Author Archives: Paul

Professional software engineer; enthusiast photographer; (Apple)/Mac/iOS guy; partially omniscient, witty, tech geek; hooligan; user of “adult language”; 37?!?; rock/blues/jazz fan; skeptic; and raconteur. (… and ESRI).

DxO Confirms: New Nik Collection Coming in 2018

Digital Photography Review: The statement went out over Google Plus (go figure), where the DxO team welcomed the Nik community into the fold with the following announcement (emphasis added): Dear Nik Collection users, We at DxO are very pleased to welcome the Nik community! We wish you a very happy holiday season and a healthy […]

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Apple statement on ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’

Apple: Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre. These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time. Since exploiting many of these […]

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ESPN NFL Playoffs Primer

Regarding the Tennessee Titans (9-7): Reason for hope: Uhhh … they beat the Jaguars twice, which helps give them confidence they can beat the Jaguars. And hey, if DeMarco Murray can get back healthy, they have a 1-2 running back punch that can theoretically help them control games and maybe win ugly. You know, if […]

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Happy Festivus!

I would like to extend to everyone my warmest wishes for a Happy Festivus and a Happy Holiday season.

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Vincent Laforet: Expect 200-300% speed bump from iMac Pro

Vincent Laforet writing at his blog: Whether you’re editing 8K RED video, H.264 4K Drone footage, 6K 3D VR content or 50 Megapixel RAW stills – you can expect a 200-300% increase in performance in almost every industry leading software with the iMac Pro. I’ve seldom seen a jump this dramatic before on any new […]

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Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Keith Collins at Quartz: Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card? Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to […]

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WATCH series 3 battery is amazing

Wow. Just wow. I’ve been wearing an original WATCH Sport (series 0?) since May of 2015 and have been quite pleased with it all this time, but having recently upgraded to an WATCH series 3 GPS + Cellular, I’m just blown away at how much better the battery life is. I’ve gone from “topping off” […]

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Vintage EPA photos reveal what America looked like before pollution was regulated

  The Trump administration plans to kill the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s main initiative to fight climate change by lowering emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, said Monday. […] Pruitt has reportedly spent much of his term meeting with executives and lobbyists from companies and industries regulated by the EPA. Many […]

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Steve Jobs knew what the fuck he was doing…

Six years ago today, The Onion: CUPERTINO, CA—Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers and the only American in the country who had any clue what the fuck he was doing, died Wednesday at the age of 56. Usually people say, “it doesn’t seem like __x__ years,” but in this case, I have to say […]

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Speaking of collusion (and treason)…

The Vietnam War, Episode 7: The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968 – May 1969) at 51:55-55:42, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (2017): NARRATOR: But on October 31st [1968], just five days before the election, the president himself made a surprise announcement.  He was stopping all bombing of North Vietnam.  There had been real progress in Paris, […]

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