MAC ATTACK. True Story. Whatever do you do ? . .

October 2015. An evening, operating system, upgrade from Apple (Mac) OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to 10.10.5 went well on the internal iMac hard (disk) drive. Until. It. Did. Not. Finishing-up and rebooting into the updated OS failed. Completely. What in the Hey (euphemism) is happening? Longer story shorter, the internal HD isn’t booting, at all. Failure to boot with an eerie silence as the usual HD booting sounds fail to happen. Black screen. Epic fail. Feeling the perspiration begin to rise through my epidermis as the immediate physical response to flee or to stand ground and face down the blooming realities of the catastrophic hardware defection occupy my immediate now. What to do?

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G’bye Windows ~ Hello Mac OS!

Concluding the truthful tale of a father (he, his and him) and son’s (I, me and mine) potential computing reconciliation after a dozen years’ difference of opinion including a decade-long back-story featuring epic arguments, heated disagreements, occasional truce, rare admissions, and 11th hour, last-minute cold-feet – where any and all personal detail shall remain permanently private. A mix of fact and indeed personal opinion (mine). An informal (hard-)case study – in (two) pieces.

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“Herein a life-long Windows user changes his (computing) position.”
The title and intro may be described as overly optimistic by some esteemed readers. As a hybrid outcome is able to be seen as the prevailing situation, for now. Do appreciate the intention remains Apple clear and while the current update is mixed, the imagined, eventual and final, outcome is an Apple only computing future. And so shall we see . . .

And so it came to pass. But was it good?

In the beginning the word came from above, and it was good: Going Mac ~ Goodbye Windows? for those among you who would like to refresh themselves, or start afresh.

Finally, Apple refreshed their iMac ☛ offerings. His patience was sorely tested awaiting eventual availability (about one and a half years since the previous iMac hardware update) and then, at last (about another two months) for local delivery.

More about Apple ☛ iMac computers.

Yes, this concluding update is, long, overdue (about two years since the original story ~ Going Mac ~ Goodbye Windows?). And about one year since he accepted delivery of his brand new Apple iMac.Thank you for your patience. And so we begin . . to get happy 🙂

AND SO IT BEGAN . .  Continue reading

Choosing your web-browser ~ Modern, Safe, Fast, and Free

World-Wide-Web-browsing ☛ Read the "Choosing your web-browser ~ Modern, Safe, Fast, and Free" post

“Choosing your web-browser ~ Modern, Safe, Fast, and Free. Gain more web-browsing satisfaction from your modern, safe, fast, and free, web-browser in-use and experience your on-line life-style in high fidelity ~ the way technology means for you to thrive on the world-wide-web.”

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GIMP is free, image manipulation, desktop application software

Update 05.’12. And GIMP 2.8 is done. Yay 🙂
GIMP 2.8 is done
Latest news from the official GIMP home-page. Including GIMP 2.8 release notes and GIMP download linkage and the official GIMP roadmap. And unofficially the web-sphere is buzzing with latest GIMP 2.8 news, views and reviews including Bring out the GIMP! GIMP 2.8.0 Final ~ download for Windows. [Update 05.’12. And ~ download for Mac OS X.] Hands-on testing the GIMP 2.8 and it’s new single-window interface. Six good reasons to try GIMP 2.8. GIMP 2.8 image software adds single-window mode.

And now we return to your all-about-GIMP introduction . .

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“Wilbur is the official GIMP mascot. GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.”

“Meet Wilbur GIMP.”

Allow us to quickly fill you in on Wilbur GIMP’s life and times, to-date. Ahem.

GIMP explained with back-story and history (including linkage @ wikipedia.org) is the BOSS a FOSS ☛ Free Open Source Software (explained, including linkage @ wikipedia.org), desktop application, image retouching and editing tool, available for use by everyone on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Linux, and more computer operating systems.

Remind me. How’d you get that name again, Wilbur? GIMP.

GIMP was originally released as the General Image Manipulation Program and has since become GNU Image Manipulation Program. Continue reading

Going Cloud ~ Goodbye Desktop?

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“Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a metered service over a network (typically the Internet).”

Urging boomers to engage and reap the digital flow. A personal perspective.

So you’re in a bind. Your Microsoft Windows ☛ XP or ☛ Vista machine (computer) is running at max (CPU and maybe RAM) power and the waiting is bothersome. Irksome even. That old steam-powered, scrapyard ☛ ready, desktop clunker that cost you a fat fortune back in the day is too slow. Hardware is to blame. What to do? Continue reading