Using netbook as a photo-storage
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Tue Oct 6 04:38:47 EDT 2009
My photo shop next door is selling off their Jobo stock at 50%+
discounts. I have no idea if that is cheap relative to the bay etc.
but just FYI
2009/10/6 AlunFoto <alunfoto at gmail.com>:
> Thanks for the report, Igor!
> On a similar line, I have tried for a while to sell my Jobo GIGAvu Pro
> Evolution (40 Gb), but got no offers. So I ended up playing with it
> instead. I replaced the disk with a 320 Gb equivalent, and it works
> like a breeze. A 320 Gb disk sold in bulk doesn't cost much these
> days, and the unit can already display DNG files.
> Maybe something to think of for other Jobo owners, while IDE disks are
> still available new :-).
> 2009/10/5 Igor Roshchin <str at komkon.org>:
>> Hi All,
>> A netbook that costs ~$300-$400 and typically has a 160 GB HDD
>> and an SD (and it looks like they are HCSD, at least the one
>> in Toshiba Mini) -
>> can be used as a photo-storage device.
>> A while ago, I was throughing in this idea, and somebody
>> suggested that I should test it. Well, now I am back with the report.
>> This has been tested with a vanila Toshiba Mini, WinXP Home,
>> 1GB RAM, stock 5400 rpm 160 HDD, and the latest LR.
>> I first copied RAW files (DNG) from the card to the HDD, and
>> then exported them into the LR. This worked just fine,
>> as long as I didn't ask to have the full-size previews.
>> Creating full-size previews was _painfully_ slow, so I had to
>> interrupt it and disable it for the future.
>> Clicking on the image to see a full-screen preview results in
>> some ~1-3 second delay.
>> Also, - the LR panels are not well suited for using with a typical
>> netbook 1024x600 display (the height is the biggest problem), -
>> so the solution was to "minimize" the preview panel at the top
>> left, - otherwise I couldn't get to the folders because LR doesn't
>> scroll the panels.
>> (That's something for Adobe to think about.)
>> Overall, - a typical $300-$400 netbook is a suitable solution for
>> storing, checking and even selectively
>> posting some screenshots - but do not expect to do any
>> heaving processing. I haven't tried generating web-galleries, -
>> I'd assume that would take some considerable time because just
>> exporting screen-size (600x800) JPEGs (from full size 12MP JPEGs)
>> was taking considerable time (if I very roughly estimated, -
>> no more than ~5-7 images per minute).
>> The only thing that such a PSD doesn't do, compared, say to my
>> HyperDrive, - it doesn't check correctness of copying the files.
>> Over the past ~8-9 years of using digital cameras, I only encountered
>> some file-related errors once or twice.
>> so it may not be as important.
>> But definitely, having "a peace of mind" is better than to have
>> "a pissed-off mind" later.
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