Macintosh Blog Posts

March 2, 2007

VX8300 Wallpaper

I recently upgraded my cellphone and purchase a LG VX8300. I really like this phone over my Samsung A670 since it has Bluetooth capabilities and a better sound, including a speaker phone.

The screen is a little bigger, and I with that I needed create some new Disney World Haunted Mansion wallpaper. If your a Haunted Mansion fan, and have a LG VX8300 download these wallpapers that I created.

HauntedMansionNight  HauntedMansions  HauntedMansionSign

I am working on some ring tones. For some reason, Disney isn't providing any Haunted Mansions ringtones as they did when I purchased the Samsun A670 a couple of years ago. I think this is a big mistake since there are plenty of Haunted Mansions fans that would like to have Grim Grinning Ghosts as a ring tone. Once I am done with it, I'll put it up here so others can download it.

January 25, 2007

Apple Bugs

Google it...

Apple Tiger Bugs: 1,300,000
Microsoft Vista Bugs: 28,100,000

Oh, Vista doesn't officially come till next week. Lets see where the numbers stand Tuesday morning (January 31, 2007), once users installed it and start blogging it.

January 9, 2007

iPhone for $499

Wow Apple announced the iPhone for $499! The bad news is that it runs on Cingular network.

Apple would have been better to make a couple of these for different providers. In the northeast, Verizon pretty much has the most coverage. After all, they will have to make a different phone for Europe and for Asia.

more later...

November 16, 2006

Quicktime Feature

I have been working on the features section of this website and looking to take advantage of using Final Cut Express HD that I purchased last year.

I have my VCR connected to my Sony DCR-TRV720, as a pass-through and connected to my desktop computer using firewire. I got this working in Final Cut Express, so that I can record video, by using File > Easy Setup and selected DV-NTSC DV Converter. The only downside is that the audio doesn't play through the speakers.

Final Cut Express HD is a great piece of software, and one of the cool things that I didn't know that was included is Apple Compressor. This allows me to compress multiple Movies at the same time! Very Cool!

I currently have Media Cleaner 5 for all my compression, and its a great tool. But its a little out of date and I am unable to compress using the latest H.264 Codec. I am not sure if its worth getting the upgrade to Cleaner 6.5 since that costs $179. I think the key advanage would be the RealMedia and the popular Flash Movie Format that is not available in Apple's Compressor2.

I'll investigate other options, as there might be some plug-ins that might work with Quicktime or Compressor, such as Helix Producer.

October 5, 2006

Installing Oracle

I am in the process of Installing Oracle on my Powerbook G4 and G4 Desktop for development purposes. Here are the steps I am currently using.

First download Oracle Database 10g Release 1 (10.1.0.3) for Mac OS X Server

Then perform the following commands from the Terminal:

Oracle
su -
sudo nicl . -append /groups/admin users oracle
sudo gcc_select 3.3
sudo nicl . -create /groups/dba
sudo nicl . -append /groups/dba gid 601 
sudo nicl . -append /groups/dba passwd "*"
sudo nicl . -create /users/oracle
sudo nicl . -append /users/oracle uid 601
sudo nicl . -append /users/oracle gid 600
sudo nicl . -append /users/oracle shell /bin/bash
sudo nicl . -append /users/oracle home /Users/oracle
sudo nicl . -append /groups/dba users oracle        
mkdir /Users/oracle
chown oracle:dba /Users/oracle
sudo nicl . -append /users/oracle gid 601
nireport . /users uid name | more
mkdir /opt
mkdir /opt/oracle
mkdir /opt/oracle/product
mkdir /opt/oracle/product/10.1
chown -R oracle:dba /opt/oracle
cd /Users/cryan/Desktop
mv ship_mac_db.cpio.gz /opt/oracle/product/10.1/
cd /opt/oracle/product/10.1
gzip -d ship_mac_db.cpio.gz 
cpio -idmv < ship_mac_db.cpio

That's where I am at for now...

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.