Macintosh Blog Posts

April 27, 2006

iPhoto Image Sizes

Here's a little tip for insuring that your pictures look high quality. Note that if you have a consumer type camera you may not have enough pixels to have very large prints made that look good. Use the following general guidelines when sizing images to aspect ratios":
  • For a 4 x 6" print, the image resolution should be 640 x 480 pixels minimum
  • For a 5 x 7" print, the image resolution should be 1024 x 768 pixels minimum
  • For an 8 x 10" print, the image resolution should be 1536 x 1024 pixels minimum
  • For a 16 x 20" print, the image resolution should be 1600 x 1200 pixels minimum
  • For a 20 x 30" print, the image resolution should be 1600 x 1200 pixels minimum

April 24, 2006

Safari and TextEdit

A really cool feature in Text Edit is the ability to save Graphics inside the documents. This works well with Safari.

So I can select a text on Boston.com, Yahoo.com and then paste it into a TextEdit document and then save it as a 'rtfd' which is a Rich Text With Graphics Format. This makes saving stories with photos a lot easier...

March 29, 2006

Workout Songs

The following is a list of workout songs that I found. This list was create in early 2001. I am sure that there's some additional songs that could make this list.

Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Physical Olivia Newton-John
Stronger Britney Spears
Come On Over Christina Aguliera
Rollin' Limp Bizkit
Rocky Theme Phil Conti
Baby Got Back Sir Mix-a-lot
Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) C+C Music Factory
Bye Bye Bye N'Sync
Express Yourself Madonna

March 20, 2006

Airport Card

Apple has discontinued the Apple Card for the Apple Extreme card. However not all computers can use the new card.

You can search ebay for Apple Cards, but they cost $129+. Which is a lot of money to spend to make your desktop computer wireless.

I found a cheaper solution this weekend. I bought a DLINK USB Adapter (DWL-G122) for $45. I downloaded some third party driver and was able to connect with no problems. (Search for Macintosh USB Wireless for the Driver.)

This is a short term solution, over the next few months, I'll be building a home network that will replace the wireless connection.

February 21, 2006

Linksys modem Connection with Comcast

[Download a PDF Version of this for easy reference.]

I was able to get a Linksys Modem connected to a Comcast using the following steps:

  • I called Comcast (888) 633-4266 to register the Modem Mac address. (This can be found on the bottom of the modem.)
  • The 'DS' Light was flashing non-stop, indicating that it was not getting a signal. I had to try a different cable wall jack. Turns out the one I was using was not set up correctly.
  • Once I got connected I just went through www.comcast.net instead of using the CD installation. For some reason on my Mac, Comcast kept disabling the Ethernet port.
Once I was able to surf the Internet, I connected a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router:

First I needed my computer Mac Address:

Finding the Mac Address on a Macintosh OS X:
You will need this for Comcast Cable.

  1. Open up System Preferences.
  2. Click Network
  3. Under the 'Show' Menu select 'Ethernet'
  4. Select the Ethernet Tab (Its the last tab.)
  5. The Ethernet ID is what you need.
Then I started the process:
  1. Shut down the computer, and unplug the power cables to both the router and the Broadband modem.
  2. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the computer and plug it into the Internet or WAN port of the router.
  3. Take another the Ethernet cable and connect it to the computer.  Then, take the other end of that same cable and connect it to Port 2 on the back of the router.
  4. So you have at this point the Modem cable going into the 'Internet' port of the Router and a cable from your computer to the Router second ethernet port.
  5. Plug in the Broadband modem's power cable and wait for all of its lights to stop blinking.
  6. After the lights on the Broadband modem stop blinking, plug in the router's power cable.
  7. Start up the computer.
Now your ready to configure the router:
  1. I used Firefox instead of Safari, since I was experiencing some problems submitting Linksys Settings. (I was seeing the raw HTML code after submittals)
  2. When the browser window opens, go to the Address bar and type in the router's IP Address and click on the Go button (192.168.1.1 is the default IP address of Linksys Routers).
  3. A window will appear prompting for a "User Name" and a "Password".  Leave the "User Name" field blank, and type in the router's password and click on the OK button to login (admin is the default password).
  4. The router's web-based "Setup" utility should then load.
  5. From the "Setup" page, click on the MAC Address Clone sub-tab.
  6. In the "MAC Clone" section, set the option to Enable.
  7. Click on the Clone Your PC's MAC button.  Once this is done, the "User Defined Entry" will show MAC Address of the Ethernet Adapter of the computer you are using.  Verify this address with the Mac Address" observed in earlier steps.
  8. To make the Wireless Work, click on the 'Wireless' tab, then click on the green button. It will instruct you to click on the Cisco Systems logo on the Router.
  9. Be sure to use a cool Wireless Network Name!
[Download a PDF Version of this for easy reference.]

