Archive for July, 2004

Konfabulator! Jul 30 2004

Konfabulator!

Ok, so this definitely rocks. Not sure if this came before or after Geek Tool, but I like, I like… 🙂

Automatic Dimensionizer Jul 30 2004

Automatic Dimensionizer

The Dimensionizer

The Dimensionizer is a contextual menu plugin for Mac OS X that allows you to discover the dimensions (height and width) of virtually any image with a single click.

Best of all, you don’t even have to remember the dimensions to use them. Just select the menu item representing an image, and Dimensionizer will copy the image dimensions to the clipboard.

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or newer.

This should be very useful.

iPhoto plugin for export to Ceiva? Jul 30 2004

We gave my grandmother a Ceiva Internet picture receiver frame for Christmas last year. I’ve been stinking at keeping it full of interesting and fresh pics.

So now that I have my shiny new 15″ Powerbook, I really, really would like to have an "Export to Ceiva" plugin option. Googling it doesn’t seem to turn up any results. So, I may have to see what might be done about it.

Here are some of the iPhoto export plugins that I’ve found so far:

  • iPhotoToGallery – export to Gallery (I’ll probably give this one a try, since I do have some Gallery installations…
  • iPhoto2Weblog – trys to use XML-RPC to upload photos into your [MT-only?] blog. My WordPress installation didn’t seem to work quite properly.

Please leave a comment if you have any suggested iPhoto plugins that you’d suggest trying… 🙂

Testing out posting from ecto Jul 28 2004

This is a test of using ecto on my new Powerbook to post an entry.

Oh yeah, did I mention that I just [finally] upgraded from OLD AND BUSTED G3 300mhz to NEW HOTNESS 15″ 1.5Ghz Powerbook running OS 10.3?

Oh yeah.

ecto is sporting iPhoto integration. HOWEVER, trying to use it with my current version of WordPress, seems that the following error is given.

DOH.

Query:
{
    blogid = 1; 
    file = "<base64 encoded file data>"; 
    password = "******"; 
    username = admin; 
}
Response:
{
    "/FaultCode" = 810; 
    "/FaultString" = "metaWeblog.newMediaObject not implemented (yet)"; 
    "/WSDebugInBody" = "<?xml version="1.0"?>
<methodResponse><fault>
  <value>
    <struct>
      <member>
        <name>faultCode</name>
        <value><int>810</int></value>
      </member>
      <member>
        <name>faultString</name>
        <value><string>metaWeblog.newMediaObject not implemented (yet)</string></value>
      </member>
    </struct>
  </value>
</fault></methodResponse>"; 
    "/WSDebugInHeaders" = {
        Connection = close; 
        "Content-Length" = 371; 
        "Content-Type" = "text/xml"; 
        Date = "Wed, 28 Jul 2004 08:54:36 GMT"; 
        Server = "Apache/1.3.31 (Unix) mod_auth_passthrough/1.8 mod_jk/1.2.4 mod_log_bytes/1.2 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/5.0.2.2634a mod_ssl/2.8.18 OpenSSL/0.9.6b PHP-CGI/0.1b"; 
        "Set-Cookie" = "wpstyle=wp-default; expires=Sun, 10-Jul-05 14:14:58 GMT; domain=www.gabrielserafini.com"; 
        "X-Powered-By" = "PHP/4.3.3"; 
    }; 
    "/WSDebugOutBody" = "<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <methodCall>
    <methodName>metaWeblog.newMediaObject</methodName>
    <params>
      <param>
          <value>
            <string>1</string>
          </value>
      </param>
      <param>
          <value>
            <string>admin</string>
          </value>
      </param>
      <param>
          <value>
            <string>******</string>
          </value>
      </param>
      <param>
          <value>
            <struct>
              <member>
                <name>bits</name>
                  <value>
                    <base64>removed</base64>
                  </value>
              </member>
              <member>
                <name>name</name>
                  <value>
                    <string>images/DSC03103.JPG</string>
                  </value>
              </member>
              <member>
                <name>type</name>
                  <value>
                    <string>image/jpeg</string>
                  </value>
              </member>
            </struct>
          </value>
      </param>
    </params>
  </methodCall>
"; 
    "/WSDebugOutHeaders" = {
        "Content-Type" = "text/xml"; 
        Host = "www.gabrielserafini.com"; 
        "User-Agent" = "ecto (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X) WebServicesCore"; 
    }; 
    "/kWSHTTPResponseMessage" = <NSCFType: 0x493b2d0>; 
    "/kWSResultIsFault

P.S. OS X TOTALLY ROCKS!

