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Tyler tells us all about Akitio's Thunder2 Quad Mini external storage enclosure, a 4K performance solution built on the Thunderbolt 2 platform.
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Bart Busschots

NosillaCastaways Show Off  - 
 
Let's Talk Apple 22, the show for June 2015 with myself, +nicholas riley, +Steve Stanger & +Victor Cajiao is out: http://lets-talk.ie/lta22
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Clive Hammett

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Having had my watch for a week now I can't help but feel I'm missing something, so I thought I'd ask what apps everyone else is using.
I currently have
Overcast
Dark Sky &
Shazam

Glances I have in use are
Battery
Shazam
Overcast
Now playing
Workout &
Weather

Because of my driving job I turned off Activate on wrist raise. I also do not push email to the watch because of the distraction and only let text messages come to the phone.

I like the rings and tend to complete them everyday. As for calories and heart rate I feel like that should be taken as only a guide because my chest strap from polar gives me slightly different readings, who's to say who is right.

I like the way you get taps when you're using maps and notifications so I can see the benefit in that. But I feel I'm not getting it.

Maybe I'm not the person Who needs this device or maybe I've not found the right use for me.

As for me I have another 6 days before my 14 days are up and I have to decide to keep or return

What are you're thoughts?
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+Allison Sheridan​​​​​​ Both interesting, I'd not heard of horological "complications." Then my eyes need the Timex EZ Read.

And I have a different relationship to my gadgets. I enjoy them, but too often incoming texts and even voice calls aren't invitations to party hearty, but

spam,

someone for whom I must do something,

someone who thinks I must do something,

and the last coupla' a years medical updates that weren't always good news.

Backed up sewers?

Dripping overhead HVAC units and sagging sheetrock ceiling?

Failed HVAC units with 200 ready for dinner in the community room?

Co-worker being rushed to hospital after stroke?

Co-worker's brother in Lifeflight chopper after gruesome motorcycle wreck?

Mac in middle of big render acting flaky?

There's nothing about those kinds of texts (or calls) that invite enJOYment. Or that would be rendered enjoyable by any kind of gadget.

Thank goodness that's an unusual month. Things do change -

In the winter, it's texts about furnaces, not air-conditioning

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Allison Did Say She is a Telephoto Queen?
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Better have a tripod. 
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Allison Sheridan
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I've been struggling to do something in Photos and Automator ever since it came out and I FINALLY cracked it last night. I documented it (duh) so I know I didn't dream it.  Today I updated to 10.10.4 and it's now not working.

I won't go through the whole thing (because when/if it ever works it will be amazing), but here's the bit that worked and then broke.

Before:
I exported 4 photos from Photos and then sorted by Date Created. This sorted them not in alphabetical order but in the exact order they were in Photos since Photos created them in that order.  Make sense?

After:
When I click on Date Created, the files stay in alphabetical order.  They don't change order if I click a second time.

Of course all of these photos were taken on the same date and and minute, so I waited a bit and exported four more photos.  Now it will sort the first set of four ahead of the second set of four.  So it does appear to be obeying attention to the date but only down to the minute, not the second.

Is there any way I could be misinterpreting this?  Or can someone test this in 10.10.3 before you update to see if I'm crazy?
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+Allison Sheridan I was mostly curious about your (ultimate) goal?
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Attaches to iPhone with Lightning Connector - 1 Inch Sensor
will Apple switch to USB-C as in the recent MacBook?
Get the world's smallest 1-inch sensor camera and capture beautiful, high-resolution photos anywhere.
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+Allister Jenks It's the 1" Sensor which allows high-res crops equivalent to a prretty hefty zoom.  
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Allison Sheridan
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If you're thinking of trying to capture some fireworks next week, here's an excellent guide on how to do it right. I used these instructions last year and was pretty darn happy with the results.

http://www.photographybb.com/photography-tips/how-to-take-brilliant-photographs-of-fireworks/
Learn how to make brilliant photographs of fireworks including tips on post-processing your fireworks photos in Lightroom and Photoshop.
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Great tutorial, thanks!
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Bart Busschots

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OS X 10.10.4 allows TRIM be enabled on 3rd-party SSDs: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/06/latest-os-x-update-allows-you-to-enable-trim-for-third-party-ssds/

I can hear the cheers from somewhere near Tulsa all the way to Ireland! Good morning +George Fromtulsa  :)
"Trimforce" command line utility has scary warnings but appears to work.
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For those who have "old" Macs and want to upgrade or have upgraded to an SSD, this is good news.  

