* Posts by DesktopGuy

50 posts • joined 11 Jan 2013

Atari finally launches its VCS console. Again.

DesktopGuy

design inspiration from a Taiwanese company…

Looks surprisingly like a Draytek 2962 from the rear…

https://www.draytek.com.au/vigor2926/

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug

DesktopGuy

There are plenty of ways to keep the machine from going to sleep without disabling the display and leaving it almost closed!.

Sometime in troubleshooting, you can't account for what users do!

Now this is out in the open, I'd expect a Kbase article or 2 or perhaps a minor design change regarding to monitor brightness on T2 chipped machines.

PS: Whenever doing large unattended copies which cannot be interrupted (which I'm forever doing), the terminal command "caffeinate" is your friend.

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

DesktopGuy

Re: So many storage questions

Why on earth would you want spinning rust when the internal SSD can read/write at 3GB/s

You would not saddle a high end workstation with such slow storage.

If you need capacity, 4-16 bay external RAID is the way to go.

A lot of the RAIDs and video storage servers I deploy can sustain around 3GB/s but are larger than the entire MacPro.

Upgrade refuseniks, beware: Adobe snips away legacy versions of its Creative Cloud apps

DesktopGuy

InDesign issues

One of the biggest issue for Australian ad agencies is they often have to produce collateral and share it with neighbouring nations in the South Pacific.

They are often running older version of things like InDesign meaning the ad agencies have to open/backsave in older versions to have the files compatible.

Not really and issue with Illustrator or Photoshop as the file format does not change, but it's a show stopper when working across regions using InDesign!

Exporting to IDML (kind of like a template file) is really not a viable solution as when the resulting file is opened, it's a brand new document that needs to be saved.

As per a lot of things, if you are working internally, not a massive deal which version of apps you use, it's when you need to collaborate with a range of companies that the app versions become a real challenge.

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

DesktopGuy

This bug bit 2 of my clients

This was nasty.

I had a client who lost a few TB and he actually saw the files vanish of his $40k video server in front of his eyes.

The issue wasn't just the new cache clean mechanism erased stuff it shouldn't have, but more the fact it was set automatically to delete old cache files triggering the bug after the upgrade without ANY user intervention.

Seriously, it was a case of upgrade Adobe CC, launch then quit Premier and TBs of data vanish!

We of course had snapshots and backups, but it took a day to work out what had actually happened, then we had to change the cache policies on all machines and inform all my other clients.

There were alot of small time video producers bitten by this. Whilst it's easy to blame the end users, Adobe also share responsibly for producing such a show stopper of a bug.

I'm actually surprised it took so long for a course case - especially in the good ol' U S of A.

Xero needs a hero as business accounting site takes morning off

DesktopGuy

Re: "Cloud"

Just checked - I signed up for xero 15 September 2008 so just shy of 10 years been using the could software. In all that time, this has been the only downtime that has affected me.

I use in the software at least daily and it's been incredible.

In supporting clients using purchased software MYOB, I have seen many of them have their data file corrupted with only recourse to send off to MYOB interstate to get the file fixed (for an big fee).

If anything, this show the resilience of well designed cloud software.

I'm certainly glad it didn't happen on the day I have to post BAS (as I usually do it on the day it's due).

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

DesktopGuy

Re: An Australian perspective

Not sure why the downvote. Everything said was fact.

At the time of the shooting Tasmania and Queensland had the loosest gun laws in the country mainly due to more farmers.

The then premier of Queensland, Rob Borbidge played a vital role in getting a consensus and passing the legislation, although conceding later that it cost him the Queensland election. Politicians can sometimes act for the good of the country and not their own self interest.

The USA has the chance to change the course of their own history like we did in Australia if their politicians are brave enough which unfortunately does not seem to be the case.

DesktopGuy

An Australian perspective

In 1996, Martin Bryant killed 35 people and injured 23 in the Port Arthur massacre in Australia.

That tragedy led to the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

"Australian State and Territory governments placed extensive restrictions on all firearms, including handguns, semi-automatic centre-fire rifles, repeating shotguns (holding more than 5 shots) and high-capacity rifle magazines. In addition to this, limitations were also put into place on low-capacity repeating shotguns and rim-fire semi-automatic rifles."

Whilst I was never a fan of the Prime Minister of the time - John Howard, especially his treatment and demonisation of asylum seekers, this would have to be his crowning achievement.

