* Posts by The Sprocket

35 posts • joined 15 Jun 2011

Adobe updates Creative Cloud: Pushes out Illustrator for iPad and full sky replacement in Photoshop

The Sprocket

Re: Photography plan not expensive

I was replying to someone who looked like they were in need of an option, not someone who is satisfied with Adobe. Good for you.

But I too added up the costs to 'rent' Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign, and if I added up the yearly cost, the entire Affinity suit still cost less as a one-time fee. And small intermittent updates are no-charge. Although my final decision was based on a number of factors, the one-time fee was really a pleasant bonus.

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Re: Go away and come back when I can buy it

You could consider Affinity suite of software. Very reasonable and very full-featured. I miss nothing. Just a suggestion. Check it out.

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After 24 years of using Adobe software, I moved last year entirely over to the Affinity suite of software. Not interested in Adobe's 'extortion-ware'. Haven't looked back since. No problems. Price was EXTREMELY reasonable too. Wow.

BlackBerry hopes phone flinger Punkt is feeling lucky to be new licensee

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Re: Hmm... looking at that phone...

Not similar enough. I have the MP02 (internally advanced MP01) and a working Braun calculator right here, side by side. Close—but no cigar. And if you can live without a fondle-phone, the Punkt MP02 is brilliant.

iOS 14 suffers app preference amnesia: Rebooting an iThing resets browser, email client defaults back to Safari, Mail

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Re: All hail the ghost of Jobs

I'd say we 'iRent' just about anything digital, be it Apple branded or not. But since we're talking about the fruit company, over the weekend I spent some serious time with my fully functioning PowerBook 3400 running FA-18 Hornet 2.0 and having a blast. I updated the address book on my 2007 iPod Touch and added two albums. So frankly, I'm not too concerned about the longevity of my 2017 iPad Pro and 13" Macbook Air. They'll live on, and on, and on. My fully functioning 12" G4 PowerBook from 2005 is nodding approvingly from across the room. :-)

Chime after chime: Apple restores iconic Mac boot sound removed in 2016

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Yes, I do. I think the first time I heard that was on my 8100/80. At least I think that was the box.

Scared the be-jebus out of me, really. "WTF just happened?" expecting to see smoke.

Face masks hamper the spread of coronavirus. Know what else they hamper? Facial-recognition systems (except China's)

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Tempted to go full executioner's hood. Let AI figure that one out.

Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

The Sprocket

Re: I have a few of these babies!

I have to agree. But even if one uses the Powerbook 12" or iBook (as per the article), even simple limitations start to set in. I was noticing this on my last gen of 12" iBook G4.

- No can wirelessly connect to home 5G. I have to use slower option

- No near-current browsers work with it (even TenFourFox is lethargic). Web is OUT.

- Email providers are advancing their connection requirements that are leaving this kit behind.

But if you DON'T need much connectivity, why not? I still use my 12" iBook G4 (late 2005) quite often! And FTP still works a treat!

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

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You, Apple Mac fan. Put down the homemade oat-milk latte, you need to patch a load of security bugs, too

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I wouldn't go near iCloud for anything. And I'm a Mac user.

FYI: There are thousands of Chrome extensions with so, so many fake installations to trick you into using them

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Use another browser, that's how. I always suggest Firefox.

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

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I would have said 'twunt', but I do agree.

This is a form of extortion that guarantees continued cash rolling in. I just prefer the security of the software on my drive.

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Re: "people can't use some of its stuff in the cloud nor access their documents"

Yes, agreed. Products that come out of the 'New Age of Stupid' really deserve to fail. This just demonstrates that some businesses are too full of arrogance, and themselves, to do market research—and take it seriously.

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Re: "Pinegrow" Thanks for that, I may well take if for a spin...

It depends on your situation. You owe it to yourself to at least check it out. I am finding it, yes different, but once I understand their line of thinking, it is pretty darn simple, and seems to me to be very full-featured to craft up a pro job. I also like the way they do the 'behind the scenes code' options. Really useful. But check it out—it just may not work for you.

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Yup. And as an independent designer, I use Affinity too with no problems. Admittedly, things can potentially get murky if you work in a collaborative environment where some are still using Adobe. Thankfully, that isn't my situation.

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Re: "Good job Serif!". Harumph...


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Re: Affinity

Yup. I knew this day would come, so I jumped the Adobe ship too. And I was a loyal, paid, legit user since 1994. I hope arrogant and tone-deaf Adobe likes this. Buh-BYE!

