The Landscape Photography Zine #1

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The Landscape Photography Zine #1
Camera Gear Equipment matters in photography (except when it doesn’t), but you shouldn’t get hung up on gear, especially if the gear you have works. Buy it right the first time or end up buying it twice or three times. Camera : 36+mp, full frame, latest generation sensor. Get a backup camera, too. Lenses (Divide the mm by 1.5 if you saved cash and bought APS-C.) Wide Angle : When considering a camera system, seriously consider a system that offers an excellent 16-35mm f/2.8 lens that takes filters. For landscape and nightscapes this could be the only lens you need. There are ways around this, but they require buying more lenses in th...

Why aren't humans immortal?

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Human body is made by millions of cells
At first sight it would seem like a silly question, even full of pride, if taken from a strictly religious profile. Mythology itself tells us of men or demigods who dared to challenge the immortals to steal from them the gift of eternal life. Reasoning about it for just a moment, trying to grasp the purely biological aspect of the question, the thing no longer seems so absurd and meaningless; indeed, we might even regret that science is not studying with determination this wonderful topic. Think about it carefully: if we were immortal, reproduction itself would no longer have any meaning, other than filling the Universe with our peers, as...

The discovery of Pluto

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Multispectral image of Pluto in enhanced color to enhance differences in the surface composition.
The discovery of Pluto, occurred on February 18, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. It was initially classified as the ninth planet of the solar system. For a long time have been hypothesized the existence of a ninth planet responsible for some alleged disturbances in the orbit of Uranus and Neptune and the American billionaire Lowell, passionate about astronomy and known for his studies on Mars, dedicated 14 years of his life to the search of this ninth planet but he couldn't locate it. After him the research continued and in 1930 at the Flagstaff observatory in Arizona, founded by Lowell himself, a young assistant Clyde William Toumbaugh, comp...

Imaging your XBOX HDD using dd (in QNX OS)

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This is one method for imaging/cloning your XBOX HDD. It is by no means the only method. Index REQUIREMENTS AND OPTIONS WARNINGS UNLOCKING THE XBOX HD FILE SIZE LIMITS IMAGING USING OPTIONS CLONING 1) REQUIREMENTS AND OPTIONS A Disassembled XBOX (THIS VOIDS THE WARRANTY AND PRESENTS A POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARD) A fairly recent PC system with an available standard IDE interface. A bootable QNX (www.qnx.com) OS. I used QNX because it installs quickly from CD ROM, and has a tiny footprint, but this should be possible with Linux as well. Free OSes rule! A spare IDE/ATA HDD of equal or greater capacity than the XBOX HH, and/or equiva...

Xbox XDK Overview

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The system software of the Microsoft® Xbox® game system will provide a small, fast, safe, robust, and customizable environment to enable the creation of great games for the Xbox game system. It will provide a set of useful common services to be taken advantage of by game developers, such as networking and file system input/output, so that developers can focus on creating great games. It will also provide an attractive, easy-to-use interface for functions other than running games, such as playing DVD movies or CD music or configuring the Xbox console. The Xbox system software will have these components: The Xbox read-only memory (ROM) ...

Xbox DVD Filesystem Details

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written by Andrew de Quincey , 5 May 2002 XDVDFS v0.2 Andrew de Quincey (adq@tardis.ed.ac.uk) This document describes the filing system present on XBOX game DVD disks. On a CD or DVD disk, sectors are 2048 bytes long. Xbox media also appear to have regular 8MB spaces reserved for “security placeholders”. It is hypothesised that these are where Microsoft will place digital signatures for each data area on the disk, thus guaranteeing security from corruption or tampering. It appears that the TOC of game DVDs has also been modified so that disks appear to contain much less data than they actually do (preventing casual copying of game data). ...

Xbox Hard Disk Filesystem Contents

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written by Michael Steil , 8 May 2002 An Xbox that has never played a game or imported an audio CD has the following files on its hard disk volumes: 0 Game Cache 1 /XMTAXBOX.XBE 1347584 Total: 1,347,584 This partition will be deleted when a game is run. The meaning of this file is unknown. 1 Game Cache 2 empty Amazingly, although there are no directory entries, there is a lot of binary data on this partition. Its bzip2-compressed size is about 150 MB. 2 Game Cache 3 /BUFFER.IN 32768 /FFT.IN 286720 Total: 319,488 The meaning of these files is unknown. This partition has a compressed size of more than 7 MB, it also contains addi...

Xbox File Types

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written by Michael Steil , 2 May 2002 The Xbox hard disk contains files in some different formats, most of which are new: *.xbe XBE files are signed Xbox executables. Their format is similar to the Win32 PE format. *.xtf It is unknown what the XTF files contain. The hard disk contains two of them (Xbox Book.xtf and Xbox.xtf, about 15 MB each). They start with "XTF0 \0\0\0" followed by its file name without extension and compress down to less than 6 MB. They might contain image data, because every fourth byte is 0. *.xip XIP files (Xbox ZIP?) are uncompressed archives containing several files, usually of the types xm, xap and xbx. Offset S...

Xbox Hard Disk Technical Details

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written by Michael Steil, 1 May 2002 (Updated 26 September 2002) Seagate (10 GB) Harddisk information as reported by hdparm -i Model=ST310211A, FwRev=6.55, SerialNo=6DB2WQW2 Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec Fixed DTR>10Mbs RotSpdTol>.5% } RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=0 BuffType=unknown, BuffSize=512kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=16 CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=19541088 IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:240,w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120,rec:120} PIO modes: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4 DMA modes: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 *udma2 AdvancedPM=no WriteCache=enabled Drive ...

Xbox CPUID Information

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written by Michael Steil , 26 June 2002 The Xbox uses a Pentium III compatible CPU manufactured by Intel. The exact features of any IA-32 CPU can be found out using the assembly instruction CPUID. Here is what the Xbox CPU returns: CPUID Function 0 Get maximum supported standard level and vendor ID string Register(s) Contents Comment EAX 2 Maximum supported standard level EBX-EDX-ECX "GenuineIntel" Intel processor CPUID Function 1 Get processor type/family/model/stepping and feature flags Register(s) Contents Comment EAX 0x68a Family 6 (Intel P6/P2/P3) Model 8 (P3 (0.18 痠) with 256 KB on-die L2 cache) Stepping 10 EBX ...
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