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John Diffenderfer recently wrote a new post in is blog Technovation, discussing the effects of CGI on the film industry.

In his article, John writes:

Nearly every aspect of film production and distribution has been enhanced or altered through computer technology. Modern films, while appearing to bear many of the hallmarks of traditional cinematography, have become increasingly divorced from the craft of early filmmakers.

I agree that CGI has changed the face of film development, mostly in a positive way. Even though effects are now animated, the overall picture quality now presented is more real to life than in the past.

However, I do not believe in the fear that CGI will ruin the careers of Hollywood actors. It is true developers have the technology to create an entire cast from scratch, but it is not likely to happen.

This is due to the fact that most people grow attachments to certain actors and actresses, creating the driving force behind watching a movie.

In truth, acting is an art form that I do not believe artificial intelligence will ever be able to pull off realistically.

And remember: It is not probable for a computer simulation or a robot to accurately portray a true person’s personality…

well maybe one…

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It seems Gateway’s “the One” has hopes of slighting some of Apple’s incredible revenue. I believe Apple, who seems to be flowing out the ears with cash, might deserve such a wake up call.

Lets face it, Apple boasts little more than a sleek design, and yet somehow has managed to turn consumers into devotees. Its a product, not a religion.

So here we are with the new One by Gateway. A similar design is one thing, but how else does it compare with the Mac?

buymacarticle-width.jpgThe Power of One (information on the core of the computer) and the Beauty of One (the design philosophy) once broken down can compete with that of about a 20″ iMac. In fact the iMac comes out cheaper.

But before all you Mac-ies throw your hands up in victory, realize Gateway’s got one leg up on you. True to a PC, the guts of the One’s system are accessible. The back panel can be removed, providing a totally customizable computer. With this feature, there is no danger of purchasing a product that will simply be outdated in less than 3 months. As well you won’t be harassed with constant infrastructure updates like the Apple products demand.

For those who actually understand how to use a computer, the PC is the better way to go. For you, the One will provide everything you desire and nothing more. (How many people seriously use Garage Band?)

Beauty is skin deep no longer. Finally the bonuses of both worlds together! Apple is constantly on the platform of diversity while they continually streamline and cookie-cut everything. Where are the options? Now with One you have complete control, along with the looks of the Mac.

And Remember: Beauty + Brains = It is possible …

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…or is it?

Note: In other recent blogs about the One, many readers have left angry comments defending the Mac. I wonder why this is… why people would be in such an uproar over a useful new product. Why has merchandise become so personal?

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“The things you own end up owning you.” – Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Lately I have been on this minimalist, survivalist kick. Tackling one room at a time, I have sufficiently managed to wipe out all excess, unused clutter from my house. This amounted to two trips to Goodwill, trunk and backseat full each time, as well as many trips to the complex dumpster.

How does one end up acquiring so much clutter?

It’s easy to use items now and again, only to stash them away in an unseen place when finished. Sometimes you forget you owned it to begin with and lose the desire for the item over time, other times you go out and replace it with a new one.

However, once I forced myself to purge these undesired items, I found my home to feel more relaxed. When it is time to straighten up the house, I find a place for everything easily. Everything is much more organized, making cleaning time so much faster.

Additionally when I need to use a certain item, I can find it quickly as opposed to digging through a stash of junk. A recent survey reported that the average person spent 55 minutes a day just looking for items.

Now to the crucial ingredient…

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This same principle of purging should be applied to computer files and programs. This is the last thing on my list because I have dreaded it, but I know the result will be worthwhile. If I clean, organize, delete, or backup all of the random folders on my computer, it will function much quicker. All of your files can be in a systematic order so that any file you think of can be pulled up in 5 seconds or less. As well, with unnecessary or duplicate files deleted or backed up on a separate disk (to be loaded only when needed), the computer will have more free space for faster downloading and web browsing or gaming.

For anyone who is willing, but unsure of how to begin such a project, I have researched and found a few useful tips from wikiHow:

How to Organize Your Computer

If you have many pictures, documents and other files, you should know that they can become very unorganized. If you follow the steps below you can create a well organized, powerful computer system. These instructions are for Windows users, but instructions on other operating systems should be similar.

  1. Make note of the most unorganized folders. Find the trouble spots so you know where to start. The most commonly abused areas in Windows are the Desktop and the main “My Documents” folder. Other common trouble spots are folders created by the computer users in the C:\ directory.
  2. Select and delete the files you do not need. The biggest problem with computer organization is the computer’s enormous capacity for files that you don’t need anymore. Reduce the clutter by deleting files that you are sure you do not need. See the tips for an easy way to remove multiple files.
  3. Pick a Spot to store everything There should be a main folder to keep everything organized. Use My Documents, because all the Microsoft programs want to save files there by default. A big appeal of the one folder for everything is that it makes backups even easier if every file you want is in one place. Don’t forget to backup these files that you have deemed important.
  4. Create a few new categories. Make about four rough categories and make folders with those names in your chosen folder. Some good examples are: Work, Personal, Friends, Family. You can organize by date, by people involved, by motivation, by weather, by file type, by Geographic location, or anything really, just make sure it makes sense to you and anyone using the computer.
  5. Create subcategories. Subcategories should be clear. Try to keep the folders on the “flat” side. That means don’t make so many sub-sub-sub-sub categories, or you won’t be able to find anything. Avoid making folders that are too specific. Clever naming is the key.
  6. Start Sorting Sort the files you want to keep into your new, cleverly named folders. Sometimes it’s easier to combine the sorting and subcategories step, but make sure you can still see the big picture.
  7. Organize your shortcuts Shortcuts are in three places in most Windows computers. They can be found on the desktop, in the start menu, and in the quick launch bar to the right of the start menu (if you have it enabled). You don’t need them in all three do you? Keep your most common shortcuts in the quick launch bar (like internet, my documents, word, and excel). Keep the icons you want to drop things onto on the desktop Keep every program shortcut in the start menu. To move the shortcuts, just drag and drop your icons where you want them. See tips for more details.
  8. The most important step When you make new files, make sure you put them in your new spiffy folders, and make sure they are worthy to keep.

Just follow these steps and you should be well on your way to a faster functioning computer (yes, even if it is a Dell).

And Remember: If all the work sorting and deleting files wear you down, just think to yourself…

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