Saturday, November 3, 2007

Replacing the BSOD PC icon in Leopard

This post over at Engadget got me thinking. When I first saw the BSOD icon for Windows shares in the Leopard betas, I admit I had a little chuckle. I assumed it would be nixed before the final release, kinda like Bungie did with "Cheneymania" in Halo 3... but that's beside the point. Now the icon lost its appeal to me, and I'm actually slightly annoyed with seeing the PC's (not all Windows either) on my network represented by an old CRT running what appears to be Windows 98 or ME. In case you haven't seen it:

As I said earlier, the Engadget post has instructions for changing this icon, which gave me the idea to replace it with the My Computer Computer icon from Windows Vista. Once I had the icon in PNG format, it was pretty simple to convert it to the icns format OS X uses. The icon now looks like this:Unfortunately, its only 128X128. The tools I used apparently wouldn't grab the 256X256 version of the icon from Windows, but it's good enough for me since I'll never be browsing my network in Coverflow. Surprisingly, it seems to fit very well in Leopard. If you want the same thing, download this file to your Downloads folder, then run these commands in Terminal on your Mac:

cd /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/
sudo mv public.generic-pc.icns public.generic-pc-old.icns
[enter your admin password]
sudo cp ~/Downloads/vista.icns public.generic-pc.icns

This will make a backup of the BSOD icon, and replace it with the Vista icon. If you downloaded the Vista icon somewhere else, just replace ~/Downloads with whatever location you saved it in. You might not see it right away, so you'll need to relaunch Finder or reboot.

So, hopefully Microsoft will appreciate that I am trying to give them a better name on the Mac side of things and won't send me a takedown notice. If I make a better one, I'll post it up here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Well I guess that was pointless...

Funny. I just figured out how to get access to my GMail through AIM mail, and Google introduces IMAP to email.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Gmail IMAP via AIM mail

I was about to break down and pay for some mail service that has IMAP so I could use the instructions on downloadSquad for accessing GMail through IMAP when I noticed that apparently the free AIM Mail account that everyone who has a AIM screenname gets supports IMAP, and apparently has no space limit (or that I could find anyway), so that solves all my problems right there. Finally, I'll be able to access my GMail in a client on my iMac, laptop, and my iPhone jailbroken iPod Touch. So here's how I did it:
  1. You'll need an AIM account that you don't already use for mail. If you don't already have one, sign up for one.
  2. Follow steps 1 - 6 of the instructions at downloadSquad to get your AIM account set up in your mail client. You'll need to know a little about how to set up an email account in your client. The important parts are:
    • The AIM IMAP server is
    • Use your GMail address as the email address (not your AIM one)
    • Use your AIM login and password for the IMAP server
    • Make sure to use GMail's smtp server with your GMail address as your username and your GMail password.
  3. In Apple Mail and on iPhoney I had to set the correct folders for Sent, Drafts, and Trash.
That's pretty much it. I haven't come across any problems so far, but I'm surprised I hadn't seen that anyone else has done this before.

Jailbreaking iPhoney, my iPod Touch

I love my iPod Touch "iPhoney". I like pretending I'm super cool and making fake phone calls on it in Hannaford. But I love it a lot more now that I've bitten the bullet and jailbroken it using iJailbreak. The process took a while, but was really simple. All I had to do was start it up, tell it if I wanted to install the iPhone apps (yes!), and restart it a few times when told to. Any doubts about doing it are completely gone, and my iPod screen is full of cool stuff now, including the iPhone Mail and Notes applications.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The BSOD Wave

We've had some trouble with pushing our Ghost image to the new Lenovo T60s we got in at work, but at least it looked cool!

We did end up fixing it thanks to a comment on digg that helped us track down where the issue was. Too bad though, there was so much potential for fun here.

YouTube link

Saturday, March 17, 2007

I'm stupid (how I ruined my TV)

Those shake to charge flashlights use a magnet to generate electricity to charge the battery that powers the light. I know this.

Magnets mess up TVs. I know this.

Yet, without thinking, I left one of these flashlights next to my TV. Now everything is purple.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sirius and XM Merger

I got this email last night. I'm definitely looking forward to MLB games on my satellite radio.

February 19, 2007

To: SIRIUS Subscribers

Today is a very exciting day for SIRIUS customers. As you may have heard, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio are merging to form the nation's premier audio entertainment provider.

