30
April
2015

DNS Security

OK, if you are really into nerdville, then you know that the DNS queries (what tells the computer where google.com is) is easy to spoof and hack. This let’s people divert traffic from google.com to their own servers. Bad, bad, bad. So there are three solutions: DNSSec. This essentially means that every DNS record you […]

30
April
2015

Managing Free Cloud Storage

Now that there are so many cloud providers, it’s actually pretty complicated to figure out which set to use. It is pretty clear that you have to use a set and when you are in the cloud, you also have to think about privacy and who can look at what, so here are some tips: […]

29
April
2015

Photoshop replacements

Well, Adobe keeps getting more powerful and with the latest Lightroom, they added panorama and HDR, still it does seem like staying out of the way of companies with a lock on the market isn’t a bad idea. Here are some alternatives: Photoshop This is a product I don’t use that much but it comes […]

24
April
2015

Things that break when you change your iCloud password and Tunnelblick problems

Well a bunch of things definitely break when using your Mac in a secure way. I have two problems. First is with Tunnelblick, the open source VPN connection. It keeps hanging Yosemite. I finally uninstalled it and am trying privateinternetaccess.com’s own client. Also. I’ve been having trouble with iCloud and with so many hacks, decided […]

22
April
2015

Lensrentals and testing

Well it certainly is a great time to try new high end cameras. In looking at lensrentals.com, it’s a great way to test them without spending thousands. Here’s my drool list: Blackmagic Design 4K Production Camera. This is 4K with a Canon EF mount system, so a great complement to all that Canon glass if […]

22
April
2015

Mac Vuescan fails

Well I’ve been using Vuescan and suddenly it started doing dark blue scans and ignoring things in the user interface. it would continuously scan four times. The fix seems to be the age old delete all the preferences and start over. Here is how on a Mac Go to Finder and hold the Option key […]

22
April
2015

Storing photos and cloud music too and other subscriptions

So given all the photos that are happening, where’s the best to store things. Much has changed and it has gotten incredibly cheap to store photos and see them everywhere. So I’ll sort the list with two criteria, size of storage, privacy and convenience: Photos in the cloud Amazon Cloud. They just announced that Amazon […]

21
April
2015

Lightroom 6 has it all, HDR, Panorama and Facial recognition

Adobe continues the drum beat of including everything. Perhaps this is the right subsittute given Apple Photos issues. The latest Lightroom has a bunch of the separate utilities I’ve been using: HDR Merge. This works with Raw and is like the Photomatic I’ve used or HDR Luminance (open source) Panorama. Like Hugin which I’ve loved […]

21
April
2015

Using an old Minolta Dimage Scan elite 5400

They don’t even make this anymore (heck Minolta became Minolta-Konica and then I think Sony bought them). But it is still a good 35mm film scanner. As I get nostalgic, I’ve reinvigorated the desire to index all those old photos my Dad and I have taken. Here are some operating notes:  Firewire vs USB 2.0 […]

20
April
2015

Mac Finder tricks

Wow incredibly useful things that I didn’t know (hat tip to Cult of the Mac) on using Finder in OS X. I’m almost a power user: Get a full-screen slideshow, complete with available index sheet, by hitting Option-space bar with several files selected. You’ll be able to scroll through them all with the arrow keys, […]

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