// 31.Jan.2009


A WebKit plug-in that prevents automatic loading of Adobe Flash content. If you want to see the content, you can opt-in by clicking on it or adding an entire site to its whitelist.

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// 24.Jan.2009

Happy Birthday Macintosh

Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Macintosh family of computers. You’ve come a long way baby - here’s to the next 25 years!
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// 04.Jan.2009

My First QuickTime

Aw heck dude, you need to enable JavaScript and install the QuickTime Player if you want to watch this thrilling video!

I’ve just upgraded my QuickTime software to QuickTime Pro and so I thought I’d experiment with producing a QuickTime movie and with publishing that movie through WordPress.

Now you might be wondering why I’m messing around with QuickTime when the rest of the world seems to have opted for Flash-based movie embedding via YouTube or Vimeo. I answer your query with a single word, quality. To my eyes QuickTime videos always seem to look better. They stream better. They exhibit less visible artifacts. Colours seem more vibrant. Frame rates seem to be higher (the videos seem smoother). So I’m adopting QuickTime as the de-facto video player for the Urban Mainframe.
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// 30.Dec.2008

Everyday Automation - Processing Downloaded Files

If you frequently repeat a computing task or series of tasks, consider automation.

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// 29.Dec.2008

iPod Commercial

Apple iPod Commercial
Photo Credit: “iPod+iTunes Island Ad” by Ben.a

I am serving hundreds of 404 errors each day for visitors who are coming to this website via a search for variants on the phrase “iPod Commercial” (and, less commonly, “iPod Silhouette”). I thinks this stems from a post from way back in 2004 (in the previous incarnation of this weblog) which described my unbridled joy at having purchased my first iPod.

“iPod Commercial” is by far the most frequently used search term that brings new visitors here. So, rather than alienate those visitors (and potential subscribers), I’ve decided to publish this to at least give them something for their troubles.

Now I can do some mod_rewrite magic to get those visitors to this page and maybe make my error logs a bit more manageable.

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// 28.Dec.2008

A Cornucopia of Performance

I’ve just realised that, come May 2009, my Apple Power Mac G5 will be four years old. This is the longest amount of time I’ve ever gone without buying a new computer. For the previous twenty years (yes really) I’ve been chasing the performance ceiling: upgrading where necessary, but usually buying the newest, fastest, greatest machine that I could (and frequently couldn’t) afford.

Indeed the same was true when I bought the G5 back in 2005. I bought the most powerful variant available at the time. Equipped it with half a terabyte of hard disk and populated all the memory slots. Then I bought the biggest, most-badass display that I could (and installed the high-end graphics card that was needed to drive it).
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// 23.Nov.2008

The MacBook Hybrid

In which Windows Vista is faster running in a virtual machine on a Macintosh than it is running natively on a high-end Lenova laptop.

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// 01.Nov.2008

Fun With RjDj

Where I’m actually living in augmented reality, Jefferson Airplane and what does this mean for photos.


// 01.Nov.2008


An open-source replacement for .mac services.

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// 12.Oct.2008

Darren and Rachael’s Wedding

On June 21st 2008 my sister, Rachael, married her husband, Darren — and I was given the great honour of photographing their wedding. Today, following months of getting to grips with Apple’s Aperture 2 and Adobe’s Photoshop CS3, I am delighted to present a selection of my favourite photographs from that day.

All photos were taken with my Nikon D80 DSLR camera. The lenses used were the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D and the Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-S DX. I also used the Nikon Speedlight SB-600 flash unit both on-camera and as a remote slave. I shot exclusively in RAW and post-processed all photos with Aperture on my Apple Power Mac G5. A handful of photos were further processed in Photoshop for various effects. Click any photograph to view an enlargement.

We begin with the obligatory portrait of Rachael taken once the hairdresser had finished doing her thing. Doesn’t she look gorgeous?
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