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Aperture pro tip: disable 'Onscreen proofing' or scratch your head because your images look strange

Scratching my head is what I've been doing for a couple of days now (also cursing, a lot of cursing) because viewing images stored in my Aperture library looked strange; slightly desaturated, overexposed, etc.

I thought something was wrong with my library or with Aperture itself. I tried many things to get this working again, because no matter what others say, to me there's still no alternative to Aperture's image database features.

So, if you're having the same issue, or if you find that you don't see guides when trying to crop an image, make sure that 'View > Onscreen proofing' is disabled.

John Martellaro loves the 2015 MacBook's keyboard

John Martellaro on The Mac Observer:

When the TMO team was in Breckenridge, CO last week for a writer's camp, I wrote the entire Particle Debris column, published on June 26, on the MacBook. That article was over 1,200 words, and I found the keyboard to be natural and precise. I now prefer it over any keyboard I have ever used.

I'm in the market for a new machine and when Apple announced the new MacBook in March, the new keyboard drew my interest. While I don't like typing on a touchscreen very much, I have no problems with flat but good keyboards. When I finally had the opportunity to try the keyboard, a few days after the MacBook was available in stores, it took me about 20 minutes of typing to realise that I wanted this keyboard in my Mac, yesterday.

Unfortunately for me, Apple seems to be using the new MacBook as a testbed not only for the concept of an ultra light laptop with just one port but also for this particular type of keyboard. Therefore, while a bit disappointing, it's not surprising that Apple didn't add the new keyboard to the MacBook Pro with Retina Display at the same time.

I hope that Apple will soon equip the rest of its line-up with this new type of keyboard.

John Oliver on the continuing struggles of the transgender community

As much as the U.S. Surpreme Court's decision to declare gay marriage legal everywhere in the U.S. is a deserved and long overdue win for the LGBT community, critics have rightfully pointed out that we as a people still have a long way to go to accept the 'B' and 'T' parts of that community (Bi-sexual, Transgender).

Brianna Wu posted some very good tweets summarising the situation transgender people are still in:

John Oliver had a segment on Transgender Rights on the latest Last Week Tonight and I encourage everybody to watch it to get an inkling of the hardships these people face daily and to understand that we still have a long way to go.