General topics around Computers
General topics around Computers
Apple doesn't have any formula to format a numeric field to a phone format. It's actually pretty easy to set up using a custom format.
In the early days of the Internet, Scott Yanoff Internet Connections was a way for people to learn about functionalities that were available on various servers. You would run the unix finger command to get the latest list.
Scott Yanoff is now an IT manager at a company and co-authored some Internet books.
The list stopped around 1993 as there was increase completion from other sources.
Here's a brief sample of what users would see:
-Baseball Scores finger firstname.lastname@example.org for scores/standings OR mail email@example.com w/Subject: MLB offers: The latter will subscribe you to receive Major League scores daily! +Backgammon Servers telnet ouzo.rog.rwth-aachen.de 8765 /220.127.116.11 8765 offers: Play Backgammon! (Login: guest) -Billboard Charts finger firstname.lastname@example.org offers: U.S. Top Pop singles for the week. +CancerNet mail email@example.com / gopher gopher.nih.gov offers: Cancer info. statements thru email. Body-of-letter: help or Spanish -CARL telnet pac.carl.org or 18.104.22.168 offers: Online database, book reviews, magazine fax delivery service.
You can see a complete Yanoff list from April 1, 1993. (Hard to believe that I kept internet files from 23 years ago.)
Chances are none of the sites are working anymore, and the email addresses listed have long been discontinued.
If you take a lot of video with your iPhone or DSLR camera you know that they take up a lot of disk space. There aren't that many good cloud solutions since they take up a lot of space, it could get costly to save the media files.
One way to back up the files is to burn them to a DVD. Burning to DVD is a great way to store those large video files. Consider burning as a DVD-Video instead of DVD-File. You'll get more space for the buck. Since you own the DVD, it's very easy to rip the media off the DVD for later use.
Did you know that A DVD will hold up to 120 minutes of video. Complex menus and additional features will reduce this time. (If you're using it for storage, you don't really need to waste space for menus and other graphics.)
An MP4 video file that is 3.02 GB that is a 44-minute clip will take about less than 1/2 of a DVD video space, where if I saved it as a RAW media file it would take up at least 80% of the disk space.
A screenshot of Toast Titanium about to burn a Video DVD for archive purposes.
It doesn't matter if you're a PC or a Mac user, in the long run, you are better off storing video files as DVD-Video format.
I highly recommend reading "Shoot Video that doesn't Suck" by Steve Stockman. The book has a lot of useful tips. I particularly like their advice on taking shorter clips. The author recommends to keep the video clips as short as possible.
The book gives you a good perspective on taking videos that people will want to watch. This book works for any video capture type - Point and Shoot Camera to DSLR. The book focus on strategy and not any technical advantage of using any equipment.
Here's an easy way to identify the difference between a USB 1 and a USB 2 cable:
Look at the 'B' part of the cable, it's the end that usually connects to the computer. The end casing for the USB 2 is a bit bigger. The end casing for USB 1.1 is 4.5 MM, where as the end casing for USB 2.0 is 5.2 MM.
A quick check would be to compare the end of an unknown USB cable with a USB mouse or keyboard.
Newer USB devices have color distinctions, so it's much easier to tell the newer highspeed types. Its just difficult to tell the difference between the 1.1 and 2.0 series.
If you're having problems with some of your USB devices. You may want to check the type of cable that you are using.
I was having problems scanning and printing with my Epson Stylus CX7800. The computer could not find the printer. What made it frustrating is that some times it would work.
I checked several settings on multiple computers and could only get the scanning to work on my old Powerbook G4. For some reason, the scanner wasn't being recognized on some of the newer computers.
The problem was that I was using an old USB 1.1 cable, where I should have been using a USB 2 cable.
Once I tried a different cable everything worked fine. I notice an immediate difference when I plugged the cable into the computer, the scanner would acknowledge that a computer was connected, where it didn't do that before.
If you're having problems with your USB device, you may want to double check the cable that you're having. Save time in the future and label old USB 1.1 cables, so it doesn't happen again.
I found the following document in my "High School" bin in the attic. This is a document that I got from a computer science department class in school. Here are some computer vocabulary definitions in the late 1980s:
The iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) only supports-802.11 a/b/g/n. This is useful to know since many newer WiFi Routers are now supporting 802.11ac and there's a big difference between the-802.11n and-802.11ac. The latest routers from Comcast, as part of xFinity X1 upgrades now support 802.11ac speeds.
User's of older iMac's can take advantage of the higher speed by getting an adapter.
Your best bet is the-NETGEAR WiFi USB 2.0 Adapter - AC Dual Band (A6200), which sells for about $24.99 on Amazon.-
Mono price has a-Dual-Band 802.11AC 600Mbps USB 2.0 Wi-Fi- Adapter for $12, but your just getting-speed of up to 433Mbps. So you are basically getting the 802.11n speeds.
This is a great quote from the early days of the Internet. Every once in a while, I'll run into the need to send out this quote and for some reason there's no graphic for it:
Out the 100Base-T, through the router,
down the T3,
over the leased line,
off the bridge,
past the firewall...nothing but Net.
Here's a graphic version:
I am not exactly sure who wrote it, I saw it on many bill boards such as Delphi Internet and on AOL. I thought I post it here so other's can use it.
In my last post, I wrote about some challenges that I was facing performing image alignment in emails. If you missed it; I couldn't get embedded photos to align right and have text wrap. I tried Apple Mail, Outlook and Google's gmail.
The search is over!
I was able to get the formatting I needed by using Thunderbird email client by Mozilla. Thunderbird is a free email application that's easy to set up and customize - and it's loaded with great features! One of the features is the ability to have more control with images in emails.
The formatting capabilities in Thunderbird allows me to format the emails exactly like I did in Windows Outlook. I am still a lost at why Apple didn't include any image alignment functionalities. I did a test run and verified that the sent emails look great in Windows Outlook and in Apple Mail.
Thunderbird has built in chat functionality - supporting Jabber chat. While most of my company is using another chat client, part of the company is on the legacy chat. For now, I have found a replacement for my new hardware configuration.
During my research, I discovered a practical email application called Mail Designer Pro 2.3. The application makes it easy to create professional looking emails. The emails will look good regardless of what platform or device you use - even on the iWatch. This might be a solution that I may use down the road when I may want to send emails.
Part of my job responsibilities is to sent out weekly release notes. In that email, I like to include a picture of some of screen shot of some major functionality change being implemented. Using Outlook for Windows, I am able to align the image to the right in the email and have text wrap around the image.
Yesterday, I discovered that this is only available in Outlook in Windows. I think it has to do with Microsoft Word being connected to Outlook.
It turns out that Apple mail doesn't have any functionality around aligning embedded images. I just happen to have the latest version of Office and decided to check to see if was possible in Microsoft Outlook for Macintosh and it turns out that it also has absolutely no image alignment capability. I then decided to check gmail and discovered they don't have any way to align an embedded email.
I really don't know what the big deal is, why is it so hard to add an image wrap and alignment functionality to embedded images in emails?
I'll have to keep investigating on ways to including images in release note emails. I did read that Apple mail supports HTML format emails and that if I cut and paste rendering HTML that it should work.
If there's a will there is a way to make this work.