Around the Web for 08 December 2015

Around the Web for 08 December 2015

An Illustrator’s Review of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

But to my mind, the iPad Pro deserves the Professional label – this is a serious piece of hardware for illustrators, and it’s been a long time coming. And if you buy it, buy the Pencil. Without it you’re not doing the iPad Pro justice.

Apple Maps, once a laughing stock, now dominates iPhones

Apple fixed errors as users submitted them. It quietly bought several mapping companies, mostly for their engineers and other talent. Recently, it added transit directions for several major cities, narrowing a major gap with Google. Apple Maps is now used more widely than Google Maps on iPhones.

And MacSparky weighs in…

iPhone Maps — MacSparky

The news about Apple Maps being used three times more than its “leading competitor” is being touted as a victory from Apple. I see it differently. In my mind, the built in maps app should be used ten times as much as anything else.

My favourite task management app keeps innovating…

OmniFocus for Mac v2.4 ready for a Push – The Omni Group

Today we’ve released updates for both Mac and iOS that bring Push-Triggered Sync to every copy of OmniFocus.

I applaud DropBox for vein willing to try, and being willing to take a different tack

Saying goodbye to Carousel and Mailbox | | Dropbox Blog

Building new products is about learning as much as it’s about making. It’s also about tough choices. Over the past few months, we’ve increased our team’s focus on collaboration and simplifying the way people work together. In light of that, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down Carousel and Mailbox.

A Lesser Photographer – All You Need Is 1

You don’t need a certain number of followers, a “passive income,” a “monetization strategy” or “1000 true fans” to justify sharing your work.

All you need is 1.

Around the Web for 05 December 2015

Around the Web for 05 December 2015

Thumbs Up for Duet Display — MacSparky

There is a wonderful little application called Duet, made by some former Apple engineers, that lets you connect your iPad to your Mac and turn the iPad into a second screen.

An iPad Pro wish list | Macworld

Checking in With Apple Watch — MacSparky. Totally agree with MacSparky’s thoughts here.

having used one now since the Apple Watch was first released, I can’t imagine not having it. If something happened to my Apple watch, I would go buy another one

Around the Web for 03 December 2015

Around the Web for 03 December 2015

6 Easily Overlooked Features in Photos for OS X | | Peachpit

Apple’s Photos for OS X application is sparse and straight to the point, presenting your photos on a simple white background, but it’s actually more capable than it appears.

Our 51 most commonly misused words and phrases

A linguist from Harvard University is here to help – he has created a list of the words we misuse the most.

Public Beta: December 3, 2015

Let’s Encrypt will enter Public Beta on December 3, 2015.

Hot rumor! Nikon bought Samsung NX mirrorless tech! – mirrorlessrumors

Samsung sources clearly told us it was Nikon priority to create a serious competition to Sony.

Around the Web for 02 December 2015

Around the Web for 02 December 2015

Adobe is telling people to stop using Flash | The Verge

In an announcement last night, Adobe said that it will now “encourage content creators to build with new web standards,” such as HTML5, rather than Flash.

A modern day ‘howcatchem’ — Medium. Interesting back story of a forensic identity audit of a online persona

Our 51 most commonly misused words and phrases

In his latest book, The Sense of Style, Harvard cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker explores the most common words and phrases that people stumble over.

Fraser Spiers Asks If The MacBook Pro Can Substitute For An IPad Pro

Fraser Speirs (@fraserspeirs) asks the question Can the MacBook Pro Replace Your iPad?. In this article, Speirs focuses on the strengths of the iPad Pro, and then compares how the MacBook Pro meaures up. Some of his key points are interesting.

On the form factor…

The fact that the keyboard and screen are limited to being held in an L-shaped configuration seriously limits its flexibility.

Discussing input…

The MacBook Pro continues to be hobbled by its lack of touch input.

