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Re: Getting around the firewire problem was Re: filmscanners: Best film scanner, period!!!



I'm suggesting you move a few slower applications to the new machine and
leave the others where they are and use 100Mbit network between the 2
machines to transfer the data. The hardware to perform this is <$50.

eg. PS as 4000dpi scans take a long time to process - I hate to think how
much time it takes on a 200Mhz Pentium Pro. (It irritates me on Athlon 900
with 512MB PC133)

Since it soumds like you have a decent monitor I expect it has both BNC and
D-Sub connector so you could skip the monitor or better still get a 15 inch
monitor and a dual head Matrox graphics card. You can put all your palletes
on the 15inch monitor and use your decent one solely for the image.

I am sure you can pick up 1GHz+ machine with 1GB of memory for less than
$1000 (I'm in the UK so I'm guessing a bit) that will save you much more
time sitting waiting for PS than it takes to install the program. Whilst you
will be a victim of the manufacturers upgrade policy you wait far less time
everytime you do any PS operation - except perhaps open/write where 7200rpm
disks help as do  IDE Raid solutions (striped SCSI raid better but costs a
fortune).

Steve
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anthony Atkielski" <atkielski.anthony@wanadoo.fr>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2001 4:04 PM
Subject: 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
> example).
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Steve Greenbank" <steve@gccl.fsbusiness.co.uk>
> To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
> Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2001 14:32
> Subject: Re: Getting around the firewire problem was Re: filmscanners:
Best film
> scanner, period!!!
>
>
> > 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.
> >
> > Steve
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Rob Geraghty" <harper@wordweb.com>
> > To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
> > Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2001 12:43 PM
> > Subject: Getting around the firewire problem was Re: filmscanners: Best
film
> > scanner, period!!!
> >
> >
> > > "Anthony Atkielski" <atkielski.anthony@wanadoo.fr> 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
> > direct
> > > 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
> > it
> > > 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
> > of
> > > > 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
> > so
> > > expensive in France.  Actually you don't need all that RAM to do
scans,
> > only
> > > 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
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
>
>




 




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