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…SuperDuper makes backups bulletproof?

Bulletproof Backups

With any computer, backups are a must, but for most, it’s a ‘one day’ sort of thing.

Thankfully, with the release of Leopard and the introduction/inclusion of Time Machine, Apple has made it easy to keep a backup of your files in case the inevitable happens.

However, Time Machine is not the end all program for backing up your computer, and Shawn Blanc has written an excellent post about why you may want to use SuperDuper in conjunction with Time Machine for bulletproof backups.

[SuperDuper]

[Shawn Blanc – SuperDuper, Time Machine And Bulletproof Backups]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Stuff They Say?

Stuff They Say

Lucy Dee is a 22-year-old spokesmodel for a couple rather high traffic websites.

She’s also beautiful.

Thus, Lucy has gained quite a following of weirdos, creeps, and psychos who tend to say and do anything to get a response from her on her various profiles.

To show what some people will do behind the anonymity of a computer, Lucy cartoonizes each sender’s face (to protect the guilty), and then posts their full correspondence for the world to see.

Want to know what it’s like to be a beautiful girl on the internet?

Click through and find out.

[Stuff They Say]

[Via: Sand & Cotton]

…Photoshop skills can win you a Mac?

Mac Pro With Dual 30” Cindma Displays

Are you a Photoshop whiz who needs a new computer?

How about a new Mac Pro with dual 30” Cindma Displays?

Got your interest?

The check out Crestock’s Photoshop Contest 2007 for your chance to win, fame, fortune, and a whole lotta Mac.

There are four rounds in total, and each round’s prize is better than the last. There’s a pair of iPods for round one, a 13” MacBook for round two, a 15” MacBook Pro for round three, and the Mac Pro and Cinema Displays combo for round four.

Crestock Photoshop Contest Round One

For each round, Crestock will supply a set of source photos from their image library. Your entry must be based on one or several of those photos, though you can do with them what you like. The main requirement is that one or more of the source images can be recognized as a central part of your design. Then, there’s voting (40% public, 60% judges) and a winner is announced.

Want some help?

    “The winning entry will have incredible visual impact and exhibit fantastic creativity and technical skill, perhaps also with a twist of humor. Amaze us or make us laugh – or both. It’s up to you and your skills, creativity and imagination, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on the action!”

Sounds like good advice to me.

[Crestock – Photoshop Contest 2007]

…Killer Bean Forever looks awesome?

Killer Bean Forever

When you’re the lead animator for The Matrix Reloaded, it’s probably a good bet that you’ve got some skills behind a computer.

Four years ago, Jeff Lew decided to take those skills and use them to make his own feature film, so he quit his job to follow his dreams.

Finally, after working at his computer for 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, spending his entire life savings, and maxing out his credit cards, he’s almost done.

(Keep in mind, this was all done by a single person.)

Want some facts and figures to ogle over? How about:

    The current length of the movie is 85 minutes.

    The screenplay was written over a a 1 ½ year period.

    Previsualization took 9 months.

    Modeling and texturing took about 6 months.

    Animation took about 2 ½ years.

    Final renders are in high definition.

    Rendering final shots started well over a year ago and still continues.

    There are over 1000 shots.

    The longest shot is a continuous 1 minute 16 seconds shot.

    The shortest shot is 8 frames long.

    The renderfarm started with 3 dual core computers. They have now been replaced with 4 quad core computers.

    Each rendering computer is equipped with 2 gigs of ram.

    The maximum amount of polygons rendered for a single shot is 1.9 million polygons.

    Every shot is rendered using a simulated physical camera using true depth-of-field.

Amazing!

[Killer Bean Forever]

…Bob Ostertag is giving away his music?

Bob Ostertag w00t

Bob Ostertag’s w00t “is a free, internet-only release composed entirely from fragments of music from video games”.

Created as a collage of computer game sound and image, it’s Bob’s first release “to skip the CD-for-sale stage and go directly to free Internet download, under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license”.

What does that mean?

It means Ben encourages you to “download, copy, send to your friends, remix, mutilate, and mash-up” his music as long as you share in the same manner.

If only all music could be so free.

[Bob Ostertag – w00t]

[Via: Kotaku]