TRUESPACE  In 2009, trueSpace was given for free after Caligari acquisition by Microsoft. The Caligari website has been discontinuited and Microsoft stopped the development of the core software.
trueSpace’s architecture allows seamless integration of plugins though, and a community of users is still adding functionalities. This site is keeping a record of trueSpace history, an up-to-date version including the most recent add-ons, and some ressources for newbies and developers for the adventure to continue.  trueSpace’s unique interface, all icon-driven, is making it the perfect 3D app for the visual artists. It offers all the tools we expect from a versatile and professional authoring 3D program : general modeling, point editing, organic modeling with subdivision surface, displacement brush, soft paint, NURBS, UV Edition, undo with construction history, non-linear animation, node-based editing, libraries, multi-core CPU, advanced physics, advanced rendering (hdri, gi, caustics).


CelAction2D is professional 2D animation software for films, TV series and commercials. It is the software of choice for many leading animators, and represents the state-of-the-art in high quality, high volume production.

Using vectors and/or bitmaps, character models can be rigged into a skeleton so that animation can be changed and reused easily. The movement of the skeleton can also be automatically inbetweened in a variety of ways, making animation faster than ever before.

CG Society

also under Drawing, Design, Creativity and Film Manking




CGPunch – YouTube Channel by David Zwierzchaczewski







Including drawing, design, creativity and film making.

DESIGN  INSTITUTE  OF  AUSTRALIA   As Australia’s peak industry body for professional design, the DIA represents Australian design and designers both domestically and internationally  We exist to help Australia’s professional designers to succeed in business and to enjoy their working lives, while collectively growing Australia’s reputation as a Design Nation.  The DIA brings together design practitioners with people and organisations who employ, commission, support and promote designers. As such, our membership includes design practitioners and participants in Australia’s design industry.




Provides open source movie playback software for use in film production, VFX, and computer animation. Key features include:

  • Real-time playback of image sequences and movies
  • Support for industry standard file formats including Cineon, DPX, OpenEXR, and QuickTime
  • Command line utilities for batch processing
  • Cross platform support for Linux, Apple OS X, and Microsoft Windows



VIMEO  Eyes on privacy settings: all the ways to share your videos securely.

You’ve uploaded your video to Vimeo, added the perfect title and description, selected just the right thumbnail — all in all, life is good. But there’s one more important thing to determine: which privacy setting do you choose? Vimeo offers you tons of privacy options to help fit your needs, because it is one of the most important things to our community. And since we want to make your Vimexperience as seamless as possible, here are some helpful tips for common use cases we see to help you navigate the particulars of privacy — so you can get millions of eyes on your videos, or just a few. The settings are your oyster.


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JIBJAB:  is a digital media company dedicated to making funny things worth sharing. We’ve been pioneering online entertainment production and distribution since 1999.


Magnum Pleasure Hunt: Across the Internet    http://pleasurehunt.mymagnum.com.au/

Magnum Pleasure Hunt 2:  Across The Globehttp://pleasurehunt2.mymagnum.com/






Accelerate your simulations and take control of complex effects with the incredible features of the latest version of Chaos Group’s fluid dynamics software.  With Phoenix FD 4 for 3ds Max and Phoenix FD 4 for Maya, it’s never been easier to create realistic simulations that act and look exactly as you want them to.

  • thinkingParticles integration* — Phoenix operators for thinkingParticles are now available, and you can emit fluid via Phoenix sources from thinkingParticles geometries
  • New Voxel and Particle Tuners — Change each voxel and particle’s properties during simulation, and create or delete particles depending on highly customizable conditions
  • Active Bodies — Basic rigid body simulation with Phoenix liquids, allowing objects to float over liquid or get washed away by floods
  • Tex UVW — Transport texture coordinates along fluids during simulation and use them for advanced render-time effects
  • And more! — See what else is new in the Phoenix FD 4 for 3ds Max and Phoenix FD 4 for Maya changelogs.




Making the Cloud Work Harder for Video Producers, Distributors and Consumers

A digital media company that has evolved markedly this past year, in ways that highlight major trends occurring in media production, processing and delivery, is Blackbird cloud video platform. Blackbird’s CEO Ian McDonough spoke to Digital Media World about the company’s recent evolution, based as much on partnerships and client relationships as on internal R&D. Blackbird’s platform consists largely of cloud-based video editing tools and an extremely fast, high quality video codec. Ian said, “Over the past year, Blackbird has expanded the applications of its platform as a kind of OEM component within 3rd party systems and services by forming partnerships with public cloud vendors. Google, Microsoft and Amazon can offer Blackbird’s tools and services to their clients as a part of their own cloud services. Blackbird’s cloud and software tools live inside the public cloud, giving the user the advantage of massive scalability.”


When discussing workflows and pipeline architecture in the VFX community, cloud-based technology naturally enters the conversation. Significant advancements in hardware and software have made cloud-based technology more accessible for VFX professionals, but there are still a lot of unknowns and open-ended questions about how the cloud will impact VFX facilities in the short and long term.

The State of Multicloud – Virtual Desktops – Report

This report is based on a new survey conducted by one of Digistor’s product vendors, Teradici, and helps better understand the landscape of hybrid and multicloud desktop deployments. We’re seeing increasing interest in PCoIP.

