Apptix switch over for asp-net

Here are the new magic URLs for the conversion by Apptix of their ASP-one to Exchange 2007. Everything changed again. What a strange set of URLs:

  • There is now a magic new user name that is randomly generated. You have to get this from your admin. He or she gets it from which is the new control panel.
  • Https:// is where you get your Outlook Web Access.
  • is the imap server
  • is the smtp server
  • is the LDAP server for the Exchange directory

turn off your lock codes when updating to iPhone 3.0 or you will brick your wifi and bluetooth

You’ve been warned. I have a lock code on my iPhone 3G, when i did the 3.0 update, it trashed the nvram so that there is no wifi hardware detected. Only solution is to go to Apple store and get a new phone. Took some digging, but here is an answer that makes sense

Apple – Support – Discussions – NO WIFI OR BLUETOOTH after 3.0 update …

Apparently, Apple didn’t test this scenario, and there’s a bug in the upgrade process for those of us who’re security-conscious and use a lock code. The bug forces us to abort the upgrade process and start over; my guess is that this leaves the baseband nvram in a dorked-up state.

Folks who’ve yet to upgrade to 3.0 – my suggestion is to disable the
security code on your iPhone prior to performing the upgrade.

Oahu notes

If you spend a week in East Oahu, some notes:

  • Wet-n-Wild Hawaii. Its a nice splash zone. Only about 40 minutes from Kailua. Just acquired and renamed Wet’n Wild. In the coupon books, get a free icey if you buy a regular admission. You don’t need the additional $5 charge for doing the wave riding thing though. Also hours are tight 1030-430, but it seems to die down after noon when the school groups leave.
  • North Shore beaches. Where surfing really started. See Surf’s Up, if you want to see it as surfing came up 🙂 Of course Ehukai is the most famous (the Banzai Pipeline in the winter is ridiculous). Waimea Bay Beach Park is more sane and close to the waterfalls that you can hike to called. Haleiwa is the main beach town there and you can eat at Haleiwa Joe’s or Jameson’s By the Sea. Of if you are adventurous try Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. $12 for Shrimp Scampi on a paper plate 😉 Or try a fancy place like Ola at Turtle Bay Resort if you are splurging.
  • Kailua is just a suburb of Honolulu, but it has an amazing beach there. Try Tokoname for very decent Japanese food. Kailua Sailboard for fun windsurfing lessons and kayak rentals to get you out into the Bay. By the way the L&L next door has terrific chinese won ton mein. And Boston’s Pizza is a very decent pizza place for thin crust. The tomatoes are particularly good. And at the beach, the Kalapawai Market has great sandwiches and things. Finally, Los Garcia’s, is very decent mexican food. Their other branch is in Omaha as I recall! Finally, Buzz’s is where one president dined, although in truth, I’m not much of a steak guy and some say the quality is declining. 
  • Polynesian Cultural Center is the place for the typical tourist luau. The pricing structure is beyond complicated, but I’d say the best deal is the Ambassador Alii Luau because you get a guided tour. You need this because doing all the activities is really hard. Skip the IMAX and get there at say 1PM so you don’t miss the canoe parade. The highlights are the spear chucking and drumming in Tahiti and the coconut husking and firemaking at the end at Samoa. There is a logical order to it all and if you wander about you miss a bunch. The really high end Deluxe Luau only has better food (or rather more rich food like prime rib), but you lose out on the dinner show which is kind of fun. The evening show is like Disney production of Lion King in the tropics, so is fun, the ride back is slow, so plan on 1PM-10PM 🙂 A side note is that it is actually run by the Mormon Church through their BYU-Hawaii branch so everyone there is going to school there. It sets you back a cool C-note, but probably worth it at least once.
  • Honolulu Sailing Company. There isn’t any small boat charters which is too bad. The best we could find is a skippered ride on a Beneteau 43″ out of Waikiki for a half day private charter. Beats just sitting in a catamaran I think.
  • Gunstock Ranch. Who thinks cowboys when you think of Hawaii, well turns out on the Big Island, there are paniolo who are Hawaiian cowboys running herds. On Oahu, Gunstock does all kinds of rides. There is a the fun ride for kids over 9 or if you’ve ridden before, there is the advanced ride. It’s right next to the Polynesian Cultural Center and another taste of the country in Hawaii.
  • Bike Hawaii. If you want to limit major tourism to the PCC, then try Bike Hawaii for a mountain bike ride through the Koaloa Ranch where you can see the site of Jurassic Park and Lost’s filming. They have rides through the Kaaawa valley (try to say that fast! Ka’ A’ Awa is the hint). It’s an easy 6 hour ride for 2-3 hours.
  • Islander Sportfishing. Never tried it but you can get a half day private charter out of West Oahu or Kuuloakai leaves out of the North Shore.
  • Kuilima Cove. Snorkling is normally at ultra crowded Hanauma Bay, but Kuilima is on the North Shore by Turtle Bay and is fun too. Lots of fish and rocks abound.

