Forbes: F-Secure Launches A Dropbox And A VPN That Could Erase Content Borders.
“Younited collates your existing cloud accounts, making pictures, video, or whatever else you want to store and share available in one spot, including sharing options with popular services like Facebook and Skydrive. As well as being an online file locker, F-Secure spent a considerable amount of time securing Younited, having worked on development for a number of years now. Quite simply, everything is encrypted, with the purpose of transferring the most basic data ownership and levels of privacy back to the control of the user, even when sharing through Facebook.” Very interesting. Keeping my copyrighted work out of Facebook’s hot little servers, yet still being able to share it, is intriguing and useful.
ArsTechnica: Chrome will now save its users from unexpectedly noisy browser tabs.
Brilliant. I’ve been using Safari since last OS update, but it seems to get buggier and buggier as time goes by. Time to Chrome it up, methinks. I run into rogue audio more than I care to think about.
CNet: Twitter lets you organize tweets into custom timelines.
Useful! Anything to cut the noise vs. signal ratio.
NY Times: The Death of Letter-Writing.
“It is this constant background awareness of email that can cause real problems. Unlike traditional mail, email is always active. You can’t fire off an email and then put it completely out of mind; there is at least some slight awareness of the message’s continuing life, the possibility of a reply, the need to keep refreshing the stream of digital correspondence. And that’s the best-case scenario — more often, it is the nagging collection of unanswered emails that weighs on one’s mind.” Why oh why did the writer have to put that in print? That’s exactly the ethic, the weight. Perhaps Tim Ferriss is right; check at 10, check at 4, ignore between.
On Taking Pictures: Fuji x100s Travel Camera Review.
“It is definitely not the ‘Ooh, look at that! <instantaneous snap!>” camera that some other reviews have touted it being. It’s not even close to the shutter on a manual film camera. If there was a time element involved in getting a picture, the camera was slowing me down.” Dealbreaker. Nothing drives me crazier with point-and-shoots and cellphone cameras. I’ve been so curious about all the positive press over the Fuji. This puts paid on it, for me. YMMV.
Technoagita: Fed up with Feedly and especially with Google.
Reign23: Camera Noir, b&w app for iPhone.
If/when I acquire an iPhone, this will probably be a fave. If it can get white and black points approximately correct without too much fiddling.
Ask DesignerNews: Skype, Campfire, or Hipchat?
Skype’s been letting me down lately. I’ll keep an eye on this thread.
NFS: Background Rendering Not Working with Premiere or FCPX in OS X Mavericks?
“Get Info”, turn off “App Nap.” A vital Mavericks tip!
Blogs.Adobe.com: Editing your pictures with local adjustments using Lightroom.
These are techniques I use on all my photos. If you’re not familiar with ‘em all, this is a really good short overview of the astonishing things you can do to improve a mundane image. [Just be bloody careful about overexposing shadow areas, and always check 1:1 before publishing!]
vowe dot net: Apple issues much needed update for Mavericks Mail.
Better compatibility with GMail? Wait for the reviews.
Mashable: Internet Explorer 11 Arrives for Windows 7.
Tell your clients. Or encourage Chrome use.
Western Digital: External Drives for Mac Experiencing Data Loss …
WD recommends uninstalling their drivers, and supply a download. Have backups.
Another Creative Cloud App update.
One crash, one successful install, for a total of two attempts. Second time in a row. C’mon Adobe … you can get it down to one successful install, I know you can.
Alpha open-source GMail clone. Worth keeping tabs on.
CNet: Google Apps dropkicks support for IE 9.
Poof. And another old browser bites the dust. In organizations at least.
Lightroom workflow change.
In the past, I’ve just imported .CR2’s (Canon Raw Format) and done my work in Lightroom. I heard a rumor, and performed a small test over the weekend. DNG’s are significantly faster to process in Lightroom 5. 5’s been significantly slower on my system than 4, so any speed gain is to the good. DNG’s preview faster, show changes faster - everything’s faster. So now I during import, I copy my original .CR2’s to a separate backup drive, while creating a DNG and using the DNG as my main editable file on my working system. This may cause some backup nightmares, but I’m working that out at the moment. I’ll let you know how I get along with this setup, over the longer term.
Mac app; pretty cool. “Just type your problem as you’d write it on paper. You see your answer instantly. No setting up formulas, no equals button.”
Oh … oh … ohhhhhhh.
Too much bad HDR today, even on mainstream news sites. That last one made my retinas bleed. Use HDR for a reason, please. If it’s making sensor noise go past ‘11’, just … don’t. A plea from the peanut gallery.
Designer News: Safari displays colors incorrectly.
RootWyrm’s Corner: The badBIOS Analysis Is Wrong.
Macworld Bugs & Fixes: A roundup of Mavericks troubleshooting tips.
Since I’m thinking about upgrading, I need to store things like this. Evernote.
Ars Technica: Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps.
xlr8yourmac: 10.9 Mavericks problems with WD Drive Manager/Raid Manager/Smartware.
TechHive: Keep your PayPal account safer with two-factor authentication.
Previously, I recommended less-than-tech-savvy clients to get a separate bank account, and use it solely for Paypal transactions … keeping the main business account isolated from possible hacks. Some clients have been easily duped by phishing emails. This may make that practice obsolete.