What lies beyond the archaic 8 char FAT filesystem limit?

I took my family out to the Donegal this weekend. By coincidence my Pentax digital camera "rolled over" from IMGP9999.PEF to IMGP0001.PEF just before I took this picture:
Muckrosssun
So now I must move all new files to a new folder or change the names before I rsync to my photo backup space to avoid overwriting old files. Whoever decided 10,000 photos was a sufficient limit for a digital SLR never had kids or lived in such a beautiful country. I'm still amazed at how many modern standards (e.g. ISO-9660, DCIM, DICOM) still bow to the 8.3 limitations of Microsoft's old FAT filesystem. As far as I know, DOS and RT-11 were the only popular operating systems made after 1970 with such a SHRTFLNM.LMT. Solaris, AmigaDOS, VMS, Gem, Geos, even the Vic-20 and Commodore 64 filenames exceeded this limit! Yes, it's possible to work around this limit with CLVRABRV.NMS or DIRECTRY STRUCTRS, but it seems that of all of the Digital camera manufacturers, only Casio, HP and Kodak have reasonably long term naming conventions, but none of them is as forward thinking as ZFS would allow them to be.

We really enjoyed our stay at the friendly family run Ocean Spray Bed and Breakfast on Muckross head, just east of the Slieve League cliffs in Donegal. The fact that there were no nearby restaurants or other late season tourists contributed to that "edge of the earth" feel of Donegal.

Comments:

I agree with you, since i will have the next round in 2009 (20000+). It would be much easier, if the Kamera makers would have used more space for the digits. With Konica Minolta its PICT1234.MRW.
A KM123456.MRW would have fitted easily in the same space.

I have some question about the Foto. It looks like painted. Is this a special effect or is this the country you are living in.
If this is an effect: It's amazing. What do you use ?
If this is the country: Where do you live ? Do they need software engineers ?

Posted by Knut Grunwald on September 24, 2008 at 09:09 AM GMT+00:00 #

Yes, the camera manufacturers misuse of the silly 8.3 filename limit is as much of a problem as the limit is.

The photo was taken in RAW format and processed with the opensource program QTPFSGUI. It's very easy to get an unusual effect with that program, what is more difficult is to bring the picture back towards reality. I used the opensource GIMP photo program to tone down the oversaturated greens and darken the foreground to more closely resemble what we normally see in a photograph. It's interesting that we've become so used to the silhouette effect you get when shooting a sunset that it looks bizarre to see the foreground even though when I was there I really did see intense green in the foreground.

Ireland slightly past the IT and construction booms. But you might still find employment there, in pharmaceuticals, or in building out the infrastructure to catch up with the boom years.

There aren't many jobs in Donegal where this photo was taken. Two vacant restaurants in a nearby town might be tempting for any aspiring restaurateur who can tolerate the long wet, windy winters between tourist high seasons. Professional surfers should do alright there too. Otherwise, you'd have to take up fishing or sheep farming.

Posted by Brian Nitz on September 24, 2008 at 09:43 AM GMT+00:00 #

Knut,

Thanks for the compliment

Posted by Brian Nitz on September 24, 2008 at 09:52 AM GMT+00:00 #

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