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Re: ' by 1998 there was no actual need to buy a mac for DTP. NT4 was excellent'

I remember all that well. During that time I was an Art Director in a mid-sized ad agency here, and had just gotten laid off (merger). This digital revolution hit during my 'time off'. Now headhunters were demanding 'Mac skills'. Typesetters were closing down, photo retouch shops were closing, and now Art Directors were expected to know 3 major pieces of software, be creative genius', be ultra-precise Studio Artists, fully trained photo retouchers, and completely versed in Typesetting — all for about a THIRD less than what I was making previously (which was rather modest). What a wonderful way (sarc) to be introduced to the Mac world.

No matter — I got my reward later, as I started my own Design shop. And I'm still really grateful we've moved past shutting down to just add a SCSI component like a Syquest drive. LOL!

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Re: Multi-tasking

Oh brother, does that ever bring back fond memories. Challenging days at times, but still fond. I miss the whole System 7x - 8x 'thing'. Time to crack out my PowerBook 3400 w/8.1 for a flit around, and maybe a game or two. Where did I put that NeXT mouse?

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Re: Apple takes aim at foot - again...

“Someone tell them a 256Gb SSD is about 50 quid and is really tiny these days

and 8Gb of ram not much more

As for the rest, I dont give a shit how thin or light it is, I just want something reliable that wont cook itself on its battery because the thing can't be removed if it overheats.

Because I really don't want to buy a chromebook”

I’ve been buying various Apple laptops since my first PB 520c in 1995. Sadly, Apple keeps doing the same type of very stupid things you mention. I think it’s all about timing. I bought the last Macbook Air, and yes, retina would have been nice, but the screen is pretty spectacular even without. This MBA runs my pro graphics stuff quite smoothly.

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Re: Well it will look so stylish...

I have a PowerBook G4 and an iBook G4 still operating just fine since being bought new in 2006. My previous laptop, a G3 Wallstreet from 1998 died in 2008 after 10 years of rigorous service.

No. As a rule, Macbooks are pretty robust, but there are exceptions.

McAfee says cloud security not as bad as we feared… it's much worse

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Having worked in a number of corporate environments during my career, when I heard the ‘Rhodes Scholars’ in management squeal ‘cloud’ with glee around 2006 or so, I just knew this was going to be a disaster. It has been, but nobody wanted to listen. Fortunately, I’m retired, so these bumblefuks can enjoy their nightmare. I personally ‘cloud’ nothing.

WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second

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Re: Wordpress is NOT a CMS

"Wordpress is biggest piece of shit I ever seen. How people became convinced it was easier to use than HTML is one of the most stunning con jobs I've ever seen."

Wow. That's a very brave statement. Bravo!

As a career Communication Designer, I do agree though, that it is a con job, as it creates a false illusion that 'anyone' can create an effective web presence. True, any monkey can slap in poorly crafted text, a litany of square-cut photos into a common template, but that doesn't make for a well-crafted piece of communication that stands out in a noisy marketplace. Yes . . . WP is a stunning con job indeed.

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

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Re: Adblocking is stealing

"Adblocking is NOT stealing. Unsolicited advertising hogging my bandwidth IS. The adslingers are soaking up bandwidth I have paid for, without my consent, meaning that I cannot use it for the purposes for which I paid for it. Taking someone else's goods without their consent satisfies every definition of theft that I have ever seen."

Well, the sword cuts both ways. You are right in the sense that it does hog bandwidth without asking permission, and the videos that start loading really drive me nuts as well (What ever happened to opt-in?). But in the cases where sites are funded by advertising (and would/could only exist with the revenue it brings in) the owners feel it needs to exist. It is their prerogative. And it is yours to visit or leave, accordingly. So in a way, using an adblocker on those sites, is stealing their content by way of viewing without their form of 'payment'. Trust me -- I'm not fond of online advertising either, even though I spent 20+ years working in it as a senior creative guy. The last point is, 99.999% advertising is UNSOLICITED, be it magazine, newspaper, television, outdoor, transit, and the list goes on. Block it if you wish (online) as I do, but it STILL is a form of stealing.

