WordPress 2 iPhone App = thumbs up

It’s nearly 4 am, and I’ve had the flu (and a fever) for about two days now. For those who have cancer, they know how dangerous this can be, but I think I’m fighting it off pretty well. So, with all of my free time just lazing about in bed and using my iPhone as a VLC remote to my mbp, I started to peruse the App Store. This always happens when I have nothing else to do! I end up downloading games or whatnot, and I’ll play them three times before deleting them. (I have a very short attention span.)

But, I came across WordPress’ new iPhone app update, WordPress 2. The UI is very clean and easy to grasp without too many problems (read: a chimp could use it, which means most bloggers could use it too). I absolutely love the tabs along the bottom for pictures/comments/previewing/etc. My mother could use this app! And I say that in a nice way, of course 🙂

For anyone who has an iPhone, and has ever wanted to start blogging and didn’t know what free service to use, check out WordPress. It’s absolutely amazing!

Guten Abend – A Mélange of 60% Cacao.

Many people enjoy listening to podcasts.  Ever since Apple came up with the idea for any individual to be able to broadcast their own show and upload it to iTunes for the world to hear, people have been creatively pursuing every topic imaginable.  When Sean told me a few months ago that he, David, and Ted were going to make a podcast, I was honestly curious at what topic they would choose.  I’m not quite sure how they met, but I think they lived together in a Christian co-op on campus Sean’s freshman year at OSU.  So, would it be a faith-based podcast?  David was a music major, so maybe a music podcast?  Oh, I was so very wrong.

They have five episodes now, and I guess I can categorize their podcast as intelligent comedy.  All three men are very bright, quick, and play off of each other very well.  Whenever I listen, I’m not sure what I’m going to get, but I know that I will be entertained for the next 25-30 minutes.  I actually laugh (out loud!) when I listen.  The podcast is great to listen to when you’re commuting, or when you’re making dinner, or doing yardwork.  I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re doing homework or are otherwise mentally engaged, because you’ll miss the sheer genius of the dialogue.

If you would like to listen to Guten Abend (and I hope you do!), the podcast can be found on David Wright’s website at http://www.dollarsfordoughnuts.net.  Here is the summation David writes on their fan page on Facebook:

Guten Abend is a “podcast” in which Messrs. Carter, O’Connell, and Wright say outlandish things in the hopes of enlightening and pleasing all of their delighted listeners.

Guten Abend is a mélange of 60 % cacao. This is how you know that it is 100 % authentic. Everything that you hear on the programme is truth at 44,100 samples per second.

Producer: David Robert Wright
Libertine: Sean Francis O’Connell
Travelling Correspondent: Ted “Theodore” Loren Carter

Essentially, the three of us sit in front of one microphone apiece and say the craziest things that we can think up. Then we put it on the Web for everyone to hear.

So, please head over to Dollars for Doughnuts and download their podcast!  If you enjoyed the podcast, you can join their fan page on Facebook here.

Mac OS 10.5 – Leopard

These are my first thoughts on Apple’s new operating system:

IT BROKE MY IMAC.

I installed it just fine on my MacBook (13″ Black, 2 Ghz Core-2 Duo, 1 Gb Ram), and it’s soooo shiny. I love Spaces, and the new dock and toolbar are visually appealing. Even Time Machine is a neat idea. I’ve not had a chance to try out iChat yet, but the Mail programme creates really neat layouts – provided you want to send a real ‘letter’ in email instead of just an email.

Oh yeah, so it broke my iMac when I loaded it (20″, 2.something Ghz Core-2 Duo, 2 Gb Ram). I did an ‘upgrade’ install, and had backed up my music on my MacBook (and House episodes!). My thesis and research were on my keys as usual. So, after the first install and restart, the screen stayed blue. The HD wasn’t spinning, and I let it sit for an hour or so. So, I forced a shut down, waited, then booted it back up from the DVD that was still in the drive. I tried another install again, and same result. Then I was paranoid I lost everything. I went to Apple’s Support and found this post by Chris Mcculloh:

I managed to fix this issue with my machine. I was getting the BSoD (for shame, Apple, doing the same thing we used to be able to prod Windows users about) and suspected it to be APE. Rather than go through the insanity of uninstall/restore/archive and reinstall, etc, I decided to try to manually uninstall APE and continue booting. It worked. APE is used by a lot of plugins, most notably by Unsanity (ShapeShifter, amongst others). The uninstall, based on their site at http://unsanity.com/support.php?vf=43 is:

Please note that this does involve manipulation of files from the root prompt. This is not for the faint-of-heart, or those who are unfamiliar with the UNIX file system/command structure.

1. Reboot into single-user mode (hold Cmd-S while booting machine)
2. Follow the directions OSX gives you when you get to the prompt (I think these were them – just type the two commands it tells you to):
fsck -fy /
/sbin/mount -uw /
3. Remove the following files:
rm -rf /Library/Preference Panes/Application Enhancer.prefpane
rm -rf /Library/Frameworks/Application Enhancer.framework
rm -rf /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/Application Enhancer.bundle
rm -rf /Library/Preferences/com.unsanity.ape.plist
4. Exit, to continue booting normally
exit

Interesitng, no? I was paranoid to go into my root, but I did, and then I did as described above. I HAD tweeked the OS a bit on my own, and thought that did something. After that, I reinstalled using the archive and install option instead of just upgrading.

After that, everything just… worked. I think it was the combination of doing that, plus the archive and install. Unfortunately, I decided to make a new user instead of keeping my old settings (like an idiot) so I don’t know how to fix it now. I just copied over my important stuff, like the programmes out of the applications file, and my music, pictures, and documents. Some of my programs wont work now, but that’s not a big deal – I can redownload them and redo them.

All in all, here’s my message to apple:

You guys messed up. Never, EVER release something where this could possibly happen on thousands of computers. That discussion link goes to thousands of views and problems, all that happened really on the new iMacs and a few powerbooks, and your support had no idea why that was happening. Next time, make sure you test your new programme thoroughly before doing a massive worldwide release.

Ok, that’s my last complaint. I started to put it on my iMac at 6:30 pm, and it didn’t work until 2:30-3 am. Oh well, such are the pains of putting on a new OS.