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 [...]

How to transfer photos between Lightroom catalogs

This screencast will show you how to transfer photos between different Lightroom catalogs, and it will go beyond that by also demonstrating how the whole process could be made a LOT easier if Adobe wanted to. In the screencast, I refer to an article I wrote a while back, entitled "The next stage for Lightroom", [...]

Why music doesn't sound great any more

Growing up, I listened to music on vinyl records. I had a huge stack of mostly classical music at home, and it was a real treat to put on a record, sit the needle on it, and hear music come out of the speakers. It was never tiring. It was always enjoyable, and I could [...]

How to backup and restore your Mac and PC

I had a conversation yesterday about this very topic that made me realize it'd make a great article. So here's how to backup -- and if needed, restore -- both your Mac and PC in a pretty much foolproof sort of way. Before I start, let me clarify three things. First, using backup software does [...]

Do not allow websites to resize your browser window

Websites that resize my browser's window or maximize it are completely annoying. When someone does that to me, no matter how interesting their content may be, I go somewhere else instantly. Fortunately, there's a way to block anyone from messing with my browser windows or tabs in Firefox. Here's how to do it: First, go [...]

When animation trash gets called art

Last year, I stumbled over the blog of one of the directors for the Ren & Stimpy cartoons, by the name of Vincent Waller. I subscribed, curious to see what one of the people who'd worked on that horrible cartoon was doing nowadays. It didn't take long for me to find out... A few days [...]

Lens review: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Zoom Lens

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens is the professional standard zoom from Canon, and so far the golden standard for sharpness, contrast and bokeh in a zoom lens. Photographers drool over it and swear by it. Its focal range on a full frame sensor makes it very appealing for event photography. It goes from a [...]