If Time Machine doesn't work…

... and you get the little exclamation sign within the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, and Time Machine will not back up your Mac any more, then here's what worked for me, twice so far: Reboot the Mac. Before doing anything else, go into the Time Machine drive, locate your Mac's folder inside [...]

If iMovie '08 crashes…

You can try bothering with the preferences files, or the codecs, or the color profiles, as the forums tell you to do, or you can do the following: Go to your home folder > Movies > iMovie Events. Locate the folder with the last clips you imported. Delete the iMovie Cache and iMovie Thumbnails folders. [...]

How to install or upgrade WordPress via SSH

If you know how to log in via SSH (Secure Shell Access), then you will be able to upgrade your WordPress site in three minutes or less by using the following lines of code. I have to admit right away that I'm highly indebted to this pre-existing tutorial from Techtites. But that tutorial is a [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-12

Stocks Rocket on Fed Rescue Plan http://tinyurl.com/yvhcfb # The IPv6 experience: Are you experienced yet? http://tinyurl.com/38nddr # JPEG v. RAW - TWIP http://tinyurl.com/yvv4qq # Green light for Northrop Grumman Airborne Laser Mine Detection System http://tinyurl.com/2k6kdq # Researchers develop smell based fire alarm to aid the deaf http://tinyurl.com/2jpnzx # Funny Animals, Part 10 http://tinyurl.com/32rfrd # EXIF [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-07

16 Bit Versus 8 Bit Mode http://tinyurl.com/2snass # Is Silverlight 2 catching up with Flash? http://tinyurl.com/362kcc # BlueArc's Titan is Flexing Petabytes http://tinyurl.com/3a357r # About a company that really knows how to leave a mess http://tinyurl.com/3cxwhn # California court threatens homeschoolers http://tinyurl.com/3abrco # Ziff Davis Media Files For Bankruptcy Protection http://tinyurl.com/28eocr # Where a Dollar [...]

A look at hard drives: finding the best deals

Given my recent push to find a feasible solution for my photo library, which resulted in the purchase of a Drobo (three, actually, but that's beside the point), I've gotten to know a bit about hard drive prices. Here are my two cents on the issue. Keep in mind that this advice is applicable only [...]

How to properly clean your keyboard

I found myself needing to clean our iMac's keyboard a few days ago. I remembered watching a video recently that suggested we should simply stick the keyboard in the dishwasher. I wasn't about to do that. I doubted the circuitry would have worked afterwards, particularly the Bluetooth link between the keyboard and the computer. The [...]

Downtown Bacau, Romania

Bacau is one of the bigger cities in Romania. I had a chance to visit its downtown area this September. I'd never been there before, so I stopped to take a few photos. It was early on a Sunday morning, so there weren't many people on the streets. I love the northern Italian architectural elements [...]

The Photoshop Anthology, by Corrie Haffly

I find Corrie Haffly's book, "The Photoshop Anthology", to be very useful to me. Being a web developer, involved in all aspects of site design and coding, her book is a great resource as I work on a design. In it, she teaches the readers how to use Photoshop to their advantage, for the specific [...]