taking apart a floppy for parts

from a personal computer point of view there there only 3 sizes of floppy disk in common use: 8", 5.25" and 3.5". smaller sized floppy disks emerged late in the game which got used for things like music players and cameras. but these formats never found a foot hold in computing.

almost everything about a floppy disk is the same no matter how large they were. disks use physical detections for practically everything: read/write capable, track zero detection, and sometimes sector position. 3.5" drives had density detectors. this meant the the floppy inside the drive define how it was read. you can see how easily a drive could become "out of alignment" making media impossible to read in other drives.

the last Macworld Expo


Macworld Expo has been "the tradeshow" for all things Mac for the last 25 years. there was a time when it was mandatory for anyone who had an interest in Mac to attend. companies came here to announce products, users came to learn, buyers came to do deals and the press could see all their contacts. it was all under one roof.

today it's not the show that it once was.

3 Shot Pano


the 3-5 shot panorama is a really cool way to capture a scene. it's not really a pano but think of it as a S-U-P-E-R W-I-D-E picture as you aren't doing a full 360. you can take these with any camera. it doesn't have to be expensive. and you don't have to have a super wide lens. in fact you may want to shoot you pano using a more zoomed lens instead of the widest setting.



Continuous is a mode on your camera that takes picture after picture for as long as you hold down the shutter. the frame rate of the shots depends on the camera. the Canon shoots is about 4 FPS, Fuji is .3 seconds per frame, Nikon has a mode called 16 (which turns the flash off automatically, there is also has a mode that does 1.5 FPS and the Sony have different rates that depend on the camera. there are several Casio cameras that have super fast frame rates like up to 1000 frames per second!

making holes and adding color

back in August I walked into the studio and noticed that one of my mics was missing. it wasn’t stolen thankfully but it was sprawled out on the floor. and then I discovered why. SNAP! eventually same thing happened to the other three clamps. I’m pretty sure that this clamp was never designed to be used as a permanent installation. why? they all broke in the nearly same place.

hey, we got a new look

the minimalist theme that was here before was okay. it was more of a placeholder. the idea was to get something that looked better. a theme that didn’t look so blogger like. and not so much magazine or news paper. something that would allow an article to work better. and along came the ia3 theme. it’s nice. it’s scales up and down automatically making it look good on that thing and the big thing and a normal old computer screen. it very likely won’t work so well with Internet Exploder 6 but that’s why we call it Exploder.

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