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09. August 2010

LucID Messenger
@ 23:03:52

Ever heard of LucID? Just by random run over that messenger, which should enable chatting from iPhone to Android or Blackberry. We managed to chat from Android to iPhone and backwards. But how does one invite people by email? Not a clue yet.

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29. June 2005

iTunes with podcast
@ 18:14:40

iTunes 4.9 with podcast is now up and running. Great.

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15. June 2005

RSS as a marketing instrument
@ 12:24:55

Apple offers an RSS feed generator frontend, where you can select e.g. the most recent added German Pop albums added to the iTunes shop [1]. So, if you add the feed to an RSS reader, you get each item displayed with a link, that opens in iTunes. Probably in the next version there will be Podcasting and - consequently - an RSS reader for song title marketing in iTunes ;)

[1] http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/MRSS/rssGenerator

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10. June 2005

FileVault is memory hungry
@ 12:44:47

Yesterday I moved from Panther to Tiger; on a 37GB disk. Today I tried the FileVault and got the message below in response:
Sorry, I do not have that much space here for so many drives ;)

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07. June 2005

Marklar follow-up
@ 22:31:46

If You have not yet heard Steve Jobs yet, have a go here [1]. Apple implemented Podcasting into iTunes and calles it "Podcast Director". Apple itends to take Podcasting mainstream that way. Jobs also presented "Universal Binaries" to run on Intel and PowerPCs created with Xcode 2.1. He also presents "Rosetta" allowing to run PowerPC apps from the day one of the technology transition. Intel processors will drive (probably mainly) the new Apple computer hardware.

[1] http://www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/wwdc05/

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06. June 2005

Marklar - reinforcing a background task at Apple?
@ 11:02:50

[via infam, 1] It is rumoured that Apple will move to Intel technology. There has already been running a background task called "marklar" [2] that has been working on keeping Apple applications running on Intel processors. It is said, that Steve Jobs will reveal more today [3].

[1] http://infam.antville.org/stories/1138384/
[2] http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1656622,00.asp
[3] http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

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12. January 2005

John towards U3
@ 20:31:11

John Haller [1] has done a remarkable job to let Thunderbird, Firefox and Sunbird as well as NVU run directly from a USB stick. I have some doubts to transport my mails around on a USB stick. Maybe Sunbird? Still not sure. There is a calendar on my mobile phone, which has no caldav yet, but let's wait and see ;)

As the computers seem to become smaller too, the fancy stuff above gets even more relativated. Saying this, I have the new Apple mini in mind, which I saw today [2]. Nearly a "PC" to fit in the pocket (PIP) or a small bag (PIB) ;) Nevertheless, definitely enough resources to run Thunderbird, Firefox and Sunbird at once.

[1] http://johnhaller.com/jh/mozilla/
[2] http://www.apple.com/macmini/

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17. November 2004

vcf import problem on Thunderbird
@ 23:24:27

Just having switched to Thunderbird on OSX. The import facility does not seem to accept vcf files from the Address.app. I found a java implemenation that converts vcf to ldif [1].

A perl script [2] did work properly while moving vcf to csv, but it might work for you [2].

[1] http://big.faceless.org/misc/vcf2ldif.jar
[2] http://coollame.org/archives/000516.html

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15. November 2004

QemuX - Qemu GUI for OSX
@ 07:50:12

QemuX - written by René Korthaus - claims to be a powerful UI (User Interface) for the Qemu CPU Emulator by Fabrice Bellard. QemuX is designed for Mac OS X. As qemu currently only runs as a Terminal App, a Cocoa application for managing configurations and simple launching of a Guest OS makes your life easier. [1] I also advise to follow qemu-devel [2].

[1] http://cordney.com/QemuX
[2] http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel

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07. November 2004

PHP5 on OSX
@ 21:46:29

Marc [1] is doing a great job to get PHP5 as easy as possible on OSX.

[1] http://www.entropy.ch/home/000012.html

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20. October 2004

Qemu for OSX
@ 20:58:36

Qemu was not yet available for OSX in April, but now there is even an installer around [1].

[1] http://cordney.com/QemuX/

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17. May 2004

PearPC to rund OS X on Windows
@ 14:04:15

PearPC [1] is an Open Source project to emulate PowerPC architecture. It will enable you to run e.g. OS X on Windows or Linux - also have a look at MOL [2] in the latter case.

