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Oct 11, 2014 - Featured, Geeky, Get A Mac, Product Reviews, Thank You, The Real Me    Comments Off

It’s My Seven Year Appleversary! #Mac #Apple

It’s My Seven Year Appleversary! 

On Oct. 11, 2007, I made the second most important conversion of my life–I bought my first Mac.

Today, I own an iMac, my second MacBook Pro in that time, and a MacBook Air. I also have the iPad Air and an iPhone Six Plus. During my time of evangelism, I’ve also brought more than a dozen others to the fold–family, friends, maybe an enemy or two.


There are many blessings that come from being a Mac. I don’t have to run Norton and slow my processes down.  I’ve not ever had a Blue Screen of Death from Windoze. I’ve NEVER had an issue with a virus. And with Apple Care, if anything has ever happened to go wrong, Apple has fixed it in less than three days time.

One-on-One Training

In 2007 I also bought a year’s worth of One-on-One training that Apple provides. You get to basically go to the Apple Store of your choice every week for a year and sit with an Apple expert and they teach you how to use your new machine. Adolpho Cantu taught me Aperture, Final Cut Express, and then we dabbled in ways to move things out of Photoshop into my video projects, which seven years ago, were sophisticatedly primitive given the level of video equipment I had at the time.

But that $99 a year and the curiosity to learn has made a tremendous difference from where I was then and where I am now. Eric is another of the trainers at the Apple Store at Northpark Mall in Dallas. I visited with him recently and he’s still teaching. Many thanks were tendered during our conversation. I then showed him what we’ve been doing with books for the iPad and it made his day. Neither of us could have imagined anything like that would have even become possible in October 2007.

The Price Threshold

I often hear people talk about how expensive Apple products are and how they can get a cheaper: computer/tablet/phone with another company that runs Windoze or Droid. Yeah, you can.  But with them come headaches you don’t get with Apple products. That’s not to say Apple is perfect, because there are issues in the Mac World as well, but nothing near as problematic as I was experiencing when I had a PC.  My point is, you pay a little more for peace of mind and it’s worth every penny.

My Apple World in 2014

I’m running the beta version 5 of Yosemite on two of my work machines now. For the big machine, it’s still running Mavericks. There still are a couple of crucial things for my work that aren’t jiving so well in Yosemite so I can’t make the complete change over. But it is cool to see the things that are coming soon from Apple–ways to make the iPhone, iPad and Macs all share the same information seamlessly without even having to do anything to make that happen.

And this part may surprise some of you, but I have the iPhone Six Plus and I have to say, I wish more and more that I had gone with the smaller iPhone Six. No, I’ve not bent it like six other people apparently have done out of millions of them sold already, but I just find the whole experience with it to be a little wonky–a little like a return to the Droid/Microsuck World, if you will. There have been times when the screen on my iPhone Six Plus has gotten stuck upside down. A time or two when I couldn’t start the video in horizontal position, and had to turn it sideways and then back to horizontal to shoot wide and not shallow. And then when I’m out walking the dog and I want to start MapMy Walk or take a picture while I’m walking and holding the leash in the other hand with a 45-pound dog yanking in the other, it just feels like I’m a flicker away from dropping the massive thing. In other words, it’s just a little too big, even for someone with big hands.

The other thing I wish Apple had done was better timed the coordinated release of iOS 8 for the iPhones and iPads with the commercial release of Yosemite. We have all this functionality sitting there on the iOS devices that really doesn’t work to its full potential right now and I’m certain most people are going to miss out on some of that when Yosemite finally does go live.

Happy Appleversary! 

Regardless of those quirks, I have no regrets for being a Mac. Having Apple products in my life has changed my world and work dramatically in seven year’s time.  I’m now a much better photographer, graphic artist, video producer, video editor, sound editor, music producer, book for iPad producer, movie-maker, 3D graphics designer, photo editor, web designer, and even educator because of what I’ve been able to learn in the Mac World since.

Thinking of making the conversion?  I encourage it whole-heartedly. It will change your world in ways that only you can imagine. Thanks Apple, Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. Oh, and War Eagle. We need to beat Mississippi State today….


The Intel App: Infographic What About Me?

I just stumbled upon this interesting What About Me? app designed by Intel.  It takes my Twitter stream and Facebook posts and turns all that information into an analytical infographic.  And great marketing for Intel, they put their logo at the bottom to do a little extra branding.

So, it was an interesting read, at least for me, of what I post, when I post and who I seem to be talking with the most, most seemingly over FB, and not so much Twitter. (I ran it a second time and added my YouTube feed, but it made no difference whatsoever.)

So here it is.  Enjoy.


