My Samsung CLP-680ND Color Laser Printer suddenly reported a low color toner alert, and it brought the whole printer down--I was unable to print even black & white prints using the black toner. To keep the printer working even when toner is low, disable the "TonerLow Alert" by going to (Menu) > System Setup > Maintenance > TonerLow Alert on the control panel…Read More
I've really been enjoying using my Surface Book 2, but it's Adobe Creative Cloud performance has been terrible. In Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder, hardware acceleration (GPU) options were all disabled, which means that doing things like encoding video were being done on the CPU. My 15" Surface Book 2 has two GPUs: an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 adapter, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. It seemed to me that Adobe products were defaulting to the Intel driver, which isn't able to be selected for hardware acceleration.Read More
Pro tip: Scrolling from the mobile keyboard in iOS and Android makes it easy to precisely position the cursor.
In iOS, one can move left, right, up and down, but in Android, only left and right movements work.
Although Oculus Rift's newest updates allow the installation of game and content data on a drive of your choice, your existing data can't easily be moved. I found this article that describes how to do it, but I found that my folder locations were different, and I had to change the order of its instructions in order to succeed. If you're willing to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10 (a command prompt that has administrator privileges), you can do this pretty easily using the following steps...Read More
I've survived the first couple months of transition from a Mac-based workstation to a Windows-based one (still using a MacBook Pro as my main "life" computer, though). The NVIDIA GPU has been required for a lot of the work I'm doing in 360 and VR. The new machine features an overclocked 10-core i7 CPU and Titan X GPU, so it's very fast. But I was not so happy to see Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 only using from 50-75% of my CPU. I seem to remember that AME used a higher % of available CPU resources on the Mac, but haven't done direct comparisons.
If Premiere Pro is playing clips back too quickly, check your Audio Hardware settings. If I set my Default audio input to "Microphone (Rift Audio)" (I have an Oculus Rift connected), playback is about twice too fast, and I can't get play it at normal speed. If I set Default Input back to "No Input", playback returns to 1x real time.
I hate this stuff.
Tonight I learned how to make a shortcut to a folder on a NAS box in Windows. Happy Christmas Eve!
mklink /d "c:\Users\echeng\Desktop\picturesnas" "\\freenas\medianas\pictures"
... will put a folder called "picturesnas" on my Desktop that points to the "pictures" folder in the "medianas" share on my FreeNAS box. I'm frankly incredulous that you can't just make shortcuts of this stuff from the normal user interface. I assume "ln-s" would also work in Windows Bash shell, but Windows-mounted network shares don't show up in bash, and I'd have to mount them again.
After you do this, you can stick that symlink "file" in any folder and then drag it to your Quick Access area.
You really can't make this stuff up.
I recently went out and captured about 130 320-megapixel HDR 360 panoramas. Each panorama consists of about 4.25 GB of raw files from a Sony a7r II and takes nearly an hour to detect and render on a Windows machine running an 10-core Intel Core i7-6950X overclocked to 4.2Ghz and a Titan X GPU--about 5 days of continuous rendering (using Kolor Autopano Giga).
I'm willing to leave my machine on for 5 days to do this sort of rendering, especially when it's cold outside, as I'd have to run a heater in the room if I wasn't doing this sort of rendering, anyway (hah), but long rendering sessions like this require software that can essentially remain running continuously forever...Read More
After much agonizing about the state of Apple's dedication in supporting power users, I decided to replace my Mac Pros at home and work with beefy Windows desktops (my laptop is still a MacBook Pro). At work, I now have a Falcon Northwest Talon (6-core), and at home, a custom 10-core workstation built by my good friends at Central Computers.Read More