[1] http://pearpc.sourceforge.net
[2] http://maconlinux.org

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06. April 2004

QEMU development progression for OS X
@ 19:17:47

There has been some work done by Pierre d'Herbemont [1] lately on QEMU to run on OS X [2]. QEMU [3] is a fast processor emulator using dynamic translation to achieve good emulation speed.

[1] http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2004-02/msg00104.html
[2] http://cvs.opendarwin.org/index.cgi/projects/darwine/related/qemu/
[3] http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/

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23. March 2004

Soybo technology to integrate PHP, XML-RPC, AppleScript et. al.
@ 11:47:27

Soybo [1] is a cross-platform and device independent technology that allows applications to publish their functionality as web services, accessible by any Internet-enabled device. Soybo bridges the digital divide by drastically reducing the hardware requirements necessary for remote accessing of computing resources. It is published under GPL.

[1] http://www.soybo.com

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17. March 2004

iPhoto-to-Blog export plug-in
@ 16:51:19

Eric Sigler [1] has written and published a plug-in to iPhoto which lets you export images directly from your local machine to the remote host driving your weblog. If you like to adapt another blog API just have a look at the sources [2]. Eric is still working on the project...

[1] http://esigler.2nw.net/software/
[2] http://svn.2nw.net/iphoto2weblog/trunk/

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16. March 2004

Just no win-win situation
@ 21:24:46

Yesterday I moved a PHP project from Windows to OS X. For reasons of laziness I often code something like:
if (stristr(PHP_OS, "WIN")) {
echo "Do something Windows-related here...";
}
This worked usually perfect for scripts moved between Windows and Linux based systems. But one has to be more precise for scripts to run additionally on OS X. Since OS X comes with a PHP_OS string consisting of "Darwin". If you are wondering, why your scripts do not work on Mac try this:
if (stristr(PHP_OS, "Windows")) {
echo "Do something Windows-related here...";
}

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05. March 2004

Virtual Desktops for OS X
@ 00:35:00

There is a constant mess on the 12" desktop of my iBook. One way to come along that problem is to rearrange the icons, remove this or that tiny file containing just a note or codesnippet etc. or - the second way - to extend the destop area. Going for both variants leads to the best compromise.

Regarding the destop-extension I had that idea of looking for a virtual desktop as one knows it from Linux etc. There are about four solutions for OS X I would like to point out:

- Desktop Manager, http://wsmanager.sourceforge.net
- Space.app, http://space.sourceforge.net
- CodeTek VirtualDesktop, http://www.codetek.com/ctvd/
- Windowshade X (minimize-in-place), http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/wsx/

Currently I am working with the opensourced Desktop Manager. Unfortunately the files and folder can not be moved to virtual desktops; I have to reread the manual but that is what I initially was looking for...

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29. January 2004

Apple is offering iBook repair
@ 10:02:53

According to CNET [1] Apple launched a worldwide repair program for faulty iBook hardware as the the serial numbers is in the range of UV220XXXXXX to UV318XXXXXX.

[1] http://news.com.com/2100-1041_3-5149813.html?tag=st_lh

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22. January 2004

Mail appetizer for Mac
@ 00:12:00

When new messages arrive, Mail.appetizer [1] displays a transparent notification on top of your screen. More Mail plug-ins are available at tikouka [2]. I was seeking a GPG plug-in for a while though ;-p

[1] http://www.bronsonbeta.com
[2] http://www.tikouka.net/mailapp/

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17. January 2004

Monitoring the iBook USB ports
@ 01:27:08

The recently purchased USB memory stick, a Mac compatible SanDisk "cruzer mini", did not properly mount on the iBook. The only way to get around with this issue was to reboot. But today I found a program called USB Monitor, provided as free software by Granted Sofware [1].

[1] http://www.grantedsw.com/usb-monitor/

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14. January 2004

Samba on OS X
@ 21:18:35

Sharing files on a machine with different OSs installed can be a pain. So I was looking for good old Samba to be available on OS X. A "sudo apt-install samba" does most of the job. There are in fact some files to create to have the service available right from start-up. Some good advice can be found in a tutorial by Jason Deraleau [1], although it dates back to 2001.

