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Awesome Family Car Stickers: My Zombie Family
Those are awesome. Why use the boring traditional version you see everywhere when you can use these?
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april 2012
Braun Digital Global Radio Alarm Clocks Build On a Classic
Personally, I think the analog Dieter Rams Braun AB1 alarm clock still holds the title as the most perfect travel size clock, but the Braun designers have done a commendable job of capturing the simplicity+utility of the AB1 in their updated line of digital clocks designed for travelers... More

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april 2012
Free Lightroom 4 Preset: Sun Flare (Cross Process)
Nicolesy’s “Sun Flare” cross-processing preset. (Click on images to view larger.)

If you use Lightroom, here’s a preset I made specifically for Lightroom 4 users! (It will work in earlier versions, it might just turn out with a slightly different look). Feel free to download and enjoy. It’s a very warm, cross-processed effect that goes well with portraits, still-life, landscapes … just about anything, really. :) Here’s the link to download the Sun Flare Lightroom 4 preset.

If you’d like more if this style of preset, check out my new Lightroom preset pack, a Cross Process Presets Pack for Lightroom 4, at the onOne Marketplace, specifically designed for the new processing sliders inside of Lightroom 4. They’re packs of ten for $9.95 each … I have a few other packs in there as well, including a B&W Preset Pack and a Film Preset Pack. Also, if you use onOne Perfect Effects (including the brand-new FREE version), I have a few preset packs available as well specifically for that software (with more on the way!). Here’s a link to all of the presets available for purchase at the onOne Marketplace.

How to install a Lightroom Preset:

First, download your preset and unzip/extract the file.
Next, in Lightroom, go to the Develop module.
In the “Presets” panel on the left, select or create a folder where you’d like to place your new preset.
Right-click on the folder and select “Import…”.
Navigate to the new preset and click the IMPORT button.

BTW, if you’re interested in any of the onOne software products, use the discount code NICOLESY for 10% off. :)

Copyright © 2012 Nicolesy, Inc - Nicolesy (All Rights Reserved)
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april 2012
iPhone Shutter Grip Adds Grip And Shutter Release To iPhone
This is the iPhone Shutter Grip. Can you guess what it does? That’s right: It adds a handgrip and a shutter release to your iPhone, letting you snap pictures one handed, and generally take photos without dropping the iPhone.
It even has a built-in tripod mount, and a secret second button.

The iPhone Shutter Grip comes from Photojojo, and will cost you just $40. It is adjustable, so it will clamp onto your iPhone 4 whether it is naked or dressed in a case, and talks to the iPhone via the 30-pin connector.
Aside from the big black button for snapping a photo, there is a smaller red button which can be used to capture video. My Panasonic GF1 has this same setup and its surprisingly useful to be able to shoot a quick clip without changing modes.
To manage its magic, the grip needs to be paired with the Belkin LiveAction app, which is free from the App Store. So you can’t use it directly with Instagram, but then again, I find taking photos from within Instagram itself to be a pain anyway.
If I had an iPhone, I’d be all over this like urine on a mens room toilet seat. As it is, I just have to hope somebody comes up with a way to add a shutter button to the iPad which — despite its great new camera — is still really hard to take pictures with.
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april 2012
WordPress Basics for Photographers: Part One
I am a big fan of WordPress. I love the ease of use, and the total attention to quality that the WordPress folks apply to the changes and updates to the core product.

I also love traditional websites and feel that they do have their place for photographers. But many photographers don’t want to have to learn any coding or programs like Dreamweaver and CoffeeCup. And that’s fine.

Sure, there are other content management tools like Joomla out there… but the interfaces and limitations that make them great for corporate and larger sites make them a bit of a problem for photographers.

The point of this workshop in four installments is to get you up and running on a gorgeous WP Theme and get your work to market.

Part ONE: Choosing a Template

Not all WordPress Themes are created equal. There are free themes, inexpensive themes and custom themes.

If this is your first site, let’s look at getting the right theme for you.

Free themes can be a great bargain. There are some really good ones out there, and I will list a few for you.

Caveats: No support on free themes, and there may not be any updates coming as WordPress keeps changing. That may not be problematic at all for you if you plan on changing themes every year or so.

Inexpensive Themes: (Less than $50). These usually come with support and are backed up by updates. When WP changes or updates a new theme item may be needed to be rewritten, or tweeked.

Custom Themes: We are not going to look at custom themes, as they can run from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars.

The Themes

A Theme is a look and feel design that is overlaid on the WordPress base code. The theme is different than the content.

So if you change themes, you don’t lose your content. It just changes into looking like the new theme you have chosen.


WordPress began as a blogging tool. That means the latest post was on the home page, and the “posts” went in reverse hierarchical order. Last post in, first post up.

That was great for blogging, but we need a theme that is more like a website with a home page, additional pages, a portfolio and a blog built in. That is the type of Themes we will be looking at.

Installing WordPress

Most hosts have a “One Click” method for installing WordPress, or will let you know where the WordPress is running on your server. WordPress is NOT your website, it is the system of files and folders that will form the base of your website and allow you to manage your content with ease.

Check with your host for instructions on installing WordPress on your server. I use HostGator and GoDaddy for my servers. GoDaddy has a request form that you will fill out and they will install it and let you know that it has been installed. HostGator uses a tool called Fantastico that is about 2 clicks to installing WordPress and the installation is instantaneous. Other hosts may use different tools.

Choosing a Theme

This is where a lot of photographers get bogged down. There are a lot of choices to be made, and a lot of different theme tools that can be used to advantage – or get in the way – when you start down the road of getting your WordPress up.

Let’s look at what we need:

A “Home” page.

An “About” page.

A “Portfolio” page.

A “Contact” page.

Some “Projects” pages.

And some other assorted pages that you may want to use for your specific business – a “Fees” page, or a “Prints” page.

And we want to feature our photography right up front.

When you are looking for a theme that may be useful for you, consider looking for themes that have a very clean look… I prefer minimalistic designs, but you may prefer something more illustrative or with texture.

Responsive Themes: Are They Important.


And no.

I am currently working on my www.dongiannatti.com site and have chosen a responsive theme for it.

What does that mean? It means that the site will reconfigure for screens of different sizes and resolutions. While the new iPads have more than enough resolution to show a site full size, Android and iPhones do not. So instead of the normal thing that we have to do when browsing the internet on our phones… you know… pinching and making parts bigger so we can click and such.

The site will actually reconfigure to be more smart-phone friendly.

While that may be a big consideration for some folks (I am doing it for my design site, but Essentials for Photographers will not be responsive) it may not be for others.

We also have a few plugins that can do the same thing… stay tuned for more on plugins.

Choosing a Theme

When I am looking for a theme, I want to see how many choices are given to me, as well as how easy it would be to customize the site.

Some themes are cast in stone, and some are fairly open. I have some experience in code, but you may not. If you are looking for a theme to be used right out of the box, then the options should be easy for you to work with.

Ask yourself these questions;

1. What do I want to ‘say’ with my opening page?
Are you fun and full of personality, more formal in approach, or somewhere in between? Are you fashionable and ultra-stylish, or ‘Americana’ old world styled. Does your logo give you some ideas on what you are about… and how will that logo look with the style you are looking at?

2. What do you want the visitor to do?

3. Do you want to show “projects” or “stories” to entice the visitor?

4. Will you be blogging? And will you be showing recent blog posts on the home page somewhere?

5. Will this be a very interactive site – blog and portfolio and projects and ‘what’s new’ all wrapped up in there, or a simple “portfolio” site that has the bare amount of pages and a portfolio?

Note that there are no wrong answers and there will be no test later. Heh.


There are several ways to show your portfolio within WordPress. WordPress ships with a very nice gallery tool and there are many additional types that can be added as a plug in. Most are variations of the “Lightbox” type of gallery – click on an image and it gets larger in the middle of the screen – and they work very well. I like the way they show portfolios, but can be a bit limiting when it comes to ordering and re-ordering the images. But for a basic shooter, they work great.

Here it is in action at Project 52.

You can also use the elegant portfolio tool from SlideShowPro.net.

A few clicks and it is installed.

GalleryPro is another alternative (full disclosure, I am part owner in this).

You can see it in action here on E4P.

So choosing and having a specific look and feel for your portfolio is fairly easy to accomplish.


So here is our first assignment: Take a look at the themes that are out there.

Theme Trust.

Elegant Themes

Theme Forest


(I am an affiliate for some of these. Purchasing through these links helps support this site with no additional costs to you.)

So take a look and see what is out there.

Look for something that says “you” and that you feel will support your images.

Note: this is Part One.

In Part Two we will look at some specific tools and styles that will work best, so do NOT purchase anything yet. We will get to that after we do Part Two.


1. Begin with making a folder of your images for the portfolio. Do not worry about sizing them yet, we will do that when we know what size your theme is calling for.

2. Research “About Me” pages. What do you want to say about you… and yeah, every site has an about me page so get over it. You will need some biographical material as well as a photograph of you.

3. What will you want on your contact page? Will a map be a good addition? Will you want a form? Start planning how and in which manner you want people to contact you.

4. Take a few screen shots of themes you like. Be sure to name them with information that will allow you to find them again. It is important to see where things lay out when you are planning your theme.

5. Think about colors and textures… will they enhance or detract from your imagery? Will there be any challenges with your current logo? Will your logo work in the space provided by the theme designer?

OK – we are off on Part One.

Next Week will officially look at purchasing and installing the theme you like.

I am teaching a workshop tomorrow, April 5 at creativeLIVE. It runs through April 7. Hit www.creativeLIVE.com for more info and to check out the other great workshops they offer.
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april 2012
DIY Stadium Style Home Theater Seating Final Frame
Designer Simone Tasca stacked twelve reclaimed wood shipping pallets and created one comfortable looking spot to invite a group of friends to lay back and watch a movie. More

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april 2012
Hacking Together Whole Home Audio With Apple, Logitech, and Rogue Amoeba
Logitech UE Air AirPlay-Enabled Speaker

I love music. I love having music on all over the house. In the “old” days, you could tune a radio in each room to the same radio station, and experience whole home audio – with advertisements, and people talking over the beginnings and ends of songs. But there was a higher idea to strive for: rich people could have their whole houses wired with speakers, run off a central stereo amplifier. That was what luxury was all about!

Fast forward to today. Music is in the process of democratization on a scale we couldn’t have imagined a couple decades ago. Today, we can carry around more music in our pockets that we could listen to in a year of continuous play. And we can make phone calls and shoot movies on the same devices that do it. We live, as they say, in the future.

But whole home audio is still a bit of a luxury item. The best known example is the Sonos family of speakers and associated devices which allow you to connect a music source and stream music wirelessly to quality speakers located wherever you like throughout your home. It works, it sounds good, but it’s not cheap. Their main speaker runs $399, its smaller cousin is $299, and if you want to pipe music into your existing stereo/home theater system, their Connect device costs $349. Still a bit pricey.

Then, this week, the folks at Logitech sent me a review sample of their new UE Air Speaker. The UE Air is a good quality, room-filling speaker, whose special feature is that it’s Logitech’s first AirPlay-enabled speaker. AirPlay, for the uninitiated, is Apple’s proprietary protocol for sending audio wirelessly to speakers and having them all play in sync at the same time. AirPlay is built into iTunes on both the OSX and Windows versions, making it pretty easy for people to stream their digital music libraries from their computers to anywhere they can set up an AirPlay-receiving speaker in the house. The long-desired promise of whole home audio.

Except AirPlay-compatible speakers have been relatively rare, and not cheap. The UE Air is $399 – pretty comparable to the Sonos, actually, in both price and functionality. It works well – you can get it logged onto your home network using a personal computer or an iOS device in quick order, and then it just shows up as another available speaker for iTunes. It also had an ejectable dock so you can mount an iOS directly to the speaker and run it that way. Simple, with a good sound. In a way, it closes a gap in Logitech’s wireless speaker line that’s been there for a while, and it does it with class. But it’s not cheap.

And, not to steal Logitech’s thunder, but I’ve been hacking together whole home audio for a while now, in somewhat cheaper fashion. Let me tell you how.

First, getting your music to your home entertainment center? Apple TV is an AirPlay receiver, so for $99 (instead of Sonos’ $349) you can get all your digital music, and whatever internet radio you can add to iTunes, to your 7.1 surround system pretty easily. But what about Pandora? What about LastFM? Or MOG?

Well, it turns out there is a fine solution. Long-time Mac software company Rogue Amoeba has put out a lovely little program called Airfoil for both Macs and Windows machines. For $25, Airfoil will extend AirPlay one very useful step further: it will turn any AirPlay-capable device into a receiver. This includes iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, Apple TVs, Macs and PCs running iTunes, and AirPlay-enabled speakers. In a very important way, this changes the game.

I’ll paint a picture of my home. I have a laptop, connected to a Logitech Wireless Boombox in my workspace (I’ve reviewed the Boombox before – it’s a great portable speaker, and works great as both computer speakers and something you can take on the road with you, but you could substitute any set of powered computer speakers and make do). I have the Logitech UE Air review unit now located in the game room. We have a 1st generation Apple TV connected to our home entertainment center in the living room. And we have a 1st generation iPod Touch whose audio out feeds into a set of computer speakers in our bedroom. With Airfoil over the home network, we have a whole home system that can play any audio from my laptop – iTunes, Pandora, my SomaFM app, or whatever.

