So I installed Leopard and have been playing around with several of the new features. One feature that is of particular interest to many of us that provide technical support for family and friends is the new “Desktop Sharing” capability.
Here’s a clip from Apple’s guided tour http://youtube.com/watch?v=wf_NPeO3As8
It appears Apple has re-purposed the open-source VNC client/server to enable screen sharing from the finder. It is a great feature and the Apple implementation is excellent.
Well, tonight I wondered what would happen if I shared screens between my iMac and MacBook Pro. So I connected from my MacBook Pro to my iMac and could see the iMac desktop. I then walked over to my iMac and connected back to my MacBook Pro. Here are the results captured by the Grab utility.
Click the image to see a larger version (hosted on Flickr).
Just like being between two mirrors (without actually being in between and partially blocking the image).
I don’t believe these are the results that Apple desires, but other than a few issues gaining control of my mouse (had to walk over to the iMac and use the locally connected mouse), there weren’t any runaway processes or freezes. I did not have VNC handy to test to see if it produces similar results. I don’t recall ever trying this with VNC. Enjoy!
Update: Some additional setup instructions to properly setup folder with Gmail labels and also setting up Junk, Sent and Draft can be found at http://5thirtyone.com/archives/862
Update 2: Here are some recommended settings for Gmail IMAP
As a general rule, we suggest the following.
Do NOT save sent messages on the server. If your client is sending mail through Gmail’s SMTP server, your sent messages will be automatically copied to the [Gmail]/Sent Mail folder.
DO save draft messages on the server. If you want your drafts in your mail client to sync correctly with your Gmail account’s web interface, set your client to save drafts to the [Gmail]/Drafts folder.
Do NOT save deleted messages on the server. Messages that are deleted from an IMAP folder (except for those in [Gmail]/Spam or [Gmail]/Trash) only have that label removed and still exist in All Mail. Hence, your client doesn’t need to store an extra copy of a deleted message.
Do NOT save deleted messages to your [Gmail]/Trash folder because this will delete a message in all folders.
Do NOT save deleted messages to your [Gmail]/All Mail folder as some clients will try to empty this folder and ultimately fail. This can lead to delayed mail access or unnecessary battery consumption on a mobile device.
Junk mail and spam:
Do NOT enable your client’s junk mail filters. Gmail’s spam filters also work in your IMAP client, and we recommend turning off any additional anti-spam or junk mail filters within your client. Your client’s filter will attempt to download and classify all of your existing messages, which may slow down your client until the process is complete.
HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a software technique of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed. Although not for every photograph, I think you will agree that the results are stunning.
There is an awesome tutorial at stuckincustoms.com on how to generate HDR images from the picture you take with your digital camera. Although the results are far more impressive with multiple RAW source images (you’ll need an auto-bracketing capability and a tripod), the technique can be applied to single JPG images shot with a point-and-shoot digital camera. I have included some sample images (courtesy stuckincustoms.com), but I would encourage you to go to that site or to the author’s HDR gallery on Flickr to see some truly amazing images.
Today, Apple’s market cap exceeded that of IBM. Apple finished the day at $186.16 giving it a market cap of $161.89B (IBM’s market cap is at $156.01B). Makes you wonder about Apple’s 1984 Ad.
Over at bbum’s weblog-o-mat he has created a graph showing the relative market caps for the leading computer hardware companies. Over at SilliconValley.com, they point out,
And while Google-watchers go gaga over its soaring share price (see “A six-letter word for bubble? Try gasbag“), note that an investor who bought Apple on the same day Google stock debuted in 2004 would have, as of the close of market yesterday, made 40 percent more than if the same money had been put into the search sovereign’s shares.
Congratulation to Mr. Jobs and the entire Apple team on this truly amazing occasion!
If your home is like mine, then you have a multi-megabit broadband connection, one or more HD capable TV sets, a wired or wireless home network and one or more PCs (ok mine aren’t all PCs–6 of them are Macs, and one PC running FreeBSD).
While having 7 computers, takes my home out of the norm (is it the number of computers or the fact that 6 of them are Macs?), my home suffers the same dilemma as the average consumer’s home. There is a gaping digital chasm between the personal computer and the television set.
There are several ways to watch downloaded programs and movies on the living room TV. Methods typically involve the transfer of video files over a home network from a computer to some gadget (I have an Apple TV, does that count as another computer?) connected to the TV. But few of them are easy, trust me I have tried them all.
The maker of the Sansa, a distant No. 2 to the iPod, has a new way to view downloaded content on a TV. It could turn up the heat on Apple.
SanDisk CEO Eli Harari says launching Fanfare has less to do with attacking Apple in a potentially tender spot than about establishing a toehold in an incipient market. “The video market right now is just embryonic,” he says. “Media companies have spent a great deal of money creating their content and they don’t want anyone to tell them how to sell it. And we agree with them.”
For David Poltrack, president of CBS Vision, the TV broadcaster’s research division, it’s a matter of getting the networks’ programming in places that consumers will use it. “When we tested the SanDisk product it clearly resonated with consumers,” Poltrack says. “There are other ways to do this with more sophisticated products, but because of cost and complexity they’re not as attractive. This is going to be selling at Wal-Mart (WMT).”
Combining the TakeTV device with the Fanfare service creates the means of tracking ads, he says. “When you plug in that device to the computer and sign in to the service it knows who you are,” he says. “Having people say these are the categories of ads they’re interested in—that opens up a lot of ways for advertisers to use this medium creatively.”
Taking a low-tech approach on PC-to-TV transfers could make a big difference to consumers weary of technical complexity, says Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg. “We know consumers want to watch downloaded video on their TVs. But the biggest weakness is the complexity of the home network,” he says. “This takes the maddening complexity of the home network out of the equation.”