Adobe Industry Certifications

As part of my continuous learning process I have decided to take several industry certifications from Adobe here in the U.S. The knowledge is the only thing that nobody can take from you 🙂

Adobe Certified Visual Design Specialist (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign), Visual Communication (Photoshop), Print and Digital Media Publication (Indesign),  and Graphic Design and Illustration (Illustrator).

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Adobe Industry Certifications

Installing an older version of OS X

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May be you find yourself in a situation where you need to install an older version of OS X, to test a software or to provide support for older versions since not everyone need to move at the speed

that OS releases cycles dictates. In Apple case that’s a problem as they don’t make it easy. Here’s some tips that could help you to do that. Shortly after a new version is released they make it impossible to just run the older installer within a more recent version.

With OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, or Mavericks, you can use a USB flash drive or other removable media as a startup disk from which to install OS X.

1-Using the Disk Utility create the partition where you will install the older version

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2-Make sure you have an installer of the old version you need, either from a backup, a disk, an image, etc

3-Mount your USB flash drive or other volume. You could also use a secondary internal partition.

4-Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.

5-Use the createinstallmedia command in Terminal to create the bootable installer.  For detailed usage instructions, make sure that the appropriate Install OS X app is in your Applications folder, then enter one of the following paths in Terminal:

The following examples assume that the OS X installer is in your Applications folder and the name of your USB flash drive or other volume is MyUSB:

Example for El Capitan:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/
createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyUSB--applicationpath 
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app

Example for Yosemite:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/
createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyUSB--applicationpath 
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app

Example for Mavericks:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/
createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyUSB--applicationpath 
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app

Then restart, press the alt key during boot to select the USB source and start the installation. If you encounter this error along the process This copy of the Install OS X Yosemite application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading or similar usually is because the system is detecting a more recent date than the valid range for “installing” those versions, in that case you need to follow a few more steps to trick the system date into a valid one:

While at the “Install OS X” boot menu. Pull down the “Utilities” menu option and choose “Terminal” . The manual date format to use is a little weird, it looks something like mmddHHMMccyy.

In simpler terms, that is: Month Date Hour Minute Year, and it’s entered as a solid line with no breaks or spaces between the numbers. Previously go online and research the release date and the valid range of the OS you want to install and then type any date in that range. Disconnect from the internet to perform this step and type on the terminal such a date, for example for Yosemite I’ve used date 120082315 , and then you will be able to proceed with the installation, reconnect to internet and get the correct date back.

 

Installing an older version of OS X

Life reset

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My time has come, finally I’m free from all limitations I had in Cuba: I’m in United States of America, and I’m here to stay. It was a long dream and a hard road to get here, even traumatic to the point I will not share, but I’ve made it!

Is literally a life reset, I have to start from scratch in a new world full of strange things to me but also full of opportunities. I really cant express what I’m feeling now, is a mixture of everything: happiness for the dream come true and sadness for the loved ones I left behind, impressed by all the beauty and fear for my future, hope for opportunities and uncertainty for my new path and I can go on.

But after all there’s a subtle feeling ever present, women better know: is like a void, after you give birth, when you reach your hardest goal with nothing planned after that, preventing you from fully enjoy your victory and after all, feeling loneliness.

But all of this is normal, is the same countless people have felt when they leave the nest, and more importantly, is the price we have to pay for finally live our lives as we should.

Thank you everyone!

Life reset

Back in Kiev

Hi all

Platanos, oil on canvas
Platanos, oil on canvas

I’m back!!!!!!

I’m so happy to be active again, many things have hapened in my absence and I have a lot to catch up, everytime I have to go back somehow time freezes in Cuba, but that is not necessarily bad.  Still I have a bit of jet lag (7 hours of difference) and went from a melting 38 degrees to the freezing north, but I’m in my second home again and I feel likeI have never leave!

Btw, this picture is from my dad, a tribute to my homeland. Banana’s trees.

Cheers

 

PS: wow, somehow I have mixed Kiev title with bananas trees in a bizarre combination, 😄

Back in Kiev

When wind blows changes

There are times when the world reminds you that you controls nothing. Today one of those days. I wake up pretty confident of another common but nice day and suddenly it starts getting dark and cloudy and by the afternoon the solution was to come back to Cuba again. A misunderstanding in my visa terms leads to this. I don’t blame anyone or anything but me and yet, is just life, it happens some times.
Now I have a hard mixture of feelings, in one side is the happiness to see my family, usual friends and usual environment again and the other side is the family I drop here and all the plans thrown under the bus.
I’m not saying goodbye, I will still be in my place poking code and doing my best, just unplugged from the world but will do my best to eventually breath again internet, and hopefully meeting really soon. I’m just saying: See you all 🙂

When wind blows changes

Uno de esos dĂ­as

Hoy es uno de esos dĂ­as en que mi vida personal tiñe lo que veo y matiza lo que siento. Se que es un estado pasajero pero no por eso menos real e intenso mientras vivo estas cĂ­clicas depresiones. Me recuerdan que no se puede ser tan egoĂ­sta como para desear y merecer siempre la felicidad y que vivir es como caminar sobre un infinito campo minado, donde a medida que pasan los años estas se van cerrando a tu paso…hasta que das el Ășltimo.

Alguien dijo que el secreto de la infelicidad es pensar en uno mismo, y es verdad, pero cuando todo lo que se tiene es tu ser, es lo mĂ­nimo que puedes hacer por ti poque nadie mas lo hara. Cada cual carga con su rosario de problemas, algunos tan virtuales como una frivolidez otros tan terribles como una enfermedad terminal, pero de comĂșn, cada ser humano siente sus problemas con igual intensidad y no discrimina en importancia.

A veces siento que tengo mi vida en “pausa”, pero no importa, ya mañana estare mejor, hoy solo querĂ­a deahogarme.

Raul.

Uno de esos dĂ­as