My point is this: with the odds and ends most technically-competent geeks already have lying around, it won’t cost much more to hack together a functional whole home audio system. And while AirPlay-capable speakers are very cool – and if you’re in the market, the Logitech UE Air is a fine one to choose – you can make do with much of what you already have, and perhaps pick up a little software and less-expensive hardware to make it work for now.
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april 2012
Behold: The Mmmm-llenium Chocolate Falcon [Pic]

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march 2012
Warm Coffee signed print and more new prints available in the...
Warm Coffee signed print

and more new prints available in the store Building a World
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march 2012
Use an RSS Feed as a Desktop Background [OS X Tips]
If you’re not using the RSS screensaver on your Mac, we’ll forgive you. This time. With a little terminal code and your favorite RSS feed, however, you can get this bad boy to display behind all your apps and desktop icons, as your desktop wallpaper. Cool, huh? Go ahead and drop into System Preferences and then click on the Screensaver tab of the Desktop & Screensaver preference pane. Notice that there’s a Screensaver called RSS Visualizer. Select it. Click on the Options button in the lower right corner, under the blue cloud image. Select one of the RSS feeds already provided to you by Apple, or add your own favorite RSS URL in the field at the bottom. Cult of Mac RSS feed, anyone?
Once you’ve set that up, issue the following command in Terminal: /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background
As long as you don’t change Spaces, or expect to actually press the number keys to read the stories, you’re good to go. You can watch as long as you like, until you’re bored–not that you would be with our RSS feed, mind you–and hit Control-C to end the process.
Seems like a cool way to keep up to date on the latest news from your favorite website, right?
[Source: AppStorm]
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march 2012
Grove’s Felt + Bamboo iPad Case
I see a lot of iPad products, but not a lot like these. Grove’s 3rd generation iPad case is simply gorgeous. Hand-crafted in their Portland workshop, this hard bamboo CNC-milled case has coated with three coats of a natural citrus oil and wax blend and an ultra-suede lining. But the icing on the cake is the felt or leather cover.

The leather is all-natural, American-made, vegetable-tanned and the high-end wool is imported from Germany. Held together with magnets, there are some details on the case that make it very, very nice: for example, the wooden power button and the nice speaker vent.

You can also get custom images engraved on the bamboo or special illustrations from Grove’s exclusive Artist Series on the cover.

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march 2012
Color-Changing Tile to Create Transforming Spaces
[ By Delana in Architecture & Design & Furniture & Interiors & Green Technologies. ]

The tiles that line your bathroom might be nice to look at, but what do they actually do? The color-changing tiles from Moving Color take a regular bathroom and make it into an ever-changing work of art.

(image via: Apartment Therapy)
Moving Color’s products turn their environments into dynamic and ever-changing spaces by reacting to ambient temperatures. They start out as one color when cool, then slowly change color as they warm up.

(image via: Moving Color)
The glass tiles, made of 20-80% recycled materials, change colors in gradual steps through the color spectrum as they warm up. Whether the warmth is applied through hot water, the touch of a warm hand or simply the rising air temperature in a room, the changes result in a spectacular hypercolor display.

(image via: BrainStorm)
Although the obvious applications would seem to be wall coverings in bathrooms and kitchens – the two rooms in the home that undergo the most extreme temperature changes – the heat-sensitive tiles could be used in a multitude of applications. The manufacturer suggests using them for artful displays on walls or floors, or even as creative elements in children’s books.

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march 2012
Apple Pleases IT Crowd With iPad Configurator
Stop, configurate and listen, Apple's back with a brand new application
Apple is getting really serious about using the iPad in large organizations. School and workplace admin people are going to be very pleased with Apple Configurator, a new Mac app which lets you — surprise! — configure multiple iPads at once, all from the comfort of your own computer screen.

Configurator lets you set up up to 30 iPads at a time and manage them from afar. You can install apps, backup and restore settings, copy and paste settings from one iPad to another and quickly reassign an iPad, wiping its data and replacing it with somebody else’s.
You can also dig deeper, syncing documents between Configurator and any iPad (handy in schools, and also if, say, your employees all need some new Keynote presentation or catalog). You can even remotely configure many options usually found in the Settings app, including Wi-Fi passwords, e-mail accounts, CalDEV and so on.
This is going to make things much easier for IT folks. On the other hand, I suspect many people are just buying their own iPads and taking them to work. I can imagine exactly what I’d say to Cult of Mac head honcho Leander Kahney if he told me to submit my iPad to his master computer (fun fact: Leander has never owned a MacBook. He still uses a G4 cube hooked up to a car battery when he travels*).
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march 2012
8 Things Every Camera Owner Should Know About Their Camera
by Lynford Morton from www.photocoachpro.com.

If you want to make the evolution from pointing and shooting to creating art, one of the things you must do is master your camera. I’m talking the kind of mastery where you can pick up your camera in most situations and begin firing quickly without too much fiddling around. 

How do you do that? Practice when there’s nothing at stake. Assuming you have some down time over the holiday break, here are 8 things you should learn about your camera. 

1. Where does unacceptable noise begin on your ISO range?
Your manufacturer says your camera can shoot a wide ISO range, but you won’t always want to do that. As you select a higher ISO setting, your images show more noise – bigger pixels. At what point in your camera does the noise become unacceptable? Take a series of pictures at progressively higher ISO settings and compare. Find out before it really matters. 

2. Where’s the sweet spot on your lens?
This is a similar concept. Your zoom lens has a smaller range that is sharper than the outer edges. Just because the camera says 70 mm – 300 mm doesn’t mean it is sharp for that entire range. That inner limit where your lens performs best is generally referred to as your sweet spot. Do you know what that range is on your favorite lens? The only way to find out is to experiment. 

3. What’s the fastest way to change your settings?
In many cameras, there is more than one way to change your metering, focus type, or white balance. If you are shooting and need to make quick adjustments, what’s the fastest way to do it? You never know when you might need to react without thinking. 

4. Should you calibrate exposure?
Is your camera consistently shooting over or under exposed? Are you always having to dial in exposure compensation? This might be a good time to grab a grey card and practice getting your exposure correctly. Your default might be 1/3 stop under or over exposed. 

5. How do you adjust your flash?
Yes, sometimes you will actually have to use your (gasp) flash. With most DSLRs, you can adjust how the flash fires – normal, red eye, or rear curtain – or with what intensity. Do you know where to make those adjustments? It’s possible when you need them, you could be in the dark. Always good to know where to begin fumbling. 

6. Do you have a reset routine?
When you finish shooting for the day, do you return the camera to any default settings? Do you check those settings when you pick up your camera for the day? You might come up with your own “start” settings that will work if you ever need to grab and go. 

For instance, at the end of a shoot, you might return your camera to ISO 400, Aperture Priority f/9, Evaluative Metering, Exposure Compensation set to 0, and Auto White Balance. If you pick up the camera and run out in a hurry, you’ll be set to get most basic shots. The last thing you want to do is start shooting and find that your camera is still in last night’s extreme set up. Establish your own routine. Is it before the shoot, after, or both? When will you reset and what? 

7. What’s your accessories routine?
When do you recharge your batteries? How frequently? What’s the routine for the tripod plate? When do you empty your memory cards? Simple organization routines can help you from ending up on a shoot with a dead battery or full memory card…or worse yet, a tripod with no plate. 

8. What’s your workflow system?
What’s your organization system for your pictures? It’s been a while since we used a Dewey Decimal library system, but you will need your own version for your photos. As you collect more and more pictures, a good tagging and filing system will save hours of searching later. That’s a good mindless exercise for a slow day. 

Knowing your tools is often a skill that makes the difference in your photos. When I was in the Army, we had to practice taking apart and reassembling our weapons so much that we could do it in our sleep. The Army believed the point you needed your weapon most was not the time to start learning its nuances. 

The same concept goes for your camera. Take the time to learn your camera when there is low pressure or expectations, like down time over the holiday break. When you’re shooting high impact events in 2012, everything should flow naturally. 

Lynford Morton is founder and president of PhotoTour DC. He teaches photography during walking workshops around Washington, DC., and blogs at www.photocoachpro.com. Visit him at www.phototourdc.com.

Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.

Check out our more Photography Tips at Photography Tips for Beginners, Portrait Photography Tips and Wedding Photography Tips.

8 Things Every Camera Owner Should Know About Their Camera
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march 2012
First Look: Messages for Mac
Messages beta is out today for Lion users. Once you install and launch it, you'll be asked to sign in with your Apple ID -- be sure to use the same one you use for Messages on your iOS device.
In my test drive, it's capable and fun to use... and weird. Basically this app is a mashup of Messages on iOS, iChat, and FaceTime. But since it's in beta, you might run into some strangeness. I sure did.
Bear in mind a few things: 1. It's beta. 2. I just got it a couple hours ago. I've tried to test as much as I can, but it's possible (probable?) I'm missing a few things or just doing things wrong. If you know better about any of the things I found weird, or you've run into weirdness of your own, please hit up the comments! We'll figure this out together.
Signing In
How it's done: You start with your Apple ID. Like in FaceTime, you can add more email addresses. If an email address you add isn't already associated with your Apple ID, you'll need to verify it.
Any weirdness? No. So far so good.
Adding IM accounts
How it's done: If you've been using iChat for IM, those accounts should already be added. Otherwise, go to Messages > Preferences > Accounts and add your AIM (including Mac.com and Me.com), Google Talk, Yahoo, and Jabber accounts. Bonjour is supported too.
Any weirdness? A little: Your buddy list, which is the handy unified buddy list that was added to iChat in version 4, isn't on by default. So you don't feel as dumb as I do searching for it, go to Window > Buddies, or press Command-1. Once the Buddies window is open and selected, you can play with the View menu options to change its look.
Sending a Message
How it works: Click the "write" button at the top left of the Messages window. Then fill out the To field. Typing a name results in an auto-complete feature that shows all the phone numbers and email addresses for that name, pulled from Address Book, and their IM accounts. Email addresses and phone numbers will be labeled "iMessage" and IM accounts will be labeled with that IM service. Or you can click the + button to add names from a pop-up list of Contacts (Address Book) or Buddies (your IM accounts' Buddies lists). If the Buddies window is open, just double-click a name to start an IM conversation.
Any weirdness? Yes. The Help menu (Help > Messages Help) says that if a phone number or email address hasn't been added to iMessages, it'll show up red when you select it. But that didn't reliably happen for me. I tried to send a message to Cody's work email, which didn't show up red, but the iMessage failed when it couldn't be delievered. When I selected my parents' land line, it did show up red, and attempting to message it immediately displayed a pop-up that iMessage wasn't available.
Receiving a message
I don't know how to take a screenshot of something that isn't happening... but I swear there were more iMessage messages in this chat than the three that randomly showed up on my iPhone.
How it works: If someone sends you an IM or iMessage and there isn't already a conversation going in the Messages window, you'll see a pop-up window with their message, and you have to click Accept to get into the chat (the other options are Decline and Block). If you don't have your Messages app open, you'll see unread messages appear as a badge icon in the Dock. Help claims that you'll receive iMessages on "all properly configured mobile devices with iOS 5.0 or later installed."
Any weirdness? Tons. iMessages sent by several friends seemed to always go to Messages on my Mac, if it was open of course, and as badge icons when it was closed. But only a few showed up on my phone, whether Messages on the Mac was open or not. Sometimes in a given Messages conversation on the Mac, some messages appeared on the iPhone and others didn't. Help > Messages Help has a list of suggestions under "Fix iMessage issues," but none of them helped me -- hopefully you'll have more luck. (And my iPhone has been dropping its network connection pretty often lately, so that might be why.) Also, if I sent an iMessage to a contact and they wrote back using a different email address as their "caller ID" (Messages > Preferences > Accounts > iMessage account's Caller ID drop-down), I got the reply in a pop-up window I had to accept, instead of in the chat window I had going.
File Transfers
How it works: You can drag and drop a file, image, video, and so on into the iMessage dialog and it'll be sent right along. The recipient can double-click it to Quick Look it (you can play videos and listen to audio files from that Quick Look window), and/or drag it to their Desktop to save it. I was able to send images to my phone by sending an iMessage to my phone number.
Any weirdness? Nope, this is straightforward and SUPER handy.
Audio and video chat
How it works: The Messages window has a video icon in the upper right. If you have an iMessage conversation selected and you click that icon, it'll show a list of that person's email addresses and phone numbers and offer to FaceTime them. FaceTime opens in the separate app. If you have an IM conversation going, clicking the video icon offers choices to video or audio chat in the normal iChat fashion. (The Buddies window also has video/audio icons by your IM contacts who are available to video/audio chat.) Right-click an IM contact's name for the screen sharing options.
Any weirdness? Not really. It's just a little confusing for me since the IM and iMessages chats are both in the same window, although each chat is labeled if you select it in the sidebar and scroll up to the top. One thing that would be cool is if a contact was offline, refused your video chat request, or didn't pick up your FaceTime call, if Messages let you record a quick video greeting to be delivered when they came back.
Other weirdness- I could see my IM contacts' profile pictures, but no profile pictures showed up on my iMessage chats. People I was iMessage-chatting with could see my profile picture, though. Weird!
- Address Book now has green dots by people's names (that's new, right?) if you can iMessage/IM them. If you click one of those green dots, the Messages window comes to the front and a New Message is created in the sidebar on the left, but their name isn't auto-populated in the To field. Weird!
- My iMessages pals reported that when they closed Messages on their Mac, unread iMessages I continued to send them showed up on their phones. But that didn't work for me reliably. Just one here or there, but not all. All unread messages did appear badged on the Messages Dock icon, though. Suuuper weird!
But so far, I still have to say that Messages is cool.
More cool things- It supports the Photo Booth-like video effects in IM video chats, same as iChat 4.
- You can change the look of the chat window by right-clicking it and selecting a new look (balloons, boxes, or compact), or going to View > Messages.
- I am an Emoji hater myself (I know, I know...lemme hear it), but the fact that you can send Emoji from the Mac to the phone (Edit > Special Characters) is pretty cool. Smileys show up on the phone as their text equivalents, though.
- I like having all the chats in one window, but if that gets confusing or annoying, you can double-click any chat in the sidebar to break it out into its own window.
And that's what I've noticed so far! What do you think: "Messages yay!" or "Messages, weird!"? What are the things that make YOU go "Hmmmm"?
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february 2012
Here’s What iOS Would Have Looked Like In The 80′s [Gallery]
Remember how cool Palm Pilots were back in the day, and that weird Apple Tablet thing called the Newton? Well what would the iPhone’s operating system look like if it was designed back in 1986? We were getting in touch with our feminine side on Pinterest today and found the answer. Behold, iOS 0.0.1 straight from 1986. Looks great, doesn’t it? Check out some more images below.


