Apple Airport Utility 5.3.2

Good news is that the 5.3.2 update looks like it is OK to take for the Airport Utility. Also I’m now using Entourage 2008 and Excel 2008 and that looks like most problems are fixed as well

Apple – Support – Discussions – Any problem with Airport Utility 5.3.2 …

Airport Utility 5.3.2 is quite harmless. More people having problem with OS X 10.5.3 update, which is making the AirDisk very slow and unresponsive. I end up re-formating the USB hard disk to solve the problem.

Mae Phim Downtown

OK, here is where we’ve been lately. You don’t see Mae Phim on many lists, but it is actually very good. The Curry Noodle soup is amazing!

Mae Phim Thai Restaurant – Pike Location Menu

Mae Phim Thai Restaurant was established in 1993, it’s “Bunyatipanon” family co-owners provide “Fresh, Fast, and Friendly” Thai food. Whether you want a quick lunch or a nice easy place for dinner, we have got it all. We also offer free delivery and catering services on orders over $24 for the downtown Seattle area.We are located at 213 Pike St, Seattle, WA, 98101. Free-delivery with minimum purchase of $20 in Downtown Seattle area!

Mybus.com

Hat tip to Abel for this one, as I ride the bus more, here is a great way to see where the buses are in real time:

“Mybus”:http://mybus.org is the top level page. Plug in a route number, get a list of all major stops for the route, then select your stop. I’ve bookmarked the following for the number 2 bus in seattle “http://mybus.org/metrokc/route.jsp?route=2”:http://mybus.org/metrokc/route.jsp?route=2

Each stop has a site ID, which can be used in a text messages, e.g., 3rd and Pike, send ‘2@316’ to ‘sms@mybus.org’ and await the txt response. Pretty useful tool!

Or you for instance 2@3916 which is at the end of the line “http://mybus.org/metrokc/avl.jsp?id=3913”:http://mybus.org/metrokc/avl.jsp?id=3913

OpenTable rocks!

My friend Jeff is doing a great job there. Haven’t used it in a while, but “OpenTable”:http://opentable.com now does a nice job with AJAX, it sends invites, it knows how to export reservations to Outlook VCS and also therefore iCal, but Entourage seems a little broken.

Also, you can send invites to others for reservations as well. Cool!

Could Google Calendar or MobileMe replace Exchange calendaring

With the announcement of MobileMe, we looked again at whether we can replace Exchange on our backend. The mail is interchangeable and the contacts we have aren’t shared, so the only function we really need is a shared viewable calendar that works online, offline when you are on a Macbook, on a Blackberry and on an iPhone.

Here is the current state of the world (the short conclusion is Exchange isn’t replaceable):

* Google Calendar. Only has one-way subscribe to iCal. You have to use a third party like BusySync or an open source product to do two way. On Blackberry there is a manual sync applet you have to hit constantly to update the Blackberry calendar and on the iPhone, there is no sync to the calendar there, you have to access the website. It does however let you look at other people’s calendars, so is nearly there if it could work offline on Mac, Blackberry or iPhone.
* MobileMe. It will bidirectionally sync to iCal and to Outlook for that matter as well as iPhone, but not to Blackberry. However, it doesn’t seem to allow you to subscribe and view other calendars, although this is a little unclear. So it could be a solution if we drop Blackberry support and only use iPhones.

Apple iPhone v2

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announced new features of Firmware 2.0 and the SDK, including:

– contact searching
– complete iWork document support
– complete Office document support (now includes PowerPoint)
– bulk delete and move for Mail
– save images you receive
– scientific calculator in landscape mode
– parental controls
– language

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The new iPhones will cost $199 (8GB) and $299 (16GB) with an unlimited 3G data plan costing $30/month. This is an increase from the current $20/month unlimited EDGE data plan for the 1st generation iPhone. Voice plans continue to start at $39.99, but no additional details are provided.

Meanwhile, AT&T reveals that Apple will no longer receive the revenue sharing from each users plans. It was highly publicized that AT&T paid Apple a portion of its monthly recurring service charges for each iPhone user. Under the new agreement, there is no revenue sharing. AT&T is presumably directing that money towards the $200 subsidy for the iPhone.

Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About

The new iPhones will cost $199 (8GB) and $299 (16GB) with an unlimited 3G data plan costing $30/month. This is an increase from the current $20/month unlimited EDGE data plan for the 1st generation iPhone. Voice plans continue to start at $39.99, but no additional details are provided.