Cloud Access Software A security-compliant, multi-tenant virtual environment for the media and entertainment industry This collaborative effort between Jellyfish Pictures, an award-winning visual effects and animation studio, Pixit Media and Teradici provides a reference architecture for production studios and design firms wishing to implement security-compliant multi-tenant virtual studio environments, offering unprecedented scalability in-city, nationwide and even internationally. Leveraging highly scalable enterprise storage from Pixit Media and ultra-secure PCoIP remote workstation access, the architecture offers a template for concurrent isolated virtual studios instantiated on a per-project basis, each studio meeting distinct production requirements in terms of staffing, compliance and infrastructure


Today’s global sports fans want and expect to see all the action from their favourite teams and players on all media outlets as fast as possible. To meet this requirement and engage with sports fans everywhere online the Blackbird Live Sports Cloud is your perfect solution. Blackbird Live Sports Cloud provides a fully cloud-based platform that enables production teams to rapidly edit and enrich highlight clips with closed captions in the cloud from multiple sources. They can then deliver them seamlessly across multiple online platforms and social media channels faster than any other solution – providing a customer-centric experience as well as significant monetization opportunities.

E-book: Building a Platform for Success in the OTT Video Market

How to Develop Competitive OTT Video Services Using a Cloud Solution.  In media, content is your differentiator, and the #1 reason curious viewers become committed customers. So it makes sense that content innovation should be top priority.

Demystifying cloud terms for VFX artists.   In the VFX world, there’s still a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt around cloud technology. Where many other creative industries have long since integrated the cloud into their status quo, the VFX industry remains behind the curve.

Cloud adoption is a global trend with various regions ahead of the curve thanks to existing infrastructure and connectivity. Studies vary but generally agree that public cloud revenue is increasing 24% year on year – healthy by anyone’s views. The fact that it covers over $178B of spend gives media and entertainment companies a strong reason to be looking to cloud services and hybrid solutions to begin leveraging the benefits of scalability, agility, and flexibility.

Inversion Studio, Elara, and the dawn of production pipelines in the cloud. 

Meet the studio pioneering VFX production in the cloud.  In the coming years, the VFX industry could look remarkably different to how it does today.  Cloud technology is set to give rise to a new breed of VFX studio –  one that’s more mobile, nimble and flexible.  The cloud will enable studios to source the best talent from around the world without the need for relocation, or scale compute and storage up and down as projects ebb and f


Get fast and flexible access to a variety of applications from Foundry and our partners, plus integrated cloud rendering, and centralized storage – all in a secure and high-performance environment.

AWS  Grid Computing for Financial Services.

Today, Financial Services companies of all sizes are driving the next evolution of grid computing by working with AWS to expand their on-premise capabilities to the cloud. These organizations require increased computing power to address ever-changing industry conditions: stringent capital obligations, more rigorous and frequent stress testing requirements, market fluctuations, accelerated product development lifecycles, and greater regulatory oversight of financial products.  By building grids with AWS, Financial Services organizations are able to navigate through these conditions and take advantage of cloud-enabled benefits, such as elastic capabilities to scale to peak processing demands at a moment’s notice, automation features to minimize manual processes, and lower costs with a pay-as-you-go consumption model, among others.

UNLEASH THE POWER OF ATHERA’S API – In the VFX world, there’s still a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt around cloud technology. Where many other creative industries have long since integrated the cloud into their status quo, the VFX industry remains behind the curve.

Cloud technology’s impact on the VFX industry

With the launch of Athera behind them (this past April at FMX in Stuttgart, Germany), the Foundry team faces the next step in the ambitious goal to provide VFX studios with an end-to-end cloud services solution – the job of attracting users to the platform.


Unitycloud.com is a cloud transformation company that helps organizations rapidly migrate their IT infrastructure to the cloud.


Imagine firing up five sets of software at once under five tabs on your machine, each one totally secure and prepped precisely with the resources you need to execute your tasks of the day – all while having the flexibility to pause, transport, or access those same applications from anywhere you wish.



How Long It Would Take A Hacker To Guess Your Password, Visualized



BLAISE PASCAL  (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662), he started some pioneering work on calculating machines, a machine that had several wheels with digits 0 to 9and could add numbers.

GOTTFRIED LEIBNIZbelt a similar machine to Blaise Pascal that could multiply as well. He became one of the most prolific inventors in the field of mechanical calculators. While working on adding automatic multiplication and division to Pascal’s calculator, he was the first to describe a pinwheel calculator in 1685 and invented the Leibniz wheel, used in the arithmometer, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator. He also refined the binary number system, which is the foundation of all digital computers.

CHARLES BABBAGEthe first person to envision the basic parts that a computer must have, build the Difference Engine. Considered by some to be a “father of the computer”.  Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex electronic designs, though all the essential ideas of modern computers are to be found in Babbage’s analytical engine

GOERGE BOOLE (2 November 1815 – 8 December 1864 )inventor of Boolean algebra which adapted to computers is used to analyse and manipulate data. He worked in the fields of differential equations and algebraic logic, and is best known as the author of The Laws of Thought (1854) which contains Boolean algebra. Boolean logic is credited with laying the foundations for the information age.

HERMAN HOLLERITH (February 29, 1860 – November 17, 1929) was an American inventor who developed an electromechanical punched card tabulator to assist in summarizing information and, later, accounting. He was the founder of the Tabulating Machine Company that was amalgamated (via stock acquisition) in 1911 with three other companies to form a fifth company, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, which was renamed IBM in 1924. 

VANNEVAR BUSH Founded the company now known as Raytheon in 1922. He is known particularly for his engineering work on analog computers.

HOWARD AIKENone of the first machines that could be called a computer.Mark l, digital thought not electronic, it was electro-mechanical.It used relays to open and close electronic circuits and the relays were mechanical. (March 8, 1900 – March 14, 1973) was an American physicist and a pioneer in computing, being the original conceptual designer behind IBM’s Harvard Mark I computer.

JOHN ATANASOFF  Best known for being credited with inventing the first electronic digital computer.