There has not been a mass shooting in Australia since then - coming up to 22 years.

Contrast that the the USA which has had 1,624 mass shootings leading to the deaths of 1,875 and the injury of 6,848 in the last 1,870 days.

See - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/oct/02/america-mass-shootings-gun-violence

I can only hope that Americans come to their senses and realise it is easy access to weapons that leads to these almost daily tragedies.

Judge stalls Uber trade-secret theft trial after learning upstart 'ran a trade-secret stealing op'

DesktopGuy

Wow, these guys are a law unto themselves.

Lying, corruption, payoffs, sexism (list goes on and on).

I see a job opening for a certain world leader in the not too distant future…

So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

DesktopGuy

Upgraded yesterday - no major issues so far

I upgraded yesterday.

This is mainly because my design clients will often click on ANY link from Apple for an update/upgrade!

Personally I would like to wait at least a fortnight but it's not an option.

Using VirtualBox to run OS X 10.11 and 10.12 support of older software and works very well - much better than parallels with Windows 7.

For a filesytem cleanup, opted to create a USB boot disk using the built-in createinstallmedia.

Time Machine backup, boot of USB disk and format disk as AFPS, install 10.13, use Migration Assistant built into installer to restore home folders and Applications.

Then test, test, test…

There are a few things on Apple that there is no functional equivalent on Windows.

1. Target Disk Mode - been using this since OS 9 with SCSI devices.

Allowed you to mount another Mac as a local disk - great for running disk/volume repairs etc…

Fun fact is once another mac is mounted locally as a disk, you can actually reboot your Mac off the other Mac's disk!

2. Migration Assistant - been around for quite a few years.

Great for doing a clean install and then bringing back home folder and Applications without alot of the cruft that accumulates with multiple OS upgrades over the years.

It is especially good at bringing back installed software and keeping all the licensing intact.

3. ASR (Apple Software Restore) - perfect for imaging and deploying OS X using monolithic images which has been around for at least a decade.

Since OS X does not need licensing - (only needs a valid Mac to install onto) it makes creating deployment images a cake walk .

No sysprep to deal with - build a new image and it will boot and deploy on ALL apple hardware that supports the new system which is invariably the last 7 years' models.

There are a lot of gripes - especially on the higher end for video production, 40Gb networking, zero server hardware, crappy RAID, dealing with resource forks of old Mac PS fonts (still!!!)

Overall - I can't, in good conscience charge for weekly/monthly maintenance like all my Windows tech contacts - the machines are simply too reliable and don't break down enough!

I do bulk billing instead so clients can per pay for their support and use as issues actually crop up.

Department of Human Services says citizens, not systems, to blame

DesktopGuy
Coat

Sounds like the perfect system!

You make a system that clearly is not up the automated task it was designed for.

Your then forced to hire more staff - thereby reducing unemployment.

The said staff are paid for by recouping money of dole bludgers!

Everybody wins…

except for the poor unemployed sods who loose their benefits to pay for extra staff

nbn™ is installing new hybrid-fibre coax cables

DesktopGuy

Re: Thanks

Cultural difference? Haven't you seen the ads.

We spend our days having a shrimp on the barbie and drinking Fosters. When not there, it's down to Bondi beach or backpacking at Uluru.

Strewth, we have the virtually every deadly animal alive and we eat our national emblem - the Kangaroo…

Don't get me started on the drop bears.

Jus sayin…

DesktopGuy

Got a quote from Telstra last week to deploy HFC - but ONLY for Pay tv!

Just to make thing more complex…

Th apartment I live in was built months before Foxtel IQ went live.

At the time the developers opted for satellite disk and "lite" cabling - that one coax lead per dwelling.

Foxtel IQ via satellite requires 2 cable runs so we have been stuck with original Foxtel units since day one.

I enquired to Foxtel about switching to coax as impending apartment build-out will soon overshadow our satellite dish and was informed the network is now owned by NBN so we can't be connected.

Roll forward one month and I now have a proposal for connecting us to coax (HFC) from Telstra but only for the use of Pay TV since we already have both NBN FTTB an TPG FTTB.

This won't work as Foxtel coax cannot deliver FTA - that has to come from antenna on roof meaning every dwelling still needs 2 cable runs.