Considering battery life…

Despite their far greater size, and consequently weight, there is no MacBook Pro model that gets better battery life than the iPad Pro.

And on the topic of connectivity…

If you are a road warrior, the MacBook’s total lack of cellular connectivity options would be a serious hinderance to a cloud-based storage lifestyle in any case.

Links of Interest for 30 November 2015

Links of Interest for 30 November 2015

A lesson re-learned

I sometimes wonder how often we have to re-learn a lesson we’ve previously learned. It can be an especially intriguing conundrum when we make a mistake that not only have we previously learned, but one for which measures have been put in place to minimise associated risks.

Recently I went out for some sunrise photography at Cullen Bay in Darwin, a picturesque bayside suburb with a marina and even a lock to allow the bay and marina to stay. It is a stunning location for sunrise photography, especially with an aspect that features the sun rising over the picturesque marina.

Cullen Bay

My preferred vantage point for such photos is on the corner of a boardwalk that extends out over the bay. The boardwalk is constructed of wooden boards that have a 3–5cm gap between them, so I tend to take care when fitting filters, lenses and other accessories to my rig.

In an effort to ensure I have what I need whenever I go for a shoot, and to ensure each piece is secured properly I have a standard way that I stow my gear, firstly in an inner bag, which then goes into a messenger bag or backpack, depending on the shoot. Stowing stuff is important to make sure I can find things quickly, and that it doesn’t fall out.

This time I took along a spare battery that I took out of the charger, and literally three into a top compartment of my backpack – not in the normal pocket I put batteries in on the insert bag. The top compartment is where I stow things like a flash unit and filter kits[1].

I carefully laid my backpack down on a table, setup my tripod and camera, and decided to add a graduated neutral density filter. With the backpack laid down I opened the top compartment, and straight away the spare battery fell out, bounced onto the boardwalk below, and then straight through a gap and into the water.

So the spare battery, not a cheap accessory, was quickly lost into Cullen Bay.

The lessons learned:

  1. Have a set way to stow gear for securing and quick retrieval.
  2. Use it consistently.

The lesson could have been more expensive. And it is a cheap lesson if I re-learn it, and apply the lessons consistently.


  1. I am actually looking for a better set up for stowing my filter kits, so will hopefully have a better approach sooner than later.  ↩

Chapel by the Sea

Chapel by the Sea by Des Paroz on 500px.com

The fishing village of Georgiopoulos in Crete was an interesting short photo adventure sortie from Souda Bay, one of our stops on Northern Trident 2015.

About an hour by taxi from Souda Bay, we went to Geogiopoulos for a single reason – to get sunset and blue hour photos of this little chapel that is literally on a little island in the bay, connected by a causeway that apparently can be all but underwater at high tide.

The chapel is the most famous feature of the town, and the night we visited there were a handful of others that made the trek out to the island.

The chapel was certainly a stunning photographic subject, and it was well worth the adventure to get there.

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Phare du Petit Minou

Phare du Petit Minou by Des Paroz on 500px.com

One of the landmarks clearly seen on entering the magnificent port of Brest in France is the lighthouse known as the Phare du Petit Minou.

For mariners of today and days past, lighthouses guide the way to safety around hidden dangers. A lighthouse seen from an appropriate distance can provide comfort, but a lighthouse seen from up close, too late, can bring sheer terror.

The symbolism of lighthouses cuts across many parts of life. There are few paths which have not been trodden by others before us, and in many cases those people left clues about dangers on the path, and routes of best passage. The clues are there for us, and by paying attention we can avoid dangers that others have faced.

This image was created at sunset, which was very late in the evening – around 10:30pm. The image was shot at f/16 with a shutter speed of 2 seconds on ISO 200. Obviously a tripod was the critical piece of equipment to ensure a good, sharp image.

My equipment for this image was my Panasonic Lumix GX–7 with the Olympus 12–40mm f/2.8 PRO lens and my trusty Really Right Stuff tripod.

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