Recording Industry Ass. says vinyl and CD sales beat digital downloads

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Re: Availability

Similar situation here. Scores of 'obscure' baroque music CD's along with jazz, and 80's UK independent vinyl singles, EP's and albums that never even made it to the CD world. Select chunks of this I've been able to digitize and re-route to iPod and other personal digital output, as I prefer to have total control over how my music gets digitized. Frankly, I still like buying CD's and vinyl, as I like to re-listen to music over and over. I have no interest in the streaming world other than as an occasional discovery resource. I also still listen to FM radio over the air too. CDs and vinyl taking ups space? Ha! Visitors LOVE to see what sort of music I listen to which is always a good conversation starter.

Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

The Sprocket

Re: What did they think was going to happen?

"Maybe I should drop Chrome and move to Firefox. At least I can audit the source code."

Hmmm . . . somewhere here I think I read that Firefox is considering/implementing this shaming behavior too.

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Re: Two way street

"This is a good move but it needs to happen in both directions. I'd like to see businesses block Chrome because it sends sensitive URLs, page thumbnails, and hardware usage metrics to Google. Maybe they can block Android WiFi for leaking passwords. I'd like to see GMail and Google Groups blocked more because Google makes them easy to use by scammers. Google might be helping consumers every now and then but they're still quite evil and they'll never stop abusing their market dominance without pushback."

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You'll probably get a lot of thumbsdown here, but I couldn't agree more. Google has a lot of abusive bullying to atone for.

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Re: Single point of failure

"This is about trust, not commercial gain (although perhaps loss in Symantec's case)."

Behind the trust IS the commercial gain. There is ALWAYS a commercial gain somewhere in the chain.

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Re: Class Libel Suit anyone ?

"there is some measure of reassurance that a website owner has put some thought into security if they do have a certificate

Not necessarily. Many will only have a certificate because they were told they needed one; to look more legit, to stop browsers blocking their sites, to avoid users phoning up or complaining, or even because others have them.

No thought about security there."

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Precisely. That's why to many others I speak with, this Google initiative looks like a form of extortion. It hasn't been properly thought out and presented with clarity. It just looks like a cash-grab based on fear-mongering. And now another deadline (April) is looming.

Well, that's what I hear from some small business owner clients of mine.

The Sprocket

Re: Class Libel Suit anyone ?

"Nah! They've just broken the internet.

There will be so many warnings that people aren't going to take any notice and either move away from chrome or click straight through and add an exception. The same is going to happen with sites that don't have or need a SSL cert. Probably about 95% of all sites.

Why should people install or pay for something they don't need? If Google want all sites to have SSL then Google should pay for it."

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My sentiments exactly. I'm tired of Google using their half-baked browser and market-force muscle to bully people around. I hope there is a 'citizen revolt' against these knobs.

From July, Chrome will name and shame insecure HTTP websites

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"The biggest problem I have with this is the term "secure"."

The biggest problem I have with this is the firm "Google".

Aww: Apple won't be HomePod for Christmas

The Sprocket

No . . . this thing won't satisfy or replace the audiophile system. It's just a glorified kitchen radio.

Disturbing to me, though, is although one can call upon it to provide answers via voice rec (+/-), I can't help wonder how much of the time it is listening in to conversations? We all know information is money.

Off to the cellar to make my new and improved tin-foil hat. (LOL!)

'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

The Sprocket

Re: Whipped out the Newton the other day

That sounds familiar.

I have one of my 2100's tethered to an AC adaptor on my desk and it is still used everyday. It still works great as my daytimer and holder of various passwords and such (GeekSafe).

But if Apple WAS to move forward with pen technology, being a Creative Director, I'd love to be able to do the equivalent of linear sketches on the thing to email as JPEGs to my production staff, suppliers, etc. That would be very helpful. Now if they can get that into my hands before the horrendously expensive ModBook Pro arrives, kudos to Apple! (LOL)

Yeah -- I really love the MessagePad 2100. I also have a brand new one in a cupboard 'just in case'.

Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Titsup

Why is this term 'titsup' so hard to understand???

Google Instant Pages: Search sites rendered before you click

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I couldn't agree more.

How about Google sorts out its primary business (search) before running off to answer a question nobody asked? I've had it with them. (*rolls eyes*)

This 'instant page' thing is just another excuse to suck people into using Chrome, as far as I'm concerned. No sale here -- especially for a 5 sec save. (*rolls eyes*)

The whole 'latest browser' thing really turned me off too. How techno-elitist. All to facilitate more answers to questions nobody asked. (*rolls eyes*)

Google . . . #fail


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