RAM

How much RAM is enough? the more the merrier.

Two weeks ago I upgraded my RAM from 1GB to 2GB.
Cost? Around 104,000 won (@US $104)
Was it worth it? The answer is yes,
Before when I was swapping between large applications the system would hang for a second or two. That is now gone.
I can have Photoshop CS2, Dreamweaver, Word, and Opera open and swap between them with ease.
So it looks like 2GB is the perfect amount of memory for a heavy user. I wonder how Windows Vista will handle 2GB ?
It is a 64 bit operating system designed to run on modern hardware so it should use if well, but it is a hudge beast. Only time will tell.

Online shops to process Digital Photos in Australia

The Melbourne Age had an article on online photo printing services. I think I will use one of these to print my digital photos and send them to mum.

1. AgfaPhoto (www.agfaphoto.com.au)

Print quality: Acceptable

Cost per print: 45c (plus $3 delivery)

Delivery time: Five working days

Two methods of uploading files are offered, either directly through an online form or indirectly via downloadable “client” software. We chose the former method. The three images were uploaded smoothly, however, when it came to choosing the method of delivery (pick-up from a retail store or by post) it became very confusing. It took a phone call to Agfa’s head office in Victoria to sort out, where we struck a very helpful if slightly confused tech (“How did you get my number?”). After that it was plan sailing.

2. Fujicolour (www.fujicolor.com.au)

Print quality: Good

Cost per print: 49c (plus $2.50 delivery)

Delivery time: Four working days

“Get real photos by simply uploading your digital images,” promised the Fuji site, however, the uploading process was anything but simple. Cumbersome and problematic would be nearer the truth. Halfway through uploading our files the site simply froze and when we initially returned was unavailable. Finally, after waiting about an hour we were able to get back into the site and this time the process was painless.

3. Megapixels (www.megapixels.com.au)

Print quality: Outstanding

Cost per print: 19c (plus $3.95 delivery)

Delivery time: Three working days

As well as uploading files via its website, Mexapixels allows you to email your images and even to post your memory card, which is returned along with your prints. We chose to upload our files, a process that was pleasantly glitch-free. One gripe, however, was that the “free” trial print of five images came with a hefty postage cost of $3.95. Call us old-fashioned, but $3.95 isn’t free!

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