Saturday, June 17, 2006

Publish your iCal to the web without .Mac

iCal calendar publishing is pretty darned handy. It lets you view shared calendars by subscribing to them directly in the iCal application. Unfortunately, unless you have a .Mac subscription, Mac OS X Server, or some other WebDAV-enabled server at your disposal, publishing iCal calendars is impossible -- iCal publishing requires WebDAV. But now there's a way.

Box.net offers free 1GB accounts, and their servers run WebDAV. So here's what you need to do, in a nutshell:
Set up your box.net subscription (easy and fast!).
In iCal, publish your calendar (Calendar -> Publish) to https://www.box.net/dav, using your box.net account name (email) and password.
Subscribe to the calendar in iCal (Calendar -> Subscribe) at http://www.box.net/dav/Your_Calendar.ics. NOTE: Do not use https here.
That's it! Your calendar will be automatically refreshed and synced between computers. I use this to sync my Home and Work calendars. It's great, and it's free. What could be better?


Jason

Friday, June 16, 2006

Down on the Farm

Inside the new Macbook a cow was born, or that's what it sounds like. If you search the internet for moo+macbook you will find that there are many accounts of a strange "mooing" noise coming from the Macbooks. It's actually the fan turning on and off in short intervals. This is mildly annoying.... but also rather amusing. Amusing you say? She must be crazy! But this "annoying" sounds has been made into a parody at Moobook.com. You can check out the recording here.

I will admit that after a while the amusing notion of having a cow in your Macbook gets overly annoying and irritable. To fix this problem it's been recommended that you do the following:

1/ Shut down the MacBook.
2/ Unplug the adapter and take out the battery.
3/ Hold the power button down (keeping the battery out and the computer unplugged) for 5 seconds.
4/ put battery back in and start up your Macbook

This should kill the Moo.

If your lifelong dream has been to have a cow then may i recommend that you take your moobook out to an open field and bond with the cows.

Update (06/30/06):

I have tried this and it did not work for me. The Mooing fans have to do with the heat of the computer reaching a certain temperature so that they are not hot enough for the fans to come on all of the time, but not cool enough to be comfortable without the fans.

~The Little Redhead

Monday, June 12, 2006

Wifi!

Wireless internet is the new dial-up modem. All Apple computers now come with airport cards which allow the user to access open wireless connections to the internet. Apple has gone so far as to remove the modems from their computers(you can still hardwire in an ethernet cable). The modem is now something you have to buy extra with your Apple if you are still living in the age of dial-up. If you are, i'm deathly sorry. I know the pain and suffering you are going through. I have been there.

Charlottetown's wireless hotspots are growing daily. Timothy's Coffee Shop, Mavors Bistro and Bar, The Formosa Tea House, and Cedars Eatery are among some of the wireless cafe's in the area. Info on some of Charlottetown's Hotspots can be found at www.wificharlottetown.org. It's practically summer, so it's time to do some wifi hunting armed with a Macbook and an iced Chai Latte.