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February 13, 2009

Real Audio Player

If your looking to produce streaming audio, you should look into using Real Networks. While the technology is a little old, its certainly a good place to start learning the process of setting up streaming audio and video on any website.

The only downside of using Real Audio is that there isn't a Producer application for the Macintosh. They use to make a plug-in that worked with SoundEdit Pro. That's what I used when I first started putting audio on my website.

To get started you'll need the RealProducer, there's two version: RealProducer Plus and RealProducer Basic. Since your just starting out, I would recommend using the RealProducer Basic, its Free!

When linking to the RealAudio file, I would recommend using the rtsp:// format instead of http:// that you may be use to. Using rtsp:// forces the browser to open up RealAudio and play the audio as a stream media. Using the http:// will only download the music file and play it after the audio has been downloaded.


Selecting the Right Audio
One of the things you should consider in picking your audio is what makes it unique from every other site that's out there. Why would people want to visit your webiste to hear your audio files? You need to find audio in your collection that is worth putting on your site.

Think PodCast!
The most popular audio file today isn't music, its Podcast. Podcasts are audio clips, usually about 5-10 minutes long talking about various topics. One of the advantages of Podcasting is sharing your expertise with other people. Think about a topic that you know very well that you could talk about

Copyright Laws
Just because you have a audio file doesn't mean you have the right to share it. You need to be aware of the copyright laws in your community to understand what you can put on your website and what's for your ears only. There's plenty of sites, in the United States the best site is Title 17 of the United States Copyright Laws.

Have fun
No matter what audio file you put on your website, have fun with the process and be creative. Think of some creative audio that isn't online yet and challenge yourself to do something different than what everyone else is doing.

October 20, 2008

Revolution iDVD

If you are looking for a way to change the text from "Revolution Chapters" to something else on the second page of the Revolution Design in iDVD 2008, Here are the steps I took:

  • Goto the page that is displaying the "Revolution Chapters" text.
  • The top text will say something like "Chapters 1-6"
  • Click the text and make a change to it, For example put in two "!!"
  • Click outside of the field
  • You should see that "Revolution Text" has changed.
  • Removed the above "!!" and you'll see it gets updated.

October 6, 2008

Green iPhone

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The Green iPhone doesn't exist. I got the about graphic in a Spam. I believe the concept came out of a rumor site and hasn't made it to production.

Perhaps the Apple rumor community expect that Apple to have an environmental friendly iPhone? Sorry but its not available.. yet...

Never trust rumors, and more importantly never trust SPAM.

September 30, 2008

Delicious Library on iPod Touch

How to get your Delicious Library 2 library onto your iPod Touch.

This is how delicious monster describes how to put your library on your iPod Touch:

If you have an iPod touch or iPhone, use one-click web publishing to publish specially-formatted versions of your library for viewing on your device. Now when you go to the store, your shelves go with you. iPod Sync Print your library using one of our very beautiful built-in templates, or create your own if you have mad HTML and CSS skills.

Here are the steps that I took:

  • Open up Delicious Library 2
  • In the bottom right of the .Delicious Library Window you'll see Publish, select the configure option
  • Under the "Publish To:" section select Folder
  • Select Everything or Selected Shelves, depending what you want to put on your iPod Touch
  • Library Shelves is cool, so use that template.
  • Click Publish Now and a new folder called deliciouslibrary will appear on your desktop.
  • Now the tricky part is getting it on your iPod Touch.

I am still looking on the best way to get the library onto the iPod Touch.

August 15, 2008


If your looking for a way to convert a bunch of images to use numeric format, such as 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg etc.. You should look at iWaterMark by Script Software.

iWatermark has lots of cool functionality, but I just discovered the renaming functionality. This is great for testing images in applications where you don't want to type in long names. Also useful for renaming lots of files downloaded from the internet.

February 13, 2008

Apple Releases 10.5.2

On February 11, 2008, Apple released a patch to Mac OS X 10.5, the latest patch brings the OS X to 10.5.2. According to the release notes, this fixes many problems/functionality issues reported by users. Including issues that I have encountered with 10.5:

  • Airport not connecting to WEP access points
  • Dock Folders not using the listing method
  • Menubar not being transparent

I am still having issues with accessing WEP access points. This first happened when I went to visit PayPal in November and wasn't able to connect to their network. It made training a little difficult, but I was able to get things done by using a cable. I don't have any problems connecting to an existing network prior to the upgrade, or to a network that doesn't require WEP authentication.

