Typhoon naming

I’m so fascinated, the typhoons all have different names. It depends on where Typhoon starts and they are predetermined. So for Caribbean and West Pac

Digital Typhoon: Typhoon Names

Japan Only number-based convention
Philippines Own list-based convention only used within the country
China Transition from number-based convention to list-based convention?
Korea Primary number-based convention, and secondary list-based convention?
Taiwan List-based convention is more often used?
Vietnam Unique number-based convention only counted around Vietnam with list-based convention
United States Only list-based convention

Sony A900

Woohoo. The reat thing is that Nikon, Canon and now Sony are all shipping 20MP plus cameras and the low end pro cameras are now 15MP running at ISO 1600. This is amazing!

AnandTech: Sony A900 Full-Frame: Hands-On Preview

The culmination of the Sony push into the Digital SLR market was unveiled on September 8, after 18 months of hints, speculation, and closed case exhibits at photography events. It is likely that anyone out there who follows photography has at least heard of the A900 – Sony’s flagship DSLR and the first to showcase the new Sony 24.6MP full-frame sensor. It also gives the full-frame resolution crown to Sony for the time being, as no other full-frame sensor can claim resolution this high. The closest competitor is the $8000 Canon 1Ds Mark III at 21.1MP

Soccer schedules

Wow, there are so many schedules to track:

* “Seattle Youth Soccer Assocation”:http://sysa.org. Only the September schedule is available right now.
* “Catholic Youth Organization Soccer Schedule”:http://www.seattlearch.org/BuildingCommunity/CatholicYouthOrganization/Athletics/Soccer/SchedulesscoresStandings.htm uses something called “eScheduler”:http://ssl.hammersoccer.com/eScheduler/UserAgeGroupSelect.asp?SYS=CYOS which is a little hard to use, but eventually you can find “6th Grade North”:http://ssl.hammersoccer.com/eScheduler/ScoreDisplay.asp?Division=52&SYS=CYOS

AT&T Pay As You Go works with iPhone 3G

Well, if you are a massive data user, the iPhone 3G makes a lot of sense. But what if you want the nice iPhone interface but don’t want to pay the incredibly high $30/month data charges, what do you do. Well, some choices are:

# Get a iPhone first generation on the “grey market”. Yes it will cost you $500, but after a year, that’s way cheaper than the $200 plus $360/month. You don’t get 3G
# Figure out how to get pay as you go to work…The short note is that there are two data plans for the first generation “phone”:http://www.tuaw.com/2007/09/24/prepaid-data-packages-and-the-iphone/ which is a 1MB $5 dataplan and a 5MB $10 MediaNet. These last 30 days and roll over month to month up to 15MB if you renew every month. There is also a messaging plan that takes the SMS message rate $0.15/month ripoffs that are the rack rate. The main issue is that there is no warning when you blow through your data plan and you start paying ridiculous rack rates for data. Also bizarrely, you can add up to 3 data plans, so you can get 30MB/month and they rollover, if you roll over any one of them.
# AT&T Pick Your Plan. This is entirely different from Pay as You Go, Go Phone. It does allow unlimited data for $20/month like the regular prepay plans. So you are not saving anything. In this case what you do is get an iPhone, hactivate it under 1.0.4 which means you don’t get any 2.x features and you are “off to the races”:http://www.tuaw.com/2008/05/12/finally-a-data-only-iphone-plan-for-20-month/
# It is a little wierd, but to get a pay as you go, you actually buy an entire “phone”:http://www.tuaw.com/2008/09/13/confirmed-3g-iphone-works-out-of-the-box-with-payg/ which cost $80 but includes a $100 data card, so you get 5 months of 3G data and a free phone. Of course, how did you get the iPhone 3G in the first place. You have to get the iPhone 3G already activate. For instance in Singapore, they require a 2 year commitment but the phone is at least sold unlocked.

Confirmed: 3G iPhone works out of the box with PAYG – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

a completely virgin iPhone 3G works out of the box with AT&T Pay As You Go SIMs.

