Boot Camp

John, Sam and Louie were wondering exactly how to install Base Camp on their computer. Chris Pirillo explains it well:

How to Install Boot Camp on OS X ~ Chris Pirillo

# Use Spotlight to search for _Boot Camp Assistant_. Ah, there it is. The first thing it will do is ask if you want to print the instructions. I don’t want to, so I’m just going to click through.
# Next, it asks how much space you want to partition for use of Boot Camp. Ponzi will be doing a lot in Windows, so I’m going to allocate 25GB of space. Click the button to partition, and wait a couple of minutes for it to do so. This is a hard limit as the hard drive is divided forever more into a Mac section and a Windows section. I’d say 25GB is good if you are going to put games on it.
# Once it has finished partitioning, you’ll need to grab your Windows XP install disc. Simply put that in and let it run through setup. Amazingly, Windows just detects the Mac as a regular PC
# After that is done… you’re going to need to pop in the OS X disc and update drivers and things for Windows to run. When you install Windows using Boot Camp, you won’t need to search the Internet for drivers or burn a disc. After you run Boot Camp, simply insert the Leopard DVD to install the necessary drivers. The Leopard Install DVD is a frankenstein device. It is a Mac disk for installing OS X and on Windows, it looks like all the drivers you need to use the Mac hardware

iMovie 7.0 idiosyncracies and publishing to Zenphoto

Wow, it is hard to figure a few things out with iMovie, but here is the best way to produce great looking DVDs and also things ready for export:

# iMovie ’08 (aka version 7.0) is a bit of a wierd program. First, it doesn’t have a File Save function. Instead, all projects are in a named directory which is /User/_your.username_/Movies/iMovie Projects/_the.name.of.your.project_. So if you want to move a project from one place to another you have to stick the project file there. I see why they did this for noob users, but it is very unmac-like. It does mean you don’t have to worry about File Save and File Save As, the program does this automatically
# Media Browser is a very strange concept. Basically, when you say Share Media Browser, you get a list of different formatsand iMovie automatically updates these renderings, but you can’t find them. Again, they are hidden in the package and you can’t find them with Spotlight or anything. In fact, you have to go to /User/_your.username_/Movies/iMovie Projects/_your.project_ and them right click and choose _Show Package Contents_ in Finder. This shows you the hidden directory called Movies within that package. You will find files called large.m4v, medium.m4v, mobile.m4v etc.
# The m4v is another name for a .mp4 format that Apple has popularized, but most tools on the internet like Flowtool or flvtool built into Zenphoto doesn’t recognize them. So to you have to copy out the say mobile.m4v and then rename it to mobile.mp4 and then copy up to any Zenphoto. Zenphoto doesn’t document it but basically any .mp4, .flv or .mov it finds in an album is displayed along with other photos and then when you click you get the built in flowplayer to show it. Kind of slick!
# Alternatively, if you just want the limited options that iMovie has, then you can choose Share/Export Movie which has the same options as Media Browser, but let’s you name the files whatever you like. The Media Browser thing does integrate with iDVD well in that you don’t have to navigate the file system to find files, it knows the magic location automatically
# The Share/Export using Quicktime gives you lots more control as it let’s you product a variety of formats. Most interesting are 1080 HD which products an H.264 movie in HD format. The other is 480 SD which produces a DVD quality movie in .MOV format. There is also an option to make .FLVs directly but I get an error 32766 when you try that which “no one”:http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1582188&tstart=4 seems to understand.
# The other strange thing about Zenphoto is that if you select the Shutterfly option, you can print, but it is not clear how to do it. What happens is that when you go to the image page, you will see an option for full size, but nothing for shutterfly. At the lower left of the page, there is a strange icon or logo but no text. You click on that and then you see the option “Add to Shutterfly cart”. How wierd is that. Now text at all.

B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer Slim Lens Cap

!http://www.photofilter.com/hoods.htm#Lens%20Caps. That is if you can stand paying $20 for a lense cap! Or get a bunch of the 75mm Push-on Lens Cap for 72mm slim filter for $7 from “B&H”:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/249645-REG/B_W_65014142_75mm_Push_on_Lens_Cap.html

Personally I’m willing to try the $20 lense cap in the hope that it won’t fall off!

Jawbone 2

I have a pair of Aliph Jawbones (actually I’ve owned five so far, the other three have all disintegrated because it falls out of my ear. I can’t get the ear clip to work and don’t like wearing it all day like a Borg). In any case, the new one is ridiculously expensive at $120 street, but totally worth it because it is smaller but mainly because the noise cancellation really works super well. “Slashgear”:http://www.slashgear.com/jawbone-2-review-1911687.php, “Cnet”:http://reviews.cnet.com/headsets/aliph-jawbone-2-black/4505-13831_7-33018886.html, “phonemag.com”:http://www.phonemag.com/aliph-jawbone-2-review-062975.php all love it.

iPhone 2.0.1?

Well now that things are out on the iPhone, the collection of bugs come. The most severe are crashing third party apps. Looks like you have to reinstall them, but eventually they stop working (emmory leak I bet). Same for the whole system, you have to turn off and reset (another memory leak)

AppleInsider | iPhone 3G and 2.0 affected by buggy software, sensors, wireless

While iPhone 3G itself is hard to buy, those who do own the new handset are reporting a number of common problems that range from crash-prone third-party apps to lag, Bluetooth, and GPS.

iPhone 3G voicemail

The only thing wierd is setting up voicemail doesn’t work as expected. You’d think that hitting the voicemail button would send you to setup, but it does nothing out of the box. To fix, you actually have to call yourself and set it up. Strangely out of sync with a simple out of the box experience.

Re: iPhone 3G voicemail and data problems – Apple – Wireless Forums from AT&T

1) From the iPhone, I called my own phone number.
2) After being prompted to setup my voicemail, I went ahead and went through the setup and then disconnected the call.
3) After doing this the voicemail button on the iPhone still didn’t do anything, so I thought it didn’t work.
4) Called my iphone and left myself a voicemail. Within a few minutes my iphone showed a voicemail message was there. Then when I clicked the voicemail button it did work. Maybe the voicemail button doesn’t work unless you have a message?