Long story short - dogs breakfast.

One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

DesktopGuy

There are quite a few IP addresses if the corporates share

If you want to free up addresses, get the big old corporates who hopped on in the early 90s to return some addresses.

There are a whole swath of /8 blocks that each contain 16,777,216 IPs.

Get Apple, Ford, GE, Prudential, UPS to return a few as good corporate citizens.

Maybe get the US Department of Defence (which has the most addresses of any entity by a massive margin) to be a little more sharing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assigned_/8_IPv4_address_blocks

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

DesktopGuy

no more trips to the US then - settled

I really enjoyed my last trip to the US, but if these new regulations are approved there is no chance in Hell I will ever set foot on US soil again.

Firstly, handing over passwords for social media and possibly banking to a third party!

They US government and private corporations have such a good record of keeping that information safe…

Think about the Ashley Madison breach and the suicides and blackmailing that happened after that.

Having that information in the hands of a foreign government who has already said if your not a US citizen then no rules apply.

Secondly, upwards of 6 months vetting for a 1 or 2 week trip.

This will totally gut the US tourism industry. An industry that was worth 1.47 trillion U.S. dollars to GDP in 2014 and was forecasted to contribute more than 2.5 trillion U.S. dollars by 2025.

How is this different from what the Germany and Russia did back in the day and what North Korea does now??

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

DesktopGuy

suck it up - do the job

Starting off as an apprentice way back when…

I learned quickly I was getting paid the same amount if I was cleaning the gallery camera, getting lunch for tradies or doing actual work.

Simply put - manager wants you to do something then get it done.

Nothing wrong with having an opinion (as I have worked for myself for just shy of 20 years I am full of them!) but don't let your ego get in the way.

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

DesktopGuy

more dongles to loose…

Joy oh joy.

Since I look after a range of Apple gear going back a decade, looks like my IT kit bag will expanding.

Need more time with the Chiropractor!

I'll now have to carry;

Thunderbolt2 to Ethernet Adapter

Thunderbolt2 to Firewire Adapter

Thunderbolt3 to Thunderbolt2 Adapter

Promise Thunderbolt2 to 10Gb Ethernet Adapter (along with the above Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter)

Thunderbolt disk caddie for drive diagnostic and recovery.

LaCie 2.5" Firewire Disk (for older Macs)

USB3 Disk for slightly newer macs

Seagate Thunderbolt2 Disk for even near Macs (along with the above Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter)

Add to that all the standard cables needed + tools and Ill need a sherpa to carry my gear…

Guarantee that I loose at least one dongle/accessory every few months.

On the bright side, going to a LaCie event today to test out Thunderbolt3 RAIDs.

Shame I couldn't take a new MBPro to test or at least test with the new Thunderbolt3 to Thunderbolt2 adapter with existing Thunderbolt MBPro.

Picture this: An exabyte of cat pix in the space of a sugar cube of DNA

DesktopGuy

My wife works as a microbiologist and currently does PCR at her lab.

I quite liked we were in totally different professions.

Looks like in future she could be an "organic storage expert"!

Imagine sending off some DNA for data retrieval - you think data recovery firms are expensive and slow...

ABC storage project adrift in 'brown ocean'

DesktopGuy

Re: Once Again Aus Gov / Gov Corps ignore Open Source used at Cloud Scale

This has nothing to do with object store (which is WAY to slow for video production) or cloud scale.

This is simple LAN and multi-site video production.

There are plenty of ethernet and Fibre video storage arrays to choose from in Australia.

Lower end you have ProMax and Tiger Tech, mid and higher end is EditShare, SmallTree, Islon, SNS and GBLabs.

They all have a presence here and a solid video production background.

Not sure why they went with HDS which does have some fine enterprise arrays but not tailored fro the video market.

They need consistent concurrent 500MB/s to 800MB/s to the a range of edit suites which will be using Avid or Premier or maybe even FCPX. (SBS use it!!)

That means some serious internal bandwidth as well as Cat6a, Cat7 or OM4 Fibre cabling along with very read heavy caching to allow editors to scrub through timelines etc…

Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

DesktopGuy

Not just the UK - same problems in Australia

The big issue is multinationals get to shift money around intracompany.

I have run my own company for 18 years and I pay more corporate tax as a percentage than these multi-nationals.

