Actually I’ve been back since Sunday morning but hadn’t had the time to blog until this morning. The minute I got back to work this Monday, I was immediately swamped with crap from all over the world. Obviously these brainless twits either don’t read emails or are complete imbecile. The idea of them not reading email is scarier though as it would means they don’t care what they are told instead of not being able to understand at all.
I haven’t uploaded my pics yet because
- I haven’t had them developed (they are all slides). I did try to get them developed in Japan but they now run on some batch processing schedule system and would have only been done by the 9th. Long after I have returned to Malaysia, so now I have to use plan B. More about that once it’s done
- As for the digital shots, I shot using RAW + JPEG on my Nikon D600 but when I tried to load the RAW files into lightroom 3, it didn’t recognized the files. A search on google revealed that Adobe is not be supporting lightroom 3 anymore now that they have lightroom 4 as a result, the Nikon D600 RAW format support was not added into lightroom 3 which came out late last year. Although they do offer some level of support using their Adobe DNG converter that converts any RAW into DNG instead. Thus allowing any photo management software to read and manipulate the file.
I still haven’t looked through the converter yet as I’m thinking on whether or not to plonk down the money and just get lightroom 4 but the hassle of upgrading is actually harder than upgrading windows as it seems Adobe graduated at the top of the class (with Microsoft at the sametime) for “How to make it as hard for customer using your product” school of thought.
But enough about that, how was the operation to Japan this time? It was damn swell! Got to try out Christmas and New year in Japan! And the anime events! More about those later once I get the converter up and running.
Let’s go straight to the main points of today, Cosplay, Cosplay and MORE cosplay! Yesterday, I already attended all the events I wanted! So now today is just getting loot from the exhibits as well as focus on the cosplays!! And boy I was not disappointed!
Finally found the time to do anything personal! My imac had been repaired a week ago but work was still very heavy and any free time I had was spent making changes to the way I stored data on my imac. You see, like everyone, I had stored all my data all over the place on my imac and when it it developed some problem I had to bring it back to the apple shop. This posed a number of problems, because I didn’t want the apple staff or anyone else going through my personal data so I copied all the data from my imac to an external harddisk and the deleted them from the imac.
Once I got the imac back, I decided to centralized all my data into a truecrypt drive making backup and security very easy, if I want to backup my data, I simply copied the truecrypt container along with all my data in one step, instead of looking for them all over (in docs, in photos, and etc). This also has the main benefit of ensuring that even if my computer were stolen, they couldn’t get to any of my personal info because it would be encrypted. This truecrypt archive is mounted at all times and programmed it in such a way that whenever the imac rebooted, it would ask for the password in order to mount the truecrypt container. So if they would to steal my computer, they would need to unplug hence shutting it down and unmounting the container file. Though had this been a notebook, then I would have a problem with them just stealing the notebook and being able to access all my data since the truecrypt file would still be mounted.
This took a while to setup since I needed to reroute all path for programs into the truecrypt container instead. Hence why I haven’t made any updates even after getting back my imac as I was busy setting it up and ensuring it worked properly, this is especially true with rerouting all my folder locations for lightroom which was a pain in the ass to do correctly.
Now I am just working on editing the photos and etc. So yeah! This is one hell of a backlog >_<
UPDATE: I soon found out later that OS X has it’s owm built-in encrypt folder function called FileVault. It encrypts your home folder with your user password and its completely transparent. Also, if you’re apple computer goes to sleep, it will automatically lock it so anyone who steals it won’t be able to get the data even if they extracted the hard disk and use it on another computer or try to mount it as an external because the home folder is encrypted and decryption is handled in memory (*this of course has its own problems but unless you’re guarding top secret info, it will serve most conventional purposes).
So the point of the lesson? Explore your OS’s built in security else you might end up recreating the wheel again. Though FileVault has it’s drawback, it only encrypts the home folder and you cannot select the level of encryption but encryption and decryption is done seamlessly with only a small performance penalty but it’s the perfect solution for apple notebooks! Another advantage of FileVault over truecrypt is you don’t have to worry about space usage since FileVault is actually a sparse disk image that can grow and shrink. Although I think I’ll continue to use truecrypt for my imac since it’s already set up.
Just to let people know that I’ve added 2 new pages. One holds all the links to everything I have reviewed so far(film, camera gear and PVC figures) and another holds all the links to my previous photography vacations making it easy for people to look up details without having to search for it (a lot of people have been complaining that it was hard to read the story chronologically)
In case you still can’t find the page, here they are