CLIFFORD BERRY  Helped John Vincent Atanasoff create the first digital electronic computer in 1939, the Atanasoff–Berry computer (ABC).

ENIAC  Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computerwas the first electronic general-purpose computer. It was Turing-complete, digital and able to solve “a large class of numerical problems” through reprogramming.  For the army, was completely electronic, perform conditional operations, electrical instead of mechanical, would be programmable, have some kind of memory.

JOHN VON NEUMANNHe worked on the philosophy of artificial intelligence with Alan Turing when the latter visited Princeton in the 1930s.  He contributed to the development of the Monte Carlo method, which allowed solutions to complicated problems to be approximated using random numbers.  While consulting for the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania on the EDVAC project, von Neumann wrote an incomplete First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC.  Described a computer architecture in which the data and the program are both stored in the computer’s memory in the same address space.  Although the single-memory, stored program architecture is commonly called von Neumann architecture as a result of von Neumann’s paper, the architecture was based on the work of Eckert and Mauchly, inventors of the ENIAC computer at the University of Pennsylvania.

EDVAC  (Electronic Discrete Variable Automatic Computer) was one of the earliest electronic computers. It was binary rather than decimal, and was designed to be a stored-program computer.  ENIAC inventors John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert proposed the EDVAC’s construction in August 1944.

EDSAC Electronic delay storage automatic calculator 1949 is the first stored program computer at University of Cambridge.  Inspired by John von Neumann’s seminal First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC, the machine was constructed by Maurice Wilkes and his team at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory in England. EDSAC was the second electronic digital stored-program computer to go into regular service.

UNIVAC  built by the Eckert–Mauchly Computer Corporation, was the first general-purpose computer for commercial use.

IBM International Business Machines Corporation is an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, with operations in over 170 countries. The company began in 1911, founded in Endicott, New York, as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed “International Business Machines” in 1924.

REMINGTON-RAND (UNIVAC)  In 1950, Remington Rand acquired the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, founded by the makers of the ENIAC, and in 1952, they acquired Engineering Research Associates (ERA), both of which were pioneers in electronic computing. On June 14, 1951 the first computer came out and it was called Univac I (Universal Automatic Computer). Many branches of the military such as, Air Force and the U.S. Army were the first ones to use the computers.  Remington Rand was acquired by Sperry Corporation in 1955 to form a company then known as Sperry Rand (later shortened to Sperry). However the brand name of “Remington Rand” remained as a subdivision for many years.  Sperry merged in 1986 with Burroughs to form Unisys.

BURROUGHS was a major American manufacturer of business equipment. The company was founded in 1886 as the American Arithmometer Company, and after the 1986 merger with Sperry UNIVAC was renamed Unisys. The company’s history paralleled many of the major developments in computing. At its start, it produced mechanical adding machines, and later moved into programmable ledgers and then computers. It was one of the largest producers of mainframe computers in the world, also producing related equipment including typewriters and printers.

JOHN BARDEENM, WALTER BRITAIN, WILLIAM SHOCKLEY invented a transistor, previous computers were vacuum tube.  The transistor is the fundamental building block of modern electronic devices, and is ubiquitous in modern electronic systems. The transistor revolutionized the field of electronics, and paved the way for smaller and cheaper radios, calculators, and computers, among other things.  Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for their achievement.

THIRD GENERATION COMPUTERS  1964 The use of monolithic integrated circuits as their primary logic elements. The first new microcomputers were built by hobbyists with Apple, the TRS-80, the Commodore PET and others for home and small businesses.

FOURTH GENERATION COMPUTERS  1972 began with the shipment of CPS-1, the first commercial microprocessor microcomputer and for the purposes of this list marks the end of the “early” third generation computer era.

FIFTH GENERATION COMPUTERS  was intended to convey the system as being a leap beyond existing machines. In the history of computing hardware, computers using vacuum tubes were called the first generation; transistors and diodes, the second; integrated circuits, the third; and those using microprocessors, the fourth. Whereas previous computer generations had focused on increasing the number of logic elements in a single CPU, the fifth generation, it was widely believed at the time, would instead turn to massive numbers of CPUs for added performance.


This zoom webinar is packed with lots of useful information.  Not sure how long it will be available for.  Presented by SEO Expert, Doron Milner. The webinar ran through a strategic combination of basic SEO techniques that will get your website positioned higher on the list of competitors. Listen to the webinar again by clicking here. 


Folder and File Naming Convention – 10 Rules for Best Practice



New releases, incompatibilities, firmware upgrades, technical traps and pitfalls … You’ll find them all listed here in Digistor’s Tech Alerts website section.

As our experienced engineers encounter technical information that is useful for customers to remain productive and stay up-to-date, we’ll post it here.

Is e-tirement for you?  Retirees are rewriting stereotypes and redefining retirement thanks to the NBN™. It’s called E-tirement and it’s the latest thing in retirement in Australia.


Established in 1996, EveryMac.com is the complete guide to every Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac clone in the world, with technical specs, configuration details, system identifiers, performance benchmarks, and global pricing info.

Inside the iMac Pro – Apple’s most powerful Mac yet  Dec 14, 2017

LOG ME IN  remote access

MACFIXIT Australia |  Apple Mac Accessories & Parts from Australia, Australia’s largest onine store with upgrads and accessories for Mac, iPhone and iPad.

MACKINTOSH.COM  Hackintosh.com links to everything you need to build a Hackintosh and get macOS Sierra (10.12) as well as many earlier versions of Mac OS X running on an unsupported computer — instructions, step-by-step “how to” guides, and tutorials — in addition to installation videos, lists of compatible computers and parts, and communities for support.

