A Weekend with Maximilien Luce’s ‘muscular’ paintings 2

By the start of the 20th century, he had abandoned Neo-Impressionist for Post-Impressionism, and continued painting well after the First World War. | Continue reading


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Last Week on My Mac: Why are security updates still so unreliable?

Of the 16 security software updates in the last 8 months, only 3 have installed correctly. But isn’t the purpose of the Content Caching server to make updates quicker and easier? | Continue reading


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A Weekend with Maximilien Luce’s ‘muscular’ paintings 1

He started as an Impressionist before joining the Neo-Impressionists. Specialising in industrial landscapes and nocturnes, here are paintings from the first half of his life. | Continue reading


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Saturday Mac riddles 189

Here are this weekend’s riddles to entertain you through family time, shopping and recreation. 1: Closing at the pub, a spacecraft might be buried for you to restore from. 2: Dazzling author … | Continue reading


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Caches, buffers and swap

They’re everywhere: whatever you do, something somewhere will cache it. Later that can cause puzzling problems, but makes our Macs faster as a result. | Continue reading


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Not Like That: Introduction to a new series on paintings that have changed

Paintings that don’t look like they were intended to be, from Leonardo’s Last Supper, to Manet’s cut-up Execution of Emperor Maximilian. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 2 days ago

Log Literacy: Navigation

All about time and landmarks you can look for in the log, after booting, on shutdown, when waking from sleep, and using activities to locate mouse clicks. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 2 days ago

Apple has released an update to XProtect Remediator

Apple has just released an update to XProtect Remediator security software for Macs running Catalina or later, bringing it to version 89. Version 88 doesn’t appear to have been released. Appl… | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 2 days ago

Reading visual art: 32 Up to 23 scenes in one image

Seen in more complex variants by Tintoretto and Memling, and in modern paintings by Corot and Thomas Hart Benton. | Continue reading


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Scheduled activities: 3 launchd or DAS?

While macOS uses DAS-CTS to schedule hundreds of background activities, third-parties normally use launchd. Comes with a full diagram explaining DAS-CTS. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 3 days ago

Reading visual art: 31 Two or more scenes in one image

Instead of splitting scenes into separate frames as in comics, in the Renaissance they’d be integrated into a single image | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 4 days ago

Backing up to network storage: checks and balances

Backing up with Time Machine to a NAS or other network storage is different. Here’s an account of how it creates and handles sparse bundle storage in Ventura 13.2. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 4 days ago

Ukrainian painters: Arkhyp Kuindzhi

Born in Mariupol when it was a hub for oxcart transport, he painted unusual light, the River Dnipro, and the coast of Crimea. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 5 days ago

Log literacy: Reducing log entries shown

How to use Ulbow to find just the log entries you need, using filters and predicates. Bring order to chaos. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 5 days ago

Paintings of William Shakespeare’s Plays 33: Titus Andronicus

A violent and bloody revenge tragedy, very popular at the time, brings what may be the only contemporary sketch of one of Shakespeare’s plays. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 6 days ago

Solutions to Saturday Mac riddles 188

I hope that you enjoyed Saturday’s Mac Riddles, episode 188. Here are my solutions to them. 1: His evolution was owned by the Larrakia for the core of ten. Click for a solution Darwin His evo… | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 6 days ago

Scheduled activities: 2 Running the activity

How running a background task takes a tiny fraction of second, although the task itself takes seconds or minutes, and why it’s run on E cores. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 6 days ago

Paintings of Swiss Lakes: Lucerne and Thun

Lake Lucerne by Turner and Alexandre Calame, and a symmetric and rhythmic view of Lake Thun by Ferdinand Hodler. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 7 days ago

Last Week on My Mac: Knowing your limitations

Know yourself, including your methods and their limitations; nothing to excess, and certainty brings insanity: the maxims for those who study macOS. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 7 days ago

Paintings of Swiss Lakes: Geneva

From Turner, through Calame, John Ferguson Weir, and the last paintings of Gustave Courbet in exile, to Ferdinand Hodler. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 8 days ago

Saturday Mac riddles 188

Here are this weekend’s riddles to entertain you through family time, shopping and recreation. 1: His evolution was owned by the Larrakia for the core of ten. 2: A single movement in blue bef… | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 8 days ago

Log literacy: an essential skill for advanced users

The only place you’re likely to find that crucial piece of information about outgoing connections, bugs or problems is the log. How to get started. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 8 days ago

When history is fiction: painted inventions of Pierre Guérin

The fictional Marcus Sextus, Napoleon pardoning the rebels of Cairo, and Narcissus where he shouldn’t be: disinformation in history painting. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 9 days ago

How QuickLook Preview doesn’t tell Apple about images

A thorough look at Live Text, and why it might need to connect to Apple’s servers. Could it be sending image identifiers or text extracted from your local images? | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 9 days ago

Ukrainian painters: Kyriak Kostandi

After his training, he returned to the city of Odesa to paint and teach others, and became a key figure in the city’s arts into the 20th century. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 10 days ago

Do Thunderbolt hubs impair performance?

