Risky Business — MacSparky

February 17, 2015

David Sparks, of Macsparky and the Mac Power Users left his job, to run his own law firm.

I’ve been a fan of David since I started to listen to podcasts again in 2011, and MPU was the third podcast I found. ANd I have been a regular listener and reader since then.

He is also one of the few people that really have taken advantage of the iBooks platform.

Read the fantastic post, subscribe to his podcast, and check out his Field Guides.


David Carr, Times Critic and Champion of Media, Dies at 58

February 14, 2015

The New York Times, Bruce Weber and Ashley Southall:

David Carr, who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become a journalistic celebrity, a name-brand media columnist at The New York Times and a best-selling author who reported on his own near demise and recovery, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.

A fantastic writer. The linked article is fantastic, and so is John Gruber’ comment.


Doing Spotlight right with HoudahSpot 4.0 – BrettTerpstra.com

February 14, 2015

Brett Terpstra:

Spotlight is great for finding files without digging through folders. It’s great with tagging. It’s even great for finding photos and emails faster than iPhoto or Mail.app can. It has its shortcomings, though.

HoudahSpot has long been my tool of choice for filling the holes in Spotlight.


Five things I love about Lightroom

February 14, 2015

Marco, John and Casey talked about the new Photos.app in the latest episode of ATP; and I just had to write this thing: five things I love about Lightroom

  1. Lightroom is a priority to Adobe, they move fast, and even the beta versions are solid.

  2. Lightroom wasn’t that expensive before Creative Cloud; and isn’t today; you can get a subscription to Lightroom + Photoshop for $10 a month.

  3. Lightroom lets me figure out what to keep or not faster than anything else I have tried. They have a selection called “last import”, and you can just browse through it with the arrow keys, and press the “x” button on every photo you want to delete. And just find “Delete rejected photos” in the Library menu after you’re done.

  4. It’s easy to do the simple things I do; and I can move into more advanced things if I want to; and the recourses to learn that is available everywhere.

  5. A library in Lightroom is a folder that contains a three things: your library file; backups of the library; and a folder structure for you pictures. This means that the files themselves are there; they aren’t hidden in a package file or anything.

To round things up a little, Lightroom is great for anyone with either a lot of pictures, a DSLR, or someone that want something more advanced than iPhoto. The reasons I went for Lightroom a few years ago was because they kept it up to date, and the stuff I do after every time I take pictures is very efficient.

A full 16GB SD card of raw files from my camera; 500 — 600 pictures; takes 15-20 minutes to process, including importing & converting to DNG1; the same process took 2 times as long with Aperture or iPhoto.

I would test out both Photos.app and Lightroom when the time comes to pick a new photo management app.


  • DNG is Adobe’s “raw” format; they can convert all the different kinds of raw files into DNG during import. ↩


    February 14, 2015

    Iain Broome:

    This is how I carry my notebook. I take three small Field Notes and stretch different coloured bands around their spines and middle pages. I use one for general note taking, one for my novel scribbles, and one for blog post and podcast ideas. It means the notes don’t get mixed up and my to do lists never meddle with my brilliant brain-splurts. It works really well. I like it.


    I’m Brianna Wu, And I’m Risking My Life Standing Up To Gamergate

    February 14, 2015

    Brianna Wu:

    This weekend, a man wearing a skull mask posted a video on YouTube outlining his plans to murder me. I know his real name. I documented it and sent it to law enforcement, praying something is finally done. I have received these death threats and 43 others in the last five months.

    The whole gamer gate thing is even more out of control than what I thought. This is beyond stupid, beyond horrible and beyond what anyone should experience in any open democratic country in 2015.

    I know there are a lot of male bullshit happening in software companies, and I hate it; but this is horrible.

    Everyone out there that thinks thinks this is okay, you are the Ku Klux Klan of 2015. Go home, shut up, the history isn’t on your side, and your children and grand children will be embarrassed.


    Origin Story – What is your Origin Story

    February 14, 2015

    For as long as I’ve been online, I have been fascinated by how we choose to be known. What is your internet handle? Do you use your real name? Does your moniker hold meaning? Or is it something you came up with years ago and use because it’s easy?

    A very cool project, and you should check it out. My favorite of the current interviews is the one with Patrick Rhone