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My Mac told me it was 4:20

To get your apple computer to verbally remind you everyday at 4:20 that is 4:20, you need to set a crontab with a say command.
In your terminal run the command: sudo crontab -e. Then enter the following line:

20 16 * * * say -v fred 'what time is it?'; say '4 20'

enjoy

Getting Growl Running with Mac Mail 4.5

If you haven't installed Growl yet on your Mac to handle notifications, then you should do it now. And if you did have it installed, you probably saw it disappear during the last system update numbered 10.6.7, which updated Mail to 4.5. As for now, there is not an official release of Growl for the newest release of Mail (or the previous Mail 4.4), so to get it all running you are going to need to do a little poking around the preference files. The good news is that the only change needed is to simply tell the growl plugin that it is compatible with the newest version of mail.

Getting Growl Running with Mac Mail 4.4

If you haven't installed Growl yet on your Mac to handle notifications, then you should do it now. And if you did have it installed, you probably saw it disappear during the last update of Mac Mail. As for now, there is not an official release of Growl for the newest release of Mail, so to get it all running you are going to need to do a little poking around the preference files. The good news is that the only change needed is to simply tell the growl plugin that it is compatible with the newest version of mail. NOTE: Mail 4.5 has been released and instructions for installing growl can be found at: http://baxwrds.com/fix_growl_mail

Using an O2 Huawei E1750 USB 3G Modem with Snow Leopard in Prague

On my most recent trip to Prague, I needed to secure relatively hi-speed internet on a month by month basis, without waiting the 2 weeks required to DSL your home line. A home line that I didn't even own. Before my arrival my wife got a vodafone cellar modem for me, which worked right out of the box and came with a month free trial with deposit. This sounded exploitable, except the 2gb limit (in a month) ran out fast, and from there Vodafone requires 6 month contracts. I did a little research and found that O2 has an English speaking store and a day by day prepay contract. Awesome.

I get the modem, run to my soviet-era panel building and plug the modem in. Nothing. Nothing at all.

iphone czech keyboard

iphone czech keyboard

Installing and Using a Czech Keyboard on your iPhone

The iPhone comes with a great number of built-in international keyboards. I will be discussing how to first turn on and then how to use the Czech keyboard. The great thing is that Apple made this easier than ever, and I hope they learn to make the Apple computer equivalents as easy to use (please see my previous article: Writing in Czech on your Mac). I don't want to waste your precious time, so here we go:

Garmin Forerunner 405 Firmware Update

After a few false starts I was able to update the fireware on my Garmin Forerunner 405 on my MacBook Pro. Since the process was a little difficult to navigate, or more specifically, since it was difficult finding the starting point, I decided to write up my steps in a list.

The latest version of the firmware is 2.3 and boasts changes such as updated translations, increased log accuracy, navigation upgrades, bezel accuracy, and numerous other enhancements.

Connect your Mac and your Garmin 405

Garmin finally released Mac support for their Garmin ANT USB Stick. I have had my Garmin Forerunner 405 for sometime and have been eagerly awaiting this. I decided that I would also write down the steps it took to get my watch to sync with the computer and to use it with Garmin Connect.

Apache Missing After Time Machine Restore

My last post was about the importance of a proper backup and how you should perform this using time machine while encrypting your user account with filevault. Which was a little bit foresighted, because I soon afterwords had my machine go tits up on me.

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