This post is short and sweet. For anyone looking for finger snaps in Logic Pro X, they can be found in the library under Percussion > Performance Patches > Claps and Snaps Performance. Claps run C2 through A2 by half-step. Snaps run C3 through D3 by half-step. There is also a stomp at F3. To … Continue reading Finger snaps in Logic Pro X
Apologies to René Magritte. And apologies to Randall Munroe if xkcd got here first with this joke. Of course, if Magritte were in charge of this, the correct action would be to click Skip. There are no images of pipes; there are only images of drawings of pipes. Nothing would happen, of course; this is an drawing of … Continue reading This is Not a Pipe, 2017 Version
I'm a big fan of iTunes, and am growing to love Apple Music. Two things I love about Apple Music is that I can follow my interest in popular music from around the world and can research different musicals to inform the one I'm writing (not to steal, but to learn what works for me … Continue reading Skipping disliked songs in iTunes
This post is dedicated to everyone who ever had trouble logging into a website (myself included, way too many times) or whoever had their account hacked because their password was too simple (way too many friends and acquaintances, way too many times). This is for us. Dear website designers and programmers: Every modern website adds new … Continue reading Single-Field Password Set/Reset: Threat or Menace?
Calendar programs let you schedule meetings, and e-mail programs have long let you reply to messages and forward files. E-mail programs now let you follow conversations. But a more nuanced approach is needed for all of these. After years of calendar and e-mail programs, I can't understand why the programmers haven't gotten these very basic … Continue reading Overdue calendar reforms and conversational breakdowns
Several years ago, I had an experience at an Apple store that made me feel out of step with today's technology. Upon reflection, I realized it wasn't my being out of step; it was my knowing too much about modern technology. Now that feeling is back with the iPad and Square. In that Apple … Continue reading Not square with Square
As if theatregoers forgetting to turn off their phones weren't enough, now we have to contend with smartphones that turn themselves on. I've been testing an Android smartphone for work. After a recent system update, I noticed that several minutes after I had turned it off, I would often hear the trademark "Droid" sound coming … Continue reading Zombies belong on stage, not in the audience
I recently had a chance to alpha test an app on the iPhone and Android for work. I can't discuss it here, but I can say that apparently both the iPhone and Android development systems cause developers a lot of extra work to make things behave consistently throughout the app. My point of frustration: why … Continue reading Pinch/spread and portrait/landscape: why don’t they just work?
I decided to try out the iPad today at my local Apple store. I discovered that it is not that friendly for folks whose eyes don't match up to twenty-something UI designers, and there seem to be some glitches elsewhere as well. As someone who is not usually happy with font sizes, I will say … Continue reading iPad not there yet for zoomers
Computer operating systems and the programs that run in them are surprisingly inflexible in appearance, given the power of personal computers today. Browsers are incredibly flexible. OS's and programs could afford to learn a lesson from browsers.