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Bloomberg.com: Amazon discloses cloud services sales, 49% jump.

Holy Hannah.

04/23/15 • 04:00 PM • ComputingHardwareInternetSoftware • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Apple Support: Pro Video Format 2.0.1 asks me to update it repeatedly ...

One of those days. I downloaded the Apple software update after reapplying the blasted update twice in the App Store, made sure it installed properly, and then just chose to ‘Hide this Update’ in the App Store, rather than purchase Pacifist. Posted this for others suffering this particular malady.

04/23/15 • 02:11 PM • AppleMotion GraphicsSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

My host decided to recompile PHP ...

... and the global PHP.ini file got borked. Piwik let me know — “PDO extension not enabled”. Host didn’t double-check their work. Naughty, naughty ... now I have no stats for the last 24 hours. Not that it’s a concern. I just like to see where folks come from. I still get a lot of enjoyment from seeing readers from across the globe.

04/23/15 • 01:58 PM • InternetPersonalSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSJ: Best Way to Organize a Lifetime of Photos. [Comparing Apple Photos to Adobe LR, more.]

A bit fluffy, but worth referencing.

04/23/15 • 01:28 PM • ConsumptionHardwareInternetMobilePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Lightroom 6/CC update ... continued.

I just sent out five finals after post-processing, and a selection of ‘potential portrait backgrounds’ converted to B/W ... in about a quarter of the time it usually takes. I haven’t used any of the new features, just doing what I always do, faster.

Note that this update maintained access to all my third-party plugins, effects and presets.  The previous updates required manually adding them back.  A significant time-saver.

Some tricks from Adobe for the new LR, and some free presets (I have way more than enough; don’t need these. I’m finding less is more.).

04/22/15 • 10:46 AM • AdobePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Just upgraded to Lightroom 6/CC ... fast.

Noticeably faster. GPU action there. So far, nice. The only glitch I hit was, I’d been using a purchased version of LR5.  When I installed LR/CC, it didn’t recognize my old catalog, so I had to ‘open’ and upgrade it manually. FYI. I’ll have more comments in coming days, once I use the new features.

04/21/15 • 09:28 PM • AdobePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Adobe – Creative Cloud Photography and Lightroom 6.

Big additions. I’ve been converting to DNG for a while now, only because I’ve seen a speed improvement in the Develop module versus native Canon files. I’ve been retaining the old RAWs on an external, ultimately only archiving the ‘printable’ items ... you know, ‘just in case.’

My CC widget is still only showing LR5. I suppose I’ll have to restart to see the new CC version.

04/21/15 • 12:11 PM • AdobePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AppleInsider: OS X 10.10.3 triggering kernel panics when previewing JPEG files.

FYI.

04/16/15 • 10:29 AM • AppleSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor.

But I can’t play with them until I update to Yosemite. Dammit. Time to pull another clone and just get it over with.

04/13/15 • 12:09 PM • ApplePersonalSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Helium: A floating browser window for OS X.

Of interest. If you can manage to concentrate on work *and* watch movies, more power to you.

04/13/15 • 11:42 AM • AppleSoftware • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Newbie to Expert Photo Editing in 5 Minutes.

Fun, if you’ve never dragged a slider in your photo editing program before (I’ll wager you have). I think the biggest mistake for beginners ... do your adjustments, then go back and halve them. Everyone overdoes, when starting out. Do more work in the camera next time, not in post.

04/06/15 • 04:29 PM • PhotographySoftware • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LR Killer Tips: Making Sure All Your Lightroom Photos Have Your Copyright Info Embedded.

Timely.

04/06/15 • 11:01 AM • AdobePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Fast.co: Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, And The Coming Streaming Music Wars.

It seems unlikely that these new music services can convince the average consumer who spent $64 a year on music in the days of CDs, to pay $10 per month without first getting hooked.” Not so unlikely. Current media reports indicate Millenials aren’t into owning ‘stuff.’

I find the streaming systems incredibly freeing. Instead of buying a CD, playing it for about a week, getting bored of hearing it, storing it for umpteen years ... or buying MP3s and worrying over backup schemes ... I can make playlists and do the same thing without taking up any physical or hard drive space in my home. I can delete, restore, craft playlists, take advantage of others’ cleverly assembled playlists, etc. Of course, it’s another ‘service’. Death by a thousand cuts ... all these $10-20 monthly charges from online services we love to use. I suppose being involved in web design, I’m already accustomed to the service model, more than Americans in general.

