Importing Canon camera images

Canon’s are quite different from Nikon. Nikons just appear as hard drives on your computer, but Canon doesn’t allow it. Instead, you have to either install their shovelware to import or get a card reader for their CF cards.

If you have a Mac, then iPhoto knows how to read them too, so you can import them. They do get sucked deep into the iPhoto library directories, but you can find and copy them with Show File.

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General consensus is that Canon cameras don’t mount onto the desktop, but is seen by iPhoto. If you want to mount it onto the Finder, you’ll need to use the card reader.

Favorite quotes

Well many of the most famous quotes are misquotes, but here is the researched actuals of my favorites:

From the Winston’s Churchill’s speech to the Harrow School, 29 October 1941 after 10 months of a war alone against Nazi Germany… Never Give In, Never, Never, Never – The Churchill Centre

this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Fortune favors the bold which is from the “Aeneid”: which is an epic poem by Virgil that tells the story of Aeneas, the Trojan who is the ancestor of the romns. and uses classical Latin “spelling’: of audentis not audentes and iuvat which is pronounced juvat.

“Edmund Burke”: is misquoted to have said, “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. But it looks “like”: he never said this, although he did say.Edmund Burke – Wikiquote

It may have been adapted from these lines of Burke’s in his Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents (1770): “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

There is also much controversy about an add that Lord Earnest Shackleton took out for his Antarctic expedition. No one has been able to find the original source newspaper or the date and there is a reward. It appears this was not for the ill-fated and famous Endurance expedition, but is probably for the earlier Nimrod one. But most folks now this it came from a adwriter who wrote a book about top 100 best ads and he probably made up the #1 pick himself 1949 pulpbook called the 100 best ads by Julian Watkins which was in a turn a crib from another guy Tillman who himself made up the story of his own ad.


“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”

Finally, we have the Art of War (孫子兵法 Sun2 Zi2 Bing1 Fa2)

The Art of War – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will fight without danger in battles.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.

MacBook Air reinstallation and hopefully Time Capsule transfer

OK, so I’ve completely wiped my MacBook Air, time to rebuild it. Here is a list of things that have to happen. Sure sounds Windows like doesn’t it 🙂

# Remote install Mac OS X. Sigh. This is going to take 4 hours over the air apparently
# Try the “Time Capsule recovery”: which comes during the standard installation, it asks if you want to restore from Time Capsule
# Run Settings/Software Update to get me to 10.5.5.
# Install Microsoft Office 2004
# Install PDFPen
# Install Quickeys (or a good time to get F2 and F4 working with other stuff)
# Copy over my Music
# Make Mac Mail work with my email accounts
# Make Entourage work with our Exchange server

Reregister from Mod to regular Rec

If you have a player who wants to go from say GU9 Mod to GU11, then this isn’t a problem, you just have to:

# Make sure you get permission from the parent via email
# Choose Edit/Registrant and search for the kid
# Make sure Play UP is set to yes
# Now Choose Edit/Reassign and select the new level, in this case GU11
# Now Choose on Quick Clicks, Assign Particpant
# Make sure you know the name of the team they will go to and pick that group
# You should now see the unassigned player and put them there.
# Email to the coach and parent to let them know.

If it is a scholarship kid, there is a fee difference going there, so you also have to

# Choose Edit/Registrant again and find the kid and click on them to see Player Settings
# Click on Registrant Financial Information. You should now see a fee different $90 vs $65 or $25 more.
# Click on New Payment or Refund
# Choose Adjustment and click on Decrease Fees and Type is Scholarship and the amount $25. In the comment put your name

Mac Routine Maintenance (Not!) don’t do this

With Windows, I have this whole ritual for keeping things clean that include these free utilities

* Spybot. Keep immunizations up for adware, spyware and use its Tools to fix the registry of bad entries, cleanup startup groups of shovelware
* Antivir. Freeware antivirus package. Just need to keep it scanning and take the regular updates
* Zonealarm. take the updates to this firewall and make sure to disable the native XP firewall
* Firefox. Make sure to install adblock plus, flashblock and and turn cookies on to ask
* PerfectDisk. This isn’t freeware, but it is a great disk defragger that you have to run regularly
* Norton Ghost. Again not freeware, but does an incremental backup of your hard drive.

