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Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:20:48 AM »
Psst, that's not a unicorn.  That's an image of a pegasus. 


Details, shmetails...


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:17:52 PM »
At 70k+ transactions and 99.3% positive feedback, I'd hardly call them shady. Anyone can choose to buy or not buy from them.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: November 04, 2014, 04:10:21 PM »

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: One Samsung Camera to Rule Them All
« on: November 02, 2014, 05:24:20 PM »
Is the support there for professional use, like Canon CPS or the Nikon equal?

I have some familiarity with their consumer appliances, and reliability and service could use some improvement.

I have a Samsung phone, and while it works, it certainly feels cheap and plastiky.

Competition is good, but I suspect that not too many professionals earning a living with Canon or Nikon gear will be jumping ship anytime soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:12:03 PM »

Not the same as a 1DxII

I voted no, but considering that many of the 1D bodies were awfully close to $8k at release, $10k may not be much of a stretch.

Seems that high ISO usability and the interface have changed the most over the years. Good images taken today with a 2002 vintage 1D still look good.

I bet that if Canon could merge the best of the 1DX with the best of the 1DsIII, many would pay the asking price.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:59:21 PM »
Don't take it personally :) such sensitivity

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:49:37 PM »
Beware of permissions. <program files> folders have permissions where executables cannot be modified but by privileged users. That means some "malicious" application running without those privileges can't modify them. If you put executables in folder where everybody can write, someone or something with low privileges can change them, and wait for someone with high privileges run them. At that point, the whole system is compromised. If you care about your PC and data, be careful about that. You can install elsewhere, but the setup or you must be careful about setting the proper privileges. And that's also the reason why always running with user with high privileges is dangerous.

The easiest way to prevent most malicious attacks is to set up a User Account without Administrator priveleges. When you start up your computer the first time, your initial User Account has Admin Rights unless you tell it otherwise.

Then, when you surf the web using the User Account without Admin Rights, you will be prompted to input the Administrator Password- nothing executable will happen automatically. It can be a bit of a pain/inconvenience, but this stops a lot of stuff from happening automatically.

Also pay attention to homepage and search engine highjacks when downloading stuff- read the dialog boxes that pop up :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:42:13 PM »
Those folders are managed as "special" ones by the OS. Their position can be changed, but it needs to be done properly (it implies registry changes and so on). There are some tools that can do that. In 7, "libraries" are a much more versatile way to add different paths to those folders.
Music, Pictures, etc. are not true folder but "libraries" instead. Right click them, select Properties, and you will see which folders are in the library. You can add and remove the one you like.

Not correct.

"My Pictures" *is* a folder.

This folder can be included into a Library.

The "My Pictures" folder can be put anywhere you want, *without* registry edits. You can instantly restore the default location, too.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:31:58 PM »

Not necessarily, with the ntfs file system there's a fool-proof dumb method to move folders anywhere else (like another partition) w/o the operating system noticing:

For example to move all Adobe Programs from C:\ to somewhere else first move the folder with explorer, than from an admin command prompt: junction "C:\Program Files\Adobe" "X:\Where\You\Moved\It\Adobe"

I'm using this method to free my system partition since I chose a too small size on installation and don't want to go trough the hassle and risk of re-partitioning on the fly.

You can use a 3rd party program to modify partitions: Mini Tool Partition Wizard

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:29:42 PM »
Now you tell me. Where where you a year ago when I needed this info, huh?

I was here :)

You can still do it after an install by "tricking" the OS during boot. Yes, there is a tutorial on it. It isn't easy.

I moved my User files by editing the registry, before any programs were installed.

Again, DO NOT move the "Public" Users folder. That will royally FUBAR file sharing.

Most of the stuff in this thread is well beyond the typical computer user. I would not attempt it without backing up what you have and while using a second computer to follow the instructions. If you mess up, be prepared to do a clean install.

Sure enough I did do something wrong, otherwise I'd be totally happy with the results. Do not follow my procedure, it fairly well stinks. That said, the goal I was after, had I achieved it, is delightful to work with, it worked great on 2K and XP.

You can move anything *except* the Users folders by right clicking on (example) the folder named "My Pictures">Properties>Location. If you have two Windows Explorer windows open, you can drag and drop. No need to do registry edits.

