Nameserver Issues and the New Confession

•May 27, 2008 • 1 Comment

Well, it seems that the site won’t be launched untime soon like I thought it would. I’ve been having nameserver issues with the new URL, which as made a mess of my release date.

I’m going to push back the release of the site until June 6th, so I can iron all of these issues out. It’ll also give me a chance to smooth out all the other issues I’ve been having (like a small WordPress problem that I had to iron out over the weekend).

I’ve been battling with the idea of giving out a subdomain URL, but decided against it, since it’s not the actual URL and wouldn’t deliver RSS feeds properly. I’d also have switch everything over to the new URL once the nameserver issue had been ironed out.

Anyway, sorry about the delay. This is not going anywhere near how I planned. See you on June 6th… hopefully.

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Update

•May 20, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Slight update. I had a problem with my internet over the weekend, so I wasn’t able to open up the new site. It’s ready to go, but I want to release it on a Friday, so it will be going live this Friday. I apologize for the inconvinence.

A Bluetoothing Future

•April 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Picking up a bluetooth headset for gaming recently, I realized, for the second time, that connecting bluetooth devices to Macs was a simple procedure. iMac owners have known this since the moment they unpacked their computers, but Macbook and Macbook Pro owners might not have experienced this yet. Here’s a handy guide to getting that Bluetooth device connected.

Go to System Preferences and, once there, click on the Bluetooth option under Hardware. You may want to show Bluetooth status in your menu bar. It’s actually a very helpful way to see if you’re having trouble with your Bluetooth devices and gives you the ability to turn them on and off at will. I’d also advise disabling the Discoverable option, since you don’t want the Macbook picking up other people’s Bluetooth devices by accident (or allowing other people to control your computer, as some are apt to do in today’s world).

Under Advanced, make sure to check everything but internet connection sharing. If you’re on a laptop, you’ll be mobile and the last thing you want is for other people eavesdropping on things you’re doing.

At the first Bluetooth menu, click the add button and follow the setup windows. It’s such a simple procedure that it really needs no explanation. Once everything is setup, you’re good to go.

I have a Bluetooth mouse, which I adore beyond all reason, and my newly purchased headset. As far as connection time, it only takes a few seconds for the mouse to connect after my Macbook wakes up or starts up, and the headset experiences a bit of interference but not much.

OSX handles Bluetooth connections admirably and it’s one of the smoothest experiences I’ve had with the connection type. Do yourself a favor and get a Bluetooth device. It’ll save you a lot in batteries and headaches.

OSX Language Options

•April 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Studying a foreign language? Need quick access to that language while still being able to do your other business in English? Ever wanted to more easily switch between languages on the fly? OSX makes it simple!

Go into your System Preferences folder and click on the International preference under the Personal section. This will bring up the International options, where you can change what native language OSX displays as well as what language you type in (these can be two different languages). We’re interested in the Input Menu section, so click on that.

Once there, select the languages you’d like to enable, then the “Show input in menu bar” option. This will more easily let you get to your language options and switch between them. Remember, this works in every program, so it’s a handy, unobtrusive way of switching between languages.

Once that’s all done, you’re ready to go. がんばって。Good luck!

OSX’s Labels

•April 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment

One of those little features that OSX has to make quickly recognizing folders easy is the ability to assign various colors to different labels.

Simply Ctrl + Click a folder, surf down to the Label section of the pop up menu, and select the color you’d like to use. It’s as simple as that!

This is handy for grouping your financials, business, family, and pictures together without sorting through them. Try it out and see how easy it is to organize your life.

 

Dual Monitors

•April 23, 2008 • 1 Comment

Dual monitor setups on OSX are exceedingly simple to setup. Actually, there is no set up involved. Simply grab the correct convertor type (typically VGA to mini-DVI) and plug the extra monitor into your Macbook or iMac.

Once this is done, OSX will detect the monitor automatically, set the resolution, and extend your desktop to the extra monitor. You can further customize your desktop by changing which monitor will have your toolbar and dock, mirroring the desktop so that both monitors display the same thing, and more.

Extending your desktop is just one of the easy ways to get OSX on your TV screen or get more screen real estate while working on big projects.

Macbook Sleeping Problems

•April 18, 2008 • 6 Comments

I’ve been having a few problems bringing my Macbook out of sleep mode as of late. When I open it back up and enter my login details, because I have the login screen pop up whenever it goes into sleep mode, it will sometimes hang with a black screen. The mouse moves and it’s responding to something, because my active corners give me the bright, happy error sound, but I can’t get into my actual desktop.

Typically, it occurs after keeping it in Sleep mode for roughly four hours or more, or the time between lunch and my arrival at home. It happens at random and generally closing it and opening it again fixes the problem. I don’t know if other Macbook line owners have been experiencing the same problem. Ironically, holding down CMD + Option + Eject to put it into sleep mode and pull it out works flawlessly, so it seems to be a product of closing the Macbook and letting it go to sleep by itself.

It may also have something to do with the way the Macbook sometimes “wakes up” whenever the top is closed. Generally, when this happens, the the next time I open the Macbook and login it will have the problems stated above. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this. Let me know!