Archives for March 2008

Rules for Buying a Laptop (Savings Tips)

My sister-in-law wants advice on buying a new laptop. For what they’re worth, here are my pearls of wisdom for saving money and headaches, and for getting the most bang for the buck.
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From Windows to Mac: A Home Run

I had no idea how ingrained it was for me to hit the Home and End keys, expecting them to take me to the beginning or the end of the line, respectively, until I tried to work on my new Mac. There, the default behavior for Home & End is to go to the top or bottom of the document. Ugh! Fortunately, I didn’t have to live with that bad behavior long.
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Quick Link: Selenium for Testing Websites

I was recently asked, “Have you worked with any HTML automation testing tools that you feel good about recommending? I’ve worked with Winrunner. It was OK, but it had some quirks.”

My answer was to definitely check out Selenium (http://www.openqa.org/selenium/). It’s a javascript-based runner that’s really easy to set up and explain to non-techies.
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Printing From Mac via Windows

As you might imagine, one of the first things I needed to do when setting up my new MacBook Pro was to get it to print. I have two printers that are connected to an old Windows 2000 box (an HP LaserJet and a Canon color ink jet). Getting connected to these printers, via Samba, proved to be a bit of a hassle. I think the problem stemmed from the fact that the user ID I needed to use for the Samba authorization (i.e. the user ID on the Windows box to “Connect As”) contains a space, although I can’t swear to that. All I know is, I had to “wiggle a lot of wires” to get things to work. Here’s what I did:
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Either iGTD/iCal Sync or Quicksilver Crashes Apple Mail

As I mentioned in Beefier MacBook Pro Models Now Available, the first thing I did with my new MacBook Pro was to move my connectivity over (using Apple Mail for e-mail and Adium for instant messaging). So far, so good, but then I installed iGTD and all hell broke lose. (Well, ok, I’m exaggerating, but how would you put it if your e-mail program inexplicably started crashing — the one program you probably rely on more than any other?)
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Timeless CodeJacked Articles

Hello All,

You may have noticed that I just now blogged my first post in over 3 months. Sorry it’s been so long, but I, along with the other developers here at Maxim Software (who bring you CodeJacked) have been super, super busy. We just haven’t had time to blog. The good news is that our busy schedules mean plenty of new experiences to write about, so you can look forward to that.

In the mean time, I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly referring back to the existing CodeJacked articles. I point my clients’ employees to them all the time, as well as fellow user-group members, family, friends, and others I meet.
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