// 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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// 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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// 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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// 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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// 10.Oct.2008


Restoring the Dogcow to the OS X Page Setup dialogue.

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// 17.Sep.2008

Add Recent Applications as a Stack on the Dock

This simple Terminal hack will create a custom Stack on the Dock that will show your recently opened applications. I’ve been waiting for this to appear for ages. Hooray!

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// 26.Aug.2008

10 Sexy Macintosh Workspaces

I want to remodel my rather drab and cold computer workspace1 but I’m not quite sure what I want to do with the small amount of space my Macintosh lives in. And so I’ve spent a few hours browsing through workspace photos on Flickr for inspiration and, adopting ideas from a variety of home and office photographs, I think I’ll be able to create the perfect workspace for myself.

What follows is a gallery of those workspaces I found most appealing, with a concise commentary on what qualities appealed to me.

1. I love the simplicity and warmth of this workspace. The lighting here looks absolutely perfect for long hours in front of the computer. I think the desk lamps are gorgeous2 and the lack of visible cabling is very appealing.

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  1. Actually I want to redecorate and refit my whole house, but that’s another story. 
  2. Where do these come from? Make, model, supplier anyone? Let me know in the comments. 


// 28.Jul.2008


TimeMachineEditor is software for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that lets you change the default one-hour backup interval of Time Machine. You can change the interval or decide to make daily, weekly and monthly backups.
This is useful if you don’t need to backup every hour or don’t want the associated performance penalty. This is also especially useful if you manipulate lots of data within one hour as you would spend the whole day backing up. [via]

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