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february 2012
Cinemagram = Instant GIFs
I don’t really release photos to the world via Facebook or whatever without first running them through the Instagram filter.  People hate sometimes, but the pictures really look cooler afterward.  NOW, we have something even cooler! Cinemagram converts videos into short animations.  Yeaaaahhh!  *takes video of self doing karate*
Buy them in the iTunes App Store ($1.99)!!!!
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february 2012
Gather These Twenty-Five Documents You Need Before You Die [Life Planning]
Do your loved ones a favor and organize these important documents so in case something happens to you they can easily make financial decisions and act on your behalf. The Wall Street Journal explains which policies and documents to make accessible. More »
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february 2012
10 Easy Tune Up Tips For Your Windows PC
Like a car, it's always a good idea to take your computer in for a regular "tune up" to optimize your machine's performance. We've pushed a few maintenance tips for OS X users, and now we've got 10 ways to tune up tips for your PC, directly from the horse's mouth, Microsoft... More

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february 2012
How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS
Ask Engadget: What's the best budget NAS? Kingston Wi-Drive for iOS hits stores today, lets you create your own portable music server for $130 Tilera sees sense in the server wars, puts just 36 cores in its newest processorIn today's digital world we've all got data, and lots of it. Our libraries are also growing rapidly: where you used to get by setting aside a few bookshelves for your books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes, we now require untold server space to preserve our beloved media in digitized form. We also want our data to be itinerant, or at least seem that way. That is, if you want to take a book or disc to another room of your abode, you pull it from the bookshelf and take it with you. Similarly, if you're working on a document upstairs on your desktop and you want to move to the den with your laptop, you'll need the proper infrastructure working in the background to enable that kind of wizardry. So, how can we create this "digital bookshelf?" Can you go out and buy it now? Can you build it in your garage? As it turns out, the answer is "yes" on all counts. You could go out and buy a Drobo device but in this case, we're going to assemble our own. And we're going to do that with the help of an open source storage platform called FreeNAS. So how involved a process is that? Meet us after the break to find out.Continue reading How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS
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february 2012
Use A Screensaver As Your Desktop Wallpaper [Video How-To]
Ever wanted to spruce up your plain, boring desktop? There’s actually a way you can use your screensaver as your desktop wallpaper. In this video, I’ll show you two different ways of going about doing this.

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cd /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/
ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background
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february 2012
Sync Your Contacts With Twitter To Add Usernames & Photos To Your Address Book [iOS Tip]
We’ve already shown you how to sync your address book with the Facebook app for iOS to add profile pictures and other credentials, but what if you prefer to use Twitter instead? Well, fortunately for you, you can also sync your address book with Twitter, and it’s incredibly easy thanks to iOS 5′s Twitter integration.
First, open up the Settings app on your device and tap on the Twitter tab. You’ll need to be logged in to sync your contacts, so if you don’t already have your Twitter account set up, enter your username and password and tap ‘Sign In’.

Now all you have to do is tap the ‘Update Contacts’ button to sync Twitter profile images and usernames with your address book.

Once the sync is complete, you’ll find your contacts — with a Twitter account — now have profile images, and a quick link to their Twitter profile, which will launch the Twitter app when you tap on it.
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january 2012
Honest iPhone Wallpapers [Pic]
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january 2012
Star Wars Uncut is Finally Online
Last May GaS revealed a trailer for a “crowdsourced” project that endevoured to re-create Star Wars IV: A New Hope 15 seconds at a time using whatever creative medium the contributor wished. The team behind the project gathered the submissions online and began to stitch together a feature film recreation.
Well, today the final product has been published online. If you have 2 hours or so to kill, it looks like a lot of fun.

This looks truly remarkable and incredibly creative. The style and imagery changes from children in makeshift costumes to cut and paste stop motion. If you find one particular segment to be not-to-your-liking then just wait 15 seconds!
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january 2012
2011 Year in Review: Best of Tech
Okay gadget guys and gals. We’ve curated the best of Design Milk’s technology offerings this year, and they encompass the cute (a kiddie iPad) to the crucial (great workspaces) to innovative (grocery shopping via billboard) to the just plain useful (a soundless alarm clock). While some are simply for play, others allow you to take existing gizmos to a whole new level.

anaPad anaPad is a children’s magnetic white board made in the exact dimensions of an iPad that comes with an erasable marker and app-style magnets. Almost as good, though twice as cute, as the real thing.

Silent Alarm Clock Designer Johan Brengesjo developed an alarm clock that wakes you up without sound. Instead, you wear a wireless rubber ring with an integrated vibration device that generates a tactile alarm. It’s almost as blissful as sleeping in.

Must-Have Accessories for Today’s Laptop Gone are the giant briefcase-like chunky laptop bags that look like, well, laptop bags. Good riddance we say. Stylish and slim laptop sleeves and bags are must-haves, and make (hint hint) perfect holiday presents.

Money Shredding Alarm Clock Got a problem with your snooze button? Not with this alarm clock you won’t. It shreds your cash if you don’t get out of bed. Seriously.

1969 Dodge Chinook Mobile Juice and Cocktail Bar Portland-based design firm Von Tundra converted a 1969 Dodge Chinook into a mobile juice and cocktail bar. The driver not only serves street food, but hosts guests inside, and it sure is snazzy.

Defining the Designer Workspace Design Milk curated the workspaces of some of our favorite designers, artists, and creative types. Get inspired…
Wood Camera iPhone 4 Case Interestingly, the back-to-basics feel of this wooden iPhone 4 case from Photojojo makes for an au courant cover.

DIY iPhone Case by Connect Design Connect Design’s fun DIY iPhone 4G DIY case melds a crafty cross-stitch with all the geekiness of video games, Apple logos, and superheroes.

iPhone SLR Mount Photojojo’s iPhone SLR mount is one of the coolest iPhone add-ons we’ve seen. The simple adapter allows you to use your old-fashioned Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses with your up-to-the-minute iPhone 4 –- with depth of field and manual focus.

The Future of Grocery Shopping? Grocery chain Tesco launched an innovative new shopping concept, Home Plus, in South Korea. Billboards featuring common grocery items, complete with QR codes, line subway stations. Commuter simply scan the codes with their cell phones and wait for selected groceries to show up on their doorstep. We’re hoping to see this in a subway near us soon!
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december 2011
Look and Listen: Workspace and Playlist Best of 2011
Music and design often go hand-in-hand -- as a great track or playlist can be driving the force behind our creative energy. Here we present to you our favorite pieces from the Workspace and Playlist section. Expand your mind by viewing some interesting workspaces, and open your ears to new tunes that you may not have discovered yet. Tune in below...
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december 2011
23 TOP Google+ Photographs for December 21
Do you wonder what the TOP photos published by G+ photography enthusiasts on December 21 were?
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december 2011
William Neill’s Impressions of Light 2012 Calendar












I have just recently created a 2012 calendar using HP’s MagCloud.  Many of the images are newly created in the past year, so those of you that know my Impressions of Light ebook, you will see fresh new images!

I want to share this with you since many of us are exploring self-publishing options, and I’ve wanted to produce calendars for sale and gifts.  I found a well-designed template, so I simply added images and captions.  It was more work than I had hoped for as I haven’t used Adobe InDesign for awhile, but all said, it was worth the effort.  The quality of the reproductions is very good.  The size is based on 8.5×11 pages, so the open calendar is 17×11.  The only issue is getting the calendar to lay flat, but with a bit of back-folding, it works fine.  If you’ve wanted to make your own calendar, this is a good option.  Here are some screenshots of the layout below.

Oh and by the way, if you like the look of my calendar, they are for sale on the MagCloud web site for just $9.99:

Start out your New Year with William Neill’s Impressions of Light 2012 Calendar!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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december 2011
Copycats & Clones: 24 Near-Identical Architectural Designs
[ By Steph in Architecture & Design & Furniture & Interiors. ]

You know you’ve got a winning architectural design when strikingly similar structures begin popping up around the world. Sometimes, these similarities are just coincidences. Sometimes, they’re due to the same architect repeating a theme. And at other times – well – imitation really is the best form of flattery. These 12 pairs of buildings and interiors are almost identical in many cases, from an intentional copy of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House to the evidently Zaha Hadid-inspired Liverpool Museum.

Banq Restaurant & Xm3

(images via: yatzer + archdaily)
Fluid, curving sheets of wood form what seems to be a highly unusual ceiling design in Boston’s Banq Restaurant by Office dA, Inc, built in 2008. But this wasn’t the first and would not be the last time such a design was integrated into a building interior. The earliest example is the Farkasret Mortuary Chapel, built in Hungary in 1975, which actually resembles a huge wooden ribcage and spine. The W Hotel & Residences in New York City was built in 2008-2009, and the Xm3 restaurant of Poland (pictured) was completed in 2011. See even more examples at PostPost.

Metropol Parasol & Swoosh Pavilion

(images via: yatzer + dezeen)
The world’s largest wooden structure is an absolute stunner, a huge multi-story pavilion and walkway made of bonded timber with a polyurethane coating that provides shade, architectural interest and above all an important landmark for the city of Seville, Spain. The Metropol Parasol’s high profile since its design was first revealed in 2004 is likely the reason many people found the Swoosh Pavilion by students at the Architectural Association school so familiar. The Swoosh Pavilion uses a similar concept, on a much smaller scale; it was erected temporarily in 2008 for the London Festival of Architecture.

Hanoi Museum & China Pavilion

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Inverted pyramids are a popular motif in modern architecture, perhaps because they literally turn an ancient and very familiar man-made shape on its head. Two notable examples that may lead to a few double-takes are the Hanoi Museum, designed by German architectural firm GMP, and the national pavilion for China’s 2010 World Expo, which has since been turned into a national history museum. The Hanoi Museum sits on a beautiful reflecting pool; the 56 wooden brackets used to construct the China Pavilion’s roof are highly symbolic, representing the 56 minority ethnic groups in China.

Hemeroscopium House & Rishikesh House

(images via: archdaily + dezeen)
Both are residences with large, U-shaped cantilevered concrete shapes jutting out from their roofs, looking almost like unfinished freeway ramps. The Hemeroscropium house in Madrid by Ensamble Studio was entirely pre-fabricated and took only seven days to assemble. The structure on the roof of this house is actually an infinity pool, while the similar structure atop the Rishikeshi House by Mumbai architects Rajiv Saini + Associates seems to be simply decorative.

Toree Agbar & Swiss Re Headquarters

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Known locally as the Gherkin for its decidedly pickle-like shape, 30 St. Mary Axe – the Swiss Re Headquarters – instantly became an iconic part of London’s skyline when it was completed in 2004. The Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel, located in Barcelona, is a glittering spire that serves as the headquarters of the local municipal water company; it features aluminum panels in 25 colors as well as 4,400 windows and 55,619 transparent and translucent glass plates. It was completed in 2005.

Riverside Museum & PEGS Junior Boys School

(images via: archdaily 1 + 2)
A stark graphic silhouette of a house forms the basis of both Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland and the PEGS Junior Boy’s School in Melbourne, Australia. The former is a bit more stylized, with a white-edged roofline on one side and black on the other, topping giant walls of windows. The latter is sharper, more defined, even including the shape of a chimney, and features glossy black brick in its construction.

