Logic Pro course with exam

June 23, 2008

On the 23rd, 24th and 25th I will be following this three day course in learning Apple’s Logic Pro. The Apple Premium Reseller I work for has giving me the oppertunity to participate in this course which will be meassured by an exam.

I will be following in depth teaching about the following subjects:

  • Working with DSP-plugins
  • Using Audio Instruments
  • Understanding Workflow Techniques
  • Editing Audio Regions
  • Using the Sample Editor
  • Working with Apple Loops
  • Using the Matrix Editor
  • Recording MIDI
  • Using the Track Mixer
  • Working with Enviroment
If possible I will try to blog some of my experiences.

Haven’t wrote in a while

June 19, 2008

Today was any other normal day for except the fact I attended a tech-series presentation. This presentation was organized by Apple to share knowledge and information about media and IT solutions. 

For some reason the whole evening made me realize what matters to me a lot and the feeling I forgot about. All of it is just my world. I love technology, I’m always interested in knowing more about it and just experience it.

That’s why I started blogging again. I logged in today and discovered I had up to 78.500 page views so far. I’ve started this blog on July 2006 and with only 20+ articles I find 78.500 views a bunch! It also motivates me seeing that a certain number of published articles is responsible for that. So I really have the feeling I contributed to the community.

I’ve been seriously out of the game with Linux for quite a while. Just a few days ago I installed Ubuntu Linux because I desperately needed to bring a portable with me. I found Linux to have grown and matured. I’m really looking forward in exploring it again.
For the most time my work involving Apple hardware, Apple’s Mac OS X and related products. I’ve also became a store manager at HTR Nederland. So a certain amount of my free time also disappears in that function and related tasks.

I’ll be plunging myself into the world of Apple and Linux in an interesting way for absolute beginners. Just subscribe to my blog and sit back.

Stop comparing! You’re doing it all wrong

July 28, 2006

It would be a nice idea to make a sticky out of this or an other well appreciated post already existing. I want to address something which, not only being considered useless by me, but also by many other community members.In a world of commercial software there is always competition and winning. That’s one of the reasons why companies such as Microsoft and Apple try to overrule each other in commercials and conferences. We are all used to that. We frankly don’t even care. It’s a tight market and both companies are what seems to be very capable.Let’s forget the companies. We don’t own them nothing in the first place. Why should we take part of this race? With each year, with each new product, with each new feature and more, one or other company claims itself being innovating and up to date.Well… but none of them is perfect.I don’t understand why most people adopt the A vs. B attitude. There is no such thing as the best Operating System because of quite some factors. There is no such thing as the best software application for the same reason. Not everybody has the same desires and criteria for their needs.But even then a lot of people start to make the wrong comparisons. The most common are of course made about (Ubuntu) Linux vs. Windows, The Gimp vs. Photoshop and OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office.It is well known to almost all members in almost every community that the differences between applications or Operating system (as described above) are and can be very large. When it comes to the amount of features, commercial applications as good as always win. But does that matter? A lot of people hardly use 80% of all Microsoft Office features. There are quite some people who think they need Photoshop but a simple photo edit tool is suffice. Some people spend hundreds of dollars buying an Operating System and additional software while a Linux variant would made their life’s much easier. Also not everybody finds an extensive amount of eye-candy the reason to call a application or Operating System better!In a world where application / OS choice is personal due to the desires and criteria of people there can’t be one better. Even not with Windows Vista coming up. This Operating System is being followed by many people. Yet again multiple Ubuntu vs. Vista threads appear. The funny part is that people express the concerns about Linux having to deal with this. Well for these Linux vs. Vista, Office vs. OpenOffice and Photoshop vs. The Gimp people I’ve got to say only one thing: “Don’t you worry at all, not everybody is playing follow the herd.”For the people who want to compare two applications in order to pick what’s best for them, please use A. compared to B. Look, now you are comparing!

Argumentations, don’t forget them.

