Also if you just have to control a PC from a Mac, John Ludwig told me that, Microsoft actually has a Remote Desktop Client for Macintosh, so Macs can control Windows from “Microsoft”:http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/remote-desktop/default.mspx. RDC2 requires Vista for control, so download 1.03 to use all the other Windows.
If you want to run a VNC Server, then the Windows Firewall needs to open port 5900 XP SP2: RealVNC Will Not Connect. Unable to Resolve Host by Name. – Tech-Recipes.com
As the realVNC server installs itself as a service, XP never asks the user if it should punch a hole in the firewall for it. Therefore, you must do it manually.
1. Click Start
2. Click Control Panel
3. In the classic view, select Windows Firewall
4. Under the exceptions tab, click Add Port button
5. Name it RealVNC
6. Port Number is 5900
7. Select TCP
8. If you only use VNC over your local network, you should press the Change Scope button and select the My Network (subnet) only
9. Press OK until you are out of the firewall panel
Another piece of the puzzle. We are still using an Exchange backend but it sure would be great to have an alternative that hooks into an iPhone 3G and the Mac applications (Mail, iCal, Address Book) without dreaded sync.
Right now we use a hosted Exchange and then Entourage on Mac for Calendars and Contacts and Mac Mail for email. Then iPhone 3G plugs into ActiveSync on Exchange. While we cold substitute Kerio Server for Exchange Server, we are still relying on smaller hosters.
Google has solves parts of this. On Blackberry, iPhone and Mac, you can real time sync Gmail through IMAP. However, for contacts and calendars, things are messier. Blackberry has IMAP of course and there is a Google synchronizer that runs on the Blackberry as well for calendar. For Mac and iPhone, you can do Mail, but no answer for contacts and calendars other than very slow isync that is buggy too.
With “Caldav”:http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=99358″ you can now get email on Mac Mail and then iCal for calendar. It is complicated as heck, but the key is to setup an iCal account and then there is a magic Account URL of the form https://email@example.com/user where you type in your username just before the @gmail.com
The sync is then every fifteen minutes on a polling basis and is hopefully faster than the amazingly slow calendar sync between Entourage and iCal.
iCal is nice in that it can show many different “Calendars”:http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/calendars/ like for instance public holidays in separate colors.
It also allows you to subscribe to someone elses calendar. That is incredibly complicated as well, but “involves”:http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=99358&topic=&useful=1&expand_useful=1&#helpful signing online to Google Calendar and then in your calendar, there is huge magic number before firstname.lastname@example.org called your Calendar address. You then add another iCal entry with your user name and password and then type in https://email@example.com/user and you can see it.
Now how do your get your calendar up to Google Calendar in the first place? Well, if you have Outlook that isn’t a problem. “Google Calendar Sync”:http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=89955 does this in real time with Outlook by downloading a little program. It lets you 1-way sent Outlook to Google or even do 2 way. We just need one way.
If you don’t have Outlook around talking with Exchange, then you have to take Entourage and sync it once with iCal and then use the iCal to Google Calendar sync. Basically, you take iCal and choose File Export to create a .ICS file which Google Calendar can “obscurely”:http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=37118&cbid=-q8ybr6bdphj0&src=cb&lev=answer to to the calendar list on the left, click on the Add down arrow and select import calendar.
Finally with “OS X 10.5.3”:http://googlemac.blogspot.com/2008/05/mac-os-x-1053-sync-google-contacts.html you can now sync the Address Book with Google contacts as well which is pretty cool. Just go to the Address Book/Preferences and select Sync with Google.
Now, the only real piece left is what to do with the iPhone, obviously Mail works, but there doesn’t appear to be a real time way to have iPhone sync contacts (you have to go through Mac address book) nor calendar (same deal). But getting closer!
I use Microsoft Remote Desktop between Windows machines and it is very convenient to logon and see the screen of another computer. For Apple, they have something called Share Screen which is the same thing and is based on “VNC”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VNC protocol that lets you control one computer from another. But what if you want to do this between a Mac to a Windows machine. Very useful if some application only run on a PC and you don’t like the overhead of running Parallels or having to reboot with Basecamp. Just have a Windows machine somewhere and use VNC.
