Eisenhower on planning

John mentioned this one to me, as I sit here editing three memos for tomorrow, I’m reminded he is right. Eisenhower is one smart person. Planning is good because it helps you think through objectives. I actually like the later formulation better, but it appears, Dwight actually said the more boring one about planning.

Battle Quotes

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. Dwight D. Eisenhower

The World of the Swiss McKeowns – No battle was ever won according to plan…

No battle was ever won according to plan, but no battle was ever won without one. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Canon MX700 will not run over LAN on Snow Leopard

Sigh, although the MX700 drivers are included in OS X 10.6, they didn’t include the special drivers that Canon uses for use over the internet, so you have to download the IJ Network Utility from the Canon site and then the key is wait a little in the Add Printer dialog. See below…

Apple – Support – Discussions – Network Printing to Canon MP and MX …

f you have a Canon MP or MX printer and you are having trouble adding it as a network printer, then try the workaround below. Other MP and MX owners had found this successful and in testing I also found this a simple workaround, compared to some of the workarounds in this forum.

Like has been said already, the MP/MX device is appearing in the Add Printer view as a Bonjour Scanner, and if you add it you can scan fine over the network. But the network printer part of the AIO does not display in the Default browser view.

Apple – Support – Discussions – Network Printing to Canon MP and MX …

After testing I have confirmed that by installing an older version of the Canon CUPS driver on 10.6, the necessary network protocols are now present, allowing you to add the printer. Note that installing the older version does not replace the v10.19.0 that is included with 10.6 (provided you customize the install and select Additional Drivers) but it does add several plugins, including the ‘canonijnetwork’ transport plugin. With this plugin installed, the network printer now appears after several seconds in the Default view, with the Printer Name as MP/MXxxx (00.00.85.xx.xx.xx) and the Kind as canonijnetwork.

Apple – Support – Discussions – Network Printing to Canon MP and MX …

This is the workaround.

1. Download the Canon ‘CUPS’ driver for the respective model of MP or MX printer. The CUPS driver typically has a version number of 10.x.x.
2. Run the installer and restart when prompted.
3. Open System Preferences > Print & Fax and click to Add ( + )
4. Select the Default browser view. You will probably see the printer listed with its Kind as Bonjour Scanner. Do not select this. Just wait a bit longer and eventually you should see the printer appear with its MAC address in brackets and the Kind as canonijnetwork
5. Select this entry and ensure the Print Using menu changes to Canon model series
6. Click Add to complete

Google Calendar and Contact Sync to Snow Leopard

OK, here is how it all works in Snow Leopard:

In iCal, goto to Preferences/Accounts and select the + to Add, now you will see a new option with is Google and you type in your user name and password. Your main calendar should now appear. Then click on the Delegation tab (not very intuitive) and you will see a list of sub calendars on Google (like the weather and other things that are shared with you). Click on the those boxes to see them in iCal.

For Address Book, go to Preference and select Google and type in your user name and password. To force a sync go to the upper rigth and there is a MobileMe sync. Unintuitively, this actually syncs Google as well and is the general iSync utility, so don’t be confused, it works with or without MobileMe.

As an aside, I turned off MobileMe sync for all of this stuff for now until I figure out how that interacts ๐Ÿ™‚

Sync with Snow Leopard – Google Mobile Help

If your using Snow Leopard (10.6) then Address Book contact sync with Google occurs every hour (http://www.google.com/support/contactsync/).

Only the contacts in “My Contacts” will sync, and only the following items

  • People’s names and job titles
  • Company names
  • Email and postal addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • IM names, including the type of service
  • Notes
  • Photos (on Mac OS X 10.6 only)

Contact Sync Help

Each time you send an email, Gmail automatically adds the recipient of that email to your contact list. There is currently no way to prevent Gmail from adding these contacts. You are able to delete unwanted contacts, however. To permanently delete a contact, follow these steps:

1. Select the contact in the Contacts list.
2. Click Delete Contact at the top of the page.
3. Click OK.

Contact Sync Help

On Mac OS X 10.5, Contact Sync can’t sync a contact with Gmail if another contact has the same email address. If an Address Book or iPhone contact contains an email address already present in a different Gmail contact, this contact will not be synced.

Contact Sync Help

Due to an interdependence between Gmail and Google Talk, removing or replacing contacts in Gmail may require you to reauthorize some contacts for chatting in Google Talk. This can also happen if contacts are merged or deleted and then synced.