MSY Technology Pty Ltd


NTP is a protocol designed to synchronize the clocks of computers over a network.  The NTP Project conducts Research and Development in NTP and produces the Official Reference Implementation of NTP along with the Implementation Documentation. Background information about NTP, along with briefings and a bibliography, are available at the Network Time Synchronization Project Page.


Northern Softworks was founded in 1998 by John Lowrey, and has been providing fine Macintosh shareware and freeware ever since.  John is the author of a number of well-received products, including the award winning maintenance utility Mojave Cache Cleaner. His products have won favorable reviews in major Macintosh websites including MacFixit, Tucows, Chez Mark, and MacChamp.



Begun in 1990, is an online newsletter and Web site, devoted to the person behind the most personal of personal computers, the Macintosh. relating events and products to real life uses and concerns.  New TidBITS issues go out every Monday night; articles appear on the Web site throughout the week.


Welcome to Threemacs.com, a website that explains Macintosh networking in plain English, intended for all levels of Mac experience. The focus is on small networks (up to ten Macs or so), covering network concepts, setup instructions, and troubleshooting. Where appropriate, pictures and references accompany the instructions to ease in comprehension.  The site as a whole focuses on the primary network: moving files around, sharing an Internet connection, and sharing printer access. Since you need a network before you can do any of these things, there’s also network setup instructions.


  • Disk Inventory X – is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later). It shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called “treemaps“.
  • Gemini 2  – The intelligent duplicate file finder.  Find duplicate files and wipe them away with Gemini 2. It’s smart, laser accurate, and recovers tons of space on your Mac.
  • How to download CleanMyMac 3  Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac with the all-new CleanMyMac 3. It scans every inch of your system, removes gigabytes of junk in just two clicks, and monitors the health of your Mac.
  • CleanApp, Synium Your hard drive gets fuller day by day and you don’t know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive – CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface.
  • Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.  The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail’s features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.  Cocktail is installed at more than 250 000 computers world wide. The largest part being private individuals, but Cocktail can also be found at large international companies, educational institutions or newspapers.


  • DATARESCUE photo rescue
  • EASEUS  offers comprehensive solutions to home, small business, large enterprise user and service provider for data security and hard drive management on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and more
  • RECUVA   Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.  Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem – Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!
  • RUNTIME  get data back simple data recovery

DVD Authoring (CD, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-R, cDVD, CD Audio, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD Movie, VCD, SVCD), Blu-ray


It’s been two years since Intel released their first octa-core desktop processor, the Haswell-E based Core i7-5960X, which until just recently was the most powerful consumer grade processor available. That title now belongs to the equally impressive but even more expensive 10-core Core i7-6950X. Out of the box, the 6950X is 20 to 30% faster than the Core i7-5960X in applications that can use those extra cores, however at $1650 it’s also absurdly expensive.


In the two months since Intel unveiled Broadwell-E, I’ve been going back and forth with my decision to invest in one. We received the 10-core Core i7-6950X for review and while it was an attractive chip in terms of performance, it came at a seriously ugly price. At $1,650 we recommend taking a hard pass on the 6950X.

How to Build Your Own 1u Linux Server  In this instructable, we will build a fast server capable of running Linux very well. It will also be expandable to two processors and, in standard configuration, supports RAID 1 mirror.





BOX  3D Generalist vx FX TD Shopping List

PASS MARK SOFTWARE  1,000,000+ Systems Tested and 3,100 + CPU Models – Updated Daily

MWAVE  online computer store


What You MUST Know Before Buying Your Next Computer

MacBook Pros : Apple’s Back to the Future

Review: 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro M1 Max for video editors – Part 2 vs iMac Pro

Best Mac Automation Software: Automator or Keyboard Maestro?

Apple’s classic Mac automation application Automator has been around for more than a decade, but is it still useful to Mac users, and how does it compare to similar Mac automation programs like Keyboard Maestro?

Adobe Premiere Pro and Multiple GPUs  By Chris and Trish Meyer March 28, 2014

Apple’s inclusion of dual GPUs in every model of their new Mac Pro has caused a bit of a stir (and confusion) among video editors wondering if their NLE of choice can take advantage of them. Applications don’t automatically detect and use multiple GPUs; the drivers must support them, and the software must be written to exploit them. It’s expected that Apple’s own Final Cut Pro can; many seem to assume that Adobe’s Premiere Pro can’t – but that’s not the case.

How to…Transfer Music & Playlists from iPhone, iPad or iPod to Computer

How To Dual Boot Hackintosh OSX Yosemite & Windows 10

Hackintosh.com links to everything you need to build a Hackintosh and get macOS Sierra (10.12) as well as many earlier versions of Mac OS X running on an unsupported computer — instructions, step-by-step “how to” guides, and tutorials — in addition to installation videoslists of compatible computers and parts, and communities for support.

HDDs reach 14TB, glass platters will be the future

Western Digital’s new 14TB enterprise hard drives and Seagate’s 12TB hard drives for home users and NAS systems, suggest that 20TB HDDs are round the corner. Your next HDD may have a heart of glass.

Setup Google Drive On The Existing Folder  It says ‘The Google Drive folder you selected is not empty. Please select an empty folder or empty this one’ when I try to map Google Drive to previous folder I’ve have associated with.  It means we’ll need to create a new folder and sync/download all of files again. And what happen if we have Gigs or thousands of files, this should be a big problem.

