We deserve more performance.

People have forgotten that not long ago Operating Systems (pre – Vista era) were designed to fly on slower 5400 rpm HDD’s and megabyte-order RAM.

You may think that performance and speed should be transferable to newer generation software. If an old version was this fast, the next should be at least as fastest if not faster…

It turns out is often the other way around: newer versions are slower and slower. Hiding the incompetence, the spaghetti code or pure bloatware under the rug of hardware improvements.

The excuse is that software now do more, but usually what they do more is the stuff you don’t need, use that often or wanted on the first place.

As always, Greed takes over good companies and the rush to market and to profit is ruining the software landscape when people see normal that newer versions will be more “demanding” on the hardware. The end user is being stolen of performance and nobody seems to care, worse yet, they see it as OK.

The bar to judge newer software should be to run it on older hardware, on hardware where its predecessors where a king, if performance is worse, then something is wrong. Period.

As an example if Windows XP barely trashed a 5400 rpm HDD with 512 MB of RAM then something terribly wrong is happening with Windows 10 that crawls on the same HDD despite having 8x the RAM available…yet people praise it as the fastest OS of the Microsoft house (of course on an SSD). Seriously those people need to try a windows XP 64 on an SSD with 8 GB of RAM to see the real performance they are loosing on Windows 10…and it will only get worse over time because software degradation is proportional to the hardware improvement, so you will barely notice.

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We deserve more performance.

Happy new year!

A year is fading, not before bringing us a lot of wonders, a lot of fantasy and art in the hands of countless magicians around the world. Everyday I feel grateful of being part of the amazing people that makes imagination meet reality.

-What do you do? …once in a while a friend ask, and all I can answer is: -where dreams come true!

The great Pixologic team is wishing you all the best for this new year and much more great things awaits for us all.

Thank you everybody.

Happy new year!

Adobe Industry Certifications

As part of my continuous learning process I have decided to take several industry certifications from Adobe here in the U.S. The knowledge is the only thing that nobody can take from you 🙂

Adobe Certified Visual Design Specialist (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign), Visual Communication (Photoshop), Print and Digital Media Publication (Indesign),  and Graphic Design and Illustration (Illustrator).

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Adobe Industry Certifications

Installing an older version of OS X

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May be you find yourself in a situation where you need to install an older version of OS X, to test a software or to provide support for older versions since not everyone need to move at the speed

that OS releases cycles dictates. In Apple case that’s a problem as they don’t make it easy. Here’s some tips that could help you to do that. Shortly after a new version is released they make it impossible to just run the older installer within a more recent version.

With OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, or Mavericks, you can use a USB flash drive or other removable media as a startup disk from which to install OS X.

1-Using the Disk Utility create the partition where you will install the older version

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2-Make sure you have an installer of the old version you need, either from a backup, a disk, an image, etc

3-Mount your USB flash drive or other volume. You could also use a secondary internal partition.

4-Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.

5-Use the createinstallmedia command in Terminal to create the bootable installer.  For detailed usage instructions, make sure that the appropriate Install OS X app is in your Applications folder, then enter one of the following paths in Terminal:

The following examples assume that the OS X installer is in your Applications folder and the name of your USB flash drive or other volume is MyUSB:

Example for El Capitan:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/
createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyUSB--applicationpath 
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app

Example for Yosemite:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/
createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyUSB--applicationpath 
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app

Example for Mavericks:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/
createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyUSB--applicationpath 
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app

Then restart, press the alt key during boot to select the USB source and start the installation. If you encounter this error along the process This copy of the Install OS X Yosemite application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading or similar usually is because the system is detecting a more recent date than the valid range for “installing” those versions, in that case you need to follow a few more steps to trick the system date into a valid one:

While at the “Install OS X” boot menu. Pull down the “Utilities” menu option and choose “Terminal” . The manual date format to use is a little weird, it looks something like mmddHHMMccyy.

In simpler terms, that is: Month Date Hour Minute Year, and it’s entered as a solid line with no breaks or spaces between the numbers. Previously go online and research the release date and the valid range of the OS you want to install and then type any date in that range. Disconnect from the internet to perform this step and type on the terminal such a date, for example for Yosemite I’ve used date 120082315 , and then you will be able to proceed with the installation, reconnect to internet and get the correct date back.

 

Installing an older version of OS X