Mac OS X Invisible files

The Mac has this notion of invisible files. Sometimes you want to edit them. There are third party utilities like File Buddy which do this, but you can also “natively”: view them if you squint sideways. Here are the instructions:

In Mac OS X, how do I view invisible files? – Knowledge Base

OS X 10.5.x

1. With the Finder active, from the File menu, select Find… .

2. In the Searching window that opens, select how broad you want the search to be. For example, you can choose to search your entire Mac or just your home folder.

3. In the first pulldown menu to the left, choose Other… , and in the dialog box that appears, scroll down quite a ways and double-click File Invisible. In the drop-down menu to the right of the first one, select whether you are searching for Visible Items, Invisible Items, or both. The search will then begin.

3. To narrow your search, you can add additional search criteria, such as a filename, file size, or creation date. Each time you click the + (plus sign) on the right side of the search window, you will add another row to the search criteria.

OS X 10.4.x

1. With the Finder active, from the File menu, select Find… .

2. In the New Search window that opens, select how broad you want the search to be. For example, you can choose to search your entire computer or just your home folder. In the pull-down menu labeled Kind, choose Other… , and in the sheet that appears, find and double-click Visibility. In the Visible or Invisible pull-down menu to the right, select whether you are searching for Visible Items or Invisible Items. It will then begin searching.

3. To narrow your search, you may add additional search criteria, such as a filename, file size, or creation date. Click the + (plus sign) on the right side of the search window. Each time you click it, you will add another row to the search criteria.

iPhone 2.0.2 and Apple plans to sell 40M iPhones in next 12 month

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Apple plans to build 40 million to 45 million iPhone 3Gs in the 12 months through August 2009, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans.
The article goes on to say that daily production of the iPhone 3G is now at 150,000 units per day

Apple in a very Microsoft-like way ships 2.0.2 but it is unclear what it fixes or breaks. Best to be more specific than less where millions and millions of geeks are involved. Supposed perhaps to fix 3G issues but not clear. Doesn’t fix the “Black screen of death” which causes the iPhone to “hang”: on startup when a third party applications crashes.

Personally I’ve learned that loading lots of third party applications definitely causes the iPhone to crash so I limit myself to a small handful of my favorites and then delete ones after I try them. The best ones are Pandora, Simplify, Shazam for music. Then for games, it is the car racing game, Tris which is a Tetris clone. For games I just pick anything that has 4 star or more and which are in the top 50. Seems to work pretty well.

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.

Adeona laptop recovery

9 to 5 Mac | Apple Intelligence

We think this looks really useful, it’s a new and free service to help you get your laptop back if it is lost or stolen. Free and private solution, “Adeona”: launched today, put together by researchers at Washington and California (San Diego) univerisites.

This is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop (Mac, Linux and Windows) that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go – there’s no need to rely on a single third party.

iPhone OS 2.0 nearly jailbroken

Hurry, these guys are geniuses. Means hopefully you’ll be about to unlock the phone so you could use it on another carrier and still use the many freeware applications out there as well.

Unlock/jailbreak for iPhone OS 2.0 imminent (screenshot) – iPhone Atlas

The iPhone Dev team has posted a screenshot, seen below, of an iPhone running OS 2.0 with both the App Store (Apple’s third-party application solution) and (the unofficial third-party application solution) running side-by-side. The iPhone is also unlocked, per the MTS carrier logo — MTS is an unsupported wireless carrier.

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.

Google Apps

We’ve been trying to figure out the right way to do email and synchronize Calendars. Maybe Google is the right way to do it on the backend?

The candidates are:

* Exchange. This is trusty and reliable. The main issue is do we have to run our own Exchange and Blackberry Servers or do the hosted solutions work. We are trying Applix now and tried Intermedia before, although never got Intermedia Blackberry to quite work. Main question is how well will Apple’s direct sync with Exchange work with iPhones.
* Kerio. This is a Mac application that has third party Blackberry integration we need to try. The main issue is how address book synchronization is done, you have to use Apple iSync which is scary given all the problems we’ve had with it.
* Google. The dark horse. They now have manual synce of calendar with Blackberry so less convenient. On the other hand, they do sync with Outlook. Again manually. So maybe a decent solution.