2001: A Space Odyssey Is Even More Of An Acid Trip When You Run It Through Google’s Neural Network

Getting to know the Game Artist from Supermassive Games

Internet Protocol IP is the Future in Broadcast  My blogs the past few weeks have been discussing why big data matters and IP in the broadcast industry. The connection between these topics may not be obvious, but the point is that all data is critical to the ongoing success of the broadcast business, at every step throughout the creative, management, distribution and consumptions processes. The adoption of IP in the broadcast workflow is critical to obtaining data that will influence business decisions. Internet Protocol based networks provide a volume of data that informs and complements data obtained from other sources..

What to do during internet downtime?  It can be frustrating when you can’t get online, especially when you’re right in the middle of doing something.  If your internet goes down, first things first, try turning your modem off and then on again. If this doesn’t give you any relief, there’s no reason to panic. We’ve put together a survival guide to walk you through a simple plan of action for when your internet has some trouble connecting.


Hack An IKEA Cabinet Into A High-Performance Render Farm
Vusta’s Stuff

Storm FX Hardware

Beeple explains his latest project, Zero-Day 2015

BLUETOOTH  Short-range communications between compliant devices

COMPANY OF HEROES 2: behind the scenes

What makes wireless charging tick?

Charging your tech devices is an everyday part of life, just like brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. Many of us have developed habits when it comes to charging our phone, tablet or smart watch, and forgetting to plug it into the charger at the end of the day can seriously stuff up the routine. Some may have resorted to carrying around a portable power bank just in case, but what if charging your device was as easy as setting it down in the right place and picking it up again when you’re ready to go? That’s right – wireless charging.

ADDRESSING   The number of a memory location. The memory is organised into regions with each one set aside for a different kind of data.The kind of data in these regions isprogram data and storage data. A list of where addresses are located, in which regions is a memory map.

ARITHMETIC LOGIC UNIT (ALU) Contains registers, when performing an arithmetic and logic operation which applies the rules of Boolean algebra to given statements.The numbers and the result are put in its registers or can send to the accumulator.The other register is the status register and the Carry bit.

BIT  is a single one or zero.  BYTE eight bits, a byte is enough bits to hold any ASCll code.A byte can be said to be is the same as a character, not technically true.  NYBBLEis four bites.  K stands for one thousand

CLOCKConsists of an oscillator and some related circuitry which makes regular timing pulses available to the computer system.


Seven part series from Edward Blench look into using 3DS Max for creating Computer Game assets. Edward Blench.

CPU The brains, the processing circuitry and controls everything that a computer system does. Either ones or a zeros, it moves numbers, binary numbers from one place to another and performs arithmetic operation on those numbers. The CPU cannot use any numbers that is not held somewhere int he CPU itself, in one of theregisters.

CPU ARCHITECTURE Consists of various parts put together in a certain way.The clock, tiny memory cells called registers, the Arithmetic-Logic Unit (ALU) where the arithmetic operations take place, an instruction-decoder and timer

CPU BENCHMARKS  This chart comparing high end CPUs is made using thousands of PerformanceTestbenchmark results and is updated daily. These are the high end AMD and Intel CPUs are typically those found in newer computers. The chart below compares the performance of Intel Xeon CPUs, Intel Core i7 CPUs, AMD Phenom II CPUs and AMD Opterons with multiple cores. Intel processors vs AMD chips – find out which CPUs performance is best for your new gaming rig or server.


  • Akomi from North Shore Atuoation
  • Blackbird
  • DailiesViewer AppleCoire/SwiftCore
  • Iconic from cantemo
  • Frame.io
  • Mediasilo
  • Nice Dissolve
  • Vimeo

DIGITAL  HEAVEN  a small company that is passionate about product innovation and giving our customers the best support we can. All this is backed up by many years of real world experience in the broadcast post production industry.

DNS rethink


DATARESCUE photo rescue

DIRECTX  The Microsoft DirectX® End-User Runtime provides updates to 9.0c and previous versions of DirectX — the core Windows® technology that drives high-speed multimedia and games on the PC.



HARD DRIVES, The best external hard drives

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full guide to external hard drives.

We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching and testing external drives to find the best options for any use and budget. If you want a dependable external drive that has plenty of storage space for documents and photos and is easy to take on the go, get the 2 TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim. But we also have recommendations if you want more storage space, if you want something more reliable or even faster, or if you need to regularly move large amounts of data from one computer to another with an external drive.

EASEUS  offers comprehensive solutions to home, small business, large enterprise user and service provider for data security and hard drive management on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and more

How do I use a browser to dynamically update the host’s IP?

FOLDER SIZE will analyze your hard drives and display the file sizes and folder sizes so that you can easily check the distribution of your disk space. The application will display the sizes of the folders and files and also the percentage of the total disk size that they occupy. The neat report can be sorted in order to identify the largest folders and the largest files. You can easily figure out which files or folders have filled up your drive space as Folder Size will also scan the sizes of all the subfolders. The application can scan your entire hard drive in minutes due to its optimized scan algorithms and list details on the tree size and file sizes. The progressive scan will let you continue the scan from the point of interruption.  Besides scanning an entire hard drive Folder Size can also scan a single folder in order to save time. This tool will help you to easily cleanup your disk by listing all the file sizes and folder sizes in a neat report.  Folder Size can list backup folders, system folders and also the system volume information folder – all missing disk space will be revealed instantly.

FOLDER and FILE structure – SpaceSniffer is a freeWare (donations are welcome) and portable tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. By using a Treemapvisualization layout, you have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your devices. Treemap concept was invented by Prof. Ben Shneiderman, who kindly permitted the use of his concept into this tool.

Freshen up and clean out your computer  Using your computer every day but when it comes to tidying up I tend to head for the desk, drawers or keyboard and forget about the contents of my hardworking computer. We’ve put together a list of things that you can do to give your computer a new lease of life both inside and out.

