Exposureplot: Create EXIF photo statistics of your photos

With Exposureplot (Freeware) you get statistics about your photo collection. Exposureplot reads the focal length, aperture, ISO and shutter speed from your photos and shows a statistics for each masurement.

What I learnt about my photos (stats for the 9.700 “selected” photos from 2006)

  • ISO Settings
    • 40% were taken at ISO 50/100
    • 18% at ISO 200
    • 15% at ISO 400
    • 10% at ISO 800
    • 8% at ISO 1600
  • Apertures
    • 25% had an aperture of f/2.8 (due to my favorite lens (Nikkor AF-S 17-55 f/2.8) and that’s also the largest aperture of the Canon S70)
  • Focal Lengths (calculated for 35mm equivalents)
    • 42% had a focal range between 18mm and 28mm
    • 25% between 32mm and 64mm
    • 25% had 80mm (the long end of the 17-55)
    • 9% with 128mm (the 85mm/f1.8)
    • 3% with 184mm
  • Shutter Speeds
    • Most used speed is 1/30s (10%), followed by 1/60s and 1/40s
    • 22% of the exposure times are between 1/10s and 1/30s
    • Some 55% of all photos have exposure times between 1/10s and 1/100s (combined with f/2.8 and higher ISO settings these look like the usual values for a photographer that favours available light over dead-flashed situations 🙂 )

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    Click to zoom into the statistics

QT TabBar: Gives you Tabs on Windows Explorer (like IE7 and Firefox)

QT TabBar allows you to operates files and folders like tab browser folder grouping, histories, and etc.

And you can create groups of folders that can be recalled/bookmarked for later use. VERY handsome if you have gotten accustomed to tabs in your web browser!

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Click to zoom in

Runs on XP and Vista (.NET Framework 2 is required)

Picnik: The World’s Best Online Photo Editor Yet

Picasa was yesterday. Picnik is today. 🙂 Well, seriously, you still need Picasa for working with your photos on the harddisk, but for your online life Picnik is an exciting alternative. An technically impressive flash and ajax conglomerate, really worth to check it out!

PhotoJoJo says (although the comparison to PhotoShop maybe just a bit exaggerated):

Crop, rotate, resize, one-click fix, color adjustments, sharpening, saturation, even histograms. 95% of the stuff you’d do in Photoshop, you can do in Picnik more easily. Grab photos straight from your Flickr (and replace them with edited versions), from your computer, or the web; send your edited photos to your blog, to email, photo sharing sites, make a nifty slideshow, or even have them printed.

Check out Picnik.

sIFR: Using Truetype Fonts in Web Pages

With sIFR you can use custom fonts in your webpages (at least for headings and small text portions of the page).

Quote:

sIFR is meant to replace short passages of plain browser text with text rendered in your typeface of choice, regardless of whether or not your users have that font installed on their systems.

The sIFR Wiki explains how to use it.

Installing Aptana IDE on Vista

The current installer of web developer IDE Aptana does not work on Vista without tweaking. You must right-click the installer EXE, choose “Compatibility Mode”, Choose “Windows XP” and click ok. Again right click it an choose “run as administrator”. Now it works.

After installation do the same with the shortcut that starts Aptana (choose “compatible with XP” and “Run as admin” in the shortcut’s properties).

Source: http://www.aptana.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=3011

Google reports findings about disk drive failures from their flock of 100.000 drives

Some engineers of google have published a study entitled “Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population” showing the results of an analysis of over 100,000 drives which had been in use at one of the numerous google data centers. Although they state that drives of certain manufacturers are more prone to fail than others, they don’t say any names.

The study’s key findings are:

  • very little correlation between failurerates and either elevated temperature or activity levels
  • Some SMART parameters have a large impact on failure probability
  • Failure predition based on SMART parameters alone are unlikely to be useful

“Invalid Virtual Machine Error” when opening VMWare machines on a VMServer hosted on 64 bit Windows x64

On our new server running Windows 2003 Server R2 x64 and VMWare Server V1.01 we always got the message “Invalid Virtual Machine Error” when we tried to open any virtual machine (created by another system) in the VMWare Console after copying it to the new server.

After googeling the issue this thread gave me the right idea:

If you’re using [VMWare Server Console] in local mode, switch to remote mode with a valid Admin-level login and try again.

I simply closed the Console, restarted it and entered my credentials instead of choosing “local mode”. Voilà, now it works!