★ Suikerrock

A preview of the images I shot at Suikerrock last week.

Last week, I had the pleasure of being part of the digital team at Suikerrock.

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With a group of 8 photographers, we covered all bands, on both stages. This was a new experience for me and I had a great time, made some new friends and got a some good images as well.
These are some small samples, you can find the entire collection on flickr.

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★ OSX Tip: ReturnOpen

Either you’ve recently switched from windows to OSX, or you use both systems, and you’re used to opening applications and files by silmply pressing enter. But that doesn’t work in OSX does it? On OSX, pressing enter (or return as others call it), allows you to rename the file. To open it, you either double-click it or press Cmd-O.

Even after nearly 2 years on OSX, I still find this quite annoying (I work with Windows 8 hours/day at work, might have something to do with it). So I looked around for a solution. I bring you, totally free (click the logo):

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★ To touch or not to touch.

Readers who know my other blog know that I’ve been switching fort and back between Blackberry and iPhone.
Around 4 months ago, I sold my Blackberry Bold and got an iPhone. Why?

I’ll try to list some iphone pro’s.
First up: Apps. Apps. Apps.
That’s about it. But that makes all the difference. Having access to a huge range of apps (thousands) at your fingertips.
Second: the fact that it syncs seamlessly with my mac.

And I’ve been perfectly happy with it. But..
It’s kinda slow. The touch interface works well at but takes a while.
It’s not snappy. At all.

And I’ve been bumping into this a lot lately.
What do I use my phone for:
– Calling and texting (obviously)
– Email (3 gmail accounts)
– Contacts & Calender
– Alarm clock
– Twitter
– RSS Reader
– Some web-browsing (train-schedules, checking opening time, stuff like that)

The one other thing it has to have is an actual full keyboard. No touch, real physical keys.
Nothing against touch-screens (you do get used to it) but it’s just not what I want.
And it has to reliable. As in ‘not crash every 2 days, totally killing the battery every time’.

So I’ve been looking around for something new. So far the competitors are (clicky):
Blackberry Curve 8900 (Everything I’m looking for but no 3G, not sure wether I want that or not)
Blackberry Curve 8520 (Cheaper model, not available here yet, doesn’t have the ‘normal’ trackball but the trackpad looks ok and is less sensitive to dust.)

And the wildcard goes to:
Nokia E71 (Looks wicked good, has everything I want. But I have 0 experience with Symbian)

So it’s most likely going to be a blackberry, but I’m open for other suggestions.
Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments!

★ Starting over with OSX

My main work-horse is a 2 year old, 13,3″ white macbook. It was my first mac and I’m, still, very happy with it. It lives on my desk at home, together with a 24″ widescreen Samsung flatscreen and a bunch of hard-drives for storage and backup.

But I had been having some issues with it lately, mainly that I couldn’t connect to any wifi-networks. It would just prompt me to enter my administrator password and then time-out. After multiple trouble-shooting attempts and hours of research that resulted into nothing, I was thinking about reinstalling OSX. That would fix my problem and would give me a chance to start with a clean slate, rethink what applications I need/want, stuff like that.

So about a week ago, I went for it. After making sure I had my backups (and double and triple checking them) and serial-numbers, I inserted the OSX 10.5 disk and let it work it’s magic. That was done in about 30 minutes, next up was software update (from 10.5 to 10.5.6) and installing all my application.

I’ve been working on the fresh install for a good week now and I’m very happy with it. It feels snappier, more responsive and less cluttered.

Here’s a little overview of the applications I use frequently (from left to right):LittleSnapper
– Finder: default OSX file-manager
– Quicksilver: easy to use application launcher, fast and simple
– Mailplane: mail-app just for Gmail, testing this for 30 days, but it’s nothing special
– NetNewsWire: RSS reader, where I keep up with blogs/tech/photography news
– iCal: My schedule, synced to Gcal with BusySync
– Safari 4: My, for the moment, web-browser of choice.

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– iTunes: my life-line. Because life is music
– Last.FM app: more music
– System preferences: I like to keep it in the dock, 1 click faster than when it’s in the menu
– Tweetie: for keeping up with my tweeps
– Adobe Lightroom 2: where all my photos live and breath
– Adobe Photoshop CS4: making graphics and fixing up horrible photos 🙂
– VMWare Fusion: running Windows Server and Workstation OS’s on my mac, a life-saver
– Adium: for all my IM-accounts
– Skype: call me 😉
– Pages: text-editor, I like to get my thoughts out on ‘paper’
– Little Snapper: making screenshots of entire webpages, selections, icon. Like these.

Thought that was it? No, you haven’t seen the menubar/’systray’ yet:
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– Quicksilver, Little Snapper, Adium, MailPlane and Last.FM: See above
– Dropbox: let’s you sync files any folder between multiple computers over the web. Saved me more then once.
– Expandrive: FTP/SFTP/SSH application that adds your shares straight in Finder. As it should be.
– Caffeine: keeps your mac’s display from dimming when it’s idle
– Virus Barrier X5: keeping me protected
– Little Snitch Firewall: monitoring and controlling what comes in and goes out on my ethernet
– Time Machine: because you can never have enough backups.
And then the usual: sound, wifi, battery, time.

I plan on writing something like this for my netbook as well, so stay tuned!

★ A fresh start

A fresh start, just what my portfolio-site needed. It?s far from finished, needs more content and links to more images, I?m working on it. But I wanted to get it only anyway. Come back in a week or so, progress will be made! Jan

★ Axl Peleman @ FNAC

Walking by the FNAC on thurseday evening, I saw they had an acoustic session in the store and I had my camera with me 🙂

A normal Thurseday evening, I was doing a little evening shopping at FNAC here in Leuven and I saw a microphone stand in the store. I asked who was playing and if I could stay and take some photos. Turned out ok.