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Viscosity VPN Client on Mountain Lion

  • at July 29, 2012
  • by Kroy
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Viscosity for Mountain LionMan, the issues with Apple’s Mountain Lion just keep coming. After  Windows Media video files not playing properly with Flip4Mac , here’s another issue, although not nearly as many folks will be affected by this: OpenVPN client Viscosity (my favorite thus far) needs to be upgraded to the newest version (1.4.1) if you want it to work on Mountain Lion.

I suspect other VPN clients might be affected as well so check for an available update for whatever VPN app you’re using.

Personally I’ve been having lots of email issues, a slower browsing experience, and a few other annoyances. I’m little disappointed in Mountain Lion but I’m sure  developers of third party apps are on top of it.

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So you got the new Mac OS X Mountain Lion installed…and Windows Media video (.wmv) files aren’t playing – or the videos are playing but there is no sound – even though you have Flip4Mac installed.

Here’s the problem: the older version of Flip4Mac doesn’t play well with Mountain Lion. But there is a new public beta of Flip4Mac version 3. Install that and your WMVs will work again. The new player interface is much better too. The beta expires September 1st, and like with all beta software, expect a bug or crash here and there.

Apple’s Dictation Feature and Privacy

  • at July 26, 2012
  • by Kroy
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Apple Voice DictationBefore you use the Dictation feature on Apple’s new Mountain Lion OS, be sure to read the Privacy notice:

“When you use the keyboard dictation feature on your computer, the things you dictate will be recorded and sent to Apple to convert what you say into text. Your computer will also send Apple other information, such as your first name and nickname; and the names, nicknames, and relationship with you (for example, “my dad”) of your address book contacts.  All of this data is used to help the dictation feature understand you better and recognize what you say. Your User Data is not linked to other data that Apple may have from your use of other Apple services.” 

(Emphasis mine). So it’s similar as with Siri, Apple’s voice guided assistant on iPhone 4S and soon iPad 3. I think that’s creepy. Who knows what Apple can and might do with your data. Sure, most people think they have “nothing to hide”, but that’s not what it’s about. To a smart marketer, there’s always a way your data can be used. Always.

Paranoid? Yes. You should be too.

The information Apple and its partners can glean from disclosing so much personal information could be misused in many ways. It’s the way this privacy notice is worded that leaves a lot of doors open. “Sent to Apple” could mean anything from sending your voice to automated, unattended data centers owned by Apple, or it could mean it’s sent to third party data centers  (that Apple contracts out to, but doesn’t entirely control) other people can manipulate and access at will. Apple says your user data is not linked to other data Apple may have from your use of other Apple devices. But it doesn’t say it’s not being linked to any other data from any other devices you may use. Just not ones from Apple.

The NSA is building the country’s largest spy center in Utah, and its purpose is to store and filter domestic communications – emails, texts, phone calls, and so forth. Maybe your Siri or Dictation Feature musings will end up there too, who knows. Unless Apple can ensure that your data is absolutely anonymous, there’s always a chance someone figures out a way to use what you say against you. Might be creepy marketers who know the most intimate details about you, or it might be a rogue Apple employee with nothing better to do than to play around with user data. The point is, know what you’re getting in to before you open your mouth. Literally.



Apple iMessages for OS X Download

  • at June 15, 2012
  • by Kroy
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Apple just pulled the Messages Beta app for Mac OS X from its site. But fear not, you can download Messages Beta here.

Just a warning though: Apple is rumored to be actively disabling existing iMessage beta installs for current Mac OS  users. Launch day for Apple’s newest OS X version, Mountain Lion, is still a few weeks out though, so why not enjoy free iMessages between iPhones, iPads and fellow beta app users on the desktop until then?

Personal notes: not the prettiest app in the arsenal, but sending iMessages to iPhones/iPads for free, and being able to pick up a conversation from your other Apple devices at any time is sweet. Good job, Apple!


Download the iMessage Beta .dmg file here


Download the .zip file here


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Mac OS X LionIf you use Adobe software on a Mac and upgraded to Apple’s new OS X Lion, take note: Adobe published a  list of bugs in OS X Lion which includes problems with Photoshop, Lightroom, Flash Builder, Dreamweaver, LiveCycle, Premiere Pro, Contribute, and others.

If you haven’t upgraded yet, check out the  OS X Lion/ Adobe Creative Suite compatibility list before you do.

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I’ve been excited about Intel’s Light Peak (now named Thunderbolt) development since reading about it some time ago. This transfer technology provides up to 10Gbps of transfer speed (dual channel!) which, needless to say beats the pants off even USB 3.0.

You can connect several Light Peak enabled devices at the same time (daisy chaining), and it hooks up to monitors with DisplayPort. Yeah it’s a bit weird to visualize this, so for a better demo check out Engadget’s great write-ups on this technology.

In one stunning example, Engadget demonstrates playing 4 simultaneous streams of 1080p footage pulled from an attached RAID enclosure, while streaming everything back real time to the DisplayPort based monitor in real time. Very cool stuff.

However I find Thunderbolt’s debut device to be a rather odd choice: the newly released Apple Macbook Pro. This transfer technology is so powerful, most consumers won’t have a need for this for now, but folks such as professional editors are going to benefit from it. If you have a bunch of RED files you have to work with, Light Peak  Thunderbolt is going to be a godsend (provided you have the RAID setups necessary as well, otherwise there’s no point in using Thunderbolt since just a regular ol’ hard drive or two can’t saturate these speeds anyhow.)

