How to Remote Desktop on Mac OS 10.5 Leopard to Windows 7

I do a lot of my work on my MacBook Pro and occasionally I need to access resources, files, or check something on my home desktop which is running Windows 7. One solution is to use VNC, which is great, but I rather install as few software on the machines as possible. Previously on Windows XP, it was really easy to enable Remote Desktop. On Windows 7 and Windows Vista, the way to enable Remote Desktop is a bit more buried in the newly redesigned Control Panel. I struggled with it for a bit, searching Microsoft’s support site, I came about the post to my answer. So here’s how you can connect from a Mac OS 10.5 Leopard machine to a Windows 7 machine via Remote Desktop.

Configure Windows 7

These directions are copied verbatim from the Microsoft site and reprinted here for future reference. These directions will work for Windows Vista also.

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security (System and Maintenance on Vista), and then clicking System.
  2. In the left pane, click Remote settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Select one of the “allow” options under Remote Desktop. For more information about these options, see What types of Remote Desktop connections should I allow? [Note: To be able to Remote Desktop into a Windows 7 machine from a Mac, you need to select “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure).]
  4. Click Select Users.
  5. In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.
  6. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do one or more of the following:
    • To specify the search location, click Locations.
    • To specify the types of objects (user names) that you want to search for, click Object Types.
    • In Enter the object names to select, type the user name that you want to search for.
  7. When you find the correct name, click OK. The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.

Connect via the Mac

Make sure you’ve installed either Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Client for the Mac or CoRD, which is what I use. I’ve used both, but I prefer CoRD for its simplicity and easier GUI.

Type in the IP Address or computer name and connect.

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What I Learned Today: iPhone and Water Don’t Mix

You know how there are warnings about water and the iPhone, like they don’t play well together. Some people seem to have similar issues. Looks like Dan and me are doing the same iPhone stress test. The only difference is that when I walked out of the San Francisco Apple Store, it wasn’t with a 16GB iPhone, but rather a new 8GB iPhone 3G. Continue reading What I Learned Today: iPhone and Water Don’t Mix

WordPress iPhone Native App

The new WordPress iPhone Native App sadly does not work with WordPress MU if you use the domain mapping option. It only works for the main website. It won’t connect to any other domain mapped website. The problem has to do with the way we are doing domain mapping and how it affects XML-RPC.

Shure E2C-N, premium ear buds: An In Depth Review

The set of ear buds that you receive packaged with the Apple iPhone leaves things to be desired for sounds quality and comfort. So not long after getting the iPhone, I began looking for a great pair of ear buds; something that produced clear, crisp, and natural highs and mids and good solid deep lows. I’ve read quite a number of reviews on the Shure and they seem to be a popular choice.

It’s not easy to find good ear buds that also work with the iPhone because of the recessed headphone jack. Unfortunately the Shure E2C-N are not “iPhone compatible”. You can use the Shure with the iPhone, but the ear bud jack has to be inserted a certain way. This makes it a pain-in-the-ass to use because if you accidentally touch the jack, you lose sound because the contacts lose connection. To fix this, you have to strip off some of the excess plastic covering around the jack.

Build Quality

shure-e2c-n-apple-iphoneI purchased the Shure E2C-N at an AT&T store for $99. The first thing I noticed about the Shure E2C-N is how well built these ear buds are. The wires are twice as thick as the stock iPhone ear buds. Even the Shure drivers are almost twice as big as the Apple’s! From feel alone, you can definitely tell where some of the $99 goes towards.

While the wires are nice and hefty, they are a bit on the long side. I’m 5 feet 8 inches and I wear my iPhone at my belt and I found I had to put a good 2 inches of wire into my pocket to keep it from dangling in front of me. Many people would agree that the Apple ear buds are just about perfect length, just long enough to keep the wire from dangling everywhere.

Another major drawback with the E2C-N is the lack of a hands free microphone that comes standard with the Apple iPhone ear buds. Some people may not use the hands free, but I find it incredible convenient when I’m listening to music and someone calls; I can take the call and then go back to listening to my music, all without taking off my ear buds.

