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  1. Macbook Pro has no sound – red optical out light

    July 5, 2011 by The Man

    If your Macbook Pro has no sound (at all) and you cannot set the volume then check if your headphone speaker has a red light. If it does then you may need to poke a toothpick around to reset it. I kid you not.

    After a day at a clients listening to files via the headphones the sound had locked and in System Preferences > Sound > Output only had Digital Out. A quick wiggle inside with a toothpick and I heard a click and the red light went off and the sound came back on. Perfect.

  2. Adobe Air

    March 18, 2010 by The Man

    I have spent the last few days testing out and playing with Air, I had a specific project in mind but I didn’t want to use Flash as this was for some companies and they often block Flash or remove it.

    It all started off quite well, create a web site using HTML and I used some of the stuff from Ext JS as their stuff is quite kool. There are quite a few headaches when you are learning a new language and method of developing but once I got all the right libraries we were good to go.

    Things looked good and on my Macbook Pro the files were all condensed into a single app file. Great I thought and spent a few more days playing about. Now time to test on Windows.

    Flip me if it just pumps all the files into a directory. Unlike the Mac it doesn’t pack all the files in to a neat container. Now I know it would not take much to extract and view the files on the Mac but I do like to hide things away from the user.

    Will this kill the project, we will find out next week.

  3. Canon 7D continues to amaze me

    February 25, 2010 by The Man

    Well I have the Canon 7D now for 2 months and I have to say I love it. I usually have it hooked up to my 100-400mm but last Friday I decided to drop it off at Canon for a clean as the lens had been on active duty in Kenya for two weeks in December. I usually have quite a bit of wildlife in the back garden and living in a rural area really helps, but over the weekend I had a mystery visitor that I had never seen before.

    This was taken with the kit lens from the 450D and cropped but not bad for a window shot. Now I know what it is but can you name it ?

    I also had a play with a few presets in Aperture 3 that I found on Flickr and all I can say is WOW. This is my first take as I am still learning what it can do.

    The picture above is the original, next a preset called Cross Process

    And finally a bit of old school called Vintage Film, really reminds me of old pictures of when I was a kid.