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Just Updated to 10.6.7 – (Snow Leopard Font Problems Fixed)

April 29th, 2011 | By TY

Apple Snow Leopard 10.6.7 Font Fix

Just Updated to 10.6.7 – (Snow Leopard Font Problems Fixed)

I know it’s tempting to click the “Install” button on those Software Update prompts that bug you, but if you are a professional with deadlines like myself, you can’t afford having your machine go down for even a minute. Even if its a minor problem like screen flicker or displaying fonts, remember the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Why? Because even Apple fumbles from time to time creating new problems in these updates while trying to fix other problems. 10.6.6 had some Final Cut Pro problems and other display problems so I skipped the update entirely. I didn’t jump on 10.6.7 when it was announced and sure enough, within a week the font problems emerged. Now with the fonts fixed I will give the 10.6.7 a try. Fixes:

-Addresses an issue in which some OpenType fonts don’t display correctly in certain applications.
-Resolves issues printing from Preview.
-Addresses an issue with PDF files not opening in third-party PDF viewing applications such as sodapdf.
-Resolves invalid font errors when printing to PostScript printers.

My advice:

Get SuperDuper (what I used) or Time Machine (comes with Snow Leopard) and backup your HD before you update. Rolling back updates isn’t supported natively in Snow Leopard so a complete backup is your best bet to ensure you don’t lose any functionality of your machine.

Now Running 10.6.7…. Crossing Fingers……

Arduino Pong Project – Work In Progress

March 28th, 2011 | By TY

Arduino Pong

Arduino Pong

Arduino Pong

Arduino Pong Project – Work In Progress

I’m working on a project called “Arduino Pong” that uses a Macbook Pro, Arduino Board, Custom-Built 8×8 LED Matrix, Max 7219 Chip, and Photocells for detecting each players paddle. I’m currently upgrading the shown Arduino Uno to an Arduino Mega to get more analog channels in order to get more resolution for the photocell (light detecting) channels.

It will function like a basic Pong game, but the intersecting wires that were hand-soldered and Max7219 LED driving made the project a challenge I didn’t expect to be a part of when I enrolled in the CSU Eastbay Grad Program. I usually focus on the software side of multimedia, but working hands on with hardware has been refreshingly challenging and opens doors for new possibilities in building more physical hardware-based art.

Google Adsense – Cut the Check!

March 1st, 2011 | By TY

Got my first check from Google! Thanks to everyone for visiting my site ……….

Google Adsense Earnings

Next stop: YouTube Partner Account

2010 My Reflection on Media Consumption

December 13th, 2010 | By TY

Media Consumption

Lately, I have noticed several factors which influence my decision-making with regards to media consumption. I feel the most impacting factor is my fear of falling behind technologically, but i realized that social media could help me out with my business, that’s why I got this messaging service for business. Also, I’ve noticed that regardless of what I’m doing, I feel the obligation to multi-task and attend to my regular media outlets in order to stay up on news. Whether it is about technology that will increase my productivity or simply the scores to my sports fantasy players, I must always be on close guard through the Internet either on a computer or my iPhone. The Internet has its pros and cons and I have realized that I rely on it more than anything else.

Being a free-lance graphic and web designer outside of school, I have even more incentive to stay tuned with the latest advancements in computer technology. Actually, I feel it’s almost to the point where I spend more time searching for new stuff than using the technology I have already mastered. Making investments of money and time in new technologies can make or break you in today’s times and I find that I spend a lot of my time tracking the specs and reviews of new hardware and software in hopes of making the right choices now that will positively impact my future. Sometimes it is hard to predict the future of a new technology and I feel “doing your homework” before buying in to whatever is new is essential in the tech age of today. Ask the people today who previously bought an HD-DVD player if they will stand by their choice today. There is nothing I hate more than buying a lemon or making a purchase that comes back to bite me down the road.

