‘software’ Archive


6 February 2010 15:56

First blog post in a while, but, here goes anyway!

I’ve got a Phatnoise MP3 system in my Golf and have had the same music on the cartridge for ages. The problem is the company who make it don’t really seem to be around to much and I think have been acquired by Harmon. Either way if you need the latest version of the Phatnoise music / media manager I suggest you go check out this post on a very handy forum!

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New Releases

13 July 2009 13:17

A few new releases for you to catch up on. Firstly WordPress 2.8.1 – essentially a bug fix and security release by the look of it but worth doing anyway, quick note that if you get stuck with a maintenance page check in your web root for a file called .maintenance, just rename that and the site will come back.

Next up two public beta’s from Adobe. ColdFusion 9 boasting some new useful and some not so useful/utterly pointless changes and the ColdFusion Builder which can either be standalone or as a plugin to Eclipse.

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Screen Lock Mac (with a message)

30 October 2008 10:46

There’s a few ways you can screen lock a mac but I wanted to not just lock the screen also put a message in the login window.

Using ScreenLock from handymacapps.com and Quiksilver you can quickly launch the lock and then by running the following you can neatly add a message to the login window.

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText “If you need me, call me.”

Just do “” to blank it again or ditch the file.


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iPhone 2.0 School Report

31 July 2008 22:51

Overall: Must try harder.

I have an original 2G iPhone and now have a 3G iPhone with work. I’ve been comparing the two and have some initial thoughts on what needs to get sorted.

The signal strength on the 3G phone is worse than the 2G one, but, only with 3G turned on. If you turn 3G off on O2’s UK network the signal strength goes back to full. Also the 3G data speeds are seemingly only slightly faster than EDGE which is a disappointment.

Neither the 2G or 3G phones map “locate me” function works anymore and with the 3G iPhone I can’t any sign that GPS exists at all again with this being one of the key new features and potential sell points for me to upgrade mine, a disappointment.

In both the Settings > Phone menu and the contact list on the 2G phone “My number” is displayed at the top which is quite handy, on the 3G phone there’s no sign of that. It may be something I’ve not setup right but in side by side comparisons of menu’s etc I can’t spot it.

The screen on the 3G is definitely brighter and as reviews suggest slightly more yellow, doesn’t really matter though as I think it looks better. Also the sound quality on the 3G is superior both in ear sound quality and volume and the speaker quality and volume.

Apple are in beta for 2.1 which I hope fixes these niggly things. Locate me not working and crappy 3G pick up could be O2’s fault, but, it could be hardware or software. I’d lean to software and Apple as on the 2G with 1.1.4 locate me worked just fine.

As for MobileMe, well, after by 99 remaining days are up thanks to Apple for 2 lots of extra 30 days, I think I’ll be ditching it. SpanningSync 2.0 is looking like the main contender at the moment.

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iPhone 1.1.4 firmware

27 February 2008 9:40

Other than causing me a huge amount of grief there doesn’t seem to much at all in the latest firmware for the iPhone.

The update downloaded OK, installed OK, but when the iPhone restarted iTunes crashed and burnt. Restarted iTunes and plugged the iPhone back in and after a while it popped up. Next problem was it told me it was synced to another iTunes, which it wasn’t, and wouldn’t sync. Did a restore, but, nothing changed. Finally chose the erase and sync option and luckily it sorted it out. I think.

Now to sort my album art out so coverflow looks prettier 🙂

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iPhone SDK

18 February 2008 22:18

Steve Jobs announced it’d be out in February and so far no sign. The ever reliable rumour mill is churning as normal with Apple and ranges from a 3G version of the iPhone, a 1.1.4 firmware (seems logical to support the SDK) and a big Apple event to actually launch the SDK itself.

It will be good to get it out there, I think custom apps will make the iPhone even better than it is already and will allow people to fix things that are irritating. Like for instance about 5 taps to turn bluetooth on, not friendly when you want to turn in on before setting out on a car journey!

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iPhone replacement activation

11 January 2008 22:27

Had my iPhone about 2 weeks when through no dropping, hitting or otherwise obvious force the screen cracked. Not the top screen but the underlying layer rendering it useless.

I took it back into the O2 store where I’d got it and showed the manager who said they’d send it off for repair. OK, that’s fine 7-10 working days turn around, not great but at least I’ll get a phone back. 2 working days (plus a weekend) later my replacement iPhone arrives in store.

Once I’d got it home I plugged it in to sync it up and iTunes asked me if I wanted to restore my settings, so, yeah I do. All seems fine, go through an activation process of my mobile number, mac account and email and all is well and I carry on.

Next time I plugged the phone in to sync it I was asked to put my mobile number and mac account etc. After the third or forth time this gets quite annoying. Apple support were 100% useless. I was told the only fix was to reinstall iTunes and that they’d email me details. Twice I rang and twice nothing.

After some googling and trying every option until the last one of choosing the restore option I went for it and I’m pleased to say it worked. It backed up my settings, downloaded the firmware, did it’s thing and restored and activated all fine.

O2 store great, Google great, Apple’s phone support definitely needs some work though.

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Leopard Update 10.5.1

16 November 2007 7:12

Apple has released the first general OS update for Leopard. Full information on their site and available via Software Update.

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apache2 issue on Leopard

10 November 2007 19:21

So last geek post on a Saturday night before I go out.

Trying to get a site running which uses a lot of rewrite rules. Enable the module in the /etc/apache2/httpd.conf file, configtest and restart. That should be it, erm, no. All I saw when browsing the site was a nice 404 page. Checking in the /var/log/apache2/error_log I see the following line:

[Sat Nov 10 19:13:24 2007] [error] [client] Negotiation: discovered file(s) matching request: /Users/ianwinter/Sites/domainname/public_html/content (None could be negotiated)., referer: http://www.domainname.co.uk.local/

Now I already knew that apache2 handles the Order directive for allow & deny differently so I’d already changed the main directory block to the following to allow everything:

<Directory />
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order deny,allow
Allow from all

Turns out after unsuccessful Google searches and me going back to trying all sorts (good old chmod -R 777 included) that unless you specifically setup a directory block for the /Users/ianwinter/Sites path it doesn’t listen.

<Directory /Users/ianwinter/Sites/*>
Options All
AllowOverride All
Order deny,allow
Allow from all

It doesn’t do this on Windows but I seem to recall having to do something on a RedHat system before. Maybe it’s a *NIX thing.

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Lingon for Leopard and starting JRun servers

10 November 2007 14:22

I still can’t get CF8 to start correctly on Leopard so having used Lingon previously on Tiger I downloaded the latest version from SourceForge. It’s been redesigned for Leopard as version 2.0.1 and looks really nice.

Configuration is easy, just add in a name, I choose com.adobe.jrunStartCfusion. In the “what” box just stick in “/Applications/JRun4/bin/jrun -start cfusion” and I only choose “Run it when it is loaded by the system (at startup or login)”. Once you’ve got that in hit save, reboot (I think logout would work but hey) and you’re done. Do a quick “ps -ef | grep cfusion” and you should see your CF process.

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