The San Remo & The Eldorado

(images via: postpost)
If as a traveler in New York City it seems you’re passing the same building numerous times, rest assured that you’re not lost, and you’re not going crazy. The El Dorado at 300 Central Park West looks almost like an exact replica of The San Remo, which is located in the same area. Both were built in 1931, and both were at least partially designed by architect Emery Roth. The twin towers of each residential building are remarkably similar. When they were built, the San Remo apartments were much pricier, while the lower-rent El Dorado apartments were smaller and more modern. Both buildings now house plenty of celebrities and apartments within sell for up to ten million dollars each.

Farnsworth House & Glass House

(images via: archdaily 1 + 2)
Philip Johnson’s Glass House, built for himself on a 47-acre estate in Connecticut, was openly inspired by the iconic Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. Both houses are relatively small single-story structures, one black and one white; the Farnsworth House is elevated off the ground. Evidently, van der Rohe was less than impressed with Johnson’s creation. According to ArchDaily, “It is said that the brilliant mentor to Philip Johnson stormed out in fury because of what he interpreted as a lack of thought in the details of the house.”

Maxxi Museum & Liverpool Museum

(images via: minimalismi, wikimedia commons)
When the Museum of Liverpool debuted this year, it’s safe to say that fans of the architect Zaha Hadid were not amused. The Liverpool museum resembles, more than a little bit, the award-winning design of the Maxxi Museum in Rome, which spent over a decade in development and construction. Designed by Dutch architects 3XN, the Liverpool Museum is the largest National Museum to be built in the UK in over 100 years and sits on a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Mersey River. The Maxxi is the National Museum of 21st Century Art and features an interior that is decidedly more complex.

Serpentine Pavilion & Nestle Museum

(images via: london design guide, archiarcha)
Both of these buildings are blood-red, a highly unusual choice for architecture. That alone is what brought the 2010 incarnation of the temporary Serpentine Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London to mind when the Nestle Museum by Metro Arquitectos debuted in 2011. Jean Nouvel designed the Serpentine Pavilion in geometric forms made of glass, polycarbonate and fabric, and absolutely everything in it was red. The public viewing structure of the Nestle Chocolate Museum, located on the side of a highway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, certainly attracts attention.

Museo Soumaya & Selfridges

(images via: contemporist + dezeen)
When multiple nearly-windowless scaled metallic buildings pop up, they’re bound to get noticed. First there was the 2007 Selfridges building in Birmingham, England, by Future Systems Architects. Smooth and shiny, the four-story building resembles a giant water-rounded boulder with its 15,000 spun aluminum discs painted blue. Then, in 2011, FREE Fernando Romero EnterprisE completed its anvil-shaped Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, which is covered in hexagonal aluminum tiles.

St. Mary’s Cathedral & San Josemaria Escriva Church

(images via: postpost)
One was built in 1963, the other was only just completed in 2011. But St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo and San Josemaria Escriva Church in Mexico City certainly resemble each other, all the more so because their shared characteristics are so unique. St. Mary’s is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo and was designed by Kenzo Tange. As opposed to St. Mary’s cross shape, San Josemaria is a single volume, rising from the ground at an angle. The former resembles another St. Mary’s in San Francisco, while the latter is visually similar to the Luce Memorial Chapel in Taiwan.

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december 2011
Photo News Roundup: Dec. 16-22
Photo News of the Week is a new feature on Phototuts+ bringing you the news from all aspects of photography. It is a quick way to keep up with technology, trends and leaders in the craft. And if you have news from the week to share, please drop a link in the comments!

Each week we’ll be featuring three items from three different areas of photography. If you have suggestions for our news roundup, please email them here.

Community: Focussion photo critique website

If you’re looking to take your photography to the level, there’s nothing better than constructive criticism. Lucky, there’s a website just for it. Focussion allows you to upload photos and get them critiqued by others who are passionate about their craft. Even if you don’t have anything you’re willing to post for public scrutiny, browsing the site is a good way to improve your visual literacy. By viewing the images, you can see which images work and which images fail, more importantly, you can read why.

Ebook: How Award-Winning Travel Photographs Are Taken by Mitchell Kanashkevich

Photography guide publisher, Light Stalking has just released a new ebook about travel photography. The author, Mitchell Kanashkevich, a photographer for Getty and Corbis and who’s work has been seen on the cover of Geographical magazine and Digital SLR Photographer as well as in many other magazines. The new ebook takes an in-depth look at several specific photographs. You can see more of Kanashkevich’s work on his website, mitchellkphotos.com.

App: Wander, a photo penpal site

Wander is a free smartphone app for iPhone with an Android version in the works. Here’s how it works. You sign up and give the app your general location. The app matches you with another user in a different location called your “guide.” Then the app will prompt you and your guide with three daily photo assignments, such as one asking you to photograph what’s out your window. For a week, you can exchange photos and change, then the app will assign you a new guide in a new location. I’m very excited about this, it’s the very best of social media, wireless internet and mobile photography all wrapped into one. If you’re interested in different cultures or parts of the world, this is for you. If you’re interested in making connections with people across the globe, this is for you. The app has a built-in translator as well!

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december 2011
How to Remove the Disk-hogging Sleepimage File from Your Mac
If you've ever used a large file discovery tool like Daisy Disk, you may have stumbled upon a peculiarly large filed dubbed sleepimage. This file is a by-product of Safe Sleep and it's basically a saved state of your Mac's memory when it goes to sleep. MacBooks especially use this file to save your contents before the battery completely loses its charge. When you start up your system, the Mac will restore this data from the sleepimage file.
Regardless of how important this file may sound, it's actually completely unneccessary. So why not free up some hard disk space by eliminating it? Read on to find out how.
The file may be unecessary for some (and this feature certaintly wasn't included on Macs made before 2005), but if you are constantly in a situation where you lose juice and your MacBook has to hibernate, you may not want to disable the Safe Sleep feature. Disabling the Safe Sleep feature means that contents in RAM will not be backed up to the drive should your Mac need to hibernate. When you start your machine back up, your Mac will perform a normal reboot without restoring windows, and opened files.
Removing the File
Luckily, the sleepimage file can be removed without any injury. The file will simply be rebuilt whenever your Mac needs to use Safe Sleep again. To save some space on your Mac, open Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities), and type in the following command, followed by the enter key:
sudo rm /private/var/vm/sleepimageAfter you press enter, you will be asked to type your administrator password. Type it and press enter, and the file will vanish from your Mac, leaving you with extra disk space.
Prevent the File from Being RebuiltYou can remove the sleepimage file all you want; however, your Mac will automatically rebuild it when needed. By disabling Safe Sleep, this file will never be created by your Mac again, saving this space indefinitely.
You can disable safe sleep with many applications, but we prefer using the Terminal. To begin, fire up Terminal and type in the following command followed by the enter key:
pmset -g | grep hibernatemode This will print out (to the screen) the current hibernatemode setting. By default, this is “hibernatemode 3”, which means that RAM contents are written to the disk upon sleeping. Be sure to take note of what number your current machine is set to so that you can return to this mode should anything go horribly wrong.
In order to go back to the old style sleep method where Safe Sleep is disabled (no longer writing the sleepimage to disk), we will want to be in “hibernatemode 0.”To change this type the following command into Terminal:
sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0 You will be required to type your password, after which, the new hibernatemode setting will be saved. You can check that the setting has been changed by typing:
pmset -g | grep hibernatemode Should any problems arise, you can simply replace “hibernatemode 0” with “hibernatemode 3” (or whatever your Mac was previously set to) in the pmset -a statement above, entering the command into Terminal and pressing the enter key. Follow this article’s author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.
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december 2011
How to Read News on your iOS Device with FLUD
On par with the Kindle, iPad was designed to be the ultimate on-the-go back-lit reading device. What's better: the iPad has opened the doors to exploring new social media options. With FLUD [iTunes link], you can read your favorite feeds and easily share articles with your friends. Read on to find out how.
What's FLUD?
With FLUD, you can easily share articles you're reading with your FLUD followers, or "fllud" their activity feed. Clever, non? To do this, simply tap on the heart button in the toolbar of any article. We'll get more into this a little later.
Adding News Sources
FLUD comes preloaded with several news sources, including The Huffington Post, Mashable, and a few others. To add an additional feed, tap on the "Add Sources" button in the top-right of the app.
The Add Sources pop up will appear, allowing you to easily choose a new source to add. You can browse by category, add a Facebook or Twitter feed, or import from Google Reader.
Tapping the "Manage My Sources" option at the bottom of this listing will let you easily remove, or re-arrange the order of your sources.
Viewing the Activity Feed
Clicking the small chat bubble icon in the toolbar will bring up the activity feed. From here, you can view the activity of the people you follow and what they are currently "Fludding" (reading). Tapping on any of the article titles will open the article for your reading pleasure.
Reading News ItemsOn the main screen of FLUD, you can see all of the news sources that you are subscribed to. FLUD automatically pulls in an image, and displays the title of the article. Clicking on any of the articles in the list underneath the source will bring you to  the full article and presents it in an easy-to-read format without all of the web clutter.
While reading the article, you can see the number of Fludders and readers at the top of the page next to the Close button. In the bottom toolbar, you have access to the share features, you can switch from Text View to Web View, or you can tweet, Flud, or share the article on Facebook.
Using the Share Features
When you tap on the Share button in the bottom toolbar of any article, you get access to some actions to Copy, Email, Open in Safari, or SMS the article. You can also use outside services to share the article, like Facebook, Instapaper, Read It Later, Tumblr, and Twitter.
Follow this article's author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.
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december 2011
Real Racing 2 Comes To The Mac App Store, And You Can Steer With Your iPhone!
This is turning out to be a gamer’s Christmas on the Mac App Store. Following yesterday’s surprise release of Limbo for Mac, Firemint’s beloved Real Racing 2 has also arrived on OS X, with all of the best features of the iOS version, including a 16 car grid, Quick Race and Career modes, 15 racing tracks and over 30 officially licensed cars including the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, 2010 Nissan GT-R (R35), 2012 McLaren MP4-12C and more. In our eyes, though, the killer feature is the ability to steer your car using your iPhone or iPad. Get Real Racing 2 here.
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december 2011
Qupzilla – the Best Browser You’ve Never Heard of?
With the browser market dominated by Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer you could be forgiven for thinking that small browsers have little to offer.

But Qupzilla, a multi-platform Qt-based web-browser, is worth taking for a spin. It boasts features comparable to Chrome and Firefox, yet uses less resources than either.

The webkit wonder, developed by Czech Linux user David Rosca, doesn’t reply on any KDE dependencies – thus making it an ideal solution for the performance and space conscious.

Qupzilla is more than able to hold its own against the market leaders when it comes to features, boasting: -

Native look + theme support
One window History, Bookmarks manager and RSS Reader
Integrated AdBlock support
Private browsing
Configurable interface
Set your search engine
Chrome and Firefox bookmark importing

The speed-dial in particular is extremely well implemented, boasting drag n’ drop positioning, hover over controls, etc.

Bookmarking sites is very feels very ‘Chrome-like’. Just hit the star, edit the info and choose a place to save it to – including directly to the Speed Dial.

The preferences window is well stocked, with some fantastic privacy features included too.

As much promise as Qupzilla shows it’s fair to say that it is has a number of ‘issues’. The biggest of which is crashing.

If I’m not able to use an application with confidence then, generally, I don’t use it at all. Qupzilla errs dangerously close to the cusp of acceptability with regards to this, but the good news is that with each update things get better – so I’m willing to ride my frustrations out.

How to install Qupzilla in Ubuntu
Adding Qupzilla in Ubuntu requires addition of the Qupzilla PPA.

To install Qupzilla in Ubuntu 11.10 run the following two commands in a terminal, or add the section in bold to your Software Sources before updating and installing ‘Qupzilla’ from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nowrep/qupzilla
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install qupzilla

Bugs can reported over @ github.com/nowrep/QupZilla/issues
Qupzilla – the Best Browser You’ve Never Heard of? OMG! Ubuntu! - Everything Ubuntu. Daily.
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december 2011
Little Studio
Swedish designers Marit Lissdaniels and Angelica Utterberg are the creative minds behind Little Studio, a company that makes graphic prints, pillowcases, trays, and cutting boards. The duo is inspired by how children view the world and the way they think outside the box where, as they say, “a triangle could just be a triangle – but it can also be a mountain.” Their happy and colorful designs are playful enough for children but will work equally as well for adults.

Share This: Twitter | Facebook | Discover more great design by following Design Milk on Twitter and Facebook. © 2011 Design Milk | Posted by Caroline in Art, Home Furnishings | Permalink | 1 comment
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december 2011
Moose’s Realistic HDR
I’ve been flooded with emails and phone calls asking about how I do “realistic” HDR. Keep in mind, it starts and ends at the camera. I don’t have a video, yet, for that part on my site (you can find them at Kelby Training) but I do have a video for processing an image in Photomatix Pro. Now the video is a little old (on the to do list) but the basics are all there for you.

