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So, I have an old iPhone 3GS* that is sitting around unused, and a Bose Sound Dock. Is there an app that…

So, I have an old iPhone 3GS* that is sitting around unused, and a Bose Sound Dock. Is there an app that can turn these two items into "an Apple TV speaker" so I can have the Soma FMs Christmas Lounge tracks on in the kitchen without making two connections to their server?

#apple #bose #appletv

* smashed screen / no backlight – everything else works fine

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Christmas Lounge. Chilled holiday grooves and classic winter lounge tracks. (Kid and Parent safe!) Listen: MP3: 128k 56k 32k Firewall/Proxy MP3 Windows Media: 128k 32k Popup Player; Listeners: 2310; N…

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Google Drive & Permissions I'm trying out Google Plus for some lazy web-publishing and seeing con…

Google Drive & Permissions

I'm trying out Google Plus for some lazy web-publishing and seeing continued file-permission strangeness.  Here's an example in case others are experiencing similar and it's reproducible…

Before I begin, the remote machine looks like this:

rjb@buck-16~/Google Drive/xyz/words $ ls -la
total 48
drwxrwxrwx   7 rjb  staff   238  8 Aug 15:45 .
drwxrwxrwx+ 22 rjb  staff   748  8 Aug 15:45 ..
-rwxrwxrwx   1 rjb  staff   341  7 Jun 10:58 404.html
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rjb  staff   321  8 Aug 15:34 defaults.php
-rwxrwxrwx   1 rjb  staff  6462  8 Aug 15:42 index.html
-rwxrwxrwx   1 rjb  staff  3031  6 Jun 22:25 js.html
-rwxrwxrwx   1 rjb  staff   115  6 Jun 20:21 menu.html

I then locally edit `js.html`.  Note the timestamp and permissions:

rjb-mbp:words rjb$ ls -la
total 48
drwxr-xr-x   7 rjb  staff   238  8 Aug 15:41 .
drwxr-xr-x  22 rjb  staff   748  8 Aug 15:42 ..
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rjb  staff   341  7 Jun 10:58 404.html
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rjb  staff   321  8 Aug 15:34 defaults.php
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rjb  staff  6462  8 Aug 15:42 index.html
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rjb  staff  3119  8 Aug 15:50 js.html
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rjb  staff   115  6 Jun 20:21 menu.html

Shortly afterwards on the remote machine it appears thus – note how the modification time is updated (and indeed the file is updated) but neither the original permission, nor those on the machine where the file was edited, are used):

rjb@buck-16~/Google Drive/xyz/words $ ls -la
total 48
drwxrwxrwx   7 rjb  staff   238  8 Aug 15:54 .
drwxrwxrwx+ 22 rjb  staff   748  8 Aug 15:45 ..
-rwxrwxrwx   1 rjb  staff   341  7 Jun 10:58 404.html
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rjb  staff   321  8 Aug 15:34 defaults.php
-rwxrwxrwx   1 rjb  staff  6462  8 Aug 15:42 index.html
-rw——-   1 rjb  staff  3119  8 Aug 15:50 js.html
-rwxrwxrwx   1 rjb  staff   115  6 Jun 20:21 menu.html

This is syncing between a two OS X Mountain Lion machines.
#googledrive   #apple   #osx

_P.S. I'm using 777 to illustrate the point, that's not normal_ :-)

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Redmond go head-to-head with Apple in a market already dominated by the Cupertino concern.

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O2 iPhone Lock-in

After a year with the iPhone 3G, I upgraded to the 3GS. The upgrade cost me money and as a result, the original iPhone now belongs to me. Consequently I now “own” 2 iPhones – the original one which is mine outright and the 3GS which is in contract for another 12 months, when it too will become mine. That’s 2 iPhones, but just one SIM. It would be useful therefore to be able to use my old Orange pay-as-you-go SIM in my old iPhone 3G, as a backup phone, but I can’t do this because the phone is locked to O2 only.

So, how do I unlock it? Either I use some kind of jailbreak software, or, perhaps there’s an official O2 unlocking service for phones that are out of contract. Continue reading

iPhone Power Converter

I’ve been using a Scosche Power Converter in the car for just over a month now. It converts the power output provided by from an older “auxiliary input” that connects an iPod to the stereo, into a power source that’s compatible with the iPhone 3G. Apple, in their wisdom, decided the old mechanism was too expensive, and they’ve focused on a single way of doing things moving forward – this is sensible given the Chinese requirement for USB charging in all phones. It works brilliantly and the phone now charges when I’m on the move.

The only fly in its ointment is that the iPhone insists on telling me that it’s being connected to an older and less compatible device every time it’s plugged in. Perhaps this’ll can be included as a “don’t tell me again” option in iPhone OS 3.0 or 3.1 – fingers crossed.

In the mean time I’ve become an ardent podcast subscriber – they’re so much better than most of the news (which is generally bad) and the popular music radio stations, which invariably manage up to 15 minutes of interesting broadcast before descending into the less popular part of their playlist. Podcasts 1, traditional Radio nil.

Towards the Perfect Gadget

Imagine a scene in the not-too distant future… after a frenzied period of leaks, rumours, claims and counter-claims, interspersed with no-comments, denials, and increasingly reliable and suggestive evidence emerging from component and sub-assembly manufacturers, Apple Inc announce the imminent release of The Perfect Gadget.

The mainstream press attend press conferences and briefings where Apple proclaim that their Perfect Gadget does everything up to, and maybe even including, ordering sliced bread from the online grocer at the precise thickness that it knows you will prefer (a fact derived from a semantic analyses of how you use said gadget).

Socially driven news sites will go utterly berserk.

So how long must we wait until Apple actually makes this announcement? Perhaps we’re only five or ten years away from The Perfect Gadget 1.0. Continue reading

Goodbye Keyboard

If you asked a child in the 1960s and 70s to draw a computer, they’d most likely have scribbled out a large box with blink-able lights and tape reels on the front of it. A child of the 80s would most likely have drawn something that looked like a PC, with a CRT, keyboard and mouse. More recently, the PC has shrunk into what we today recognize as a laptop. I hardly noticed that it’s over ten years since I owned a mouse with a ball, I remember my first mouse because all my computers up to that point didn’t have one; the closest thing to a pointing device was the four arrow keys. Conversely our children may remember their last mouse, because as touch technology improves the need for an independent pointing device will drift away, and inputs are more likely to be accepted from multiple sources. It’s also several years since I waved goodbye to my last CRT, and around that time I also removed the redundant floppy drive from my machine. Technologies advance constantly, and over the last 30 years or so the form of desktop and laptop machines has been changing slowly and almost imperceptibly. Now, it looks as though the days of the mechanical keyboard are numbered and when that happens, the form factor of the computer as we know it will be changed for ever. Continue reading