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Today's just been one of those days where the Final Share SAN isn't working right, the AJA Kona 3 isn't working right and FCP isn't working right either. Just as we're about to finish our first feature documentary.

It's one of those days where you wonder what the hell you invested all of this money for and if you should just switch over to something else....


Ethernet Card
by walter biscardi
We're working with Small Tree right now on that very issue BUT after spending almost $7,000 on a Mac Pro, I fully expect those ethernet ports to work correctly. It's incredible that we spend this kind of money on something and Apple can completely screw up a driver for their own product.

Also, with only four slots available in a Mac Pro, the last thing I want to do is waste a slot for something that's already built in to the machine. Apple has completely dropped the ball on this issue.
Walter, Have you ever considered buying
by Rob Grauert

Have you ever considered buying a new ethernet card? At my work we've been having inconsistencies getting Drobo Pros to stay mounted to our Mac Pros via ethernet. Tech support didn't havee anything to say other than, "You could buy an Intel ethernet card," which was annoying because we just spend 6000 for a 16TB Drobo. Who wants to transfer that much data via FW800?

Anyway, just thought i'd throw it out there since I didn't even know you could switch out the ethernet card until Drobo suggested it.
Don, the Wife won't let me
by walter biscardi
I've always wanted to open a restaurant and my wife won't let me! :-)

Then again, I see how hard a good friend works to keep his small Italian café running and I'll take production work any day.

But I still have a dream to open a classic movie theater one of these days. That one will be a reality within the next 10 years, I have a good feeling on that one.
Apple's issue
by walter biscardi

It all starts and ends with Apple on this one. The new Hartwell chips that run the ethernet ports on all the Nehelam processor Mac Pros have a bad driver. This causes the ports to disconnect when you have bi-directional traffic, hence the SAN disconnects off the desktop and FCP / Compressor / AE, whatever happens to be running just crashes. Once that crash occurs, it can be fun to re-connect to the SAN.

We're slowly getting there but it's definitely a struggle to finish this thing when your creative flow keeps getting interrupted by the crashes. Of course Apple won't say anything so who knows when (if) a fix will be released for Leopard. We're not moving to SL anytime soon, certainly not until this doc is finished and out the door.
Maybe 'it's
by Don Walker
Maybe it's time for Biscardi's Italian Grill in Suwanne Georgia!
A SAN is never easy
by Jeremy Garchow
I don't care what they say. It adds new levels of complexity and everything has to be in concert. Sorry to hear of your troubles. It's no fun.


Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.

If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.



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