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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lion! Finally!

Filed under: | Mac Stuff


Well after nine months of sitting on a free upgrade downloaded to DVD (and with Mountain Lion already out!), I finally got up off my a** and installed Lion. All told, it took about just under two hours. It’s a little different; it seems to run a little smoother than Snow Leopard, and that’s a good thing.
The only issue at this point is making iCloud behave the way I want it to. That will be a challenge to say the least.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Internet On Strike? Not Exactly…

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | Mac Stuff

This is a valid protest against the SOPA and ProtectIP legislation in Congress. By the way, SOPA has according to the Examiner, has already been killed in the House, while protesters are still working on killing ProtectIP in the Senate.
Anyway, here’s what I found on Wiki:

And over at Battlestar Wiki:

And as a result, for a 24-hour period which began at 0500 GMT today, it will remain so.
BUT...

...all is not lost if you have an iOS device…install the free Wikipanion app for iPad and iPhone, and you can still access the English-language wikis, so long as your particular wiki is included in the search engines of the app, which these two are.
Here’s an e-mail release from ALGNews.org:

ALG praises Wikipedia.org and Other Websites for Striking Against
Online Censorship Bill

Jan. 18, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised Wikipedia.org and other websites that are striking against legislation that would censor the Internet:
“Wikipedia and other websites are to be praised for going black today, and showing what the world might be like without websites that depend on user contributions. Whether intended or not, SOPA and PIPA will result in a regime of censorship on the Internet, particularly targeted at sites that allow users to upload content without restriction.
“Because of the broad language of the bills in both houses, any site that allegedly ‘facilitates’ features that could be used for posting copyrighted materials could be targeted, along with their revenue streams and visibility in search engines, by the government. The problem is that’s any site that allows uploading, which is practically every social network and blogging website on the Internet.
“Existing protections under the Digital Copyright Millennium Act already provide for the removal of copyrighted material from user-based websites, and give safe harbor to sites that actively remove content that violates intellectual property.  SOPA and PIPA will override those safe harbor provisions, and take the posture that websites are guilty until proven innocent.  In a free society, that is unacceptable.  It is un-American.”

I absolutely agree with this statement. I am only pointing out the chink in the Internet strike’s armor.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pixelmator Finally Hits Its Stride

Filed under: | Mac Stuff

Three years ago I started working with this alternative to Photoshop Elements. The current version of Pixelmator, code-named Chameleon (2.0), adds lots of new features which were lacking prior to this release. It was available for Snow Leopard, but I didn’t even want to dare to try it on the Old System, due to the sheer slowness of it.
For me, the biggest improvement from 1.6.7 to 2.0 was the refinement of the text tool, and as a result, I can now fully reproduce stuff I used to do with PSE. When the New System went live earlier this month, it informed me that the version of PSE I was running, 6.x, was no longer workable. So I said Frak It and dived right into Pixelmator 2.0, and I haven’t looked back.
That said, the only habit I have a hard time breaking is calling my works “Photoshop Parodies.” That’s a toughie.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

Filed under: | Mac Stuff


Millions of people around the world will miss him. May God watch over his family.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Let’s Try This Again…

Filed under: | Mac Stuff

Three years ago I purchased Version 1 of Bento, Filemaker’s personal database software for the Mac, on a recommendation from tha AFR. At least he operated in his capacity as a Mac Genius, which he’s fine at…just not living, breathing, eating, drinking, urinating and defecating Star Trek 24/7.
But I digress.
Anyway, after last week’s upgrade to Snow Leopard, I found this 1.0 version did not work! So I went ahead and paid $29 plus Tax for the 4.0 upgrade and now, everything is fine. NOW I need it, with my job search ongoing, and there are quite a few files which, shall we say, are out of place. Bento will help me out here. And if perchance there isn’t a standard database template available, I can always go look at Filemaker’s Bento Database Template.
Time to put this to real work!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

About This…MO?

Filed under: | Mac Stuff | War on Terror

This is what happens when one’s mind is unleashed:


I can assure you that this is NOT a Photoshop! Not only did I replace the Apple logo here, but also at the login screen! OS X Daily has a great tutorial on replacing the Apple Logo with just about anything you want. Whatever works in Leopard (10.5) also works in Snow Leopard (10.6).
FOR LOGIN SCREEN: /System/Library/CoreServices/SecurityAgentPlugins/
loginwindow.bundle
. Right-click on this file to show Contents, then go to Resources and you’ll find the applelogo.tif file which is 90x90.
FOR ABOUT THIS MAC: /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow. Right-click on this file to show Contents, then go to Resources to find MacOSX.tif (214x124).
The key here is to make copies of these files and put them in a safe folder. When you have your new files ready to go, you have to rename them to match what the originals are. Admin password is required. When you’re done, Restart and voila!


