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Re: Getting around the firewire problem was Re: filmscanners: Best film scanner, period!!!
You're overlooking the most important part. Hardware upgrade isn't the
expensive part--software upgrade is what costs all the time and money, and
sometimes it isn't even possible at all. Just Quark XPress alone costs $2300,
and it requires a dongle. I would have to migrate about 100 applications, plus
various aspects of my working environment (such as 1800 Type 1 fonts, for
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Greenbank" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2001 14:32
Subject: Re: Getting around the firewire problem was Re: filmscanners: Best film
> Just like to add - get a pair of 100Mbit LAN cards with twisted pair
> cross-over - it will take ages to transfer TIF files by any other means. I
> would move the PS to the new machine as this is generally slow to process
> large TIF files even on my 900Mhz Athlon.
> Pack the new machine with ram (1GB) - it's cheap at the moment. Most video
> cards are pretty good today even the cheap ones.
> If you fancy saving some money and space use only 1 monitor (your current
> one) by using a switch to swap between machines. Some switch boxes allow you
> to connect 2 computers to one monitor,a keyboard and a mouse - although they
> need high quality switching as the mouse and keyboard should not normally be
> (dis)/connected whilst the machine is running.
> I am currently using 2 machines with one monitor one via BNC and via the
> d-sub cable (2 keyboards and mice). One machine is stitching panoramas
> whilst I do other tasks on the other machine.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rob Geraghty" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2001 12:43 PM
> Subject: Getting around the firewire problem was Re: filmscanners: Best film
> scanner, period!!!
> > "Anthony Atkielski" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > I've considered it--but how would I get the pictures back and forth
> > between the
> > > two machines? I'd need to buy a router, at the very least, so add a few
> > hundred
> > > more dollars.
> > Huh? Where did you get that idea? Worst case scenario you could use
> > cable
> > networking with a laplink cable for about $20. If you have LAN cards with
> > twisted
> > pair connectors you can use a crossover ethernet cable. If you have coax
> > cards then
> > it's two T-pieces, two terminators and a piece of cable. If you have USB
> > you could
> > do it with a USB cable. All the networking is built into Windows
> > *depending* on which
> > version you're running. If it's NT 4.0 then you're out of luck with USB.
> > If you
> > have NT 4.0 and want to use a laplink cable, check out KB article Q142065.
> > I don't think you can use a parallel port laplink cable with NT 4.0, but
> > may be
> > possible to buy a parallel port to ethernet adapter with NT drivers.
> > > And the machine would need at least 512 MB of memory in order to
> > > hold the scans, so add a few hundred more. And I'd need a second copy
> > > Photoshop, and a second top-quality monitor and video board, so add
> > another
> > > $2000 or so. We are already into thousands of dollars just for this one
> > chance,
> > > and I'm not even counting the scanner!
> > RAM is about US$40 for 256MB in Australia so I can't imagine it would be
> > expensive in France. Actually you don't need all that RAM to do scans,
> > to edit them. Why do you need Photoshop and a top quality monitor?
> > AFAIK Vuescan supports the LS4000 so you could dump raw scans from it
> > and port them across to the NT box. If you must use Nikonscan, then you
> > have a problem but you might be able to get a switch for your existing
> > monitor.
> > As I mentioned earlier, if you put a CDRW drive in the new computer you
> > could write the raw scans to CDR and use sneakernet to put them on the NT
> > machine to crop them and edit them. A CDRW drive with burnproof can be
> > had here for about US$110.
> > Or you could buy a Polaroid SS4000 which uses SCSI and you wouldn't have
> > a problem - just no ICE...
> > Rob