Welcome back!… reloaded sites are missing images

Hello everyone. Thanks for your patience while I rebuilt my blogs from individual posts. Took most of a day, but the text is back in place.Now I have to gather up the images, and re-install them in their posts, and finally try to indicate when the posts were originally written. (Some go back almost two […]

Least ‘Expensive’ Web Browser ?

The Least Expensive Web Browser. By “expensive” I mean how much it weighs down the OS when performing its services. In this case, the readings I took were when the browsers were just open, sitting there, and doing nothing in particular. “Expensive” is the number of threads being managed, the CPU time and so on. […]

infinite reboot loop installing Sonoma

There are a lot of ways a system update can fail  and FWIW, my Studio upgrade to Sonoma did not go well.(Update on the laptop went fine, however.) On my Mac Studio, I got an incomplete install with an infinite loop of reboots: Got to the second reboot, with white logo and thermometer and then […]

How to -REALLY- get rid of the Apple Pay button in Safari

I have diligently followed the instructions from Apple and also scattered all over the web, that if you have Apple Pay, but do not want it to show up in your Safari browser, you just turn if off in Safari settings/privacy. Except that does not work for everyone, including me. It’s not in Safari settings; […]

How to get Print Settings in Ventura to Work Correctly REVISED

Ventura completely redid the entire systems settings, which is confusing enough, but for those of us who rely on the ability to save and recall printer settings, it’s a bit of a nightmare, as it’s hardly “intuitive.” The problem seems to be that the settings are not actually recalled, pretty much defeating the whole point, […]

16-bit vs 8-bit files for fine art printing

16-bit or 8-bit images for printing? I make fine-art prints from digital files. My basic information sheet notes that the best prints are created from 16-bit images, like TIFFs, and a wide color-space, such as AdobeRGB or ProPhotoRGB. One person who got my information sheet was kind enough to write back, and explained to me […]

iPhone 14: ProRaw and 48MP images vs Lightroom

Some folks think that because when a 48 MP DNG is loaded into Lightroom, and it’s all extremely dark, that’s because it’s underexposed. Nope. The image is dark because raw images are 1.0 gamma aka “linear gamma”. In other words, there’s nothing wrong with the DNG; it’s supposed to look like that. Here’s how to […]

ProCamera vs 48MB ProRaw on iPhone 14

At least in my own experience, the online instructions for ProCamera to enable and shoot 48MB ProRaw images are incorrect. Here is what finally worked for me: In the settings:Max capture quality MUST be either natural or highM&SI quality  mode MUST be either highly detailed or natural – Quality setting cannot be either of the unprocessed options […]

How to reset your internet connection

Hard to say how many people this will apply to, but it’s 100% for me. I have cable internet from Xfinity (aka Comcast). Mine is a two-piece setup: a modem and a wifi/router.I have my own Bitsurfr DOCIS 3.1 modem and an Archer AX90 (TP-Link 6600) wifi 6 router. To reset my system properly AND […]

M1 problems : part two, with the solution.

Those of you who know me, know that I’ve spent the last 44 years working with Apple products. I was the first third-party developer they ever hired, back in 1978, when one loaded programs from a cassette tape recorder. It has been a long journey, if not a bit strange, but here I am. I […]

M1 Mac external drive write is WAY TOO SLOW

So, you’ve got a new M1 Mac, and a nice fast NMVe in an external Thunderbolt 4 enclosure, and you’re only getting 640MB/s write speed? WAAAAAY TOOOO SLOOOOOW!!! That was the issue that just took me three days and $220 to resolve. (Turns out I didn’t need to spend the $220, either…) The issue: I […]

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