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Apple Watch Noir

Apple Watch Noir

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 under Writings | No comments

It's now been just over two weeks into wearing an Apple Watch every day and I've been thinking that it could be a great villain is anyone is up for writing a tech crime drama. Something dark and suspenseful, but full of all those accurate details that make it feel true to life. That's really why I immediately loved a show like Veronica Mars so quickly; every little technical detail was spot on (like how ...

 
Flip Clock

Flip Clock

Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 under Downloads | No comments

Anyone out there still using the Dashboard on Mac OS X? Anyone else worried that the rumored OS redesign that Jony Ive is working on will cut out this handy little environment?

I still use it on a daily basis for lots of helpful things, including the ever-so wonderful Delivery Status, HTML Entities, Minutes, iStat Pro and CharacterPal widgets, so I hope it isn't going any where.

I am thinking it might be fun to make something ...

 
Fill up your ears and your Podcasts app

Fill up your ears and your Podcasts app

Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 under Life News | No comments

While I'm not among those that berate Apple against their use of "skeuomorphic" design (e.g. the boys at The Verge or most of Leo Laporte and his crew) and definitely enjoyed the appealing little reel-to-reel animation in Apple's first attempt at a iOS podcast app, seeing the app hit an actual stride in version 1.2 is very welcome.
As a daily user of the app, with at least a couple of different podcast networks spin thing ...

 
Wireless Woes

Wireless Woes

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011 under Life | No comments

For the past few weeks I have been experiencing an issue with my MBP not properly connecting to wireless networks immediately after a restart or on opening from Sleep mode. Most times, the Airport menulet would indicate full strength, but a quick ping test in Terminal confirmed that no actual network connectivity was happening.

I searched around a bit today and found a few forums that recommended removing all the .plist files related to networking at ...

 
SafeBrowse Widget

SafeBrowse Widget

Posted on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 under Downloads | No comments

Due to so many malicious attacks on MT's servers lately, I've been having to check lots of client sites for malicious code and in the process, I've found Google's Webmaster Tools and their Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page to be wonderfully helpful.

It is kinda of cumbersome having to keep the Safe Browsing URL around and prepend it to every site I wanted to check, so in an effort to ease the pain, I threw together a ...

 
iPhone OS 4.0 Sneak Peak

iPhone OS 4.0 Sneak Peak

Posted on Friday, April 9th, 2010 under News | No comments

I had intended on posting about all of the features I am excited for in the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 software update (of which there are many), but Apple did a nice job of spoiling that with ...

More reminders of their continued belief that the HTML5 markup language is a direct equivalent to and a capable replacement for Flash, Flex and AIR ... where it definitely is not.
A re-written development agreement that not only restricts ...

 
Restore to Defaults

Restore to Defaults

Posted on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 under Life | 1 comment

One only has to sit in on my DFP Icon lecture, perused my Flickr uploads tagged osx, or (for you privileged few) use my Mac for a few minutes to realize that I am very particular AND very protective of the way my Finder windows look. I have nice sidebar separators, several essential tool bar application launchers, Windows 7-like window snapping, and a fairly even background image to grid layout ratio ... and that's ...

 

Google Chrome on the Mac

Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

It has been a few days now since Ars Technica announced Google's Developer Preview for Chrome on the Mac and I have been loving every minute of it. While I do miss the robust plugin architecture of Firefox and the slickness of Safari 4's "Top Sites", Chrome's speed trumps all.

New tabs and windows are quick to respond and page loading is ever so snappy. And though I am not entirely won over by it yet, ...

 

Moonlit Monster – iPhone Wallpaper

Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 under Downloads Life | No comments

This has been sitting in my "to finish" folder for quite some time and now thanks to all of the daily pieces I have been working on with the Blob Brush, I finally found a style I was okay with for this something special for all you iPhone users out there. Get ready for the Halloween season by putting this little moster guy on your shiny Apple screen.

Download the full 320 × 480 size here.

 

Magic Mouse

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 under Life News | No comments

Since my beloved Mighty Mouse has not been functioning as preferred (specifically, the top and side buttons were not being recognized) I have been eagerly anticipating Apple's Fall product update so that I could look into getting whatever the new iteration of the mouse might be. Today Apple announced the new Magic Mouse and while I am very excited to try one out in person, I was less excited about the fact that it is ...

 

IF : Frozen (Felix)

Posted on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 under Sketches Video | No comments

Since I didn't have a Wacom tablet around, my daily person drawing (and coincidentally my Illustration Friday entry) was done in the great Brushes iPhone app.

 

Exchanging a slow Safari for Firefox 3.5

Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Despite how much I love the new Safari 4 features, I have been experiencing some really poor performance as of late ... specifically, a 3-5 second stall at every new window launch, new tab or trying to scroll through a part of a page I had not been using previously. Though it may be due entirely to the upgrade to Snow Leopard, I don't have anything concrete to back up that theory and am forced ...

 

AIR Minimize Issue in Snow Leopard

Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 under Life Video | No comments

It appears that the AIR 1.5.1 runtime has a minor issue with re-maximizing windows after miniziming them to the Snow Leopard dock. I have submitted a bug request, so hopefully it will be fixed soon.