[1] http://www.opensource.apple.com/projects/documentation/howto/html/osxsmb.html

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08. January 2004

SpamAssassin on OS X
@ 10:43:10

I found that howto to install SpamAssassin on OS X [1]. While working on the PERL module configuration it ocurred, that ncftp(get) was no available on Panther. It looks, as if it has been romoved from the previous version of OS X. A "# sudo fink install ncftp" fixed it.

PS: Have you seen the new tiny iPod [2]?

[1] http://www.stupidfool.org/docs/sa.html
[2] http://www.apple.com/ipodmini/

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07. January 2004

NeoOffice/J comes with 0.7.1
@ 13:10:56

NeoOffice/J [1], currently based on OOo source code 1.0.3 and running without X11, came out in Version 0.7.1 with some bug fixes.

[1] http://www.neooffice.org/java/

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04. January 2004

Office v.X repair hints
@ 14:21:20

According to a posting on macosxhints [1], Microsoft Office v.X applications should run more stable as the file "~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Office Registration Cache X" gets removed beforehand.

[1] http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20021115060129655

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09. December 2003

Import Outlook calendar items into iCal
@ 17:42:58

While looking around to convert Outlook calendar items to iCal I came along this post [1]. The author points to a project called Outport, which can be found at Sourceforge [2].

[1] http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20020914092907302
[2] http://outport.sourceforge.net

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08. December 2003

XChat Aqua for Mac
@ 16:34:27

Installed XChat Aqua for OS X today [1].

[1] http://sourceforge.net/projects/xchataqua/

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11. November 2003

Wine for Mac OS X?
@ 18:33:18

While looking for an emulator on OS X I was starting with Wine, which, to be precise, is an implementation of the Windows API. More emulators possibly for OS X to be found were these, also not all running on OS X yet:

- http://www.winehq.org/hypermail/wine-devel/2003/07/0326.html
- http://darwine.sourceforge.net
- http://www.gnu.org/directory/libs/willowstwin.html
- http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/

Update: more on qemu for OS X:
- http://www.raylucke.com/20010926/software/qemu/

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06. November 2003

OpenOffice.org 1.1.0 for OS X
@ 15:25:32

Just downloaded OOo 1.1.0 from a local mirror [1] and installed it on OS X. Works perfectly; the PDF export button is now available.

[1] ftp://sunsite.cnlab-switch.ch/mirror/OpenOffice/contrib/MacOSX/

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30. September 2003

SSH GUI for OS X
@ 18:44:22

Fugu [1] is a graphical frontend to the commandline Secure File Transfer application (SFTP). SFTP is similar to FTP, but unlike FTP, the entire session is encrypted, meaning no passwords are sent in cleartext form, and is thus much less vulnerable to third-party interception.

[1] http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu/

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09. July 2003

Safari for Windows soon?
@ 22:42:53

Just come from eating a tandoori sandwich at tibits and while skimming through the FTD [1] I passed the lines where they are talking about porting Safari [2] to Windows. FTD argues that Apple probably won't do that for not risking a new broswer-war; but someone else already is at work. The thread at least dates back to January 2003 [3]. Since Apple has freed KHTML from the Qt non-commerical license [4], it was just a reason more for Alan Gutierrez [5] to move a step forward.

[1] http://www.ftd.de
[2] http://www.apple.com/safari
[3] http://lists.kde.org/?l=kfm-devel&m=104205219114244&w=2
[4] http://developer.kde.org/documentation/licensing/licenses_summary.html
[5] http://khtml-win32.sourceforge.net

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23. June 2003

Jaguar eaten by the Panther
@ 20:25:34

According to slashdot [1] Apple [2] comes out with a new OS X release called Panther. Some features:

* Lower-level enhancements include NFS file locking
* built-in X11
* FreeBSD 5.0
* IPsec-based VPN
* various SMB and Active Directory enhancements
* others more

[1] http://apple.slashdot.org/apple/03/06/23/188254.shtml?tid=107&tid=187
[2] http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

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11. May 2003

Some new dma_sound information for an iBook
@ 22:23:47

Found a new howto for the tricky sound installation on Apple's iBook [1].

[1] http://www.miketec.org/ibook/

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26. April 2003

PHP CLI for OS X
@ 14:26:47

[via http://whump.com ] There is now a dmg package for OS X people around, that let you install PHP CLI pretty easy [1].

