(November 26, 2018) Not long ago producing video required special purpose equipment and heavy-duty computing. With iMovie any iPhone or iPad can be a powerful video editing and production studio on the go. This video is a complete tutorial for using iMovie to produce videos. With iMovie you can upload videos directly to YouTube and other destinations.
(November 20, 2018) In the 2016 elections (and before) the constant refrain against Hillary Clinton was her use of a private e-mail server. They're still chanting Lock Her Up three years later. So it is with great irony that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been using a private e-mail service for official e-mails. Having done so is in violation of the Official Records Act, because both are (for better or worse) officials of the Trump Administration.
(November 16, 2018) This week the SF Bay Area is suffering from yet another massive wildfire filling our air with smoke, causing unhealthy air conditions. The Camp Fire sprang up on November 8, 2018, and destroyed Paradise California, a town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. While there is a serious tragedy happening in the zone directly affected by the fire, a large chunk of California now has unhealthy air. Further, officials are predicting unhealthy air conditions will remain in place for another week. "Unhealthy" is the designation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for air conditions we currently have. The situation does not warrant spending hundreds of dollars on a fancy air filter system that will be used only for a few days. Fortunately there is a lower cost easy-to-implement solution.
(November 16, 2018) A predicted result of climate change is increasing forest fires, thanks to dried out vegetation acting like tinder. As I write this California has several massive wildfires - the Camp Fire just destroyed the entire city of Paradise California, and a pair of wildfires are threatening to destroy Malibu and/or Thousand Oaks. But that's not the only tragedy, because the smoke travels and creates unhealthy air conditions a hundred miles away or more. If you can see the air, and smell the smoke, just how bad is it for your lungs and health?
(November 13, 2018) Recently Apple added support to macOS to attach external GPU's (eGPU) to beef up graphics performance. For most of us high power graphics is not important - we're simply using word processors, browsing the web, and the most taxing task is watching videos. But some of us demand higher graphics performance for video processing or gaming. According to this video review the Razer Core-X is the best bang-for-the-buck in external GPU boxes.
(November 5, 2018) Machine learning and artificial intelligence are not just the new hotness in software development, they represent a whole new model of computing. The old style of training software engineers does not work because the new model is so different. Generally speaking "Technology Breakthroughs" are showing no signs of slowing down, and therefore any country desiring to have a global leading role must have a smart educated workforce. Since it was the USA which invented most of these technologies you might think the USA would be doubling down on educating its children to ensure it maintains a leadership role in technology development. The current climate of USA politics is, however, not driven by wisdom. Silicon Valley's Congressman, Ro Khanna, has a different vision than what is currently driving American Politics.