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6Oct/110

Steve Jobs Will Be Missed…

Steve_Jobs

We lost a great hero in the tech world. Steve Jobs will be missed but never forgotten. He was a genius. An inspiration. A leader like no other. We will always remember Steve Jobs as an innovator, an inventor, and a visionary. Let us all remember Steve Jobs as the man that changed it all. Thank you for all that you have done. You have left a positive mark on society and have changed the way we live and work. There is a small part of you in every Apple device we own.

Thank you Steve Jobs. May you rest in peace and may your family be safe and blessed.

Steve Jobs
1955-2011

1Sep/110

My Dock Is Bigger Than Yours…

Work Dock

Thats right...And you thought your Dock was big! I have a bigger Dock than you. My Dock is so big, it boggles people's minds. See what is in my Dock at work. I have so many apps it is sometimes hard to find things. See the list and image below. Have a giant Docking day!

Click the image to get a larger preview of my huge Dock!

Here is what is in my Dock!
In My Work Dock: LEFT TO RIGHT

Finder
Settings
PrintWindow
Font Nuke
FlightCheck
ArtFiles
ArtPrinter
Esko Backstage
TiffAssemblerPlus
DotSpy
FastView
NexusManager
Transmit
Fetch
Cyberduck
Preview
Prinergy Virtual Proofing
Prinergy Workshop
Firefox
Safari
QuarkXPress 6
QuarkXPress 7
FreeHand MX
Adobe Illustrator 10
Adobe Illustrator CS
Adobe Illustrator CS2
Adobe Illustrator CS3
Adobe Illustrator CS4
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Adobe Illustrator CS5.1
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1
Adobe InDesign CS3
Adobe InDesign CS4
Adobe InDesign CS5
Adobe InDesign CS5.5
Adobe Bridge CS3
Adobe Bridge CS4
Adobe Bridge CS5
Adobe Acrobat Pro 9
SnapNDrag
Extensis Suitcase X1
FontDoctor X
Find Any File
JobFinder
OrderPlateRemakes
Toast 6 Lite
TextEdit
Script Editor
Automator
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Excel
iCal
DropStuff
Calculator
-Folders-
Developer Tools In Folder
Trash

26Jul/110

OSX Lion Fun…

Wow...Just Wow! I don't think I have had this many problems since I used Windows. Just this last weekend I installed OSX Lion 10.7 on my iMac. No problems with that installation. Everything went well. The problems started when I upgraded my fiance's iMac to Lion.
I downloaded the Lion installation app from the app store and started the installation. Soon after the installation started, I received a message stating that the installation had failed and to try using disk utility to verify the disk and repair it. I restarted and tried again with no luck. I tried to verify the disk and couldn't even repair it. Long story short...New hard drive and now everything works. Formatting the drive didn't help either.
I word of wisdom...Verify your hard dick before installing Lion. You can't go back to 10.6.8 after trying to install 10.7 without re-installing 10.6.8. Also...BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!
Other than the problems I have been having everything is good. Although my printer isn't compatible anymore and I can't AFP into my LaCie 2Big Network 2 drive. Looks like I will have to wait for new drivers.

10Jul/110

Killed The Homemade Server Rack…

I have killed the homemade server rack in order to make some room in the garage. I need to get rid of or store the servers somewhere until I move. This kind of sucks but they are taking up a lot of room and I have not even been using them for anything. The server rack has been cut up and is now being used as a standoff to keep things in the garage off the floor.

11Jun/110

Really Cool Home Made Server Rack…

@scotishboy09 On YouTube has posted a video response to my home made server rack. He has put way more time and effort into his rack than I have and it looks awesome. I also like the fan speed controller he has in one of his machines.

Check out the video below:

2Jan/110

I May Have Inspired Someone…

I have stumbled upon a blog posting that referenced my wooden server rack design that I had made for my garage. I am so excited to see that my design may have been implemented in some way. You can see the blog posting at the following link: http://yourcomputerdoctor.info/uncategorized/my-own-server-rack/

27Nov/100

iOS AirPrint Hack For Mac OSX…

ipadprinting

In this video I will show you how to add wireless printing to non wireless printers that are attached to your Mac. This will allow you to print from your iPhone, iPod, and iPad to your non wireless printer. Originally you had to purchase a wireless printer that was compatible with the Apple devices. Now you can just print over your WiFi to your Mac's attached printer or any network printer. This hack is for those who do not have a wireless printer!

You must have the latest version of iOS on your devices and the latest version of OSX as well. I tested with iOS 4.2.1 and OSX 10.6.5
This project is a medium level project and is not difficult. You must know some keyboard commands and how to navigate to hidden folders. You must also understand that I am not responsible for damage done to your machine. I did not create this software. It is up to you to be sure it is safe to use. I have not had any problems to report with my setup.