By all means, if you have a third-party SSD in your Mac, or are adding one in the future, do enable TRIM.

Note TRIM requires a direct SATA interface.  From much research, I have found no way to pass the TRIM command over USB 3 or Firewire.  It is possible, but hardware dependent and not universal, to pass it through TB as is done by the SoftRaid system once TRIM is enabled on a Mac.

Synology's latest OS (which I presume is customized Linux?) provides TRIM internally, possible because a Synology is a self-contained system.  No idea about the other commonly used high capacity NAS, the Drobo.

I almost hate to post this link.  But it does provide an example of the Terminal instruction.

sudo trimforce enable

It also refers to one of those scary "internet reports" which has been picked up and repeated without folks "looking under the hood."

Algolia provides embedded search services, and its Blog is appropriately named "Milliseconds Matter."  To reduce Milliseconds, Algolia used SSDs, running in RAID, in Ubuntu Server, on hosted hardware.

Let me rephrase that.  Algolia used consumer grade SSDs in RAID on Ubuntu Server to run its high intensity, high usage, high speed search engine on hosted servers.

Then screamed foul when the consumer grade SSDs malfunctioned.

Now they're paying a lot more to run their software on Intel Enterprise Grade SSDs.  

So, what does that mean to you and your Mac?

The Samsung 840 Series has had firmware updates.  It is possible to install those updates on a Mac.  I've actually plugged 'em into a Windows Box via an unused SATA plugset, where Samsung's "Magician" Disk Management software is at home and easy to use.

If you have a Samsung 840 (or 830), checking for a firmware update would likely be a good idea.  

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/global/html/support/downloads.html

But unless you're using your Mac as Algolia did their SSDs, the takeaway isn't "TRIM Terror," but to backup, backup, backup.  All our hardware, new, old, whether SSD or HDD, is subject to FAIL without notice.

The "clickbait link" spreading "SSD FUD:"
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/209119-new-apple-os-x-10-10-4-update-enables-trim-support-for-third-party-ssds

Algolia original Blog: https://blog.algolia.com/when-solid-state-drives-are-not-that-solid/
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Allison Sheridan
owner

Deals & Recomendations  - 
 
20% off iTunes gift cards - Make note: you will receive a code via e-mail. Unlike the last one I posted, they will not send you a physical gift card.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-iTunes-Code-for-only-40-Email-Delivery/281730806436?rmvSB=true
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Yup!
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Jim Sewell

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I hate advertising but this price is so good and it's a pretty expensive cable so I'm sharing it.  I hope that's ok, Allison.

Apple 3.3 ft Lightning to USB cable, 1, 2 or 3 pack 53% off through Groupon.  It says limited time remaining whatever that is, so if you need this go now.

https://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-one-or-two-pack-of-apple-33ft-lightning-to-usb-cables?utm_source=fac&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=US_DT_SOM_FAC_TIM_TTT_NF_CBP_CH1_NBR_x%2Afb6024668249295
Apple Lightning to USB Cable, 1-, 2-, or 3-Pack For devices with Lightning ports, such as iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPod touch 5th Gen, and iPod nano 7th Gen Supports charging and syncing USB and 8-pin connectors USB 2.0 interface Works with computers and USB adapters Condition: new 90-day warranty from vendor Length: 3.3ft. Weight: 0.05lb. Comes in bulk packaging Model #MD818ZM/A About Apple From th...
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That's cool to create a category for this type of thing.  Way to go Allison & Steve!  I'm glad it was helpful!
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James Pernal

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Well did hear back from DSLextreme my ISP. No present issues with their email system. Confirmed my settings are correct. They Reset my email account. Unfortunately no change I still can't receive or send. Ran keychain first aid. Verified no issues.

Will try downloading the full combo update. Perhaps I can set up a temporary account on another Mac and see if I can access my email. I'm more convinced this is a 10.10.4 bug.

Jim

 
Having an issue with Apple Mail that started this morning after upgrading to OSX 10.10.4.

Can't send or receive email. Connection doctor shows red indications on both the incoming and outgoing connections saying trying to log in failed. Only the green mail connected to Internet is good.

I can get to my ISP's web based mail so I assume that my account is not locked and that at least part of my ISP's mail is working. DSLextreme has been changing there email around, and in fact about four weeks ago I had to call them, the existing outgoing port was wrong (is 465) and disable the automatically detect and maintain checkbox as it would revert to incorrect settings. The ISP has no mention of email problems on its network status page. I've sent a support request out to the ISP and got the automated ticket number response. Still waiting, but I still suspect the upgrade.

