Photography Basics: How to Hold your DSLR

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Computer programmer, entrepreneur, and business executive Craig C. Jensen serves as founder and chair of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation). Craig Jensen authored the bestselling defragmentation software Diskeeper in 1986. He enjoys photography in his spare time.

It can feel awkward to hold a DSLR when you’re first starting out. Rest the lens in your left hand, with your right hand gripping the side of the camera and your index finger on the shutter control. This position allows easy access to both the back panel and the shutter button and makes for quick adjustments to the lens for focus. Press the viewfinder to your eyebrow to view subjects and steady the camera.

Aim to minimize movement while shooting. Keep your legs in a wide stance with knees slightly bent, bringing one foot forward if you are leaning into a shot. Relax your elbows and tuck them into your body. You may find leaning onto a table with your elbows or against a wall will be helpful to reduce motion. When kneeling, bring one knee up in front and rest an elbow on your knee for more stability. Finally, breathe out when taking photos, rather than in or holding your breath. A controlled exhalation equals less movement and a better shot.

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Downhill Skiing Tips for Beginners

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Craig Jensen is a computer programmer, business executive, and entrepreneur. Founder and Chair of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation), Craig Jensen authored bestselling defragmentation software Diskeeper in 1986. He enjoys challenging himself to learn new things and took up skiing at age 43.

When learning to ski, experts recommend taking lessons from an experienced instructor, which gives you the benefit of safety, quality instruction, and faster improvement. Resorts that promote family programs, ski schools, and have excellent ski slope grooming are often great places for beginners. To keep things simple when you’re first starting out, you can purchase package deals that include equipment rentals and lift tickets.

Invest in quality equipment such as a sturdy and warm jacket, snow pants, ski boots, goggles, and a helmet; these can be rented or purchased. Beginners can benefit from learning proper form. Keep your eyes well ahead instead of on the tips of your skis to avoid accidents. Remember, new skiers fall frequently. If you fall, try to fall to the side as much as possible to prevent injury and twisting. Start with beginner runs and slow lifts in order to build confidence and skill. Practice patience and keep your expectations reasonable for the best experience learning to ski. Most of all, have fun!

The Importance of Defragmentation

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As the creator of the Diskeeper defragmentation and fragmentation prevention software and the founder of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation), Craig Jensen is an accomplished computer programmer, entrepreneur and author. Created in 1986, Diskeeper is a real time fragmentation solution that has sold over fifty million licenses worldwide. As the chairman of Condusiv Technologies, Craig Jensen continues efforts to improve PC application performance and minimize the effects of disk fragmentation.

Many PC owners may be unaware of what fragmentation actually is, and why defragmentation is important. Disk fragmentation is a natural occurrence that takes place when a file is divided up into pieces in order to fit on the disk. This effect can build up over time since files are constantly being written and deleted, causing slow system speed, random crashes, freezing and many other issues.

Defragmentation is important because it cleans up a PC by finding all the pieces of files and putting them back together. It can be compared to regular house cleaning and is important for the overall health of a PC. For additional information on fragmentation and the importance of regular defragmentation and fragmentation prevention, visit www.condusiv.com/disk-defrag/defragmentation/.

Addressing I/O Bottleneck

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Craig Jensen is a computer programmer who founded Executive Software, later called Diskeeper and now Condusiv Technologies, in 1981. In 1986, Craig Jensen invented Diskeeper, a defragmentation software that functions to make Windows computers work better. Condusiv Technologies now provides several programming products and services to address common software issues in today’s tech world.

In a recent survey, Condusiv Technologies found that of 2,654 IT professionals across Europe and North America, 77% had issues with their I/O since virtualizing. Virtualizing means creating a simulation or virtual version of something, and I/O is input/output, or the relationship between the product and the people using it.

When the I/O performance is too slow, the company is dealing with an I/O bottleneck. Condusiv’s V-locity helps to speed up systems by 50% to 300% by reducing inefficiencies that can slow down performance. This may be the solution for businesses facing the I/O bottleneck issues that arise from virtualizing.

The Computer History Museum Hosted the USDS Team in Its Speaker Series

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Computer History Museum
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A veteran of computer programming, Craig Jensen leads Condusiv Technologies Corporation as chairman and founder. Craig Jensen has a passion for tech both in and outside of work. He is a supporter of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

The Computer History Museum hosts a variety of events throughout the year. At the beginning of 2016, it led a speaker series that included visionaries such as Stephen Wolfram, creator of Wolfram Alpha, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. In addition, representatives of the US Digital Service (USDS) educated attendees at a “revolutionaries” event titled, An Evening with the US Digital Service Team.

Founded in 2014, the USDS was established to fix the website healthcare.gov. The organization has since taken the reins to improve government websites and technology infrastructure. Their primary task is to make public websites consumer-friendly, while enhancing government technologies to reduce problems, thus saving taxpayers money.

