Archive for August, 2009

Gmail, IMAP, and “Account Exceeded Bandwidth Limits”

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Apple Mail is failing to fetch mail from Gmail, with the following error: Googling this error message shows lots of other people running into the same problem. Some bandwidth limit on Google’s side is cutting me off. When this happens, I’m put in a penalty box and not allowed to connect via IMAP for some […]

Rogers Sales Calls

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Rogers has been calling me a lot lately. Twice in the last two days for the Rocket Stick, a USB wireless adapter that will let your laptop get on the Internet from anywhere. The iPhone 3G supports tethering, and Apple has been nice enough to enable tethering on all their data plans for no additional […]

Snow Leopard Upgrade Partitioning

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Somehow when I configured my Mac 500gb drive, I ended up with a drive partitioned using the Apple Partition Table. I don’t know how I did it, but turns out, it was a mistake. The Mac installer, and Snow Leopard will likely be no different, refuses to upgrade an Apple Partition Table-partitioned drive. And you […]

Windows 7 Setup Hung? Here’s a Tip

Monday, August 10th, 2009

If your Windows 7 Setup is hung or taking a long time at the “Transferring files, settings, and programs” step and you’re wondering what the heck it’s up to, here’s a way to find out. Press Shift-F10. This will open a console window. In the console window, type “taskmgr” and hit enter. This opens the […]

Windows 7 Install Weekend

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I spent part of the weekend installing Windows 7 on some computers at home, now that the RTM is available from MSDN. Overall it went very well. One computer is an HP Pavilion system I bought at Costco a few years ago, and of course didn’t come with drivers for a lot of the built-in […]

Google On2

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

That’s one way to handle the problem of how do you license codecs for a free browser: Buy the company that makes them. It’s not H.264, but it’s good enough. And now presumably it won’t cost Google anything more to distribute it.