Work Update (overdue)

Posted on February 09, 2015

Just a quick note to let everyone (who doesn’t already know) that from 1 December 2014 my (almost) three years at Transnet came to an end, I relinquished my position as head of Information Security for the Group and took up a new challenge at a small IT Audit and Information Security consulting firm in Durban by the name of ITSec. You can find out more about ITSec and its services at the website :

The reason for the delay in announcement? I guess that leaving behind what I had worked so hard to achieve and leaving behind the team that I built and that was so good to me was a very difficult thing to do. It has taken a while to come to terms with all of that. Thanks guys, you made it the amazing experience that it was.


MS Image Composite Editor updated to Version 2.0

Posted on February 09, 2015

My favourite free photography tool of all time, Microsoft Image Composite Editor (related to Microsoft Photosynth on mobile devices), has been updated with significant updates.

ICE was first released in 2008 and has been updated a few times since, before entering what seemed to be a hibernation period. I am truly delighted that this update has been made.

There are a number of new key features, including :

  • Automatic image completion, where gaps that would otherwise leave black spaces in your final image, or force you to crop it closer than you would like, can now be “auto completed” using some smart new algorithms. You can see this in action in the demo video and it really is cool
  • The application is now more forgiving, select the wrong option or decide you don’t like what you have selected and you don’t have to start it all over. Just press back and give it another go.
  • The video to panorama feature introduced last time around has been improved. You can now select key frames from the video and have them stitched together to give you wonderful panoramas with the person in the video appearing across your final image. Looks great for action sports.
  • A new series of lenses (projections) have been added providing for a number of different effects such as fish-eye, spherical, orthographic or stereographic amongst others.
  • 32 bit and 64 bit versions available (hopefully no more running out of RAM)

Your final images can still be exported in a number of different formats including JPEG, TIFF and Photoshop PSD/PSB as well as special multi-resolution tiled formats used by HD View and Deep Zoom. You can also still upload your panoramas for 3D viewing on the Photosynth website.

You can download the new MS Ice here : Project ICE


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