Complete reset of iCal, Address Book and Entourage

I have all kinds of sync problems and bad data with my iCal, Address Book and Entourage on one of my computers, a MacBook Pro. Here is how to completely wipe out corrupt databases. First I should read my own post from last year

Apple – Support – Discussions – How do I completely reset iCal? …

How do I completely reset iCal? I want a really clean startup situation as if iCal has never run on this account. I tried:

rm -rf ~/Library/{Caches,Caches/Metadata,Preferences,Application\ Support}/*iCal*

Apple – Support – Discussions – How do I completely reset iCal? …

That will have missed the copy calendar data in ~/Library/Application Support/SyncServices

Reset iCal and Entourage | Tongfamily Website

There is another database called ~/Library/Calendars which is your list of all calendar data.

Reset iCal and Entourage | Tongfamily Website

So you have to go to Entourage Account Settings and delete the offending accounts and reinstall. Also delete in ~/Library/Microsoft all the Entourage databases and for the new Entourage 2004 they are in ~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/

Apple – Support – Discussions – Need to reset/reinstall address book …

The data files for the Address Book are found at Home/Library/Application Support/AddressBook. In that folder there are older versions of the AB data — you might check to see if AddressX altered all of them, or not. For example you could delete AddressBook.data, rename AddressBook.data.previous to be merely AddressBook.data and try launching the application.

Apple – Support – Discussions – Need to reset/reinstall address book …

The candidates, found at Home/Library/Preferences, in likely order of importance to this problem are: com.apple.AddressBook.plist, com.apple.AddressBook.abd.plist and AddressBookMe.plist.

iPhone 3GS launch records

And it went amazingly smoothly, I got my 3GS in 15 minutes at the Apple store. They are getting really good at fulfillment!

9 to 5 Mac | Apple Intelligence

On this year’s launch day, iPhone sales exceeded sales recorded on 2008’s iPhone launch day, Black Friday 2008 and Dec. 26, 2008 รขโ‚ฌโ€ all heavy-volume sales days. In fact, this year we surpassed 2008’s launch day sales at about noon Central time, and sustained our previous peak hour record, also set in 2008, for 11 straight hours.

I have two other cards that work natively — I think they have a Jmicron chipset. My dual-firewire800 Expresscard works in SL too. OWC eSATA ExpressCard/34 is a no-name eSATA card that works and is $20. Mainly because the Jmicron drivers are included in OS X.

Rosewill RC-605 not compatible with Snow Leopard

Sigh which is why third party drivers are always such a pain!
Does eSATAII Rosewill RC-605 ExpressCard not work with 10.6? (external HDD question) – Mac Forums

Yes, the card presently doesn’t work. I’ve tried different variations of the Sil3132 driver but always get a kernel panic at startup (the original drivers were placed in the Incompatible Software folder when I installed Snow Leopard). At some point we’ll probably see new drivers from Silicon Image but I’m not holding my breath.

Mayonnaise Jar and Coffee

Thanks Darrell, I love this parable..

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

 A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. 

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. 

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.” 

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed. “Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things–your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions–and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else–the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first–the things that really matter.

 Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.” 

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. “It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.

Oster Beehive Blender

I’ve been looking for a blender for a while. The Consumer Reports top rated one isn’t available, but Cooks Illustrated via Consumer Search likes this $55 retro Oster Beehive Blender. The main issue appears to be the rubber piece between the drive and blades. This tears if the blades are working too hard. For $4 you get a rubber drive coupler to replace it.

Belkin and Ipevo Skype phones really work

I’m actually amazed, but got the Belkin F1PP010EN-SK Desktop Internet Phone for Skype and this no name Ipevo S0-20 wifi Skype phone. I have to say I’m really surprised at the call quality and the firmware. They are easy to setup and at least with Comcast Seattle and even with Vietnamese broadband, they work.

The Belkin is only $70 and the Ipevo is $135 so this is very worthwhile.

Micro 4/3 cameras deliver high quality in a compact size

The new 4/3 cameras seem like the best compromise for high quality…

Olympus E-P1. 13Mp and 12oz. The major drawback is that it doesn’t have a viewfinder and it has a slow focus in low light and the zoom is slow too. The good news is that image quality and noise levels and speed are equal to a dSLR. So this is a 1st generation camera that shows great promise because of the picture quality. Just doing JPG, between ISO 200-1600, it is terrific.

Panasonic DMC-GF1. This is a 12MP camera with AVCHD lite for movies. It also doesn’t have a viewfinder and lists for a cool $900 with $200 for the viewfinder. So way more than a dSLR ๐Ÿ™‚ It is really the DMC-G1 in a much smaller body. It is more expensive, but if has built-in flash, a electronic viewfinder and fast focus plus it does do movies so you don’t need a camcorder for casual situations.