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Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Golden Ratio iCloud icon revisited

I recently came across an article (albeit from last year I think) by Takamasa Matsumoto concerning the Apple ‘iCloud’ icon and the Golden Ratio. He explains that the basic shape of the cloud icon is based on four circles and both pairs of diameters are in the ratio 1:1.6. The ratio of height to length of the whole cloud shape is also 1.6 – which is ‘close to’ the Golden Ratio.

I’m someone with more than a passing interest in cloud icons, so this got me wondering…

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Monday, February 1st, 2010

The luckiest laptop in Leitrim

I can laugh about it now, but I wasn’t laughing a couple of weeks ago when the pipes burst. I’d guessed we’d frozen up during the cold snap when all the water went off upstairs, but we weren’t expecting later that afternoon to find a ten foot hole in the kitchen ceiling with a load of water pouring through it. Apart from all the great chunks of plasterboard everywhere, it was the fact that the water was pouring down directly on top of my laptop that particularly caught my attention… …read more

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Photoshop CS4 crashes when changing font

I recently upgraded the entire Adobe Master Collection on my Macbook Pro to the CS4 versions and earlier today Photoshop started crashing. The horror. It happened whenever I tried to change the font on a piece of text. I was highlighting the text and using the arrow keys to flick through all the fonts in the list, one by one. Several ‘unexpected quits’ later, I’d narrowed it down to one particular font that was causing problems. …read more

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Apple Mac font smoothing styles

While my favourite G5 was out of action due to graphics card problems, I continued working away on my back-up machine. I’d hardly used the second machine since new – and hadn’t changed the System Preferences for ‘Font Smoothing Style’ – but I was surprised at just how different the text looked.

To show the kind of differences I mean, I’ve taken some screen grabs of some text to demonstrate the kind of changes you might expect to see with different font smoothing styles applied.
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Monday, December 8th, 2008

Apple Mac G5 Desktop icons corrupted – solution

A few weeks ago I started to notice something was amiss with my trusty G5 Mac – just the occasional flicker on the Desktop which soon passed, and I thought no more of it. A few days later I began to see tiny tiny corruptions, mainly around the edges of my browser windows – just a wee bit of speckling there in the drop shadows… …read more