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  1. Move to new dedicated VM server.
  2. Hi-light the videos you want to convert to ProRes... Right Click..... Select... Encode Selected Video Files... Change the setting to Apple ProRes. The clips will be encoded to ProRes (size at 100%) 422/LPCM audio. You'll just set back and wait for the encoding to be finished (this too is very fast.). The finished encoded videos will be in the same folder that the original videos are in.
  3. This bug has existed since 10.11. If Safari on your Mac is crashing a lot, especially in Facebook, disable Smart Search Field prefs. Wasted hours upon hours on this...
  4. AppleInsider has posted a correction/editorial of this rumor, claiming that this isn't true: http://appleinsider.com/articles/18/01/26/iphone-x-doomsayers-lack-basic-reading-comprehension-skills-or-theyre-purposefully-dishonest My opinion: I suspect that it's far more likely that Apple will release two additional iterations of the iPhone X (the rumored different screen sizes) that WILL include TouchID under the glass, and that will correct the glaring and stupid removal of the iconic Home Button by introducing a virtual Home Button (thus, correcting the veritable UI clusterfuck that resulted from this). Once that happens, the original iPhone X would end up being an orphaned product, no matter how much it might be reduced in price - thus, it is far more likely that the original iPhone X receives the same TouchID /Home Button update, and will be kept in the line-up ... albeit, technically, it means that the initially released model will be discontinued. This is most likely what will happen (especially since this will mirror what Apple has done several times in the past, when they corrected a flawed product and hadn't even changed the model number.)
  5. In short - the entire $350 billion/5 year investment plan was already long in the cards before any talk about tax plans from the government - but kudos to Tim Cook for leveraging it to Apple‘s benefit. All the various investment and tax „experts“ are eating it up, demonstrating once again that they don’t actually understand their own „expertise“.
  6. They haven’t committed to full repatriation, or even repatriating $350 billion - and their talk of investing those $350 billion over 5 years comes more from domestic profits that they will be reinvesting and receive full deductions from. The point of repatriating money that is not being paid taxes on escapes me anyway - the govt gains no benefit from that. Neither does the company repatriating. Mind you, in Apple‘s case, they can and probably will repatriate SOME of the funds, in order to pay off and pay back the funds and loans they took out for domestic expenditures and shareholder payments. Those payments, then, become deductions. They have no incentive to repatriate all their offshore profits, since they still have overseas expenditures to pay. Besides, in 5 years, they will have replenished $200 billion (yes, that’s how much money they have, and make).
  7. Not my writing, but an analysis that I share with the author - specifically a breakdown of everything that is wrong with the iPhone : It's not surprising. The iPhone X is a terrible phone, and Apple has been caught trying to trick people into upgrading. Face ID is a failed experiment. It manages to combine barely working with being insecure as hell: you have to hold the phone at very specific angles to get it to see your face, meaning that casually unlocking the phone is a chore. But it will also unlock using a simple folded photograph if held correctly, making it trivial for adversaries to unlock. Face ID needs to go away. The removal of the home button is disastrous, if only because Apple already delegated a ton of functionality to it that now has to be redistributed across the rest of the phone. The home button used to perform different functions based on if you tapped it, or clicked it, or double-clicked it, or double-tapped it, or triple-clicked it. But now they've removed that button entirely and replaced it with ..... nothing. So now the power button has to take over for functions like accessing Apple Pay and Siri. Meaning that as simple a thing as turning off the phone now involves secret button combinations. (It's click volume up, click volume down, then hold the power button, in that order. I kid you not. Hold the power button briefly to bring up the power controls, longer to forcibly reboot.) The new "home space" as the bottom means that a ton of apps now have UI that is right next to it, making triggering it incredibly annoying. Of course, "legacy" apps that aren't "optimized for iPhone X" have giant black bars on the top and bottom, meaning that the apps that place controls on top of the "home space" are in theory "optimized for iPhone X" but developers don't seem to have figured out how to deal with a giant dead area at the bottom of the screen. And then there's the notch, transforming a somewhat nice looking display into a horned ugly mess. You'd think this being an Apple decision the status bar wouldn't have been an after-thought, but quite a few pieces of information are flat-out missing on the iPhone X because there flat-out isn't space. Don't believe me? Swipe up the control center and .... no, wait, it's now swipe down the control center, but only from the right horn, because the left horn handles the old "swipe down" gesture. Anyway, swipe down the control center, which will display the "old" iPhone status bar, and look at all the icons that used to be hidden. "Minor" things like bluetooth status and battery level, for those bluetooth headphones you now have to use because there is no headphone jack. So, anyway, I'm not surprised. The iPhone X is a disaster even if you ignore the price.
