New Google 3D Sensing Phone

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Rijksstudio By Rijksmuseum

Made with art from the Rijksmuseum Studio.

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Drones in advertising

Here is an interesting use of drones in advertising.

Here is the making of video.

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Cross-grading to Mavericks

Well after spending some serious time with Mavericks I have come to the conclusion that Mavericks is not an upgrade… at best in some cases it is a bug fix release, most cases it is a cross-grade and even in some cases it is a down-grade.


For me, automation is one of the most important things I do on the computer. Mac automation is based on AppleScript and Automator. I have used AppleScript from the first release and that is now twenty years ago this year. AppleScript lets me do things that are not possible on any other platform other than OSX. 

AppleScript got a bit of much needed love with Mavericks. AppleScript Libraries are very handy and I’m in the process of converting the many scripts I have written into the new library format. I was actually getting worried that support for AppleScript may be on the “Remove” list due to being a little bit to complicated for the average user, but it looks like I need not worry as they have updated it.

Then I upgraded my iWork applications Keynote, Numbers and Pages and to my horror that AppleScript support as be removed or vastly reduced from each of these applications. For me this makes these applications totally useless. Fortunately the upgrade did not replace the previous versions of the applications on my hard drive but now it makes things a bit messy if I have both installed on the same machine.

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Updating to Mavericks Part 2

Got side tracked by real world issues… But I managed to get everything installed.

Updated Xcode, iBooks Author, iPhoto, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie, Aperture, system voices and a system patch.

Didn’t upgrade Garageband yet as I read you have problems not being able to edit instruments. It has been apparently removed from the software. I will investigate.

Installed little Snitch. Now lets start looking for ET phoning home.

First offender gamed tries phoning home on startup. This is Game Center trying to phone home. I never have used Game Center in my life. Why is this happening when the app has never been launched I have never wanted it in the first place.

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Updating to Mavericks

Today I’m updating a Mac Mini to Mavericks so I can check it out a bit before installing it on my main work machines…

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Started the download last night after watching the keynote online.

5.29 GB is a heavy download but we have fast broadband in the Netherlands, Started looking for other Mavericks apps on the App Store while the download was happening, was asked to enter my iCloud password… then the download got reset when it was about 4.5 GB done. Bummer… started the download again, went to bed thinking it would be done by the morning. Woke to find the machine locked up and the download had stopped at around 4 GB. Restarted the machine and of course the download was reset so I started again… it has been two and a half hours now and I still have 1 GB to go. Looks like Apple is saturating the internet with updates today, the connection is bogging down. It must be a big strain on Apples new data centres.

While the download is happening I’l do a bit of research as to how others are finding the new OS and look for any helpful tips that might aid in my transitioning.

When the installer has downloaded I want to make a Mavericks bootable USB stick so I don’t have to go through this download process for each machine. I did this with Mountain Lion and it saved me a lot of time. Now that I think about it I’ll download the latest version of the Mountain Lion installer and recreate a USB install stick for that as well. Just incase Apple decides to remove it from the store for some reason. Getting the latest one means I don’t have to go through all the recent updates and patches to get to the latest version of each.

Formatting 2 x 8 GB USB sticks as bootable. Mavericks download complete.

Trying to get the most recent version of the Mountain Lion installer as a backwards strategy, Says it is already installed but if I want the full download again then press “Continue”… nothing happens, no user feedback, no timeout, spinner keeps on spinning.

It is a real problem for me that Apple appears to have adopted the policy of “Our software never goes wrong so why should we bother including in any error or diagnostic information in our interfaces.” Let me tell you it goes wrong… all the time.

Why am I not getting a response saying something like “Having problems with the internet connection.” or “Lost contact with the server” or “Server is busy at the moment, try again later.”… no just get “I’m spinning doing nothing… not telling you anything… our software never breaks…”

Tried it on another machine and got some feedback. “Error 1004 please try again later.” cool I feel so much better I know what is going on… not.

Programmers don’t like you to know when there software breaks, they like to hide the fact by giving you a nice easy to understand number that means nothing to you. That is if the tell you anything at all. Heaven forbid you may get confused.

Anyway back to Mavericks. Installed my Untitled USB stick then pasted the following line into the Terminal application.

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --nointeraction

Typed my admin password when prompted.

OK now I have my Mavericks USB stick installer. Here we go.

First thing, my current version on Mountain Lion Server is not compatible with Mavericks. It is a paid upgrade to Mavericks Server. €17.99. OK I suppose that’s ok.

Looks like this will take about 45 minutes to install.

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YouTube Music Awards

On Sunday, November 3, YouTube will host the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, a live-streamed event honoring the artists and songs that you have turned into hits over the past year. Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Arcade Fire will join other top artists and some of YouTube’s biggest stars including Lindsey Stirling and CDZA in performances and musical collaborations from Seoul, Moscow, London and Rio, culminating in a live event in New York City. Music-video visionary Spike Jonze will be the creative director and acclaimed actor Jason Schwartzman will host with VICE and Sunset Lane Entertainment acting as executive producers.

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New GoPro Hero 3 Demo Reel

Shot 100% on the new HERO3+® camera from

Capture and share your life’s most meaningful experiences with the HERO3+ Black Edition. 20% smaller and lighter than its best-selling predecessor, it delivers improved image quality and powerful new features geared for versatility and convenience. SuperView™ is a new video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, while Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for stunning low-light performance. Combined with 30% longer battery life, faster built-in Wi-Fi and a sharper lens, the HERO3+ Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro yet.

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Espruino-powered Bluetooth Robot

Espruino Touchscreen WS2811 RGB LED Controller

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