Programming a Kenwood TK-3101 on a too quick machine

I have managed to get the typical Kenwood software KPG54D and KPG48D for their TK-3101 transceiver on one of the fastest Apple MacBook Pro‘s currently on the market, running OSX Lion, using VMWare Fusion, Windows XP and DOSBox. This might also work on any other virtualization environment, such as Parallels or VirtualBox, and even natively on other Windows versions.

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Tierpark Alsdorf

A trip to an animal farm and petting zoo was a perfect excuse to test out how the Dead Cat wind blocker would perform on the RODE VideoMic, and the Manfrotto 561BHDV Monopod as support compared to the Zacuto pieces.

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It’s a bit sad to say, but the 250€ monopod gave better results than 700€ worth of Zacuto ZFinder Pro and Target Shooter. The monopod gives so much extra stability and makes the whole trip even lighter because you can put the weight of the camera down at every shot compared to keeping the weight in your arms or hanging around your shoulder. And oddly enough, I felt the bigger black monopod would be less intrusive than the Fast Draw rigging. Mainly because I feel like a monopod can still scream “i’m taking a photo here” instead of the Fast Draw’s “I’m making a movie here”. I might get the EVF to mount onto the camera for better focusing and optional use with the ZFinder, because you don’t want to use the ZFinder on the camera because you then start to transmit shaking through a quite stable setup, but it is hard to get focusing right on a 5D using the back LCD display, even in low light situations. A sharper EVF might work there, and the Zacuto EVF with flip-up makes it possible to use it as a monitor or EVF whenever you like.

The RODE Dead Cat wind blocker was a nice and necessary addition to make the VideoMic really work well.

You’re on your own now! part 1

Well, not really.  I’m planning to, though.

I have been an employee practically since I got out of school, in August 1999.  I have been been building up quite some years of experience in all things IT related.  I started out as a Web Designer, but was quickly coding and scripting away in Perl, PHP, ASP, ColdFusion and Javascript.  I learned how to use Linux, and applied this knowledge in small scale web hosting situations, and international hosting environments.  I learned the inner workings of networks, how name servers work, how firewalls and proxies work.  I got to touch Windows Server administration, building and testing calamity plans, installing and migrating Exchange Servers, working with SMS, developing with and maintaining of SQL Server. Continue reading “You’re on your own now! part 1”