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January 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 February 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-28
March 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 April 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30
May 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 June 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30
July 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 August 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31
September 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30 October 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31
November 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30 December 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31

January 1—7

From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: iMac...
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:05

Well, I have my beautiful horrible new machine....not getting on very well so far.

It receives my e-mail ( sometimes) but sends never...but Net Doctor tells me it can log in successfully by three different routes ( my usual ISP, iCloud, and me.com) – but won’t send from any – there is a typo in the 'sent from” designation, but all attempts to amend have failed – I have even tried to erase the hard disk, & reinstall to start all over , but following the instructions given, just restarts at the point I left off .

'Migration Assistant” promised to copy all the selected files from the Windows machine , and spent about 2 days on the music – OK there were about 600 CDs on there – but when it had finished, none can be found on the Mac... then its started on the pictures , but spent the next 2 days trying to establish communication until I gave up.

Now where can I buy some carrier pigeons ?

I will post some new orchid pics in the next day or so – but sent from my Windows machine I expect ; I had hoped to make a start with the Apple photo-handling software, but will have to stick to one of the Photoshops on the Windows machine.

Frustration, thy name is computer.

Geoff

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: New pics , January 2013
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 17:00

New pics , January 2013

https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid66cc6b7e29550ebd&pagebrowse
&resid66CC6B7E29550EBD!727&type5&authkey!AGkekefMKlZYHoM&Bsrc
Photomail&BpubSDX.Photos

First is an Ascocenda Khun Nok – a plant I raised from a compot
more than 20 years ago. Like all the Vandas at the moment the flower
count is poor, and the flower size too – I have recorded nearly
60 inches of rain in 2012, so the sunshine hours must have been way,way
down too.

Then Bothriochilus bellus , aka Coelia bella , looking as nice as
possible. Sometimes the flowers seem hidden by the leaves, or there
aren't quite as many, so this is at its best I think. 8 spikes
too ! I am quite proud of this.

The next, rather dark pic, is one I found in a box of slides from a
visit to Costa Rica some years ago ; travelling along the Pan-American
Highway in a bus, we stopped for beer somewhere, and at this bar was
this magnificent set of orchids tied to a post. Unfortunately my Spanish
was not well understood ( all the South American and Central American
states affect not to understand anyone who has been taught Spanish
spanish) and they did not speak English , so the best I could get was
that the plants had been collected in the forest above the bar. I could
not identify, even genus – the bulbs are the size of an old
florin, but flattened, so as to have a sharp edge around them. I did
track it down eventually, and now have a small seedling growing nicely,
only a few years (!) away from flowering I think. Anyone care to guess
the identity ?

Then there is Mokara Luenberger Gold. A different colour than any other
Mok' in my collection. This is a first flowering on a plant only
6 inches or so high – very small for a Mokara.

The dark red Oncidium is now technically an Oip ( God knows what that
means) or Oncidium Wild Cat 'Bobcat' – but these
clonal names are a bit controversial and usually not official.

Ons ( another cryptic abbreviation) or Onc. Hansueli Isler –
lovely dark yellow odont type, but most odonts which start life as
yellow quickly fade. This doesn't.

A couple of Paph seedlings, both obviously owing a lot to P.insigne
sanderiana in their background.

Then another of my foreign pics – this is I think Schomburgkia
undulata ( again the Kew idiots would have it as a Laelia nowadays)
– found in the jungle somewhere near Merida in Venezuela.

Ascda (V.Black Magic x Ascda Gua Chia Long). Flowers bigger than the
second parent, and darker , but the Gua Chia Long spots coming through
well.

The next and pink Vanda is by coincidence another Black Magic cross,
this time the grex name is V.Dona Isobel Bosch.

Two pics of V.Rothschildiana pink var. V.Roth' is the easiest
big vanda to grow and flower – a cross between two species
– sanderiana and coerulea. I this case the pink variety of
coerulea has been used.

And last but not least is Wilsonara – now just an Oncidium
– Zoe's Fire . This is one of Ray Creeks little plug
plants which he sells now, flowering for the first time, grown in
hydroculture.

A happy New Year to one and all,
From Geoff.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: iMac...
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 18:15

Geoff, you will have to learn to "think differently" when using the
iMac, I suspect, but most people end up very happy when they get used
to it.

The following might be useful:

http://www.newtomac.co.uk/ − advice by telephone or personal visit if
the tutorials on the website are not sufficient for your needs.
Highly recommended, but I do have a personal interest as my son-in-law runs
it!

http://www.apple.com/support/macbook/new_user/ − video tutorials.

Tricia

I took a course in speed waiting. Now I can wait an hour in just ten minutes...

On 01 Jan, Geoff wrote:

> Well, I have my beautiful horrible new machine....not getting on
> very well so far.