UPDATE (1050 MST): Well, I went ahead and designed a different “About This Mac” .tif file, utilizing the Original Apple Logo...and here’s the result:

Cool, eh!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

Filed under: | Mac Stuff

Or, depending on what era you come from, Canned Beer:


I also upgraded my PDFPen application, which I use in lieu of Adobe Acrobat, for $25. Just for the heck of it, I also checked the upgrade status of TextExpander (both of these, BTW, are courtesy of Smile Software)...and Lo and Behold! this upgrade for me was FREE! PLUS it now operates as a Menu Bar-accessible application, instead of a System Preferences pane which was a pain in the a** to get to sometimes. So of course I upgraded that one too!
Like I said…Sliced Bread or Canned Beer, any way you cut it…these two apps are a winner for any Mac user!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Last Resort

Filed under: | Mac Stuff

After two trips and five hours’ worth of putzin’ around time at The Apple Store in Chandler (where, BTW, the AFR works), the Official System is at its final iteration:


This system cannot go any further as far as major operating system upgrades. The last one was 10.5.8 and that was back almost two years ago! It cannot run Lion (OS X 10.7), which requires an Intel Core 2 Duo for a minimum CPU and this one…doesn’t have that.
Oh, and why, you ask, did it tke two trips and five hours of putzin’ around? Well, I initially bought the Snow Leopard upgrade at the store around 1330. I took it home and attempted to install it myself, but the optical drive kept spitting it out, so I took the disk and the computer back to The Apple Store, and they were happy to install it for me, including all the latest updates.
It was worth it.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

No Rest For The Wicked

Filed under: | Mac Stuff


Dang it! I was having so much fun actually participating in a Skype video conference with The Osprey, that I forgot to plug the battery cable back in…and as a result, it was completely drained.
And actually that’s a good thing…as every so often this needs to be done. So it’ll be charging for the rest of the day.
ANYHOO...if any of you Faithful Readers have Skype and want to test your video…please e-mail me (link in upper right corner of this page).

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The iPhone Comes to VZW

Filed under: | Mac Stuff


And it’s about time too! Click the screenshot for the full story.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Snippet Updates

Filed under: | Axis of Donks | Mac Stuff

Since I use TextExpander for my famous phrases, the result of the recent Elections means that will have to update these to reflect new realities.
First, I’m adding Demo☢rats to the mix. Next, since they will no longer control both the House and Сенат, I can drop Конгресс.
Диктор Пелоси will simply become Нанси Пелоси. All other Demo☢rats will retain their Russian nomenclatures.

That is all. We now return you to your regular programming.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!

Filed under: | Mac Stuff

Being the Mac Aficionado that I am, I downloaded iTunes 10 when it became available. Then I see this new icon for the application.
YUCK!
Whose bright idea was this anyway? The AFR‘s? It looks so un-Mac-like. And I’m not the only one who sees this. But of course, Steve Jobs disagrees. Bulls**t, Steve.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Coming Soon To An iPad Near You

Filed under: | BS Patrol | Mac Stuff

In its rush before the November elections…the FTC is consdering imposing a 5% TAX on consumer electronics to help out the floundering MSM organizations. They’re even extending this to broadcast spectrum and also on advertising.
What a lovely idea. NOT.
Europe is finally coming to grips with the idea that cradle-to-grave socialism, meaning taxing the s**t out of everything and foisting its Giant Government Nipple on its subjects. Оба́ма continues to push us to that model. I can see November from my house, can you?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Decisions, Decisions…

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | Mac Stuff

Pardon me while I clean up my photo directories here…in the meantime, here’s an interesting article which reports that a growing number of Blackberry owners are contemplating dropping them in favor of either the iPhone or Droid, depending on which service they actually have: AT&T for the iPhone or Verizon/TMobile for the Android OS phones.
I finally got up off my a** and started putzing around with actually using my phone’s mobile browser, being driven by our need to keep a sharp eye on our balance. My contract is coming up soon, and what I can learn on my own will determine which system I go with…as long as the Android OS can also sync with The Official System. Preliminary research indicates that it can…and that is a good thing.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I Admit It…I’m Lazy

Filed under: | Mac Stuff

Decided to take a couple of days off from the blog, while my recovery from the back issue continues…it’s finally picking up steam (so to speak). So what have I been doing, besides sitting on my a** and limping around with my cane, you ask?

Well, I’m consolidating all the phrases I’ve had over the years and putting them in TextExpander. It’s definitely a work in progress. So in case you have that app, here’s a freebie for ya:

ccyh = “All of this has happened before, and will happen again…again…again…again…again…again…again…again….”

Three guesses as to where that comes from, and the first two don’t count.

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