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

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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

Life reset

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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.

Cheers

 

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

Back in Kiev

When wind blows changes

There are times when the world reminds you that you controls nothing. Today one of those days. I wake up pretty confident of another common but nice day and suddenly it starts getting dark and cloudy and by the afternoon the solution was to come back to Cuba again. A misunderstanding in my visa terms leads to this. I don’t blame anyone or anything but me and yet, is just life, it happens some times.
Now I have a hard mixture of feelings, in one side is the happiness to see my family, usual friends and usual environment again and the other side is the family I drop here and all the plans thrown under the bus.
I’m not saying goodbye, I will still be in my place poking code and doing my best, just unplugged from the world but will do my best to eventually breath again internet, and hopefully meeting really soon. I’m just saying: See you all 🙂

When wind blows changes

Uno de esos días

Hoy es uno de esos días en que mi vida personal tiñe lo que veo y matiza lo que siento. Se que es un estado pasajero pero no por eso menos real e intenso mientras vivo estas cíclicas depresiones. Me recuerdan que no se puede ser tan egoísta como para desear y merecer siempre la felicidad y que vivir es como caminar sobre un infinito campo minado, donde a medida que pasan los años estas se van cerrando a tu paso…hasta que das el último.

Alguien dijo que el secreto de la infelicidad es pensar en uno mismo, y es verdad, pero cuando todo lo que se tiene es tu ser, es lo mínimo que puedes hacer por ti poque nadie mas lo hara. Cada cual carga con su rosario de problemas, algunos tan virtuales como una frivolidez otros tan terribles como una enfermedad terminal, pero de común, cada ser humano siente sus problemas con igual intensidad y no discrimina en importancia.

A veces siento que tengo mi vida en “pausa”, pero no importa, ya mañana estare mejor, hoy solo quería deahogarme.

Raul.

Uno de esos días

A tribute to my father

La Vega. oleo-lienzo. 124 x84 cm.

There’s no need to tell how much I admire my parents and how much I owe to them. I can consider myself lucky to been raised in a family where arts talking where pervasive and my father, humble as a human can be, fail to recognize the great artist he is. Also the wonderful landscapes he paint are all surrounding my home 🙂

Before leaving I’ve quickly set up a gallery to show some of his artworks on Oil and Canvas.

A tribute to my father

How search engines are shaping the collective memmory


This is an off topic post, just some random thoughts in a sleepless night 😉

In Internet there’s everything, or almost everything for sure. Each second more bytes of new information adds to its traffic , we barely scratch the surface, even the search engines also scratch the surface, because we are dealing with high numbers and at those order of magnitude our limited nature start to fail. And while the previous statement can lead to the safe idea that the human knowledge is preserved in internet for good and the shake of future generations (catastrophic aside that someday humanity awake without power to run computers :P) and while the popular knowledge is that “Internet never forgets” I cannot avoid to tho think that things are not so simple:
Internet DO forget, and more importantly, we DO forget, and the way we interact with that source of knowledge is not very different to the way we interact with our own source of knowledge: our memories. And in that sense, Indexing engines and search engines have the last word and are actually shaping what Internet forgets and what remember.
More or less we all have almost every moment of our life recorded into our brain (well, according to brain plasticity many actually fade over time) but suppose for a moment that our brain don’t delete old memories at all, even in that case, to our conscience, we gradually forget the vast majority of that information because of the way we seek into our memories doesn’t bring that to light, is there, just that almost useless. The same is with internet: despite the fact that some old websites may be running in a single PC without copies and suddenly that PC is broken thus information vanished, converted into heat of a shortcuiting PC, or simply replaced/deleted and no old copy left, and that may actually account for “internet plasticity”, there’s the fact that statistically speaking, almost nobody look into results from Search engine that are 2-3 pages away from the first results, and those results are directly related to the ranking algorithm of the Search engines.
If a search engine use a ranking that gives more weight to the number of visit of a website (well actually they use a complex optimization algorithm involving much more variables), eventually those old web sites may still be around, but are forgotten by people, and while mass in general can take optimal choices, not always is the case and for that reason exist “mas media control” and false information can easily hide true information simply by been on top of the search engines over time, hence welcome the situation of being thirsty in the middle of the sea.
Gradually Internet forgets its own information according to the “conscience” seeking algorithm dictated by search engines filtering and us.

Cheers

How search engines are shaping the collective memmory

My Tale from Kiev

A church near the Dnieper

This post may seems very late, I should have started from this when I came to Kiev, but actually is better to make it near the end of my visit here, that way I can be more objective
with my impressions and experience to tell.

I’ve grown surrounded by the russian mythology, from the beautiful Vassilia, to the evil Baba-Yaga, cartoons and tales everywhere, Misha bear and many more… I’ve dislike some, I’ve love others but is interesting how your road in life can take unexpected curves and turnovers…that’s why arriving Kiev was a very strange experience where all my childhood’s dreams, deeply buried in my mind, suddenly came to life when I saw a raven for the first time (those evil birds from tales always attached to witches and death) or I saw a swan peacefully swimming in a pool , or the snow for the first time and pine like Christmas trees, and those golden roof on cathedrals … it’s simply beautiful!

