September, 2006

  1. SyncML = Failure

    Knowing I’m an interested party, Brett1 sent me a link to the article on LifeHacker that explains how to use ScheduleWorld as a sync hub for your PIM data. It all looks really good, including supporting over the air (OTA) sync of BlackBerry devices. I tested the sync with Google Calendar and it worked. So…

  2. Travel Tip

    I flew back from Seattle1 to Denver tonight. Late last night I tried to use online check in (like I always do), but it didn’t work. It found my itenerary just fine, but when I selected it and hit the “Check In” button, it said something like: Sorry, online check in is not allowed for…

  3. Scaffolding Tip for CakePHP

    I’m evaluating CakePHP for possible use in a project, and I had a dickens of a time getting the scaffolding working at first. I already had some code written on this particular project1, as well as a rather complex relational database schema, etc. so I was trying to fill in all the models and controllers…

  4. Signing E-mail With Initials

    When did it become the in thing to sign off your e-mails with just your initials (or even just one initial)? I’m getting more and more e-mails that end with something like (using John Doe as the name in the example): … Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Regards, j. or even a plain: … Lorem…

  5. Apple Lovefest

    The coverage of Apple’s announcements on the various tech sites was impressive yesterday. The two big things for me: Syncing between 2 authorized computers. Now I can buy songs (and shows if I had a video iPod) on the road from my PowerBook MacBook. The iPod shuffle. Too cool, I gotta get me one of…

  6. Mobile Carrier Pricing

    Prompted by Adam’s search, I took the time to look at the big four wireless carriers in the US. The pricing differences between them is startling. Here is the monthly cost of 900+ anytime minutes, 300+ text messages, wireless data, BlackBerry support and the ability to use the phone as a modem with unlimited data:…

  7. Tasks Pro™ 1.7 rc1 and Tasks 2.7 rc1

    Whoohoo! Release candidate 1 of Tasks Pro™ 1.7 and Tasks 2.7 is now available for download. This has a few small changes since beta 6, notably: Full documentation of new features! iCalendar and RSS links are shown on the Tags screen. Tag auto-complete works on sub-tasks that are expanded after the page is loaded. Back…

  8. Around the web

    Experiences with 3 – I’m starting to feel the same way about T-Mobile: but if their service is bad, what use are they, even if cheap? The FOUC Problem – I avoid this by doing these kind of script calls “onload”. Who Writes Wikipedia? Battle of the Work Ethics Seth’s Blog: The end of the…

  9. Docs = Procrastion

    I finally finished writing all the new docs for Tasks Pro™ 1.7 and Tasks 2.7, but I still need to take (and re-shoot) a bunch of screenshots. The first release candidates will, unfortunately, have to wait until next week. The good news is that very few issues (and no major issues) have been reported with…

  10. Semantic XHTML

    I’m starting to get more and more friends asking me semantic XHTML questions – wanting to do styling with CSS and good things like that. This is a great shift and I’m happy to help – however these folks are still generally asking the wrong questions when they come to me. Semantic XHTML isn’t about…

  11. BBEdit 8.5 Released

    BBEdit 8.5 is now available. While lots of new Mac users are coding away with TextMate, much of the old guard is still faithfully using BBEdit. I get curious and have brief little affairs with TextMate every so often, but BBEdit feels so comfortable and natural to me I always come back home. With this…

  12. BlackBerry Bounty Update

    My BlackBerry Bounty is at $560 and has pretty well stagnated there. Perhaps I need to submit it to Slashdot digg. I’ve heard from a few interested developers, but at the moment I’m worried I’m going to have to just refund everyone’s money. C’mon folks – someone out there must have a love for writing…

  13. Single-User Zimbra Hosting

    In the comments on my redundant e-mail service post, Avi Flax brought up Zimbra as a potential alternative to a hosted Exchange account (for e-mail, calendaring, etc.). Kevin Henrikson was kind enough to stop by and clarify a few things for us: Zimbra has support for Blackberry over-the-air sync as an add-on in our most…

  14. Redundant E-mail?

    FastMail1, my e-mail provider which I have recommended in the past, has been having a bit of trouble the last few days. Luckily for me, I haven’t been affected at all by these issues, but those who have are not happy. As far as I can tell, all hosted services go through something like this…