PsyncX – free backup software for OS 10.1, 10.2, and 10.3 Jul 26 2004

PsyncX – free backup software for OS 10.1, 10.2, and 10.3

What is PsyncX?
PsyncX is nothing but a wrapper for psync. What that means is that PsyncX uses an existing free Unix application written by Dan Kogai, psync. Hence the name PsyncX (yes, I know it isn’t very original, but I thought it would be fairly easy to understand the connection 🙂

Okay then, what is psync?
Well, the easiest way to find out is to read the man page (Unix speak for manual) for psync:

man psync

But seeing as you are trying to figure out whether to install this or not, here is the gist of the man page:
psync does an update copy. It compares source directory and target directory at first, then erases items that are nonexistent on source directory if specified and finally copies everything on source directory. Items with the same modification date and (data fork) size remain untouched, saving time on operation.

What this means is that psync will do an entire copy of whatever you specify the first time. From then on, if you specify the same source directory and same target directory, it will only backup the files that have changed. Finally, unalike most Unix applications, psync will keep all resource forks and other Mac specific attributes for files (if you don’t know what this means, don’t worry about it, it is a GOOD thing 🙂

I’m giving this a try right now and it seems pretty good so far.

Wrapping up CA trip Jul 23 2004

I’m sitting in the lovely Inn at Benicia Bay after a nice dinner down the street. My sister Naomi is getting married tomorrow morning.

So far on this trip, we’ve gone wakeboarding with Mike (Naomi’s fiancee) twice, got stranded overnight in Santa Cruz due to an alternator not working in the car we were driving and generally had an excellent week of fun in the sun. For Mike’s bachelor party we went salmon fishing out of Noyo Harbor up in Fort Bragg. Both Andy and I caught 19 lb salmon. We got them cleaned and fileted and vacuum-sealed at the harbor and ate salmon that evening. It was delicious.

BugMeNot.com Jul 2 2004

BugMeNot.com
Bypass Compulsory Web Registration

(This is to deal with those pesky registrations like at NYTimes.com, even though I have one that I use.)

Perl Web-based calendar: Plans Jul 2 2004

Plans – Features

Features
Sharp-looking

Plans is the nicest-looking web calendar.

Plans has several downloadable themes available.

CSS-based layout makes it easy to match the colors & fonts with your website.

Open Source

Plans is licensed under the GPL. You can freely modify the code for your needs. Many organizations have done so.

Multiple Calendars

One installation of plans can support many calendars.

Calendars can share information with each other.

Each calendar is managed independently (unique password, custom options, custom look & feel).

Multiple calendars running on the same installation of plans can be “embedded” in completely different websites.

Extendable

Plans’ architecture allows add-ons and standalone programs to re-use its framework.

International Support

Plans supports multiple languages.

Weeks aren’t reqired to start on Sunday.

Plans supports arbitrary date formats (mm/dd/yy, dd/mm/yy, etc.)

Recurring Events

Plans uses a powerful and flexible recurring event model.

Template-based design

Plans uses HTML templates to allow easy customization of the look & feel.

Each calendar can have its own custom template, even located on a different server.

Browser-Based Management

Plans’ management interface is intuitive and easy to use.

Online help is built into Plans.

Database Support

Plans can store data in flat files or an SQL database.

Another interesting project found on Freshmeat.

OSSIM (Open Source Security Information Management) Jul 1 2004

OSSIM (Open Source Security Information Management)

OSSIM aims to unify network monitoring, security, correlation and qualification in one single tool. Using Snort, Acid, Mrtg, NTOP, OpenNMS, nmap, nessus and rrdtool we want the user to have full control over every network or security aspect.



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