Meanwhile, AT&T reveals that Apple will no longer receive the revenue sharing from each users plans. It was highly publicized that AT&T paid Apple a portion of its monthly recurring service charges for each iPhone user. Under the new agreement, there is no revenue sharing. AT&T is presumably directing that money towards the $200 subsidy for the iPhone.

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Gizmodo spoke with AT&T’s President of National Distribution Glenn Lurie, who revealed that all iPhone activations will take place in-store. This is in contrast to the current system in which customers may activate their iPhones from home using iTunes. Additionally, Reuters reports that AT&T has said that purchasers who do not activate their iPhones within 30 days will be subject to penalties. No details on these proposed penalties have been made public.

Apple – iPhone – Enterprise – Integration

f your office uses Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or 2007, iPhone 2.0 software will allow you to wirelessly push company email, calendar events, and contacts to iPhone over a 128-bit encrypted SSL connection.

Intel Nehalem 20-50% faster due in 2009

Early Version of Intel’s Nehalem Benchmarked, Much Faster than Penryn – Mac Rumors

Anandtech had access to a 2.66GHz Nehalem processor which they pitted against a 2.66GHz Penryn processor. Performance improvements ranged from 20-50% faster for the Nehalem chip. h.264 video encoding was tested and saw a 44% speed boost on Nehalem vs Penryn on the equally clocked processors. They claim that the 2.66GHz Nehalem outpaces the current top-of-the-line 3.2GHz Penryn.

Early Version of Intel’s Nehalem Benchmarked, Much Faster than Penryn – Mac Rumors

Apple will certainly adopt the Nehalem processors after they become available. While the first server-grade Nehalem processors are expected in Q4 of 2008, desktop and laptop models won’t be available until sometime in 2009.

Update on installing Chinese input on Blackberry

Well, I keep referring to my “own”:http://www.tongfamily.com/gadgets/blackberry/chinese_blackberry_and_cingular_blackberry.php page that explains how to install Chinese input on the Blackberry.

The two main steps that work for Blackberry 8700 and 8300 Curves is:

* “Hong Kong CSL”:https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=EEFC9E10EBDC4A2333B42B2DBB8F27B6 is still after two years the easiest way to get the Chinese versions. These are not multilingual. Chinese is handled as its own build.
* Delete c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader\vendor.xml so it forgets to match your phone with the firmware version
* Run the Desktop Manager and do the application installatoin.

Beware! Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D tire failure

I got the “Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D”:http://www.dunloptires.com/catalog/winterSport3D.html from “Tirerack.com”:http://tirerack.com a set of snow tires for the MDX. They were big and expensive ($136 each!) and 235/65HR17. I thought I was fine, but when the good guys at “Island Detail”:http://islanddetail.com took them off, they found the tread had separated on *all* four tires. Very dangerous and these were new tires.

So now, the question is what to do. This is one huge disadvantage of internet resellers, they basically say SOL. I have to go to a “Dunlop”:http://www.dunloptires.com/care/faqs.html#questions authorized reseller and convince them that all four tires couldn’t have failed with exactly the same time with identical symptoms (specifically, there is a concentric cut through the bottom of all the treads right down to the belts, like a knife at manufacturing cut through them all).

Good luck with that! “Goodyear”:http://www.geckmapping.com/maps/googlemaptest.asp?Lat=47.6167&Lon=-122.3324&Zoom=4&Address=1105%20STEWART%20ST&City=SEATTLE&State=WA&Zip=98101&Phone=(206)624-0984&LocName=GOODYEAR%20AUTO%20SERVICE%20CTR%20%238841&PageTitle=GOODYEAR%20AUTO%20SERVICE%20CTR%20%238841&Acct=demo&Splash=true&ID=5367122590884198472918 owns Dunlop brand, so I have to trundle over there and pray that someone listens.

There is a “warranty”:www.dunloptires.com/dunlop/warranty.pdf. You have to bring your invoice and where you installed it as well. “Tirerack Forums”:http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?referrerid=103730&t=1108286 have a big debate as background on the 3Ds which are essentially performance winter tires (that is, they work OK in the heavy snow, but perform well elsewhere).

I’m not the only one seeing manufacturing defects:

Dunlop SP Winter Sport M2 Tire Reviews & Ratings – Rate or Review a Tire

Developed many thin cracks on inside sidewall. Discovered it when one blew out on the highway at 20,000 mi of use. All four had same problem to different degree. Obviously a manufacturing defect. I’m hesitant to use Dunlop again even with rebate