Among the useful features and applications bundled into Mac OS X, Photo Booth is not exactly the most useful. Still, it's handy to sometimes have an application to snap a photo of yourself or your surroundings while on the go. But Photo Booth has no preferences pane, and the default delay and BRIGHT screen flash can ruin your picture. Here's a quick tip on how to use Photo Both … [Read more...] about How To Use Mac Photo Booth With No Flash or Delay
It's that time again, when everyone who thinks they're a pundit (that would be everyone with a blog or Twitter account) has to make predictions for the coming year. But predictions are perilous: Get it right and you look like a mere trend-watcher; get it wrong and you look like a fool. It's such a hassle! So I'm doing something different this year: I'm going to make predictions … [Read more...] about My 2009 IT Industry Predictions
One of the great ironies of storage technology is the inverse relationship between efficiency and security: Adding performance or reducing storage requirements almost always results in reducing the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of a system. Many of the advances in capacity utilization put into production over the last few years rely on deduplication of data. … [Read more...] about Compression, Encryption, Deduplication, and Replication: Strange Bedfellows
It's not like I've used it (at all), but I'm getting a kick out of MobileMe anyway. See, Apple has extended my trial of .Mac repeatedly, and now I've got service through November, and it's all free! Seriously, this is getting pretty funny! I do expect that Apple will get the bugs worked out and that MobileMe will become a useful tool, maybe even by November. But I still … [Read more...] about Longest Trial Period Ever!