Nerf heaven

 Perfect for your office fun are the new Nerf guns. Life has sure moved ahead. Head over to Target to get these or Amazon if you are too far away and there is an entire website nerfhaven dedicated to modding theses things.

Magstrike. I’ve never seen anything fire so fast in my life. $18 worth of fun. Main problem is that the clips are not sold separately, so if you fire for 3 seconds, then you are in trouble 🙂

Aerobeds and other useful stuff

Random list of useful home things for the summer 🙂

Aerobed’s are really useful when there are guests. Nice that it is raised and also that it has its own pump 🙂

Waring Pro WMK300 makes really amazing Belgian waffles. The thing beeps six times when it is ready, put the batter in flip and then wait for it to beep 3 times at setting 4. Out come perfect golden waffles 🙂

Mophie juice pack air. The new iPhone 3G S apparently lasts 30% longer. But my 3G really won’t last 4 hours if it is used at all. Even with 3G switched off. The juice pack air is a sleeve that fits around with a battery that doubles life. $80 so it’s expensive, but really the only solution.

Waring Waffle Pro Belgian Waffle Recipe

Got a Waring waffle makers. So how do you make Belgian waffles, here’s the recipe from Waring:


Makes 10 Belgian waffles.


Enjoy this traditional Belgian waffle recipe from the Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker instruction booklet.

Classic Belgian waffles have a crispy outside and are soft and moist on the inside. They are often served as a part of a celebration—even to celebrate something as simple as a beautiful day. Try these waffles with your favorite syrup or a topping such as sliced fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream.


1 1/2 cups water

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast one packet

3 cups sifted flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, separated for 3 yolks and 1 egg white

1/3 cup sugar

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups whole milk

Minimum-required Tools

waffle maker

measuring cup and spoons

whisk or hand mixer

small sauce pan

large mixing bowl and spoon

heat safe spatula


Heat half of the water to lukewarm, 105°-110°F. Dissolve the yeast in the water with a pinch of sugar; let stand for 5-10 minutes, until the mixture begins to foam.

Put the flour and salt into the large bowl; stir to blend and reserve. Add the egg yolks, one of the egg whites, and remaining sugar to the yeast mixture; stir to blend. Add the remaining water, milk, melted butter, oil, and vanilla; stir until the mixture is smooth. Stir the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and beat until the mixture is smooth.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form when removing the mixer. Fold the egg whites gently into the Belgian waffle batter. Let the batter stand for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Helpful Hint

Setting #4 for the Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker achieves a golden brown baked Belgian waffle. You can adjust the browning control if you prefer lighter or darker waffles.

Preheat your waffle maker on your preferred setting use setting #4 for the Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker; the ready indicator light will turn on when preheated the green indicator light for the Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker.

For best results, do not open the waffle maker during cooking of the Belgian waffle recipe. Doing so will offset the timing mechanism.

For the Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker

Using the measuring scoop to measure the batter and pour into the preheated waffle maker. Use a heat-proof spatula to spread the batter evenly over the grids. Close lid and rotate waffle maker 180° to the right. Bake the Belgian waffle in the waffle maker until beeper indicates that the waffle is done. Rotate waffle maker 180° to the left

via Enjoy a Belgian waffle recipe from your waffle maker..

