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I was off the grid yesterday, so I wasn't aware that there was a problem with Blogger until I tried to post this morning.
In fact, I didn't notice at first that yesterday's post was missing.
Lots of folks are now hammering on "the cloud" and how it can't be trusted.
I'm not one of those, but this incident does illustrate that currently using the cloud isn't always going to be smooth sailing.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Used correctly, technology can be a beneficial thing, provided you understand it.
This isn't the case with government. It's something the eludes them and in most cases complicates public service.
More often than not, computer systems are woefully out of date, and underutilized.
Imagine working with equipment and software approaching it's 3rd decade of use. Software that is cumbersome at best, and requires users to have an arcane understanding of how it processes information to get any use out of it.
The worse part is, it's not just these specialized systems that are out of date, but even the basic PC Operating Systems, and the office software that runs on them.
Those are a decade out of date. Which means that the skills of the people using them are as well.
I work for an organization which feels the remedy to this is upgrading (I use this term loosely) to out of date software.
Why you ask?
My guess is that they bought this software years ago and never got around to installing it, but need to justify the expenditure.
All of this is a total waste and a disservice, both to the employees of the organization, and to the public that it serves.
At one time I thought we could do better, but now I'm not so sure.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
So, I get talked into helping a friend with some simple portrait shots of his cousin for her high school graduation, or something.
No problem.... A few hours in the morning and we should be done.
The night before this is supposed to happen I ask where are we supposed to meet, etc.
Well, my friend doesn't know. After two weeks he still hasn't picked a location, time, or called his model (cousin).
Great, I'm thinking.... another day of winging it.
He promises to call in the morning.
Next morning I get a call, only after sending him a text telling him I'm going to get my oil changed. I didn't want to waste the whole day sitting and waiting.
He can't do the shoot. He knows he's got everything he needs, but doesn't feel comfortable until he goes out and gets more equipment.
Folks, it's not about the amount of equipment, the less the better.
Don't over think things, learn about light and how to work with it.
That will make your life a lot easier.