Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Elliott Bay Pano

July 12th, 2008

Beacon Bay Pano

There is nothing better than starting off a post with a great panorama. This was shot down at Elliott Bay about 15 feet from Anthony’s Diner. Here is a photo from just three days before the I shot the pano.

Beacon Bay by shelbytwhite, on wanken

Who would’ve thought that audio could be used on a Digital SLR camera? The EOS-1d Mark II has a built in voice recorder. This could come in handy when needing to remember names or locations of people or photos and also for blogging how well it works.

canon 1d mark II

EOS-1d Mark II

July 2nd, 2008

I recently bought a Canon 1d Mark II. I’m really enjoying the camera and have been using it often. I do wish it had a larger screen though.

iPhone 3G is Official

June 9th, 2008

Today has been the day of WWDC. The talk has been about the 3g iPhone for months now and it was just announced just 15 minutes ago. The 8gb version will be available for just $199 and a 16gb version for $299. The 16gb version will also be in white and to be available July 11th.

Lots of cool new applications being made for the iPhone–the guys at Apple talked about them quite a bit today. On top of all of this, there was talk about an update to Leopard called, Snow Leopard…we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out after lunch.

Things that have been added to the iPhone:
-3G (Much faster than the EDGE network)
-Much more talk time and standby at 300hours
-New Apps

For more details check out and

Here are some pictures from WWDC this morning:

iphone 3G

iphone 3G

ColorSync Calibration

April 5th, 2008

ColorSync is a great thing to have built into an OS. The first time that I ever tried to calibrate my monitors using this App, I failed miserably and had to borrow an Eye-One system from Dave. I definitely succeeded this time around and have a few charts to show the difference.

wanken shelby white

Take note that there is a large difference in brightness/contrast of objects on white backgrounds. The monitor had a tendency to over comphensate the brightness and would result in blow outs. I noticed this largely when opening Safari or Firefox.

wanken shelby white

Part of the reason that these monitors were largely off calibre was because of my recent reformat of the Mac Pro Quad workstation. Things had been running a little slow and the main drive was getting congested. There is bound to be a full network format here in the next week as well as the addition of a Time Capsule. It never hurts to make sure all machines are up-to-date and running full speed.

If you’re interested in using this method of Calibration, just remember these few things:

1. Make sure you sit back at least 2.5-3 feet from your monitor (depending on how large it is).
2. Set your Brightness control to 100%.
3. It won’t be a perfect calibration. I’d still recommend getting a Calibration device such as EyeOne.

EyeOne can be purchased online at X-Rite.

Canon Service Center & Photos

March 6th, 2008

Looking at Downtown


Bridge Portrait

On other news, my 50mm f/1.4 USM is being repaired at Canon in Irvine, CA. I lent the lens out and it ended up getting in an accident. Everything should be fine with it and I’ll have it back in about 2 weeks. Speaking of technology, I’m looking at getting a Time Capsule from Apple. I’m also trying to find out more information on the Time Capsule w/built in 802.11n Base Station.

Leopard OSX Unavailable at UW Apple Store on release date

November 7th, 2007

Apparently, the University Village Apple Store in Seattle, was the only Apple store in the nation to be closed for OSX Leopards premier release…

Today started off as a great day all because Apple’s noted release of OSX Leopard was to be 6PM. After rounding up a friend of mine, we took off to find the Apple store for the first time. Part of my built-up anticipation was not only to adventure to the Apple store, but also to experience the thrill of waiting in line for hours…and of course to get a free t-shirt. After walking around 2 miles (trying to find the right street), trying to catch the right bus and then driving for 15 minutes in traffic, we finally get to the store to find an unpleasant surprise. Here’s a photo:

At first glance, without actually reading, I thought it read something like, “We will be closed from 4-6PM to get ready for the Leopard release.” I quickly was informed that the sign actually read that they were closed from October 22nd till November 2nd to renovate the building.

Am I the only one that thinks that this was probably the worse time, if any, to rebuild this building? The University Village Apple Store is one of Seattle’s main stores and would have had one of the largest crowds in the Northwest that would’ve purchased products on this day.

Here is another photo with a wider view:

Update: I finally got ahold of a copy of Leopard from the University Bookstore for $69 for a single version. It was more worth my money to buy a single version and have my own disc instead of purchasing the family pack and just receiving one disc. I will most likely post a screen shot when Leopard is finished installing.

Apple on Steroids

April 4th, 2007

Apple releases 8-core

This is the first post on the new blog and it is a good one. Today Apple unveiled a new 8-core Mac Pro. According to Apple, at 3.0GHz, the quad-core Mac Pro runs up to 2x faster than the G5 Quad. If this isn’t the fastest and most reliable machine out there, then I don’t know what is. In addition to this release there was a price drop on Cinema displays and a release of the Adobe CS3 Suite native to the Intel-chip.

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