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From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New pics , January 2013
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 19:20

I see that there are now two copies of the Costa Rica orchid, sandwiching one I missed out of naming- an intergeneric hybrid between Holcoglossum flavescens , and Rhynchostylis gigantea. That is in a 4 inch basket to give some idea of size.. These small things are nice because one has room for a lot.

Geoff

Sent from my iPad

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From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] iMac...
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 23:15

Geoff,

I am still not an expert with the Apple but, on the assumption that jumping ship from a PC brings some common difficulties, I might just have experienced some you are now encountering. So;-

1. feel free, if you wish, to contact me and I'll do my best to help but, of course, with your machine will have come at least 90 days of Applecare help. Worth its weight in gold! (Always have your serial number to hand)

2. Briefly reading your problems it occurs to me that you might not be aware that Apples have a fondness for a formatting system of FAT32 which can also be recognised by a PC.
(I suspect you are more knowledgeable than I, but, just in case . . . . !

3. I found the terminology of folders on the Apple confusing at first. Have you tried to use 'Finder' (on the left at the bottom)

4. There were times a few months back, when conversation would have helped. Sometimes, even a person with less knowledge than ones-self can trigger a thought that connects with the solution to a problem so, again, feel free.

Just in case we bore the pants off OT members, may I suggest that, unless you need the massed resources of OT members, feel free to use my email on its own.

For curiosity, which Apple have you? The iMac, a MacBook Pro or one of the fancy retina screened jobs etc.?

Just in case it helps, when you do jump over the hurdles you'll not regret the change to Apple. I'd certainly not wish to go back.

Remember; 'If at first you don't succeed, it's probably your fault.'

Best wishes for 2013 to you and your wife

John

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From: peter williams
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: CITES Imports
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 01:45

This link may help you Geoff!
http://www.cites.org/common/cop/13/E13-P41Annex.pdf

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] iMac...
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:35

Happy New Year to you all.i have used Windows PC's since about 1990.
Three months ago I bought a 27" iMac. Ram is so cheap I added 8Gb,
which was easy to do.

You have to forget Windows and how PC's work. It is like learning
another language, but you will not regret it. I love my iMac.

Peter Fowler

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From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] CITES Imports
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 13:40

Hi Peter,

We thought we might hear from you re-orchids this year but we haven't and I'd lost your email having swapped computer.
Are you still importing orchids to UK?
We haven't been to CANWAS recently but may well go and pay our dues at Gordale.
How's things?

John n Margaret

On 2 Jan 2013, at 01:47, peter williams wrote:

> This link may help you Geoff!
>
> http://www.cites.org/common/cop/13/E13-P41Annex.pdf

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] CITES Imports
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:30

On 2 Jan 2013, at 01:47, peter williams wrote:

> This link may help you Geoff!
>
> http://www.cites.org/common/cop/13/E13-P41Annex.pdf

Thank you Peter . I think must be the list I had in mind , but unfortunatel
y it doesn't give me what I had hoped for. It does illustrate at least one
plant I have un-named, but it fails to give any names.

I'll just show it as a so and so hybrid , and hope so
me one spots it and tells me.

Geoff

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From: Kenneth Bruyninckx
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New pics , January 2013
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 21:10

Geoff,

> The next, rather dark pic, is one I found in a box of slides from
> a visit to Costa Rica some years ago ; travelling along the
> Pan-American Highway in a bus, we stopped for beer somewhere, and
> at this bar was this magnificent set of orchids tied to a post.
> Unfortunately my Spanish was not well understood ( all the South
> American and Central American states affect not to understand
> anyone who has been taught Spanish spanish) and they did not speak
> English , so the best I could get was that the plants had been
> collected in the forest above the bar. I could not identify, even
> genus the bulbs are the size of an old florin, but flattened, so
> as to have a sharp edge around them. I did track it down
> eventually, and now have a small seedling growing nicely, only a
> few years (!) away from flowering I think. Anyone care to guess the
> identity ?

Laelia rubescens ;-)

Kind regards,

Kenneth.

Kenneth Bruyninckx

Akerne Orchids

Laarsebeekdreef 4, B-2900 Schoten, Belgium

tel. +32 (0)3 651 40 36 fax +32 (0)3 653 06 76

kenneth@akerne-orchids.com

www.akerne-orchids.com

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From: Horace Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: viewing orchid images , and that dreary Mac conversation again...
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 19:25

I have my new Mac, and I am quite astonished at the way my images appear on
the screen. Whilst I had no complaints about the way they were on Windows,
that was before I had seen them on the retina display. It is like comparin
g 1950s tv − 450 lines and a bit blurry- with a modern HD image on a 60 inc
h screen. Whether you will see any difference if and when ( ah, that big wo
rd IF ) I get to process some pics on the Mac and post them, remains to be
seen. But I will see the difference, and that will make me happy at least.

Otherwise, it − (Mac) is not a learning curve at all − its a learning cliff
!

Usually it takes a couple of days to solve a minor problem, or at least a p
osting in one of the many forums and then sitting back and waiting for some
one else to provide the answer, which bless them, does seem to happen.

