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Mac Mail Triangle Warning Error?

Do you frequently get a small triangle by the side of your email account in Mac Mail? If you click on the triangle does it show an error something like this?  The server returned the error: The attempt to read data from the server “domainname.com” failed. Chances are this is an issue with how your hosting company’s IMAP or POP server settings are configured. If you’re the hosting company, here’s the deal. By default, the maximum number of concurrent connections from one IP in Qmail is set to 4. Anymore than that and it will start to fail or reject the connections. Normally this isn’t an issue, but if you use an email client that tries to establish more than 4 connections at once – like Mac Mail – you will run into an issue.Here’s the fix: for IMAP:– edit /etc/courier-imap/imapd– change the MAXPERIP value to a number higher than 4– restart IMAP (/etc/init.d/courier-imap restartfor POP:– edit /etc/courier-imap/pop3d– change the MAXPERIP value to a number higher than 4– restart POP (/etc/init.d/courier-imap restart …now – go enjoy the rest of your...

speaking at motion 2014

Once again, I’ll be hosting motion, August 15-18, 2014 in ABQ. NM. motion is a mind-bending two day ride – what we refer to as the “TED talks” of our industry. motion speakers are the top creative thinkers and innovators in motion graphics, animation, and vfx. A concept borrowed from TED, each speaker is on stage for 20 minutes giving the talk of their life on subjects they’re passionate about. Talks that revolutionize the industry. Talks that revitalize the creative muse. Come and join us for amazing creating. We’re also hosting our second annual FACEOFF: The After Effects Challenge. Hope to see you...

Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Mac: no sound

Having problems hearing sound coming from your Mac on your Presonus StudioLive? Here’s a bit of info that may help. First off, your StudioLive 16.4.2 can be used as the main Core Audio device on your Mac. You can route the main outputs of your Mac to any of its available output streams. By default, these streams are routed to Channels 1 and 2 on your StudioLive 16.4.2. The obvious limitation of this is that you will use up two input channels on your StudioLive just for Core Audio playback. Sometimes that’s not ideal. A better idea is to use Channels 17 and 18 for Core Audio playback. These are available through the FireWire Return buttons inside the 2 Track In and Monitor sections of the StudioLive. Here’s how you can configure your StudioLive to be used as the main audio playback device for your Mac: 1. Go to MacHD | Applications | Utilities and launch Audio MIDI setup. 2. Click on the Configure Speakers button. 3. Deselect Stream 1 and select Stream 2 instead. 4. Choose Channel 17 for the left speaker and Channel 18 for the right speaker. 5. When you are finished, click Apply and then Done....

Happy 20th Birthday Adobe After Effects!

Happy Birthday After Effects! It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years.

While I didn’t know you from birth, you came into my life when you were a couple of years old – just before your new family at Adobe adopted you.

speaking at motion 2013

I’ll be speaking at motion, October 4-7, 2013 in ABQ. NM. motion is a mind-bending two day ride – what we refer to as the “TED talks” of our industry. motion speakers are the top creative thinkers and innovators in motion graphics, animation, and vfx. A concept borrowed from TED, each speaker is on stage for 20 minutes giving the talk of their life on subjects they’re passionate about. Talks that revolutionize the industry. Talks that revitalize the creative muse. Hope to see you...

Why do you do what you do?

Simon Sinek presented a TEDx session in which he said, “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it…”. Later, motion 2011 speaker Joel Pilger, Creative Director at Impossible took this a step further in an interview with the The Denver Egotist, where he asked each of us as creatives to ask ourselves: “WHY do you do what you do?”

AWS: WordPress – Video Won’t Upload crunching

I’ve been using an AWS S3 bucket for images and videos for our WordPress websites for awhile now. I was always able to get images to upload easily without a hitch. But videos? That was a different story. They would take forever to upload and I’d be stuck looking at the words CRUNCHING… The solution? On your AWS S3 bucket, enable CORS right click on the bucket -> properties click link to enable CORS add the following: <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?><CORSConfiguration xmlns=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/doc/2006-03-01/”><CORSRule><AllowedOrigin>*</AllowedOrigin><AllowedMethod>GET</AllowedMethod><MaxAgeSeconds>6000</MaxAgeSeconds><AllowedHeader>Authorization</AllowedHeader></CORSRule><CORSRule><AllowedOrigin>http://motion.tv</AllowedOrigin><AllowedMethod>PUT</AllowedMethod><AllowedMethod>POST</AllowedMethod><AllowedMethod>DELETE</AllowedMethod><MaxAgeSeconds>6000</MaxAgeSeconds><AllowedHeader>Authorization</AllowedHeader></CORSRule></CORSConfiguration> Now the only CRUNCHING I experience is the sound of eating green chile caramel corn – and that’s a crunching I can deal...

about me…

creative

I love to create. Whether it’s creating motion graphics for broadcast, sharing my thoughts on motion.tv, or curating our annual show, being a creative is what fuels me.

producer

As the producer of motion, I where many hats. Creative director, production designer, web developer, graphic designer – whatever it takes. The outcome? An amazing annual show.

geek

I’m known for being a creative technologist. A unique blend of left & right brain. When in left-brain mode, I program in PHP, Javascript, and build our servers from the ground up on AWS.

elaine montoya
  • right brain 50%
  • left brain 50%

the details…

I’ve been described as a “right-down-the-middle-left-brain/right-brain creative technologist”. But since the right-brain/left-brain myth has been debunked, I prefer to think of myself simply as a creative. Someone who needs to feed both the stereotypical left brain and the stereotypical right brain.

Have I always been this way? It would seem so. I started my college career at the University of NM with a NASA scholarship in computer science and electrical engineering – satiating my left brain with logical, precise, and structured skill sets. But after graduating, my right brain screamed ‘what about me!’ Not one to ignore the whole-brain, I earned a second degree in graphic design from The Art Institute of Colorado.

Next chapter: Art Director for ad agencies. Founder of the visual design firm zocoloco studios. Won numerous awards. Was published in HOW Magazine. Taught at The Art Center.

Now, almost 3 decades later, life is filled with a wide range of seemingly juxtaposed experiences ranging from After Effects to AWS, PHP to print design, MySQL to motion graphics and video post-production.

Up until 10 years ago, I thought I was an anomaly. But I’ve since found out I am not alone. I am a creative. It is who I am.

Thus began the voyage of the motion.tv network. Its mission: to explore innovative thoughts, to seek out creative minds and new inspirations, to boldly go where no creative has gone before. And for the past seven years, we’ve done just that – providing online content for creatives in the motion picture and broadcast industries on motion.tv, streaming live shows like the annual Made with After Effects Awards, and most importantly, giving birth to motion…a place where people – not unlike myself – can come together each October and celebrate who we are: creatives.

Teacher. Speaker. Writer. Adobe Community Professional. I am happiest when I can truly create – and equally as delighted when other creatives remember what that experience is like, and are inspired to do the same.

On – and one more thing…in my spare time, I enjoy cycling, art, reading – and day spas. And, as a breast cancer survivor, I’m committed to advancing survivorship issues.

I am elaine montoya. I am a creative.