What I can do though is provide you my settings for realistic HDR for Photomatix Pro. Simply click on this link to download Moose Basics and then install them in the Preset Folder under HDR and then click on Moose Basics under the Your Presets in Photomatix Pro. I hope this helps folks but just keep in mind two very important things with HDR, it starts in the camera (which means not ever photo should be HDR just because you can) and is finished in Photoshop. Now like usual, understand I’m doing this my way which is more then likely not the right way. You, the photographer and communicator must as yourself real simply, “Does this work for my photography or not?” If it does, great, if not, that is perfectly fine too!
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december 2011
Vision Is Better, Volume 2
Over a year ago I released Vision Is Better, essentially an eBook version of this blog, and it’s become one of the best-selling titles under the Craft & Vision umbrella, which I think is (a) awesome and (b) amusing. I’m not quiet about the fact that Vision Is Better, and now Vision Is Better, Volume 2, is really just a great re-hash of this blog; the last thing I want is to quietly sell you something you could get for free. The reason we offer it is because, well, you really can’t get this for free. We’ve taken the blog, pulled out a ton of the somewhat dated content, announcements, and general chaff, then we added a couple previously unpublished essays, took out some (but not all of the original typos) and had our Design Ninja, Luke Taylor, re-package it. And it’s yours to access on your iPad, or laptop, whenever and wherever you like. No surfing, no frantic looking for a wifi signal, no huge data bills just to find that essay you want to re-read.
Vision Is Better 2 is similar to the first in that we’ve collected the best essays from the blog, and bundled them together. It differs because this year was profoundly different for me, and so there’s some of that journey too. If you read this blog (and you do, don’t try to tell me you don’t!) you know this year wrapped itself around an unexpected life-changing adventure for me, and some of that is in there too. So is the Life is Short stuff. And the usual rants. And bigger photographs than what you get on the blog. Frankly, it’s what this blog should be, but isn’t because I’m busy and these walls don’t just fall off themselves, you know. (Inside joke which you will totally find hilarious if you buy this ebook.)
If you read this blog (see comment above!) then think of this as your yearbook. If we meet in person I’ll sign it. If you do not read this blog (ahem), then you’ll still want it because, I believe, it can make you a better photographer. No, not like that new lens was meant to do. If there’s one thing I believe will make us all stronger photographers, it’s mindfulness. Intent. (Please don’t make me use the word “vision” again.). The subtitle for Vision is Better was Free the Mind, Free The Camera. This time it’s Free The Mind, The Camera Will Follow. Same, same, but different, (as they say in S.E. Asia) because the reason I continue to write remains the same: the way we think is the way we see, and we’ll make better photographs when we spend as much time honing our minds and our hearts as we do memorizing the buttons on the camera.
As you can imagine, there’s a ton of pages in this thing. If you love this blog and don’t want to shell out $5, it’ll still be here as it always is. Free. But if you want to access this content over and over again, in a format that’s easier to read, a little more intentionally curated, and includes a couple essays I’ve never published, then it’s all yours, as it always is, for only $5. Unless you buy it this week, then it’s only $4. And of course, those of you with a subscription to the Craft & Vision Community, this is yours to download for free this month.

Save $1 – Pay just $4 if you use coupon code VIB4. Save $3 – Get the Vision is Best Bundle for $7 if you use coupon code VIB7. Save 20% – Get 5+ PDF eBooks for less if you use the discount code VIB20.

These discount codes expire Wednesday, December 21 at 11:59pm (PST).
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december 2011
Turn Your iPad Into An Info Center With iDashboard App
If you’re an iPad user and sick of waiting for something like the Mac’s Dashboard to appear on your tablet, you’ll love to know about iDashboard, a new iPad offering that consolidates many individual apps into one screen.

Are you getting a bit dizzy from flipping between multiple apps on your iPad? Check out Facebook and your Twitter feed all at once. Also, learn about the weather and the news. Check your calendar and then see if it’ll rain on your parade — all without flipping from app to app.
The $1.99 iDashboard app is now available at Apple’s App Store. The app, from BolderImage, “brings together all of the best parts of the iPad into a single interface,” said David Gruen, Senior Vice President at the company. The new app appears to be getting rave reviews from users, so why not give it a shot?
Here’s a video of iDashboard in action:

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december 2011
The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Is Free On iTunes
If you’re a big fan of The Beatles’ psychotropic adventure to save Pepperland from the hopping foots and music-hating Blue Meanies, here’s a great deal: Apple is offering the children’s e-book adaptation of The Beatles Yellow Submarine for free to anyone who wants to download it.

In the iBook, clips from the movie have been added to the text and can be viewed on any page, either as embedded videos or expanded to full-screen. There’s also a gaggle of interactive animations, boinking sound effects and Yoko-free music clips to enjoy.
Even if it were rendered in dead tree pulp instead of electrons, the Yellow Submarine book isn’t exactly a rat-crusher at just 43 pages, but if you’re a Yellow Submarine fan or just want to familiarize your small children with the acid-fueled dreams and dementia of the 60s, this is the free e-book for you.
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december 2011
Win This iPhone and iPad Cases from Poketo! Holiday Giveaway 2011
To All Apartment Therapy Holiday Giveaways

Name: iPhone and iPad Cases
Store: Poketo
Value: $84

Description: Clean design and color meet in this minimalist iPad Case. Secure your iPad with the help of three discreet silver posts that fit easily into the eyelets for easy closure and opening. This beautiful and simple case comes in 4 colors and fits the iPad 1 and iPad 2, as well as the iPad Smart Cover. The iPhone cases are modeled from the earth's jagged landforms, these cases have a soft, silicone texture that feels great in the palm of your hand. This case hugs your phone and perfectly protects it while giving you easy access to all controls and ports. Choose from lime, white, and black. Go below the fold to enter!
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december 2011
Best Wall Clocks 2011
It's no secret that we are obsessed with clocks. The way different designers interpret the simple telling of time has always intrigued us—thus our repeated roundups of the best-of-the-best each year. Take a look at our picks for 2011 and add to the list with your favorite by leaving a comment.
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december 2011
Change The Boring Default Login Screen Wallpaper In OS X Lion [Video How-To]
Sick and tired of seeing the same old linen wallpaper on the login screen every time you boot up your computer? It can get pretty boring after a while. In this video, I’ll show you how to change Lion’s login screen wallpaper to whatever you’d like.

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december 2011
How to Optimize Your Mac with Onyx
In the mood to do some housekeeping on your Mac? Onyx for your Mac can do it all, for the low, low price of free! Free is wonderful, and especially when it comes to keeping your system fresh. Onyx has been around for awhile now and with every new iteration it just keeps getting better. You can use for tasks like drive verification, system maintenance, and getting rid of extraneous files. It's been updated for Lion, so let's take a look!You can download Onyx from the developer, Titanium Software's website.
Running Maintenance ScriptsMaintenance scripts help keep your Mac running in tip-top shape. There are scripts that your Mac automatically runs on a Daily, Weekly, and Monthly basis, but with Onyx, you can run these scripts on your own schedule.
Head over to Maintenance > Scripts. Once there, select the checkboxes for Daily Scripts, Weekly Scripts, Monthly Scripts, and if you wish, Delete System Archived Logs. Once done, click the Execute button to have Onyx run the checked scripts.
Cleaning Your MacIf winter, spring, or whatever-season cleaning is more of your thing, you can head over to the Cleaning tab in Onyx.
In the System tab, you can have Onyx clean the following cache elements from your system: - Boot Cache- Kernel and Extensions- International Preferences (Character Palatte Cache, Keyboard Viewer Cache, and more) - CUPS Jobs- Directory Services - QuickTime components - Audio components - Other components All of these cache items take up valuable drive space; so, depending on when you cleaned these items last, you may get back some of this disk space.
In the User tab, you can delete the following items from the cache: - Applications - Preferences of System Panels - Audio Units - Java and Applets Java - Desktop Background - International Preferences - Dock Icons - ColorSync - QuickLook - Temporary Items Check the items that you wish to remove from the cache, and then click the Execute button to have the scripts run to remove the cache elements from your Mac.
The Internet tab will let you easily remove browser-specific items from your Mac without having to open your web browser. You can remove: - Browser Cache - Download Cache - Browser History - Recent Searches - Web Page Previews - Bookmark Icons - Form Values- CookiesNote that form values and cookies (may) spare you from the typing of user names, passwords, and other required info when you revisit a Web form (like MacLife.com, and other websites). You should use these items with caution. When you are ready to delete the browser-specific items, click the Execute button.
The Fonts tab will let you remove the following items from the Fonts Cache: - System and Users Font Cache- Adobe Systems Font Cache - Microsoft Font Cache - Quark Font Cache - Some Open Source Application's Font CacheNote that after cleaning the font Cache of these applications, some apps may take unusually longer to open on the next launch as it rebuilds the cache. Be patient when opening applications that have recent had their caches cleared.
The Logs tab will let you clear the following Log files on your Mac: - Log Files- Apple Software Update Log - Bash Log - System Archived Logs (Deletes logs archived by maintenance scripts) - Instant Message Logs - User Diagnostic Reports - System Diagnostic Reports - Mobile Devices CrashReporter

And, finally, the Misc. tab will let you remove the following files from your Mac: - Recent items (from the Apple menu) - Recent conversions of Calculator - Items in the Mail Downloads folder - Items in the Saved Searches folder (The items in the sidebar are not deleted)- Obsolete items - Previous iTunes Libraries - "My Computers" list in Screen Sharing - QuickTime Content Guide (for pre-QuickTime X versions)
Cleaning and maintaning your Mac's OS is imperitive. Using the features of Onyx we've mentioned above is one way to keep your Mac speedy. Remember that it's always a good idea to reboot your Mac after using any of these cleaning options.
Follow this article's author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.
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december 2011
Flipboard Launches Beautiful New iPhone App
Flipboard has launched its official iPhone app with a gorgeous design and the new “Cover Stories” layout, or “the feed to check when you’re in line at the coffee shop, commuting on the train or just hanging out at home.”
Riding the coattails of a phenomenal iPad app, Flipboard is looking to be the best place for reading the internet on your iPhone.

With Flipboard for iPhone we’re introducing Cover Stories — one place to quickly catch up on some of the most interesting news, updates and photos being shared with you right now. The more you interact with your friends and the stories being shared, the smarter Cover Stories gets. You can refine what appears here by adding content to your Flipboard, muting anyone you’d rather not hear from, and connecting to your social networks. Cover Stories will be coming to your iPad in the near future.
If you’d like to bring everything you have on your Flipboard to your iPhone, create a Flipboard Account on your iPad, download Flipboard to your iPhone, and then sign in. Creating a Flipboard Account also gives you access to All Timelines, a single section containing all the articles and photos being shared across all your social networks.
Finally, Flipboard for iPhone is fast. Scan through pages as quickly as you can with just a flick of a thumb. If you find something interesting, just tap to slide it open.
Flipboard for iPhone is now available for free in the App Store.
An interview with the CEO of Flipboard:

Let us know what you think of Flipboard’s iPhone app in the comments!
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december 2011
Master of the Skies and Stars: Tom Lowe and his new film TIMESCAPES
There are few people in this world that are as special as Tom Lowe.   Most of you know him as one of the pre-eminent time-lapse photographers/filmmakers out there who has been redefining the medium for years now on Timescapes.  (Tom was named  Astronomy Photographer of the Year last year.)     Tom has worked with Terrence Malick and many other pre-eminent filmmakers in fact (and given how humble Tom is – he’ll probably be upset I mentioned Terrence’s name.)   Tom is also an author, a Gulf War Veteran and generally a Zen master.   Tom has lived outside of his pickup truck for more than a year, on top of freezing mountains and in the desert for months at a a time.  Granted he’s gotten to witness some of the most beautiful sites that our land offers.

Tom is out to raise the bar even higher now – with his 4K film "Timescapes" that he’s been working on tirelessly for close to two years now.    He’s been shooting with Kessler motion control cranes and dollies,  lenses from Canon / Leica / RED / Duclos, and Arri Master Primes, with RED’s Epic camera,  the Canon 5D MKII  and the PL-modified Canon 1D MKIV by Denz as well – to produce some of the most gorgeous footage I’ve ever seen shot on this continent in the last decade.  

The level of dedication, passion and just plain hard work (not to mention sleepless nights) that Tom has put into this is unparalleled.   He and his team (assistants Dustin Kukuk and Nilo Merino Recalde)  have likely seen more sunrises and sunsets over that time than almost anyone else in this country.   Their level of dedication to their craft is unparalleled – something that I’ve witnessed many times in person – and most recently during the Timefest get together in Lone Pine thanks to Eric Kessler.   Most filmmakers put in endless hours, days, weeks, and years into their films.   But we are almost always surrounded by dozens of others who are there to support us (if we’re lucky;)    Making a film on your own out in the wild for close to 2 years – with nothing but faith and a dream takes a very special kind of person.  A special soul.  Like I said:  Tom is a Zen master who happens to love Dubstep.  

