Deliver Me!

2001 a space odyssey hello daveI have been living in technology hell for over a week now.


My email became completely unreliable. I was only getting about 5% of the emails I normally get. Apple support was unsure what the issue(s) was/were. I was convinced it was a server-side issue. They were not.

Emails were not arriving or would arrive and disappear–most emails were … Continue reading

Those Photo Apps

New photo apps that heavily process photos get me almost every time! I have to try them out. I’ll never understand the digital magic under their hoods. Perhaps that’s the reason I feel so drawn to them?

So here are some experiments from today’s photo apps download of the Prisma app for iPhone. (Despite what you may find, there … Continue reading

Here Come the Fuzz

PsychodelicIf you remember that expression, you just carbon dated yourself to the 6th century B.C. But no worries, I remember it and the yellow happy face, and “The devil made me do it,” and the yellow happy face with a bullet hole. Jeeze. The 60’s were such odd times.

“Here come the fuzz” was a derogatory phrase about the police … Continue reading

Apple: Making Some Serious Mis-steps [Updated]

Monopoly ManCorporations are about maximizing profit. I get that. For all of its brilliant “Think different” marketing, Apple is, in fact, no different.

Years ago I watched a documentary about the first MacIntosh. Several people who were on the team that put the original machine together were interviewed. One of the guys, I forget his name, spoke of how bottom line … Continue reading

My Profile Selfies of Late

Thought I should share a bit about my last few profile pictures.

Tim Portray Partial

The above is my latest selfie. I decided to try something radically different: partial face focusing on one eye without my glasses. It sort of works. I say sort of because when it’s tiny, next to a Facebook comment for example, it looks kind of weird, as in: … Continue reading

Apple Should Be Embarrassed!

Pages iconAfter years and years of neglect, Apple released an update to its iWork programs. Each program is now sold individually. Pages version 5, the Apple word-processing and desktop publishing application, was born. The program is now on version 5.6.1.

Typical of Apple’s feature regression, Pages 5.6.1, even today, lacks fundamental features one would expect from a desktop publishing app.

Even … Continue reading

Affinity Photo: PS Replacement

Affinity Photo App Icon
Affinity Photo App Icon

Ever since Adobe started renting their software with annual (or monthly) fee-based subscription access, I have been actively looking for a photo editing application I could use to replace Photoshop. Photoshop has become insanely over-priced, poorly supported, and the rental access arrangement sent me over the edge with the company.

Affinity PhotoI think I’ve found a suitable … Continue reading

Fundamental Trans/Re-gressions

Apple: It just works (used to)I’ve whined before about Apple, Inc.‘s fundamental trans/re-gressions. But now, I’m beginning to read others who are willing to publicly express their concerns as well.

Apple’s hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has fallen so much in the last few years that I’m deeply concerned for its future. I’m typing this

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Some Tech Recommendations



I guess you can now say that I officially live in Atlanta. We went walking in Piedmont Park where I took the quintessential “Atlanta” photo of the mid-rises reflecting in Lake Clare. The photo turned out nicely.

Piedmont Park Lake Clare Reflection

WaterloguedIn fact, the photo turned out so nicely I turned it into a watercolor using a new iOS app I recently … Continue reading