Archive for ‘Apple’ Category

iPhone4 Antenna issue explained….extremely funny :-)

datePosted on 09:42, July 19th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

Well looks like someone had a lot of time on their hands in Taiwan. Really funny though, specially the final solution to the antennagate problem.

HTML5 according to Apple….

datePosted on 09:30, June 4th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

Well, you all know I’m a proponent of HTML5. I think the standards are now mature enough that we can (should/will) give up on proprietary plugins/kluges. To that end — and I think for a demo at WWDC’10 — apple has just released a page showcasing what HTML5 can do. Have a look at it and I think you’d agree that flashs’ days are numbered. I specially like the “smooth as butter” scaling on the video player. Also, as usual apple shows you step-by-step how to do all that stuff on your own. Nice :-). BTW, safari web browser is required to view these.

From Daring Fireball:

Update: If you go to instead of, you can use Chrome to try the demos. Some work, but the 3D ones don’t. It still browser-sniffs to block other browsers. If you diddle with the current version of Firefox to masquerade its user agent string as Safari, two of the demos work: “Audio” and “360°”.

History of London through Augmented Reality

datePosted on 12:13, May 26th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

Yep, finally, someone is thinking in the Museum of London. They’ve just released their iPhone App Streetmuseum. Through it’s AR interface you can travel back in time and see London as it used to be. Hundreds of images from the Museum of London’s extensive collections showcase both everyday and momentous occasions in London’s history, from the Great Fire of 1666 to the swinging sixties.

Select a destination from the London map or use your GPS to locate an image near you. Hold your camera up to the present day street scene and see the same London location appears on your screen, offering you a window through time. Want to know more? Simply tap the information button for historical facts.

Below are some of the comments from U.K. iTunes users:

What a great app for anyone with an interest in the history of London. A must have for locals and tourists alike. Rediculously simple yet superbly well concieved, devised and executed. Let’s see this one grow with theamed categories like the 1888 whitechapel murders, the blitz, QEII coronation &1977/2007 jubilee parties etc.

Great interface between Google maps and historic photographs and drawings from the Museum of London collections. Your iphone becomes a window onto the past, the Blitz photographs are particularly evocative. Released as a taster for the Museum’s new galleries of Modern London opening on the 28th May 2010, if the app is anything to go by these new galleries are going to be superb. If you are London resident or a City worker get this app, and then go immerse yourself in a particularly good history museum.

Sounds like I need to take a trip to London…oh and a fake U.K. iTunes account :-).

@Google: I’m Canadian and I want my Google TV NOW!!!!

datePosted on 15:30, May 21st, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

I don’t understand what’s wrong with companies today. I, like the rest of you have been following the Google I/O conference announcements for the past couple of days and just heard about Google TV today (yeah I know a bit behind in my feed). I was all excited and was thinking of all the possibilities (think: googletalk, conferencing, streaming ppv, cloud based gaming, etc.). Then, later on, I came across a partner announcement from Logitech….Wow, wait a sec, the mouse company? Yep, it makes sense, they make webcams, keyboards and mice and have in the recent years boughtup Harmony, the guys who make the cool super-nerdy TV remotes. At this point I decide to take a look around the Logitech website and I come across this:

Q: What will I need to make it (Google TV) work?

A: All you need is a broadband Internet connection and a TV with an HDMI input. To take full advantage of the content search, you’ll need a satellite or cable set-top box with an HDMI output as well. And, for now, you’ll need to reside in the United States.

What the hell? U.S. only? Again? Google? The In-ter-net search giant? Come on guys what the hell is wrong with you?

First you come preaching that Apple’s way of creating a walled garden is badbadbad. Then you make fun of their devices. Then you make fun of their developers. But you know what… bad as Apple has been/become, atleast their walls are semi-climable.

Back when Hulu pulled this trick with people outside U.S. I thought well, small company tries to do something innovative and they had to bow down to the studio’s, TV producers. But google? You can not tell me that the big G could not have walked into the room with all the content providers around the table and said….”Okay We’re gonna launch this thing called Google TV, and YES, since we’re a Global company, our service will also be globally accessible”.