Tom is the truest example of an artist dedicated to his craft – and to sharing with others.    While you’ll be hard pressed to get him to lead a workshop because he really doesn’t like to hear himself talk  - he’s always there to lend anyone a helping hand, and won’t hesitate for even a millisecond to share one of his favorite shooting spots with you, location, angle to shoot, and time of year.  He’s just that kind of guy.  

I can’t wait to see this film premiere – and you bet I’ll do my best to have a front row seat.   If you’d like to help support Tom you can go ahead to the film’s site and pre-order it.    Supporting fellow filmmakers is important – for example, I know that I could easily get a copy of the Blu-ray for free from him  - but instead I’ve gone ahead and ordered the limited edition one because I simply want to show my support and keep artists like him busy forever in our community.    I think we need people like Tom out there – and I can’t wait to see a lot more people discover who this man is and to follow his example.   I already know that many of your will end up following in his footsteps…     

For those of you that would like to see more – here is a previous trailer:
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december 2011
Rebar Rattlers
I love snakes, hand-wrought iron, and anything made from reclaimed steel (especially industrial scrap), so these forge-art serpents from artist Mark Rees of Suffolk, Virginia, pretty much made my day when I stumbled across them this morning.

Uppermost, a rattlesnake made from a piece of 1/2″ reinforcing bar; immediately above, two smaller snakes forged from smooth (right) and rough (left) ferrier’s rasps; and right, “Sunshine” the 10-foot python who modeled for the heads!

Of the process for forging the snakes, Mark writes:

The head of the snake is upset by heating to orange or hotter and clamping in a vise and pounding it; the length will decrease and the diameter will increase, this process is repeated until I have enough metal built up to form a good sized head. Once I have the head metal moved, I start working the taper on the front of the snake and the tail of the snake. Once the basic form is done, I start working the head shape. After the head is formed, it is just a process of bending and twisting until it looks like a snake that was going somewhere and was startled into a defensive position.

[Thanks, Mark & Anita!]


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december 2011
How X-Men: First Class Should Have Ended [Video]
[Via Buzzfeed]
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december 2011
GeekDad Holiday Gift Guide #5
We’re into December, and that means you’ve got only a few weeks left! But no worries, we have the ultimate gift suggestions. And if you don’t see it here check out our previous gift guides. Individual reviews are by Kathy Ceceri (KC), Jenny Williams (JW), Charles Laughton (CL), Jonathan Liu (JL), Curtis Silver (CS), Z (Z), and myself (JB).

Booq Boa Squeeze Backpack

There are backpacks that are too light, like the classic vinyl backpack that lasts only one school year (if that) — then there’s the opposite end of the spectrum, a tank that weighs as much as the books inside it. The Boa hits the sweet spot between the two. It’s very light, constructed from ballistic nylon, and features a plethora of pockets — the most I’ve seen on a backpack — as well as a laptop sleeve that accommodate 13″-17″ Macs and 13″-15″ PCs. Buy it from Amazon. (JB)
Doodle-Track Car

Hackers take note: the Doodle-Track Car is basically a line-following robot in desktop toy form! With two little light sensors on its undercarriage, this tiny model car will zip around a track you draw on any white paper with black marker. You can also design your own track on their website, complete with traffic signs and signals, and print it out. Comes with decals, pre-printed play mat, and marker (but not the two AAA batteries needed). (KC)

Nintendo 3DS

Though it fell victim to unfortunately sluggish sales after its initial launch, the Nintendo 3DS seems to have picked up steam thanks to a recent price drop. This, coupled with a fourth quarter release lineup that includes first party heavy-hitters like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, could mean that this holiday season is the ideal time to adopt the new handheld. Its beefed up graphics, stereoscopic 3D display, analog controls and VR gaming options give it a nice next-gen sheen, and backwards compatibility means that, even during the lean season, gamers are never without a backlog of quality titles. (Z)
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss has been nominated for a National Book Award. As noted in our review, the book is part art tome, part graphic novel, part biography, and part history of the study of radioactivity and its effect on our world. A stunning work, worth reading multiple times. And the cover glows in the dark. (KC)
Verbatim Clip-It Flash Drive

Perfect stocking stuffer fodder, these tiny flash drives come in bright colors and feature a built-in clip that can secure your drive against loss. Buy them from Amazon. (JB)
STM Bags

Our mobile devices take a beating when we carry them around. For the larger ones, such as our iPads and laptops, good protection is vital. STM Bags are ideal for this purpose. They all contain high density foam, protecting devices incredibly well. The bags also have plenty of room for other gadgets or items. STM Bags come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, including sleeves, to best fit your device! (JW)
Air Hogs Pocket Copter

R/C helicopters aren’t anything new, yet there have been some I’ve tried that are hard to fly. Not so with the Air Hogs Pocket Copter. Extremely small, light and fairly durable, this plastic copter lifts off easily with simpler controls than its bigger brethren making it perfect for indoor flight. Charges in 10 minutes for 5-15 minutes of flight time. Its packaging doubles as a case for perfect portability. Read the review or buy it on Amazon. (CL)

While it may sound odd to have a card game based on a Street Fighter-esque fighting game, Yomi is a blast to play. The base mechanic is a bit like rock-paper-scissors, but there are layers of strategies on top of that which help you predict what your opponent’s next move might be — and vice versa. Get the whole set for a good mix of characters, or pick up one of the two-character packs to try it out. Read the full review or buy it from Amazon. (JL)
Iomega SuperHero iPhone Charger

This phone charger (and who couldn’t use another?) has an SD card slot that can, along with a free app, serve as a backup option if you can’t plug in your phone or want a second backup. It grabs your photos and contacts only. Buy it from Amazon.
DeLorme InReach Satellite Communicator

This device pairs with an Android phone and allows you to compose and send 160-character messages as texts, tweets, Facebook messages, and emails from anywhere in the world, thanks to the Iridium network of satellites. It can also serve as an emergency locator and you can pre-program emergency text messages that can be sent at the touch of a button if your phone dies. Buy it from Amazon. (JB)
Nyko Power Grip

Nyko handily won my favor early after the release of the Nintendo 3DS with their Power Pak+, a battery peripheral that doubled the system’s usually meager play time. Their latest product, the Power Grip, however, does even more. Whereas the original power Pak+ replaced the existing system battery, the Power Grip supplements it. It clips over the handheld’s housing and plugs directly into the 3DS power port. You then charge your system and this secondary battery by plugging the system’s AC adapter into the peripheral itself. The net effect is three times the power with your only concession being a bit of added system bulk. As the name implies, the Power Grip includes ergonomic cut-outs to accommodate bigger hands, which makes it the perfect accessory for grown-up gamers. (Z)
Scribblenauts Remix

If you’re looking to outfit that new iPad with some gaming goodness for the holidays, look no further than Scribblenauts Remix. More than a simple port of the DS original, this iOS iteration uses the superior game mechanic of sequel Super Scribblenauts – which allows additional vocabulary-based problem solving by supporting adjectives – as well as platform-specific options like cloud storage. Help rooster-combed protagonist Maxwell solve 50 madcap puzzles using tools like a “futuristic angry caveman” or a “large happy cotton griffin.” With solutions as numerous (and potentially ridiculous) as your imagination, Scribblenauts Remix is a great title for children and adults alike. (Z)
Thingamagoop 2 Synthesizer

Super fun and easy-to-operate synthesizer packs a square wave amplitude modulator and triangle wave pulse width modulator into a metal case (complete with alien artwork). For added fun there’s a LED-equipped antenna — the LEDacle — that can flicker its light into its own light sensor eye for optical theremin goodness. There are a huge number of sounds possible with this cool toy. You can either buy the Thingamagoop as a kit or a completed product. Buy it from BleepLabs. (JB)
D&D Dragon Collector’s Set

Magnificent collector’s set of five iconic dragon figurines, one for each red, black, blue, white, green dragons. Each figure is about the size of your fist and is extremely intricate and detailed. Just thing to spring on your party of PCs, or simply to display on your shelf. Buy it from your Friendly Local Game Store. (JB)
Gunnar Optiks

Gunnar glasses are quickly changing how geeks see the world. But Gunnars aren’t just for the avid gamer anymore. Anyone who works in front of a computer, any gamer and many families are embracing the glasses that eliminate stress & fatigue headaches. Gunnar glasses, while offering Major League Gaming styles, are also available in many other styles, including “hipster.” You can get Gunnars via their website at Gunnars.com. (CS)
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december 2011
What Your Toilet Paper Says About You [Comic]
[Source: Doghouse Diaries]
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december 2011
The Best of Wooden Alarm Clock iPhone Docks
If you've gotten tired of putting your phone on a nearby bedside table for alarm clock duty, then it's time to find a more elegant solution to charge and store your iPhone. There are many solutions to dock your iPhone, but some of our faves are completely low tech...
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december 2011
500px Has a Lightroom Plug-in
It’s finally here! 500px.com released a Lightroom plug-in that let’s you publish your photos directly from Lightroom to their website. You can create and manage your portfolios right from within Lightroom as well as edit titles, descriptions, read/write comments and even see the photo statistics (views, favorites, ratings). Personally, I’ve been wanting to see this plug-in for a long time now and it makes a perfect addition to Lightroom 3′s Publish Services panel (it works for LR 2 as well but in a limited way).

Here’s the link to download. And if you’ve tried it out then leave a comment and let us know what you think. Have a great weekend everyone!
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december 2011
J.Fold Wallets
The men’s accessory company J.Fold designs from a man’s point of view. The wallets have an industrial feel about them that feature classic and bold colors and perforated and laser-etched designs in top grain leathers. They have an overall modern aesthetic that combines style with practicality.

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december 2011
Energizer iSurge Travel Charging Station Unplggd Test Lab
Product: Energizer iSurge Travel Charging Station
Price: $59.99
Rating: Recommend*

It's the holiday season and that means it's the season for traveling as well. We came across this travel charging station from Energizer, an all-in-one charging device that can power up to five devices at once. It's a surge protector that simultaneously charges your Apple devices and any other USB connected tech accessories. Not only is this the ideal companion for traveling, we'd use it at home or in the office too.

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november 2011
FCC report says AT&T, T-Mobile submitted flawed information on merger
A recently released staff report from the Federal Communications Commission claims AT&T and T-Mobile failed to prove that their proposed merger was in the public interest, even noting that the carriers had submitted inaccurate information to the commission.
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november 2011
Get Mail Merge in Gmail with This Google Docs Template [Gmail Tip]
Want to send a bunch of emails personalized to each recipient? Sending mass emails is easy using Microsoft Word's mail merge, less so with Gmail. This Google Docs template, however, brings email merging to Gmail. More »
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november 2011
Retro Poster Prints
Recent sojourns took us to this neat Etsy shop, ReStyle, which has a fantastic range of fresh poster art prints for us to adorn our walls with. Creator of the posters, Jan Skácelik, of Olomouc, Czech Republic, uses clean lines and layouts, showing a clear background in Graphic Design and Illustration. Along with an unexplained adoration of pugs, Jan Skácelik, or ‘Handz’ as Etsy customers might know him, has a love of Scandinavian design, mid century modern. A number of his posters celebrate vintage imagery, including a rich collection by Stig Lindberg, Cathrineholm, Marianne Westman, Gustavsberg porcelain, and many more for us to feast our eyes on.

Browsing through the gallery you will find humorous letterpress inspired prints, sweet messages hidden in eye charts, and slick retro iconography. Many of the prints have extra color options to allow you to match, or clash, the art print with your decor. With so many fun options of typography and punchy background colors to choose from, we think this collection is a sure hit no matter what you want your artwork to say about your home.

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november 2011
Dive Into Poetry With Helena Bonham Carter And An Appload Of Poems [Review]
This is iF Poems, a new educational app aimed at children, but with much to offer to grown-ups too.

It brings together 230 classic poems, sorted into age groups and categories such as “Growing up” and “Lessons for life”.
But better still, some of them come with audio readings by none other than British actors Helena Bonham Carter and Bill Nighy – and beautiful readings they are, too.
As well as explaining poetry to youngsters, the app encourages participation. You can record your own reading of a classic poem (and then share it with friends), or write a fresh poem when you feel inspired. Your work is presented just like the famous poems, making you feel like you’re right up there with Edward Lear or Lord Tennyson.
This is a charming app, and an excellent introduction to the world of poetry. Not just for kids, either.
It’s only let down by not being a universal app – rather, there are separate iPhone (three dollars) and iPad (five dollars) versions. Also, some of the text fields (such as the poet biographies at the top of each poem) are scrollable, but that’s not always obvious. With a long bio, the text here feels very cramped.
That’s a minor problem though, and doesn’t detract from the charm. Recommended.
Rating: ★★★★½ 
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november 2011
Excellent Photo Adventures In The Far North…Polar Bears
We arrived in Churchill last night to lightly falling snow which was very welcome as it’s been unseasonably warm here with very little snow. By the time we awoke there were a few inches of snow covering the ground giving the world that winter wonderland look that we were hoping for as a backdrop for photographing polar bears. We headed out to the buggy launch to meet up with our intrepid driver, Buggy Bob and headed right out onto the tundra in search of bears. Our first encounter was with three males who took turns sparing with each other providing us with some great photo opportunities…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

One question that came up was how to expose for these creamy bears against the white snow. While I think today’s cameras do an outstanding job of coming up with a good exposure, all that lightness makes it want to darken the image to achieve a neutral exposure. So, the simple thing to do on an overcast day was to dial in between plus .5 to plus 1 exposure compensation for brighter, whiter snow and let her rip which is exactly what we did. (Later, in Photoshop, I dropped a white point on the snow to clean up any color cast and added a slight bit of NIK Detail Extractor to finish it off.)