  8. (from BGR.com) http://bgr.com/2018/01/19/iphone-x-apple-discontinue-2018-for-larger-form-factor/ Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — who we should note has an exemplary track record with respect to iPhone rumors — adds that Apple may opt to discontinue the current iPhone X entirely if sales are underwhelming. “KGI also expects a trio of iPhone models in the fall of 2018,” AppleInsider notes. “He predicts the iPhone X will be ‘end of life’ in the summer of 2018, instead of being retained as a lower-cost option in the following year.” If Kuo’s projection pans out, this would represent a marked shift in Apple’s iPhone sales strategy. Going back nearly a decade, Apple has always positioned older iPhone models around as a wallet-friendly alternative for users who weren’t keen on paying a premium for Apple’s latest and greatest. If Kuo’s scenario comes to be, it stands to reason that the aforementioned 6.1-inch iPhone with an edgeless LCD display will become the more affordable version of the current iPhone X. What remains unknown is what Apple plans to do with its iPhone 8 models. Presumably, both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will stick around for at least another generation as not everyone is willing to say goodbye to Touch ID just yet. It’s also worth noting that Apple is expected to release a next-gen version of the iPhone SE sometime this spring.
  9. This is something I had put off time and time again, because of various issues that I didn’t like about the v4.x upgrade, but ultimately it was unavoidable - and here we are. Now I need to start hunting down many of the plugins and extensions that I had previously installed, and probably have a couple specially developed (like an „reciprocal ignore“ feature that actually works properly). On the other hand, the forum now runs under https, with SSL security.
  10. Now, back to tweaking. Particularly since a 4.2 version of the theme has been released, and wouldn't you know it, there's no way to carry over modifications or even color choices from the prior version of the same theme. smdm.
  11. After a short hiatus, suayMac is back -- we'll be moving to a new server shortly (so some downtime of a few hours can be expected) and I'll be performing a bunch of updates and upgrades over the next few weeks.
  12. https://forums.appleinsider.com/discussion/200845/ This happened to mine - back cover came off - and Apple replaced it without question. In fact, they replaced it with a Series 1 model, so now I have an WATCH that is twice as fast, and practically brand new. Thanks, Apple. I still can’t find a practical use for it, though. :-(
  13. There's a lot of rumors going around of Apple moving to an ARM architecture for future Macs - in a lot of places where this is being discussed, a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings abound. Let me try to shine some light onto these speculations, and include some actual facts. Apple has bought a chip design company not so long ago, back in 2008. https://www.wired.com/2008/04/four-reasons-ap/ PA Semicondutor are the folks behind the A-series of CPU chips that are powering iOS devices. They have been creating not only the A-Series CPUs, but also the M-series motion processors, and the W-series wireless chips. Apple also recently bought a chip fab/foundry (back in 2015), that used to belong to Samsung. Likewise, Foxconn just voiced interest in purchasing the Toshiba RAM memory business, mainly their foundries. (Foxconn is basically a surrogate of Apple). http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/12/14/apple-buys-former-maxim-chip-fab-in-north-san-jose-neighboring-samsung-semiconductor- http://www.reuters.com/article/us-foxconn-china-idUSKBN168401 This just to make an introductory point that Apple is very serious about owning and controlling every aspect of the production of their devices - so, Apple not just designing but potentially manufacturing future CPUs to be used in Macs is a real possibility -- and those will most assuredly be ARM based chips, as the performance/Watt ratio is way ahead of intel x86 chips. What does that mean, really? Aside from the commodity value, availability and fabrication that Intel can offer, the huge advantage of their chips is the x86 compatibility which makes the Mac easily able to run Windows, Linux, and other x86 OS'. Switching to an ARM platform