Archive for April, 2009


Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

One aspect of forms that is kind of interesting is that a PDF “form” is really a bundling of an application, and the data that the use is creating with that application. I can’t think of any other mechanism that merges these two things. Traditionally a form is a request for information. You get a […]

iTunes Pricing Games

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I don’t understand the new iTunes pricing model. Even songs on the same album can be priced differently: Albums in Canada used to be $9.99; now some new albums are $11.99 or $12.99. I know they aren’t Apple’s idea, but these pricing games are going to hurt sales.

iTunes Library Management: The Music Playlist

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

The first article in this series invited you to clean some of the metadata in your iTunes library. You can visit that article here. This time we’re going to refine the set of songs that we want to work with. Notice I said “songs”. If your iTunes library is anything like mine, there are a […]

Where is the Xbox 360 Lite?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

The Xbox 360’s hardware has been a disaster since day one. I love my Xbox 360, but a lot of that love is in spite of all the things the 360 does to make me hate it. I’m on my 5th console (although this one seems to be a good one – I’ve had it […]

Cross-Platform Version Control

Monday, April 13th, 2009

An interesting post by Eric Sink at SourceGear on some quirks you run into building a cross-platform version control system. I like this one: Under Linux, checkin a file with a name that ends in a dot. Check it out under Windows. The trailing dot is probably gone. Now check the file back in and […]

iTunes Local Files Playlist

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

I was recently traveling with my laptop and wanted to listen to some music. Most of my music is on a server at home, but when buy new music from iTunes or rip a CD, the default place for it is the Music folder on my laptop’s hard disk. I move music to the server […]

Garmin nuMaps Update

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Garmin has released a map update, their 2010 update. Yes, it’s April 2009, but that’s what it’s called. So how new is the data? Well, the previous update didn’t include any of the Costco stores in Ottawa. This new update includes one – only one – of the three Costco stores in Ottawa. And it […]

iTunes Playlist Management: First Steps

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I’ve been managing a fairly large music library (~80 gig) with iTunes for a while now, and I’ve come up with some techniques for managing the music library that I think work pretty well. I’m going to write a series of blog posts with techniques for managing your iTunes library, including trying to surface some […]

Adobe Forums Updated

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

The discussion forums that Adobe runs for our products, at, have just been upgraded. I don’t know what technology they were based on but it was pretty dusty. The new stuff looks good. Drop by the new LiveCycle Designer ES forum if you have any Designer questions. It’s your typical “not official support” community […]

Ottawa Events Ad Tweaking

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

I added ads to some of the posts on the Ottawa Events site RSS feed. It looks like there are almost 300 subscribers to that feed, and it’ll be interesting to see if I lose any to the ads. They’re fairly small and unobtrusive (and because the content is so focused, seem more relevant than […]