Thermos Nissan bottle

coffeegeek.com review, Well, it is freezing in Seattle and lots of need for hot drinks. So, when Calvin ask, do we have a Thermos for hot chocolate. I realized I haven’t bought a thermos in so long what’s the state of the art. Here it is, the Nissan Thermos. Kind of cool looking too.

Briefcase Bottle is nice, but the Leakproof Backpack Bottle.

New iPhone coming next summer???

9 to 5 Mac | Apple Intelligence

Today we learned that new iPhones were found using apps with tracking software in the San Francisco area. The news is not surprising since the same thing has happened around this time of year for the past few years. This is the traditional time that Apple starts testing new iPhone hardware for release in summer.

What is interesting about today’s information is that the new iPhone hardware is denoted as 3,1.

Former iPhones were labelled like this:

* OG iPhone= 1,1
* iPhone3G = 1,2
* iPhone 3GS= 2,1
* iPhone(PA Semi?) = 3,1

The iPhone 3G wasn’t a big upgrade from the original iPhone, hence only the point upgrade in the hardware code number. While it did add a 3G radio and GPS, the processor was still the ARM 11-based Samsung chip that was also used in the original iPod Touches.

The 3GS hardware upgrade was a different processor entirely. While Samsung was still the supplier, it was now a ARM Cortex A8 based unit that provides the massive speed gains in the new iPhone 3GS hardware (and new iPod touches).

Will we see even more speed in the next iPhone?

The 3,1 moniker indicates that the new iPhone hardware is a significant upgrade from the iPhone 3GS -perhaps one with a processor from PA Semi. Apple bought PA Semi two years ago. Steve Jobs previously told the New York Times , “PA Semi is going to do system-on-chips for iPhones and iPods.”

Handbrake 0.9.4 for DVD to MPEG-4 conversion

Handbrake version 0.9.4 adds 64-bit support | iLounge News

Popular open-source DVD to MPEG-4 converter Handbrake has been updated to version 0.9.4. The new version offers a host of improvements, including speed, size, and quality improvements taken from the x264 project, support for 64-bit and parallel builds for added speed improvements on 64-bit capable machines, support for soft subtitles, a live preview feature, better input support, constant quality encoding which varies size to meet a given quality level, a new custom anamorphic mode, and more. Handbrake 0.9.4 is available now as a free download for Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Windows XP or later, and Linux.

Handbrake version 0.9.4 adds 64-bit support | iLounge News

They did drop the AVI format, which if you want to convert using that, use 0.9.3. Windows 7 can runs all formats without codecs except MKV. Use the CCCP pack for that.

iPhone 3.1.2 searching bug

iPhone users complain of ‘searching for service’ bug | iLounge News

A number of iPhone users are voicing their displeasure over a bug in iPhone software 3.1.2 that sees the phone randomly start searching for service. According to a thread on the Apple Support Discussions site, the problem appears to be software related, as users on AT&T, Rogers Wireless, and Telus have been affected; the only current fix once the phone begins searching is to reboot the device.

iPhone users complain of ‘searching for service’ bug | iLounge News

Affected users: please state if you are jailbroken and have retained the 04.26 baseband firmware via Pwnagetool (required to maintain SIM unlock prior to the release of blacksn0w). The mismatch between 3.1.2 and the older baseband firmware already caused one problem – lack of carrier name in the status bar (since patched with latest version of ultrasn0w)

Handbrake 0.9.4 for DVD to MPEG-4 conversion

Handbrake version 0.9.4 adds 64-bit support | iLounge News

Popular open-source DVD to MPEG-4 converter Handbrake has been updated to version 0.9.4. The new version offers a host of improvements, including speed, size, and quality improvements taken from the x264 project, support for 64-bit and parallel builds for added speed improvements on 64-bit capable machines, support for soft subtitles, a live preview feature, better input support, constant quality encoding which varies size to meet a given quality level, a new custom anamorphic mode, and more. Handbrake 0.9.4 is available now as a free download for Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Windows XP or later, and Linux.

Handbrake version 0.9.4 adds 64-bit support | iLounge News

They did drop the AVI format, which if you want to convert using that, use 0.9.3. Windows 7 can runs all formats without codecs except MKV. Use the CCCP pack for that.

New iPhone coming next summer???

9 to 5 Mac | Apple Intelligence

Today we learned that new iPhones were found using apps with tracking software in the San Francisco area. The news is not surprising since the same thing has happened around this time of year for the past few years. This is the traditional time that Apple starts testing new iPhone hardware for release in summer.

