Items of interest, October 19, 2021

The Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer has done a few articles on right-wing populism in the periphery, arguing that this populism is filling the gap where the ‘visible government’ disappeared. These are in Dutch but are of lasting interest, so I’m linking them here: Hoe Den Haag uit Nederland verdween (How The Hague disappeared from …

Curious Photoshop/Mac/WiFi behaviour

One for the Mac-heads in the audience. I’ve been trying to cut distractions while working on comics, which means that I turn off the WiFi on my Macbook now. However, this doesn’t work as well as it should, because the following behaviour occurs: If I switch off WiFi (AirPort) and then fire up Photoshop CS …

Sometimes, I have foresight.

I would like to thank my two years younger self for writing such clear instructions on how to install PNGOut on a Mac. My command-line skills, such as they were, have become extremely rusty, but when I needed to install PNGout again, I went from downloading the program to getting the first output written to …

Running Windows on a Mac still to be considered harmful

Reader Kitchenbutterfly asks: Why have you burst my bubble? I’ve been living in paradise, claiming the MAC and all things APPLE to be the next best thing to sliced bread, or at least windows! And I know about buying computers in a hurry. Well here’s the thing: I loved my first iBook. I never had …

Just for once in my life, I’d like to not have to buy a new computer in a hurry

With 36 hours to go before my next flight to Tennessee, the Macbook dies. That means that a) I get to buy a new hard drive for my Macbook just to have access to my files (music including my vinyl album rips, scans – the paper originals for many of which I have recently thrown …

Mac things I’ve found useful lately

Mac Boot Key combos Install & Boot OS X Leopard from a USB Flash Drive. If you ever need to do a salvage operation after you’ve left your Time Machine disk on another continent for a month or two, these two articles will come in very handy. I think I’ve got everything now, so it’s …

How to install Pngout on a Mac and do batch operations

I’ve mentioned PNGout on Waffle a couple of times over the years. It’s an unbeatable little command line tool for making PNG files smaller that exists for multiple platforms. It was originally developed for Windows but has been succesfully ported to linux and OS X. Great though PNGOUT is, the ports don’t come with a …