"My own view is this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilization, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you can't disprove it either." Chrisopher Hitchens
Our loyalty to people, places, employers, brands, etc., is an interesting notion. What or who we discard, when, and under what circumstances, at what cost or benefit. These tires were on the backside of a tire shop that I have passed for years when on the way to fish, hunt, or photograph in the Ottawa National Forest. Always meant to stop, and this time I did. I will be discarding my old Dell XP computer of over a decade this week, when the new Dell Inspiron arrives. Post processing, especially when simultaneously having two memory-hog programs up like Photoshop and Photomatix for HDR, was frustrating to say the least. The new machine will have an 12 GB dual processor and 1TB hard drive (although all of my digital negatives are kept on two external hard drives). Time to upgrade Photoshop as well. Instead of purchasing, this time I will be using Abode Creative Cloud Services and get the lastest versions of both Photoshop and Lightroom for an annual fee of $120 prepaid-a much better value. I will also be trying a new HDR program made by NIK, who make SilverEfex, a program I have enjoyed using for for post- processing conversion to monochrome for the last number of years. The downside of this is the dreaded starting from scratch with a new CPU and having to load everything again. After having played with Windows 8, I opted for a Windows 7 machine, which will get a free upgrade to 10 when it comes out. Windows 8 was a big flop for Microsoft for a good reason-it sucks. Blog posts may be absent for a bit during this swap, which should happen later this week.