Apple: C’mon, already… update the MacPro


OK, a general rant on Apple and folks who make their living using Apple computers. I've got a production suite at my photo studio, and another at home. They do the same thing… edit and store images and video. My MacPro at home is from 2006; my MacPro at the studio is from 2009. It has been several years since the line was updated, and the updates were just little housekeeping things like slightly faster processors. Other Mac lines have enjoyed some nifty technology boosts, like Thunderbolt … [Read more...]

QuickFix: Why does Pages creates HUGE files?


In an effort to accomodate clients who wish to continue editing content, I sometimes export files out of Pages to .doc for their use. And sometimes, the exported file is so huge its unworkable. After dealing with this issue a few times, I have come to the conclusion that drag/dropped jpg images in MSWord get somehow corrupted in the conversion to iWork Pages which tries to fix the issue by creating a .pdf out of the image.  It seems to occur regardless what combination of versions of MSWord … [Read more...]

The latest Skype for Mac has some cool features


My telephone needs are covered -- I have Skype and I have my cellphone. I used to have a never-never-land-line: the phone I never answered because it was undoubtedly some telemarketer or robocalling machine. When I figured out that I could ignore those calls for about $60 a year, I switched from land-line to voip. (I actually tried Vonage first but a phone I never answer $25/month seemed too expensive still.) My skype phone number is now the official phone number for business and home - the … [Read more...]

Why does Safari crash so much?


I have hated Safari since Tiger. Granted, it was an improvement over IE for Mac but a sneeze or butterfly breeze can cause Safari to crash. Its  slow response to ad servers is infuriating and, OMG! Heaven forbid a webpage like HuffPO, NYTimes or BusinessInsider has a flash ad in its header. Initially I thought it was specific to my computer, my ISP, or my deodorant. However, I never seem to have the same issues with Firefox. Sometimes Firefox launches and loads a webpage while Safari is still … [Read more...]

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Review: Lens Baby Control Freak

Lensbaby - Control Freak

"Serendipity" is the way to describe a recent interaction between myself and a colleague of mine. It produced several interesting photographic days for me. You know: ser·en·dip·i·ty [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: a fortunate stroke of serendipity | a series of small serendipities. I had just written to Britt Stokes to comment upon the Lensbaby article that he had written and his response … [Read more...]