Geek Stuff

Filed under: General — Artflux at 1:40 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Leo Laprorte the tech guy has a very cool tech webcast going on KFI in LA on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. It covers the full gamut of anything that contains a chip from computers to Ipods. I first heard about him on TWIAR (This Week in Amateur Radio) another weekly podcast that I listen to. There’s a load of new software on my computer since listening to the program that has really made things run a lot simpler. I now use Spybot Search and Destroy as well as Adaware that I’ve been using for years. No single application will clean everything so it’s a good idea to used several. Spyware Blaster is running as well targeting Internet Explorer. My browser of choice is Firefox. I’ve have been using for about a year.

I’ve also been playing with Linux Live CD’s as an alternative operating system. The ones I have tried are Ubuntu, Knoppix, and Mandeiva. All run fine on the PC. They are all free! There’s no spyware of viruses on Linux.

There are a whole slew of new gadgets that I have on my wish list now as a result of listening to the program. One of the things I love about the tech revolution is that it is contenting changing. Exploring and discovering what the PC and technology can do is baffling. I like to build my own computers although the cost is not much less than buying a pre made Dell. The advantage to building is customizing it.

I’m thinking about eventually backing up the whole system when I get around to it. There’s so much stuff on the drives now that if there was a crash I would really loose a lot. Ghosting the drive was going to take up 65 CD’s so I will have to wait until I get a new recordable DVD drive to back up. I did some Spring cleaning by reinstalling XP Pro on one of my computers. It’s cleaned up of all the junk that had been accumulating from installing and uninstalling programs through the years.

I also put together a tool kit of free software to troubleshoot should the inevitable crash occur.. I made Hiren’s Boot CD 7.9 and EBCD Emergency boot CD. There’s a ton of handy applications on both of them.

To find any file on the computer I installed the Yahoo Desktop based on Enterprise desktop Search and it’s free. It will take you to any file you’re looking for just by typing it into search.

More From the Archives

Filed under: General — Artflux at 1:13 pm on Thursday, March 16, 2006

Landscape – Algonquin Provincial Park Ontario 1996

I scanned and copy photographed a few new photos. It’s definitely weird looking over stuff from past decades.

Click here to see more from the archives.


Filed under: General — Artflux at 5:35 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2006

I photographed a series of boots. They were mainly friends who were visiting the studio. No release form needed to be signed for there. These were my own that I used for the invitation for my first solo show in New York at La Mama Galleria.

These were taken in London.

Cliff Adams left his worn boots for me to photograph.

Donald Arrington an actor friend must have bought them for the specific purpose of being photographed. They looked like they had never been worn.

An artist friend Jameson was visiting from London. I have a pair just like them.

John Kelly’s boots had interesting shoe strings. I exhibited them last summer.

From Peru

Filed under: General — Artflux at 10:46 am on Wednesday, March 8, 2006

In 1983 I visited Peru briefly with a couple of friends. I returned the following summer to work on a series of documentary photographs. I rented an apartment along the Pacific Ocean in the Lima suburb of Mira Flores. It was the Peruvian winter although it hardly could be considered winter with the warm waters from the ‘garrua’ to keep things summer like. The Instituto Cultural Peruano-Norteamericano hosted an exhibition of my work. I studied Spanish at the institute as well. They actually published a photograph of two New York drag queens on the front page of the main newspaper La Commercial. I’m not sure that they realized that they were not women. When I returned I exhibited the photographs are the Tony Jones Gallery in Houston Texas.

Click here to see the Peru Gallery.

Underwater Seascapes

Filed under: General — Artflux at 10:39 am on Thursday, March 2, 2006

Curacao Underwater Seascape 1987FotoFest in Houston hosted the biennial photography mega exhibit on the theme of water. I unfortunately had found out about it too late to enter my underwater seascapes. They will hopefully be exhibited here in New York this spring at the Sirens’ Song Galley in Greenport. Some of the images where taken on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Others were taken in Curacao off the coast of South America where there is incredible beach diving. I received my Padi diving certification in Bermuda where I began taking underwater photographs.

Click here to see the water gallery.