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May 11, 2012 - Featured, Get A Mac, Product Reviews, The Real Me    Comments Off

Adobe Creative Cloud–Christmas In May

Wow!  For a young company starting out or an independent designer, web builder, etc. it’s been hard the past few years to even think about owning the Adobe Creative Suite‘s tools like inDesign or Illustrator or After Effects unless I had an extra $2,000 sitting around.  And like most people in this wonderful economy, I did not.

But that all changed recently and the change became a reality this morning when Adobe launched its Creative Cloud service–making more than 15 Creative Suite Apps available via its cloud services.  For those of us who already owned a product–I had Photoshop CS4–a version more than two years old–I’m able to subscribe to the service for $29.99 a month.  If you don’t own anything prior it’s $49.99 a month and if you still have a chunk of change your want to drop all at once, you can pay a full-year’s price for even less than you would for the $50-a-month rate.

Today is like Christmas morning should have been all the previous 46 years of my life.

My World Now With Adobe Creative Cloud

Already I’ve downloaded the entire suite that I only have dreamed about having access to since I first switched from the Dark Side over to the world of creativity, free of Blue-Screens-of-Death and the bliss of a Mac on Oct. 11, 2007.

It’s all there!  Photoshop CS6 EXTENDED, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Prelude, Fireworks, Flash, Audition, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Encore, Muse, Story, Flash Builder, Media Encoder, SpeedGrade–there are clearly some new tools that I’ve not had the chance to work with yet, but with the work I’m up to with Claxton Creative and The Wonders Expedition, it’s not going to take long to get into the meat of all of them.

There’s a storage place in the Creative Cloud for up to 2 GB of space, and supposedly one can buy more.  We’ll see if that’s necessary; I presently have more than 100 GBs of space I’m using over on Dropbox.  It will be curious to see how those all play together, but I don’t expect there to be any issues.

So, on this inaugural day, if you’ve not tried out or checked out this latest offering from Adobe, I highly recommend it.

Okay, time to get back to work.  Lots of things to churn out this weekend.


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Mar 14, 2012 - Featured, Get A Mac, Product Reviews    Comments Off

Mark Zuckerberg teams with Apple for Giveaway–Please Don’t Fall For This

This is a hoax.  NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU FILL OUT THEIR SURVEY YOU ARE NOT GOING TO WIN AN APPLE PRODUCT. This came as a spam email today from this address: Mark Zuckerberg <>

Don’t reply to the email or they’ll also confirm your address.  Just take the address and post it in your blogs so that the same spam bots its running will find it and then be sending this jerk similar fare.

Dear Friend,

My name is Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook. We have recently partnered up with Apple company for a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away no cost Apple iPhones and iPads to randomly selected folks who have been fortunate to be selected as one of our newest winners for today. We randomly selected users from our systems database and you have matched with our latest drawing.

We have partnered up with Apple to advertise their most popular product yet, the Apple iPhone and iPad. Once again, we are operating this promotion for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to visit our site made for this promotion and fill out this short survey to obtain yours for free. Just make sure you enter your email so we can locate our records to ensure that we have reserved one for you. That’s it!

Congratulations on winning a free Apple iPhone4 and iPad2. In case you have any question or concerns, feel free to e-mail me back. However, you should claim your free iPhone and iPad first to ensure one will be set-aside for you before the deadline ends. We do understand that you may possibly not receive this email until after the deadline, but, we suggest you check the website and enter your email to see if we still have got yours on hold, which we often-times do because others have not claimed theirs in time.

Mark Zuckerberg
CEO, Facebook”

Again, this is a hoax.

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Oct 31, 2011 - Featured, Get A Mac    Comments Off

FACEBOOK: Please Make These Things Work!

Dear Facebook.

It’s been a few weeks, (or a month, or something, I don’t know), since you instituted some drastic changes in your UI and I just wanted to express a few helpful thoughts about the matter. Honestly, in many ways, FB feels like a SNAZU–Situation Normal, All Zucked Up.


I would like to once again get an SMS txt when someone pokes me. It doesn’t happen a lot these days, so it doesn’t bug me when I get one.  But when they happen, I’d like to get them.  When I try to activate this function, the screen over the check box is completely grayed out. (See below).

I’d like for the SMS text notifications to actually work for when those I’ve selected post things on their wall.  There are several people who have posted things I wanted to see or should have seen when they posted and I didn’t because this didn’t work.


I don’t want a red number box over the globe above my posting space that keeps showing how many of my friends have updated in the running list over to the top right. 

When I send someone an IM, I don’t need you to put a red number over the MSG box to tell me that I sent someone else a message.  I know I did that.

I also don’t need that red number box on the icons on my iPhone or iPad, especially I’ve updated or eliminated them on my Mac.

Because I have a Mac and have for several years, I sort of have OCD when it comes to having a red ANYTHING to the top right of an icon on any of my devices.


