All posts by Jeff Carlson

Author, photographer, and late-nighter Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times, a contributing editor for TidBITS, and writes for outlets such as Macworld, DPReview, Creative Pro, and others. He is the author of Take Control of Lightroom CC; Take Control of Your Digital Photos; Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course; and The iPad for Photographers, among many other titles.

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iChat AV Security Update

(I’m just coming off of a vacation, but thought this was worth mentioning.) Apple has released a security update that fixes a potential flaw in iChat that would let people launch programs on your machine if you clicked a link. MacCentral has a few more details.

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Errata: Rotating Video Clips

On page 29 of iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, I wrote the following tip: Remember that a camcorder isn’t like a still camera. I’ve seen people rotate the camcorder 90 degrees as they would a still camera in an effort to shoot a “taller” image. Unfortunately, no matter ...

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CoffeeGeek Espresso Glossary

What’s the difference between a ristretto and a doppio espresso? Now you can look up those and other often arcane espresso terms at CoffeeGeek’s Espresso Glossary.

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New iMac G5 Announced

It’s a speedy, beautiful, white slab: the iMac G5 was announced by Apple today. More toys to play with! I’ve written up more about it at the TidBITS ExtraBITS page.

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Fixing Corrupted Project File in iMovie

This isn’t new information, but it’s good information: how to fix the dreaded problem of a corrupted project file.

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Thirty-Two

A nice little pick-me-up today: I went to buy some new clothes and had to go down a size in jeans to a 32. Last year I lost 30 pounds thanks to diet (Weight Watchers Online, i.e., “Forget Atkins, Just East Sensibly and Control Your Portions”) and exercise (riding my bike to work), and went ...

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Benjamin Warner Fleishman

My friend and officemate Glenn Fleishman is now a dad! Please welcome Benjamin Warner Fleishman to the world. (Click for larger images.)    Updated: Glenn has posted more pictures, including one of yours truly demonstrating the proper Boppie technique to the new parents.

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Unpatched PCs Compromised in 20 Minutes

Again, why do I use a Mac? Study: Unpatched PCs compromised in 20 minutes. Look, this isn’t a “my computer is better than your computer” issue anymore… if you value your data or security at all (and you should!), the insecurity of Windows is just unacceptable.

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RealNetworks Selling Songs to Be Played on iPods

Here’s an interesting article from the New York Times: RealNetworks Plans to Sell Songs to Be Played on iPods. What’s interesting is that a key piece of information isn’t being reported, but the PR spin clearly is. The article states: Tomorrow, without Apple’s authorization, RealNetworks will start to give away software that will allow people ...

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Working at Seattle Public Library

<img src="http://www.jeffcarlson.com/blog/images/spl_sm.jpg" width="125" height="94" border="0" hspace="3" alt=" Seattle Public Library” align=”right”>I’m spending the morning in downtown Seattle, so I’ve claimed a desk at the new Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas. It’s a great structure, even if it’s a little out of place downtown – but that makes it more appealing to me, frankly. ...