I also should probably start recording some sound when I am taking these screencasts with the new Quicktime X ... it's like I have been making them for a deaf person.

 

Snow Leopard & Perl – Having 64-bit babies

Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 under Code Design | 3 comments

Sadly, one of my favorite lil' Mac tools, Validator, which is perfect for validating XML files against custom Document Type Declarations (DTDs), is currently not working with Snow Leopard, or more specifically, Snow Leopard's implementation of 64-bit Perl.

There is an easy way have 10.6 load the 32-bit version of Perl, but unfortunately, even after doing so, it looks like Validator is still having some other issues.

There is no contact information on Robert Crews' website, so ...

 

Snow Leopard needs a default timezone

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 under Code | 1 comment

I happend to be testing one of the current Illustrative projects locally and notice the following PHP error on my date('y') function:

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are required to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in ...

 

Snow Leopard wants to replace your Automator Plugins with Services

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

If you are like me and love the wonderfully scripted things that Apple's Automator application can provide, you are going to be pretty excited for some of the changes in Mac OS X 10.6.

You will, however, find that if you were using any custom or third-party actions (i.e. those by Dropbox, Junecloud or AppZapper) and they were implemented in Leopard as Finder Plugins, they aren't going to work the same way anymore. Most can ...

 

Before You install Snow Leopard

Posted on Saturday, August 29th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

I saw that Apple had put out this handy list of software that is incompatible with Leopard, and I thought it might be helpful to start collecting a list of smaller third-party apps that may cause issues. Here are mine so far ... feel free to comment with any others you are finding.

Applications Incompatible with Snow Leopard

Adobe Creative Suite - @summero said that CS3 hasn't given her any problems yet, but I can't confirm that ...

 

Fixing Web Sharing after the Snow Leopard install

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009 under News | 8 comments

I've mentioned this great article before for instructions on enabling the built-in PHP5 functionality of 10.5 Leopard (this article is not so bad either), but with 10.6 Snow Leopard install I did today, I found that I was getting "403 Forbidden" errors when trying to access the localhost, so I thought I would share this quick tip on how to correct the access and resolve the issue. Besides this, I haven't experienced any issues with ...

 

Controlling Keynote with an iPhone

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2009 under Life Reviews | No comments

If you use Keynote as much as I do and still haven't tried out Apple's Keynote Remote for the iPhone, you're missing out on a pretty decent control interface. Even with the $0.99 price tag (one might think buying a copy of iWork at $79 would be enough to warrant a free companion app), it is worth downloading and giving it a test run. I do have a couple of notes, though.

 

Platinum Sounds

Posted on Saturday, July 11th, 2009 under Downloads Life | 1 comment

After fiddling with some older older backups, a couple attempts to install from a Mac OS 9 CD and trying to extract files from the "Classic" emulation app, I finally realized that I could get my hands on the original "Platinum Sounds" Apple soundset from Courtney's older IBook G4.

Of course, it was mainly so that I could use them in conjunction with the great Xounds APE haxie from Unsanity ... there is just something ...

 

Wild Things

Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2009 under Life | No comments

I have been get a crazy ton of things done at work today. Managed to resolve the "double contacts" issue I was seeing on my iPhone after the 3.0 upgrade, thanks in great part to this helpful article. I also used Terminal to enable the old skool but nifty "hot corner" indicators for a machine at work ... making it plenty easier to remember which corner of the display will start the screen saver.

Then I ...

 

iPhone 3.0

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 under Life Sketches | No comments

Apple just released the newest installment of iPhone software sweetness ... Three dot O! If you haven't already, head over the iPhone website or open up iTunes and get it. During the install my phone needed a quick restore, so I had to learn how to put it in recovery mode ... good to know, for sure.

Also, since I always forget, here is a link on how remove the photo-blue lines from a digital scan. ...

 

Apple's App Wall

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 under Code Design | No comments

If you haven't already, definitely check out AppleInsider's or TechCrunch's coverage of the sweet App Wall that developers at Apple made for the recent WWDC event.

Here are all the deets:

"What you're looking at:
Over 3,000 apps - and growing - are downloaded every minute from the App Store. This is a live feed showing the activity of 20,000 popular apps currently on the store. Every time a customer downloads an app, its icon lights up (5 ...

 

Mighty Moose

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2009 under Sketches | No comments

… err, mouse.My trusty Apple Mighty Mouse hasn’t been connecting immediately/reliably the last few days, despite re-doing the Bluetooth settings several times. Turns out fresh batteries are key … one of my wonderfully green USB Cell batteries has been wonderfully lying to me about its charge and still needed more rest. A couple of new coppertops later and I am back in business … but, of course, not before I made fun of the mighty ...

 

March 17th – Seriously

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2009 under Life Sketches | No comments

Tuesday was a really easy-going, since our DFP (Deployment of Flash Projects) students had already finished their work and were just presenting their projects. We discussed some of the cool things that the Happy Cog guys are doing with the Redesign Mozilla.org campaign and how important it is to not only be able to defend design choices, but also be able to offer an intelligent and informed exposition on them.After the students presented their projects, ...

 
 

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