Characters to Avoid in Directories and Filenames

Be prepared and back it up  It’s important to back up your personal data regularly so it’s safe just in case the worst happens.  As you use your computers, phones, and tablets, you’ll start to accumulate a lot of data on the internal storage. Whether its music, lists and notes, contact information, important documents, or those photos from your once-in-a-lifetime holiday – losing it would be awful. We all like to think we’re careful and it’ll never happen to us, but the truth is no matter how careful you are, you never know when your phone will drop out of your pocket and break, your iPad will be lost or stolen, you accidentally open an email containing a virus, or that cup of coffee decides to just tip itself over the laptop keyboard.

INTERNET  |  15 Moments that Shaped the Internet

The internet turns 52 in 2021with no grey hairs in sight. Talk about ageing well!

INSTRUCTION DECODERIs the traffic operations centre of the CPU, to know what actions to take and be able to read a program.Decides whether the incoming signals represent the next program instruction or whether they represent data .It is regulated by the clock knowing that program instructions come in on certain clock beats and that data comes in on others.

Become the master of keyboard shortcuts  How much were you taught about computers in school? Depending on your age, the answer might be “a bit in high school”, “only in a college course”, or even “nothing at all”! Today, the use of computers is so widespread that kids start learning about Digital Technologies in their very first years at school.

Broadcasting future lies in IP  There is a significant drive in the broadcast industry to replace the current serial digital interface (SDI)-based infrastructure with Internet protocol (IP) solutions.

IP:  some food for thought:

  • broadcaster migration to IT infrastructure
  • is IP broadcast’s future

MEMORY MAP  A diagram which shows which sections of memory are used for which purpose such as programs, variables, another operating system.

MEMORY is divided into RAM and ROM meaning what it does.

SPACE MOUSE   The SpaceMouse Compact was developed to deliver an intuitive, effortless and precise 3D navigation in CAD applications that cannot be experienced by using a standard mouse and keyboard. It is the ideal tool for modern engineers, architects and designers to review 3D designs and explore 3D spaces.

MOTHERBOARDContains the CPU, the internal memory, input/output ports, busses which connect all of these parts.

Education on the NBN™

Whether it’s a quick DIY tip for in the home or a course to upskill in your career, most Aussies will find themselves jumping online at some point to learn something new. In the first quarter of this year, Aussies aged 18-24 watched an average of 22 hours of video a month on desktops and laptops and 9 hours of video on smartphones and tablets[1]. In a digital world, education opportunities continue to advance thanks to developments in technology.


  • how true is the colour
  • can the colour be adjusted
  • gamma correction
  • video resolution
  • pixel response
  • dot pitch
  • refresh rate (Hz) and related to flicker
  • reflection dampening
  • can it be swivelled, suspended, mounted on a wall
  • viewing angle, tilt angle
  • inputs, digital, analogue, rgb composite, s-video
  • retain clear, sharp images at large screen sizes
  • easy-to-use on-screen controls
  • energy star compliant


Whatever the reason, it is commonly reported that mapped network drives appear as ‘disconnected’ in Windows Explorer (or ‘unavailable’ via net use), and that programs that attempt to use these drive mappings will fail until the user physically clicks on the drive letter in Windows Explorer. Only this user-initiated action will restore the connection and allow other programs to successfully read from the drive letter.


is a utility for managing network drives, remember network usermanes and passwords, mount network shares on system startup. … NetCrunch 10 is a smart, agentless network monitoring and management software system that is capable of monitoring every device in a network

Consider: instead of giving a letter as path, like L: , give the real network path, like for example “\serverlibrarymaps”

Definition of: UNC (Universal Naming Convention)   A standard for identifying servers, printers and other resources in a network, which originated in the Unix community. A UNC path uses double slashes or backslashes to precede the name of the computer. The path (disk and directories) within the computer are separated with a single slash or backslash, as in the following examples. Note that in the DOS/Windows example, drive letters (c:, d:, etc.) are not used in UNC names.
//servername/path   Unix
\servernamepath   DOS/Windows

What Are OEM Products and Why Are They Cheaper?  If you’ve shopped for computer parts or software online, you’ve likely come across the acronym OEM. This stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and it’s usually tagged on to hardware or software that’s less expensive than normal retail products.  Which may make you wonder: should you buy an OEM product, or is there a catch that’s setting you up for trouble? The truth is that they do differ from retail products and it’s important to know the differences.

Put Ubuntu on Flash Drive using Windows

PRIVACYTOOLS.IO You are being watched. Private and state-sponsored organizations are monitoring and recording your online activities. privacytools.io provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.

POLLS  Straw Poll, the place to create instant, real-time polls for free.

(0Day) Apple QuickTime moov Atom Heap Corruption Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

RAMRandom Access Memory, can be changed at any time main memory, internal memory or temporary storage

REGISTERSUsed to store small amounts of data, usually for brief amounts of time such as holding numbers as they are passing through from one place to another, adding etc. The accumulator, A register, performs arithmetic operations.The PC register keeps track of where the computer is in a program.

ROMRead Only Memory is put there once and is not changed, Read Only Memoryand the data it stores is there permanently. Operating system.

RECUVA   Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.  Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem – Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!

RUNTIME  get data back simple data recovery


Synology | Trusted by some of the best and brightest minds in the IT industry with more than six million installations, Synology is committed to transforming the way businesses manage their data – elegantly simple, secure, and reliable. We proudly boast a wide array of solutions backed by cutting-edge innovation and field-proven reliability with a solid track record in meeting the ever-increasing expectations and demands.

iiNet Get clued in about Remote Access scams

It goes without saying that there are more than a few sharks you can come across when surfing the web. Digital safety is a growing concern and it’s important to stay in the loop about the risks you may come across when using the ’net.