Here is how:
# Use an open source free VNC server and viewer like “RealVNC”:http://realvnc.com. They have paid version, but the free one works for Windows and includes a client and a server.
# On the “Mac”:http://the.taoofmac.com/space/VNC, there is already a VNC server built in. Go to System Preferences/Sharing and turn on Screen Sharing. It nicely gives you the IP address you use if you have Windows, otherwise if you are controlling this computer from another Mac, you can just see it as a button when you go to the sharing section of finder.
# You still need a Mac client to complete the picture, so you can control a PC. And Tao of Mac recommends “JollysFastVNC”:http://the.taoofmac.com/space/apps/JollysFastVNC although “Chicken of the VNC”:http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/ comes up first in google:”mac vnc client”
Mac OS X includes a VNC server (check the Sharing preference pane, it’s part of Apple Remote Desktop).
I’m such a nerd, right now, I need no less than six car chargers in my car. Here is what I need:
# Escort 9500i. This actually has a dedicated cord that attaches to its own charger. Shame on them for not just using 5V, but OTOH, it works super well I have to say. There is a new model out that let’s you download radar traps online like the TomTom does. It has a GPS, so its logical. Wish I had the new one. So I need one adapter for this.
# iPhone 3G. Just need a USB adapter that is USB
# Jawbone headphone. Has a strange head, but is just USB on the charging end.
# TomTom 720. This is mini USB on one end and regular USB on the other
# Blackberry. This is my chinese phone. Need a mini USB here. It is a high current device, so needs more than 500mA, so doesn’t work with all car adapters.
# MacBook Air. For those long trips, nice to plug it in. Require unfortunately a 120V AC adapter as for some reason the MacBook only has an airplane adapter. Everything fits, but it doesn’t work. This draws 45 watts VAC for the MacBook, so need about 4 amps without losses at 12VDC. Most of these circuits are 8-10 amps out of the car, so that means it should work OK.
Even a new 2008 Mazda with two 12V adapters doesn’t have enough, so here’s a solution:
# Two port USB, I can get the TomTom and the iPhone working. That’s two devices.
# Four adapter on the inside has the 120VAC adapter, then two splitters with a total of four USB ports for the Jabra, Blackberry, Escort, MacBook with one left over.
The apps on an iPhone use Fairplay DRM which allow five machines to be authorized. So here is how to get two iPhones in your family works. Hat tip to TUAW for this note from “allforces”:http://allforces.com/2008/07/22/share-apps-between-iphones/
It is complicated, but basically what you do is to have two computers and authorize both for a single iTunes account. Then re-download applictions that you bought on one computer to the other.
Pretty cool. In fact the Army is going to use a variant for a future weapon, but this $35 toy turns water into hydrogen fuel. Cool. http://www.google.com/products?q=hydrogen+fuel+rocket&ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&resnum=1&ct=title
Most of these are not that obvious to me but the Edit button in Mail is useful as is saving images from the web
E-mail Management: You can now mass delete or mass move e-mails in the Mail application. Just tap the Edit button in the top right of the interface to call up the controls.
* E-mail Attachments: The Mail application expands its attachment abilities with support for iWork and Microsoft PowerPoint files.
* Image-Saving: It’s now simple to save images from Web pages or e-mail attachments by tapping and holding the image. You’ll get a message asking if you want to save it, and the saved image will end up in a new iPhoto folder.
* You can also take a screen shot of your desktop by quickly pressing the sleep/wake button and the Home button at the same time.
* To end .net, .com or .org, press and hold the .com button or if there is an @ sign on the keyboard, press and hold the period “.”
Mac users haven’t had a free solution for Gcal-to-iCal sync, which makes the free offering from Calgoo a godsend. All Calgoo products are now freeware, Windows and Mac OS X only.