I performed a little surgery on my late 2012 Mac Mini. It was getting pretty slow when launching applications (Lightroom, I’m looking at you), so I decided to do a little upgrade. I found an SSD drive on sale (250GB) and decided to make a DIY Fusion drive. I ordered a kit from eBay with the cables and tools required, and this weekend, rolled up … Continue reading Surgery on my Mac
Apple messed this one up with the new iPhone X. Continue reading Something Apple screwed up with the iPhone X
If you watched my YouTube video on protection from power failures (here), you know I promised to include the configuration files and commands on this blog. So here they are: To hide the ‘ups’ user: sudo dscl . create /Users/ups IsHidden 1 In the upsmon.conf file, enter the following lines: RUN_AS_USER ups in the RUN_AS_USER <userid> section, and MONITOR firstname.lastname@example.org 1 upsmon 123456 … Continue reading Protection from power failures! Mac, UPS, NAS & NUT
I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet that I’ve been using faithfully for several years on my Mac. Every time Apple has a major upgrade to MacOS, Wacom would take forever to update their drivers. The drivers would never be ready on the OS launch date. It would always come out a month or so after launch. I would always have to delay my upgrade until … Continue reading Is Wacom making fun of it’s customers?
Just a note that I will soon be reviewing my new QNAP TS-451+. It has been performing admirably since I picked it up. Great for photos, videos, DLNA, VPN and TimeMachine backups. I used to have all kinds of trouble with TimeMachine backups being corrupted with the Western Digital My Book Live Duo. Not a single problem since I moved to the QNAP! The My … Continue reading Coming soon: review of the QNAP TS-451+
When Mac OS 10.12 Sierra came out last September, most of the applications I have, had either updated their software or updated it within a few days of the release of the operating system. The only standout was Wacom. This is the second year in a row that it takes them well over a month to update their drivers and software. To make matters worse, … Continue reading Why does Wacom take so long to update their drivers?
Just had to mention the good service I received from Datacolor when I had a problem with my calibration software. After upgrading to MacOS Sierra, I was unable to save the calibration of my two monitors. I’m good with technology but I was stumped. After leaving a message on their web site, I received a prompt email suggesting a course of action. It didn’t work … Continue reading Datacolor Spyder5 great service
“Even paranoids have enemies” — Henry Kissinger I have always been paranoid about my backups. My home system is a Mac and I store all my files on a NAS (Network Attached Storage). The one I use is a My Book Live Duo from Western Digital. It my be a little dated, there are more recent versions of this system, but it does the job … Continue reading Backups
I though I’d try a little performance test pitting my new MacBook 2016 with a Core M3 processor with my Mac Mini (late 2012) sporting a Core i5 processor. The test was to stitch a panorama together with PTGui Pro. I took five shots, each having five bracketed exposures. That made a total of 25 images to process. The results blew me away. In the … Continue reading Macbook 12″ 2016 performance
So I just spent the last weekend at my son’s soccer tournament. I decided I was going to take some sports shots with a new 2x teleconverter. I’ll write about that one later. I brought the MacBook 12″ with me to test the workflow the Lightroom. I was actually quite impressed by the machine. Lightroom imported quickly thanks to the SSD drive. I could select … Continue reading A first working weekend with the MacBook