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Archive for January, 2015

Touch Me (Book Review)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Touch Me by Graham S Burstow

My partner picked up a second hand copy of Touch Me by Graham S Burstow for $2.25 at a local opportunity shop. It’s the soft cover, but in close to perfect condition. This 172 page book (23cm x 29cm) was published by Top Shelf Publications, Queensland in 1998 and covers 30 years of Graham Burstow’s black and white photography – street photography, social documentary and portraits. The vast majority of the work was created in the Toowoomba locale with a few pictures towards the end from Kenya and Zanzibar.

If you look at the author’s webpage for Touch Me there is a small automatic slideshow with half a dozen representative examples of the work. It’s easy to see influences in there that coincide with Rennie Ellis and Jeff Carter. And some of the portraits evoke the feeling of Sue Ford or Carol Jerrems. A couple of portraits from this book dimly reminded me of the work of Bill Henson. One thing I enjoy about photography is this ability to see influences in style and content. Or similarities. Possibly even small homages. And having never heard of Graham Burstow it just makes that pleasure of discovery the little more entertaining.

The bio of Graham Burstow is also impressive. Born in 1927 (making him 88 years old), he has an awful lot of letters after his hame – OAM, FAPS, FRPS, FPSA, EFIAP, Hon. FAPS, PSQA, HAFB, PSQF. He received an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Photography in Australian in 2004, prints acquired for permanent collection by the Queensland Art Gallery, the State Library of Queensland and the National Library of Australia. An old salt of Australian photography.

And I like the last sentence of that bio – “He continues to photograph using film and creates prints using silver gelatin.”

For AUD$25 new this is a great photography book that captures my idea of what used to be Australia. It smacks of Australian culture. I’m also a little tempted to pick up a copy of his other book Flesh: The Gold coast in the 1960s, 70s & 80s.

Fixing Error 651 in Windows

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

If you suddenly can’t connect to your modem-router in the Windows operating system and receive an Error 651 notification then don’t start with the complicated explanations and suggested fixes that are littered across the Internet. Here is the simple fix that worked for my situation.

The first thing you should do is reset the router. That’s simple: poke a pin into the reset hole on the router and hold for ten seconds until the lights change. This puts the router back into factory settings and you can use your CD to set the home network back up in a few minutes.

Then, if you still receive the 651 Error notification in Windows you just need to reinstall the drivers.

To understand device drivers consider that all computer operating systems are different. It would be difficult to write permanent code for a modem/router, for example, that worked perfectly on all operating hardware all of the time. So little programs called drivers are written to match hardware with the operating system. It’s like a piece of a jigsaw or a Lego in code that operates as a translator between the device and the operating system.

The next step is to locate the device in the Device Manager within Windows. Click the device in the Device Manager and select the tab marked Drivers. Uninstall the driver.

The next step is to get some Cat 5 cable and connect your computer directly to the modem/router using connection number 1 on the router. Your computer should automatically locate the appropriate driver for that hardware via the working Internet connection and the 651 Error should be solved.

It’s fine to try all those complicated solutions recommended in forums by people trying to be overly smart among peers. However, none of these complicated solutions worked when I tried them. The simplest answer was to re install those drivers. Hope it works for you, too.

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

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