The only way a small business (which is the largest group of employers in Australia) to reduce their tax burden is to create 3 companies in different countries and start this transfer pricing/licencing crap.

How the hell are any small/medium businesses expected to ever compete with entrenched larger multi-nationals when the playing field is so skewed against them.

The sole reason for a business is to make money - that's even included in the tax code in Australia.

If you have a business that never makes any profit and all money goes as fees to another group company than you are NOT conducting a business.

You can spend your way out of corporate tax by investing in the country you are situated.

This includes building offices for R&D and employees, charitable causes etc… but if all your money goes in fees to a group company then you should have your business registration cancelled.

Your jingle to take into the weekend: QuickTime security fixes to apply

DesktopGuy

Re: Quicktime

Quicktime is not simply a crappy media player.

It's and entire codec/media platform and has been around since 1991!

These days, it's mainly about ProRes - a quicklime codec.

A lot of commercials are actually shot on Canon 5D cameras and HDMI output to attached ATOMOS ProRes capture devices.

Edits are done direct off footage - not really seeing much EDL creation these days.

Times have changed - reliance of the majority of the video industry on Quicktime has not.

All eyes on the jailbroken as iOS, Mac OS X threat level ratchets up

DesktopGuy

Anti virus company peddling fear - who'd have thunk!!

Same old crap.

Macs are low in number therefor there are less viruses made for them.

Problem with this argument is that many devices/OS'es have viruses/trojans/RATs/ransomware/ when their marketshare is far lower than OS X.

OS X marketshare has hovered around 10% for many years - that is a lot of supposed cashed up, stupid people who don't know anything about security. Surely that's a fat juicy target!

iOS has quite a high marketshare but there has not been a single instance of any of the nasties that affect Android.

Vulnerabilities get reported and fixed all the time against ALL systems.

None of these are weaponised and used on OS X or iOS, and now TvOS or WatchOS. Surely that says something.

In the last 17 years of managing Mac professionally, I have come across maybe half a dozen instances of adware - very basic ad injection stuff from the likes of Conduit etc…

They were all a case of scam websites stating they needed to run a plugin to view some content.

The bigger threat I see now for OS X is simply social engineering to get login credentials to online assets like Google, Dropbox etc…

I clean up a few of these every month.

Wake me up when someone compromises a payment terminal on running Lightspeed on OS X, or a banking trojan that steals your money, or ransomware (like what affected Synology not so long ago).

Flame on.

Rounded corners on Android phones cost Samsung $548m: It will pay up to Apple after all

DesktopGuy

Wow - never knew Steve jobs was responsible for millions of deaths!!

As for Samsung, they have a long history of bribes, price fixing, intellectual property theft followed by counter suing and dragging companies through the courts as long as possible.

Still, I wouldn't put them in the same category of the names you mentioned.

Theres a great article detailing Samsung's misdeeds.

See - http://www.vanityfair.com/news/business/2014/06/apple-samsung-smartphone-patent-war

As for the Apple/Samsung case, the patent they were caught on was all Apple could get them on.

Did anyone ever see the case design, packaging, accessories, icons, layout - it was defiantly copying.

I like the look of the new Samsung devices, its just they did rip off Apple to get a leg up in the mobile market and it worked.

Considering how much money they have made, they will do the same thing again.

Just ask Dyson!

Malcolm Turnbull's run Australia's NBN for two years. How's he done?

DesktopGuy

finally getting somewhere for some..

I had TPG install FTTB last week as the NBN was not due in our area for at least the next 3 years.

Funny thing is the day after TPG installed their comms gear in our MDF, a metric crap load of gear was placed in our MDF by the NBN. There is a full size Telco cabinet, 60Kg of batteries to go in the bottom, and also plans on how the gear would connect to the street (which are wrong BTW!)

Is this a co-incidence or are NBN watching TPG deployments and then making sure anywhere TPG are - they are???

100Mb/40Mb will be fine by me for either FTTB service…

Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017

DesktopGuy

won't make much difference

I buy goods from overseas not because they are 10% cheaper being GST free. I buy them because they are 50% to 90% cheaper!!

Once the government charges GST, these are business purchases so I get that 10% back anyway.

Once this scheme fails and its shown to cost more to collect the tax than what it nets, Gerry Harvey and his cronies will have to come up with a new complaint as to why Australian retailers can't compete.

