What Does High Resolution Audio Really Mean?

There’s a lot of misinformation out there right now relating to so-called high resolution audio. Many large companies are now marketing audio products with this term, including audio systems, phones, headphones and speakers. But what is high resolution audio exactly? Is it audio that’s provided at a higher sample rate or bit depth than audio CDs? Is it a particular frequency balance on headphones? Is it to do with how the audio was recorded and mastered? [Read More]

Building Web Assets Using Shell Scripts

With the various pre-processed languages used for web (e.g. Coffeescript, LESS .etc), we often reach for tools like Gulp, Grunt and Brunch. However, what if we could just strip it back to basics and use a shell script? This could potentially save you the entire Node.js stack if you only plan to use SCSS (via LibSass). Firstly, we’re going to need to run both our development server (for the respective framework) and one or more other commands to watch and pre-process files. [Read More]

Installing Windows 10 on a Mac without Bootcamp

Installing Windows on a Mac should be a piece of cake with Bootcamp, but that rarely is the case. In fact, I would personally say that Boot Camp Assistant is one of the worst apps that comes with OS X and unlike the rest, it doesn’t work seamlessly. A few of its drawbacks: It only supports a drive with a single partition. It often throws very obscure error messages with limited detail. [Read More]

The Battle of Popular Music Streaming Services

Streaming music services are very mainstream now and really a great step forward in allowing us all to have exposure to an infinite amount of material that ultimately allows us to discover and enjoy more music. With Apple Music being released just the other day, I wanted to throw my 2 cents in about the main players, Google Play Music All Access (such a long name), Spotify and Apple Music. Google Play Music All Access In my personal opinion (and I completely respect that this a subjective matter), Google Play Music All Access lacks the polish of the other two services. [Read More]

A Simple PlistBuddy Tutorial

Good ol’ plist files. They are at the core of OS X for storing application settings and they work really well. If you have ever automated part of your OS X build or changed some cool hidden feature, you have probably used the defaults command to do so. The defaults command is great and is still recommended for simple things, but if you want to edit complex plist structures like arrays, dicts and nested structures, you’ll inevitably come across PlistBuddy. [Read More]