I couldn’t install World of Warcraft on my Mac while I was at my parents house. I tried it at home just now and I was playing within 10 minutes. What’s up with that?
Patches was laying down on my desk. I thought it was a good candidate for today’s photo-a-day. Unfortunately she was sitting on my phone, and my Nikon was not quickly accessible. What can I do?
Well, I have a webcam on my laptop. Could I use that? I did a Spotlight Search for camera and webcam but they didn’t turn up anything useful. I checked Launchpad to see if there was a camera app of some kind. That’s when I saw it.
Is that still a thing? I popped it open and sure enough, it’s still a thing. I angled my lappy to face the cat and BANG, photo acquired. I opened it up in Photos to clean it up a little and, as always, was a tiny bit saddened by the lack of groovy filters. I messed around with it a tiny bit and then clicked the export button to see what my options were. It used to be able to connect to Flickr, but not any more. I clicked the “more” option at the bottom of the drop down and saw something I never noticed before.
Extensions? In Photos? Huh.
There were no options available but I wasn’t ready to let it go so I did something I never do… I went to the Mac App Store. I searched for Photos Extensions and sure enough a few things came up. I searched for Photos Filters and much to my surprise a Free app displayed. I figured I would install it just to use it as a guinea pig for the Photos extensions. Much to my surprise, it worked!
Now my Flickr Photo-a-Day pic is a Photo Booth snap, edited in Photos, using a third party filter app. It’s just a day of firsts for me!
I think I just inherited a MacBook upgrade. Sweet!
Patches is supervising the Time Machine Restore process.
Forgive me, but I am going to reuse a picture I posted yesterday.
Working from home has caused some desk setup questions that I didn’t want to deal with, but I think I finally have.
Prior to social distance I had two laptops on my desk in our home office. I used my MacBook Pro along with a second monitor for all but the eight hours I was telecommuting on Thursdays. While telecommuting, I switched to a second laptop, running Windows 10. I used the same second monitor. I have a 3-1 adapter that has a USB 2.0, HDMI, and USB C input into a single USB C plug. I had my USB dock, my monitor, and my power all running into it. When I switched from Mac to Windows I’d just pull the adapter out of one machine and plug it into the other. Done.
Once the lockdown started I brought my work PC home from Waltham and used that instead of the Windows laptop. I couldn’t use the same monitor cable for both machines, and the desktop doesn’t have a USB C port, so I was pulling plugs in and out twice a day.
On top of that, Jen and I are both working from home, both in the same room, and both having to join meetings at the same time. To deal with this I moved my Windows laptop to our bedroom and jokingly called it the conference room. At first I was using a dinner tray table as a desk, then I setup one of Jen’s old desks instead, and then Jen brought a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse out and turned the spot into an actual work station.
Yesterday Jen and I both had meetings scheduled for the better part of the day so I bit the bullet and moved my Waltham desktop into the bedroom and spent the whole day in there. I was planning to move it back to the office this weekend, but instead I talked it over with Jen and we decided to keep a Windows desk in the bedroom and an Apple desk in the office.
Now I am a two desk crazy person. Certifiably.
The minute the lock down ends, my Waltham machine goes back to Waltham and I move all my stuff back to the office. This is temporary.
Today is the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer. I guess technically it’s the anniversary of the actual first Mac purchase. Or something like that.
You’ve come a long way…
The hello image comes from http://www.computerhistory.org.