What is interesting about today’s information is that the new iPhone hardware is denoted as 3,1.

Former iPhones were labelled like this:

* OG iPhone= 1,1
* iPhone3G = 1,2
* iPhone 3GS= 2,1
* iPhone(PA Semi?) = 3,1

The iPhone 3G wasn’t a big upgrade from the original iPhone, hence only the point upgrade in the hardware code number. While it did add a 3G radio and GPS, the processor was still the ARM 11-based Samsung chip that was also used in the original iPod Touches.

The 3GS hardware upgrade was a different processor entirely. While Samsung was still the supplier, it was now a ARM Cortex A8 based unit that provides the massive speed gains in the new iPhone 3GS hardware (and new iPod touches).

Will we see even more speed in the next iPhone?

The 3,1 moniker indicates that the new iPhone hardware is a significant upgrade from the iPhone 3GS -perhaps one with a processor from PA Semi. Apple bought PA Semi two years ago. Steve Jobs previously told the New York Times , “PA Semi is going to do system-on-chips for iPhones and iPods.”

New iMacs DOA or Cracked Screens

So it wasn’t just me. The iMac Core i5 cames with a cracked screen in the lower left, just like these reports!

27″ Core i7 iMacs Arriving DOA or With Cracked Screens? – Mac Rumors

Engadget reports on a growing number of complaints from purchasers of Apple’s high-end 27″ Intel Core i7-based iMac who have received new machines that either refuse to power on or arrive with cracked screens directly out of the box.

Apple’s new Core i7-based iMac might be a performance monster, but it looks like the whole family’s having some problems getting out of the gate: in addition to the previously-noted performance issues with the Core 2 Duo models, a quick glance across Apple’s support forums and on other Mac boards around the web reveals that some machines are showing up DOA and / or with cracked screens. We’re a little more familiar with the DOA issue, since the new i7 we just bought doesn’t boot at all, but the cracked screen issue seems to be equally common and mostly affecting the bottom left corner, from what we can tell.

Reports of problems have surfaced in Apple’s support forums (#1, #2), as well as in our own forums. It is unclear at this time just what proportion of the new iMacs have been affected by the issues, but the volume of complaints suggests that these may not be isolated incidents.

The 27″ iMac appears to have experienced several issues since its introduction last month. In addition to these new complaints from purchasers of Core i7-based model that only recently began shipping, early users of the Core 2 Duo-based models reported performance issues related to Flash video playback. That issue, however was reportedly addressed with the release of Mac OS X 10.6.2 earlier this month.

OWC Expresscard driver crash

Well not all is right as rain, my old Rosewill RC-605 uses Silicon Image drivers and won’t run on Snow Leopard, so I got a $20 OWC ExpressCard eSATA and it sort of works, but the driver crashes and the drive disappears on the latest Snow Leopard. How sad.

Note that it saysDoes eSATAII Rosewill RC-605 ExpressCard not work with 10.6? (external HDD question) – Mac Forums

Sonnet’s version of the Sil3132 driver works with the Rosewill RC-605 card in 10.6.1.

Does eSATAII Rosewill RC-605 ExpressCard not work with 10.6? (external HDD question) – Mac Forums

Try this: install the driver, repair permissions, shut down (completely — don’t restart), then plug in the card and reboot. After you log in, turn on your connected drives, they should mount. If not, restart again with the drives turned on. YMMV, but that’s how I got it to work. It’s fully operable, plug-and-play now.

Apptix shared Exchange configuration

Well all the magic URLs changed when Apptix switched us to Exchange 2007. Here they are:

cp.collaborationhost.net. This is the control panel where you can change user name and it also has your detailed configuraiton information
mobile.collaborationhost.net. This is the ActiveSync address that you use to sync your iPhone
smtp.collaborationhost.net. Where you send mail
pop.collaborationhost.net. Use POP3 to read mail
imap.collaborationhost.net. Inbound IMAP mail boxes
AUSP01VMBX05.collaborationhost.net. This is your actual mailbox on your exchange server
outlook.collaborationhost.net. This is the Exchange proxy for doing http into your mailbox
msstd:outlook.collaborationhost.net. This is the URL for the Certificate

The only read assymetry left is that the outlook web access address is totally different, it is

mail.apptix.net

You can login with either you company username@company.com or if you know the magic userid that is assigned  uniquely to every person which is collaboration\username