Another day….another Leopard headache….

Apple, bug, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX
Okay as much as I like OSX and apple I have to admit, Leopard is not quite ready for consumption. Not unless you're willing to do a "Erase Install". After the weekend fun session of "Archive installing" 5 machines, I have found another bug/feature/headache. Here is how it happens:You've got Tiger (10.4) setup with multiple network locations (work, home, wireless, etc.)You do a archive install and get 10.5 installed on this machineAll your profile/homedirectory/apps get transfered over, including your network location configurations.Well, not quite. It might seem like everything is transfered, until you start wondering about WINS Servers and Windows WORKGROUP/Domain settings. You see under Tiger these two were stored under directory utility, but under Leopard they've tried to pack everything under Advanced  Network settings (Preferences/Network/Advanced...). The problem is that if…
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Turn-off Leopards 3D Dock

Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, Tricks, Tutorial
Just noticed that if you place your dock on either side of the screen you get a flat dock, instead of that floating 3d look. As much as I like the 3D look, I liked the flat look even more, so after poking around I found out how to disable the 3D look. Open a Terminal window and type in the following two commands:defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YESkillall DockTo get the 3D floating dock back you open a Terminal and type the "opposite" two commands:defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NOkillall DockKeep coming back.....there will be more soon :-)
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Tablet Puppy….

Linux, N800, n810, Nokia, Opensource, robotics
For all the Nokia N800 fans out there......this is what happens if Nokia was sponsoring your High school :-). Seriously though, this is a fantastic example of what kids (and adults) can do using the opensource N800 platform for robotics control. Now who's gonna stick one of these things on a gas powered RC car.....Dibs on the Remote :-)
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OpenMoko and Neo1973 hands on…..

Technology
Came across a pretty good write up on OpenMoko  project and Neo1973 opensource Cell phone over at wired. It sounds like the Hardware is pretty good (well aside from the promised bits that are still coming), the software though seems to have some problems. The author seems to think the partially open source Qtopia software is much nicer. We'd covered this device before and think that once it matures a bit more it could give others a run for their money.
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OSX Leopard installation story

Apple, bug, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX
Like many of you, I picked up Leopard Family pack last night. You see I have 4 mac's and for $199 the family pack allows me to install leopard on up to 5 machines (in the same household). Anyways I did run into some troubles so I figured I'll let you guys know about the gotchas:- I "Upgraded" a 10.4.10 MBP 17" and everything more or less worked, about the only thing I couldn't get working was istat menu gadget. That Blue screen thing after the first reboot scared me to death, since your machine literally churns away for a good 5 minutes before the desktop loads. This only happens on the first boot after install. Some people have reported this screen followed by a what sounds like a lockup,…
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OSX Webmaster special: Shared webserver, bad umask settings, group permissions and filenames with spaces…

Apple, CLI, Linux, Macintosh, OSX, Reference, Shell Script, Tricks, Tutorial, Ubuntu, Unix
Okay so this all started with our users not being able to share files on our webserver. We use SSH only for upload/download and interactive access (ie: no ftp). Through trial and error we found out that the default umask (under OSX Server) for sftp uploaded files are 0033 (ie: rwxr--r--) and directories are 0022 (ie: rwxr-xr-x). This creates a problem when one user uploads a file and another user downloads/modifies and tries to re-upload it -- they simply can't because the group permissions are wrong.If we were using ftp (which we are not) there are some solutions on the net that allow you to modify the startup parameters for the ftp server so that the default umask for all files is 0013 -- which would allow a group of…
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News, News and more News

iPhone, N800, n810, Nokia
Well today's been full of good news for developers and users alike. Steve J. announced that the Ipod/Iphone SDK will be released in February 2008 and if that wasn't enough Nokia announced their next generation Internet Tablet....the N810. It's basically the N800 on steroids, a slider keyboard plus builtin GPS.....wohoo :-). From the Press Release....The Nokia N810 is powered by maemo Linux based OS2008, updatable also on the Nokia N800, the previous internet tablet generation hardware. The Nokia N810 features a highly customizable user interface and contains various novelties such as a Mozilla based browser with Ajax and Adobe flash 9, Bluetooth headset support as well as enhanced video and audio features. The refreshed Video Gizmo, Skype and Rhapsody highlight some most popular downloads available while Boingo Wireless, Earthlink and…
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Right Mouse and Delete Buttons under XP on Inter Mac’s

Apple, Macintosh, Tricks, Windows
This one has been bugging me for so long that once I figured it out today I had to let other know as well. If you've been using Windows on your mac using bootcamp you'd know how frustrating it is not to have the right mouse button -- you can remedy this with a mouse of course -- and no DEL key. This makes deleting files/directories a pain in the 'nads, let alone trying to right click with the single button on the pad.I think I've found the solution. It's a windows utility called AutoHotKey and it's free. Grab it, reboot into WinXP (or whatever Windows) natively and continue on with the tutorial below:1) Okay so assuming you're in windows and have AutoHotKey downloaded, go ahead and install the application.2)…
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FotoFlexer advances online photo editing….

Flash, Photography, Technology
I came across FotoFlexer a couple of months ago and I thought I would do a write-up at some point. Now with the addition of advanced morphing tools and image carving, I think I have to. If you haven't heard of FotoFlexer go to their site and signup for an account. Trust me you'll be sorry you didn't. Their editing application is way up there in terms of advanced functionality and they integrate with pretty much any photo/social site (Facebook, myspace, photobucket, flickr, picassa, yahoo photo and even your own website). Below you'll find some of the tools available to you when you login:Have a look at their demo page first if you want to get an idea of the functionality. Below is a nice video tutorial on image carving,…
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