Do fast Thunderbolt SSDs slow down when connected via a Thunderbolt hub? How fast are they when reading at the same time? Does connecting a display affect them? | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 10 days ago

Reading visual art: 30 Frozen motion and blur

Perception changed with photography, and we came to interpret blur, lines and other devices as indicating motion. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 11 days ago

Curious bugs in Help Viewer and Stage Manager

Not only do Help windows work differently on Intel and Apple silicon Macs, but on the latter they can bring Stage Manager to a grinding halt. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 11 days ago

Reading visual art: 29 Motion and billows

Motion can be implied against the rules we learn about how the world works. It can also be shown in billowing garments. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 12 days ago

Is it more secure to be a normal or admin user?

While you may feel more comfortable working with the more limited privileges of a normal rather than admin user, does that improve security? | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 12 days ago

What has changed in macOS Ventura 13.2?

The update to macOS Ventura 13.2 isn’t large, but brings two significant new features: Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, adding end-to-end encryption to Notes, Photos and more; Security Ke… | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 12 days ago

Apple has released updates to Ventura 13.2, Monterey 12.6.3 and Big Sur 11.7.3

Apple has just released updates to bring macOS 13 Ventura to version 13.2, and security updates to bring Monterey to 12.6.3 and Big Sur to 11.7.3. The Ventura update is around 2.53 GB to download f… | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 12 days ago

Paintings of William Shakespeare’s Plays 32: Troilus and Cressida

One of King Priam’s sons falls in love with a Trojan woman late in the Trojan War. When Hector is about to duel with Achilles, what could possibly go wrong? | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 13 days ago

Solutions to Saturday Mac riddles 187

I hope that you enjoyed Saturday’s Mac Riddles, episode 187. Here are my solutions to them. 1: Leaves from the book you started writing in 2005. Click for a solution Pages Leaves from the boo… | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 13 days ago

Scheduled activities: 1 Scheduling by DAS

How macOS schedules tasks like making automatic Time Machine backups, from property list to transactions between DAS and CTS. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 13 days ago

All the fashion: 2 Milliner

Milliners trimmed and sold hats to customers, which appeared to be more rewarding, and the chance to wear the latest fashions. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 14 days ago

Last Week on My Mac: The evolution of Apple silicon

The M2 Pro and Max gain an extra two Efficiency cores, compared to their M1 equivalents. What effect will that have on their performance, and what of the M2 Ultra? | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 14 days ago

All the fashion: 1 Seamstress

View by many as the start of a slippery slope to prostitution, dressmaking demanded long hours of work in return for a pittance/ | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 15 days ago

Saturday Mac riddles 187

Here are this weekend’s riddles to entertain you through family time, shopping and recreation. 1: Leaves from the book you started writing in 2005. 2: Could be a cider press, but just one of … | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 15 days ago

How macOS schedules background activities

The story of how Mac OS X went from cron, to launchd, and ended up with Duet Activity Scheduler, to schedule background activities like backups. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 15 days ago

Ukrainian painters: Mykola Kuznetsov

Born to the north of Odesa, Ukraine, he painted Tschaikowski in his last year, and scenes from life in the country. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 16 days ago

Demonstrating causal connections using the log

I’m browsing images in the Finder, when my software firewall tells me macOS is trying to phone home to one of Apple’s servers. We all know what that means, don’t we? | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 16 days ago

Apple has released an update to XProtect Remediator

Apple has just released an update to XProtect Remediator security software for Macs running Catalina or later, bringing it to version 87. This is the first update this year, since 86 released on 8 … | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 16 days ago

How Stage Manager works in the log

A collaborative effort between WindowManagement, Launch Services, SkyLight and other subsystems, there’s deep integration with Spaces. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 17 days ago

Reading visual art: 27 Eagle and owl

Two birds associated with myth: Zeus’s eagle, often used to indicate his presence in disguise, and the symbol of night and wisdom, the owl. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 18 days ago

Is Apple checking images we view in the Finder?

Can it be true that Apple is sent information about every image we browse in the Finder? Analysis of Visual Look Up and Live Text and when it happens. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 18 days ago

Sunrise on Impressionism: 0 Contents

Complete table of contents for this series on the early years of French Impressionism, and the First Impressionist Exhibition of 1874. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 19 days ago

Stage Manager for the unimpressed: 3 Apps and windows

Stage Manager manages windows, and the Dock manages apps. This explains how to keep an app window in a group, and all about popbacks. | Continue reading


@eclecticlight.co | 19 days ago