As callous as that may seem, that just doesn’t equate to a friend having added a photo or said something about how their life sucks or they hate their boss.


WTH?   Seriously.


Oh yeah, and when I click on the name of someone in IM, I’d like to be able to pull up their wall again like I used to could without having to go to the search box and enter their name.  Maybe I’m lazy, but FB was a hell of a lot more fun and practical to use when it did these things and you didn’t have these features all Zucked Up.

Thank you.

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Oct 13, 2011 - Featured, Get A Mac    2 Comments

All Smooth with iOS 5 and Lion 10.7.2, Except

UPDATED 10/14/11 1:14 p.m.:  I figured out this morning what happened.  When iCloud went down at one point yesterday, it took that account offline, so when it came back on, it didn’t because of the requirement to manually bring it back online.  All is well now.

All has gone well with the updating.  It took a heck of a long time, but hey, this has never been done before so hats off to Apple.

I have had issues today with intermittent connectivity to Mail on the Mac.  Right now it shows this:

Mail is working on my iPhone 4 and the iPad.  But it’s the Mac that filters out all the crap email that I get thanks to sneaky wording in Facebook Apps and the like.  So I’ve been offered a snazzy new bra today and some other stupid stuff.

Anyone else having similar issues?

As you can see from the iCloud update link, all is running fine.  Except mine.

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Oct 6, 2011 - Featured, Get A Mac    Comments Off

There’s No App For That….

Steve Jobs shows off iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worl...

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The thing to remember about Steve Jobs dying is that even if you run a company that has more cash on hand than ExxonMobil or the US Government, there are still just somethings that modern medicine hasn’t been able to cure.

When it is your time to go home to be with the Lord, it’s your time.

As my friend, Bob Graham, just wrote over on Facebook, “There’s no app for that.”


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Jan 28, 2011 - Featured, Get A Mac    Comments Off For Podcasts on WordPress

I recorded the audio of Veronica Galaviz during her address in Dallas yesterday and was trying to figure out the best way to post the .m4a to her Website,

I first tried to load it through the control bar of WordPressIt actually looked like the screen to the right, and when I hit the icon that looks like two eighth notes, it said there was a 2 MB limit to the size of the audio file.  Yikes.  Veronica’s speech was 424 MBs.

I then tried to upload the speech via FTP.  That worked.  The whole file transferred in about 7 minutes.  When I loaded the page, it said it began downloading the file.  I guess it was going to suck down the whole thing before giving me the option to play and listen.  No one, not even me, was going to sit around and wait for that.

Then I happened upon this site,  With a simple registration, and then an uploading of the 424 MB file, it gave me a code to link into the Settings Box page for  To embed the audio, I began writing my copy for the page and then went to a new icon across the page’s top:  clicked on it, a dialogue box appeared, and it gave me the option of adding the audio to the page.  When I saved it, I checked the link, violla, it began playing immediately.  Problem solved.

In the words of StaplesThat was easy. (Maybe I should add that audio file, too.)

They have different payment options, but let you go ahead and post two pieces per month for free.  That’s working out just fine for the moment.

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Jan 14, 2011 - Featured, Get A Mac    Comments Off

Sketchbook Express from The Mac App Store–FREE

I was surfing through the new Mac App Store last night and happened upon Sketchbook Express by AutodeskIt’s free. There is a paid Pro version and I don’t recall how much it costs, but I have to say, this is pretty darned cool and for the moment, I’m contented with the free version.  Can’t imagine what more good stuff the pro version has.

I just did this drawing, which I know, is nothing to be real excited about.  (And I have no idea what that animal is supposed to be.  It just is.)

But what excites me is the potential here.  I drew the thing with my Apple Magic Mouse.  I can still hook up my Wacom Bamboo Fun that has been collecting dust for a while, and coupled with the versatility of the tools in SBX, the options are amazing.  (I do admit though, my eyes keep thinking there’s a App called SEX in my Dock tho.  I imagine that wasn’t an accident) It’s much more intuitive to use than say, Photoshop, but this isn’t like PS and it’s not supposed to be. 

What really took the cake for me was when I saved my creation.  It wanted to save as a TIFF, but it also had JPEG, PNG, BMP and PSD savings options.  Which means, I can now take this into Photoshop and do more tricks with it, like merge it with other photo art or scans, etc.

And did I mention it was free?

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Jan 2, 2011 - Featured, Get A Mac    2 Comments

Did Your iPhone Get Wet? Apple Genius’ will know in 10 seconds or less

Thankfully, and I’m sincerely not trying to tempt you Fate, but I have yet to get any of my iPhones/iPod/iPad wet and need to take it in to the Genius Bar at my local Apple Store and ask them for help, I mean mercy.  I’ve seen it happen to others though.  Depending on the age of the phone, and how wet you got it, there are options.  So if this has happened to you, all is not totally lost–most likely.