The Zip file that contains the instructions and files can be found at:
http://cl.ly/99eaa26e6a7273db9ca0

Credit goes to SoldierKnowsBest for the idea and the original instructions can be found at:
http://lifehacker.com/5687186/how-to-enable-ios-airprint-support-in-os-x-right-now

8Nov/100

My Garage Server Update…

iCal Logo

So I decided that my garage server needed to be used for more than a huge paper weight/electricity sucker. I wanted something that could bring my iCal calendars to my internal network (LAN). It started out with the idea that I have always wanted to do. I wanted to use a monitor (or even a touch screen monitor) to display a calendar instead of using a paper calendar like everyone else. I am kind of a digital dude and paper is so one point oh. So I set out to come up with an idea. I had the server and all I needed was some software. I started with Apache. After killing the install like 40 friggin times I finally got it done. I had apache installed previously to this project but had changed config files and couldn't return them to default. So I trashed it. After Apache I installed PHP iCalendar 2.4 which you can find here. Their website is VERY BASIC but trust me its legit. I also needed some FTP software so I could publish my iCal calendars from iCal as soon as they update or change. Side note...iCal doesn't even know that the server isn't even that "remote", its just on the other side of the wall. So in theory publishing your iCal calendars works all the way around the globe as well as just on the other side of the wall.

See the screen shots below:

With that said I installed the FTP server software called vsftpd and set it up to direct the authenticated user to my iCal server location. All iCal does is publish/copy the iCal file to the destination and the PHP iCalendar shows it on screen through a web browser. You can't edit the calendars in PHP iCalendar but I don't need that functionality anyways.

PHP iCalendar comes with plenty of settings and also allows you to get other remotely hosted ical subscriptions. I did notice that the load time is long as hell when you connect to other hosts for subscribed iCal calendars. I don't recommend that.

So once I can get the time to do so...I may setup a laptop/or cheap desktop PC and a monitor to show the calendar. Now all I need to do is keep the monitor from burning in. Maybe an Arduino motion sensor to turn off the screen saver...????

3Oct/102

The Apple Wireless Keyboard…

Apple Wireless Keyboard

So I finally got all the software loaded and everything installed on my new iMac. Everything is working mint! One problem...I HATE the keyboard. I love that it is wireless but I hate that it is missing the number pad. What the hell Apple! Also when typing on the keyboard...The "fn" key is useless!!! It gets in the way so much! The keyboard also doesn't lay completely flat and rocks around just a little bit! I already miss my old keyboard. But I like the new wireless keyboard. What do I do?
I need the number pad for work and other things.

Does anyone have a solution? Possibly a wireless solution. And about the keyboard rocking. Has anyone else experienced this?

Let me know if you have. I would like to hear your comments.

6Sep/100

New HD For The iMac…

So I decided to upgrade the space on my iMac to 1TB. I checked out some reviews on the Western Digital 1TB Black hard drive. It has a SATA connection and runs at 7200RPM. This is not the newest version out. The one I purchased has the 32MB cache and two processors. I am currently duplicating the contents of my boot drive to the new WD drive via a Thermaltake BlacXDual external drive port system. It's about 85% done. I will need to open the iMac and do a little gutting. No problem there. I am going to be following along with a tutorial from ifixit.com. Let's just hope I don't crack the front panel glass. Lol!!!

The Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Hard Drive is fast and works great with my iMac. It does produce a little more heat than the original hard drive but that is to be expected since it is a beefier drive. The heat increase is minimal and has no effect on the performance of the iMac or the drive. You can't beat the quality and the price of this awesome drive.

Click here to purchase the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive

Click here to purchase the Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU Single Hard Drive Dock
Or if you prefer to have a dual bay version
Click here to purchase the Thermaltake ST0014U BlacX Dual Hard Drive Dock

21Jul/100

Server Power Consumption Video…

I have below, the video to go with the results of the server power consumption testing on my xSeries 345 IBM server. Check it out!

6Jul/100

The Server Power Consumption Results

The results of the testing for the power consumption of the IBM xSeries 345 server are in. I placed in line a Kill-A-Watt meter that measures the power consumption and draw from any device that plugs into the wall socket at 120 volts. This is a very nifty device and can show you the power that your devices are sucking and you can easily calculate the the consumption costs.

Below are the results of the test. The test was preformed for exactly one hour.
Measurements while server is off but power supply fan is running:
Volts 118.5
Hz 59.9
Watts 6.4
Amps 0.14
kWh did not test for

Measurements while starting and running:
Volts 116.2
Hz 59.9
Watts 160-204
Amps 1.75
kWh 0.17 in one hour

I have a YouTube video coming shortly. Stay tuned!!!

3Jul/100

I was amazed how little it consumed…

So for the last 819 hours, I have been monitoring my iMac's power consumption. Here is the data I have come up with. In 819 hours the iMac used 15.73KwH of electricity. When the computer is off it draws 0 watts. When idle it draws about 70 watts and in use draws about 73 to 75 watts. This means that the iMac that I currently have is drawing just a little more power than a standard light bulb. Sweet!! So 819 hours is equal to 34.125 days. Each day on average my iMac used approximately .01920 KwH. That is amazingly cheap. Up next is the power consumption of my server in the garage. Can't wait.

