Rome photos…not quite yet

One of the many, many things on my ever-growing to-do list is to process all of our photos from Rome this year. (By “process” I mean digital processing. We have a number of manual steps and Photoshop batch jobs we use on all our digital images to generate medium-sized images and thumbnails, and to sort them into date-indexed folders.) But in the meantime, here’s a quick glimpse of one of my favourites…

Martin and sleepy Alex

New scanner

Epson Perfection 1660 scannerWe bought a new scanner today, an Epson Perfection 1660. We got it from PC World for £119, which is actually less than you would pay at most web shops. Not that I knew that before I went in to the shop. I went along to PC without having done my on-line reasearch to find out what the state of the scanner market is. A foolish move.

But on the other hand, I’m not a professional photographer or a graphic artist, so my needs are pretty basic. In the end, I chose the Epson for the following reasons:

  • It has a USB2 interface, so it should be nicely fast. I don’t have USB2 on my PC yet (old-style USB only), but I will eventually.
  • It has a built-in transparency adapter, so it can scan 35mm photo negatives and positives (slides). That’s cool. I didn’t know that this is now a common option on mid-priced scanners.
  • It’s from a well-known brand. I think this is the fourth scanner we’ve had since 1995, and it’s the first one we’ve bought that wasn’t the cheapest unbranded thing we could find. Considering I’m not clued up about scanners in general, I figured that I couldn’t go too far wrong with an Epson.

As expected, the software that comes bundled with the scanner is rubbish, but that’s okay because all I need is the basic drivers. I’ll be using Paint Shop Pro 8 for everything else. (More about PSP 8 some other time. I’ve only started working with it, but already I can tell I’m going to love it. It’s slower than 7, and it’s a bit of a resource hog, but being able to write scripts for it makes up for a lot.)

Jury Duty

I’ve been selected for Jury Service at the High Court, starting 25th June.

Apparently, just because I’ve been selected doesn’t mean that I will actually have to sit on a jury. The court calls up a pool of jurors, and then selects individuals from this pool on the day a trial starts. So there’s a chance I’ll just be sitting around, waiting to be called. Or I may end up making a decision about someone’s innocence or guilt. Who knows. It might be interesting.