On the Mac, I don’t have a similar routine, but “”: does have a good list but of course after I ran Yasu, it corrupted my entire MacBook Air boot drive, so that upon boot, it failed with a spinning wheel and the Apple logo. Not good! Am going through a full rebuild now. Thank goodness that the low level “DVD Sharing for OS X Install”: works. I guess I get what I want, a clean MacBook Air! Routine Maintenance

Required Materials
1. Disk Utility (Included with Mac OS X)
2. Keychain Access (Included with Mac OS X 10.3 and higher) or Keychain First Aid (For Mac OS X 10.2, Free)
3. Yasu ($3.50) at “Jim Mitchell”:
4. Preferential Treatment (Free) at “Jonn8”:
5. BootCD (Free)
6. DiskWarrior ($79.95)
7. ClamXAv

Here is his procedure:

# Create a Bootable CD so that you can run things like Disk Utility offline and tackle the hard drive. Unfortunately, this utility only works up to 10.2 (Jaguar) and is borken for 10.3 (Panther), 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard)
# Restart your Mac so everything works well
# Verify or repair your keychain. This happens to me quite a bit, you can get a corrupt keychain. With 10.3 or higher, goto Spotlight and find _Keychain Access_ and choose Keychain Access/Keychain First Aid and run Verify and if it bad, then click Repair.
# Goto Spotlight and search for _Disk Utility_ and use it to verify. This fixed permissions that prevent access to thing.
# Preferential Treatment looks corrupt plists, these are preference lists used by applications. If they are corrupt, the application might crash
# Run Yasu with everything selected, this deletes lots of cached data which can get corrupted. The system builds it all back again automatically as you use your computer, but corruptions can happen. Be really careful on this one, appears to Corrupt OS X 10.5.5!
# Update ClamXAv virus definition files
# Make sure Firefox has adblock and flashblock on.

MacBook Air unexpectedly logs out

When I leave my MacBook Air overnight to say do a Time Capsule, I see that it will log itself out unexpectedly and automatically. Kind of wierd, my MacBook Pro doesn’t do that. Some users are having the same issue with the “Mac Mini”: and the only real diagnosis is:

Apple – Support – Discussions – Mac Mini unexpectedly logs out. …

One thing I think is worth doing is looking in the logs on the system for entries after this has happened. Logs entries are often hard to interpret and can be very misleading, but opening Console (in Applications>Utilities) after a software crash of this sort will often yield at least some clues in entries from the time of the event.

Apple – Support – Discussions – Mac Mini unexpectedly logs out. …

That said, I suspect there may be a relatively simple cause of the problem in the case you describe. There could be nothing much more than a permissions or prebinding issue on the system. I would use one of the simple ‘cache cleaning’ type utilities such as YASU ( set it to all tasks and then close everything else down until it’s finished. That would deal with any incorrect permissions, out of data prebinding, and a host of other minor ailments that can cause apparently quite serious system instabilities. After that, favorite would be a broken property list file or a damaged or conflicted font.

Finding Big files on the Mac

If you are using leopard and don’t mind the CPU times, then go to Finder and choose View/View Options and click on “All Sizes” This calculates the size of all files within a folder. Very useful to see why you suddenly have 14MB of /Library files. If you have Tiger then… » How To Find The Largest Files On Your Hard Drive

If you are like me, occasionally (actually most of the time in my case) you run out of disk space on your hard drive and you wonder what is eating up so much space. Well in order to make some space in your hard drive you need to delete some files.

I am going to show you a quick way to find the files that take the most space on your machine. Here is how we begin:

# First of all, we need to find the biggest files in your computer and start by deleting the ones that are no longer important.
In order to do this let’s use one of the great and powerful features of Tiger called “Smart Folders“. So from Finder, choose File/New Smart Folder and then choose “+” on the right and then “+” again and choose Other… and look for Size and pick greater than 1GB and choose Save. Name this “1GB+ Files”
# This appears on the left bar of Finder and when you click, it search for a 1GB files