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.


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.


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 ...


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.


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.


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.



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 ...


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.


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.


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 ...


Working at Seattle Public Library

<img src="" 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. ...