Polar bears are a curious sort and while we were intent on checking them out, they too would show interest in the strange creatures in the ginormous vehicles. Some would simply keep an eye on us as they passed by…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

And others would come over for an even closer look. When a subject is coming straight at me, I immediately think “vertical”…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

Today’s count…
1 Red Fox (on the way to the buggy launch)
25 polar bears

With only one day under our belts, we are already filling our hard drives with memorable images and our hearts with wonderful memories. Stay tuned.
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november 2011
How to Reset Finder Sidebar Links
I upgraded to Lion, and my Finder sidebar lost track of all its links.Lions are prissy cats. Ever since we upgraded to 10.7, several strange glitches have been haunting various Mac|Life staffers. One of the most problematic is a general funkiness with the Finder, specifically when trying to click on aliases in the sidebar. If, when you click on the sidebar, nothing is selected, go to Finder > Preferences > Sidebar and check and uncheck a box. For some reason, this will restore sidebar links. While you’re in there, don’t forget to uncheck any boxes you might not want littering up your Finder sidebar!

Clicking and unclicking any of the sidebar items will “reboot” your sidebar and fix the weird unclickable-item problem.
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november 2011
10 Ways to Develop Yourself Photographically
1. Find Inspiration

A painter once said, “The soul of art is inspiration.” I couldn’t agree more. I can’t count on two hands the number of times I continued to work on a shoot because I was inspired by the light, or got up in the middle of the night to brainstorm a shoot idea because I was inspired by the movie I just watched. Inspiration has a power to drive us artists in a way that few things can. This being the case, it is so important that we seek inspiration in our working and off hours.

Developing technology has blessed us with many opportunities to find inspiration and tuck it away for when it’s needed most. Sites like Pinterest or even flickr allow you to harness the power of visual imagery from blogs, sites, magazines, or even your own pictures. I’ll give fair warning to you though: Pinterest may become your next inspiration obsession.

2. Find Causes and Run with Them
There are few things more rewarding than finding ways to use your photos to support a cause you believe in. Generally most nonprofit organizations – especially the smaller ones – are ecstatic to have a photographer offer to assist their cause. Volunteer your services in whatever way they may need and you will grow as a person, as a storyteller, and as a photographer. Need ideas on where to start? Seth Godin’s “Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are Poking the Box and Making a Difference” is an incredible resource to help you brainstorm.

3. Find Time to Develop
How often do we really just take the time to develop our craft? Many professional photographers agree that it’s easy to pick up a camera for jobs – but will do so on few other occasions. Take a challenge like 365 Project and push yourself develop the eyes to see art all around you – and share that with others.

4. Find Resources
There is a proverb that says “there is nothing new under the sun.” In the area of art, we create when inspiration and our own innovation collide. Discovering new perspectives is a critical part of our photographic development. When was the last time you went to an Art Gallery? Be it local or part of a museum, routine visits to an Art Gallery gives way for you to explore art through other artists eyes.

5. Find Your Loves
What things in life give you intense pleasure and enjoyment? Those are the things to take pictures of. We never grow tired of the things that we really love – that give us refreshment and perspective. Returning to these loves in both conceptually in the creative process and practically subject matter will make room for photographic exploration.

6. Find Community
Camaraderie in creativity is a fantastic resource for our artistic development. Finding a photographic community – or creating a group yourself will provide collaboration, fellowship, and a lot of fun. With PUGs, FTP groups and more, there are plenty of opportunities for you to dive into a community.

7. Find New Vantage Points
Many of us have heard the old adage: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” So why is it so difficult to apply this to our art? Take a risk. Try a new idea. The real deal of art is to never put yourself in a box – so take steps outside your comfort zone with concepts, with shoots, with editing. You may be surprised by what new discovery you find yourself in love with.

8. Find Local Experts
Gone are the days of “trade secrets” and tight-lipped professionals who do everything in their power to stay on top. Today’s photographic industry is full of individuals who are more concerned with connecting and helping than the bottom line. Take some time to hunt down professionals in your area whom you respect and admire – both personally and in their work. After you have a small list gathered, contact these individuals and inquire as to if they would be willing to get together with you over coffee for questions and discussion. Who knows, while you may be looking for a mentor, that photographer just may be looking for someone to invest in.

9. Find Honest Critique
It’s difficult to critique your own work – after all, you know the backstory, you are biased to the reasons why you took the shot, etc. In the past we’ve explored some ways to critique your own work, but sometimes we just need the strong, non-nonsense critique of others. If you have built a photographic community, or know a local expert, try to schedule a time they may be able to conduct a review and critique of your work. The feedback you gain will give some good indicators of specific areas you may need to develop.

10. Find Your SWOT
If you really want to invest developing as a photographer, conduct a SWOT of yourself. Strengths. Weaknesses. Opportunities. Threats. Be honest and objective as you work this analysis, and then brainstorm a plan to maximize and grow each of these areas.

Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.

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november 2011
Top 10 Photography Accessories with Our Readers
Filters, batteries, sensor cleaning kits, camera straps… there are literally thousands of products out there for digital photographers to buy as accessories for their cameras.

Following are the top 10 Digital Camera Accessories that our readers bought at Amazon in the last quarter:

1. Black Rapid Strap RS7 Black Fabric (Pictured Right)

2. Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter

3. Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster Large (Black)

4. LensPEN Lens Cleaning System

5. Opteka Hot Shoe Two Axis Double Bubble Spirit Level for Digital and Film Cameras

6. RS-W1 Camera Strap

7. Tiffen 67mm UV Protection Filter

8. Gary Fong GFLSC01 LightSphere Collapsible Diffuser

9. Mennon Set of 2 Gray Card’s size 6″x8″ and 8″x10″, 18% Gray / 92% White

10. Canon Optical Lens and Digital SLR Camera Cleaning Kit

Want to see what other photography gear is popular with our readers? Check out our Popular Digital Cameras and Gear page.

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november 2011
How to Bounce Emails in Mac OS X Mail
In Mac OS X Lion, Apple removed the “Bounce Email” feature from the default Mail client, much to the amazement of some users. While the feature is no longer available through the user interface in Mail, you can create an Automator service that will bounce the selected emails in Mail just by clicking on an item in the Services menu.A note on bouncing emails: Before we begin, we’d like to put a simple note here about why you may not want to bounce emails. Typically, spammers don’t use real email addresses when sending spam messages. When you bounce an email, you really aren’t deterring the spammer, you’re simply filling up the inbox of an innocent bystander whose email address is being used by spammers. That being said, bounced messages can often deter spammers who use real email accounts.
1. Create an Automator WorkflowThe first step in building our Bounce Email service is to open Automator. Once opened, select “Service” from the project chooser drop-down menu.

In the workflow area, ensure that the top action is configured as “Service receives ‘no input’ in ‘Mail’.” Next, drag the “Get Selected Mail Messages” action into the workflow and choose “messages” from the drop-down menu in the action. Finally, drag a “Run AppleScript” action, and paste in the following AppleScript:
on run {input, parameters}    tell application "Mail"        repeat with eachMessage in input            bounce eachMessage            delete eachMessage        end repeat    end tellend runWhen you're finished, your workflow should look something like this:

To save this workflow as a Service, click File > Save. In the drop-down dialog, type the name of the service as you want it to appear in Mail (we chose “Bounce Email”), and then click Save.

2. Bouncing EmailsTo bounce an email, simply select one (or multiple) messages in your Inbox, and then click Mail > Services > Bounce Email.

After a few seconds, the message that you had selected will be bounced and the message in your Inbox will be moved to the Trash in Mail. You won’t get a notification that the message has been bounced; however, if you send yourself a message and bounce it back, you will see that the script does, in fact, work correctly. Albeit a little slower than Apple’s bounce feature in previous versions of Mail. Follow this article’s author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.
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november 2011
The Only Three Folders You Need in Your Email
While you're busy trying to navigate your new redesigned Gmail inbox, allow us to make a handy suggestion that could improve your professional communication efficiency tenfold. Forget trying to keep up with a baker's dozen of mix-and-match email labels. You can effectively stash every message you get into three action folders. Here they are.
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november 2011
iTravel Charged: On-the-Go iDevice Charging Alternatives
iDevices make excellent travel accessories. The iPhone has your gps, point and shoot, and just about everything else you can think of in your pocket. iPods are a basic necessity on any long jaunt. But all devices need a charge after a while, and charging on-the-go is a problem. Either there's too few open plugs or people aren't watching where they step and crush your handy (and expensive) hardware. There's a better way to go and stay juiced up. Here are our alternatives for your next journey...
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november 2011
12 Useful Tech Tools for $5 &amp Under
How far can $5 go these days? When it comes to technology usually the answer is, "not very far," but that is something that we are trying to change with today's post by showing you the various tools you can make and buy that cost $5 or less. As an added bonus, many of these also make great inexpensive gifts.
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november 2011
Dune House by Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects
Dune House by Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects is located in Thorpeness, England on the coast. The design is a creative one – fashioned after the concept of a floating roof:

To get the effect, the ground floor is primarily composed of glass while the top consists of an imposing, thick black roof. Such a cool idea. I think they pull it off nicely.

More photos:
Photos by Nils Petter Dale.
[via ArchDaily]
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october 2011
iOS 5 Bugs: Disappearing Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot
I ran into this bug after restoring my new 4S from a backup of my iPhone 4. Resetting the network settings did the trick.

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october 2011
CBS Releases Full 60 Minutes Interview With Steve Jobs Biographer Walter Isaacson
CBS has posted its complete 60 Minutes interview with Steve Jobs Biographer Walter Isaacson.
The episode is divided into three main parts with one special feature for the web. The full interview transcript is also available for reading. Isaacson’s biography of Jobs will officially go on sale tomorrow, and the book has begun to appear already in certain iBook stores around the world.
The 60 Minutes interview with Isaacson is broken into three main parts: Part 1, Part 2, and What did Steve Jobs say about his rivals? There’s also a web extra entitled The Steve Jobs Family photo album.
All parts can be watched for free online. The transcript also includes info that has not been aired on TV.
An excerpt:
Walter Isaacson: He’s not warm and fuzzy.
And to do it, Isaacson interviewed more than 100 people – Jobs’ friends, family, co-workers and competitors.
Steve Kroft: I think it’s a tough book.
Isaacson: It’s a book that’s fair. I mean, this is a real human being.
Kroft: He had lots of flaws.
Isaacson: He was very petulant. He was very brittle. He could be very, very mean to people at times. Whether it was to a waitress in a restaurant, or to a guy who had stayed up all night coding, he could just really just go at them and say, “You’re doin’ this all wrong. It’s horrible.” And you’d say, “Why did you do that? Why weren’t you nicer?” And he’d say, “I really wanna be with people who demand perfection. And this is who I am.”
Head over to the CBS website for more.
(via MacRumors)
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october 2011
How Case Makers Got Fooled Out Of Hundreds of Thousands By The iPhone 5
Psst. Wanna buy Apple’s design for the iPhone 5? In the shadowy world of case manufacturing, leaks and rumors fuel a market worth more than $436 million annually. After one company lost a bet worth thousands of dollars on a supposed iPhone 4S design, competitors say guessing Apple’s next move can be an expensive gamble.

