Archive for ‘June, 2007’

Google Maps route tweaking….

datePosted on 15:16, June 28th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Did you ever use google maps to get direction from point A to B, only to have to give up and do some manual adjustments, because you wanted to make a pit stop at location C? Did you ever want to get google maps (or any other mapping program for that matter) to take you through a different route, because you knew for a fact that some road along your route was under construction? Well I have and usually I end up having to pick a arbitary point somewhere to force the mapping engine to take a certain street/highway that I want.

Well those crafty engineers at google have solved the problem for all of us. You can now input your source and destination and if you don’t like the route, just move your mouse along the outline and move the outline (through the magic of AJAX) and force it to go through another path. All this is done in realtime and the mapping engine does all the calculations while you’re moving the route points.

Google + Spreadsheet = Heaven !!!

datePosted on 11:32, June 26th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Well, maybe. If there is one feature I like about spreadsheets, it is that you can use formulas, have them lookup other static field/colums and have the spreadsheet engine fill down an entire column automatically by reference. We’ve all done this and marvelled at the simplicity of the concept. Another feature that I like is that you can modify portions of a spreadsheet and have it recalculate related field. Well, Google docs and spreadsheet has taken that concept to the next level. Imagine having active spreadsheets that update their fields using google data. In the above picture I lined up a bunch of Baseball players names and created two columns using the following “formulas”:

  • Date of Birth field: =GoogleLookup(A2 ; “Date Of Birth”)
  • RBI field: =GoogleLookup(A2 ; “RBI”)

then I used the copy function to copy the field, selected the rest of that column and did a paste. After google digested the data, all fields were automatically filled in using google lookups. Now the neat thing about this is that if the data changes, the appropriate spreadsheet field will automatically update. You can see the power of something like this in creating simple worksheets that keep track of stock prices, auction prices, etc. The basic syntax is in the format of =GoogleLookup(“entity”; “attribute”), where “entity” represents the name of the entity that you want to access, like Kuala Lumpur, Audrey Hepburn, or oxygen, and “attribute” is the type of information that you want to retrieve.


datePosted on 11:02, June 26th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Yeah, I like history, and I think you can learn a thing or two from it. In this case we’re talking about google (and I guess all search engines before and after). Just have a look at this ad for the “Answer Machine” from 1964. Published in Childcraft Vol. 6: How things change by Field Enterprises Educational Corporation. Are you having a “Wow, who would have predicted that” moment…?

(Credit: Web Owls)

Photoshop on the Web….

datePosted on 10:49, June 26th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Just came across this site (read it like it’s french…..Phau-to….ie: photo). Anyways, great web 2.0 application. It has all your standard photo application funtions/features (including layers for all you PS guys). Maybe it’s just me, but a couple more applications like this and well, we won’t need the OS anymore (be it OSX, WinXP, Linux, etc…). Google (and others) already do word processing, spread sheets, presentation (ie: powepoint)….add photo editing to it and you’ve got a pretty good arsenal of applications that are truly platform agnostic. TIC TOC…TIC TOC…TIC TOC…I wonder if the OS guys are listening….

Pictures: WWDC bash featuring Ozomatli

datePosted on 20:38, June 22nd, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Well it took a little while to get these out the door, but I think you’ll agree, the wait was well worth it. These are 60 of the best (out of a collection of 1228) pictures I took on thursday night (June 14, 2007) during Apple’s WWDC07 bash. I think 5% keepers is a pretty good number…right. Well enough talk, click and jump to my gallery site.

Good old TTY…

datePosted on 16:27, June 22nd, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

I love tty. I love command line. I love vi. Well if you agree with any one of these statements, you have to check out It is absolutely simple and stunning at the same time. All you need is a telnet connection (you can even do it across serial terminals). Here is how it works:

– sign up for a account with a real email address.
– wait for confirmation email, click the link inside the email to confirm and create your startty account.
– login to website and goto the configuration screen to setup your panels.
– setup your 8 panels with different content
– bring up a terminal window and telnet to on port 50000 (telnet 50000)

Now go and grab the oldest computer you can find, hookup a wise terminal to it and amaze all your blogging/facebooking/rss’ing friends :-) TEXT TERMINALS RULES!!!


A little late for my last trip…

datePosted on 21:59, June 21st, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Well, I found this little Gem a bit late for WWDC. I missed an early thursday session, since I was relying on the hotels wake up call system which — for some reason — did not work that day. Well not anymore, ALARMD comes to rescue. ALARMD is a internet alarm clock that you can run in your favourite web browser. It can wake you gently wake you up using built in alarm sounds or optionally tune into and wake up to streaming music. Additionally you can change the clocks font size so you don’t have to get out of bed to check your notebook on the other side of the room. Can’t wait for Siggraph ’07, this will definitely be useful then.

Gmail does Powerpoint

datePosted on 16:25, June 13th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

In the continuing saga of starship “G” vs. the evil empire, here is a story that I almost missed. Gmail has introduced a slide show function that just happens to work with power point files as well. So now you can email that ppt file to your gmail account, go to your presentation, login to gmail and do a web slide show….all through the magic of AJAX. Now, you can’t edit power point files yet, but this feature will be added soon. This is thanks to google acquiring Tonic System. You can find the announcement here.

Google already supports web previews for Word documents and Excel sheets as part of their Google Docs & Spreadsheets program. You can see the pattern here – with every new instant preview, users have less reason to actually buy Microsoft Office. So go signup for a gmail account and choose your side in the coming galactic desktop battle.

Mac OS X Leopard Server features

datePosted on 01:57, June 12th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

In addition to discussing several new features for the consumer edition of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Apple has disclosed some new functionality for Mac OS X 10.5 Server, also scheduled to ship in October. Among them: a wiki server; Podcast Producer; Spotlight (find content stored on other servers); and a new iCal Server, based on the CalDAV open standard. Leopard Server can also automatically configure Leopard clients for use on the server, including file sharing, Mail, iCal, iChat, Address Book and VPN settings.

There is also a built-in Network Health Check, a new Server Preferences application and a server status Dashboard widget.The new iCal Server can interface iCal 3 in Leopard, Mozilla’s Sunbird and OSAF’s Chandler. Spotlight Server delivers search results of content stored on mounted network volumes. Content indexing is done automatically and transparently on the serverCore services also see an update in Mac OS X 10.5 Server. Apache 2, MySQL 5, Postfix, Cyrus, Podcast Producer and QuickTime Streaming Server will be 64-bit.

Other new features include Server Admin 4 with new file sharing and permission controls; iChat Server 2 to securely communicate over instant messaging; External Accounts to enable Leopard users to store their home directory on an external FireWire or USB portable drive; a new System Imaging Utility that uses a workflow-based editor to create customized images that can include Boot Camp partitions; Xgrid 2 for ad hoc distributed computing in environments without dedicated controllers, and QuickTime Streaming Server 6 with support for 3GPP Release 6 bit rate adaptation.

Mac OS X 10.5 Server will carry a price of $500 for a 10-client edition and $1000 for an unlimited-client edition.

MacNN | WWDC: Mac OS X Leopard Server features

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Oh and one last thing….

datePosted on 20:40, June 11th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

iPhone, aka. Apple Inc.’s Achilles Heel. Well, just about everyone was waiting for a SDK for the bloody thing. They wanted to rush to the AT&T store on June 29, buy a iPhone and start developing real software for it. You know, the kind of software that is actually useful. Well Apple’s idea of software development is this:

“You don’t touch our phone, you just use AJAX and HTML and design webpages that can be loaded (using wireless) on the phone”. Now I have no idea how this qualifies as a Application development platform, but according to Apple it does.