Wolverine F2D Slide Scanner Review

This is just a quick review of my experience with the Wolverine F2D slide scanner.

I have a zillion slides back in the 1990's that I never look at because well they are slides.  So I purchased the Wolverine F2D slide Scanner.

Overall, I am satisfied, but not blown away by the quality.  Speed wise I got it down so I could scan about 1 slide in about 10-15 seconds.  (includes pulling from carousel, loading, scanning, and placing back in carousel).  Then I still needed to offload the images into my computer workflow.

 

There is something romantic with an old time slide projector, but that is besides the point.

Slide Project

 

20 Years ago I was in Hong Kong so I scanned about 176 slides.

Here are a couple of images that are scanned.  The advantage of digital I could clean up a lot of the exposore etc, but the initial quality of the camera/shot is far less than my standards now.

Example 1:  Scanned:

Hong Kong Slides developed on June 6, 1996. Scanned on May 20, 2016
Hong Kong Slides developed on June 6, 1996. Scanned on May 20, 2016

Picture of projection of slide on wall.  It looked a lot better on the wall, so this is NOT an apples to apples comparison.  In other words I am not sure why I am even showing it but here you go.  Lots of artifacts from the projection itself.

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On this one I felt it was over exposed on the scan.

Hong Kong Slides developed on June 6, 1996. Scanned on May 20, 2016
Hong Kong Slides developed on June 6, 1996. Scanned on May 20, 2016

Picture taken of slide on wall.  Again not a very good example.

IMG_20160520_164851

 

Summary:

It will be really nice to digitize my slides, it will take a fair bit of time to go through all of good (and maybe rejects).

What I think I might do is do an experiment of sending my slides away to be processed to be a better comparison before I spend the time scanning them myself.

What are other's people's experience? suggestions?


MOPS (Multi Object/Person Scheduler) My Senior Software Engineering Project (Fall 1990/Spring 1991)

Yep, you guessed it, I am moving my memorable from one storage unit to the next.  For the people that know me, I have keep everything. :-)

I had to stop and pause when I ran across my Senior Software Engineering Project at Univeristy of Colorado Boulder.  It still ranks up there in one things I am most proud of.  A lot of blurry nights with Chuck Sampson, Jem Tu and Nhien Vo as we work on this year long project.  Our sponsor Steve Misek was great.

We use Outlook, Gmail, iCal Calendars, etc everyday now on our shiny new computers/smart phones.  But please keep in mind this project was done in Fall 1990 / Spring 1991.  Having a Personal Computer was a big deal.  I find it amazing a lot of the concepts that we tried to do in this project are still relevant today.

Here is a image I found on Wikipedia of a SparcStation, similar to the ones we used back in the day.

SPARCstation

Check out the specs. These machines were top of the line and only universities could afford. WOW!  Taken from Wikipedia page.  Max ram of 160 MB and hard drives of 1.06 GB

The SPARCstation 4 was introduced in 1995 to provide a lower price point than the SPARCstation 5. Although offered with the same 110 MHz microSPARC-II processor as the SPARCstation 5, it only has one SBus expansion slot instead of three, a single 1.05 GB hard drive, and maximum memory capacity of 160 MB instead of 256 MB. Instead of the built-in audio of the SPARCstation 5, the SPARCstation 4 requires an optional module, installed in its own dedicated slot. The system includes a built-in 8-bit pixel-accelerated graphics adapter, and a new lower-cost 17" monitor was introduced as an option. There is no AFX graphics port.[1]

Consider a modern smart phone. 4 GB ram or (4000 MB), 32 GB of storage .  So in other words that smart phone has 25 Times  more Ram.  Wow.  And check out the price in 1990 dollars, WOW! $14, 995

 

InfoWorld_-_Google_Books

 


ANYWAY back to MOPS

I picked some of the pages from the document to share with you:

Problem:

In an office environment, the task of coordinating peoples' time, conference rooms, overhead projectors and other objects together, has become very time consuming.

Problem

Solution:

To Automate the Physical Task of Scheduling with :Solbourne's Multi Object / Person Scheduler (MOPS)

Solution

Block diagram

Block Diagram

 

Source Code Table of Contents:

Source File List

Sample page of the Source Code

Source Code

In Retrospect:

  • Be more realistic about what we want to get done.
  • Spend more time on robustness.

In Retrospect

Yep, those words still ring true to this day!

Ok, back to sorting through more memorabilia!


Mailing letter to myself

For a reasons I will explain later, I needed to send a letter via Postal Mail to myself.

So with envelop addressed, I was just going to send it empty.  Then it got me thinking....

If I got a letter "from myself", what would I want it to say?

I quickly wrote down (without over thinking it) a note to myself.

Dear Michael,

Hi, just a quick note to tell you to Focus, Be Wise, Smile, Enjoy Life!

Love, Me !

It was a good exercise.  What would you write???