How not to get hooked by phishing scams  Over the years, there’s been a significant increase in the number of emails impersonating iiNet, which may contain fraudulent links or attachments. These types of scam emails usually attempt to steal your iiNet account information or credit card details, which is known as “phishing”.

Spot the Scams in your Inbox iiNet article 

SCREEN SHOT with LIGHT SHOT  I just found a great resource if you’re working on a Windows machine. I really miss the ease of screen capturing with Mac. I’ve been using the Snipping Tool, but it kind of sucks. This free tool is called LightShot and it gives you super quick screenshots of selected areas and ways to share, copy, or save them out. I mapped my F1 and F2 keys to the capture and now I save a ton of time and headache using this instead of the stupid Snipping Tool. You should definitely add this to your arsenal!

3PLAY MEDIA enables us to meet fast approaching deadlines and deliver high quality captions. The support team is very responsive and show that they care about the quality and efficiency of their services.

Understanding modems is no magic

Q&A: Quantum’s Dave Frederick on Building the Perfect 4K Workflow  From Tape to Disk to Flash, How Flexible, Multi-Tier Storage Systems Can Meet Ever-Increasing Performance Requirements – Bryant Frazer / March 15, 2017

Five simple steps you can take today to stay safe online.  While the internet is one of the most helpful tools for any business owner, it also comes with its fair share of pitfalls.  But, there are simple practical steps you can take today that will vastly improve your security when transacting online.

Samsung 850 EVO SSD takes its storage into the third dimension

SUPER USERS is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users.

Get the best suggestions on your streaming service  Streaming suggestions that just don’t make sense: it can happen to anyone. Perhaps your kids selected your Netflix profile by accident and spent a few hours watching every cartoon under the sun. You might have a housemate with a passion for watching old school BBC shows on your Stan subscription. You may have gone through a phase of listening to glam metal on Spotify or Google Music and now you never want to hear another hairspray-fueled scream again.

SYSTEM C  was formed in 2009 during the economic downturn.  It’s goal was to provide small to medium business that work with Apple computers with a high level of support at a very reasonable price.  It achieved this goal by dealing with a core group of business clients and listening to there needs. System C will help target a solutions around what you want rather than pushing a pre-configured box product solution in an attempt to match something “similar” to what you need.  We provide after hours and weekend support to our client’s

TONYMACX86.COMBuilding a CustoMac: Buyer’s Guide May 2015   When running macOS as your main operating system, supported and compatible components are extremely important. That is why we have created a large selection of example systems along with a comprehensive list of the best available hardware. The components listed here might not be the only ones that work, but based on our research they’re the easiest and best supported options. Use the following Buyer’s Guide as a shopping list or as a jumping off point for further customization. Either way you’ll be supporting this site by purchasing through these links, so thanks in advance!


TECK RADAR  The source for tech buying advice


USB  Universal Serial Bus

Video card Benchmarks  This chart made up of thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily with new graphics card benchmarks. This high end chart contains high performance video cards typically found in premium gaming PCs.


Wacom Tablet Driver for a Mac or a PC – Install and Uninstal  A couple of weeks ago I got my new Wacom Intuos 5 tablet and I love it.  So I decided to do a series of videos about how I setup and use my tablet.  But first, we need to talk about installing drivers.  This post will have two videos, one for a Mac and one for a PC.

Using free public Wi-Fi network comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that lots of people do it anyway. In a study by privatewifi.com, whopping three-quarters of people admitted to connecting to their personal email on public Wi-Fi.  In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a study by privatewifi.com, a whopping three-quarters of people admitted to connecting to their personal email while on public Wi-Fi.What is the system ID and how do I find it?

A machine’s system ID is a unique code required to license products.

VoIP  also called internet telephone, it is a technology for transmitting ordinary telephone calls using the internet using packet-linked routes.  It involves sending voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in the traditional circuit-committed protocols of a public switched telephone network.  A main advantage of VoIP and internet telephony is they avoid the tolls charged by traditional telephone services.

VOIP  Voice Over IP (VOIP) defines a way to carry voice calls over an IP network.  With IP telephony, the phone becomes an extension of the internet, allowing onscreen applications such as directories, missed calls and received calls to be displayed.  Operational costs are reduced because of the ability to run voice and data across one converged network.

IP telephony  when a phone call uses IP telephony, it means the call is made across a data network, using Internet Protocol (IP) as the ‘language’ the network devices use to communicate with.  This is different to the traditional way phone calls are made across a dedicated voice network, using time division multiplexing (TDM).

AC WiFi: What you need to know

There’s a lot of talk about AC WiFi these days; what was a new-fangled WiFi technology back in 2012 is now pretty commonplace but if you don’t know what it means, you may not know that a better type of WiFi is right under your nose!