Practice makes perfect: NBN fibre deployments accelerate

DesktopGuy

Buggered waiting - got TPG in today to do site survey!

We have 2 new apartments going up in our area. They dug up the street and last week I noticed the TPG manhole covers.

I met up with PIPE networks techs onsite today and am hoping I can get FTTB for the building soon.

I have been checking the NBN site for a year and neither myself or ANY of my clients will get it inside 3 years judging by current build out plans.

100/20Mb is less than the Labour FTTP, but better then the new Lib MTM FTTN.

Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0

DesktopGuy

I keep re-testing Thunderbolt bridging for IP networking.

Tested again this weekend using OS X 10.10.3.

Whilst I can get speeds as high as 500MB/s between a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina,

it fluctuates wildly, getting as low as 50Mb/s.

It would be awesome if I could finally replace 10Gb ethernet and 8Gb Fibre for basic storage networks.

Looks like a dream that will never be realised.

Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

DesktopGuy

Re: locations

I'm hoping their solution to "end range anxiety" are really long extension cords!

Another thing, Americans and gas stations when it's clearly a liquid.

PS: Yes I know gas is short for Gasoline, but come on.

SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

DesktopGuy

Science and quasi-humour

Am I the only one thinking "Deuce Bigelow - Male Gigilo"

Rob Schneider at his best - not that that's saying much.

From a construction perspective, since this is deformable it takes up less space for delivery, but how much weight does it save?

$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

DesktopGuy

Im against NPEs suing with impunity, but what about inventors

Not a fan of trolls or NPEs, but if I was a small time inventor, I would certainly be want to be able to sell the patentable ideas of my invention if I did not have time, resources or inclination to actually build a product myself.

The question becomes is a patent more valuable to an NPE as something that can be incorporated into a product or as a weapon to fire off against any company with cash.

As it stands NPEs have everything to gain but virtually nothing to lose by going to court.

Maybe stop court actions from patents not incorporated into products. Also improve discovery so companies can find out what patents they could potentially fall foul of during product development.

(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

DesktopGuy

Re: Find Edges is NOT useless

Nice of you to give it a name.

The process has been around before photoshop existed - It's called unsharp masking!

It's a photographic technique to increase edge contrast - name comes from using a negative of an image that is out of focus and using that as a mask to expose through.

Kids these days...

DesktopGuy

nice trip down memory lane - my memories are the flip side - working in repro

Excellent article.

I got an apprenticeship in Graphic Reproduction in 1989 - just as the industry started to turn.

We did the scanning on hideously expensive drum scanners and I was a gallery camera operator and 4 colour planner.

Actually worked at TAFE with one of the guys who created Barney scan - David Alexander.

http://www.google.com.au/patents/US5283671

The only application that has really survived and flourished from that era is Photoshop.

InDesign replaced Quark, Illustrator replaced Freehand (the better program), Suitcase replaced ATM, the list goes on.

Samsung buys LoopPay ... to be better at bonking than Apple

DesktopGuy

Will work till the end of this year in the US

Mag stripe data!

Most developed counties already use EVM (chip and pin) so this is dead in the water.

Even the US will be requiring EVM later this year.

That's why the timing of ApplePay launching in the US is so good.

After the cutoff, retailers will be responsible and liable for any fraudulent transactions taken over mag stripe.

Now if Apple would only get off their ass and get ApplePay working in Australia.

Telstra copper at crisis point, endangers NBN, says union

DesktopGuy

Re: All Telstra's fault

Have to agree.

As someone who sets up companies and their infrastructure for a living, the last 3-4 years have been horrendous. I'm switching clients from ADSL to EFM and fibre or even residential cable to get them reliable connections. The cost of way too high, but reliability trumps price for alot of my clients.

Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid

DesktopGuy

wrong target - Apple had the money but not the obligation

Surely the lawsuit should have been targeted at Real.

They sold tracks wrapped in a reverse engineered DRM they did not have licence to use.

The tracks sold therefore never had any guarantee from Apple it was interoperable with the iPod.

Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD stands

DesktopGuy

Product placement or directors using kit for free

The main reason you see so much Apple gear is in the realm of photography and audio/video production, Apple rule the roost.

If your a director/photographer and need a prop, you will often use what's on hand like a MacBook Air, or iPhone/iPad because they are lying around everywhere on every set and photoshoot I have been involved in for the last 16 years.

