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My Gnomedex coverage is going to be mostly in my Twitter stream

I’ve got my laptop set up, so I’m not relying strictly on my iPhone (like OSCON), but I plan on posting “microupdates” and photos as Gnomedex progresses, with longer full blog posts as warranted.

So, if you’re wanting to follow my updates at Gnomedex, make sure to follow me on Twitter, or head over to joshbancroft.com, where all of my microposts and photos are aggregated.

Let the geeking begin! πŸ™‚

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Amazing view from our room at the Marriott

We’re here! We got an awesome room at the Marriott – has a balcony, overlooks the marina/pier. Very nice. Let the geeking begin! πŸ™‚

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New “Reduce Noise” Feature in iPhoto ’08

I was processing some photos this morning in my brand new copy of iPhoto ’08, and I noticed a new feature in the “Adjust” pane of the photo editor: “Reduce Noise”

It’s a slider that reduces the apparent “noise” or graininess in an image. This is prevalent in images taken at a high ISO setting, which is most of the shots I take in low light on my Canon SD700 IS.

Previously, you had to use a 3rd party tool to perform noise reduction on your photos. This feature wasn’t available in iPhoto 6, the previous version.

I’m quite happy to have this new feature – I’m already using it, and my pictures look better because of it. Thanks, Apple! πŸ™‚

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iPhoto ’08 Screenshot



iPhoto ’08, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

I’m in LOVE with iPhoto ’08 so far. I love the idea of “events” – it makes so much sense to group photos together based on the timestamp. You have an option to control how “close together in time” photos have to be to be considered part of the same Event.

I’ve got all of my photos on my MBP arranged into their proper Events – had to manually merge some that spanned several days, and I have a “Family Photos” and “Random Photos” that act as catch alls for the pics I take that aren’t really related to any particular Event.

So far, iLife 08 is an AWESOME upgrade, and well worth it if only just for iPhoto 08 and iMovie 08. Very well done, Steve! πŸ™‚

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iMovie ’08 Screenshot



iMovie ’08, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

Nothing in it yet. I have to figure out how I want to import my library of video clips and movies. I’m all for letting iMovie manage them, just want to figure out how best to do it.

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My Mac Book Pro Stickers

My Mac Book Pro Stickers

My Mac Book Pro Stickers, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

Waiting for a replacement battery at the Genius Bar.

Have a cool sticker for me? Drop me a line, and maybe I can reciprocate. πŸ˜‰

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iLife 08

iLife 08

iLife 08, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

And the back:

iLife 08, on the back
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New Apple Keyboard

New Apple Keyboard

New Apple Keyboard, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

Not for sale yet, but they showed me one! The wireless one won’t be out until mid September.

I can’t believe how thin it is! You have to see it in person to appreciate it, but here’s a shot:

New Apple Keyboard, So Thin!

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