Saturday, September 25, 2010

NCC-Mac September Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday September 30, 6:00 PM at the Langlois Library. I have prepared a short canned demo of how to (and how not to) make a Magic iDVD. Roll on the floor laughing as I fumble through this feature of iDVD for the very first time.

Also, If anyone has any more movie projects to share, bring them in. Just be sure they're on physical media. There'll be no YouTubeing on the library's dialup connection.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Public Service Announcement (No Mac Content)

Here is a list of upcoming flu shot clinics being held in Coos and Curry counties. As in the past few years GetAFluShot.com is the organization administering the shots. This year's vaccine adds immunization against the H1N1 strain, a potentially nasty one. Because of this the CDC is recommending that every eligible individual gets a flu shot this year.

9/17/201011:00 AM to 5:30 PMRay's Food Place Port Orford, 1555 Oregon Street, Port
Orford, OR, 97465
9/18/20102:00 PM to 6:00 PMPrice & Pride Bandon, 65 10th St, Bandon, OR,
9/24/20102:30 PM to 6:30 PMMcKays Market Myrtle Point, 418 8th St., Myrtle Point, OR,
97458
9/25/201012:00 PM to 5:30 PMMcKays Freshmart Coos Bay, 149 S 7th, Coos Bay, OR, 97420
10/1/20102:00 PM to 6:00 PMMcKays Market Gold Beach, 29656 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach,
OR, 97444
10/6/20101:00 PM to 5:30 PMMcKays Market Lakeside, 200 S 8th, Lakeside, OR, 97449

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My 15-seconds of fame!

Apple just released iTunes 10.0, and an amusing thing happened. All (or at least most) Automator actions that talk to iTunes broke. The Automator application does not even acknowledge that these actions exist. This is because Automator actions, and Mac applications as well, keep track of their version information in a text file tucked away inside their "bundle" folder, a folder that looks like a single file as far as the user is concerned.

The Automator actions that control iTunes need iTunes to be version 4.6 or higher. "10.0" is alphabetically less than "4.6", and Automator hides these actions from the user. This is similar to the same of foresight that caused the Y2K problem.

How did I get my 15-seconds of fame? I figured out one way to regain use of these wayward Automator Actions, and posted this solution to MAC OS X HINTS. Look here if you want to read the article and its comments.

By the way, I almost got 30-minutes of fame earlier this year when I appeared as an extra in a TV commercial featuring Tiger Woods. Unfortunately, Tiger had his sex scandal thing, and the commercial was probably never aired. That's Show Biz.