Fixing some frayed cables with Sugru

by on Feb.14, 2016, under Apple, DIY, Sony A6000, Technology


My son purchased a used MacBook and although it was in very good shape, the charger was frayed at the base. We got a new one online but thought I would try this stuff I’d been hearing about called Sugru. It’s basically moldable putty that sticks to most stuff and then hardens to a rubber consistency. I decided to try it on his Apple charger and a lighting cable he frayed as well.

I documented it using my Sony A6000 and the Sony PlayStation Memories app. It gives me a “live view” from my iPad and allows me to take pictures. See the images below – click on them for a larger view.

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iMac – back to life…

by on Apr.05, 2012, under Apple, Creativity, God is testing me, Technology

 I’m back in business.

For those of you that didn’t know (can’t image no one knew this) my two year old iMac’s internal hard drive (HDD) died last week. Luckly during Spring Break I had time to off load lots of files and pictures to external drives and (re)start my Time Machine Back ups for my internal HDD.

I’m glad I did.

On Thursday of last week my iMac was sluggish and I put on my tech hat and began to diagnose the problem. After four hours, I threw in the towel. I tried more on Friday but to no avail. It was time to call Apple.

Saturday morning I dailed Apple Tech support and the call went something like this…

“Hi Todd, I’m having some issues with my iMac. Yes, here is my serial number and phone number to contact me in case we get cut off. Ready? Okay, I’ve tried, this, this and this. Then I did this and this with this disk and while we were on the phone, I did this. Still not booting up.

A 3o second pause on the line as I swear I could hear him flipping through pages…

“Well Mr. Saldivar it looks as if you’ve tried/done everything I would have walked you through, seems to be a hardware problem, lets get you an appointment to take it to the Apple Store.”

“Thank you Todd.”

An hour later the Apple Genius at the Apple store confirmed my suspisions. Hard drive was dead. Three to five days to replace – AppleCare would take care of the costs. I touched my hand to my lips and then placed it on my iMac as it was lead away. I would have to work from my 13″ MacBook for a couple of days.

On Wednesday of the next week I picked up “my baby” from the Apple Store, came  home, plugged in the power cord and most importantly hooked up my 1TB LaCie external drive that had been doing those important Time Machine Back ups.

I crossed my fingers, did the sign of the cross then had a few shots of Scotch while I watched as the blue light flickered constantly on the external drive…slowly beginning to breathe life back into my iMac…

In 2.5 hours Time Machine had restored my iMac to it’s original state – all documents, applications and user settings.

My reaction was like when Dr. Frankenstien successfully created life! Hence the picture above.

My life is all about movies…

I didn’t have to reload ANYTHING. God I love Time Machine.

Thank you Jonathan Marcus for telling me to buy a LaCie drive.
Thank you Jim Cornell for calming me down.
Thank you American Express for extending my AppleCare an additional year since it would have run out on March 9, 2012.


PS – to get the full effect of my experience see the video below:


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Always amazing…

by on Mar.22, 2012, under Creativity, Family, Photography, Technology


I’m always amazed at the technology we hold in our hands…

Yesterday I had to drop my truck off after work to my mechanic to finish up some repairs. Liz came and picked me up and since we were close to downtown, we headed on over to La Margartia in Mercado Square for dinner since the repairs were only going to take about 1.5 hours.

After dinner downtown with the kids, we strolled Mercado Square and I had my trusty new iPhone 4S and it was close to sunset  I snapped this photo of my wife and kids walking away from me. I just thought it would be a cool shot but I just tucked it away. During my lunch break at work, I opened up the photo and then started to “retouch it” using some of these little Apps I have on my iPhone.

Click on the small gallery below for larger images. The Apps are listed below.

I did not retouch them in any way in Photoshop other than to resize them for the web. Again, I’m just amazed at the technology and what we can accomplish with technology we can hold in one hand.

I first snapped the photo with the regular camera app on the iPhone.

I then used this cool little app I got for free (limited time) called Rays – you can guess what it does great. It enhances and places “Rays” on the picture.

Then I took it into Camera+ (one of my favorite camera apps) and added the wonderful “Clarity” filter.

After that I added a (rather strong) vignette.


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by on Oct.05, 2011, under Apple, Creativity, Technology

Steve Jobs passed today. I thought it appropriate to post this picture on my blog. It’s from the www.apple.com site.
A sad day but everyday using what he has produced will keep me going.
Vaya con dios.
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God’s Eye

by on May.10, 2011, under Creativity, Photography, Technology

I thought I would post the quick production process of taking this photo.

I was in our backyard today as the storm clouds rolled in and I snapped a picture of the sky with my iPhone. Sadly…it didn’t rain.

I took it with a small app called, TrueHDR which snaps three pictures at different exposures then merges them for an interesting composite photo. I’ve seen this done with regular DSLR photography called HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging — but have never had an opportunity until now.

After saving it to my Camera Roll, I wanted to add more vibrance to the image so I took it into another App called, Camera+ which has a very cool filter called, “Clarity” and voila!

Pretty cool looking photo of what I’m calling, “God’s Eye.”

And I did it with just a couple of finger swipes on my iPhone. I posted the images below so you can see the progress.

And yes…I have way too many Photo Apps on my iPhone! Click on the image for larger view of the Apps.

Below you will see the photo that TrueHDR took and then at the top of the post – you can see the difference Clarify applied to the image. You can click on each one for a larger photo.

…but then took it one step further by going into Photoshop and using a Topaz noise reduction filter on it.

Muy Bueno.

Proving once again, “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” = Chase Jarvis.


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