Apple don't need to pay for product placement, they simply need to provide the kit.

The people doing the production will naturally gravitate towards using Apple gear because they use the stuff all day long anyway!

In Australia, you don't see that much product placement, but it is growing - thanks in large part due to the awful "The Block" renovation show.

Most directors I know are not interested in product placement - it devalues their art.

They are of course happy to use something for free, but that really is not the same thing.

On a side note, I manage IT for creatives - video, photography, advertising etc...

100% of my clients use Apple desktops/laptop and around 95% use iPhones/iPads.

Whilst Samsung might own the phone market, you would never know it if you deal with creatives all day!

Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

DesktopGuy

Through summer, I often make use of the cheapest method.

Get a large mason jar, fill with 30% fresh ground coffee, douse with small amount almost boiling water let it sit for 30 seconds to bloom, stir then top up with cold water. Bung in fridge for 3 days with cling wrap pressed down against water surface to keep out air. After half a day, the floating raft of coffee will fall.

I often have it cold with a little condensed milk, or heated up as a standard flat white.

This is actually as good as the $4 shot of cold drip coffee all the local baristas do around Sydney.

Not as sexy as all the glass test tubes and condensers etc.. but it works!

Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes

DesktopGuy

Anything that helps small business improve cash-flow is great news.

I currently use a PayPal Here swipe several times a week to hit up clients for payment on the spot.

At a straight 1.95% charge it's currently the cheapest option out there - especially in Australia.

If I went for a mobile credit card/EFTPOS terminal from a bank - they would charge me hundreds for the device, a monthly fee, a % + a transaction fee.

I owned the previous triangle PayPal Here triangle device and it was a pice of steaming crap.

It rarely worked, did not work with pin and chip, if I launched the software with headphones in it played a high pitch sound at full volume. I only used it 3 times - it simply didn't work.

On top of that, when they first released it, any payment you received using the device was held in escrow 30 days in case of chargeback!

Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen

DesktopGuy

Been visiting my Synology clients all day - still going...

Was told about this by a client this morning who heard about it from someone who got owned.

So far, secured 7 devices today and doing another one tonight. The rest of devices have been powered down until I go over and secure them.

All told, we are talking about 130+TB of data (3 of the units with large RackStations).

I manage around 50 devices from a few manufacturers - this is by far the worst issue Iv'e come across in 7 years and managing NAS devices.

To make matters worse, alot of the distributors in countries were not told by Synology of the issue.

Al in all, a scary day for my clients. Will need to see how Synology respond before recommending any more kit...

Pixar frees its production-grade RenderMan software

DesktopGuy

Re: Not a Complete Solution

As @User McUser pointed out - this is not animation software and actually has no interface.

It's simply an industry standard rendering pipeline.

It's used inside maya, Cinema4D etc..

Never seen it used in any of the free 3d packages.

Job for IT generalist ...

DesktopGuy

Work for yourself - be in charge of your own destiny.

Specialisation does bring in more income.

In my case, it is not skill set specialisation, but industry specialisation.

90% of my work is with creative industries - design, advertising, publishing, video, photography.

Like anything else you need to adapt and specialisation can make you harder to employ if your field/industry takes a downturn.

Originally I worked solely in publishing fields as I have a trade background and know the workflows involved, the industry lingo and key industry players.

The entire publishing industry has taken a massive hit in the last few years so I diversified into video and also do some work with non-profits (to scrub my soul clean!!)

I am seeing a big downturn in photography over the last few months so will probably need to adapt again.

As a side not, I am often brought into large companies as a consultant and more often than not, come to the same conclusions for workflow/processes as the internal IT, but when someone from outside recommends something, its like - WOW why didn't our guys recommend that (roll eyes).

Lastly, it may sound counter intuitive, but don't cast your net too wide.

Pick clients that match your skill sets and set realistic expectations - if the arrangement isn't working out, recommend them to a colleague/competitor and get out without souring the relationship.

Millions of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

DesktopGuy

non-story

wow - 3 million 5C iphones!

Considering Apple sold 50 million last quarter, even if only a quarter are iPhone 5c - thats over 12 million sold in 12 weeks.

So the headline is Apple has 3 weeks of inventory of 5C instead of it's usual 1 week.