Hard Candy Cases lost $50,000 after ordering moldings for the iPhone 4S based on models from manufacturers in China, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek follow-up on our exclusive report earlier in October. Unlike the leaked designs, the iPhone 4S included no major changes.
However, sometimes leaked designs pay off for the company, which will top $50 million in revenue by 2013. A design from a manufacturer matched a new iPod touch Apple released in September 2010, allowing Hard Candy to sell cases for the device just a week after the announcement. The cases have up to 65 percent gross margin, making it little wonder research firm NPD Group estimates the mobile phone case market worth $436 million for the year ended in August. That’s a 33 percent increase over last year.
Hard Candy CEO Tim Hickman previously worked at Speck, which denies using leaks to predict Apple’s designs. “We listen to the rumors like everyone else does and make intelligent guesses,” CEO Irene Baran told the publication.
Luckily for the case makers, the iPhone 4S’ close resemblance to the iPhone 4 allows the companies to make minor modifications and quickly get new designs out the door. However, there is always the next rumor, such as the iPhone 5. That iPhone 4S design Hickman bought? It could pay off after all. “That data we got came from somewhere,” muses the Hard Candy CEO.
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october 2011
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On Being a Disciple of Street PhotographersI arrived rather late on the scene of street photography.  I have taken pictures for years, but it is only in the last few years that I have discovered the joys of street photography and street photographers.   There are many of the latter.  There are books and lectures, websites and seminars, college courses and gallery exhibits all on the techniques and art work of street photography.  I am slowly being drawn to a gathering of my favorites – Vivian Meier, Milton Rogovin, Helen Leavitt.   Those are the well known ones.  Among the lesser known are Kenny Vena, Salvatore Coppola, Louise Fryer, Thomas Leuthard, Dirk Vogel.  They are easily found on the major social networking sites.  Their photographs are posted there – and they embody photos from all over the world.  The streets of Russia, Poland, Ireland and Italy pour forth in wondrous image after image on my computer screen.  I think their photos are just as enticing as the better known figures.  And I sense that they are just as happy to be out on the streets shooting away to their heart’s desire, as opposed to dealing with agents and gallery openings.  Not infrequently, they have said on their websites that fame is fine as long as others push it for them.  They would rather be giving a gentle push to the shutter release on their cameras.I am amazed as to how generous street photographers are.  They are generous with their praise of the work of their colleagues.  They are all too willing to share some hard won techniques, newly found places for their work, contacts to help each other get here or there, places where cameras can be repaired or bought cheaply.  I suppose that is why the word “disciple” strikes me as apropos.  I follow them, learn from them, am open to trying to learn their craft and absorb whatever enthusiasm I can from them.  They offer me a real gift – a way of seeing the beauty of every day life, on every day streets, with every day people.I came across a new friend yesterday.  His name is John Mack and he has done a lot of work in Mexico. He was interviewed on the Internet about his work.  He was raised in this country and when he went to Mexico, he went with a lot of cultural bias that he had picked up here.  He expected all the problems associated with poor countries.  He gradually fell in love with Mexico – with the people, the culture, the vibrancy and the color.  Admittedly, he said, they have little in terms of material things but they know how to live, and to share from their want.  By comparison, Mack began to see how the excess of our country has dulled our appreciation for beauty in places like Mexico.  We just do not “see” it because it is not like our expectations of the good, the beautiful.  He showed a picture of a kid playing before a wall and the simplicity, even the barrenness, if the scene highlighted its beauty.  We have to relearn how to play like that, how to see it and perhaps photograph it. I have long spent time reading religious books and listening to religious words, lectures and the like.  I am often aware that so much is left unsaid, perhaps purposefully so, “in between the lines.”Well, I know where to go to fill in some of the gaps.  To read what is in between the lines – I take my camera and go to the streets and watch what or who is at play on those lines of life.  Books are good – they write of life.  Streets are better.  They hold it, and for some, hold it for view.  
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october 2011
6 Favourite Tested iPad 2 Cases
It's been a little while since we've done a roundup of iPad 2 cases and since then we have had the time to test quite a few. With so many options out there for the device there is something for everyone. Read on for some of our favourites and why we think they are well worth it.
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september 2011
Laptop Sleeves for the Fashionable Sophisticate
With everyone is sporting similiar-looking devices, it can be the accessories that distinguish you from the crowds. So there's on reason to be carrying around a me-too laptop case or sleeve when there are so many fashionable options available...
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september 2011
Architectural Drawing: From Wright To Goldberg
If you love the art of Architecture, then this show is not to be missed! ArchiTech Gallery has assembled another exciting exhibition of works on paper by Frank Lloyd Wright, Bertram Goldberg and other architectural masters in order to tell the story of 20th Century architecture. The show runs Friday, September 9th through Saturday, December 31st, 2011. Details here.

Image via ArchiTech Gallery
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september 2011
Fotopedia brings beautiful photo magazine to Flipboard
I uploaded a YouTube video: You know I love Flipboard and I love Fotopedia too. Fotopedia has beautiful photographs and Flipboard has a beautiful socially-influenced iPad magazine. Now the two are together and here the founder talks to me about that. http://www.fotopedia.com/
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september 2011
Skim Milk: Residence in Monaco by Federico Delrosso
This residence in Monaco is a recent interior completed by Federico Delrosso. The main focus of this interior is to accommodate different generations of inhabitants. The stairs became a main focus in order to connect the three levels, which were separate apartments existing within the building.
The first floor was developed for the children, while the second floor was targeted toward the parents, and the third for the entire family. The architects described the construction as a reverse vertical development, with the entrance on the top floor, and the private spaces in the lower areas.
I love the grey oak used throughout the home to promote a sense of warm ambiance and a natural appearance. The loft like structure also adds character to the minimalist interior. Zebrano was used throughout the space for the furniture, doors, and partitions.

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september 2011
Anna Fischer’s Amazing Dragon*Con Photography
We’ve already posted some of Anna Fischer’s amazing pictures from Dracon*Con 2011 last week, but since then, she has uploaded a few other awesome ones to her profile, so we invite you to check these out below. Enjoy!
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september 2011
A Graphic Look At Unity Temple
Continuing the architectural illustration fun, here's a look at my graphically-Mod take on Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. Enjoy!

Illustration copyright PrairieMod
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september 2011
10 Tips to Improve Lightroom’s Speed and Performance Without Additional Hardware
This article is part one of a two part series on how to improve the performance of Lightroom. Lightroom is a very resource intensive application and you’ll find that as you get quicker and more efficient in Lightroom, the actual software itself will be what’s slowing you down. This tutorial is going to give you 10 tips on how to improve the performance of Lightroom on your machine without purchasing or upgrading your existing hardware.

In this article, we are going to talk about Lightroom preferences and system settings. While in the second part of this two part series we will create a hardware guide where we will teach you which components to upgrade first for the biggest performance boost.

So, let’s get on to discussing 10 Tips on Improving Lightroom’s Performance. If you would like to see this tutorial in its video format, please visit this tutorial at SLR Lounge or on the SLR Lounge YouTube Channel.

1. Use Optimal Settings During the Import Process
To improve the overall speed of Lightroom during the import process, we need to modify a few settings. Go to the Import Dialogue Box by selecting ‘Import’ in the Library module as shown below.

Under ‘File Handling,’ set ‘Render Previews’ to ‘Minimal’ as shown below.

Setting Render Previews to Minimal will ensure that as Lightroom is importing new images, it’s not spending any extra time rendering previews for our images. If you’re importing hundreds or thousands of images from several memory cards or if you’re importing off a hard drive, you’re going to save tons of time as each preview takes a several seconds to render (depending on your computer’s speed and the preview size). We do want to make sure that before we begin working on editing our images, we have rendered full 1:1 previews, however we will discuss that shortly.

Next, go down to ‘Apply During Import’ panel as shown below.

In this ‘Apply During Import’ panel it’s best to apply general Develop Settings, metadata, and keywords whenever possible during import. Doing so will allow Lightroom to render previews that already include these basic settings. If you’re shooting weddings, applying general Develop Settings may be rather minimal since each scene is so dramatically different. However, if you’re shooting something like products, headshots, portraits, etc, you’re probably setting up an entire scene and shooting it all the same way. This makes it easy to set your Develop Settings based on your typical settings for that scene so that you can actually import them and have all your images batch processed during import.

If you aren’t able to create Develop Settings that will batch process your images, than I would at least highly recommend that you create a basic Develop Setting that sets general settings that are used for most of your images. For example, we import our images with minor boosts to Recovery, Clarity, Vibrance and Sharpness as all of our images typically will need those adjustments.

2. Use an Adequately Sized Cache Folder
Go to the ‘Edit’ menu and hit ‘Preferences’ (you can also hit Ctrl + , to get there). Under ‘File Handling,’ change the size of your Camera Raw Cache settings as shown below.

You typically want to set your Camera Raw Cache settings to a size that is equivalent to what your average job would be, maybe making it a little bit larger if possible. The Camera Raw Cache folder allows Lightroom to store all the previews for the images that you’re working on inside of a folder on your hard drive. This folder allows Lightroom to quickly access preview information in order to display your image previews without lag. The larger this cache is, the more image previews it can store. For us, the typical job (we shoot weddings) is about an 8 hour day and we’ll have say 2,000 images from one photographer. Each wedding is stored in its own Lightroom Catalog. So, take your average number of images that you store in a typical catalog (2000 for us), and multiply it by your average file size. We’re shooting SRAW1 (Small Raw 1) on the Canon 5D Mark II so let’s say our average file size is roughly 10 megabytes each. So multiplying 2,000 x 10 gives us 20 gigabytes. I will typically add 25% extra or 5 gigabytes just to be safe. Therefore, our Camera Raw Cache is set to 25 gigabytes.

Now if you have tons of extra space on your hard drives, then by all means, set it even higher. But, because I’m using SSD drives on my machine and they’re fairly limited in size, my working drive is only 256 gigabytes. So, I set this to 25 gigabytes so that I can work on one entire job at a time as shown below.

3. Cache Folder Location
If you have an internal drive, other than your operating system drive, then choose a different drive to store your Camera Raw Cache, but do not choose an external USB drive. If you choose an external USB drive to save your camera raw cache settings, you’re severely hindering Lightroom’s performance. External USB drives themselves are typically very slow and the USB connection is even slower. So always use an internal drive or a zippy eSATA drive if you have one, but your best option is to use a drive that’s not your operating system drive so Lightroom can have a dedicated hard drive for the Camera Raw Cache.

If you have no choice, then use your operating system drive. To change the Camera Raw Cache location select ‘Choose,’ and select a drive and folder. My working drive is my 256 gigabyte SSD drive, which I use just for editing images (see img-005). So I have my raw cache folder set to D:0_LR3 CACHE as shown below.

4. Choose an Appropriate Standard Preview Size
Lightroom uses Standard Previews in the Filmstrip, Grid thumbnails, as well as in preview content areas of the Slideshow, Print and Web Modules. Having Standard Previews set too high will unnecessarily slow down your system without any benefit. To adjust your Standard Previews go to the catalog settings by pressing Ctrl + Alt + , or select it in the ‘Edit’ menu. Remember that Catalog Settings are specific to each catalog, so you do want to set it with each catalog.

I’m typically editing on two 24 inch monitors that run at high resolutions (1920 x 1200). I am using the two screen functionality of Lightroom to display a full preview on my second monitor. Because of this, I’m going to choose the Standard Preview size at 2048 at a High Preview Quality. But, this may be far too high for many of you.

For example, if you’re on a 17 inch monitor, you’re probably running 1280 x 1080 or smaller resolutions, so you can afford to get away with 1440 pixels or even 1024 pixels as your Standard Preview size. Choose a preview size based on your number of displays and resolution. For most of you, 1024 Pixels at Medium Preview Quality is sufficient.

5. Turn Off XMP Unless Needed
Go into your Catalog Settings by pressing Ctrl + Alt + , and then go to the ‘Metadata’ tab of Catalog Settings and uncheck ‘automatically write changes into XMP’ as shown below.

Unless you absolutely need to have your changes in XMP format, do not select this feature. When this feature is selected, every time you make a change to one of your files, it is writing that information to a side card file and duplicating the amount of processing work. If you’re going image by image making these changes, it’s not going to slow down too much. However, if you’re sitting there and batch editing, and you select 100 images and you have it do a batch synch across those 100 images, it’s also going to have to take twice the amount of time to write those settings into XMP. Probably 99% of you have absolutely no reason to be using XMP files.

6. Optimize the Lightroom Catalog
When your catalog file gets very large (10,000+ images), that’s when it’s probably good to optimize your catalogs. Go to the ‘File’ menu and select ‘Optimize Catalog.’ That’s going to bring up a little dialogue box and you click ‘Optimize,’ which might take a few minutes to complete.

Typically for us, each job is its own catalog, so we don’t typically need to use the Optimize Catalog feature because catalogs aren’t getting any larger than 3,000-5,000 images. But if you do have large catalogs, then it is good to optimize your catalog from time to time.

7. Render 1:1 Previews Prior to Editing
That brings us to our editing workflow. You may have noticed that when you are editing in the Lightroom Develop module it will frequently say ‘Loading’ when moving from image to image. In particular, when you zoom into a specific image to see fine detail as shown below.

This is because Lightroom is having to render 1:1 Previews on the fly. To fix this issue you need to render previews prior to working. To do so, go back to the ‘Library’ module, and make sure that all photos are available for view. The easiest way to do this is simply to select All Photographs in the Catalog Panel as shown below.

The images don’t all have to be selected, but there can’t be any filters on.

Now click the ‘Library’ menu, then ‘Previews’ and select ‘Render 1:1 Previews.’ Then select ‘Build All’ in the dialogue box.

So long as no filters are selected when you select ‘Build All,’ it’s going to scan all existing previews that are in the catalog file and it’s going to build every single preview. This process will take a bit of time. If your catalog sizes are around 100 images, it’ll probably take 5-10 minutes, depending on your computer speed and your hard drive speed. But if you are, say, shooting weddings where you have 3,000-5,000 images in a single catalog, this might take hours, depending on your system speed. What I would recommend is to start this process the day before you’re going to start working on your images. If you have a fast machine, you can probably do this during your lunch hour. But, it’s absolutely crucial to have those images rendered prior to editing them so that you are not waiting for … [more]
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september 2011
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