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KatG    Posted 02-13-2005 at 11:06:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do I leave this contraption plug in all the time or just plug it in when I am going to use it???...It says on the camera I can take 382 photos...If I go take a few pictures can I take the stick out and put it in the reader and look at what I took...surely I don't have to take 382 pictures...Awwwwwwwwwwwww...KAtG


MikeT    Posted 02-13-2005 at 12:23:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
KatG -

Those card readers become a 'mini-disk' drive when they are plugged into the computer. The memory card can be plugged into or taken out of the reader at any time. Once plugged in, the data will exist on a drive letter just like it would if it was on your harddisk inside the computer. But, it will be a different drive letter like "D", "E", "F" or some such to distinguish it from the other drives.

Most digital cameras I've seen can be set to different picture resolutions. Yours is apparently now set at a resolution that will allow up to 382 pictires on the card you currently have. If you set your camera to a higher resolution, the number of pics the card can hold will go down, and vice versa. I keep mine set to a medium resolution most of the time and that setting will let me put about 700 pics onto a 64 Meg card. The higher the resolution, the larger the file size, and the quality of the pic will be generally better. A larger file size means that a lesser amount of pics can be stored on the card.

Once you identify pics on the card that are worthy of keeping, then you should move them to the hard drive inside your computer (a different drive letter). The rest can be deleted, if desired. That's the nice thing about a digital camera, you don't need to print the pics not worthy of retaining.

A lot of people that have a CD drive that can write new CD's will put all their good pics off onto a CD platter.

Also remember that most digital media is only good for about 10 years or so. CD's maybe a little longer if you get the higher priced, good quality ones. For the pics that you want to keep for a really long time, you should print them off to a high quality photo paper or take the image files to Walmart or Walgreen's and let them print them off. Most of these businesses can also work directly from the memory cards too. If you take the memory card to have files printed, then first delete out the files (pics) that you don't want.

ps - they now make cards that can hold 2,000 megabytes (2 Gig) of data enabling 1000's of pics to be stored on one card.

I use my digital camera like it was a copy machine. I do lots of Genealogy work and instead of using a copy machine I just shap pics of the printed pages, old photo's, or what-not. I also used mine to get digital copies of about 5,000 old 35mm slides I had taken many years ago. But, mine allows a focal length of down to 1 inch which is necessary for copying slides.

Some day, you may want to get a good quality photo-editing program. Lots of neat stuff you can do there. I use ThumbsPlus (costs about $65). Setting up a slide show of certain pics is easy with it.


big fred    Posted 02-13-2005 at 14:51:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mike, I'd be interested in your source for the lifetime of the flash disk memory and CDs. The early flash disks were quite limited, but the chips in the new ones will definitely outlast the USB connector on it. I also don't buy your CD life of 10 years. I know there's been stories circulating about a 3-5 year life, but I'm of the opinion that's based on storing them in a car, which is much nastier that sitting in an office. Even so, it seems much easier just to burn a copy of the CD every few years than to go to the expense of having a photo printer make hardcopies of them.


MikeT    Posted 02-13-2005 at 15:22:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fred -

I don't know how long the flash cards will last. Good point there.

If you take care of a good quality cd platter it will last longer. No finger prints, always return it to a protective sleeve, no sunlight, etc. I've got some low quality platters that are starting to flake off their aluminum substrate after 3 years.

Most magnetic media (iron oxide) will start to detoriate within 10 years and start dropping bits. I wonder if the new high density hard drives might be more prone to that?

I generally never go more than 3 years without swapping out hard drives, so that kinds keeps pace with the problem.

But, in Genealogy circles we talk of wanting to keep the data for 100's of years. Probably no computer recording device available today will be around 100 years from now. Photo's may last that long if printed on acid free paper using high quality inks and keeping under a light proof cover.

I'm waiting for the day when we have crystal storage devices. Those are supposed to have a lifetime measured in 1000's of years. 10,000 terabytes, 1 nanosecond access time, with transfer rates over a gig per sec. All in a crystal no bigger than a sugar cube. I'm not holding my breath, but I hope I live long enough to see them actually working in MY computer!


big fred    Posted 02-13-2005 at 18:00:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
As I understand the CD problem, it's twofold, corrosion of the aluminum layer and the deterioration of the plastic, accelerated by heat, UV, etc. I have some CDs that are around 10 years old, and I don't see any problems with them, knock on wood. They're in a box in a drawer in a cool office, though.

I'm kind of in that industry, we integrate electronics in military hardware. Used to actually design the stuff, but my employer decided they'd be better off giving the actual design work to other suppliers. I suppose that way the military contracts get spread out over more congressional districts. Can't say I'm pleased with the arrangement, though. I'd much prefer doing design work.


bo    Posted 02-13-2005 at 12:39:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
So how do you copy the slides? They are really dark until backlit. I have micro capability on my camera and do have a bunch of slides also.. You put them on a lit slide panel or something?


MikeT    Posted 02-13-2005 at 13:07:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bo -

I made a small box about 3" wide, 2" tall and 1.25" deep out of thin wood. I cut out a hole in the back the same size as a slide pic. In the front I cut a circular hole sized to fit snugly over the camera lens. On the back I afixed a piece of traslucent white plastic.

I made the box so that a slide could be pushed in from the right and out of the left slide when the next slide is pushed in. I use bright daylight as the back light.

Or, you can buy one here:
http://www.dcresource.com/SlideCopier/

In my experience, the sides of the box (except for the slide slot) need to be totally closed and dark else you'll get bleed in from the sides and top.


bo    Posted 02-13-2005 at 13:55:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Excellent. Thank you, I shall try it.


bo    Posted 02-13-2005 at 11:31:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Multi card reader...got one of those also...leave it plugged into the computer all the time but you can plug and unplug at will. For my camera flash card, I have a flash card reader that I use to download the pictures then unplug it from the usb port and put it away.


bo    Posted 02-13-2005 at 11:29:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not sure what you have but I do digital pictures and off load them into my computer when ever I feel like it. I also delete them off my flash card after I down load them to save on space on the flash card. The storage system you have must follow the same protocol in that you can look at them, down load them, delete them at will.


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