Cool Tools to Use

In the search to find more productivity out of all that computing hardware you buy here is a few examples. In a blog post today, Merlin Mann showed an example of how automated you can get some tasks with a little planning and frequent enough use to make the set up worth it.

This used a newer version of the old keyboard macro tools that have been around since the days of Wordperfect. Textexpander on the Mac and ActiveWords on the PC are the current day versions of these tools.

Recently I also started to appreciate the concept of a Clipboard manager. There are many of these on all platforms, my application launcher of choice LaunchBar provides a powerful clipboard history that allow you to stack up all the recent items copies and paste them back in any order.

iPhone 3G – Accessory Mods

One of the main frustrations with the New iPhone 3G has been the incompatibilities of many (of not most) of the existing accessories. Part of this can be attributed to the final removal of firewire circuitry which renders many chargers (which still used the old firewire pins on the dock) – useless. Other devices, such as my iHome clock radio will no longer pass audio from the dock connector. Even when a device works (such as the Belkin Tunebase car adapter) you may still get the annoying Accessory Not made to work with iPhone


Example
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Now the good news is that this adapter will charge the iPhone and pass audio, so in most respects it works. Two problems. The error message and the fact it doesn’t really fit. The last part is correctable.

My iPhone also has a Belkin Acrylic case – which actually makes the fit worse but the mod easier. The key issue is the plastic clips on the side don’t hold the new 3G iPhone in the correct position.


Note the gaps on the sides:
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But with a little basic surgery, we can fix that.

The Mod requires about 3/4″ of an inch of plastic on the Car adapter clip be trimmed back, and an equal length grove be worked into the Acrylic hard shell. Dry fitting this and marking with a black marker gets the locations well enough

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Using the Dremel and a burr tool gets the job done, and a little buff when its all done.

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Final Product – still complains but it fits, and it works.

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Drupal 5 Migration Complete

After a little waiting for some contributed items to get updated, the site is now running on Drupal 5. The improvements in the backend are awesome and new functionality is everywhere. I will try to avoid turning too much on.

Again the good folks at Lullabot are always showing the neat stuff. Such as the new diff capability that gives wiki like change management.Check out the screencast here.

Firefox 2.0 About to Ship – Here’s What’s Happening

Firefox 2 has reached release candidate stage. The recommended browser on pretty much any platform.


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Mozilla offered up FireFox 2.0 Release Candidate 3 tonight, bringing the official launch of version 2.0 all the closer. Most TechCrunch readers have probably tried previous release candidates but there are a number of things readers may be interested in considering as full scale roll-out of the new version approaches.

They have also started the planning for Firefox 3.0

Firefox 2 has reached release candidate stage. The recommended browser on pretty much any platform.


Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Firefox 2.0 About to Ship – Here’s What’s Happening

Mozilla offered up FireFox 2.0 Release Candidate 3 tonight, bringing the official launch of version 2.0 all the closer. Most TechCrunch readers have probably tried previous release candidates but there are a number of things readers may be interested in considering as full scale roll-out of the new version approaches.

They have also started the planning for Firefox 3.0

Server Conversion – Drupal

This site has now been converted to Drupal as the primary content engine. Thanks to the very useful wp2drupal module and some examples like the recent conversion of darcynorman.net. We’ve taken the plunge here.

More on drupal later.

There was a major issue with the version of PHP required to handle the conversion. Not wanting to risk more changes to the code running on the server – Parallels Desktop to the rescue. Created a copy of the server in a virtualized environment did all the upgrades and changes, then exported the new database back to the production box.

This site has now been converted to Drupal as the primary content engine. Thanks to the very useful wp2drupal module and some examples like the recent conversion of darcynorman.net. We’ve taken the plunge here.

More on drupal later.

There was a major issue with the version of PHP required to handle the conversion. Not wanting to risk more changes to the code running on the server – Parallels Desktop to the rescue. Created a copy of the server in a virtualized environment did all the upgrades and changes, then exported the new database back to the production box.

I wouldn’t say it was easier but it was safer and more predictable.

Score one for server virtualization. – Cool!

Gartner Report: XP on an Intel Mac

The Boot Camp program will offer a safety net for consumers running Windows XP on Intel-based Macs. But dual boot is not the experience most users want. A hypervisor-based Windows offering would be more useful. Apple Offering Lets Users Choose Their Operating System

Specifically Gartner states:

“Small businesses, consumers and freelance contractors may find it useful to run their Windows applications on the Mac at work while also running the Mac OS for personal use.”

Policies Must Enable Workers to Use Own PCs

This has been my growing opinion anyway, nice to see Gartner is sounding off on this one.

Policies Must Enable Workers to Use Own PCs
Anarchy is at the gates of enterprise IT departments as employees use their own PCs for work. Enterprises wonder how they can allow access by PCs they do not own; the answer is that they may not have a choice. However, manageability and security depend on control of PC configurations and use.

Apple – Boot Camp

It’s been interesting to follow the Windows on Mac talk on all the boards and blogs. Even the quote by John C Dvorak on Apple moving to Windows as an OS.

But I really wasn’t ready for this:

Apple – Boot Camp
More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public

It’s been interesting to follow the Windows on Mac talk on all the boards and blogs. Even the quote by John C Dvorak on Apple moving to Windows as an OS.

But I really wasn’t ready for this:

Apple – Boot Camp
More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.