I've of course restarted the iMac several times, mail a million times. Repaired permissions. I've looked at the account info and it looks correct. Mail.dslextreme.com, port 995, Use SSL checked, Authentication via password. Outgoing is SMTP.dslextreme.com, port 465, use SSL, password authentication. I've tried rechecking the automatically check boxes and even tried to create a new second account none of which works.

Someone on Macintouch seems to have the problem. No follow up response. Apple discussions support forum is confusing, having Apple mail crash or pinwheel is mixed in with the dicussion. Holding down the shift key when launching mail is supposedly the solution, but that seems to be for crashes not a failure to send and receive.

IMac 2010, "dumb" router, and a DSL modem. 12GB ram. All this hardware worked. Internet is fine.

Any ideas?
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There are many reports on the Apple blogs I follow of troubles with Mail.app

Then you've installed an OS X update that replaces the DNS component.

Troubleshooting.

Can you log onto the webmail version, if there is one, of your email service?

If so, could you "live with that a while" and check to see if your problem sorts itself out?

If it isn't acceptable, I've used both Thunderbird and the local email component of the SeaMonkey browser suite. Either may get you through? Thunderbird is an excellent program that seems to have fewer problems (reported, at least) than Mail.app

Have a Gmail account? Will Mail pick up your Gmail? If so, you could have Gmail receive your primary email, filter/tag its source on receipt, then both "natural" Gmail and your ISP origin email could be picked up by Mail.app.

Maybe an Apple update will solve this issue for you. Users of Earthlink, that recently switched everyone to IMAP, are screaming the loudest for help.
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James Pernal

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Having an issue with Apple Mail that started this morning after upgrading to OSX 10.10.4.

Can't send or receive email. Connection doctor shows red indications on both the incoming and outgoing connections saying trying to log in failed. Only the green mail connected to Internet is good.

I can get to my ISP's web based mail so I assume that my account is not locked and that at least part of my ISP's mail is working. DSLextreme has been changing there email around, and in fact about four weeks ago I had to call them, the existing outgoing port was wrong (is 465) and disable the automatically detect and maintain checkbox as it would revert to incorrect settings. The ISP has no mention of email problems on its network status page. I've sent a support request out to the ISP and got the automated ticket number response. Still waiting, but I still suspect the upgrade.

I've of course restarted the iMac several times, mail a million times. Repaired permissions. I've looked at the account info and it looks correct. Mail.dslextreme.com, port 995, Use SSL checked, Authentication via password. Outgoing is SMTP.dslextreme.com, port 465, use SSL, password authentication. I've tried rechecking the automatically check boxes and even tried to create a new second account none of which works.

Someone on Macintouch seems to have the problem. No follow up response. Apple discussions support forum is confusing, having Apple mail crash or pinwheel is mixed in with the dicussion. Holding down the shift key when launching mail is supposedly the solution, but that seems to be for crashes not a failure to send and receive.

IMac 2010, "dumb" router, and a DSL modem. 12GB ram. All this hardware worked. Internet is fine.

Any ideas?
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Hi James
I had a quick look at DSLextreme and they seem to get pretty poor ratings from users. Such as this one from July 2:
"Since DSL made a change last month, I have had nothing but problems.  I have had to continually call them and the problem is still not solved.  I have had my teck guy over, it get's fixed,d then the next day it is back to not getting mail.."

I tried to look at the “Manually Configure your Email Client” and checking the POP & IMAP configurations for Mac Mail both returned a 404 Page Not Found Error, maybe because I am not a customer. That's no way to run a support page as it is what I usually do to support folks locally.

Looking at the Network status shows this message:
Email Services
"There is at least one outage but is not widespread. If you are having trouble outside of the Alert below please contact our Support Department
Status: Some Outages
PENDING as of 6/26/2015 11:25 AM: Due to the upcoming email migration, ticket and call volume is higher than normal. Expect longer than usual hold times and possible delays in ticket processing. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience."
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Allan Tépper

Show Announcements  - 
 
The word capitán and the proper name El Capitán are both Castilian (aka “Spanish”). Come on Apple: If you were to write it “in English”, it would be “The Captain”. Please display El Capitán properly, including the accent mark, as many other prestigious organizations have already been doing in the United States for some time. ESPN and The New York Times both accent such words and names even when broadcasting or publishing in English, and b...
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Place (and street) names are well known for bucking linguistic rules, where such rules can be defined. For instance, it is quite normal in New Zealand for possessive apostrophes to be omitted entirely. "Queens Drive" is not the drive for queens. "Hobsons Bay" is named after Governor Hobson. "Banks Peninsula" is named after Captain Cook's botanist, Joseph Banks. These are just three off the top of my head.

