PigPog » Apple http://pigpog.com It's just words and pictures Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Mac http://pigpog.com/2015/02/10/mac/ http://pigpog.com/2015/02/10/mac/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=18489 Mac

An old Macintosh, forming part of the WEEE Man sculpture at the Eden Project.

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Macintosh Plus http://pigpog.com/2014/11/22/macintosh-plus/ http://pigpog.com/2014/11/22/macintosh-plus/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=17431 Macintosh Plus

An old Mac, as part of the WEEE Man sculpture at the Eden Project.

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Eye Play http://pigpog.com/2014/01/13/eye-play/ http://pigpog.com/2014/01/13/eye-play/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=13558 Eye Play

More experiments with a macro monstrosity – this time, using an old Soligor wide angle lens, held on the front of the Sony 35mm lens. Results probably best described as ‘interesting’. That’s quite some vignette you’ve got going there.

Apple remote.

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How do You Like Them Apples? http://pigpog.com/2013/11/22/how-do-you-like-them-apples/ http://pigpog.com/2013/11/22/how-do-you-like-them-apples/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=12915 How do You Like Them Apples

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A Mini Adventure http://pigpog.com/2013/08/07/a-mini-adventure/ http://pigpog.com/2013/08/07/a-mini-adventure/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:30:00 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=11504 A Mini Adventure

Stickers containing much that is, to say the least, to the point. Still, Garfield’s looking well, and there’s some classic Apple in there.

Heavily processed in onOne’s Perfect Effects, for lots of bright colour, excessive sharpness, and a silly fake film effect border.

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Civilian Labs Air Manila MacBook Air Sleeve Review http://pigpog.com/2013/03/15/civilian-labs-air-manila/ http://pigpog.com/2013/03/15/civilian-labs-air-manila/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:00:00 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=9478 From a recent spending spree at Heinnie Haynes, the Civilian Labs Air Manila leather sleeve for my MacBook Air may be the only item that won’t get as much use as I’d hoped. And it isn’t the sleeve’s fault at all – it just doesn’t fit where I hoped it would.

When the first MacBook Air was unveiled, Steve Jobs produced it from inside a manila envelope, highlighting how amazingly thin it was. The Air Manila sleeve is a leather sleeve designed to look like a manila envelope.

Civilian Labs Air Manila (7)

It’s a bit brighter in colour, in an orange-yellow ‘mango’ colour. It’s quite a bit thicker than an envelope, too, as it’s made from leather, with a good layer of padding to protect your expensive computer. There’s velcro to keep it closed, but the twist-string closure is there too, completing the envelope look. There’s a really nice quality feel to the whole thing. It even smells nice – it seems like they’ve added a bit of mango scent to the leather. If the bright colour is too much for you, it’s also available in black. I usually go for everything in black, and really don’t like yellow and orange, but the bright cheery colour just seemed right for this.

Civilian Labs Air Manila (1)

It feels like it will provide good protection, and it looks great. The only reason I probably won’t get much use out of it is that it doesn’t quite fit into the bag I bought at the same time. The Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger is roomy enough for the MacBook Air, but not for the Air in the Air Manila sleeve. The sleeve adds a bit too much width.

Given the price, which makes it cheaper than most leather sleeves, and not much more expensive than many non-leather sleeves of much simpler design, it’s easy to recommend the Air Manila. As long as you have space in your bag.

More photos of the Air Manila:

Civilian Labs Air Manila (3) Civilian Labs Air Manila (2) Civilian Labs Air Manila (6) Civilian Labs Air Manila (7) Civilian Labs Air Manila (5) Civilian Labs Air Manila (4) Civilian Labs Air Manila (9) Civilian Labs Air Manila Civilian Labs Air Manila (1) Civilian Labs Air Manila (8)

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111 Days of Uptime Ends http://pigpog.com/2013/02/02/111-days-of-uptime-ends/ http://pigpog.com/2013/02/02/111-days-of-uptime-ends/#comments Sat, 02 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=9010 My MacBook Air had to install a firmware update, which needed to reboot. I felt kind of bad about it, because it had done 111 days without needing to restart, which seems like good going for a tiny notebook computer.

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Since the fault it fixes is old MacBook Airs stopping working after a large number of recharges, though, it sounded like it was worth doing. I’m not sure I’m close to 1,000 recharges yet, but it’s plugged in and out a few times most days. Now I have to start working on my uptime record again.

