Being a recent convert to FaceBook (hmm, lots of people there I know - even though I graduated many years ago...), I searched around for affiliate sites and tools. And I found the FaceBook plugin, surprisingly enough, at the FaceBook developer's site itself.
A pretty slick plugin, it even helps set up the photo for FaceBook while it uploads. It includes album selection, captions, and tagging. I like.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
As an oldtime PC user who spent a lot of time at a command prompt, I understand how hard it can be to break old keyboarding habits. Like it or not, many of the keyboard shortcuts from the Unix, Linux and PC world do not translate directly into the Mac world. Especially with special Mac keys like the command key, or the Enter key that appears to the right of the spacebar on iBook keyboards. For those who don't know, the command key (pictured above) is a special modifier key that is specific to Apple keyboards, and works the same way as a Shift or Control key to create special keystrokes. You can read more about it's genesis here at Wikipedia.
Here are some helpful keyboard shortcuts to get you started:
cmd + TAB = cycle through apps (Q = quits app)
cmd + M or double-click Title Bar = minimize
cmd + H = hide window
cmd + delete = move to trash (delete key where backspace would be)
cmd + click = same as right clicking mouse
cmd + I = get info
cmd + alt + ESC = force quit apps
cmd + C = copy
cmd + V = paste
cmd + X = cut
cmd + A = select all
cmd + Z = undo
cmd + Z + shift = redo
cmd + Q = close app
cmd + W = close window
cmd + left arrow = beginning of line
cmd + right arrow = end of line
cmd + N = new Finder window
select file, press ENTER = to rename file
cmd + down arrow = launches highlighted app
cmd + shift + A = apps
cmd + shift + U = utilities
F9 = tile all windows across desktop
F10 = tile all windows in current app
F11 = show desktop
Using Screen Capturing
(No Print Screen key as in Windows)
cmd + shift + 3 = captures whole screen
cmd + shift + 4 = captures selected region
cmd + shift + 4, spacebar = captures window with camera icon
Saves to desktop
Hold C key to startup from CD-ROM (change password)
Hold T key to startup in Target Disk Mode
Hold N key to startup in Net
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Once a laptop screen breaks, you either fix it or attempt to use it as a desktop by hooking it up to a desktop monitor. Or sell it - at a significantly reduced price. Instead, try following
these instructions at Instructables to take your iBook apart and replace the screen. The link demonstrates how to take apart a G4 iBook, but the author also claims that most laptops are just as easy.
Now the hardest part is to search the 'Net to find a replacement LCD screen. Occassionally eBay will have what you are looking for, but there are several other sites.
You may also want to check out the iFixit site, which also has parts and guides for iBooks, PowerBooks and iPods.
I cannot wait to get one of these.
"Apple TV Coming to Your Living Room
Movies, TV Shows, Music & Photos on Your Big Screen TV
MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO—January 9, 2007—Apple® today premiered Apple TV™, an easy to use and fun way to wirelessly play all your favorite iTunes® content from your Mac® or PC on your widescreen TV, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts. Using Apple TV’s stunning new interface, anyone can quickly browse and view their entire collection of digital media from across the room using the simple and intuitive Apple Remote. Apple TV easily connects to almost all modern widescreen televisions, and will be shipping in February for just $299.
“Apple TV is like a DVD player for the 21st century—you connect it to your entertainment system just like a DVD player, but it plays digital content you get from the Internet rather than DVDs you get from a physical store,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Apple TV plays the same iTunes content that users enjoy on their computers and iPods, so now they can even watch part of a movie in their living room, and watch the rest later on their iPod.”
Apple TV has a 40GB hard drive to store up to 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each and is capable of delivering high-definition 720p output.* Apple TV is easy to connect to a broad range of widescreen TVs and home theater systems and comes standard with HDMI, component video, analog and optical audio ports. Using high-speed AirPort® 802.11** wireless networking, Apple TV can auto-sync content from one computer or stream content from up to five additional computers right to your TV without any wires.
The seamless integration of Apple TV and iTunes lets users choose from over 250 feature-length movies and 350 TV shows in near DVD quality; four million songs, 5,000 music videos, 100,000 podcasts and 20,000 audiobooks. Users can enjoy their favorite music on a home entertainment system and view slideshows of their photo albums on a widescreen TV. Apple TV makes it easy for users to explore their entire media collection with an easy to use and intuitive new interface. With the Apple Remote, consumers can easily browse through their favorite movies, TV shows, music and photos from up to 30 feet away."
- Apple press release January 9, 2007
Read more about it here:
How Apple's iTV Media Strategy Works (at Roughly Drafted)
Hands on with the Apple iTV Prototype (at engadget)
Apple's iTV: Promise and Peril (at alpha blog cnet.com)
In the meantime, I have been playing with MythTV. Imagine doing all the same stuff with Linux, on Intel hw, and using free software. Read about it here.