Archive for the ‘Geekulon’ Category

Kill all programs before shutting down OSX 10.7 (Lion)

If you’re like me — and I know you are — you sucked up a copy of OSX Lion as soon as it was on the App Store, and were imme­di­ately infu­ri­ated by the check­box labelled “Reopen win­dows when log­ging back in”. Why did you find it infu­ri­at­ing, as I do? Because you have to uncheck it every. bloody. […]

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How to make handwriting fonts look like real handwriting in InDesign CS5

Okay, I’m afraid you’re going to have to tol­er­ate a lit­tle gloat­ing. I’m work­ing on our annual report again — these things always end up being such mas­sive projects for just a few pages of doc­u­ment — and this year I’m doing it as a jour­nal or scrap­book. I’ve got these bor­ders that look like pasted-​​​​in pages; I’ve […]

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The go-​​to writing app for iPad: Notebooks

With National Novel Writing Month approach­ing in November, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that inter­est has picked up in writ­ing apps for iPad. Within this group there’s a sub­set of demand for “distraction-​​​​free” writ­ing pro­grams.* I’m not entirely sure where this trend toward min­i­mal­ism is com­ing from, though Pages may have a lot to do with it; it’s a lovely […]

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If you own an iPad…

…don’t bother jail­break­ing it. No value added, and quite a lot of the JB apps just flat don’t work on it. It’s far too dif­fi­cult to change the root pass­word, too. I ended up say­ing to hell with it and restor­ing. Which was also an exer­cise in oy gevalt. Sure, every­thing gets backed up — except whatever […]

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iPad first impressions

For rea­sons a lit­tle too abstruse to go into here, I recently ended up in pos­ses­sion of a 16 GB wifi iPad. It was hardly planned, and I’ve only had it since Wednesday, but I thought I’d share my take on it. For starters, yes, it’s basi­cally a big iPhone or iTouch. That’s been the biggest deri­sive com­ment levied against the iPad, […]

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Mmkay. Better not be the iPhone.

Because that’s cur­rently my net­work access point. Spirit (re-)jailbroke 3.1.3, and Cydia and Rock remem­bered all the JB apps I’d installed — even the for-​​​​pay ones — which is spec­tac­u­larly nice, thank you very much; and benm​.at pro­vided a work­ing AT&T teth­er­ing hack. (Which I don’t think you need to JB for, but I did any­way, cause that’s […]

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It’s either gmail or the iPhone

I know. I know. Those of you who are in my gmail con­tacts have been spammed recently by a series of annoy­ing mes­sages. I’m not sure exactly where the weak link is. Because it’s just peo­ple whom I’ve con­tacted directly from my gmail account via their web inter­face, it could be that some­one man­aged to crack my […]

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On streaming video from Mac to Xbox

I have an Xbox 360, which I occa­sion­ally use to play games in much the same way that I use my iPhone to occa­sion­ally make phone calls. Most of the rest of the time, I’m using the devices for some­thing else. In the case of the iPhone, it’s a portable enter­tain­ment cen­ter and a remark­ably pow­er­ful micro-​​​​computer; in the […]

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Test from BlogWriter

Just check­ing to see if this works from iPhone. Move along. Nothing to see here.

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Quick aside: iPad, iPhone and multitasking

Lots of com­plaints about how iPad doesn’t mul­ti­task any more than iPhone 3GS. Okay, so, well. My machine is jail­bro­ken, and has a mul­ti­tasker in it. It’s about 5% more con­ve­nient than it used to be. If I unin­istalled the mul­ti­tasker, frankly, I’d barely notice. I use Orbit almost every time I trig­ger my phone. Multitasker? Hardly ever. What […]

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Modification to ImageSlideShow

A devel­oper known as “Briask” cre­ated a Joomla! mod­ule called ImageSlideShow, which works nicely, except that it insists on insert­ing an alpha fade effect between images, even if you’ve set the tran­si­tion delay to 0. This means that if (for instance) you’re using one of those Cisco flat panel-​​​​Web enabled dis­plays, the image tran­si­tions can really start […]

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Holy crap. Firefox 3.5.6 and OSX 10.6.2 crash?

I have both — FFox 3.5.6 and OSX.6.2 — and just now, when I tried to open a tab in FFox, my sys­tem logged me out and forced a re-​​​​login. Never, ever hap­pened before, with any browser, on any OSX release. Is this part of the rumor I’ve heard that FFox 3.5.6 is more or less lethally unstable? […]

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