The perfect home theater system using Macbook’s

Been experimenting with the Macbook’s as a way to drive a home theater. it is actually quite awesome what you can do assuming you really want something easy to use. Here is what I’ve found:

# MacBook Pro’s has DVI and can convert to VGA. With older televisions (like my 10 year old Mitsubishi 73903) that have only component input, you need a VGA to Component converter. With newer televisions that have HDMI, you just need a DVI to HDMI cable like “Amazon”:http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimited-6-Feet-Dvi-d-PCM-2296-06/dp/B0007MWE1E/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b carries for $15.
# MacBook’s detect the new display and have a mirroring mode so that you can see your video on the screen. They only output two channel stereo, so you have to find something that take out the output as 5.1 channel. Still looking for that.
# Still it means that you can now have a box that shows the Internet, shows videos, plays DVDs and with Front Row, you have a very nice system. My Mitsubishi only like 1080i input so if the breakout box does 720x480p, you are done. In my case, my old box only does 640x480p, so I have to live with letterboxing or find a new VGA to Component converter.
# Now if you have a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, you can now work just fine along with the Front Row remote.
# But, the best mode is to have another MacBook by the user. That is great because Mac’s have this Share Screen feature. What is so cool about the Mac implementation is that when you have a machine with two displays, it shows *both* displays on the mac on your lap. So, n, net, you have the dream, show anything on the screen *and* you can surf the internet at your seat. I’m in heaven.
# More amazing is that the “MacBook Pro”:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2541 supports digital optical input (Toslink). It sasy that is accepts a standard Toslink cable with a Toslink mini-plug adapter for both input and output, so all you need is a Toslink mini-plug adapter. These aren’t expensive. “Amazon”:http://www.amazon.com/Toslink-To-Optical-Mini-Adapter/dp/B0002MQGRM has then for $2.50 each or for $11, get a “Toslink to miniplug cable”:
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-THIN-TOSLINK-MINIPLUG-THINTOSMIN6/dp/B00016W6Y6/ref=pd_cp_e_2?pf_rd_p=413863501&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0002MQGRM&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0XEB8P4ETE6SC6M9AT6J ehivh id 2 meters long.

What’s needed to complete the picture:

# If you are using a MacBook Air, you need to find a box that speaks 5.1 audio digital or Toslink optical to an audio video receiver. If you are using a MacBook or MacBook Pro, you need to find a mini-plug adapter since these both allow optical input.
# If you wait for October, the rumor is that the new MacBooks will have Blu Ray, so at that point you are really set.
# If you are starting from the ground up, look at speakers that just need wireless audio to each. Then the system is just, the speakers whereever there is AC power, the MacBook for displaying and then the
# Need to find a good DVI to component output for my old RPTV. “HDFury”:http://www.hdfury.com/ might be the device, it is tiny, but is HDMI input that converts to RGB Component on the other side, so my old Mitsubishi gets a lease on life. It takes HDMI or DVI input and produces 1080p output into. the main issue here is that while computers don’t have copy protection through DVI, dedicated Blu Ray players do have HDCP copy protection, so they disallow showing them at high resolution through unprotected analog. Note to self, this is another reason to like a simple Mac as a player. Right now HDFury is on preorder for HDFury2. Both of these devices, take HDMI input and output through a VGA connector, so you need a VGA to component cable to make it work properly (they include it). The thing cost $250 though, so really have to want it. “AVS Forum”:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=858154 mentions the HDFury and also something called the VisionFC4 whcih does the same thing of HDMI to component. Most folks seem to the “like”:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=861296 the HDFury best.

F2 in Mac

Well, F2 on the Mac changes the screen brightness on MacBooks, but when you are in Excel, you want F2 to be brightness and F4 to be change cell references from absolute and so forth. With the F8-F12 this isn’t an issue, you can unmap those to get to F9 which is recalc by just changing System Preferences/Keyboard & Mouse/Keyboard Shortcuts and unmapping F9. Confused yet?

