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.

We deserve more performance.

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


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


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

Life reset


My time has come, finally I’m free from all limitations I had in Cuba: I’m in United States of America, and I’m here to stay. It was a long dream and a hard road to get here, even traumatic to the point I will not share, but I’ve made it!

Is literally a life reset, I have to start from scratch in a new world full of strange things to me but also full of opportunities. I really cant express what I’m feeling now, is a mixture of everything: happiness for the dream come true and sadness for the loved ones I left behind, impressed by all the beauty and fear for my future, hope for opportunities and uncertainty for my new path and I can go on.

But after all there’s a subtle feeling ever present, women better know: is like a void, after you give birth, when you reach your hardest goal with nothing planned after that, preventing you from fully enjoy your victory and after all, feeling loneliness.

But all of this is normal, is the same countless people have felt when they leave the nest, and more importantly, is the price we have to pay for finally live our lives as we should.

Thank you everyone!

Life reset

Back in Kiev

Hi all

Platanos, oil on canvas
Platanos, oil on canvas

I’m back!!!!!!

I’m so happy to be active again, many things have hapened in my absence and I have a lot to catch up, everytime I have to go back somehow time freezes in Cuba, but that is not necessarily bad.  Still I have a bit of jet lag (7 hours of difference) and went from a melting 38 degrees to the freezing north, but I’m in my second home again and I feel likeI have never leave!

Btw, this picture is from my dad, a tribute to my homeland. Banana’s trees.



PS: wow, somehow I have mixed Kiev title with bananas trees in a bizarre combination, XD

Back in Kiev