Where I stood

Some songs just hit you so strongly it is hard to believe…wow Missy Higgins gets it right. Life is complicated.

Missy Higgins Where i stood

I don’t know what I’ve done
Or if I like what I’ve begun
But something told me to run
And honey you know me it’s all or none

There were sounds in my head
LIttle voices whispering
That I should go and this should end
Oh and I found myself listening

‘Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
‘Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

See I thought love was black and white
That it was wrong or it was right
But you ain’t leaving without a fight
And I think I am just as torn inside

‘Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
‘Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

And I won’t be far from where you are if ever you should call
You meant more to me than anyone I ever loved at all
But you taught me how to trust myself and so I say to you
This is what I have to do

‘Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
‘Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood
Oh, she who dares to stand where I stood

HD movies with iMovie 09

Well, Apple still doesn’t support Blu Ray which is surprising as they have all new MacBooks, so if you want to get high definition from your Mac, how do you get ready. First, you can get 1080p movies into iMovie via the import function, but to produce them, you choose Share/Export with Quicktime and chooise 1080 HD which produces this format. With the

Then you either hsow it with Quicktime from your Mac or go off and find a Blu Ray burner. I’m doing the former until this gets solved 🙂

On Mac, the only ansser I can find is a third party MCE which makes a Blu Ray burner for the desktop Mac Pro and includes Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 with Encore (what a name!) or you can also use Roxio Toast 10 Titanium with HD/BD Plu-in. The state of Blu Ray is strange right now.
Second generation Blu-ray ships for Mac

All the drives are natively compatible with OS X 10.5.2 or later, and can record directly from within the finder without any specialized software.

Blu-ray movie discs and content can be created with Adobe Premier Pro, Roxio Toast 10 Pro, and Final Cut Pro.

Since Steve Jobs was famously for Blu-ray before he was against it, Apple has not included any Blu-ray hardware in stock Macs, but the OS as mentioned supports burning data discs. Unfortunately, you can’t view a Blu-ray movie on a Mac unless you are running Windows XP or Vista under Boot Camp.

Bluetooth not found

Just so you don’t think I’m a complete Mac bigot, I’m having problems with both a MacBook Pro not sleeping and also now our unibody MacBook has lost its Bluetooth. Much on this in but apparently, there is a wiring problem inside the MacBook, the wires are too long so you have to open up your MacBook and lose your warranty to fix. The reason it can’t sleep is that i fyou look at the system log, you see the event, “USB event caused system wake” which is because the Bluetooth module is apparently loose and generating events.

Here is another fix which might be related to software…

I found a fix!! (working great so far) i have not seen this anywhere so i figured i would post it.
step 1: shut down computer
step 2: press and hold down power power button until computer turns on. dont just press to turn on. but press and hold until you hear a loud beep.
step 3: enjoy your new found bluetooth.

Apple announces Iphone 3G S (what a name) and new MacBooks

Quite a day for Apple, they announced a small refreshe to the iPhone with a 3 megapixel phones and 30% better battery life (yeah!). Also the new iPhone 3.0 comes out with copy and paste at last for all their phones. I’m soooo happy about that. It’s launching 19 June!

The big features are Video recording, autofocusing camera, digital compass. For current users, you can upgrade for $200 over the subsidized price. $400 for the 16GB iPhone 3G S (who likes this new name BTW???

Finally, they have a new MacBook Pro 15″ and updates to the 17″ as well as rebranding the highest end MacBook 13″ to MacBook Pro. MacBook Air also gets an update. The MBP 15″ now has a non-user replacable battery with 7 hours of run time. It now finally gets rid of the ExpressCard and replaces it with a SD slot and entry price is now $1700.

The new MacBook Pro 13″ also has a non-user-replaceable battery, adds FireWire and a SD slot. Price drops to $1200 and everyone has a backlit keyboard.

The MacBook Air is now $1500 entry level for a 1.86GB while the 128GB SSD is now just $1800.

In iPhone news, TomTom is going to has an application that lets you use the iPhone as a GPS in your car.