would mean that Apple would lose that advantage. Or does it? Not if AMD has anything to say about that (and this is where - surprise - the AMD rumors are starting to make sense). https://www.extremetech.com/computing/182790-amds-next-big-gamble-arm-and-x86-cores-working-side-by-side-on-the-same-chip In 2014, AMD announced an initiative that would culminate in project SkyBridge - an ambidextrous ARM architecture, with ARM and x86 chips operating side by side. The first of such proof-of-concept implementations were limited to 32-bit x86, but that was 3 years ago, and the ultimate goal was 64-bit compatibility, and compatibility with modern x86_64 architecture. In other words, I believe that if Apple were to go with an ARM CPU for future Macs, this is the path they would follow - and an alliance with AMD would make perfect sense in that regard. That's all nice and good, but wouldn't this ultimately mean that Apple will go that route (good for them), and that the folks in the Hackintosh camp will be basically screwed, as we'd have no more compatible hardware? Well, maybe not. Last year, at the WinHEC hardware conference in Shenzhen, a big deal was being made (sort of) of the 'Return of Windows to ARM', with Qualcom (ARM) powered Windows 10 PCs supposedly to be shipping in 2017 - with other manufacturers following suit. Obviously, especially if Apple makes an impact with pushing their hardware to ARM, the rest of the PC industry following won't be far behind - particularly if these new ARM chips are pin-compatible with regular ARM CPUs and provide ambidextrous cores on the same chip. Most likely, the usual suspects (hp, Dell, Asus, etc...) will provide desktops and laptops based on the new architecture, with the usual motherboard makers not too far behind. Technically, this would open the door to Hackintosh/ARM -- albeit clearly some sort of advanced fakeSMC or the likes will need to be appropriately updated. Could Apple screw this up? Sure. Starting with a custom SOC with custom support and peripheral processors for all the relevant ports, thus cutting us off from using commodity parts for USB, SATA, NVMe, etc.. which is kinda what they have already done on the new MacBook Pros, which are using an Apple peripheral architecture. In the near future (4-5 years after such an introduction) MacOS will still support the older architecture (even just the regular x86_64 that we are all currently on), so this is not an immediate issue. Furthermore, considering how slow-moving Apple is, consistently, it would take at least another 2-3 years before such an ARM CPU implementation would actually be realistic, particularly since there are still performance and compatibility hurdles to be overcome. Overall, I think we are safe for at least another 5 years, probably longer. Interesting bit of Trivia -- Apple originally formed and created ARM holdings, when they used the very first ARM chips in the Newton PDA. Their ownership was then sold after Jobs killed the Newton.
  14. Great Apple experience, packing up a 27-inch display, shipping it to LG, and waiting for it to come back -- perfect culmination to Apple’s “let’s count on someone else to make the external displays for Macs” plan. I guess we now know that no one in Cupertino ever bothered using this display, or a wifi router, for that matter -- gosh, why would they, after all? https://www.recode.net/2017/2/3/14496056/lg-redesigned-5k-monitor-glitch The initial models of the fancy display got all glitchy when put near networking gear. LG has found a fix for a problem that left its high-end Mac monitor unable to work properly when placed within a few feet of a router. An LG spokesman told Recode that the company is adding additional shielding to newly manufactured models. “LG apologizes for this inconvenience and is committed to delivering the best quality products possible, so all LG UltraFine 27-inch 5K displays manufactured after February 2017 will be fitted with enhanced shielding,” the company said in an email. Existing models will be able to be retrofitted with the enhanced shielding, which will allow the monitor to be placed near a router. The LG-made monitor was announced by Apple in October alongside the new MacBook Pro.
  15. .... and the world was never the same. It really is worth revisiting this keynote, just to realize everything we've lost.
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