Kiev is a wonderful city, a mixture of the ancient Soviet glory (reduced to souvenirs in a very old street) but actually this city is much more than it’s soviet past, it has in his bones more than 1500 years of human history reflected in every corner where the past meets the present. A present where McDonals lives side by side with an old lady selling beautiful Matroshkas and in the horizon the typical churches dome’s draw the landscape. Is a very green city with trees everywhere… well, green except in winter LOL.

People are awesome too, instead of focusing on difference I try to keep what we have in common, and is much more than the cultural differences, language is a barrier I’m trying to overtake, and eventually I will, now I’m not as lost as four months ago, feelings are universal and in that sense is the best language we can use to communicate. I’m very thankful that Andrew’s family has taken me as one more of his sons, for moments I forget that I’m more than 7000 km away from my home and I thanks God for giving me the opportunity to have such a wonderful second family 🙂
This trip literally has changed me, I remember the day before leaving my home I was feeling very strange because usually everyone has a life plan, when you can extrapolate and imagine yourself for tomorrow, for the next week, but at that moment I was blocked, I couldn’t imagine what will be next and this trip was a jump into the unknown but many times allowing life surprise you is better than having predefined expectations, just let things happen and during that you will feel more alive than ever 🙂

Cheers

My Tale from Kiev

El tiempo se me escapa…

Este post no es en ingles, no es un post tecnico y ni siquiera tiene que ver con el tema central de este blog, aunque me preguntaria cual es el tema central, mi trabajo o yo? Traducirlo implicaria pensar detalladamente y analizar lo que estoy escribiendo y hoy sencillamente quiero que mis ideas fluyan. Esta noche es una de esas, donde me siento viejo, en el sentido de que recordar el pasado me duele y me da envidia a la vez, no porque mi presente sea peor (mas bien al contrario) sino porque añoro esa inocencia infantil que dia a dia me aferro a no perder y se deshace entre mis manos.
Mi vida ha sido una busqueda constante de mi mismo y he podido respirar esos instantes en que la veo cambiar ante mis ojos, en que puedo decir con precision cientifica que un segundo atras era otro, pero me duele saber que en cada transformacion aunque gano mucho, tambien pierdo demasiado.
Y otras veces como el despistado sencillamete me hallo tan sumergido en el quehacer diario que cuando levanto la vista mi mundo cambio tanto que no se donde fue que gire el camino.

Extraño cuando era un niño y todo me parecia fascinante , a pesar de que el mundo se derrumbaba ante mis ojos en la terrible crisis de los noventa en mi pais, pero mis abnegados padres supieron soportar sobre sus espaldas todo el dolor y la miseria para que un pedazo de ese cielo que se rompia no nos aplastara a mi hermana y a mi. Extraño a mis padres, a esos idolos fuertes que veia yo eternos y que despues los rebeldes años hormonales de la adolescencia me hicieron tratar de desprenderme de ellos en todos los planos, para, despues que las aguas de la edad tomaron un cauce mas tranquilo, realmente ver en ellos lo grandes que son y con dolor darme cuenta de lo viejitos que se me han hecho.
Extraño a mi hermana, mi compañera de infacia todo lo que cinco años de diferencia pudo permitirme, y que despues sufri enormemente cuando senti que se hacia grande y ya no podia jugar con su hermanito, para despues tambien convertirme en su opuesto, tal vez por ese viejo rencor que guarde de niño y finalmente volver a recuperar ese cariño que solo la ausencia sabe desempolvar. A mi pequeño sobrino, que olvidando que yo tambien fui un niño y como es ser un pequeñin solo, no le supe dedicar todo el tiempo que el se merecia. A tantos y tantos amigos que a lo largo de mi vida hemos compartido y que ya seguimos caminos diferentes. Lo magico de esos momentos es que todo parece eterno, la linealidad de la mente humana que se quiere afferrar a esos instantes es incapaz de aceptar su naturaleza efimera. Extraño tanto sentimiento derramado por mis primeras pasiones, mis primeros amores platonicos pero no por irreales menos bellos.
En cada momento de mi vida entrego tanto que pasar al siguiente es realmente una experiencia desgarradora, donde me tengo que inventar nuevamente, y en momentos como este, siento que cada vez tengo menos fuerza y menos deseos para comenzar de nuevo.

El tiempo se me escapa…

A promising Film Director

Hi 🙂

This is unrelated to 3D but I wanted to share anyway, Sebastian Milo, a very closed friend of mine in Cuba is also a promising film Director, here’s a trailer of an upcomming 25 minutes feature length movie he is finishing 🙂
It is a polemic view of a very possible situation in a bachelor’s school, hope you enjoy it.

A promising Film Director