Nikon Coolscan 9000 versus scans obtained at photo labs

Here’s a quick comparison, in reference to a recent discussion over at

– a 6×7 Portra 160 negative, scanned with the Nikon, at 4000 dpi (39 Mb jpeg original)

– same negative scanned by a Noritsu photolab machine (139 Mb jpeg original) More


SiliconImage3132-based eSATA mini PCI cards and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

The drivers provided by Sonnet, for their mini-PCI eSATA card (which is based on the archaic Silicon Image 3132 chip) haven’t been updated for years, but appear to work fine with Mountain Lion.

The problem, in my setup, was that OS X would not sleep at the specified interval, i.e. the driver disabled automatic sleep.

The terminal command “pmset -g assertions” indicated that an external disk was mounted and, sure enough, all disks attached to the eSATA card appeared as external (i.e. had orange icons) in Disk Utility. More