July 22, 2006

For many new users, Ubuntu Linux becomes a milestone to achieve. At first, beginning with the GNU/Linux distribution you might feel like your the only one. But as soon as you login for the first time all problems just fade away. You are thrilled you got (Ubuntu) Linux installed. And even if you encounter a device or service not working out of the box you say to yourself: “I’ll fix that later.” Back to exploring!That’s how it went in my case. But I immediately learned an other lesson. When it comes to fixing problems there’s is a chance you’ll have to put 100% against it to get it solved. Also to know more about what you are using and learn the ways of your newly installed OS it can take 200% and a lot of time. Of course you don’t have to do it! But I doubt you’ll stay happy!As glad as an absolute beginner could be I don’t advice to start spreading the word about GNU/Linux. Why? The answer to this question is my reality every time I talk about GNU/Linux with people… and I talk a lot!

Something what’s important when hitting subjects such as GNU/Linux are argumentations. Often both sender and receiver forget to mention them. I’ve been working for four years (busy with my fifth as you read) being a salesman. Without argumentations you won’t be able to inform people. I carefully use the inform because I find it wrong to push people, whether their fears or their ‘I don’t want’ attitude makes sense or not.

Yesterday I was on the phone with a colleague of mine. He was totally hyped about a (relative) new web browser called Shiira. “Yeah you got to check it out, it’s neat and so cool,” he said. Being a man of argumentations and facts my first reaction was: “Why is it so cool?” I had to ask him two more times before he finally started to spit it out. The browser has Mac OS X features such as Expose build in, the browser is made in the same style as Safari, it could import bookmarks from Safari and much more. During the conversation I remembered so many conversations I have had with people about Linux and realized one important thing (the answer to the why?)!Time, experience, some theory and being an example of a satisfied GNU/Linux user is what makes people think, switch and try. In all my conversations I can always reflect and give feedback on statements made by others and answer most of their questions. When people start to use silly argumentations I still can lay down facts on the table making my point without engaging an useless Windows vs. Linux discussion. Those factors I just wrote down even woke the interest of the same colleague. He uses Apple and Windows for years, don’t knows better, didn’t wanted to know better until we talked a couple of times about Linux. By giving him examples, facts, information he really had to change his opinion about GNU/Linux in general. Even more interesting is the fact he agreed to let me install Ubuntu Linux on his (relative) old computer as soon as he gets his new Macbook Pro.The best thing, no matter how much you love Ubuntu as an absolute beginner is to avoid feeding people’s current (but oh so outdated) opinion about GNU/Linux. Telling people that Linux is more secure does not mean much for them. Explaining them about permissions, the file system, root account and password will have maximum effect. Because it are valid argumentations.

That’s no coincidence

July 20, 2006

On the same day I wrote my article called ‘Don’t even start about Microsoft,’ aysiu (member of the Ubuntuforums) also posted one. We didn’t knew about each others post. For me it’s a confirmation about a returning phenomenon. Flamebaits and troll-posts are being made by ‘heatseekers’ as I like to called them.These people like to post a lot of unlogical and nonces threads and post about the whole Windows vs. Linux debate. But as we all know, this is a subject which:1. Does not interests the normal GNU/Linux user2. Is a discussion with no end3. Does not have be started every time over and over, since it’s pointlessThe core problem is even not the subject. It’s the people who go personal, intimidate and try to upset other forum users by their posts. I hope, just as a lot of members on the Ubuntuforums this storm will pass over very quick. For everybody who is interested in aysiu’s post (and I recommend reading it) please click here.