Not much of a story…

Mail Migration

DesktopGuy

Re: Mail Migration

Hi,

Migrating from IMAP to Google Apps, I have used MigrationWiz a few times for my larger migrations and it was very cost effective and fairly quick. NOTE: I'm a Google Apps reseller so part of my job is email migration.

I have used MigrationWiz to do an unattended 2 pass migration of close to 200GB of data off an IMAP server with a single ADSL connection over a weekend.

From FirstClass, if you are using their calendar, there are some some scripts and a basic migration walkthrough here;

https://sites.google.com/a/bbns.org/tech-day/local-library-catalogs/migrating-calendar-from-firstclass-to-google

For a specific FirstClass solution, the Google Apps marketplace lists Salvair FirstClass to Google Mail service - which I have not used but has positive reviews.

Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

DesktopGuy

bad things happen when solar vehicles run out of juice

Anyone seen the Vin Diesel movie Pitch Black?

I for one don't want to get stranded in a solar power vehicle at night!

Just saying...

Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

DesktopGuy

it has a market and is actually cheaper than current options

This really has only a few markets for it.

For video, alot of companies have moved or are moving to 10Gig ethernet storage from companies like SmallTree or GBlabs.

These storage systems often have RAIDs capable of 2 - 4 TB/s and can send data over 10Gig at up to 800MB/s per workstation.

It's a shame the MacPro does not come with 10Gig ethernet, but that is easily fixed.

Add a Magma or Netstor Thunderbolt expander with 3 PCIe slots and space for 4 x 2.5 disks and your off.

Speed wise, it will absolutely fly. Previously I had clients dropping in FusionIO cards or similar to get the speed they needed. That gave them fast local storage, but they could not share projects, or they used 8Gb Fibre and SAN software like FibreJet or Tiger MetaLAN.

This MacPro will actually REDUCE the cost of workgroup video/audio production.

Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

DesktopGuy

CCC have been doing this kind of stuff for a decade

Devil is in the detail.

Can they do this from a lifted print, or only from a high res cropped scan of the correct digit.

Also, lets get 3rd party verification. For all we know, the hacker had already enrolled their second digit into TouchID. When he placed the fake on the second digit it would have worked either way if that digit was already enrolled.

Time for public commuters to start wearing gloves lest they fall asleep and get the fingers secretly scanned...

Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

DesktopGuy

it's a free service - what do you expect

GMail is a free service that costs Google millions to maintain every year.

There is no such thing as a free lunch.

If your concerned, get Google Apps which is paid and comes with different terms of service.

Yes it's concerning the blurring of email and web ads, but as Google bundles more social services into Gmail this will happen more often.

I wonder if they will be "probed" for illegal use of bundling like MS was back in the day...

Oz opposition says to stop hackers first stop refugee boats

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There is no way in hell you would come to Australia by boat from Indonesia or India unless you are truly desperate.

The risk of dying at see with your family is very real.

We open our arms for arrivals by plane and up until recently by ship (I'm one of the infamous 10 pound poms).

So the line is if you have the money to afford the flight - your welcome.

If your a true refugee the Liberals don't have really care if you die at sea.

The whole "boat people" debate makes me ashamed to be an Australian - no wonder we are often thought of as red neck racists around the world.

Whilst the cost is blowing out, we have a responsibility to take on refugees and treat the humanely.

Compared to most developed countries we have next to no refugees as we are surrounded by a bloody big ocean in the middle of nowhere!

Creative Suite cloud lurch crushes beret-wearers' cost-slash bid

DesktopGuy

Tough to be a reseller in Australia (I am not one)

In Australia, the adobe website - http://adobe.com.au sell the software 10% cheaper than resellers.

Reason is Adobe say their website is run out of Singapore (I think) meaning the don't have to charge GST.

That puts every reseller inside Australia at a disadvantage as they all need to charge GST.

All for cheaper prices - I do like to see a level playing field though...

Mozilla to Adobe: PDFs don't need no more steenking plugins

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Re: PDFs

Surprised nobody mentioned OS X. All onscreen rendering is PDF based.

That's why there is a Save for PDF section in every print dialogue box.

Every native OS X application including Safari (which shares a fair bit code with Chrome) can render PDF.

First thing I check on ever Apple I play with (which is several thousand so far) is if the cursed Adobe PDF plugin has been removed and if not, to swiftly dispose of it.

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