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iPhone day

Yes, I did get the iPhone. It’s a funny funny story, and I’ll write it all down along with my review of the phone after it activates.

Since everyone is activating their iPhone right now, it’s taking a long time (according to the nice AT&T lady I am on the phone with)

The phone is alot nicer then I thought, nice screen, and since I actually used an iPhone at the store, the keyboard is alot better than I thought.

I just got off the phone with the AT&T rep, she said it may take up until 7 pm tomorrow to activate all the iPhones. Hopefully mine isn’t that deep in the queue.

More later, stay tuned.

Added Story -- Okay..

So, I got off of work at the customer I was at and was going to head up to the Apple Soho store. From where I was at, (World Trade Center) I had to walk up and catch the R/W Subway lines at City Hall. About 2.5 blocks. Not a bad walk.

On the way there, I passed an AT&T store. Having researched all the AT&T locations listed on their site, knowing that AT&…

iPhone day

Yes, I did get the iPhone. It’s a funny funny story, and I’ll write it all down along with my review of the phone after it activates.

Since everyone is activating their iPhone right now, it’s taking a long time (according to the nice AT&T lady I am on the phone with)

The phone is alot nicer then I thought, nice screen, and since I actually used an iPhone at the store, the keyboard is alot better than I thought.

I just got off the phone with the AT&T rep, she said it may take up until 7 pm tomorrow to activate all the iPhones. Hopefully mine isn’t that deep in the queue.

More later, stay tuned.

Added Story -- Okay..

So, I got off of work at the customer I was at and was going to head up to the Apple Soho store. From where I was at, (World Trade Center) I had to walk up and catch the R/W Subway lines at City Hall. About 2.5 blocks. Not a bad walk.

On the way there, I passed an AT&T store. Having researched all the AT&T locations listed on their site, knowing that AT&…

Icons are so 1995

Something else I noticed today, I was interested in how the new Finder desktop looks, in ref: the menu bar, the dock, Stacks...etc.. and I noticed something else

There are no icons on the Desktop.

Now, Steve said that one of the reasons that our desktops are so cluttered is because, when we download something, it falls on our Desktop. (True). So they created a Stack to manage all the downloads.

Which, if you strip all the other stuff off the Desktop, (Your Hard-drive icon, your CD/DVD icon (if you have something in the drive), your iDisk icon (if you have one), your other hard-drives, mounted shares...etc.. can all be found in the new Finder, which, can be launched from the most left button on the Dock.

Personally I like this. I don’t use my Desktop icons anyway, I actually shut them off and use my menu bar (at the top) and the Dock (at the bottom) like you are supposed to.

Which it looks like Apple is going to have you do in Leopard. Nice.

Icons are so 1995

Something else I noticed today, I was interested in how the new Finder desktop looks, in ref: the menu bar, the dock, Stacks...etc.. and I noticed something else

There are no icons on the Desktop.

Now, Steve said that one of the reasons that our desktops are so cluttered is because, when we download something, it falls on our Desktop. (True). So they created a Stack to manage all the downloads.

Which, if you strip all the other stuff off the Desktop, (Your Hard-drive icon, your CD/DVD icon (if you have something in the drive), your iDisk icon (if you have one), your other hard-drives, mounted shares...etc.. can all be found in the new Finder, which, can be launched from the most left button on the Dock.

Personally I like this. I don’t use my Desktop icons anyway, I actually shut them off and use my menu bar (at the top) and the Dock (at the bottom) like you are supposed to.

Which it looks like Apple is going to have you do in Leopard. Nice.

The Snort Book

Finally got my copies of my book today from the publisher. (Only took them a month!) There are alot of comments I could make about the book, positive and negative, but overall, it’s a great resource. In particular the preprocessors chapter (i know, I wrote it) has some good tuning steps and hints that you won’t find elsewhere.

Some chapters are better than others. Some chapters have errors in them (even mine! I mean, really, who begins a TCP conversation with a FIN, ACK? I swear, it was correct in the proof copy!)

I make mention of Stream5 in my chapter at one point, saying that we ‘took a peek at it’, even though I didn’t discuss it at all. At the time of writing Stream5 wasn’t out yet, so I couldn’t really put much in there about it since it was still in beta. I originally had some stuff in there about UDP session tracking being in Stream5, but I took it out. Hence why I “refer” back to it later.

I edited/rewrote another chapter in the book (which shall remain unknown for …

Unresponsive Finder

Okay. A long time ago (If you read my old blog), you’ll know that my powerbook froze up, accessing files in Finder was unresponsive, and searching with Spotlight was impossible. (Spinning beachball from hell). Well I figured out how to fix it then, and yesterday, my PowerMac Dual G5 started the same exact thing, and I was able to reproduce the fix, so here it is for your problem solving pleasure:

As I stated, Finder and Spotlight become unresponsive. I have no idea what causes this, but I noticed it yesterday when I’d try to open a file, or attach a file to an email, I’d click on the file in Finder’s ‘column’ view, and it would literally take about 20 minutes to get the details of the file in the next column. (Spinning beachball, machine and Finder completely frozen)

Open Terminal, type:
$sudo mdutil -s /

mdutil is the utility that manages your Spotlight store for each drive. You can use mdutil to even index network shares. (which is quite handy) For more information on mdutil, ei…

Unresponsive Finder

Okay. A long time ago (If you read my old blog), you’ll know that my powerbook froze up, accessing files in Finder was unresponsive, and searching with Spotlight was impossible. (Spinning beachball from hell). Well I figured out how to fix it then, and yesterday, my PowerMac Dual G5 started the same exact thing, and I was able to reproduce the fix, so here it is for your problem solving pleasure:

As I stated, Finder and Spotlight become unresponsive. I have no idea what causes this, but I noticed it yesterday when I’d try to open a file, or attach a file to an email, I’d click on the file in Finder’s ‘column’ view, and it would literally take about 20 minutes to get the details of the file in the next column. (Spinning beachball, machine and Finder completely frozen)

Open Terminal, type:
$sudo mdutil -s /

mdutil is the utility that manages your Spotlight store for each drive. You can use mdutil to even index network shares. (which is quite handy) For more information on mdutil, ei…