Well, yesterday’s computer rebuilding fun has had some benefits beyond those I was expecting. Yes, it starts up and shuts down much more quickly, and performance generally feels a lot quicker. I haven’t done any serious Photoshoppery yet, but I’m hoping that will benefit a wee bit, too.
But the unexpected bonus was when I plugged in my Canon 30D for the first time earlier today. Previously, due to one of those things that computer experts like to categorise as “random weirdness”, this didn’t entirely work as intended. Windows would happily detect the camera, and pop up its “what do you want to do?” boxes, but clicking on “EOS Utility”, which should launch the thingy that allows pictures to be downloaded to a specified location didn’t actually work, and instead generated a moderately cryptic error message. This was only an inconvenience rather than an actual problem, because all I had to do was run the utility directly, and it would then work without any trouble. I’d seen reports of the same thing on various support forums, and it seems to be one of those odd problems that only affect some people under some circumstances.
Anyway, after updating all the Canon software to the latest versions, I plugged in the camera and up popped the “What do you want to do?” box. I clicked on “EOS Utility”, and slap me with a wet kipper if it didn’t start up instantly. Once I’d set the location for saving images and a few other settings, my last batch of pictures were soon transferred to the external hard drive.
And it seems Windows was listening to me when I said “keep doing this”, because the next time I plugged the camera in, EOS Utility started up immediately, just how it should. Woo hoo!
And yes, I could have avoided all this fun by popping the CF card into a card reader and copying the files, but it’s less effort this way, as the software automagically drops the photos into separate folders for each day, which makes it easier to find them later when I want to do things with them.
See previous remarks about drips under pressure
 Hence the “random weirdness” thingy.