Cryptic tagline for September Apple event

August 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Apple have issued invitations for an event in September that most are speculating is for the iPhone 6 and/or possible wearable computing device (iWatch?). Its cryptic tagline of “Wish we could say more.” may suggest something to do with speaking such as Siri, which would probably go some way to reinforce rumours of Apple announcing some wearable computing hardware.

http://www.loopinsight.com/2014/08/28/apple-announces-special-event-for-sept-9/

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Raspberry Pi Digital Signage

April 16, 2014 1 comment
I recently helped out the Dunedin Gasworks Museum with creating their digital signage system using a Raspberry Pi.  The aim was to create a system that was very easy to use and update the content, but at a low cost.
I initially looked into creating a presentation in LibreOffice and auto-playing that – but there were a number of issues with trying to automate a presentation:
  • There’s a considerable delay when starting a presentation in LibreOffice whilst it loads.
  • The editor window always appears first before the presentation starts, which doesn’t look very good.
  • Slide timings mean the presentation advances through slides automatically, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to end the presentation automatically (without clicking the mouse).
In the end it was a lot easier to simply run through files in a folder on a USB stick, and display them (depending on extension – video/image etc). If the slideshow folder is not present on any USB device the system will drop to a login screen (so system changes can be made for example).

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Show username/password fields when “Other…” user doesn’t show on login window

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Ever tried to log into a Mac and the login window only shows a list of users and not the “Other…” option to switch to the username/password fields?  You know the username and password of a user that can log in (via bound directory services or something) but can ‘t get to the field to enter them?

Here’s how:

  1. Press an arrow key to move the selection rectangle around a user that shows.
  2. Press Option(Alt)+Return.
  3. Username/password fields will magically appear.

 

Categories: Apple, Mac OS X

Apple Remote iOS

October 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Mobile and Remote

Fraser Speirs hits the nail on the head with his suggestion of an Apple Remote iPad application.  I only hope Apple is working on this and extends it so it can administer all Mac OS X and iOS devices.  Imagine installing an application on all your computers and mobile devices in one swoop!

The only thing I’d add to Fraser’s suggestions would be the ability to share a screen from an iPad to another device.  No need to worry about how to show the main interface on an iPad through a projector!  Just hook up one Mac (or iPad) to a projector and share the screen from whatever device you’d like to the projector.  Apple Remote Desktop can already do this with computers, so it’s certainly a possibility.

via Fraser Speirs – Blog – The iPad Project: Apple Remote iPad.

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Symbolic Link Service

August 5, 2010 3 comments

Script CreamAutomator sorts services.

One of the things that makes me have to fire up the Terminal for in Mac OS X is to create symbolic links. In Snow Leopard though, it is possible to use Automator to create a Service so I can create the links using a contextual menu in the Finder.

Feel free to download the Automator service here.  Once downloaded, open it in Automator, then “Save as” to save it in your Services folder (which is in your home folder Library/Services).

Building Bookmarklets

April 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Favouritelets

I wrote a while ago about programming bookmarklets so that they would work as normal bookmarks or “smart” bookmarks depending on the context, such as searching Rotten Tomatoes for the selected text on a webpage, or just going to the site if no text is selected.

Since then I’ve gradually extended my collection of bookmarklets, and moved a few back to asking before loading a site (since my broadband is now capped I don’t load any page unless I have to!).  I’ve found the Bookmarklet Builder at SubSimple.com to be really useful for building these, and I’ve shamelessly copied many from around the web.

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New Apple Tablet

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Name that slate

I confidently predict, based on Apple’s new invitation (see below), that the new Apple Tablet will be called … :

iPalette

And while I’m at it, let’s say it will be able to be used as a drop in graphics tablet replacement for a computer as well as a standalone app.  And Apple will have finally cracked handwriting recognition for real this time and made it usable.

Alright, why not, here’s the more ridiculous ones:

  • 3D without having to use glasses
  • Full support to use it as a input device (touchpad/keyboard) for a computer
  • Support for detecting objects placed on it (nicked from the Microsoft Surface)
  • Great frisbee action
  • Apple will start using it straight away in retail stores

Update:

Not that anyone will believe me in the light of recent suggestions, but straight after I blogged about it being iPalette I thought “it looks like canvas… could the name be Canvas?”

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