I’ve had a busy last few days and I’ve got busy next few coming up, so I thought I’d take the time to write a quick post now while I’ve got a few minutes to do so.
For some time now, my computer here has been causing me problems. It’s taken a long time to boot up. It could take a few seconds for a letter to appear after I pressed the key on the keyboard. I would frequently see the circle going round and round as it would try to do something.
More recently, web pages would simply freeze up, forcing me to close the page and reopen it again. It got to the point where I just wanted to throw the damn thing out the window.
Reluctantly, I had considered the last resort – “the nuclear option,” as I called it – which was a reformat of the hard drive. Just one problem: I couldn’t find the reboot disc. (Sure, I still have the one from my previous computer, but that wouldn’t do me any good.) I even considered just buying a new one, as this one here is over six years old.
Studio Nude, 2006
Then I did some research and read the computer makers no longer send reboot discs as people can burn them themselves from their computers. I was able to do this and created the three reboot DVDs, but even this was unnecessary, as I was able to reset to computer to the factory settings directly from the hard drive.
So, while I’ve needed to reload some programs and set things up all over again, the machine is running much better. At the very least I can see that the boot up time is much shorter than it was before, so the computer is definitely lighter on its feet. Soon, hopefully, I can get back to scanning film and editing film rather than worry about computer problems. My main worry, though, is getting iTunes to recognize my music files, which I had copied from the hard drive to an external drive with some other files.
Studio Nude, 2011
The only photo work that I did do this week did not turn out as planned. I decided to dig out my old slide projector from the closet to look at some old slides to see which ones I’d like to scan. Everything went fine at first, until…………..a few slides in, the projector broke. Oh, it still projected slides fine, but the advance/reverse mechanism stopped working. This was not just via the remote, but pushing the buttons on the side of the projector did nothing, either.
To get through the four trays of slides I wanted to look at, I needed to push the tray release button and manually rotate the tray to get to the next slide – assuming, of course, that I moved it just the right amount so the next slide was over the slide opening. This breakdown really hurts, as I have a lot of slides in trays that I’ve made over the years. (Sigh…………)
Well, that’s all for now. To lighten the mood, here are a few art nude photos that I’ve made over the past 20 or so years.
About Dave Rudin
Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.