But I have had some oddities so far not resolved, like my PhotoShop Element
s disc goes in the drive slot, stays there for a couple of minutes then eje
cts, without ever giving me any explanation, so I have not been able to use
it. An answer I got on a forum suggests I get a free trial download − but
pursuing that I end up with a later version , and I can't see how to pay fo
r just the upgrade85. grrrr

I did splash out on Aperture − an Apple photo image app. and it looks as th
ough it could be excellent for storing and sorting images ( but again has i
ts own learning curve − maybe I'll buy a set of training videos ); but it d
oes not do layers, as far as I can discover, and has no means of selecting
part of an image − which I need in order to make my flowers stand out from
a background I have blurred or darkened, or to select patches of colour to
modify and restore towards looking the way I saw them.
I also tried looking for alternatives − other photo imaging soft-ware , but
have not found anything else which will do what I want as mentioned. − may
be I can do a Mac course on a cruise ship in the near future, and find an a
nswer in that.

I have been looking for software to run Windows Apps on the Mac − which app
arently got a lot easier after Mac switched to Intel a couple of years ago.
Parallels allows rapid switching without rebooting , and maybe I'll (have
to ) buy that − UKP65 currently. I need it for both OrchidWiz and also my m
apping systems which I need for my walking activities. Someone , again on a
forum, pointed me to a cheaper, or maybe even free one , called WINE ( Win
dows Is Not Enabled) but when I tried to get that, it led me to an app. cal
led Crossover, which led me to Steam , and that seemed to be all about gami
ng which is not my thing. So another loose end.

But no new images to post, until I have got this sorted.

Geoff

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: viewing orchid images , and that dreary Mac conversation again...
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 23:15

Geoff, there is apparently a free Layers plug-in for Aperture:
http://www.apertureexpert.com/tips/2012/8/23/onone-softwares-perfect-layers-is-free-for-aperture.html
which might provide what you require. Also, I am surprised that
www.adobe.com can't give you the information on upgrading Photoshop
Elements − it hasn't failed for me over the years but it may have
changed since I last upgraded.

However I do sympathise with your steep learning cliff as mine is
currently vertical. I mentioned some time ago that in a moment of
utter insanity I bought an inexpensive Windows Netbook to link to a
couple of gadgets which have no Mac alternative. It has been OK-ish
but getting slower and sloooower over time until I'm now encountering
the black screen of death (like the blue screen of death but worse).
So far I have spent several days trying to solve it − yes there are
many forums, etc. but so far none of them has an answer that works.
I'm just grateful to get back to the iMac, which is such a pleasure
to use.

--

Tricia

Put a chilli in it. Spice it up.

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From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] viewing orchid images , and that dreary Mac conversation again...
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2013 10:05

Tricia,
Forgive my jumping in on your message to Geoff but I was very interested in the possibility of a 'layers' plug in for Aperture.
I went to the site you mention but discover it to be an object lesson in confusion; I can't work out where in the series of titles, is the 'layers plugin' and, like so many tempting 'free downloads' is not a 'freeware' program. I suppose you haven't actually tried to find it, have you? I am not asking you do to do the work of searching, just in case you have already been round that route!
John

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: name wanted
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:20

name wanted

https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid66cc6b7e29550ebd&pagebrowse
&resid66CC6B7E29550EBD!753&type5&authkey!AOyFx0gHzNNMS48&Bsrc
Photomail&BpubSDX.Photos

This is a Brassidium ? Looks as though it has Brassia or maybe Ada in
its background anyway. Flowers 7 cm or so ( almost 3 inches at a guess).
Upright spike, one small branch, maybe 20 + flowers.
I think I bought it from Claudia or Peter White at a Spring show last
year or the year before – has done well for me, I think the
flowers are bigger, brighter and more of them – clearly loves
S/H.

I have the name Aztec in my mind, but can't find any tag.

Can anyone put a name on it ?

Geoff,

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] viewing orchid images , and that dreary Mac conversation again...
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:45

John,

It seems that 'they' give away the out-going version to tempt people
to buy the new version. I followed the link in the first paragraph to
www.ononesoftware.com and found this page:
http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/perfect-effects-free/

Clicking on the large green Download button invoked a form for my
name and email address so that I could be sent a link to the Perfect
Effects download (which presumably includes layers), a pretty
convoluted arrangement! I duly filled out the form, received the
link, clicked on it and got nothing. According to comments on the
Aperture Expert site the link isn't working at present :-(

I understand using Pixelmator in conjunction with Aperture is
favoured by many people in preference to Perfect Effects.

--

Tricia

A day without sunshine is like... night.

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From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] viewing orchid images , and that dreary Mac conversation again...
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:35

Thanks Tricia,
The bad news; I couldn't download it.
The good news; maybe you are as geriatric as I and that's why it doesn't work.
I have Pixelmator − but it doesn't have layers either!
Thanks for trying
John

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