January 29, 2009

Acer Aspire One network center not working

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 10:16 pm

The network center on the Acer Aspire One was not working. Apparently as a power outage corrupted the network settings. This helped:

rm -rf ~/.gconf/system/networking

Then restart the PC and the internet stuff will re-initialise. You have to re-do the wifi stuff, password.


January 25, 2009

Printing from a Windows XP PC to a printer attached to an Aiport Base station

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 2:51 pm

Here’s how to print from a Windows XP PC to a printer attached to USB port of an Airport Extreme Base Station or Airport Express

January 9, 2009

Fix Slow DNS in Leopard

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 9:05 am

With Leopard, a major change occurred in DNS lookups. Any program in Leopard that can use version 6 IP addresses will send out a new type of DNS lookup request – the SRV Record. In Tiger and previous OS X versions, DNS lookups were A record requests.

SRV records are new (sadly, 8 years old is new in the DNS world), provide more information than A records, but have terrible support in terms of hardware (your DSL router or cable modem) and DNS servers that answer with SRV information. For every SRV request that Leopard sends it must wait for a valid reply. If the request fails, Leopard must try again. If it fails again, Leopard will finally ask for an A record. This is one reason why Mac users are experiencing slow Internet on new Macs with Leopard or after upgrading to Leopard from Tiger.

Fix Slow DNS in Leopard

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 9:05 am

December 11, 2008

Web Accessibility and UK Law

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 3:50 pm

A very useful article on web accessibility and UK law. Some caveats:

Trenton Moss has a accessibility consultancy and will, therefore, have a very pro-accessibility point of view. Also, I must admit I know Trenton but, having said that, the article does stand up in its own right.

December 10, 2008

Mac friendly Photobook websites

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 3:55 pm

Here’s a couple of photo book companies that provide Mac OS X friendly software to upload photos to their websites.

Kodak Gallery

My Photo Book

December 4, 2008

VoiceOver and Safari: Screen reading on the Mac

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 8:53 am

One overlooked feature of Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger is VoiceOver, a built-in screen reader which, if you’ve heard the stilted screen readers of yesteryear, is surprisingly well done. Here’s how to use it on Safari.

November 20, 2008

View files from Open dialog in Finder

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 12:21 pm

Say you?ve decided to open a saved file in a given application. You press Command-O (or select File -> Open if you?re menu-inclined) and the standard file open dialog appears. You then navigate to your desired file, which is buried a few levels deep in your user?s folder. Once you?ve found the file, though, you realize you want do make a copy of it first?just in case something goes wrong with your planned edit.

You can switch to the Finder, of course, and navigate to the same folder? but that?s time consuming, and seems redundant given you?re already looking at the folder you want in the Open dialog. So here?s the trick. Select the file in question (one mouse click), then press Command-R from within the Open dialog. The Finder will spring to the foreground, open a new window, and automatically select that same file in the new window.

November 5, 2008

Animated GIFs using Fireworks

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 1:12 pm

Straightforward tutorial to editing and creating animated GIFs in Fireworks.

October 19, 2008

Forums – why do you always have to register?!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 11:36 am

It’s such a waste of time having to register on forums.

To make just one comment that would normally take ten seconds you have to spend five minutes filling in your details, clicking on an activation email, storing your new password somewhere and then finally logging in – a complete pain!

There should be a feature on the site that says:
“I recommend this answer” which you don’t have to login to use – would make life so much simpler.

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