With the ever changing world of software, I find it interesting to see what software other people are using and why they are using it. The landscape is frequently changing, and it is interesting to see what others are using to be productive
Whilst browsing Facebook one evening in May, I noted to my family how there seems to be so many ads on Facebook of late. My mum replied saying she never sees ads. I laughed, and said they will appear as promoted or sponsored posts, and that maybe she is just not noticing.
She was adamant that she was not getting any ads. I checked her Facebook feed on her iPhone, and alas, there were no ads. What the!?
One month ago, my wife’s laptop died overnight with no sign of life. Both my wife and I have been using MacBook Air or Pro for the last 5 years. She usually gets a hand-me-down when I upgrade every 2 years. The most recent set up prior the incident was my wife using a 2013 MacBook Pro 13″ Retina, with my system being a 2015 MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (MBP). This has now changed. Continue reading
I recently tried to bulk resize several hundred large photos in OS X Preview. This repeatedly failed (spinning wheel of death).
In search of a method to resize these images, I found an easy way using Terminal.
- Open up your Terminal app (can open Spotlight and search terminal).
- cd into the desired image directory (e.g. if they are in your Pictures directory, you may: type “cd Pictures/”).
- Enter “sips -Z 1500 *.jpg” (with no “” marks).
- Press enter. It will output every .jpg file in the directory you are in into a max of 1500 width or height.
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I recently needed a quick indication of the used and refurbished mobile phone (cell phone) market size in the United States.
To get a quick indication, the easy answer is to check the number and value of transactions on eBay for used and refurbished phones. This would give a very quick estimate of what is actually being sold. Continue reading