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Archive for February, 2008

More Experimentation

More experimentation – if you want to. Here’s one answer to the question: why would I want to use Groovy and Grails. And to show that he is serious about Groovy, the author of that answer continues to expain his Groovy discoveries on his blog. Experimentation is fun, indeed!

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Mucking about with computers can be fun, even when it serves no real purpose. So just for the fun of it, I installed Mono and SharpDevelop on my iBook – yes, on a 500Mhz machine that is almost 7 years old. Guess what? It worked perfectly, even if SharpDevelop is a bit slow to run on such a machine. But I “developed” a very simple ASP.NET page, got it up and running, and was happy to have proven that it could be done: ASP.NET on a little Mac… Note though, that SharpDevelop does not look very “sharp” on a Mac!

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Bad News

Bad news: Finnish police arbitrarily censors pages which criticize censorship.

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Extreme Info

I’m trying to figure out how to get some form of dynamic DNS to work for my home network. In my searches on Google I also found a Java-based alternative for the Airport Utility: the Airport Base Station Configurator. I know, the Apple application is more friendly and explicit, but according to David McNett the alternative has a few tricks up its sleeve that extend the possibilities of the Base Station… I haven’t yet tried to change the settings, but the application did find the settings of my Base Station, so at least that part does work.

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Yes, I wouldn’t mind being able to combine my Palm and my iPod and my mobile phone into a single machine. So when a Palm emulation for iPhone/iPod touch [is] demonstrated, my lust for the iPhone grows yet again! Luckily – for my wallet – I’m a patient man. And besides: my iPhone would need more RAM than is currently for sale – even the bump to 16GB isn’t enough for my CD collection plus Palm stuff plus photos…

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I should have known it was a dumb idea to try and remote control my Mac from the same machine (that’s not really remote, isn’t it?). But I was installingLogMeIn, and my impatience – I was waiting for the iBook to come to life – made me try anyway. If you want to see mouse pointer madness and windows in windows in windows etc., well: it’s your own time you’re wasting! Oh, and before you get there do take a look at Koozie Notes, who explains what should be explained in the LogMeIn documentation: if you want to remote control a session with a non-administrator account, then you have to authorize that user first (if you don’t do this, you’ll get a 4320 error). Go to the Preferences screen in the LogMeIn application on the target machine and add the account in the Security settings…

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Still Fond Of Fonts

Still fond of fonts, that’s me. And if you like type fonts too, have a look at SMeltery. There are a few nice surprises to be found there – just have a look at the font called “Trottoir” and its inspiration, or check out the “TypO’clock”.

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Party time is over for me – actually, it was a holiday week. So I’m reading up on what happened last week. Here are a few items that I want to remember:

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Digital Upgrade

I traded my Nikon D70 for a D80 today – and found out on the Nikon support site that there is a firmware upgrade for the D80 since two weeks. Software upgrades are (becoming) a necessary evil…

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Super Tuesday… At Home!

Of course it’s a Super Tuesday – it’s my birthday!

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After migrating to the iMac and Mac OS X 10.5 I suddenly lost the possibility to sync my Nokia 6233 with Apple’s AddressBook. Luckily I remembered that iSync needed a little hack, and the Mac OS Hints site told me how and where. In summary: you need to unzip this file and put the unzipped  Nokia6233.phoneplugin  folder in the /Applications/iSync.app/Contents/PlugIns/ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice/Contents/PlugIns folder. It’s a bit silly to have to install a plugin in the application folder itself – no wonder that my move to a new machine and OS couldn’t find the phone! Or is there a better place to put new iSync plugins?

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Blogs Beat NYT?

The Long Now Foundation announced its decision: “Weblog page ranks came out ahead of the NY Times“. So the Blogs beat the NYT? It’s a “yes and no” situation, and I guess the debate about this decision will go on for quite some time. For me, at least one thing is certain: non-commercial user-generated content will only grow both in quality and quality, and that is a Good Thing. Why? First of all, because it will force commercial sources to do more than just “their best”. Secondly, it will spark debate and discussion, and that is what keeps a free and open society alive – why do you think are blogs censured in countries like China or Saudi-Arabia or …?

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