28Dec/092

New Apple Device?…

It appears if Apple is going to be releasing a new product. From watching a few videos they claim that a reputable source has been releasing information about a new product that Apple is possibly going to be releasing or announcing soon. They say that the device appears to look like an iPhone or iPod with a 7 inch screen. It sounds as if the device will have some of the same capabilities as the iPhone and iPod. The device resembles a tablet computer. The same videos say that a large electronics company may have reserved a large conference room possibly being Apple. This could mean an announcement of a new product. Releasing a tablet computer would be a giant step for Apple. I love the iPhone and would enjoy seeing a tablet device from Apple hit the market.

What do you think about the rumors going around about this possible device? Leave a comment!

23Nov/090

Finished the Custom Server Rack…

So I finished my homemade custom server rack. Previously I had posted about how I designed it and what it would look like. So now I am totally finished. I have made a YouTube video about my server rack as well as what i have placed in it. You can view that video below. Enjoy!

17Nov/091

I needed a server rack…So I made one…

So my server that I got from work has been sitting running on the bench in my garage. I had gotten a 42u server rack from work one time. I put it in my garage and found out that it was Waaaaaay to tall. I ended up getting rid of it. So now I am faced with a decision. Do I purchase one or make one...I though that making one would be more fun. Plus the price to buy one is way out of budget at the moment. So I set off to make my own server rack.

I didn't want to spend much money. Being so, I had to design on a budget. I thought maybe using 2x4's would work. Sure enough it worked just fine. I designed the entire project in Google Sketch-up. I could have used Blender 3D but I wanted to make sure I had the measurements right. I started with a basic idea of the maximum dimensions of the area that the server rack would occupy. It needed to be moveable and be very sturdy. The final dimensions of the server rack is 30" x 24" x 72". It stands tall, but not too tall.

I had a lot of fun designing this project. I got to add a program to my long list of things I have learned. The server project is not completely built yet. I will be waiting till this weekend to finish. Stay tuned for a possible video tour or assembly video in the future.

Below are the plans for my server rack. It is made entirely out of 2x4 studs. If you have any questions, please ask. Enjoy!

DIY Home Made Custom Wood Server Rack

24Sep/090

Cocoa and Objective-C for the Mac…

So I decided to suck it up and start learning Objective-C and Cocoa for the Mac. I purchased a few books and so far I am getting through it...Slowly! Its like learning a whole new language!

I am used to things like PHP, HTML, Visual Basic, and AppleScript. I told my fiance that I didn't think I would make it through the first part of the book. She said well...Look at what you have learned so far! You probably told yourself you might not make it through those things but you did. Now didn't you? I said yes!

So I am on page 110 of like 400+ in one book and I have not even gotten into the other book. (Lets do one at a time) LOL!

So the book is called Cocoa Programming For Mac OS X: Third Edition by Aaron Hillegass. Great reading.

Its funny...At the beginning of the book, he tells me just what my fiance told me. Pretty much that you are not dumb and this is hard but you can learn it! You can do it!

So I have learned about so many things. I needed a break to keep my life going. I will continue my Cocoa & Objective-C journey tomorrow. Hopefully! That is if I'm not tired.

Here is a link to the book I am reading on Amazon:

15Sep/090

A rant about Apple’s decision…

So I was at work the other day. Sometime last week to be not-so-exact. LOL! The head IT guy came up to me and told me that Apple had made a huge change in the way Applescript worked with interfaces. He told me that they changed the way an Applescript linked up with an interface and other things. You now need to use ApplescriptObjective-C. Its just a big word for bridging Applescript, Objective-C, and the interface. I personally don't care for the change at all! Since I am still a beginner with Applescript, I didn't like the news! So your saying I now need to learn Objective-C? No he said! Well maybe a little, he later added. I still don't like it! So...I went out and purchased an Objective-C book! Yep $40 later. Same day as the previous book I just got about YouTube! So I got the book home and got into it! Page one...Seems interesting. Page two...Ok getting crazy. Page ten! I'm done for now! Its not that I gave up. It just didn't make any sense at all. I am used to things like PHP, HTML, Applescript, and Visual Basic. Non are anywhere near Objective-C. BUT! Since I am determined, I will continue. I want to develope for the iPhone/iPod some day.

Well that is my rant for the day! Enjoy!

Go check out my YouTube Channel @ http://www.youtube.com/djrock9000

31Aug/091

Computer Project – My Servers I got for FREE

This is my IBM xSeries 345 home server. I got this from work for free. They were going to throw it away.

I cleared all the disk space and installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). I currently have a proxy setup on this machine for learning purposes. I also use it as a network storage unit. The LAN is capable of 10/100/1000. I am running a switch that supports 10/100/1000. My Mac also supports 10/100/1000 so I get blazing fast file transfer speeds between the two. I also have two file storage add-on units that I am not using yet.

I also have a Dell PowerEdge 2500 and a Dell PowerEdge 2450. The 2450 is a pile of nothing at the moment. The 2500 appears as if it could run just fine. I have not tested those two yet.

Sorry for the video quality and lighting. I got a new camera and am having problems.