I am now having problems getting my Powerbook to sleep. The problem has to do with "The IOUSBFamily was not able to enumerate a device." I had a USB flash drive, but ejected it prior to putting it to sleep. The computer doesn't goto sleep when I close the computer lid.

Given the problem that other users are reporting, I assume that Apple will probably be releasing another patch soon. It would be great to get the Airport problem fixed.

January 30, 2008

InDesign Character Styles

The following are the default Character styles that I have in my Indesign install on my laptop. This is a useful list if you are looking for various BODY and HEADLINE styles for your projects.

Body Adobe Garamond Pro Regular 11pt
Body (Georgia) Georgia 14pt
Body (Optima) Optima 12pt
Headline Times New Roman Regular 36pt
Headline (College) Georgia Bold 18pt
Headline (Newspaper) Helvetica Bold 18pt
Nameplate Garamond Bold 18pt
Sub-Headline Times New Roman Regular 18pt

January 29, 2008

Less is more


I just notice that I have 92 items in my Application folder on my Powerbook. Wow!! That's a lot of applications to manage. Which got me thinking, is that really worth my time to navigate between all these items?

Yes, having less is more. That is: Less applications means an increase in productivity. For example, learning more about Photoshop will allow me to simplify having multiple graphic applications. Sure iWaterMark, Thumbscrew, Picturesque all do some cool things, but wouldn't it be easier to learn just one application and not have to think about which application to use.

If you are looking for a good source for Macintosh Applications, I suggest looking at Signup and list your favorite applications and see what others are using. Just for fun, check out what the most popular FTP application is on the Macintosh, the answer may surprise you!

Here's a list of items in my Applications folder:

Acquisition, Address Book, Adium, Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Help Center, Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Stock Photos, AOL Instant Messenger (SM) 0xFFFD, AppleScript, Aqua Data Studio, Art Directors Toolkit 4, Automator, Backup, BBEdit, Calculator, Can Combine Icons, Chicken of the VNC, Citrix ICA Client, CleanArchiver, ColdFusion8, CSSEdit, Dashboard, Delicious Library, DEVONthink Pro, Dictionary, DiscLabel, Disco, DVD Player, eclipse, epson, EPSON Printer Utility, EPSON Scan, Evaluating, Expos, FileInfo, Firefox, Flip4Mac, Font Book, Front Row, Game Room, GraphicConverter, iCal, iChat, Image Capture, iMovie HD, Interarchy, Internet Graphics, iPhoto, iSync, iTunes, iWeb, iWork '06, Journler, KeyCue, Mail, Microsoft AutoUpdate, Microsoft Office 2004, Not Using, OmniGraffle, OmniGraffle Professional, OmniOutliner, OpenTerminalHere, Paparazzi!, Pixadex, Preview, QuickTime Player, RDC Menu, RealPlayer, Remote Desktop Connection, Safari, Scrivener, sidenote, SmartSVN, Snapz Pro X, Spaces, SQLGrinder, Stickies, StuffIt 11, System Preferences, Test Apps, TextEdit, TextMate, Time Machine, Toast 7 Titanium, Transmit, Utilities, Virtual PC, VisualHub

January 11, 2008

Interarchy 9

Yesterday Nolobe release Interarchy 9, the first major release of Interarchy since 2006.

I have been using Interarchy since 2001, version 4, and my inital reaction is that this looks to be an awesome upgrade.

I really like the new look and feel, it looks like a regular Finder winder. The Path Bar is great way to navigate back, and the side bar is very similar to what Transmit is using.

I am still playing around with it, but it looks like an awesome upgrade! I would highly recomend you download a trial version.

January 2, 2008

Textmate Guide

Textmate Guide Thumb

This is a handy guide that I use as my sidenote reference to help me remember some common comands that I use in TextMate.

Some people might find it useful. Others might want to create their own reference guide. I would encourage you to design your own quick reference guide to help you learn all the techniques of Textmate.

I used OmniGraffle Professional to add the background image and header. Click on the above image to see the "Full Size" version.



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