But how many professional editors – the kind that actually works with footage that requires these kinds of transfer speeds – do their regular work on a Macbook Pro? Sure, the occasional rough cut (maybe even while still on set) I can see. But as a regular start-to-finish HD workflow? I mean, it’s cool you can hook up those RAID enclosures (hopefully more devices soon) as well as your DisplayPort-based monitor, but that still leaves the fact that the MBP’s processors might just not be powerful enough to comfortably edit (and by that I include color correction, and other processor heavy manipulation) the kind of footage that would justify using Thunderbolt technology. From my own experience and from what I gather from Final Cut Pro/MBP users online, editing those big league HD files just isn’t fun on a Macbook Pro. So really, who is Thunderbolt for then? Bragging rights?

It would have been beyond awesome if Adobe CS5’s Mercury Playback Engine (MPE) could be used on those new Macbook Pros – but ya can’t. Apple ditched NVIDIA and uses ATI (okay, now AMD) graphic cards now..which don’t work with MPE at all. Of course MPE didn’t work with the previous Macbook Pro models either because of the type of mobile GPUs used, but at least one could’ve hoped Adobe (or a clever hacker) would find a way to make those mobile GPUs work with MPE.  Now that’s just not going to happen with AMD. So Final Cut Pro it is.

I would have loved to see Intel work with Apple and other partners to put Light Peak into proper workstations first. Or heck, even just offer motherboards with this technology. I hope this is coming soon.

So let’s hear it – you full time Final Cut Pro users, how many of you are doing all your work on a Macbook Pro? Do you think Thunderbolt is going change your life (provided you run out and buy them new MBPs, and those RAID enclosures), or are you going to wait until this technology gets into real workstations?

Apple iPad Sold Out, Recession Is Over

  • at March 28, 2010
  • by Kroy
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As I had pointed out in earlier posts, the Apple marketing machine is on course to ‘do it again’.

According to Apple Insider, Apple has already sold out its initial stock of iPad models via pre-orders. Sure, Apple may purposely have kept its stock fairly low to achieve the “we’re sold out already ‘cuz everybody wants our stuff” – aura. But according to Wall Street Journal sources familiar with this whole gig, well over one million iPads are on track to be sold over the next 3 months.

That’s one million customers spending upwards of $499 for a product they don’t really need.

This is just the latest example of how in this recession there are still plenty of people willing to part with their cash for what they want – as long as the hype is good enough and you can make them think your product/service is what they really want. Again, it’s about wanting, not needing.

I remember when, during the worst of our ‘recession’, the parking lots of upscale fashion malls in Scottsdale and Phoenix were completely full, and folks were still running around with their  shopping bags as usual. The media made it sound like everyone in the country would be living on the streets soon, but then you see this and figure out that just like iPads, a recession is pretty much what you make it appear to be. If you hype it enough, people will ‘buy’ it – regardless of what ‘it’ is.

Except the iPad actually has more naysayers than the recession, as I had pointed out earlier. Everyone ‘accepts’ that there’s a recession. But when the iPad was demo’ed by Steve Jobs, a lot of folks quickly turned to online forums and pointed out the glaring issues (no Flash, no multi-tasking, etc.) It doesn’t matter because those consumers that purchase an iPad right after launch are  generally not the same consumers that find reasonable problems with an item and make a calculated need vs.want/ or cost/benefit analysis. They want it, they buy it. And that’s who you’ll want to market to.

Videographers Wishlist for the iPad

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Gary from Videoguys created a videographer’s wishlist for the recently announced Apple iPad. Given its limitations and closed development those wishes probably will remain dreams for the time being but the ideas are great. What’s your idea?

Make sure to follow Gary Bettan and Videoguys on Twitter @videoguys

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No porn for you!Adobe fired back at Steve Jobs’ bs about Flash not being necessary on his iPad/iPhone/iPod touch toys by showing a screenshot of prominent sites with the “missing Flash plugin” icon taunting the Apple gadget user. Among the images is a screenshot of popular pay site

Point made, Adobe, well done. Of course the employee who put this up apologized and removed the image. Why? It’s a valid point. Porn, like it or not, is a major part of the web. We can dance around the issue all day long but fact is more and more mobile device users access adult sites. If you have an iPhone or are planning on using the iPad, which would be a great porn browsing device by the way, then you’re out of luck.

At least has a mobile version (which isn’t nearly as complete as its main sites) but many other sites do not. Besides, the iPad would be perfect to access the full thing in all its glory. Well again, ya can’t.

Me thinks not allowing Flash on Apple mobile devices has less to do with instability issues, as Mr. Jobs claims, and more with the fact that once you allow Flash, users could get a gigantic amount of free stuff such as movies, videos (Hulu, for example) and games –  and Apple would prefer you pay for everything you consume on your Apple device.

Adobe should stick with this, it is a good point.

According to an article on Cnet, Steve Jobs basically said that people have too many problems with Flash on a Mac and that it doesn’t matter anyways in the future because web video will be presented via HTML5 instead of Flash. So despite massive requests for Flash on the iPhone and now the iPad, Apple won’t budge.

Hey, I love what HTML5 will be able to do. In the future. Flash is pretty bloated, yes. And while I personally never had any problems with Flash on my Macbook Pro, I believe that others do. But you know what Steve, your iPad is going to sell NOW. So we want to watch Hulu and all the other Flash-based video sites on it NOW. Not in the future. NOW.

See, this is the difference between a mega corporation like Apple and us “little porn guys”. If we pulled this “we don’t like this format so we’re not supporting it” bullshit we’d be out of business. For Apple, not having Flash is a feature.

From a marketing perspective, Apple is God. Making a lack of something a feature and claiming this lack is to provide a better user experience (because choice just isn’t good for people, apparently) is pure gold – mostly because a lot of people actually buy into that nonsense.

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