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SA Symphony 2013 – 2014 Season

March 8, 2013

The San Antonio Symphony has released the concert schedule for the 2013-2014 season. For the last few years I’ve been making an informative map of the works in the classical season. Here is the post for 2012 – 2013. A very successful Brahms Festival just concluded a few weeks ago. A Dvorak Festival is in store for next season. Here’s the new map, click on the image below to see the full size, legible version:

SA Symphony 2013 - 2014

SA Symphony 2013 – 2014

I’ve also created a timeline using the same data, showing the approximate dates the compositions were completed. Click here to view the pdf file.

The data map and timeline were created using Tinderbox software. Each new season I make minor modifications and the software does the work of creating the map based on the data I enter. The addition of a StartDate for each work was all that was required to generate the timeline.

By the way, the dates for the timeline came from either Wikipedia or Naxos Music Library.


Mac App Store Updates

November 4, 2011

I’ve been using Apple Mac computers at home for several years. It’s definitely a more pleasant environment than Windows. Hardly anything ever locks up and I haven’t heard of any widespread malware issues. But you have to wonder about some design decisions. Not too long ago Apple started selling software through an App Store application. It’s a centralized way of browsing, purchasing and installing new software. Apple does some vetting of the applications, so developers must meet certain quality and interface consistency requirements to have their software in the App Store.

This is all good and helpful. It would seem updates would also be a greatly improved experience with the centralized control of the App Store. After all, many non-App Store applications, both Mac and Windows, check for updates automatically and let you know immediately when an update is available. Not so with the App Store. I have a few purchases and thought I’d be notified somehow when updates became available. No, can’t do that. To check for updates you have to open the App Store application and look for a numerical badge on the update tab (or click on the updates tab). Why can’t this be integrated with the software update agent that so seamlessly keeps the operating system updated?

I checked with online Apple Support and found the following, updated September 13, 2011:

Updating apps that were purchased from the Mac App Store

Software Update does not show updates available for apps that were purchased from the Mac App Store. To update your purchased apps, open App Store on your Mac, then click the “Updates” view at the top of the App Store window. This will show all available updates for apps currently installed on your Mac.

I hope this needless manual checking will be addressed in a future ….  err….   update.