Sorry guys/gals, you’ve lost my vote….You might have the best (arguable) search engine, but when it comes to devices (ie: physical THINGS), you need to go back to school. In the meantime I guess I just have to hand my C$ to el Jobso, get a AppleTV and hack Boxee into it. ltr.

Terminator 5: Revenge of the Microsoft Fanboy

datePosted on 15:23, May 4th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

Todays must watch video comes to you curtesey of Leon Wang. I seriously think MS should hire this guy to do their ads. This is excellent stuff :-)….

Screen Sharing on mac the easy way……

datePosted on 12:01, March 18th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

Well, you learn something new everyday. I was always under the impression that you needed Apple Remote Desktop application to connect to a mac that was sharing it’s screen (or vncviewer app). Today I stumbled across another way of doing this without any of these apps……just using the build in “Screen Sharing” application. The easy way (and how I stumbled across this) was to open up Finder/Go/Connect to Server menu option (Apple-K) and type vnc:// in the “server address” field. This is something that works nicely under Linux (gnome desktop) and I always wanted it in mac……well it was there all along…..

And for the command-line junkies there is a even easier way. Open up terminal and type the following command to connect to the remote server:
open vnc://

NICE :-)

The man behind the Mac Chime…….

datePosted on 11:16, March 18th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

Really cool video of Jim Reekes talking about his thought process in designing sounds for the mac, including the big fat C major chord which your mac plays every time you start it. Jim Reekes was a programmer at Apple Computer for 12 years. His work has significantly affected operating systems, most notably System 7 and QuickTime. He also is responsible for creating many of the system sounds for the Macintosh operating system. Some of the most famous creations during that time were the Mac startup sound and the system sound sosumi. Full 1 hour video can be seen on Youtube.

iPhone Explorer turns your iPhone/iTouch into a USB stick…..

datePosted on 19:53, February 11th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

One of the original reasons I bought my first ipod (first gen 5 Gig) was that I could hook it up to my mac and use it as a firewire drive. I could literally run around with this in my pocket and boot OSX off the ipod. Well that came to an end with the intro of iPhone/iTouch. Apple took the “disk mode” out. Well that was then, go grab a FREE copy of iPhone explorer and all that USB stick functionality can be your again. Oh, and did I say there is no need for Jail Break either :-)


  • 100% Free iPhone browser for Mac and Windows
  • 100% Drag-and-drop interface for easily copying files to and from your iPhone
  • Create, delete and rename files and folders on your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Works with all iPhones and iPod Touches including the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G
  • Allows you to use your iPhone as a flash drive / pen drive or put your iPhone into disk mode
  • Tiny download size
  • (Optional) If you jailbreak your iPhone you can access the real root of your iPhone and recover your address book, SMS, e-mails and more.

Movist…..will it be the next VLC for mac….

datePosted on 13:51, February 5th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

The answer to that is maybe, we’ll see. But all that aside if you’re interested in a minimalistic video player that can handle more codecs than VLC and is generally faster then give Movist a try.

The unique thing about the player is that it allows you to switch codec engines between ffmpeg and quicktime based on file extensions. Oh and did I say it’s FREE aswell :-).

._ resource fork files don’t work properly in OSX 10.6 Samba……

datePosted on 23:36, January 29th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou

Well the title is a bit misleading… are the details. I found out that if you have a NTFS native shared directory on your server, everything works fine as long as you’re using OSX 10.5 (Leopard) or below as a client. You can move files from Leopard and/or Tiger clients to the share and as long as you don’t mind the ._ files everything works.

Well something new has been introduced in Snow Leopard that kinda breaks this. If you have a Snow Leopard client machine accessing a NTFS native shared directory (via smb), by default the shares are mounted with the new xattr (Extended Attribute) feature, instead of those “old” ._ files. This messes everything up if you’re in a mixed environment with 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6 clients all accessing files in a NTFS native smb share.

Snow Leopards version of samba will read those old resource fork files, but files uploaded or modified by the Snow Leopard client will be unrecognizable by the older samba clients (10.5-) as far as the resource fork goes. This introduces some problems with programs that use the resource fork to store information.

All this headache is related to the ‘NTFS Streams’ feature of SMB mounts, so if we disable that, everything goes back to normal. To do this you have to create a file named /etc/nsmb.conf on all your 10.6 clients with the following contents:


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