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MacBook Air Keyboard Panograph http://pigpog.com/2012/10/14/macbook-air-keyboard-panograph/ http://pigpog.com/2012/10/14/macbook-air-keyboard-panograph/#comments Sun, 14 Oct 2012 11:35:59 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=6440 I took a whole bunch of shots of my MacBook Air’s keyboard, with different Hipstamatic settings. PanoEdit didn’t want to stitch them together, so I had to do it the manual way, in Pixelmator.

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Upgrading to MacOS 10.6 Snow Leopard http://pigpog.com/2009/08/31/upgrading-to-macos-10-6-snow-leopard/ http://pigpog.com/2009/08/31/upgrading-to-macos-10-6-snow-leopard/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2009 14:04:18 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=4191 [Updated at end]

I hadn’t actually planned to take two days off work so I’d be off for the day of release of Snow Leopard. It just happened that way. I’d booked the time off in order to spend a little time with Sam’s mum (quack, quack). Then, it just happened that the second day I’d booked was the day of release.

So, it would have seemed rude not to go to Exeter, pop into the Apple Store, and pick up a copy of Snow Leopard Family Pack.

So we did.

It was packed. Really, amazingly busy. There were a few people buying Snow Leopard, but most of the crowds were there for Macs, accessories, iPods, support, training, etc. The staff were doing their best, and were doing a nice job of occasionally hurrying down the lines of people, apologising for the delays, and promising to get to everyone soon. I joined a queue after a while, and paid for Snow Leopard. I also had a mouse to sort out, but that’s another story.

I tried to convince myself that I wasn’t in a desperate hurry when we got home, but the pressure was too much. I soon gave in, and stuck the DVD in the drive. I made sure that Time Machine had backed up recently enough, then ploughed in to the upgrade. In a disaster, I figured I could always install again from the original Leopard CD that came with my Mac, and migrate the data and apps from the Time Machine backup.

There was no disaster.

It took around an hour in total, and I was left with a system that worked pretty much the same as it did before, with a few nice little tweaks. Purely subjectively, things feel nice and snappy – I think it’s faster in quite a few places. It’s always difficult to be sure with such things, though, without any real testing.

So far, the only app that didn’t work was CyberDuck, but a quick check for the latest version showed a new beta that worked fine. It turned out, that was the final anti-straw to get me to make a little donation to the developer. It’s a free app, and works really well.

All told, there isn’t a huge amount to get excited about in Snow Leopard, but for the small cost, it seems well worth it. An cheap, easy upgrade that made the OS smaller and faster, whilst polishing a few features.

Surely that shouldn’t seem as strange as it does?

I’m left with just a couple of oddities. Video is jerky in QuickTime, though it may only be when using Perian codexes. Hopefully an update to one or the other will sort it out soon. Also, when I close iTunes, it immediately restarts itself, and hides the window.

Neither are major problems for me, so I’ll just Google them occasionally – answers usually take a little while to appear for a new product.

Update: Found the solution to the iTunes problem. I was running a little app called I Love Stars, which put a control to rate tracks into the menu, hiding itself unless an unrated track was playing. Getting rid if it removed the problem. It wasn’t causing the problem until Snow Leopard, so either something changed, or it was quite a coincidence.

The jerkiness may be more widespread than I’d thought – some YouTube videos seem jerky now, and some animations, too. Aperture’s keyword controls are supposed to slide neatly into view, but actually appeared in a series of jumps, taking a long time to fully display. Right-clicking seems to take a very long time in a few places, too, including iTunes.

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iTunes Store Removes Friction http://pigpog.com/2009/08/13/itunes-store-removes-friction/ http://pigpog.com/2009/08/13/itunes-store-removes-friction/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:04:35 +0000 http://pigpog.com/?p=4102 If software is cheap enough, there’s very little reason not to buy it, if it’s useful to you. The main thing that puts me off at that point isn’t spending the money. It’s the time and effort taken to make the purchase, then enter a serial number and store it somewhere safe for the future.

It’s not really a problem I have with buying, so much a little friction in the process.

That’s what the iTunes store does. It removes that friction. I see an app I like the look of, I tap a button, then tap again to confirm. Moments later, i’m using the app.

That speed and simplicity makes me buy more software. Generally, I’m buying at a low price, but it’s easy, so I do it.

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