My Bookmarks For December 6th – December 17th

Dec 17
Posted on December 17, 2009 0:00 in Links

The MacBook Mini Project

Dec 14
Posted on December 14, 2009 23:50 in Hardware, Projects

When I replaced my MacBook with a Mac Mini setup I was always planning to invest some time into a netbook. I recently ordered a (RED) Dell Mini 10v with the plan to turn it into a hackintosh. After a few days (*cough* weeks) of tinkering I now have a machine I’m happy with.

In short: It’s a (RED), as in the charity sponsoring colour,  Dell Mini 10v that retails for about £250. It has a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 2GB ram (custom), a 1024×600 screen, and a 160GB hard drive. I installed Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.1 on it and things are running smoothly. Here are some photos and some notes from my experience.

MacBook Mini

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Cool Javascript Graphs

Dec 13
Posted on December 13, 2009 23:40 in Software

I’ve been looking at some javascript graphing libraries recently and noticed that this is still an area that’s in heavy development. The development of CSS3, SVG, and other new HTML technologies have given rise to a new breed of libraries. Here are some of the interesting ones I bumped into. I haven’t tested any of them yet, and most are badly documented, but it’s still interesting enough to give a first look.

gRaphaël

So I had never heard of the Raphaël JavaScript library until today but it seems to be pretty cool and powerful when it comes to doing visual things. It also has a graphics library which seems to be perfect for what I need, but I have to look into it as it’s fairly undocumented.

Raphaël is a small JavaScript library that should simplify your work with vector graphics on the web. If you want to create your own specific chart or image crop and rotate widget, for example, you can achieve it simply and easily with this library.

gRaphael

Kilian’s ico

Made by my Dutch friend Kilian at Wakoopa, a fork of Alex Young’s ico, based on the RaphaelJS library. It’s almost as powerful as gRaphael but just as undocumented. Luckily I know the guy so i guess I can hunt him down for advise.

Kilian's ICO example

Flot

Flot is probably the best JQuery graphing plugin. It’s not as flashy as some of the others but definitely as functional. Plus it has the added benefit of being written as a JQuery plugin which makes it so much easier to fit in with existing code.

Flot example

Easiest way to use a Three 3G Dongle on a Mac

Dec 11
Posted on December 11, 2009 23:39 in Problems & Solutions, Software, Technology

I have a Three 3G Dongle that I occasionally use when on the road. Now that I have a NetBook with Mac OS X I plan to use it even more. The problem with this Three 3G dongle (Huawei E156G) is the software that comes with it. It’s bloated, replicates standard Mac OS X behaviour, and worst of all it disables your WiFi when you’re on 3G (because God forbid that you share your already slow 3G with another).

So a while ago I figured out how to use the 3G dongle without using the Three Mobile Manager software, but instead using the Mac OS X network manager. I decided to write it up now because I noticed a few more people with the same issues. This tutorial is based on a Mac Mini and Dell Mini running Mac OS X 10.6.2 and 10.6.1.

Step 1: Install the Mobile Manager

We’re not going to use the Mobile Manager, but this is the easiest way to install the drivers for the dongle.

  • Just stick in your dongle into your Mac and wait for the 3Connect disc to show up.
  • Run the 3Connect Installer.app
  • When the installer is done, ignore any “new network adapters found” for now.
  • Instead go to your Applications folder, and trash the 3Connect folder

Your drivers have now been installed but your OS X doesn’t know what to do with the dongle yet.

Step 2: Setup your network preferences

  • Go to the Network panel in your System Preferences
  • You should have a HUAWEI Mobile device in the list on the left, if it is not unplug and plug in your dongle until it does
  • Click Advanced, and in the modem pane set the details to:
    • Vendor: Generic
    • Model: GPRS (GSM/3G)
    • APN: Three.co.uk
    • CID: 1
  • Under DNS set the following two DNS servers:
    • 4.2.2.4
    • 4.2.2.3
  • Then (I’m not sure if this is essential) go to the PPP tab:
    • Uncheck Send PPP echo packets
    • Check Use verbose logging
  • Click OK to save your changes
  • Finally, set the telephone number to *99#
  • Hit Apply

Now when you hit Connect you should be able to connect to the network. Tick the Show modem status in menu bar to have a handy little menu in the menu bar that allows you to see how long you’ve been connected and much more.

Caveats

There are some downsides to this method. The main one being that you loose the ability to check how much data you’ve sent/received this month. I guess you can use My3 for that instead. You also lose the ability to sent SMS messages, which is why it might be wise to leave the 3 Mobile Manager in your applications if you ever use that function.

Finally I have to note that this hasn’t been thoroughly tested. I used to run this same method under Leopard and it worked fine, it now works fine under Snow Leopard too, but any weird hardware or software upgrade might break it, I’m just not sure.

AppDate #14: TwoUp

Dec 10
Posted on December 10, 2009 21:08 in Software

In the last few weeks I’ve slowly fallen in love with this little application called TwoUp. I recently got a new 24″ monitor and realized that I can easily run multiple windows side-by-side. The problem is trying to make 2 windows not overlap but take up as much space as possible: it’s impossible by hand!

In comes TwoUp, which gives you a few little keyboard shortcuts to move a window to take the left, right, top, or bottom half of the screen. It’s a free product and has become part of my every day use. I can’t live without it anymore on a big monitor.

Irradiated Software – TwoUp.

There is also a more advanced version called SizeUp that gives you more positions (quarters of the screen, multi monitor support) which is not free. It’s only $13 so I might be buying this soon to thank the guy who made both apps for his great work.

Panic’s lost 1982 artwork. Found

Dec 9
Posted on December 9, 2009 9:20 in Software

What if Panic’s software wasn’t made for the Mac, but for the Atari?


Panic’s lost 1982 artwork. Found. « Panic Blog.

My Bookmarks For November 18th – December 4th

Dec 5
Posted on December 5, 2009 0:03 in Links