[1] http://www.somebodydial911.com/geek/cli/

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13. April 2003

Java2 Standard Edition Version 1.3 RC1
@ 23:06:07

Found Java packages for Debian PPC [1] to add to /etc/apt/sources.list:
#Java for PPC
deb http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/languages/java/linux/debian unstable main non-free
deb-src http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/languages/java/linux/debian unstable main non-free
Some help to install Blackdown Java from a binary [2].

[1] http://lwn.net/2000/1005/a/bdjava.php3
[2] http://penguinppc.org/projects/java/

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30. March 2003

Sound on iBook running Debian
@ 22:35:48

After a while the sound on the iBook [0] is now willing to make the way from the cd-rom via the single loudspeaker to my ears - Keziah Jones e.g. There was some sound-troubleshooting nescessary here. I found out that ALSA [1] is not meant to be run in parallel with dmasound_pmac, which actually comes with the kernel. There are ways to switch between them. But for now it works pretty well with dmasound_pmac after having removed all alsa installations from Debian. There is a real good tutorial on ibooklinux [2]. Hardware information has been retrieved from the developer site of Apple [3].

[0] http://www.lowendmac.com/pb2/ibook-se.shtml
[1] http://www.alsa-project.org
[2] http://www.ibooklinux.net/gh.php?single=90+index=0
[3] http://developer.apple.com/techpubs/hardware/hardware.html

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26. March 2003

B&O mp3 player compatible with iTunes
@ 11:21:52

Just found that one on Joi's blog [1]; recently I have seen that B&O mp3 player smiling at me from behind a shopping window. Mac users intervented, as the Beosound 2 was not origninally compatible with Mac. Jens Victor Fischer of B&O statet [2]:
[..] on the basis of all the inquiries we have received show that Macintosh users represent a larger customer segment for us than we first assumed.

[1] http://joi.ito.com/archives/cat_gadgets.html
[2] http://www.bang-olufsen.com/sw2104.asp

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20. March 2003

Gore to become Apple board member
@ 09:05:57

Al Gore, president candidate on latest elections, has become board member at Apple [1]. According to this article, Gore has also been a senior adviser to Google [2].

[1] http://rss.com.com/2102-1042-993332.html?tag=ni_print
[2] http://labs.google.com/sets?q1=al+gore&q2=goerge+w.+bush&btn=Small+Set

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19. March 2003

MacOnLinux using a file instead of a partition
@ 13:08:58

Instead of creating a special HFS partition, one can run MacOnLinux using a file as metioned on the linuxppc-list [1].

e.g. a 500MB image for MacOS:

debian:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/macos.img bs=1048576 count=500
500+0 records in
500+0 records out
524288000 bytes transferred in 60.964236 seconds (8599927 bytes/sec)

[1] http://lists.linuxppc.org/mol-general/200008/msg00014.html

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Java RE for Linux PPC
@ 02:05:32

Once more I had to install Java on my iBook. So here are some links to some handy tools and downloads [1][2].

[1] http://www.blackdown.org
[2] http://penguinppc.org/~kevyn/

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24. January 2003

Replacing the harddisk of an iBook Tangerine
@ 16:10:18

I intend to upgrade my iBook and adding a bigger harddisk . Google [1] already helped me to find a way to do it more or less "safely" [2]. Stay tuned.

Update: From intention to realization. The disassembled iBook after putting my hands on it.

Image by Urs Gehrig


[1] http://www.google.ch/search?q=replace+ibook+harddisk
[2] http://www.clauss-net.de/ibook.html

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Apache, PHP, Sablotron, libxml, GD on OS X
@ 10:12:16

Christian has completed his work on setting up Apache, PHP, Sablotron and the like on his OS X and provides an installation disk-image [1].

[1] http://blog.bitflux.ch/p54.html

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20. January 2003

Apple users that switched
@ 23:43:48

... there are people [1], that still love their iPod ;-) Others stick to the rest of Apples products too [2]. You can see it also literally [3].

[1] http://www.fandango.net/switched.mov
[2] http://www.apple.com/switch/ads/janieporche.html
[3] http://jeremy.zawodny.com/tmp/John-switch.mov

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Blogging and reading news with NetNewsWire
@ 18:48:32

[via bitflux.ch ] NetNewsWire [1] is a cool tool. You have a good overview on weblogs that are feeded by RSS. With the Pro version, you can blog directly to your site.

[1] http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/

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