February 9, 2006

Create a Rule Line in InDesign

To create a rule line, similar to rule paper:
  1. Create a line the length that you want.
  2. Change the line stroke weight to .5 (Standard Line weight)
  3. Select Step and Repeat (Edit -> Step and Repeat)
  4. Put in the number of lines you need in Repeat Count
  5. Put in .2 inch or 1p2.4 Vertical Offset (Standard College Rule)
This is great if you are creating custom index card or custom cards for the scan card system.

August 2, 2005

Macintosh Application

Right now on my Powerbook G4 I have 8 applications open, and these represent the most productive applications that I use at work.
In the order that they appear in the Dock:
  • Safari
  • Apple Mail
  • BBedit
  • Interarchy
  • DEVONthink
  • iTunes
  • Virtual PC
  • Aqua Data Studio

July 14, 2005

Apple iPods

Yesterday, Apple announced some pretty good numbers for last quarter. Once again the iPods are stealing the show.

I can't wait until they have a living room version of the iPod, a device that will replace having Multi-CD Electronic devices.

Here's what currently on my July Playlist:
Africa, As We Walk to Fenway Park In Boston Town, Black Water, Broken Wings, California, Candle in the Wind, Desert Moon, Dirty Water, Don't Dream It's Over, Drift Away, Ebay (Parody of "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys), Gangsta's Paradise, Going up the Country, How Bad Do You Want It, I Lost On Jeopardy, Independance Day, Iris, Live Like You Were Dying, Maybe I'm Amazed, Merchandising Wright Brothers, Nothing Compares to you, Otherwise, Parents Just Don't Understand, Psycho Killer, Somebody's Watching Me, Teddy Ballgame, This Used To Be My Playground, Tubthumping (I Get Knock Down), Waiting For A Star To Fall, Walk On Water, Wind of Change, World Series Game 4, You're Still the One

July 8, 2005

New Powerbook

Well after months of thinking about buying a new Powerbook, I finally bought a new one last night at the Apple Store in Salem, New Hampshire. This is the model I selected:

15.2-inch TFT Display
1280x854 resolution
1.5GHz PowerPC G4
512MB DDR333 SDRAM
80GB Hard Drive
ATI Mobility Radeon
9700 (64 MB DDR)
Backlit keyboard
Gigabit Ethernet
FireWire 400 & 800

Apple made it easy to copy Applications from my old laptop onto my new laptop. It took a couple of hours to move 20 GB of data. All this was automatic. I just connected the two computers and told it what I wanted to copy. It couldn't have been easier.

I had to enter in my Serial Number for Snapz-Pro and install MySQL. Other than that, things work as they did before.

They were selling 512MB Ram for $150 with free installation. I declined that knowing that I could get a better deal online. I found places that had the same memory for $50.

The screen is much brighter and some applications do appear to open faster.

June 7, 2005

Devon Think

In March I purchased Sticky Brain, however due to problems with the software in my upgrade to MAc OX 10.4, I can no longer use the software.

I tried to uninstall, reinstall and nothing worked. I have two computers and can't get the main program to work. The shortcuts and other features work, but I can't get to the main screen.

Other people were having a problem with Sticky Brian, so I decided, since I use the program as a work tool, that I need a different application.

Right now I am using DEVON think, and so far everything is working well.

I think the problem with Sticky Brain is that it uses OpenBase as a database and I have MySQL installed on both computers. I program a lot in MySQL, so I don't plan to uninstall the database.

