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    Photography, Railroads, Ham Radio, Computer Tech, Guitar and Mandolin
  1. Welcome to the world of computer representation of rational numbers. Rounding will always take place somewhere. Here you see a 0.00000278% error. This topic of numerical representation was an active topic of discussion in computer languages, programming, and scientific calculations in my student days in the early 1970's. The answer to the problem was always, "what amount of error no longer makes a difference in the result for practical purposes?" To think of it another way, a 360 degree circle is an ideal that is approximated to any degree of precision. The more like the ideal, the more time and expense involved. A more precise measuring instrument is more expensive. Very few of us have need of a micrometer for everyday use around the house, but someone wanting to track paper thickness would certainly have one. There's nothing to see here, move along.
  2. Oh my, things haven't changed much since my Usenet news use in the mid-1980's. The same words of wisdom apply—don't feed the trolls.
  3. Hmm, I think the more interesting impact is that they are so unlike what I see on the multiple pages of Logos/Icons I scan through, that Affinity apps will be spotted easily. The subtle context for each Logo's function makes sense, even if it took a pause to figure this out. For me the functionality works and I don't worry so much about the beauty of the thing, but then functionality is a kind of beauty. I wonder how Raymond Lowey would have approached it? —Joseph
  4. HenrikM, thanks for your post. I had not noticed the Export to Application feature in DxO. Very nice! I assume you are exporting jpegs since your are processing the RAW files in DxO. Are there any settings on the options panel that work better than other settings for doing this export. I have something new to play with now! Cheers, Joseph
  5. I have been using GNU/Linux since version 0.99 on DOS based hardware. I am very comfortable with the FOSS logic and goals. I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with a tone I am picking up that keeps asking the same question when the answer is no from a company. Possible solutions to the answer of no: Pool resources and buy control of the company—make it yours. Pool resources and start a new company to create the product your way. Join a FOSS project and help it create a product that meets your expectations. Create a new FOSS project that will create the product of your dreams. If able, roll your own software and be in total control. I am an old guy thinking old ways: Don't keep banging against a brick wall expecting to change the wall. Work around the wall, be clever, create attractive ideas. Make your ideas so attractive that those behind the wall will come out and join you. Please stop shouting at the wall—the wall will not respond. I feel better now, thank you for the space to vent my frustration, Solly
  6. So, the key appears to be ACR used by both Lightroom and Photoshop. Is the develop persona going to become as useful as ACR in the future? Inquiring minds want to know.
  7. I purchased my first personal computer system in 1983 based on the following: 1. What specific needs did I have? 2. What software best addressed those needs in the way I wanted to work? 3.What equipment would function in a comfortable way for me (screen and keyboard in this case— Osborne vs. Kaypro) 4. By this time the operating system had been determined. In 1983 I chose a Kaypro II system. Over the years I have chosen software and systems based on CP/M, DOS, Windows, Xenix, BSD, Linux, webOS, Android, iOS, and macOS. The OS is the last consideration when addressing getting the work out. For curiosity, the order is different—I may even start with choosing an OS to try, but I won't expect it to meet my work needs. Just a point of view from an old guy who started with computers in the mid 1960's with FORTRAN IV on a GE-215 computer.
  8. My employer provided a laptop computer for work done while on site and professional work off site, even at home. All non-work required computer tasks were done on my personal equipment. I purchased (owned) and controlled the software on my personal computer. The employer/company owned the work computer and the software on the work computer. Licensing on the work computer was controlled by the assigned member of the IT staff. Yes, two seats and two copies of the same software were required. It was very easy to turn in the company laptop when I retired, since there was no mixing of purposes or software on either computer. That computer turnover was smooth—the IT staff was grateful—all records and software inventory were in order. This is all part of being a professional.
  9. Oh my. I guess most of the members of this forum have not experienced the era of fees required of each user on each workstation. Indeed, if one worked on two workstations of the same OS, it was two different licenses. The same three people working on three workstations required nine licenses! A big advance came with the hardware lock—a device that plugged into the parallel port that allowed access to the program. Now three users still needed three such locks, but the lock could be carried from workstation to workstation. Oh, if the lock were lost, one was required to repurchase the program at full price. Then there was the UNIX licensing daemon that required constant feeding every few months as subscriptions expired and required reactivation—those codes were very long and complicated. Those were sure great times. ;-) I am delighted with Serif's exceedingly reasonable pricing policy! Cheers, Joseph
  10. Thank you, Sir! another Chatsworth House animated lion to brighten my morning on this side of the pond. Cheers.
  11. Please sir, I want some more talking lions! Watching this was a great start to my day—thank you for doing this project. ;-)
  12. Thank you for sharing your work and thoughts. You and Kodiak are inspiring!
  13. Fascinating! Thank you for sharing, for I am learning by studying your work and reading your thoughts on your own work and the work of others. I now search the forums for anything you and Aeros4 post because these posts are always of such high quality and match my photographic interests.
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