Macworld | Mac OS X Hints | Change Excel’s ‘edit in cell’ keyboard shortcut

On the PC, you can edit the current cell in place by simply pressing F2. On the Mac, the equivalent keyboard shortcut is Control-U, as F2 is assigned to cut the contents of the current cell. (If you’d like to see all of Excel’s keyboard shortcuts, open Help -> Excel Help, then type keyboard shortcuts in the search box, and then select Excel Keyboard Shortcuts in the results box. You’ll probably find quite a few that you didn’t know about.) After many years of using a PC in my prior job, I found the Control-U shortcut not only hard to remember, but harder to type. Unfortunately, you won’t find the “edit this cell” command listed in Excel’s keyboard customization section, so there’s no apparent way to change the shortcut. With a bit of help from a third-party program, though, you can achieve the same end result—make F2 edit the current cell in Excel (2004 or 2008) on the Mac.

To make this work, you’ll need some sort of program that supports macros; I’m going to use Butler

Making Home and End work like Windows on your Mac

KeyFixer – Fix Your OS X Home and End Keys – Starry Hope Productions

A few months ago, I wrote a short article about how to fix the “home” and “end” keys in OS X. I published a step-by-step guide to adding your own custom key bindings via the command line. Many people found this too much of a pain, so I decided to make an easy clickable solution.

I wrote a quick shell script to copy a custom DefaultKeyBinding.dict into the current user’s Library folder. Then, with the help of Platypus, I made it a nice clickable application.

To fix your “home” and “end” keys (as well as “page up” and “page down”), just download and run KeyFixer. If you already have a DefaultKeyBinding.dict file, the script will exit without making any changes.

PowerPoint Shortcuts compatibility

Most people never use a shortcut in PowerPoint, but I learned from the original PowerPoint ninja Gary. It is way faster to be able to navigate by keys than to select. I’m sure Mac PowerPoint doesn’t support most of these. For instance, the key paragraph promote and demote are not, so its another project for Quick Keys or Applescripts to do some keyboard remapping

