Friday, 21 December 2012

MacLife Review: Foldify

My review of the Foldify is available on MacLife's website. Have fun decorating shapes, right from your iPad.

Check out the review here

Monday, 17 December 2012

Konini's Enviro Maze

Schools in New Zealand haven't got a good reputation - mostly due to the fact that bullying is not properly dealt with. Our own experience of four schools in West Auckland definitely bear that out. But then there are jewels shining through, and Konini Primary is one such school with a principal and teachers working hard to make a difference.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

ANM News Flash - Save the 24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Helpline

My wife and I make video news reports and here is out latest one, published on Friday, about the New Zealand government's decision to withdraw full funding from the 24-hour helpline to support women who have suffered sexual assault in Auckland.

Everything is Pixelated, Issue 43

I write an IT page for a local paper and I thought it would be a good idea to offer it on this site as well.

The latest one, issue 43, is available for grab as a PDF by clicking here. In it, I talk about AirServer (in order to stream whatever you see on your iOS device to your Mac or PC), and I offer a tip to try and preserve some of your iPhone's precious battery life.

If you like it, you can grab all the others by taking a quick visit to this site.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Galaxy on Fire 2: Supernova - Review

Supernova is the third chapter of the Galaxy on Fire 2 iOS game. I've already covered the first and second instalments in the past for MacLife, but here's a quick recap...

Galaxy on Fire 2 is a space exploration, combat and trading game whose concept is very similar to the 80s sensation, Elite. Of course, the graphics are sublime in comparison, and unlike Elite, there's a storyline which you can choose to follow or not (nothing will happen to the main storyline while you're off exploring on your own).

Thursday, 25 October 2012


Writing for nothing, a concept I'm exploring with this new blog, is not something to consider lightly. Being a freelancer, if I don't get commissioned, I don't earn any money, so writing for nothing potentially removes precious minutes, even hours away from my usual bacon hunting activities.

It also takes time away from my family as writing for nothing doesn't magically add a couple of hours to my days.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Covering all the Bases

We all knew Apple would announce a smaller 7.9 inch iPad at today's event. In fact, so much had leaked out from various sources that it wasn't much of a surprise at all.

Personally, I found the new iMacs much more amazing from an engineering standpoint. They're absolutely gorgeous and now more than ever before, potential customers will wonder where the computer went : it's thinner than many competitors' standalone displays for god's sake!

Monday, 22 October 2012

In God We Trust ?

I stumbled onto an article in the Huffington Post from June of this year which shockingly stated that according to a poll, 46% of Americans believe in Creationism.

And it's not as clear cut to say "it's ok, as it means 54% believe in evolution", because 32% of those questioned thought some kind of divine influence had a hand in evolution (are these the proponents of Intelligent Design I wonder?).

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Digital Trials and Online Tribble-ations

They say bad things come in threes...

Since the demise of iWeb (it's obviously not dead yet since it still works under Mountain Lion, but all signs point to a terminal case of developer apathy), I've been looking for an app that would give me the flexibility and customisability of that program while creating good clean code (iWeb is/was notoriously bad at the latter). Yes I could use Dreamweaver, or even Flux, which I found to have a lot of potential, but I just don't want to get my hands dirty - I want something that makes it easy and convenient to write a blog with.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

MacLife Review: Fission

Need an easy app to work with an alter audio? Check out my review of Fission on MacLife's site.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

MacLife Review: Boothsy

Wish your iPad's Photo Booth app could take photos automatically? Then maybe Boothsy's for you. Check out my review on MacLife's site.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

MacLife Review: Disk Order

Tired of Mac OS X's Finder? Maybe Disk Order will suit your needs better. Check out my review of it on MacLife's site.

MacLife Review: Jacksta Music Miner

Need a way to grab music you're listening to online? Jacksta Music Miner may be the app for you. My review's on MacLife's site.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Bastion - Mini Review

A beautiful console game comes to the iPad

The Calamity befell the world known as Caelondia, and only the Kid appears to have survived. Trying to piece the puzzle of what happened and how to fix it, the Kid travels the world as it rebuilds itself before his very eyes.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

MacLife Review: Boom

Tired of that tiny sound coming out of your Mac speakers? Then check out this review of Boom, on MacLife's site.

MacLife Review : Flux

My review of the web design tool Flux is now online on MacLife's website.

Check it out.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

MacLife Review: Partly Cloudy

My review of the iPhone and iPod touch app, Partly Cloudy, is on MacLife's website.

Check it out

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

MacLife Review: Cobook

My review of Cobook, a clever address book utility, is live on MacLife's site.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

MacLife Review: Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy

The Leonardo da Vinci anatomy papers are now all available on your iPad. My review of this amazing app is on MacLife.

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Monday, 26 March 2012

MacLife Review: 7toX for Final Cut Pro

Wish you could transfer your Final Cut Pro 7 projects to FCPX? Well, you can - with most of them - thanks to 7toX. My review's on MacLife.

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Thursday, 22 March 2012

MacLife Review: Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3

Final Cut Pro X has been updated to version 10.0.3 and you can read what I think of it on MacLife's site.

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

iBooks Author - Mini Review

Self-published media-rich interactive titles are coming to the iPad.

What’s the point of a digital book if all it is is a faithful recreation of the physical version available on your bookshelf? Sure, carrying a stack of them will be much easier on your back, but why not create books that are as interactive as some of the best programs available on the iPad? This is what iBooks Author is trying to achieve.