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Fireworks time again!!

It is that time of the year again for fireworks!!

For those of you in Chester County PA area, here is a guide to local events that my friends of at County Line Magazine put together!

Where to Find Fireworks? (PDF)

My fellow photographer friend, Dan Potter, also put together a nice list of do’s and don’t when photographing fireworks!

I do take issue with his Bulb settings (#2) comment.

Looking back into my collection…

  • Canonet (circa late 1960s) – B on the Lens
  • AE-1 (circa early 1980s) –  B on the Dial
  • F-1 (circa mid 1980s) – B on the Dial
  • PowerShot A70 (circa early 2000s) – M on the Dial
  • PowerShot SX130 (circa early 2010s) – M on the Dial
  • Rebel XTi (circa 2007) – M on the Dial
  • Rebel T5i (circa 2014) – M on the Dial

What my data suggests, that you might be referring to an older analog film based camera, and if memory serves me correctly, Nikon did the SAME THING on their line during that time!

In both cases (Canon vs Nikon), it was the nature of analog film cameras to have the Speeds on the Upper Dial and the Aperture on the Lens itself.

These days, both are done via the various digital modes, one being (M)anual.

Dan also makes a good point to “know your location” and to be able to “adjust quickly”. (#4)

In the various years that I have photographed the Good Neighbor Fireworks, their launch area does seem to be a moving target from year to year!

In any case, enjoy the tips and have a GREAT 4th of July Weekend!!

- Andrew
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Flickr + CraigsList = Dilemma

Japanese Maple (Fall) - 11/21/2007
Japanese Maple (Fall) – 11/21/2007

Not sure how many folks have run into this, but I was kind of curious to see what folks think on this subject.

As many of my followers and readers know, I maintain a Flickr account for my photographic work, and may remember that I have a big interest in Japanese maples, to which there are several images in my photostream.

Users of Flickr know that they can track various metrics on their images within their account, and over time you begin to see a trend of where your viewers are coming from.

Over the past couple of months, I began to see a Refer coming from, and one day, I decided to trackback original link, and see what is was being used for, and in doing so,  I found a Craigslist User linking to one of my images on Flickr,  who was selling Japanese maples in Seattle area.

This kept up for several days, and I actually e-mailed the user, on June 13th,

First eMail to CraigsList User
First email to CraigsList User

in which I do express my hope that my images are helping in their effort of selling more Japanese Maples.

During the next couple of week, I continued to notice some more views, but after a while, they went back to near zero.

Today, while checking my Flickr account numbers, I noticed the Referrers link again…

CraigsList Flickr Referrers #2
CraigsList Flickr Referrers #2

and tracked it back again…

CraigsList User Posting #2
CraigsList User Posting #2

In the mean time, I have gotten no word from the CraigsList User at all.

With all this being said, my questions are this…

1) Am I going overboard?

– This CraigsList User is showing my Flickr Link clearly, but at the same time, there is no further acknowledgement, reference, permission or Thank you.

2) Should I be asking for compensation?

– It appears that this User might be making some money, since this is their Second advertisement on CraigsList.

3) What level of compensation?

– We all know, today’s economics are bad, and everyone is trying to make a money, but what is “Fair” these days? and on something like this?

4) What should be my next step?

– Well, I have kind of “outed” them with this Post, but considering that “their” true identity is still hidden…

Please let me know your thoughts…

– Andrew
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Windows Boot Sequence

  1. Turn on your computer;
  2. The Computer initiates a POST (Power On Self Test) for devices that have a BIOS (Basic Input/Output System);
    • Test the memory & various Subsystems
      • Examples: AGP and Network cards
  3. BIOS then attempts to find the MBR (Master Boot Record)
    • A 512-byte sector (LBA 0 or HD0)
  4. If successful, the Windows OS takes Control, and looks for NTLDR(Boot Loader for Windows NT based OSes)
    1. In Vista and Server 2008, this has been replaced with:
    2. NTLDRallows:
      1. Memory Addressing
      2. Initiates the File System
      3. Reads boot.ini
    3. NTLDRhas to be at the ROOT of an active partition to detect:
      2. BOOT.INI
      3. BOOTSECT.DOS (needed for multi-OS installs)
      4. NTBOOTDD.SYS(need for SCSI adapters)
        • Only used if:
          • Boot Drive is SCSI;
          • Not using real-mode INT 0x13;
        • Then a copy of the SCSI miniport driver is loaded for Windows to run
      5. Troubleshooting:
  5. If XP is selected in the Boot Menu, NTLDRruns:
      • Gathers basic information from hardware BIOs
    2. BOOT.INI
    4. The systems starts in 16-bit real mode, and then moves into 32-bit protected mode
    5. It is possible to select F8 for Additional Boot Modes (Safe Mode, Last Known Good Configuration, etc.)
  6. NTLDR then loads NTOSKRNL.EXE and HAL.DLL
    1. Located at: %SystemRoot%System32
    2. Additional files/locations loaded:
      1. kdcom.dll (Kernel Debugger HW)
      2. bootvid.dll (Windows Logo & Side-Scrolling bar)
  7. NTLDRreads the Registry for the following information:
    1. Hardware Profile
    2. Authorized Device Drivers
    3. And needs to be in the Exact Order
  8. “Session Manager” is then started
    1. Smss.exe starts Autochk
      1. Mounts all drives
      2. Checks drives for a Clean shutdown state
    2. Starts win32k.sys for the Graphical User Interface (GUI) interface
    3. Starts csrss.exe (Client/Server Runtime Subsystem)
      1. User-Mode Applications
    4. Creates Virtual Memory/Paging file
      1. HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management
  9. NTOSKRNL.EXE takes control and starts WINLOGON.EXE which in turn starts LSASS.EXE
    1. LSASS.EXE (Local Security Authority Subsystem Service) provides the Logon screen

– Andrew
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