My New Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Technology | 0 comments

Logitech K750

For several years I’ve been using the Apple wireless keyboard that came with my iMac.  It has held up from use and I really can’t say anything bad about it, aside from the fact it’s small and the wireless version doesn’t come with a numeric pad.  I had a coupon for Staples and saw the Logitech K750 wireless solar keyboard was on sale, so I decided to try it out as I was looking for something new.

I went with the Logitech K750 for a couple of reasons.  First, I like Logitech and have owned many of their products with pretty much no issues.  Second, I liked the fact it’s solar and won’t require any batteries.  I need more time to see how this actually works out, but so far I see no problems.  Lastly, I like having a full-sized wireless keyboard that has a numeric pad.

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So Long, Adobe Creative Cloud

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Photography, Software, Technology | 0 comments

adobecc_uninstallAfter a year of trying out Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s time to say so long.  I decided to try out Creative Cloud which was offered at a discounted rate of $29.99 for owners of previous Creative Suite products.  Now after that year the price moved up to around $50 a month, so I opted not to renew.

This has nothing to do with the Adobe apps themselves.  They are the best tools for design and media creation there is, but the real problem here is the subscription model.  As I’ve written about before, Adobe recently moved their entire Creative Suite product line to the cloud that is only available by subscription.  There’s no more ‘owning’ the software as we are used to.  You pay the monthly fee and you have access to the software.  You can’t buy a full license any longer, so if you don’t subscribe you don’t get access to the software.

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Something I Wrote: WindowBlinds 8 Overview

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Computer and Internet, Customization, Software | 0 comments

WindowBlinds 8WindowBlinds 8 is finally out, and I’m excited to start showing off more of it now that the release is done.  For year, WindowBlinds has been the top way to change the boring Windows UI into something much more pleasing.  WindowBlinds 8 comes with a new user interface, and skinning for both Windows 8 and 7.

I wrote a walkthrough of the new user interface in WindowBlinds 8 to get your familiar with the basic functionality.  You can also download the trial or purchase from that article as well, so be sure to check WindowBlinds 8 out.

LinkWindowBlinds 8 Walkthrough: The New User Interface

 

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Something I Wrote: Organizing Your Desktop with ObjectDock

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Computer and Internet, Software | 0 comments

objectdockMy latest article on WinCustomize is about ObjectDock and some of the ways you can use it to organize your desktop.  I share a couple of tips on how you can set up various configurations to make it work like you want it to.

LinkOrganizing Your Desktop with ObjectDock

 

 

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My Itsdagram Review for Windows Phone

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Computer and Internet, Software | 0 comments

wp_ss_20130528_0001Trying to catch up on some reviews I’ve been wanting to do, and today I published my review for Itsdagram for Windows Phone 8.  It’s a great Instagram.

client for Windows Phone which also allows you to post  images to Instagram.

Read my full review at TheAppNews.

 

 

 

 

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Enabling Two-Factor Authentication on Outlook.com

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Technology | 0 comments

OutlookI’ve been a Gmail user for a long time, and for a variety of reasons I’ve been meaning to move away.  When Outlook.com was introduced I not only switched my Hotmail address to it, I also created another e-mail address to use.  Outlook.com has lots of benefits like scheduled cleanup, social integration, inbox Sweep, and coming features like Skype integration.  There was one thing missing that I was waiting for, and that was two-factor authentication.  Security is obviously very important, and I was happy Microsoft added it so soon after launch.  If you’re not familiar with two-factor authentication, it’s basically adding another layer of security on your account which requires two pieces of information to access your account.  While I have been talking about Outlook.com specifically, this cover your entire Microsoft account.

Once you enable two-factor on your account, along with entering your password you will also need a code which you can obtain from a text message, Authenticator app, e-mailed, etc.  I recommend using the Authenticator mobile app as it’s quick and easy to get your security codes.

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Photoshop Goes Cloud-Only-Good Idea?

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Computer and Internet, Photography, Software | 1 comment

Creative CloudWe knew it was only a matter of time before Adobe made the switch to cloud-only software, but I was quite surprised that they did it so soon.  The Creative Cloud was introduced about a year ago I believe, and yesterday at Adobe MAX, they announced new versions of their Creative Suite line is no more, and replaced by Creative Cloud.  They will still support Creative Suite 6 with fixes and limited updates, but no new features or anything like that.  If you want the latest and greatest, the cloud is where it is.

ReadLetter from Creative Cloud team

What Adobe showed off is quite impressive.  You will be able to sync your settings across devices, get new features and updates continuously, get access to additional tools, and much more.  There’s no doubt Adobe offers great tools for designers and artists, but the real issue here is the big change to pricing and purchasing.

Here’s the basics:

  • Photoshop CC (or any single app) alone will cost $20 per month.
  • Full subscription to the entire suite will cost $50 per month.
  • Discounts are available for students/teachers, previous customers, etc.
  • You pay each month, or can pre-purchase memberships from Amazon.

That’s it.  You will no longer be able to purchase a boxed copy or download version as you maybe have done before and are used to.  I’ve been using Adobe products for many years now, although my main app Lightroom will continue  with traditional licensing – at least for now.  I understand the benefits of having a subscription they are trying to push.  Getting updates without “upgrading”, but not having access to the applications if I can’t pay one month is really a big problem.  Not everyone wants or needs to upgrade to the newest version, and going full cloud only gives you the choice of subscribing, or finding an alternative.  I have enough monthly bills as it is, I don’t want another just for software.  I’d rather buy it and be done with it.  Give me reasonable pricing and upgrade paths, and that will be more enticing to upgrade more than anything else.

Adobe has gone cloud-only, Microsoft Office is headed that way, and who knows who else will be next.  Now I need a monthly budget for software that I use and need?  Yeah, that’s not really appealing to myself and I think many other consumers would agree.

So tell me, what do you think about this move by Adobe?

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