My beautiful green video

My Mac has really been wrung through the wringer lately, and the story I’m about to tell is fairly anticlimactic given the preceding sequence of events. Nevertheless, let me summarize. The story up until now: A number of weeks ago, maybe four, maybe more, my iMac suddenly began powering itself off. Lots of troubleshooting was Read More …

Some Thoughts About Pixelmator Pro

Photoshop may rule the photo and image editing world, but Mac owners have long wanted other options. Pixelmator has been a candidate for PS replacement for many people for some time now. It is a native Mac app with many of the features found in Photoshop. However, anyone who has used both apps for any Read More …

Free of Grumpiness

Yesterday I wrote about grumpy old Apple users, and about how Apple angered a lot of them by taking iOS apps out of iTunes on the Mac. Rob Griffiths pointed out a solution to this problem on Twitter. It’s called Apple Configurator 2, and it’s available for FREE in the Mac App Store. Configurator 2 Read More …

Old Grumpy

It’s fall, and everyone knows what that means. New iPhones and Apple product announcement events. In recent years, it also means a lot of internet rage over Apple product changes, often from people who consider themselves huge Apple nerds.1 Don’t get me wrong — sometimes the Apple community isn’t critical enough of Apple. I’m all Read More …

Affinity Photo for Mac

For the past three years or so, I’ve paid for an annual subscription to Adobe’s Photography Creative Cloud bundle, which is basically Photoshop and Lightroom. I know there’s been a lot of outrage over Creative Cloud and the Adobe subscription model, but the Creative Cloud Photography Plan at $99 per year is not a bad Read More …

Taking out the trash and sparking the Imagination

This week we received two pieces of Apple news that could have a noticeable impact on the company and its customers. First, the news that spawned a million horrible headlines, including mine, above: The Mac Pro Lives. Apple did something it doesn’t do very often and held a private roundtable with five journalists yesterday to Read More …

A Little Mac Security

Ever since I’ve had broadband, I’ve been intrigued by the security implications of an always connected computer and how much goes on quietly in the background that we never see. Yeah, it’s all legit, or hopefully it is, but it also means that malware and hackers can crawl around on computers unnoticed pretty easily if Read More …

Desperately seeking your input

One of the things I’ve always hated about Skype is how fiddly the controls are, including the fact that it can’t just use the currently selected system input and output settings. Well, Skype and Microsoft aren’t the only ones who’ve chosen (or chosen to continue using) a confusing paradigm for their video chat software. Apple Read More …

Finder begone

I learned something interesting today, while fighting with my Mac over an (initially) unrelated issue. Clicking on the Finder icon in the dock suddenly stopped opening a Finder window. Similarly, clicking on the Trash icon in the dock also had no effect. Basically, I couldn’t open any Finder windows if none were already open without Read More …

Journal yourself

I’ve been using Day One for a long time to save photos and descriptions of events in my daughter’s life for her to enjoy in the future. Trips, birthdays, Christmases, first days of school – they’re all in there. Day One has always been a way of beautifully collecting memories, and now it’s been updated by Read More …