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Greg La Vardera
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As we look forward to USB-C today I am reflecting on my photo equipment which seems to go generations with little change in connections. Tripod thread - how many years have we had that - 50? How about a hot/cold shoe plate?
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I saw some black market MIIs when I was looking, but they go for 1-200 more than the 1gen. This spring they just introduced the MIII and it looks to be great - but again, not coming to the US.

The unit I got was up to date on firmware - thanks for looking out for me, I did read about that.
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I am so geeking out on the live presentation! Who's watching.
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awful lot of macs in that room:
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it's like Inception looking through my 27" iMac at this video.
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Hate to be Mr. Apple Bug Complainer here, but dear god in heaven WTF is up with Calendar? It does not let me enter my own address. Freaking suggestions pop up, and it simply will not let me keep my own address. It alway inserts one of the suggestions, and it is wrong.@#$%^&*()_+
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+Angelo Marasco as someone who doesn't have to sync calendars with any other system, I find Calendar works well for me.

Check out BusyCal and the new BusyContacts for good alternatives. 
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DAMN osX 10.10 keeps doing this!@#$%&*!@#$%^&*!!!

Whenever I save from a program where the save dialog drops out of the title header of the active window each time I save or save as this dialog window gets bigger and bigger, till finally it is pushing my active window to the top of the screen. Some apps are tidy and put the window back, but others do not, so my window ends up moved on the desktop, sometimes behind floating palettes, and I've got to reposition the damn thing, or I have to resize the save dialog each time to prevent it from happening. WTF?
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I haven't noticed it in every app either +Greg La Vardera. And +Sean Burke yes, of course.
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Came across software pack from our original white iBook. Came with OSX and OS9 install disks!
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+Neal Pann Too true! :) That was a great machine. I remember paying $5,500 AUD for it. 
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I have to make another gripe - this time against Pages.

Pages will open up the last version of Pages, which was 09, but it will not open anything older. This is not really a tenable situation for anybody using Pages for work. I need access to my past documents. Its fine if Apple does not want to have us save back to older versions, but not being able to open them at all is a total trust breaker. What are they thinking?
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I don't have an 09 DVD. And since I downloaded it, I don't have an installer saved either.  Really not a customer-centric move here. 
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I've been watching these realtime rendering programs - if you are not familiar with them they create rendered like views in realtime, more like a 3d video game, and less like a traditional stand-alone rendering package.

But so far none for OS X. I see two, that are squarely aimed at architects, windows only, and several thousand dollars.

Lumion

Twinmotion

Do you know of any others? Anything for OS X? 

Seems to me that Sketchup has to bring this in house at some point.
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yeah, I think Twinmotion and Lumion are both only Windows.
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Quicken alternatives:

Ugh - Just spent a few hours rescuing my data from Quicken 2015, and re-inserting it into Quicken 2007.

Blech. I don't know if any of you small practitioners like me just use Quicken to keep your relatively simple books, but if you do, WARNING, do not upgrade to Q2015 without knowing what you are getting in to. 

For me Q15 dropped several essential functions that literally spoiled my data. Classes, were gone - tags offered as a replacement. But they don't work the same as there are no sub-tags. And custom formatting of reports is gone, and reports are now generic. Custom currencies which I use in separate data files to track miles for my auto record, and hours for my time sheet - also gone. I've never seen software slide backwards this way. 

Then to make matters worse after resolving myself to the reduced function I learn there is a "secret" Lion compatible version of Q2007, not even shown on their website. It will run on Yosemite, but warning, its already looking buggy. So I'm back in 2007, I've got my function back, but Intuit is clearly not interested in my business. They may add these functions back to 2015 but don't hold your breath. And eventually this 2007 version is going to crap my keyboard. 

So I need a new simple bookkeeping app. Any options people?

iBank is one I've heard of:  http://www.iggsoftware.com/ibank/

Moneydance - looked at this years ago, but I think it ran in java, which is always weird.  http://moneydance.com

Any suggestions?
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Hi Greg, Yes, Xero is online. Yes, there is a monthly fee, but it will run on any platform, anywhere.

This is something I am trying to make standard for any new software tools I now take on. Revit is the only tool I use that can not do this. I could be wrong, but there is probably a way to go before we have a serious BIM package to run in a browser. 
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I can't be the only one sorely missing the enter key on my MacBook Pro. Sometime between 2007 and 2014 the enter key to the right of the space bar was swapped for another option key. I don't understand what drove this. I found the enter key much more important than a second option key. I'm bitter.
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+Greg La Vardera Good luck! 
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currently streaming xmas music from iTunes to the AppleTV playing in the living room and feeling so apple tech savvy. 
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Living the Apple Holiday Ad! 😊
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Great house with a great floor plan.
Architect: George Matsumoto House & Garden 1964 All images are for educational purposes and are under copyright of creators and owners
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Very nice. I love the center.
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architect focused on modern, houses, and building better
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an architect, on a personal mission to see the modern home become a choice for anybody who wants one.
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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Architecture, 2013