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Re: filmscanners: Nikon film flatness (was Glass slide mounts)

Nikon is wrong. This is simply not the case with Windows NT/2K/XP, which all
evolved from the same core. Software can benefit from being optimized for
multiprocessors, but optimization is not necessary unless the software
vendor is using non standard calls into the OS. The hardware abstraction
layer will make the number of processors transparent to any application. The
extent to which optimization is needed, and the nature of the optimization
is in the area of threading. The more threads an application has, the
greater the performance increase additional processors will be observed. It
sounds like Nikon is not observing published API calls, probably in the area
of memory management, which is a  shame, because NT really does handle these
things quite well, especially in latest versions (e.g. NT4 SP6, Win2K and
presumably XP). The Mac OS (at least prior to version X, and maybe that,
too) *do* specifically need custom versions of an application in order to
take advantage of multiple processors.

If Nikon want to take a weasely way out by saying that it isn't specifically
stated as supporting any given hardware, then they are, in my opinion,
obligated to list the specific hardware it is *only* certified to work on,
or else offer extremely wide latitude for returns due to unsupported, but
not documented as such, hardware incompatibilities.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Shunith Dutt" <shunith@vsnl.com>

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Svante Kleist" <svante+filmscanners@nemesis.se>

> >
> > Supposedly, Nikon Scan 3.1.1 is round the corner.
> >
> > I can't imagine that Nikon would risk their reputation
> > by _not_ solving the MP / Win2000 crashes.
> > (Are you reading this Nikon? How could you release
> > such a pile of crap as 3.1 ?)
> Doubt it... there were a couple of links i've stumbled across in searches
> and definitely Nikon has no plans to solve this problem...
> http://www.mail-archive.com/filmscanners@halftone.co.uk/msg14230.html
> To quote from the above link... which, incidentally, is this very one! :
> "It is known by Nikon that there are problems with Dual Processor PC's,
> both
> Windows and Mac.  Although the Product Brochures do not specifically say
> the 2CPU machines will not work, neither do they say it does.  Dual
> Processors are good but only for applications that are designed for them
> like Photoshop.  Ours is not and probably will not be for the foreseeable
> future...."
> The effing nerve....

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