Monday, January 30, 2017

Make Bootable macOS Sierra USB Install Drive

1. Format drive with the defaults using Disk Utility and name it "Untitled".
2. Download macOS Installer App from Mac App Store (Note: If you use this installer it will not be usable again).
3. Open Terminal and run:

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --nointeraction

4. Go do the computer you want to install Sierra on.
5. Plug in the USB drive.
6. Turn the machine on and hold down the Option (ALT) key until you get a list of drives.
7. Choose the installer, and follow the directions.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Blurred Faces in Final Cut Pro X

This is by far the best tutorial on blurred faces or censoring I've come across for Final Cut Pro X. The only thing I'd add is I suggest starting from the beginning, add the keyframe for the position and scale, then use the left and right arrow keys to jog and move the shape to the new position for each frame.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Spam Email Tips

Spammers like to validate that you read your email. They get a lot of satisfaction from this. Also they sell the data. Reading email isn't inherently bad like it was in the past, but there are still some pitfalls such as executing Javascript or loading remote images. Gmail strips Javascript so your'e good there. But they do load remote images by default. From Gmail help:

Choose to show or not show images

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the "Images" section.
  5. Select Always display external images or Ask before displaying external images. If you chose the "Ask before displaying external images" setting, messages that have images will have a "Display images below" option.
  6. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.