iPhone and GMail password problems

This is just a quick note for my own sanity, and hopefully the sanity of others.

From time to time my Gmail password stops working on my iPhone. Seemingly for no reason, the mail application complains that my password is incorrect, even though the I haven’t changed my password, or the settings on the phone.

What’s actually happened, is that Google has locked remote access to the account for some reason. This happens to me about once every three months. A quick search on the internet shows me that a lot of other people have run into this problem too, but very few of them have found the resolution.
If this ever happens to you, all you have to do is go here, and complete the unlock form.
https://www.google.com/accounts/UnlockCaptcha

[edit] You may also have to re-enter you password one time.

Looking for a replacement for Picassa

For the past few years, I’ve been using the Picassa thick client application to manage, upload and edit my digital photos and images. I really like the tool – it’s the perfect balance of features that I’m looking for in a photo editor, and ease of use. Also, I’ve yet to find a tool as good for managing large numbers of photos.

Sarah and I made the decisions about a month ago that when we move to Paris, we are going to go 100% Mac. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t really have great mac support for their client tools (although they do have a Picassa uploader for iPhoto).

Anyhow, this means that I have to switch photo editing tools. I’ve looked at iPhoto before, and it’s not nearly as good as Picassa. Unfortunately, it appears that there really isn’t a decent solution.

I think I’ll try iPhoto again and make the best of it – but I’m definitely going to be looking around for some alternate apps.

As an aside, I’ll also be in the market for a batch photo editing tool (the ability to open, resize, rename, and resave a folder full of images) like irfanview.

NewsFire now free

The RSS Reader I use has been released as Free (as in beer) software this week.
If you have a mac, I’d strongly recommend giving NewsFire a try.

It’s quick, clean, easy to use, etc.

If you’ve never used RSS Feeds before, you’ve gotta try it. They are a great way to get the news.
If you’ve only used online RSS Readers, give this a shot. I find it zippier than online readers, and I like that I can use it when I’m away from a net connection (yes, there are still a few places like that).

http://www.newsfirerss.com/

Got a new laptop-top

The front right corner of my laptop split a while back. I don’t know what happened to it, I just foudn that it was poking me in the wrist one day. It spent about a month with a band-aid on it; today I brought it into the repair guy (Fortunately it was still covered under applecare). I didn’t know that I’d be getting a whole new top though! I appreciate the new corner, but the keyboard is taking some getting used to. I had just broke the last one in, now I have to start all over again.

I’ve got a pic or two, but the camera is lost in the Christmas packing.

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MacBook released this morning

Apple released its new MacBook line this morning. As an upgrade for the iBook it’s pretty awesome. As an upgrade for the 12″ powerbook, it makes me sad. I honestly think that they have just killed the 12″ powerbook entirely, I thought that they would try to keep part of that market through the high end MacBook line.

There are three things that bother me about this upgrade.

Integrated (Crappy) Video
In all honesty, the integrated video does make sense if you assume that the machine is targeted at iBook users, not powerbook users. In fact, even if it’s targeted at powerbook users, it’s targeted at users that do primarily 2d graphic design work, NOT video production or 3d gaming. So in this sense it seems OK as well. I’m just whining that I won’t be able to play video games on this machine.

If you wanna go black, you’ve gotta pay
You have to pay more for the black one. For two machines with the identical configuration you pay about $150 more to get your machine in black. That’s lame.

MacBook vs. MacBook Pro pricing
The differences between the upper end MacBook and the lower end MacBook pro are even sMacBookmaller than the differences between the iBook and the Powerbook; however, the difference in price has gone way up. I don’t really understand this.

If you compare machines with nearly identical spec (have to adjust the ram and HD on the MacBook and the RAM on the pro edition) there is a $690 difference in price. The only real differences are the size of the screen and the Video card. The video card difference is *huge* mind you, an onboard crappy card with no ram vs. an ATI pretty good card with 256 megs of ram.

If you compare the following systems:

MacBook
CPU   Intel Core Duo 2.0 gHz
RAM   2×512
HD   80 gigs @ 5400 rpm
Optical   Superdrive
Firewire   1xFirewire 400
USB   2xUSB2.0
Network   Gigabit Ethernet, 54 mbps wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+
Audio   Combined Optical/minijack line in; combined optical/minijack line out
VGA Output   Optional ($25)
DVI Output   Optional ($25)
Mirroring   Yes
Dual-Display   No
Video   Intel GMA 950 w/ 64 mb (shared with main system)
Screen Resolution   1280×800
Size   1″ x 12.75″ x 9″
Weight   5.2 lbs
Software   Comes with Big Bang Board Games, iLife, Omnioutliner and ComicLife

MacBook
CPU   Intel Core Duo 2.0 gHz
RAM   2×512
HD   80 gigs @ 5400 rpm
Optical   Superdrive
Firewire   1xFirewire 400
USB   2xUSB2.0
Network   Gigabit Ethernet, 54 mbps wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+
Audio   Combined Optical/minijack line in; combined optical/minijack line out
VGA Output   Optional ($25)
DVI Output   Native
Mirroring   Yes
Dual-Display   Yes
Video   ATI x1600 w/ 256 MB Ram
Screen Resolution   1440×900
Size   1″ x 14.1″ x 9.6″
Weight   6.8 lbs
Software   Comes with Photobooth, iLife, Omnioutliner and ComicLife

The differences are actually pretty low. Ignoring the software and the size differences, you are left with the native DVI adapter and the improved graphics card as the only two real differences. This is definitely a big upgrade — but it’s not worth $690.