Getting Granny online: iPad, right? Wrong.

So your mother-in-law wants a computer, and she wants your recommendation – what do you say? The obvious suggestion of course – get a Mac. We all know it’s the easiest computer to use, and offers everything she could possibly need right out the box, right? Plus your kids can have free FaceTime with Granny whenever they like, and you can remotely fix any problems using Desktop Sharing. Perfect. “So how much is one of these Macs going to cost?” she asks. Er…. Continue reading Getting Granny online: iPad, right? Wrong.

Branching out

I’m sure you know by now that I’ve created a number of quirky, geeky T-shirts, and even built a Facebook fan page for my designs. If not, where have you been?! Go there immediately, do not pass “Go!” and do not collect £200. Seriously.
Starting this week I’ll be promoting a different featured design each week, and there will be occasional offers and price reductions on specific designs, so please make sure you become a fan of the page or you might miss out on a bargain!
Also this week, I introduced my first not-so-geeky design and a whole new collection – check out my new Lifestyle Tees directly on Redbubble here.

Lion: Finder copying bug?

So far, I have to admit I’m really rather enjoying using Mac OS X ‘Lion’, and even the backwards scrolling has started to feel natural…. I did however stumble across what would appear to be a Finder bug today – when trying to copy files from an SDHC card, the copying appeared to take place (e.g. there was a progress bar and temporary new file icon), but once the process had completed, no file was actually copied. This phenomenon was repeatable using either drag and drop or copy and paste commands, and also when trying to copy from an external USB drive. Continue reading Lion: Finder copying bug?

News: The Software DVD is Dead

Today Apple released updated Mac Mini and Macbook Air designs featuring thunderbolt ports, as well as a new 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display – the worlds’ first to feature the new I/O technology. Simultaneously, Mac OS X Lion was finally ‘uncaged’ and is now available for download via the Mac App Store, and will be available on USB thumb drives in a few weeks time. The software DVD is officially dead – long live the DVD, and all hail iCloud.

Get ready for Mac OS X Lion in style!

Lion looks set to roar onto our desktops any day now, and what better time could there possibly be for me to create some new “geek-wear” to coincide with this, the next major release of Mac OS X! So, if you’re impatiently refreshing the Mac App Store looking for signs of the next big cat finally being let loose, why not take a break and check out my latest T-shirt designs instead… Continue reading Get ready for Mac OS X Lion in style!

Final Cut Pro X: New Dog, Old Tricks

On the 21st June 2011, Apple released the latest, greatest incarnation of it’s Professional video software – Final Cut Pro X – promising a revolution in editing that was so exciting I even designed some T-shirts to mark the occasion! From the backlash on the interwebs though, it seemed that many professionals weren’t perhaps as enthusiastic as I was, in fact some of them were downright angry at what Apple had done with their beloved software. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think far too much chatter has been about what’s missing in FCPX, rather than all the great stuff packed into the software that makes it easier to get the job done, and get it done better. Continue reading Final Cut Pro X: New Dog, Old Tricks

Sir Charlie Findlay

It was great catching up with family members that I hadn’t seen for ages at my Dad’s wedding recently, especially Uncle Charlie and Rose who had made the trip up to Scone all the way from Northumberland. It was Charlie’s 90th Birthday a few years ago, and my cousin Graeme – an accomplished violinist and fiddler extraordinaire – had composed a few tunes to commemorate Charlie’s special day, and I arranged, produced and recorded the tracks so they could be presented to him on CD as a birthday gift. Continue reading Sir Charlie Findlay

FCPX: Join the revolution

There can be no doubt that the launch of Final Cut Pro X has rattled a few cages, and there seems to be a lot of negativity surrounding it. Yes, there are some missing features, and the completely new user interface may well throw a few people – at least until they realise that all the tools they’re used to using are still there – but the application has been built from the ground up to be faster, more powerful and with cutting edge features and a new way of working that looks set to revolutionise editing as we know it! Continue reading FCPX: Join the revolution

What the X have you done with my software?

It would seem that somewhere along the line, Apple decided that the wheel needed re-invented. In this case, the wheel is of course non-linear editing, and why not – there’s nothing wrong with a revolution. As I fumble excitedly around the new user interface my initial impressions of Final Cut Pro X may well be mixed, but I can’t argue with the statement “Everything just changed in post”.

Who wants a new Mac Pro?

The current Mac Pro is a powerful work-horse of a computer, beautifully designed for quick and easy expandability. However good the design is though, it is almost 8 years old – the form-factor was originally introduced way back in 2003 as the PowerMac G5, and I for one hope that with all indicators pointing to a refresh in the not too distant future, that Apple are gearing up to launch the next generation of Pro Mac Desktops. Continue reading Who wants a new Mac Pro?

Cooking the Facebooks

By now I hope you’ve noticed that my Cooking with Apples blog has a Facebook page, but if you’ve not, do please check it out and don’t forget to click the “like” button. I’m new to the whole fabled Book of Faces thing, with the only previous social networking I’ve done being on twitter, but it had been pointed out to me by a number of followers that my quirky, geeky, T-shirt designs would potentially reach a far greater audience with a Facebook presence, so I decided to give it a whirl. Continue reading Cooking the Facebooks

My iSpeech

I don’t drink, and as someone who normally lacks self-confidence I’ve always been somewhat reserved when it comes to social gatherings, and even family get-togethers can be quite intimidating. So it will come as no surprise that my Dad’s wedding was shaping up to be a nerve-wracking experience, especially as I was his Best Man and had to stand up and make a speech. Continue reading My iSpeech

Everybody needs somebody

Tomorrow is a big day – my Dad is getting married, and not only do I have the dubious honour and very real privilege of being his best man, but both my daughters are going to be bridesmaids too. I have never seen my Dad happier, healthier or more relaxed than when he’s with Norma, and I wish them both all the luck, wealth, health and happiness for their future together.

Sometimes, you just need to say what's on your mind. Here's what's on mine.