Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Princeton Flunks the iPad

Apparently the new Apple iPad has some issues around respecting DHCP lease settings – so Princeton has taken steps to block iPad’s accessing their Wifi network.

The short version is that if your iPad screen is locked, it doesn't request to continue using the assigned IP, and just keeps using it after being unlocked. Princeton is a little different though, as their lease time is measured in hours, rather than days.

More information available here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mailview POP3 Screensaver

This software is now also available at http://www.followtheheard.co.nz/mailview/

Mailview is a screensaver for your Windows based PC that monitors your POP3 email account and displays your inbox email count on screen.

 

Features

- Show your email count when the screensaver is active

- Choose to show the sender and subject line of emails

- Multi-screen supported

 

Requirements

- Windows XP or higher
- Microsoft .NET 2.0

 

Screenshot

MailviewSS

[Main Screensaver View]

 

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[Configuration]

 

Purchase

Purchasing Mailview is conducted via the Share*It! Payment processing service. Basically you pay, and they send you a personalised download link.

 Purchase Mailview v1.1 Screensaver for only USD$10!

[Product Code 300380123]

 

Release History

1st June 2009 – Version 1.0 Created for personal use

19th April 2010 – Version 1.1 Released

* Multi-Monitor Support Added

Thursday, February 11, 2010

NAVER Clock iPhone Application - English Translation

There is a nice little application for the iPhone and iPod Touch called NAVER Clock.

NAVERClockLandscape

Unfortunately for me the settings screen is all written in Korean.

NAVERClockSettings

However, thanks to the help of friend (Hi Euna!), I can give you the english translation. So, without further ado, here's my modified screenshot:

NAVERClockSettings_Translation

Friday, September 04, 2009

GUI Prototyping with Pencil Add-on for Firefox

If you've ever used Microsoft Visio to mock up a GUI prototype, then you really need to check out the Pencil Project - it's a free add-on for Mozilla Firefox 3.

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Using XULRunner, you can also run it independently of Firefox. This is well worth you taking a look. The layout and positioning of elements seems very slick - you won't be micro-managing the layout like you would in Visio.

[via Scott Hanselman's Ultimate Tools List]

Friday, July 31, 2009

Newsgator gives up consumer online RSS feeds

Users of FeedDemon on Windows and NetNewsWire on the Mac using Newsgator synchronisation have a month (until the end of August) to update your software and migrate your OPML feed list to Google Reader. Alternatively you could find some other means to manage your feeds. For help on transferring your feed list to Google Reader, check out the instructions here.

Personally, I use the client tools across all three of the supported platforms, Windows, Mac OSX and iPhone. I'm hoping that the transition to Google Reader will "just work".

Read more at Newsgator Daily and Google Reader blog.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Web service shape for Microsoft Visio

Webservice If you are busily diagramming your latest enterprise application in Visio, and you want something to represent your web service, there is a shape that you can use. Popularised by Microsoft a number of years ago, it has proved particularly difficult to get a hold of for Visio.

However, if you want it you can grab it as part of the Microsoft Exchange 2007 Visio Stencil pack. There are a few other handy shapes in that stencil as well.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Iconic Easter Eggs

Check out the Apple Blog for easter eggs hidden in Apple icons. Is there anything equivalent in Windows icons?

A personal favourite is the pointed message to Windows users, with a dreaded BSOD...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Q: When is an alarm not an alarm?

A: When you’re running an iPod Touch v2.2.1!

I had a situation the other day, when I had an alarm scheduled for a specific time, and prior to it firing, I received an updated Meeting Invitation courtesy of my Exchange link over Wi-Fi.

Because the Touch was displaying a popup on the screen, the alarm notification couldn’t appear and play the sound until after I had dismissed the popup – 30 odd minutes after the alarm was to fire!

Something to be aware of if you want to use your iPod Touch as an alarm clock to get you up in the morning…

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Get a list of all checked out files from TFS

There are times in every TFS installation where you need to make sure that all your files are checked in. This could be when you are migrating servers, or even if you are leaving the company and want to clean up everything before you go. If you ever have a need to find all checked out files across all your Team Foundation Server workspaces, you should run the following command line program (assuming you have Team Explorer 2005 installed):

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\TF.exe" status /server:<SERVERNAME> /workspace:*

The same command should also work for Team Explorer 2008:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\TF.exe" status /server:<SERVERNAME> /workspace:*

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Setting an Icon with the Autorun.inf File

imageFollowing my earlier post about setting a custom label for removal drives, I have taken this a step further and added custom icons.

To add an icon, copy the icon you like to the flash drive and then specify in the autorun.inf file:

[autorun]
icon=<local path to icon>

I have a number of flash drives laying around, so I made some variations of the icons in different colours. This way I can identify the drive I want by the colour of the icon. I have created five versions: red, blue, brown, cyan and green.

Download 

Download Download Flash Drive Icons

The original icon came from Frédéric Bellaiche at Quantum Bits and is licensed under the GNU GPL. This version therefore is also GPL’ed.