Don’t even start about Microsoft

July 19, 2006

Computers, hardware, software and what not related to it can make people frustrated. It’s perfectly logical that if you are using the computer only a few hours a day for email and word processing you will never understand or be interested in knowing your system in depth. But these days switchers and dual-booters make it a habit of starting flaming about Microsoft Windows. You should know that it isn’t the default level GNU/Linux users, developers and forum moderators / administrators are on.Of course a lot of users who switched to Mac OS X or GNU/Linux have had problems with Microsoft Windows. But it doesn’t means that is the reason why they switched. It also doesn’t means they don’t use Microsoft Windows anymore. GNU/Linux is something very different than commercial operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. GNU/Linux is open-source.We all know Microsoft is a big company. They make their products behind closed doors and what they make is what you get. Totally different are GNU/Linux distributions. They’re created by thousands of contributors all over the world. Everybody who has an idea can voice his or her opinion and start building it. Everybody is allowed to use the code, ask for help and use the end-result. Everybody is even permitted to modify it for it’s own use!That is the biggest reason why people switch.When I joined the Ubuntuforums, one of the first article’s I found in somebodies signature was: “Linux is not Windows” This is a very known article within the community. As time passed I started to get annoyed by the returning ‘winhoos flame threads’ and eventually wrote my own thread. With the thread I hoped people would start thinking about the nonsense they were writing. I encourage you to also read my article before starting or participating in ‘winhoos flame threads’.Of course it’s totally normal to post your history with Microsoft Windows and compare it with your distro experiences. But please, do it in a normal and adult way. This way your writings could end up useful and become considered as good comparison material.

Why Ubuntu Linux?

July 19, 2006

A few years ago GNU/Linux distributions were still only for those who could handle. Users had to compile their own drivers and kernel. Applications which were available at that time weren’t real competitors with applications used under Windows. A lot of terminal work, terminal command skills and configuration editing was required. So it’s logical that a lot of everyday computer users didn’t see nothing in GNU/Linux.But here we are, it’s 2006 and the word Linux has been mentioned more than thousands of times everyday worldwide. Though in the wrong context since the word ‘Linux’ relates to the Kernel. This layer of communication between OS / Distribution and hardware has been blamed of a lot. GNU/Linux distributions such as SuSE Linux have evolved not only rapidly but also functionally.The hardcore terminal command throwing days are over, extensive hacking in configuration and script files isn’t needed, applications have become very mature and serious competitors of Windows based app’s and the support both hardware as community is great!So is it time to switch? Why not dual-boot? I honestly believe people with an Apple using Mac OS X won’t be benefiting as much as Microsoft Windows users would. From my point of view the difference between distro’s such as Ubuntu Linux / SuSE Linux and Mac OS X is the price. I’ve been working on Apple hardware and Mac OS X for half a year now. I find Mac OS X, it’s feature and GUI very in harmony and a real alternative of Microsoft Windows. But the biggest benefit is that the user is able to run creative applications such as Macromedia Studio and Adobe Creative suite.Microsoft Windows users on the other hand do have something to try. I’ve been working on Microsoft Windows operating systems for a long time… who hasn’t. I’m happy that GNU/Linux distributions today are so evolved. Today the day I’m being able to leave commercial interests and problems behind and enjoy open-source!So why should you give GNU/Linux distributions a try? These distributions are all build on a solid Kernel. While this may not mean something to you, it’s a very important factor. The Kernel (as I said before) is mainly busy communicating between hardware and the Operating System. So if the Kernel is weak, poorly build or to complicated for it’s developers you can expect trouble. Also security and stability is important. Why should you be administrator in your account all the time? It’s only a high risk which results in virus-cleaning operations, spyware / ad-ware removal and what not. You can be playing administrator when it’s needed, much less risk! To make things interesting let’s pull up some costs. If something costs money, people are always are prepared to listen. GNU/Linux distributions don’t cost money usually. You can simply download a desired distribution and install it, configure it and use it! Also the software which is a real competitor as I told, is free of charge (usually though). So there you have it! A nice, stable and cost-efficient operating system!Why Ubuntu Linux? Why not SuSE Linux or Puppy Linux? Go ahead, indeed, try, experience and learn. But if at one point you find (community) support lacking, services / devices and software not working OOTB (Out Of The Box) and you’re missing the ability to fully understand your distribution… Ubuntu Linux is the distribution which will take care with all of that.