Archive for August, 2006

Notifications For All

Introducing Notification, a pane-less Mint pepper that sends the site owner an email when a specified criteria is met. The user can select between total or unique visits for either the hour, day, week, month, or overall time period. This could be used to find out when your site reaches a specific milestone, or to find out when previous months hits have been passed.

I would like to thank Ronald from cavemonkey50.com for his help with this project. This probably would have never been released if it wasn’t for his help.

What are you waiting for? Head over to the the Notification project page, to download now.

Google Calendars: A Question

CalendarsI use iCal to organize all of my events, but I want to have a mirror of those events for Wendy and I to access on the go via Google Calendar. I worked on this for a bit tonight. I know that I can export each calendar and then import it into Google Calendar, but I want a much easier approach. So far this is the only solution I have found: I have my iCal auto-publish 4 calendars to my iCal Exchange account. From there, I paste the URL of the ICS format into Google’s “Other Calendar” option. That solution works great for viewing within the Google Calendar website, but I want to be able to recieve event alerts and Google Calendar doesn’t seem to do that with “Other Calendars.”

So my question is this. Is there a simple, auto-updating way to publish an iCal calendar to Google Calendar without having it as a “Other” calendar?

Did that make any sense to anyone?

Congratulations Josh Blue

Josh Blue won season 4 of The Last Comic Standing, which was no surprise. This guy is hilarious. I normally don’t like to embed videos on my site, but you have to check this out!

Thoughts On Leopard

Leopard

After watching the WWDC keynote I have to say, Vista is going to suck compared to Leopard. It was a good idea by Steve and his staff to limit the preview of Leopard to only a few features. You can see a these features on Apple’s Leopard preview page. Here are my thoughts on what was previewed Monday.

Spotlight: They said it will be improved greatly, but with the amount of plugins and customizability that Quicksilver has, Spotlight has a lot of catching up to do.

iChat: Wow! This is going to freaking rock. The ability to share pictures, movies, presentations, and even your desktop with your buddies has become so simple and fun. My only complaint about the update is the positioning of tabs. The tabs need to be more Safari-like.

Spaces: Virtual desktops have been around for a long time. I’m surprised it took Apple this long to implement it into the OS. On a laptop, screen real estate is important and spaces fixes that problem and will help me stay more organized.

Mail: The addition of notes and to-do items is great, but it probably won’t get much use out of me.

Time Machine: Holy crap! Being able to go back at any point in time and retrieve a file is amazing. My only question is how much local disk space will the application use? I don’t want to have to go out and buy an external drive specifically for backups that I rarely need.

WWDC 2006

WWDC

I will be updating this post as I find out more information

Monday is the big event, WWDC 2006. Photos of the event setup have already been floating around online. Some of the rumors include an iChat phone [confirmed fake], Mac Pro with Xeon processor, and an upgraded Macbook Pro. But the highlight of the event will be the Leopard preview. Monday will be a big day, I can’t wait.

Update #1: Here is a list of all the upcoming features in Leopard. Major updated applications include Spotlight 2.0, Dashboard 2.0, Safari 3.0, iChat 4.0, Automator 2.0, QuickTime 7.2, Mail 3.0, iCal 3.0, and Address Book 5.0.

Update #2: It seems as if members of Digg think the source is unreliable. I’ll agree.