I took this earlier today with my new Sigma 10-20mm EX DC lens. For more photos taken with this lens see this set.
Monthly Archives: December 2005
I found this
oyster shell on the beach the other day. I initially thought it a stone, but someone suggested it might be an abalone shell. Not being that familiar with varieties of shellfish I agreed, due to the pearlescence visible in places. Later almero suggested it might be an oyster shell, and this has been confirmed by Robbie. I’m slightly embarrased that after living at the coast for six years, it took a Vrystaat boykie to identify this. abalone
I have just deleted some posts that I made with amusing photos from other photographers. I have decided that from now on I will only post photos I have taken and text I have written (this may be painful as I’m no writer) myself.
Handcrafted wooden statues, photographed at a market in Hermanus. This market, open each weekend, has many stalls selling a variety of native crafts.
On Thursday evening I went along with other members of my photo club, to Theewaterskloof Dam, to photograph the full moon rise. We got there with a good amount of daylight left and I got some great shots of the long dead trees. When the moon did rise all the shots I took were rubbish, until I decided to leave out the moon and concentrate on the moonlight on the water, with the shadows of the trees.
I was sitting on a bench in the shade, watching waves crash on the rocks, when I looked down and saw this little guy at my feet. It is Thomisid Oxytate (grass crab spider) according to SpiderWeb. Thanks to stilks for the ID.
Whoever was responsible for writing the Windows code that handles ejection of USB devices seemingly did not put enough thought into it.
I use an external 40GB USB drive to carry work and other files between office and home and I am ready to leave work for the day, but I can’t safely do so without shutting down my computer. Why is this? Because, when I select Safely remove USB mass storage device – Drive X: from the tray applet, I merely get told “The device ‘Generic volume’ cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device again later.” Try again later? But I want to go home now.
I realise that some application is holding a file on the drive open so just disconnecting it is risky. Therefore my only other option is to shut the machine down. How hard would it have been to provide a hint as to what it is that is holding the drive, so I could have some chance of closing it and allowing the drive to disconnect safely? I have closed all applications that I think might be holding the drive but Windows still won’t let it go. When did we change from us being the masters and the machines being the servants? Oh well, time to shut down and go home to my nice, sane Linux box.