During the January event, USDS leaders shared their personal experiences joining the team and their impact on redefining government technologies for the benefit of the public. They also discussed recruitment goals, including the hiring of exceptional tech talent to support the nation’s capital.

To learn more about the events occurring at the museum, visit www.computerhistory.org.

Enjoying Skiing

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Craig Jensen

The founder of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (www.condusiv.com), formerly Diskeeper Corporation, Craig Jensen leverages his expertise in computer programming to help customers accelerate performance of Microsoft Windows servers.

Aside from his career, Craig Jensen (www.craigjensen.com) enjoys skiing. Though he rarely competes, he finds skiing through the trees high in the mountains to be an activity that is both relaxing and exhilarating. “Whether cruising a glade or dropping into a chute,” he says, “I find myself 100% in the moment and hyper-aware of the world around me.”

Craig recommends skiing to one and all. As the great ski-filmmaker Warren Miller says about going skiing, “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”

A Brief Overview of Condusiv Technologies’ I/O Performance Survey

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A computer programmer, Craig Jensen leads Condusiv Technologies Corporation (CTC), formerly known as Diskeeper Corporation. Through his company, Craig Jensen helps improve users’ experience with Windows computers.

Providing software-only storage performance solutions, CTC recently released the results of its survey on input/output (I/O) performance of virtualized storage. The study included participation from 2,654 information technology professionals throughout North America and Europe and analyzed I/O bottlenecks.

The survey found that 77 percent of organizations struggle with I/O performance issues, and one-third third receive customer complaints about slow response time when running MS SQL or Oracle. In past attempts to improve speed and efficiency in data processing, approximately half have invested in new storage area network (SAN) devices, while 27 percent have acquired storage-side solid-state drives (SSDs). However, a vast majority agreed that more budget-friendly I/O reduction software would be an ideal way to ensure applications perform at optimal speeds.

To learn more about the survey and to find data-processing solutions, visit http://www.condusiv.com. For more details about Craig Jensen, go to www.craigjensen.com.

I/O Reduction Software as a Performance Enhancing Tool

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A computer programmer for more than four decades, Craig Jensen (http://www.craigjensen.com) leads Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation) as founder and chairman. Craig Jensen’s company is a global market leader in software-only storage performance solutions that enhance data processing speed, as well as application performance. Condusiv’s V-locity I/O reduction software is a simple solution to I/O inefficiencies which works by optimizing performance at the level of Windows OS and the hypervisor; it is a less expensive and more efficient alternative to hardware solutions which often do not solve the underlying performance issues.

It is all too common for businesses to encounter an “I/O ceiling,” which occurs when the storage infrastructure is insufficient to handle the high-performance needs of applications. In the past, IT administrators would seek out hardware-based solutions that are both more expensive and less efficient than leading edge software approaches. Hardware upgrades can streamline the processing of inefficient I/O profiles, but do not solve the software issues that underlie a large number of performance bottlenecks. The power of I/O reduction software is that it employs dual engines: a DRAM read caching engine, and an engine that sequentializes writes and boosts I/O density. This multifaceted approach is effective in breaking through I/O bottlenecks without disrupting system performance.

Computer History Museum Launches Yearlong Ada Lovelace Exhibit

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An accomplished computer programmer and entrepreneur, Craig Jensen founded Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation) in 1981 and now serves as the company’s chairman. Outside of his activities at Condusiv Technologies, Craig Jensen supports the Computer History Museum, a Mountain View, California, institution that celebrates and preserves the computer’s history through programs and exhibits.

The Computer History Museum recently opened an exhibit entitled Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace, which celebrates the bicentennial birthday of Ada Lovelace, a British mathematician considered one of history’s first computer programmers. Launched as part of the museum’s yearlong celebration of Lovelace, the exhibit features high-quality facsimiles of the mathematician’s papers, including journals, mathematical notes, and letters to other prominent thinkers of her era.

Visitors of the exhibit will have the unique opportunity to view the materials outside of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, which has never before released them publicly. The Computer History Museum will maintain the Ada Lovelace exhibit through December 11, 2016. For more information visit www.computerhistory.org.

Exhibit Showcases Portrait Photography By Craig Jensen

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The photography exhibit “About Face” was held at Pier 24 in San Francisco. The show features nearly 1,000 portraits taken from the mid-1800s to today.

Running through February 2013, the exhibit showcases the work of Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Richard Avedon, and other leading photographers and artists. The show features shots by Dorothea Lange, including “Migrant Mother,” which is regarded as one the country’s most famous depictions of rural life. In one area of the gallery, more than 100 photos by Hans-Peter Feldmann trace the human life span from beginning to end. The show also presents the work of up-and-comers such as Lucas Foglia.

About the Author

Inventor and entrepreneur Craig Jensen founded and runs Condusiv Technologies Corporation (previously known as Diskeeper Corporation), an international company that develops and markets computer defragmentation software. He spends his spare time pursuing his interest in photography.