A friend of mine this morning was talking about a glitch she’s been having with her iPhone.  I’m not sure if it’s a 3GS or a 4, but it’s not a 3.  Nonetheless, what I’m about to explain and show you applies to all versions of an iPhone–Apple built in four sensors to know if your phone has taken a bath, gone swimming, fell into the toilet, or off the couch arm and into a cup of water, tea, coke or milk below in what would seem to be an odds defying feat. (In my friend’s case, the phone hadn’t gotten wet, it just needed a restore via iTunes.)

Once a family member of mine took their iPhone into the Genius Bar and I attended the visit.  I love to go to an Apple Store.  It’s like being in a candy store.  And to boot, nearly every time I go into one, I learn something new.  Trips to the Genius Bar, whether for my Mac Book Pro or iPhones or iPads, all bring about cool lessons and tricks most people don’t know about. Okay, so I’m an Apple Geek.  I wear that title with pride. Thank God I moved away from Windoze.

Here’s One–The Water Sensors

I took a brief look in Google this morning and didn’t see any other posts, at least ones with pictures, that show the three outer sensors that an Apple Genius is going to look for immediately upon handing him or her your precious piece of iProduct.  So here they are:

Point number 1: The Earphone Jack:

Now there are differing accounts of what they’re looking for.  Some sites say it’s the color of the plate at the bottom of the jack.  It should be silver/white-ish.  But it was explained to me they’re looking at this white-ish/silver dot signified by the arrow in the frame to the right.   It’s pretty small, so you kind of have to be looking for it to see it, but once it’s pointed out to you, well, I can’t look at an earphone jack any more and not see it.  Know what I mean?

If your phone has gotten wet from the various reasons enumerated above: taken a bath, gone swimming, fell into the toilet, or off the couch arm and into a cup of water, tea, coke or milk below in what would seem to be an odds defying feat–this white-ish/silver button should be PINK.

(BTW: The piece on the iPad is almost opposite of the location in the photo for iPhone 4.  PS: I don’t have a Touch and still fail to see it’s use and functional relevance so I can’t tell you where it’s goods are but since it’s practically an iPhone with no phone part, again, why the hell would anyone want that?)

Point number 2: (you could call it 2 & 3 if you wanted to): The Plugin

The second place a Genius is going to look at your iPhone to see if it’s gotten wet is at the bottom in the place where you plug it in.

In the bay where you plug in the charging cord, or the one plugged into your computer to sync it with iTunes, there are two more white-ish/silver dots.  If you lay the phone flat, front side up, with the bottom end toward you, they’re not really that hard to spot.

The photo to the right is a little small, but if you click on it, it will enlarge and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

The Apple Genius who showed these to me said the these are the ones that most often get wet as people will be plugging in chargers in their car that got coffee spilled on them, or there’s condensation around from bring the phone outside from the warm comforts of your home, apartment, flat or castle depending on where you live, and hopping into the chill of your car, truck, whatever.

Points 4 and 5–Inside the iPhone/iPod/Touch/iPad

You don’t have to worry about checking out these two spots.  They’re inside the phone and if any of the outer ones have been set off, the only real reason Apple is going to care about the inside ones is if they “buy your phone back from you,” at a set fee–the time a family member went in it was $199, which is a lot cheaper than buying a new phone when you’re contract for the wet one doesn’t expire for months, and better than going without one–and they’re going to refurb it for someone else to use.

So if one or all of these indicators is PINK, fret not.  Apple Genius’ most likely are going to find you a way to get back in business in no time and walking out the Apple Store door feeling somewhat relieved, if not totally relieved.


The key then is to not go swimming with your iPhone.  Guys, take it out of your front right pocket before going to pee.   Ladies, forget about playing Words With Friends in the bath.  Teens, as incredible as it might be to sing to Britney, Holiday by Vampire WeekendMaroon 5, or 30 Seconds to Mars in the shower with your earbuds in, don’t.  And if you’re dripping wet in your birthday suit and you get that call from the guy or gal who you’ve been dying to hear from, get out of the shower and dry off–don’t forget your hair and ears, or simply let your cool voicemail feature catch the call and return it in a few minutes when you’re dry again.

Oh, and when you’re sitting on the couch, don’t leave the phone on the arm of it when you’ve also got a cup of water, soda, beer, liquor, milk, tea or anything else that pools in a cup sitting in what would be a million-to-one shot for the phone to accidentally fall off the sofa arm and directly into the liquid below.  Trust me, you’ll be that one in a million, and in this case, you won’t be the winner you always hoped you would be. I’ve seen this happen and thankfully, for once it was glad that the glass wasn’t half full!

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