Comfort and Fit

If you have never worn in-ear ear buds before (I never had), it takes a bit getting used to. The idea of sticking some plastic and rubber deep into your ear canal is a bit unnerving. But to truly effective and “sound-isolating”, it has to tightly close off the ear canal so that nothing interferes with the sound and you hearing it.

shure-e2c-n-apple-iphone.jpgPutting the Shure EC2-N on isn’t as quick or easy as the stock Apple ear buds; you don’t just stick it in the opening of your ear. The Shure goes on a specific way; first the inner ear tube and then the driver follows behind to create an additional seal. I highly recommend that you use the smallest available foam coverings on the ear tube first, as in most cases you’ll find it is the optimal fit.

Long term wear is definitely very uncomfortable. I found I was getting headaches because the Shure was putting pressure on my inner ear and it made it very difficult to enjoy the music. I also noticed a higher level of ear wax buildup when wearing the Shures.

Another thing worth mentioning is something that has been brought up numerous of times: the rubbing sound. Because the wires are thick and the ear buds provide such a high level of sound isolation, when you walk or run the wires rubbing against your shirt cause a vibration sound that can get quite annoying quite quickly. There is no real way to remedy this problem other than to minimize the wires from rubbing against your clothes. This is the same idea behind using two Styrofoam cups tied together with a string end to end. When you pull it tight and talk into one Styrofoam cup, the other person with the other Styrofoam can hear you.

One last quip I have about the ear bud jacks is the way the jack is shaped: L shaped rather than straight. It may not bother many people, but it does bother me.

Sound Quality

The Shure E2C-N sound amazing. The mids and highs sound lifelike, but the lows leave something to be desired. I tried adjusting bass boost on the iPhone’s EQ but that didn’t help much. The sound isolation works very, very well. I commuteshure-e2c-n-apple-iphone2.jpg via BART (underground subway) and the echo sound of the train flying through the subway tunnels makes it difficult to concentrate. With the Shure E2C-N, outside noises are “canceled” by at least 40%. Keep in mind that sound isolating is completely different from noise cancellation. Noise cancellation technology uses software to block unwanted sounds and in some cases, introduce additional “artifacts”, such as buzzing, to your music.

The Shure E2C-N are great if you primarily listen to vocal, acoustic, or classical music. You’ll be sorely disappointed if you listen to rock and rap with these ear buds.

Recommendation

Are the Shure E2C-N worth it? Yes and no, it depends. The sound quality is great but lacking in bass. It isolates a lot of outside noises but is very uncomfortable to wear for short of long periods of time. The build quality is excellent, but the ear bud jack doesn’t fit correctly with the iPhone, but will work great with the iPods.

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MacBook Air at the Burlingame Apple Store

So I finally got a chance to see the MacBook Air live in person at the Burlingame Apple Store and the pictures definitely do not do it justice. I’ve seen the unveiling over at TUAW and various pics on the net, but it’s definitely something to see it in person. It is amazing small and beautiful.

MAMP: Mac, Apache, MySQL, PHP

Introduction

Before my friend introduced me to MAMP (Mac + Apache + MySQL + PHP), I wasn’t really able to do much web producing commuting to work. I was limited to making site mockups using Adobe Photoshop CS2 and some basic coding, but I couldn’t actually make the pages until I had internet connection so I could upload my test site to the sandbox.

Then came along MAMP, an all-in-one application for Mac OS X that allows you to locally host a web server! This was fantastic because now I can develop, hard code, check changes, and make all the changes I want without having an internet connection. It also lets me test run PHP codes or scripts that may be unstable and vulnerable without risking the web server.

How To Install

Installing and configuring MAMP is very, very easy.

  1. Download the latest copy of MAMP from the MAMP website. After it is done downloading, double click the downloaded file to unzip the contents.
  2. Drag the MAMP folder into the Applications folder.
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  3. Once MAMP has completed copying into the Applications folder, you can find the executable at Applications>MAMP>MAMP.
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  4. When you start it up, you’ll notice two things will appear: (1) the MAMP admin panel and (2) http://localhost:8888/MAMP/?language=English loaded into your default web browser.
  5. From the admin panel you can stop and start the Apache and MySQL servers.
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  6. Your default web url is http://localhost:8888/ and your public folder is located (by default) at Applications>MAMP>htdocs. So anything that is placed within the htdocs folder will appear at http://localhost:8888/. Please note that this web address is local only and others will not be able to see it or the contents even if your computer is connected to the internet. I’ve seen where some people have mistakingly thought that MAMP can be used as a live web server. No, this was only designed to allow people to work locally.
  7. To change the default location of what folder will be the web folder, in MAMP, go to the menu bar and select Preferences and then select the Apache tab. Enter or select a new location.
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