July, 2007 Archives

iPhone Software Update 1.0.1 Crash

July 31st, 2007 Permalink

Apple released version 1.0.1 of the iPhone software today. It addresses the security hole in Safari that has been widely (mis)reported on in the media. When I tried up update my phone tonight, the update crashed (twice) and the iPhone entered recovery mode. After I reconnected it to the computer, iTunes saw it and started […]

Apple released version 1.0.1 of the iPhone software today. It addresses the security hole in Safari that has been widely (mis)reported on in the media.

When I tried up update my phone tonight, the update crashed (twice) and the iPhone entered recovery mode. After I reconnected it to the computer, iTunes saw it and started a restore process. It synced up again just fine, but that was a bit of a scare.

The iPhone was modded with some custom ringtones and system sounds, and I suspect that this is what caused the firmware update to bomb out. I think I will wait a little while and see what is happening with this update before uploading the custom ringtones again.

Purple Tracks

July 30th, 2007 Permalink

Purple Tracks

Watched You Waiting

I Won Something

July 26th, 2007 Permalink

A few days ago, Raoul Pop had a contest on his blog to give away one of the books he reviewed. Well, I won! It was a 50/50 chance, but still, pretty cool. The book came today, and it’s quite good. The section on cryptographic streams is interesting to me at the moment, as my […]

A few days ago, Raoul Pop had a contest on his blog to give away one of the books he reviewed. Well, I won! It was a 50/50 chance, but still, pretty cool. The book came today, and it’s quite good. The section on cryptographic streams is interesting to me at the moment, as my current personal programming project involves using cryptography to enable secure file exchange over untrusted networks.

Thanks Raoul!

Forty Nine

July 26th, 2007 Permalink

A shot from the Joan Miro Museum, Barcelona, Spain.

Forty Nine Yellow

A shot from the Joan Miro Museum, Barcelona, Spain.

Link

July 19th, 2007 Permalink

Link

Handling Multiple Versions of Video for Apple TV & iPhone

July 18th, 2007 Permalink

How’s that for a verbose title? Lately I have been encoding my DVD’s for viewing on Apple TV and the iPhone. A video encoded for the iPhone (or iPod video) will play on the Apple TV, but it does not look ideal when it is scaled up to fill a large TV. A video encoded […]

How’s that for a verbose title?

Lately I have been encoding my DVD’s for viewing on Apple TV and the iPhone. A video encoded for the iPhone (or iPod video) will play on the Apple TV, but it does not look ideal when it is scaled up to fill a large TV. A video encoded for the Apple TV looks great on the TV, but will not play on the iPhone/iPod. So I have been encoding each DVD twice: once with Apple TV parameters, and once with iPhone/iPod parameters. The iPhone/iPod version contains “(iPod)” in the title to help me tell them apart.

This is great, except that by default iTunes syncs all new movies to the Apple TV, which means I have a large, high quality version, and a lower resolution version on the Apple TV. What’s the point? I am never going to watch the smaller version on the Apple TV anyway. There must be a better way.

Here’s the solution I came up with. Maybe there’s a better way to do it, there are definitely other ways to do it, but this works well for me.

First, I created a new Smart Playlist named Apple TV Movies which matched Video Kind is Movie and Name does not contain (iPod), limited to the 10 most recent additions, with live updates:

Smart Playlist

Then, I selected the Apple TV in the Devices list in iTunes, and told it to sync only my Apple TV Movies playlist:

iTunes Apple TV Movies Sync Settings

Voilá! My Apple TV now only syncs the 10 most recent movies added, and only the movies encoded with the correct format for playback on my TV. I probably could have used the bitrate of the videos to determine which movies to sync as well, but I am going to have different versions with different names anyway, so I just used the name.

Rambling

July 15th, 2007 Permalink

One of the staircases at Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

Rambling

One of the staircases at Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

The Sound Is Deep In The Dark

July 14th, 2007 Permalink

One of my favorite shots from Barcelona. This was taken inside Casa Batllo, a residence designed by Gaudi.

The Sound Is Deep In The Dark

One of my favorite shots from Barcelona. This was taken inside Casa Batllo, a residence designed by Gaudi.

Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

July 13th, 2007 Permalink

This was taken in London, after light rain.

Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

This was taken in London, after light rain.