BUILDING YOUR OWN MACHINE  info by Tony Ganner on DLF, 2015   The Lazy but Efficient Method CPU – Check this list, or another benchmarking site, and find one that stands out as cheap among the powerful ones. The prices are estimates in USD, so check MSY for their stock & prices, and ebay to back that up, and maybe you’ll have to check 2 or 3 CPUs max.  Video card Benchmarks – This chart made up of thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily with new graphics card benchmarks. This high end chart contains high performance video cards typically found in premium gaming PCs. Recently introduced ATI video cards (such as the ATI Radeon HD) and nVidia graphics cards (such as the nVidia GTX and nVidia Quadro FX) using the PCI-Express (or PCI-E) standard are common in our high end video card charts.   GPU – Check this list, and do the same. If you’re rich, consider a Quadro or Firepro instead, even though they seem to benchmark way lower by their price. Why? Best way I heard it put, a Ferrari may be fast, but a truck can pull the weight.  CPU Benchmarks – This chart comparing high end CPUs is made using thousands of PerformanceTestbenchmark results and is updated daily. These are the high end AMD and Intel CPUs are typically those found in newer computers. The chart below compares the performance of Intel Xeon CPUs, Intel Core i7 CPUs, AMD Phenom II CPUs and AMD Opterons with multiple cores. Intel processors vs AMD chips – find out which CPUs performance is best for your new gaming rig or server!   Then you go into MSY, and ask them for: MoBo – Cheapest that can support them both, Crossfire if you want 6 screens, and can handle at-least 32GB RAM so you can get there later if you don’t at first. Then ask for one that’s slightly better, maybe $30 more, because while motherboards barely impact performance, the cheaper ones will cause you pain within a year or two. RAM – Cheapest set of 8GB sticks that are compatible, or get that twice for 32GB. PSU – Cheapest that can power it all, they may say 750W, but ask if you’ll be ok with 650, because they’ll give you more than you need there. Case – Cheapest that can fit it, then ask for one better, because bad cases lately tend to have button/power on issues. Sometimes they do a Case/PSU offer that will work for you at a better price. HDD – 2TB is under $90 now, but despite what you may have learned about Seagates breaking all the time and WD drives being reliable, trust me, that situation has 100% reversed in the last few years. SSD – Get the cheapest 120GB for your system drive if you’re lazy, or 60GB if you’re broke and don’t mind favouriting the Temp folder, disabling hiberfil.sys, constricting your main pagefile, and installing stuff to the HDD instead. Cooling System – $30 is all you need to spend here. It’s the difference between rendering at 80 degrees and rendering at 60 degrees. Your call. Not essential. Replaces the heat-sync that comes with your CPU if you do.   As for building it, that’s $70 and waiting a week, or free and done in half a day if you just take it all home. Anything that can plug in to anything should do, and the only bits you really have to pay attention to are firmly planting in the CPU (get some heat-sync paste too, just in case), and read what the writing says when plugging in those little pins for the case’s power button and lights cables. And don’t force your motherboard too hard when installing it, make sure to put the support pins in first.  This will get you a pretty damned awesome machine, without having to put much effort in, for under $1500. There may be more efficient parts to use, but it’s up to you if you wanna become a hardware specialist just for the sake of getting a decent machine.   Consider perspective on the price vs power.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Computer for Blender  Everyone has their own preferences in terms of usablity and stability, but for me the winner is Linux. In the past I’ve used blender on both Windows and Linux, and I found that Linux crashes less, handles memory better and generally runs more smoothly than a windows operating system.

GeForce GTX Rendering Benchmarks and Comparisons  Since a lot of you are asking about GPU rendering (and the NVIDIA GeForce cards have become so popular for rendering) we decided to compare the current high-end GeForce cards using a more realistic benchmark than the exterior car scenes which have become so commonplace. Ask your self what you would be doing with your graphics card?
-GPU Rendering ( Octane – Vray RT )
-Open GL Rendering ( Large Scenes lots of RAM ) – Power-wall stuff. –   (VRED)
-Big Poly-count scenes with FX ( Any 3D Package )
-CAD Modelling (Alias Etc)

-Regular usage
-GamingA Graphics Cards for Display:  This is your main card all your monitors are plugged into, this will also effect the performance of everything on your monitors, poly counts, view port control etc.
And a Graphics Card for Cuda /  GPU Rendering applications: This is a separate card in your workstation that you can assign to handle GPU intensive rendering task, the reason you have two cards is so your main GPU for display wont chug and you can still work whilst the other card is rendering.

The best types of hard drives for all stages of video production

One of the major risks in the world of video content is The Great Fear: Losing all your work. If it’s not backed up properly, an entire shoot can be a total wash. The good thing is, we now have tons of tech options and practices that can duplicate and save valuable work.  We reached out to Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, of storage solutions powerhouse company OWC, to help us gather the right hardware for every type of video situation. Read on for Larry’s best practices for storage and his recommendations for keeping your project safe every step of the way.



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Why not try the original, time-tested, digital painting software built by artists, for artists? Our virtual art studio has exceeded the creative expectations of illustrators, concept, fine, photo and manga artists for over 28 years! We know that Painter® 2020 will make you a passionate artist too.

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Turn your memories into movies with easy to use tools, new creative content, new smart slideshow creator and optimized performance.

KPT EFFECTS Kai’s Power Tools special effects filters were once considered a must-have plug-in suite for Photoshop-compatible graphics software. In 1999, Corel bought Kai Krause’s popular effects filters from MetaCreations and soon released a new set of effects under the title Procreate KPT Effects. 

PAINTSHOP PRO  Experience an all-in-one photo editor and graphic design software that will change the way you edit photos.


Mobile apps create a unique opportunity to build beautiful, engaging experiences. Thousands of children’s app developers and eBook authors, from India-based tinytapps to Avokiddo, use Corona SDK.



CORTONA 3D  Cortona3D is a powerful, flexible and cost-effective document authoring tool that facilitates the creation of digital and interactive documentation for use on the shop floor or by customers. Cortona3D enables organizations to easily produce and/or update all the support documentation that end users will need to execute their tasks efficiently and correctly on the production or assembly line. The tools allows manufacturing engineers to reuse existing CAD data or other 3D source material to author interactive 3D visualizations for more effective support documentation, dramatically reducing effort and timelines. Its intuitive interface enables users with no 3D expertise to create compelling simulations and associated text simultaneously.


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