This combination of our two offerings will benefit you - our loyal listeners. As a single company, we'll provide superior programming to you every day with the best of both SIRIUS and XM. Currently, XM and SIRIUS broadcast a wide range of commercial-free music channels, exclusive sports coverage, news, talk, and entertainment programming. Howard Stern. Oprah and Friends. The NFL. MLB. NBA. ESPN. CNBC. Fox News. Additionally, the combined company will be able to improve existing services such as real-time traffic information and rear-seat video as well as introduce new ones.

After shareholder and regulatory approvals, we anticipate that the combination will be finalized by the end of 2007. Until then, both companies will continue to operate independently. We will continue to provide you with the uninterrupted service - as well as the outstanding customer support - that you have come to expect and enjoy from SIRIUS. We do not anticipate any changes in your service during the merger process, however, please call our customer care team on 1- 888-539-7474 should you have any questions.

We look forward to the many benefits this combination will offer and continuing to make your listening experience an enjoyable one - offering more of the Very Best Radio on Radio.

Stay tuned,

Mel Karmazin, CEO

Forward Looking Statements
This letter contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the business combination transaction involving Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., including potential synergies and cost savings and the timing thereof, future financial and operating results, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and other statements identified by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "will," "should," "may," or words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of SIRIUS' and XM's management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of SIRIUS and XM. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statement: general business and economic conditions; the performance of financial markets and interest rates; the ability to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on a timely basis; the failure of SIRIUS and XM shareholders to approve the transaction; the failure to realize synergies and cost-savings from the transaction or delay in realization thereof; the businesses of SIRIUS and XM may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer, be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected; and operating costs and business disruption following the merger, including adverse effects on employee retention and on our business relationships with third parties, including manufacturers of radios, retailers, automakers and programming providers. Additional factors that could cause SIRIUS' and XM's results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in SIRIUS' and XM's Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2006, June 30, 2006 and September 30, 2006 which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's Internet site The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and Sirius and XM disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed business combination involving SIRIUS and XM. In connection with the proposed transaction, SIRIUS plans to file with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 containing a Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and each of SIRIUS and XM plan to file with the SEC other documents regarding the proposed transaction. The definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of SIRIUS and XM. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF SIRIUS AND XM ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by SIRIUS and XM through the web site maintained by the SEC at Free copies of the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC can also be obtained by directing a request to Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, Attention: Investor Relations or by directing a request to XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., 1500 Eckington Place, NE Washington, DC 20002, Attention: Investor Relations.

SIRIUS, XM and their respective directors and executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding SIRIUS' directors and executive officers is available in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, which was filed with the SEC on March 13, 2006, and its proxy statement for its 2006 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 21, 2006, and information regarding XM's directors and executive officers is available in XM's Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended December 31, 2005, which was filed with the SEC on March 3, 2006 and its proxy statement for its 2006 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 25, 2006. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

Please note: this is not a promotional e-mail. As a SIRIUS subscriber, you will periodically receive service notices via e-mail. These service notices are intended to provide you with helpful information that will facilitate and enhance your SIRIUS listening experience.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Motorola v323i and iSync

Last week I got a new Motorola v323i phone from US Cellular (which blows my old LG out of the water). I wanted just a basic phone with bluetooth and decent reception so I could sync it with my iMac. Unfortunately, it doesn't just work out of the box since iSync doesn't support the phone.

After a little research, I found this reference on how to write your own phone plugin. I also found this guy's site where he had already written a plugin for a v325 (basically the same phone).

So with a little tweaking, I made my own v323i plugin. To use this, unzip to your Library\PhonePlugins folder. You might have to create the PhonePlugins folder if it doesn't exist. Then add your phone as a bluetooth device, and if all goes well, you should then be able to add it in iSync.

Right now, I haven't built in USB support so it's bluetooth only. Also, for some reason the phone icon doesn't work, but it will sync your contacts and calendar. Feel free to shoot any questions or problems my way...or if you know of a better place for file hosting.

Get it here...

Back to Blogger

I've got to admit, I like the new Blogger. So much so I've moved back from Wordpress. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to import my Wordpress blog, so I'll be only moving over the good posts I liked.

If anyone knows of a way I can bring the whole thing over, I'd like to know.