PowerPoint Keyboard Shorcuts

Change Font CTRL+Shift+F, then use up/down arrow keys, click Enter when done
Change Point Size CTRL+Shift+P, then use up/down arrow keys, click Enter when done
Increase Font Size CTRL+Shift+>
Decrease Font Size CTRL+Shift+<
Bold CTRL+B
Underline CTRL+U
Italic CTRL+I
Superscript ALT+CTRL+Shift+>
Subscript ALT+CTRL+Shift+<
Plain Text CTRL+Shift+Z
Spelling Checker F7
Center Paragraph CTRL+E
Justified Paragraph CTRL+J
Left-Aligned Paragraph CTRL+L
Right-Aligned Paragraph CTRL+R
Change Case Shift+F3 toggles selection through lower case, upper case, initial caps with each press of keys
Create Hyperlink CTRL+K
Deleting and Copying
Delete Character Left Backspace
Delete Word Left CTRL+Backspace
Delete Character Right Delete
Delete Word Right CTRL+Delete
Cut CTRL+X
Copy CTRL+C
Paste CTRL+V
Undo CTRL+Z
Create a copy of the text CTRL+Drag
Navigating in Text Blocks
Character Left Left Arrow
Character Right Right Arrow
Line Up Up Arrow
Line Down Down Arrow
Word Left CTRL+Left Arrow
Word Right CTRL+Right Arrow
End of Line END
Beginning of Line HOME
Paragraph Up CTRL+Up Arrow
Paragraph Down CTRL+Down Arrow
End of Text Block CTRL+END
Start of Text Block CTRL+HOME
Navigating and Working With Objects
To Previous Object TAB
To Next Object Shift+TAB
Select All Objects CTRL+A
Drag and Drop Copy CTRL+Select and Drag
Create a Duplicate Object CTRL+D
Create another Duplicate with same offset as first Duplicate CTRL+D, move new copy to desired location, then use CTRL+D repeatedly to create more copies
Outlining, in All Views
Promote Paragraph ALT+Shift+Left Arrow or
TAB from beginning of Paragraph
Demote Paragraph ALT+Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+TAB from beginning of Paragraph
Move Selected Paragraphs Up ALT+Shift+Up Arrow
Move Selected Paragraphs Down ALT+Shift+Down Arrow
Outlining, in Outline View
Collapse to Titles ALT+Shift+1
Expand Text under a heading ALT+Shift+Plus
Collapse Text Under a Heading ALT+Shift+Minus
Show All Text and Headings ALT+Shift+A
Display Character Formatting Keypad / (numlock off)
Selecting, in Text
Character Right Shift+Right Arrow
Character Left Shift+Left Arrow
End of Word CTRL+Shift+Right Arrow
Beginning of Word CTRL+Shift+Left Arrow
Line Up Shift+Up Arrow
Line Down Shift+Down Arrow
Select All CTRL+A or F2
Select Any Text Drag with left mouse button depressed
Select Word Double-Click
Select Paragraph Triple-Click
Drag and Drop Select and Drag
Drag and Drop Copy CTRL+Select and Drag
Working with Slides and Presentation Files
New Presentation CTRL+N
Open a Presentation CTRL+O, CTRL+F12
Save CTRL+S, F12
Save As F12
Print CTRL+P
Find CTRL+F
Replace CTRL+H
New Slide (menu) CTRL+M
New Slide like last one, no menu Shift+CTRL+M
Exit/Quit CTRL+Q or ALT F4
Move from Title to Text CTRL+Enter
Move from Body text to Title of Next Slide CTRL+Enter
Working with Presentation Windows
Go to Previous Window CTRL+Shift+F6
Go to Next Window CTRL+F6
Size Presentation Window
(Un-Maximize) ALT+F5
Maximize Application Window ALT+F10
Maximize Presentation Window CTRL+F10
Restore Presentation Window to Previous Size CTRL+F5
Put Presentation in its own Window CTRL+F5
Drawing & Formatting
Show/Hide Guides (toggle) CTRL+G
Switch from Normal View to Master View Shift+Click Slide View Button
Group CTRL+Shift+G
Ungroup CTRL+Shift+H
Regroup CTRL+Shift+J
Resize while Maintaining Proportions Shift+Resize
Resize from Center CTRL+Resize
Resize from Center while Maintaining Proportions CTRL+Shift+Resize
Rotate in 15 degree increments Shift+Rotate tool
Rotate from Corner CTRL+Rotate tool
Rotate in 15 degree increments from Corner Shift+CTRL+Rotate tool
Extend Line along same angle Shift+Resize
Make Straight Segment while Using Curve Tool CTRL+ALT+click (using curve tool)
Nudge object one grid unit Arrow Key
Nudge object one pixel CTRL+Arrow Key
Temporarily Release Grid/Guide Snap ALT
Create Multiple Guides CTRL+Drag Guide
Controlling Slides in Slide Show
Go to Slide ENTER
Black/Unblack Screen B or Period
White/Unwhite Screen W or Comma
Show/Hide Pointer A or =
End Show ESC, CTRL+Break, Minus, END
Erase Screen Annotations E
Advance to Hidden Slide H
Advance to Next Slide Mouse Click, Spacebar, N, Right Arrow, Down Arrow, Page Down
Return to Previous Slide Backspace, P, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, Page Up

Mac Excel function keys

Mac 101: Reclaim your function keys – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

The folks at Bitbox have described the simple steps needed to get some of that old flexibility back. First, launch system preferences and click the “Keyboard” tab. Next, select the “Use all F1, F2 etc. keys as standard function keys” option.

For Excel lovers, this gets you back to using the function keys the right way and also check the System Preferences/Keyboard Shortcuts and turn off F8-F12 in the Dock and Expose section