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How to disable Messenger Auto-sign-in via

2012/11/27 Leave a comment

I must say I am a big fan of Microsoft’s new web front-end for Hotmail – The UI is very modern, minimalist and fast!

About the only complaint is that any time you browse to via a web browser, it will automatically sign you into MS Messenger.  Though initially this may not be a problem, I find that you can rapidly reach ridiculous numbers of logons even though you may only consciously be using say one browser at home and another at work.  It got so bad that I was even prevented from signing into the desktop Messenger app in Windows Live Essentials.  If only there is a way to prevent automatic login.

Luckily there is.  Jonathan Kay has come up with a rather simple way to block auto sign-in which you can read on his blog.

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Well No, Macs No Longer “Just Work”

2012/09/16 Leave a comment

Last year I wrote about how things changed once I bought a Mac, well it has been over a year now and I wonder how things are fairing?

Things have changed drastically during the past year and it’s quite worrisome. Let’s review that post in chunks:

  • Apple TV and iTunes on iMac just work; do not forget each other

Well no, ever since OS X Mountain Lion (ML) if my Mac goes to sleep to conserve power, it’s too dumb to restore network connections properly once the Mac comes out of sleep.  Maybe it’s my router?  Did I mention I have an Apple Airport too? So now I have to tell it not to sleep which is sort of naughty in this green day and age.

  • Canon MX850 was automatically detected over wi-fi when plugged into Airport Extreme Base Station USB socket

This still works, yay!

  • Lacie 4big Quadra 4TB RAID was automatically detected and iMac kindly asked if I wished to use it for TimeMachine
  • Pressing big blue button on Lacie launched the brilliant TimeMachine app
  • TimeMachine is fast, intuitive, reliable
    Sadly this is screwed if my Mac does to sleep; the Mac does not wait for the drive to be ready before it stupidly tries to open iTunes.  Some times I have to reboot the iMac and/or Quadra.  Did I mention Windows has no problem?
  • Apple’s iMail automatically configured e-mail server settings just by me typing in my address

I have had no reason to redo this but that’s all pretty academic since iMail/Mail is too demented to restore connectivity after a sleep.  I have to rerun Mail.  At least prior to ML you could click the little alert symbol to fix it.

  • MS Messenger for iMac (via Office Mac) is much like pre-Windows Live Essentials meaning it doesn’t have the annoying ads but more importantly, uses less computer resources like memory and CPU in wlcomm.exe

Well sure, but sadly it does not support pasting images into it plus it’s missing all the features in the Windows Live Essentials version on Windows.

  • Apple’s Xcode IDE is only $5.00 and uses minimal CPU and memory

Xcode tends to crash – a lot!  However, Xcode is continuing to grow on me and they are adding new features all the time, sadly the debugger is rather featureless compared to Microsoft Visual Studio.

  • Though Apple may make use of seemingly vertical standards such as Bonjour, historically it can be shown that Apple is more likely to adopt more popular standards with more realized use cases than say MS.  Calendering is a good example

Mail, Calenders and Chat continue to support other non-Apple tech which is nice.

I’m not sure why I said Visual Studio is bloated, particularly when such criticisms are silly when no one is stopping you to install any version whether it be Express or Ultimate or any in between.

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Google 8-bit Maps, Retro Cool

2012/04/01 Leave a comment

Google yesterday released a 8-bit mode for its Google Maps website.  This new mode looks familiar to anyone who played classic computer games such as Ultima II.

Google 8-bit maps showing Perth, Australia in all its 8 colour glory.  Perth never looked so green.


Ultima II, image courtesy Wikipedia.

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Bill Maher on SOPA – Ignorance Is Bliss It Seems?

2012/01/27 Leave a comment

Bill Maher created a humorous documentary on religious observations called well – Religulous.  It was similar to Richard Dawkin’s documentary and in some parts almost a clone.

After watching a recent video containing Bill, I may just have to rethink my opinion of him. Watch the video below, it is from some US talk show where he, based on his own self-admitting ignorance, arrogantly supports the SOPA and labels any anti-SOPA components in the community or government as thiefs.

Luckily, the other speakers on the panel seemed to have done their homework and not just read the SOPA coversheet.  Now I wonder if he was just as arrogant for his Religulous documentary?

No doubt if SOPA goes through this article will be in violation to the act and the entire WORDPRESS site will be shutdown because of me.   Hmmm

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Jobs Was Right: Adobe Abandons Mobile Flash, Backs HTML5

2011/11/12 2 comments

“HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively,” Adobe VP Danny Winokur said in a clear reference to Apple’s rejection of Flash support on its dominant iOS devices: the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. “This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.” [1]

Read the full article here [1]


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1-year-old Thinks a Magazine is a Broken iPad

2011/10/15 Leave a comment

I generally do not like proxy posting but check out this article at CNET, quite sad really.

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Facebook Release Management Video Just Damage Control?

2011/06/05 Leave a comment

On 26th May of this year, Facebook Engineering released a video detailing their release management tools. The video is quite interesting. For someone who says tools alone won’t solve problems, the majority of the video is just that – tools.   During the video the speaker is heard saying:

“…I can roll in about 15 minutes…I can revert things very quickly” [1]

Quite impressive when you take into account the binary is 1 GB in size. Rather good I thought.  We’re concerned here how long a deployment or revert takes, not how long for a bug to be fixed.  Fixing a bug takes notably longer.

When you take into account Facebook’s public profile in the popular media, a little question arises – how long has Facebook been able to release say in 15 minutes?

2010 was a bad year for Facebook

My question is  – assuming Facebook had the tools back in 2010 as per the video, why then could Facebook not simply been able to revert (in 15 minutes as they claim) to last known good release for the majority of the 2010 System failures? Not all failures were DNS-related.

Perhaps either the tools to deploy/revert in 15 minutes didn’t work as described in the video or they are a recent addition to Facebook’s arsenal, perhaps only developed this year.

Seems the phrase damage control has multiple meanings.

[1] Push Tech Talk, Facebook Engineering

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