivity went through the roof. I simply struggled to process the massive amount of images I shoot with it. Not because it was slow, but because the tools available for the Mac are simply inefficient. Trust me, Im not ill-informed.
There is not one Mac based photographer I know who doesnt have a PC in the corner.
So, as nice as this machine is - it is better off dead.