June 6, 2005

Apple to use Intel

This past weekend CNet got the scoop that Apple will start using Intel chips in their computers starting next year. I think someone at Apple intentionally leaked the information so the the Developer's Conference would be getting a lot of publicity.
The news that Apple is switching from PowerPC to Intel chips could confuse consumers, some analysts are warning. "Apple has sent a strong signal that it would be sensible to wait a year if you want to buy a new Powerbook," Gary Barnett, research director at Ovum, told BBC News. Mr. Barnett said he would have been more impressed if Apple had decided to switch to AMD processors. AMD had "out-innovated" Intel in terms of its 64 processor technology, he said. "Everything around PowerPC seems to interesting and optimistic - AMD can be classified as that too. Intel is just the current leader, albeit it by a big margin."
My impression is that most consumers don't care what's in the box. They just want to know if its easy to use and will it work with their exisiting programs.

Apple's move to Intel is an economic and technological win for Apple. They will be able produce cheaper computers that will run really fast. It appears this all has to do with getting a G5 chip in the Powerbook.

Also Yesterday:

Jobs introduces Wolfram's CEO, who said they ported Mathematica 5 to Intel-based Macs in 2 hours. Working version in 2 hours flat. Only about 20 lines of code changed.
Ok... Maybe you should reword that it took 2 hours test changing 20 lines of code. The above quote makes it seem that Mathematica has slow programers.

May 23, 2005

Apple and Intel Rumors

The Associated Press is reporting that Apple is in secret talks with Intel, and the AP is spreading the rumor that this has to do with the possiblity that Apple might be using Intel chips.

A couple of years ago, Apple was in talks with several major record companies and all the rumors were about how Apple was going to buy a record company. However, it turns out that Apple was in talks to get record companies to sign off with Apple's new music service.

So the rumors of Apple using Intel instead of IBM could be just that rumors. Apple might be planning some Living Room accessory and would like to use Intel Chips. This might be a better option since it wouldn't infringe on any contracts that Apple and IBM have.

Its possible that Apple-TiVo might be working on something using an Intel chipset, that would be cool...

May 19, 2005

Applications

Since I am thinking of updating my laptop, I was going through my list of applications that I currently use. These are the major applications that I have:
  • Acrobat 5 - use to create and Modify PDF douments
  • Adobe Illustrator - use to create Illustrations on the computer
  • Adobe Indesign - perfect for creating booklets and PDF documents
  • Adobe Photoshop - Photo editing tool
  • Audio Hijac Pro - Record radio stations
  • BBedit - Primary HTML editor on the Macintosh.
  • Can Combine Icons - Custom Icons
  • GraphicConverter - Use to browse images.
  • Interarchy - FTP client
  • Microsoft Office - Word/Excel and Powerpoint files
  • SQL4X Manager J - Use to access MySQL and SQL server
  • Sticky Brain - Use to jot down notes and information
  • Toast 6 Titanium - Burn CDs and DVDs on unsupported Mac hardware.
Freeware Applications:
  • Remote Desktop - Microsoft remote desktop tool
  • VNCViewer - VNC client
I created this list so that I can find all the serial numbers and disks. I know programs like Carbon Copy can migrate data between two computers, but I am thinking of doing a fresh install.

May 12, 2005

New Apple Display

Today I purchased a new 20" Apple Display.

Since 1999, I have been using the Apple 15" display at a 1024 x 768 resolution. The new Apple Displays are much better and have a higher resolution (1680 by 1050 pixels). Putting a new display on an existing computer almost seems like you have a brand new computer.

One of the reasons I decided on going with the new displays was that the computer at work I am using 1280x1024 resolution and I have gotten use to the higher resolution.

The downside of upgrading the monitor is that I can't use it on my Titanium Powerbook laptop. I have to purchase a ADC converter which costs $299. Its almost cheaper to buy another monitor.

I haven't figured out what I am going to do with the Apple 15" monitor.

November 10, 2004

Smultron

I have been using BBEdit for at least 5 years on a daily bases. Recently someone told me about Smultron, a powerful text editor for the Macintosh.

This is a pretty cool app, that could easily replace BBEdit if it incorporated one feature, the ability to Zap Gremlins. Gremlins are strange bits of characters that usually appear when I copy text between Windows and Macintosh.

I really like the Code Snippets in Smultron. This makes reusing code a lot easier. In BBEdit, there isn't a way to store code within the app.

I am working on a way to integrate Smultron with Interarchy, its not working as I would expect. But if you use BBEdit, I would highly recommend checking out Smultron.

Oh, Smultron is about $119 cheaper than BBEdit, its free!