Photo Album breakdown

I recently switched from iPhoto to using Aperture on my Macbook.  The main reason for doing so was the ability to create new libraries on remote drives such as my Drobo FS.  While there are some 3rd party apps do this with iPhoto I didn’t want to relay on a 3rd party piece of software that might stop getting updated eventually.
Since I was able to split up my iPhoto library into multiple libraries I decide to group them all by year as I figured that would be the best way to start organizing my photos in the long run.  After I got everything separated I wanted to see how much space I was using and get a break down.  So here you have it almost 76gb of photos ranging from 1995(old scans) until 2011.

1995 – 328M
2001 – 200M
2003 – 1.1G
2004 – 1.2G
2005 – 2.9G
2006 – 8.1G
2007 – 2.9G
2008 – 1.1G
2009 – 2.1G
2010 – 26G
2011 – 30G

Found this kind of interesting so I thought I would make a pointless post about it.

OS X Lion: My first impressions

I have had the option to run dev copies of OS X Lion for sometime now, but decided to wait till it hit the App Store.  So needless to say I bought it as soon as I could and have been toying with it ever since.
When I first installed it I was noticing a lot of issues with thing just not working as well as they used to, this led me to doing a fresh install of Lion just to make sure all of my old settings had been cleared out from previous installs.  By reinstalling I was also able to clean up my laptop quite a bit and regained over 100gb of space by moving items to offsite locations.

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Hitachi Travelstar 500GB 7200RPM Upgrade

After getting the new Macbook Pro 13in, I quickly used up the 250gb of space that was on it.  I then knew it was either I delete some files, or get a new hard drive.  I opted to get a larger faster drive as I really hate deleting files.  The install was a little more complicated then my previous Macbook…. Mainly just a few more screws to get the drive out.  After the drive was replaced I booted off the OS X CD.  I placed the old drive in an external case, towards the end of the install it allowed me to recover from another hard drive.  I pointed the install to the external drive and it took about 2hrs but it restored all of my files.
I ran xBench before and after to see if there was any improvement going from a 5400RPM drive to a 7200RPM drive.

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Switching to Chrome

I have been a longtime fan/user of Mozilla Firefox, though over the last couple of years it has become more and more of memory hog.  I have tried to use Safari, and tried Google Chrome a while back but they never had the plugin support I was looking for.
Google Chrome LogoThe other day with the purchase of a new MacBook Pro for my birthday I decided to give Google Chrome another try.  I was glad to see that it has come a long way on the extension front that it once lacked.  I was impressed enough with the available extensions that I even switched my work computer over to Chrome.  I am hoping that I can stick with it and banish Firefox from all of my machines, I will try to revisit this post and give further pros and cons in the coming week.