There was one place in New Zealand that quite controversially changed its name in recent times. "Wanganui" was long contended to be misspelt but there was a LOT of debate over whether the name of the town should be the name given it in official documents way back when, or the likely spelling of the local Maori (indigenous peoples of NZ). Now it has changed to "Whanganui" and nobody pronounces it any differently except to make a point. The change divided the country, as well as the town. Which spelling is right? Depends on who you listen to.

And while we're on the topic of Maori place names (many of which have certainly been slaughtered in pronunciation and spelling over the years), the word Maori itself, although commonly written as I have here, is also supposedly more correctly written Māori, and yet for the most part, no-one is complaining outside of academia, including the majority of the Maori population.

Language, as a rule, defies definition by rule.
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Allison Sheridan
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Inspire the Youngins this Summer with littleBits
http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2015/07/littlebits/
It's summer time in the northern hemisphere and all of the little munchkins have detailed plans on how to spend their vacation. These plans include sleeping in, eating cocoa puffs in front of the TV watching The Price is Right and maybe fill out the afternoon playing video games.
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Apologies this is "Quick and Dirty"
Best way I had to answer +Allison Sheridan who asked a question in a post below.

In specific, I opened a photo of a baby mourning dove nesting in our stored, hanging, garden posts elevated off the floor (just in case you wonder what the image is?)

The original taken with a Nexus 5 is about 1.5 MB.  Imported into Apple's Photos, then exported NOT as full resolution (auto increment) the export is about 900 KB. 

The images below are screen captures of the Preview > Show Inspector > EXIF tab.  They do show the seconds, even tho the seconds did not show in Photos.

Allison's Original Post to which this is an addendum:
https://plus.google.com/+AllisonSheridan/posts/4YhHXUeAB2L
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Strange. If I export pictures, they are exported in the order I see them. It does not matter how they are ordered
 by Photos. And my Finder shows them in the order as they were exported - not chronological by EXIF data or by name.
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Jim Sewell

Dumb Question Corner  - 
 
Hey gang,  I'm not sure this is a dumb question but it is a question.  

 I just last night and today tried to update 5 Macs under my control to 10.10.4.  Three of them are having serious problems!  First, is this a known problem and are there maybe some notes about a fix?  I couldn't find anything in searching around.

One won't even go into the App Store now.  One is in an infinite update and never gets to 10.10.4 and the one with me right now at work is stuck "Checking for Updates".  I'm admin and there's nothing extra running.  In fact I shut down most things like dropbox.  I do notice that the process named "softwareupdated" is pegging in the 90+% CPU range.  I know that's the daemon process that checks for updates but why is it pegged?  It is making my machine almost impossible to do anything - moving the window on the screen takes minutes to get enough CPU to recalculate so I know it's in a world of hurt.

Anyway, if someone can give me a direction to go I'd appreciate it.  I'm resigned to waiting and hoping it can do whatever it is doing before the end of time.  I'm not hopeful.

Thanks -> Jim
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+Jim Sewell
Great write up.  Maybe +Allison Sheridan might want to add it to her Tutorial Set?
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Allison Sheridan
owner

Discussion  - 
 
Olympus Air A01 - this is too cool to be real.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwUXDDLfA_U
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With all the fanfare about bigger phones that can take wider selfies I'm seeing on the TV it won't be long before they have a selfie-lens to go with their selfie sticks.  
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This is BIG NEWS!
Apple's recently changed the terms of its AppleCare+ extended warranty program. Now, no matter what iOS or OSX device you own (yes, even the Watch), Appl
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Wow - that's cool!
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Allison Sheridan
owner

Blog Posts  - 
 
Don’t Ignore Your Tech – Choose Different Friends http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2015/06/dont-ignore-your-tech-choose-different-friends/
I was listening to TWiT this week and Georgia Dow was pleading with people to put down their tech and engage with each other. Becky Worley responded by talking about what the implications are when you look at your watch because you received a notification. Iain Thomson suggested that especially ...
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Allison Sheridan
owner

Dumb Question Corner  - 
 
I needed to see some hidden files on my Mac last week so I used the terminal command:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

followed by
    killall Finder

Worked great.  But now I want them hidden again and they won't go away.  I'm entering:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO
 
Followed by 
     killall Finder

I even rebooted and they won't go away.  I must be doing something dumb, yes?
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oh my gosh +Reggie Ashworth that's awesome! I'm off to update my Evernote note about this to say skip the Terminal and use AppDelete!
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