04/02/15 • 10:22 AM • ConsumptionMobileMusicPersonalSoftware • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

EOSHD: Magic Lantern run Linux OS on Canon DSLRs.

Magic Lantern just turned your 5D Mark III into a desktop computer.” HAH. Will some wag will try to install Open Office next ... ?

04/01/15 • 02:45 PM • HardwareMotion GraphicsPhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Embedly Blog: Twitter’s got a New Harassment Problem — Periscope.

Periscope and other public live streaming apps have a battle to fight and a social responsibility. The ability to type hate and see an immediate physical, emotional response is the ultimate tool for a tormentor.”  I’ve been seeing Periscope recommended by various niche talking heads for the last week. I was about to download, when I ran across this. Seems you need to be careful with your settings - they’re defaulting to ‘too open.’

04/01/15 • 01:40 PM • MobileMotion GraphicsSecuritySocial MediaSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AE Scripts/Plugins: Tickler.

Could be very handy when you don’t have time/budget to do a full-on animation.

03/30/15 • 12:38 PM • AdobeArtsMotion GraphicsSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SLYT: Lightroom Workflow - A Super Easy Way to Keyword.

Nice tip. Spray your keywords.

03/27/15 • 12:36 PM • AdobePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

It’s time, once again. Anyone had problems with the Yosemite upgrade?

Not so much interested in the upgrade *process*, but have you seen any app incompatibilities?  Particularly concerned about Adobe Creative Cloud, Coda 2, other programming bits and bobs. If you’ve run into any issues, I’d appreciate a comment. THANKS.

03/27/15 • 12:23 PM • AppleInternetSoftware • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Developer Drive: Introducing Page Parts for WordPress.

Of interest. Sort of like “Pages” in EE, but sounds more flexible.

03/27/15 • 11:40 AM • InternetSoftwareWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Here’s how incredible computer word processing seemed in 1982.

And the comically underpowered computers people bought in 1982 were expensive.” Underpowered but not incapable. The dedicated word processors could churn out formatted text faster than today’s overaccessorized word processing software because they had *dedicated keyboards*. Indent? Press a clearly labelled button. Columns? Press a clearly-labelled button. It was the PC and WordStar that started us on the standard keyboard three- and four-finger keyboard commands (that so few people actually learn to use beyond the basics). Those of us using dedicated machines used to make terrible fun of the bargain-basement PC folks (PCs were cheaper than dedicated systems by a long chalk, and WordStar was trying to offer the same capabilities as the highest end dedicated setups. Trivia: Doing columns easily was a big deal back then, a litmus test of sorts.).

Granted, the output was limited by daisywheel printers. But you could switch fonts by snapping in and out different daisywheels. You know, working around a daisywheel could be why my left ear seems to not be as sensitive as my right anymore (that, and driving with the window open). And sheetfeed tractor-feed paper!  Ah, the memories. How many forests we burned through.

WordPerfect, I think, is still the closest thing to living history you can experience. Do they still have the ‘codes page’ - access to the source code of documents?

03/26/15 • 11:44 AM • ComputingHardwareHistoryPersonalSoftware • (8) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Non-Commercial Renderman.

I think I felt the Earth shake a little.

03/23/15 • 04:34 PM • ArtsDesignMotion GraphicsSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Kernel: Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web.

Entertaining.  I don’t recall it being that hard on my Mac Plus; perhaps memory plays tricks.

Later, if you’re bored ... peruse a random 1988 PC Magazine. Man, the memories ...

03/22/15 • 03:08 PM • AppleHardwareHistorySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

c|net: Photoshop’s new camera support suggests Lightroom update.

There may be some big changes coming. Read it, and keep your eyes and ears open.

03/19/15 • 06:32 PM • AdobePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Adobe: An Update - Creative Cloud and Support for Mac OS X.

For full function after the next update, you must have 10.9 or better.

03/18/15 • 10:17 AM • AdobeAppleSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Interstitial: From Fastmail Back to Google’s Gmail.

Hmmm. Understood. But I keep a Fastmail account for an important reason - I have clients who expect instant responses, who expect email to work like texting. Gmail takes forever to deliver messages. Fastmail, it’s virtually guaranteed to be there in seconds.

03/17/15 • 12:09 PM • InternetPersonalSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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