Here's some misunderstanding, I'll take my part of the blame for writing less than concisely, you can share some, unless of course I'm totally wrong.
Programs, by default Install to "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)", typically located on C:\, most always in a sub folder in Program Files.
Programs, once installed and running, by default, will then Save files created or modified by those programs to sub folders in My Documents.

Yes, you are mostly correct- a lack of specifics/clarity. You are usually able to specify the default save to location.

I have, in the past, used a Program Files installation location on other than the C:\ drive, seemed a clever thing at the time, long term there's no advantage I can see.
I now leave Program Files right in the root of C:\, exactly where Widows wants them.
Installing programs elsewhere keeps space available on the SSD. You should not fill the SSD to more than 75% capacity. There is no harm in installing programs onto another drive, as long as the software allows it during a "Custom" install. The problems start if you attempt to move an installed program elsewhere, later (yes, there is Steam Mover and registry edits and robocopy).

I do see many significant advantages to saving files I create to someplace other than C:\ such as a second drive. That's what I was after with My Documents on a second drive, should I have moved “User\me” instead?
No, you can move the entire "My Documents" folder to wherever you want it quite easily.

Either "drag and drop" or do it through the "properties" dialog.

When it is done properly, you will have the little icon next to the folder name.

Moving the "My Documents" folder is a piece of cake. Moving your User folder is much more difficult. If relocation of the "My XXX" or "Download" folders will give you the space you need, leaving the User folder alone is suggested. Do not move the User folder(s) unless you understand why someone would want to do it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 08:48:36 AM »
There is a tutorial on Seven Forums for the only correct way to set up a SSD + HDD and move the "User" folders off of the C: drive when the OS is installed.

Do not move the "Public" user folder.

Lots of *temp* files get saved in the User folder, and that is why people want to get it off of a SSD. Do your own research here.

All other folders (My Documents, My pictures, My Music, My Videos. My Downloads) can be easily relocated at any time to another HDD in W7, quickly and painlessly without registry edits or tricks during the OS install. You can install multiple HDD's and put "My Pictures" on a HDD all by itself if you want to. There are many places to find info on how to do this, including Seven Forums.

When the relocation is done properly, the folder locations will not be on the C: drive when you click "Properties" of the folder locations.

"tolusina" did something wrong, do not follow his/her advice. Programs do NOT save to "My Documents" by default. They save to a folder called "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)", typically located on C:. "x86" is the folder for 32 bit programs.

When you install a program, the dialog box will tell you the C: destination folder (Program Files with or without x86).

If you create folders labeled "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" on another HDD, you can install to that location- just look at the default C: drive folder chosen during install (but do not click install now yet) and then pick the same one on your other drive during a custom install. Not all programs will allow a "custom" install. Future updates will be automatically routed to the correct location. You can name the folders anything you want to, but sticking to established conventions makes it easier to find later.

Do not create these folders within another folder like "My Documents", put them on the root of the other HDD.

I would strongly suggest spending some time over here: before taking much of the computer advice you are given on this forum. The Tutorial section alone will cover questions that you have and the ones that come up later- including the slipstream install and partitioning.

As far as backups go, multiple HDD's does not make it any easier. If you lose the OS, you still lose all of the links to the program files stored elsewhere. You need backup images of all HDD's to do a restore.

However, places like the "My Pictures" folder on another HDD can be accessed by using the HDD as a giant jump drive on another computer, as long as the drive itself didn't fail.

There isn't a single BIOS on a motherboard made in the last 4-5 years that doesn't natively support USB mouse and keyboard natively (i.e. during POST).  The only situation where this would not be true is someone having disabled USB in the BIOS or a faulty device -- the latter of which would mean you weren't going to be doing anything anyway.  If the former is true, a simple reset will solve the problem.

The PS/2 port really just needs to be thrown on the techno trash heap with PCI, 15-pin VGA, and IDE to keep AGP, ISA, and IEEE 1284 ports company.

Well, I had problems with a USB keyboard working during POST, and nothing was disabled. Keyboard would not power up until after POST, and everything in BIOS was enabled to try and prevent the problem.

Internet searches to solve the problem led to others with similar issues.

It may not be common, but it does happen.

Yes, it could have been a keyboard compatibility issue. I didn't have another one to try out.


What are the advantages of a PS/2 port these days?

You'll know when you can't get into BIOS with a USB keyboard :)

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