This quarter, the first fascination of new technologies for me was HTML5 and its claims of increased compatibility and more robust features that will lessen our dependance on third-party plugins for publishing rich content. Features like font embedding, html canvas, and native audio and video playback are all features that will help solve the Apple/Adobe Flash spat that is limiting the advancement of rich media in the mobile market. Upon further inspection, the new update is very promising, however, I decided I will wait until the kinks have been ironed out before I start developing in HTML5. This is because not all browsers support the codecs used in the video and audio playback which makes the new method not worth it in my opinion. Also, YouTube has already made the HTML5 jump and their new embeddable players not only support all browsers including mobile versions, but record views which is valuable for publishing your own media. Social media is great for communicating with other people, but this Conversational Interface Technology Platform allows a more advanced way of communicating. 

Another object of my fascination has been search engine optimization. As a web designer, I must be aware of all the methods and tricks for placing well on search engines for my own sites and the sites of my clients. Keeping clean code and posting fresh, keyword-dense content is the best way to tackle a certain niche. Of course coding your meta tags with relevant and targeted keywords is a must, but many overlook the content which is king. I have also found that the keys to achieving a higher PR ranking is Inbound Links (Do-follow links from sites with high PR). Every site I am a member of (Myspace, YouTube, etc…) all have my URL and even forums have my URL in the signature. Whenever I post a YouTube video, I include my URL in the description so whenever it is reposted on other sites, a lot of the time my URL is also posted.

Lately I have been obsessed with achieving the fastest hard drive speed I possibly can on my new Macbook Pro which is currently the biggest bottleneck for HD video editing. CPU speed, multi-core processing, and RAM have been the talks of computer speed since the 90s, but it has reached a certain point where those trusty 7200rpm hard drives aren’t going to utilize your snazzy new processors with maxed out RAM. SSD drives and Raid configurations are the future of hard drive speed. SSD drives are offering the fastest speeds for single drives, but the technology is still not perfected. I just pulled the trigger on a $500 Raid 5 eSata enclosure (OWC Mercury Pro Qx2) giving me up to 200mb/s speed. It wasn’t only about speed because another major selling point was that since the data is spanned, one of the four drives can fail leaving your precious data safe.

OWC Mercury Pro Qx2

Did I really need to pay $500 when the $100 discount for black friday just seemed to irresistable to pass up? I won’t know if I made the right decision until a few years have passed. I was eyeing that eSata enclosure for over 4 months and sprung on it once the price dropped for the holidays. My reasoning for making the investment was largely due to the fact that I will get the speed I need to edit HD video while having the peace of mind that if one of the drives die, all my precious data will be fine and waiting to be rebuilt on a replacement drive. After spending hours researching the new technology, will that time I will save rendering outweigh the time and money I spent? Were all the benchmarks and reviews I found on the Internet genuine or inflated by marketing and SEO?

The Internet is a tool we all depend on and a tool that creators must utilize to stay up with the competition. However, like many good things, the Internet is better when used in moderation. The Internet makes many things easier, but easier doesn’t always mean it is as good as the old fashion way.

TOP 5 Free iPhone Games: Angry Birds, Words With Friends, Scramble Challenge Edition, Chess With Friends, Eliminate Gun Range

October 22nd, 2010 | By TY

1. Angry Birds

Angry Birds iPhone

This game is one of the most popular iPhone games of all-time. You use a slingshot to shoot your birds that crash into jenga block style buildings that you hope topple your enemies. Different birds have different functions and you score points based on using the least birds to complete the level and how much destruction you cause. This game reminds me of the Worms game series and with the paid version ($.99), you get new level updates every few months. Even though I beat the game awhile ago, I still find myself going back to the hard levels that I didn’t get a 3 stars score on. Try the free version and you’ll probably get hooked.

2. Words With Friends

Words With Friends iPhone

Pretty much it is Scrabble with your friends! What’s good about it is you make moves on your own pace (more time to study your letters to form the Triple Words!). I still use the free version that comes with ads, but besides having to click off ads after a move, the free version is just as good as the paid version. My only con for this app is that you can’t play people who have Android phones. They are in the process of adopting Android so this app will only get better!


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