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Workshop by Brian Daly: Today Just Show Up For Yourself

Brian Daly, MH CHt. in Campbell River is hosting a workshop to help you discover yourself. Show up today, for yourself!Contact Brian Daly to reserve your spot. Space is limited....

Yosemite Public Beta 2 - Ongoing Thoughts

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my ongoing thoughts about Yosemite and what appears to be Apple's public-facing focus. A Mac has always been "better" (in my opinion) because of the look AND the feel of the interface. Clicking buttons, opening menus... everything just felt "good and right" to me. Solid. Natural. Enter Yosemite and its new flatter appearance. I think Apple has lost their mojo with this upgrade. To me, the interface no longer feels the same. Buttons don't look nor feel like buttons. They don't visually respond like buttons. Text fields exist at the same...

Apple Needs a Faster Refresh Cycle

I believe Apple needs a faster refresh cycle for their products. When you boil it all down, they do have a lot of releases throughout the year, but they tend to bottle up many changes until the next "major" release. This has the downside of slowing down how quickly they can keep their products updated in between these major releases, and I believe that it distracts them from a more fluid, organic release schedule. Furthermore, attention for small fixes and improvements can become completely overshadowed because focus is always on the bigger releses.One such area is the Finder Info window....

Yosemite vs. Mavericks - UI Comparison

I wanted to provide a very quick example of how the user interface has changed from OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite, and hope to illustrate why Yosemite's interface is a step backwards in certain regards.Here's the home page of my website loaded up in Safari on both Mavericks (front), and Yosemite (behind). These observations are not specific to Safari.You can see the Safari toolbar in Yosemite is much flatter. But what strikes me the most is how user interface elements that were previously embedded *into* the interface material now rise above, such as the text boxes. This makes...

First Impressions of OS X Yosemite (Public Beta)

I'm writing this post using Yosemite Public Beta and wanted to share my experience with getting the early version installed and how it compares to past versions of OS X for me.InstallationAfter a troublesome start, where installation of Yosemite never succeeded properly on my older 2007 MacBook Pro with an external FireWire drive, I finally got it installed onto a 2012 MacBook Pro. On the 2007 machine, I had opted to install onto a new partition on the external drive, but this led to the machine hanging 1/3 in to the boot. Several attempts at fixing this failed. Eventually, the...

Aperture, and the future of photo editing on Apple devices

Today, Apple announced that it is retiring its professional photo editing application called Aperture. I never used Aperture personally, since professional photography is not one of my main interests, but as a casual photographer, I've used iPhoto for many years, although not as much as I could have. This consumer-oriented application is also going the way of the Dodo bird, to be replaced by a brand new application being developed for OS X Yosemite called Photos. With a name mirroring the long-standing iOS application for managing photos, it's clear why Apple is doing this — to create a very sharp...

Announcing My Personal Website - coolfactor

As of this post, I've had the coolfactor.ca domain registered for 12 years, 2 months and 8 days, but I never really used it as I had originally intended. That all changes today. It is with great pleasure that I formally announce my personal website here at coolfactor.ca.Until now, I've always stood behind my company's name, The Digital Orchard, but now I'd like to step out into the spotlight and share with the world about who I am as a person, my personal interests, and have a more laid-back approach to blogging. This site will work hand-in-hand with my professional...