Recent articles in tech (page 2 of 9)
Apr 6, 2020
Shrink Videos With ffmpeg On Your Mac
There is a free tool called ffmpeg that makes it easy to convert an original video file into something much smaller (as little as 10% the size, in some cases!) but still very high quality. Installing and running it on your Mac can be a little bit of a hassle, especially if you’ve never used the command line in Terminal before, but I’ve written up these detailed instructions to get you started.
Mar 24, 2015
Introducing Screencast a Week
I’ve missed producing video training since I left Learnable in 2012, and published my Up and Running with Sublime Text 2 course in 2013. To scratch this itch, I’ve just launched Screencast a Week, a series of short, weekly videos that show off power user tips and tricks for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and whatever else I come up with.
May 20, 2014
Verbal Diarrhoea at Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Event
Yesterday’s Microsoft Surface Pro 3 launch event showed off what I think is a fairly compelling product. But apart from the product itself, two things really struck me when I watched the event video. The first was the tell-tale signs of sloppy software. The second thing that stood out for me was presenter Panos Panay’s tendency to slip in and out of what my high school English teacher used to call verbal diarrhoea.
May 4, 2014
Orbitkey + 1Password + Hazel = ♥
This past week I received my Orbitkey, an alternative to your typical keychain that holds your keys snugly within a leather or rubber loop instead of allowing them to jangle around in your pocket. Included with my Orbitkey was the optional extra 32GB USB flash drive. The moment I saw that key-shaped drive I knew what I wanted to store on it.
May 27, 2012
Fix “format not supported by the iPad” error on transferring iTunes movie rentals
In preparation for an upcoming long-haul flight today, I rented a couple of HD movies in iTunes on my Mac, and attempted to transfer them to my iPad (3rd generation). At first it seemed like an annoying error would prevent me from doing this, but I found a work-around and thought it was worth sharing.