Musings on color management, CHROMiX products and services and other relevant topics.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

USB 3.0 Explained

Here's a great write up of the new version of the Universal Serial Bus standard: USB 3.0. This new version of USB will enable much faster transfer of information - to the tune of about 5 gigabytes per second. This is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Right now you can buy adapter cards and cables to enable this on your computer, and there are a few external hard drives that are available. In the near future, computers will come with USB 3.0 built in. This is backwards compatible, so you can continue to use your current USB devices on the new systems with no problems. If you start seeing USB cables and jacks with a blue plastic inside - that's 3.0!

This is a very understandable overview and it does not take too long to read:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Last roll of Kodachrome

Spread the news: If you have a roll of Kodachrome in a glove compartment or a drawer or box somewhere, better get it processed now! The last Kodachrome processor in the world will no longer process Kodachrome at the end of this year (2010).

I read the following article and started waxing nostalgic over my film processing days:

Kodachrome was such a different process. Even in its heyday there were only a handful of companies that actually processed it, which involved a long, elaborate process. There was only one company on the West Coast that did it as far as I know. It is not at all like the (relatively easy) E6 processing that is used to process other slide transparency film like Ektachrome or Fujichrome.