Is Adobe’s Creative Cloud a Good Thing

Adobe's Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, etc) is probably the most pirated software in the world (my opinion).  In many industries, it's considered the de-facto standard for today's graphics, video and media productivity tools.  So, obviously, Adobe had to do something to get their piracy under control, and re-establish some of that missing monetary value. The chosen route?  Monthly subscriptions to their software.  This has the benefit of only paying for what you need.  You pay a monthly amount for each month you want it.  New upgrades...
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Flickr VS Instagram

Everyone remembers Flickr, right?  It used to be the primo photo sharing service out there.  But, it was complex, slow to learn, and even slower to share.  It really had a "Photographer" feel to it.  In other words, if you weren't in the profession, Flickr didn't feel right. When initially started, Instagram took off like wildfire?  Why?  It was easy.  You take a picture, put a filter on it, and post it.  Simple.  And people love simple.  So, why change? If memory services, back in December of 2012, Instagram worded their new terms of ...
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Static Mapping of Serial Devices in Linux

    Some time ago, I wrote about how to setup a Linux-based console server. But, there is one problem… if you reboot, your serial devices may have moved. So, to fix that, we will use UDEV to statically map the serial devices to non-changing names. Plug in your usb converter and run the command ‘dmesg’. Look for where it was mapped to. In my case, it is ttyUSB1 usb 3-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 5 usb 3-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice pl2303 3-2:1.0: pl2303 converter detected usb 3-2: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB1 Now, th...
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Some of my favorite Mountain Lion Features

Apple has released another Macintosh OSX version, called Mountain Lion (10.8.x).  I'm not the only one getting it.  Apple released that by July 31, over 3 million downloads were completed, making it "the most successful release in Apple's history".  I'll admit, I'm not seeing too many features in this one.  Sure, there are lots, but nothing that really affects me per se.  There are a small few, which I'll outline here. They have certainly deviated a little bit from the version naming nomenclature when releasing new versions.  Most major releases that you pay f...
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Can’t open Parallels after Mountain Lion update

I just upgraded my Mac to Mountain Lion.  So far, I like it.  Especially the integration of Twitter into the OS, and the enhancements to iChat (now called Messages).  However, there was one thing that bothered me, when I tried to open Parallels. First off, my Parallels dock icon showed it cannot be opened:  You may also get the error message "You can't use this version of the application Parallels Desktop.app with this version of OS X."   According to Parallels website, you need to re-install using the latest build of the app.  
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ServiceDesk Plus iPhone app

Just checking out the iPhone app that ManageEngine published for ServiceDesk Plus.  For those that may not know, I've been an avid ServiceDesk Plus user.  Ever since I, apparently, was handed Helpdesk operations for my company, I have done unique and beneficial things using their software. I use it for time tracking in the entire IT Department, for project management, problem and change management, and even tracking software & assets.  I have been really impressed with their app and how it has taken shape over the last few years.  I'm currently building a pl...
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