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ExpressCard Media Card Reader for MacBook Pro

I recent­ly pur­chased this from eBay: adapterbest. Works pret­ty good.

This thing is tiny. I almost for­got what I pur­chased as the pack­age that came from HK was pret­ty small.

Here are some specs:

  • Sup­port ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slot
  • Sup­port SDHC for­mat
  • Sup­port mul­ti­ple flash cards:
    • With­out adapter: SDHC, SD, MMC, MMC­plus, M.S., M.S. PRO and xD
    • With adapter (NOT includ­ed): microSD, min­iSD, MMC­mo­bile, RSMMC, M.S. Duo, M.S. PRO Duo
  • Rugged and reli­able stain­less steel cov­er
  • Size: 34.2 mm x 75 mm x 5 mm
  • Sup­port Win­dows 2000 and XP, and Mac 10.4 and above

PS. Here’s how it looks inject­ed into the slot.

iPhone 3G SMS Text Not Working

After 7‑hours of hard work (stand­ing in-line and being back at my pad from Apple Store Emeryville), the SMS Tex­ting fea­ture on my iPhone 3G does­n’t seem to work. At first, I thought it was an iPhone 3G issue.

Since open­ing the box, and acti­vat­ing ate with Genius Hugh’s help, it has­n’t been shut­down at all. So I tried re-pow­er­ing it think­ing that it might solve the issue and have SMS updat­ed and turned on. That did­n’t work.

The next step I then took was to call 611 and fil­tered on to iPhone sup­port. After about 30-min­utes of hold time I was final­ly able to get through and talk to a tech. Sec­onds lat­er, I was told that it pos­si­bly is on AT&T’s side and was trans­ferred to the AT&T After-hours Sup­port Line 866–801-3600

Please wait…

That’s the first thing that I got from an auto­mat­ed answer­ing machine Op (as if I haven’t wait­ed enough). Any­ways, the tech sup­port per­son was able to review it and it seems that the SMS plan acti­va­tion nev­er made it, even though it says I have/am on for the 1500 month­ly plan.

That did it regard­less. So, I hope this helps out peo­ple who hap­pen to be in the same boat.

MacBook/Pro — Disable Wake on Lid Open

It seems like the cur­rent Soft­ware Update nul­li­fied my tweak (YMMV). I think this might be help­ful as most of the results showed only how to “dis­able sleep when the lid is closed” vs. dis­abling wake on lid open.

Any­ways, to do so, do the fol­low­ing in your Ter­mi­nal (Appli­ca­tion > Util­i­ties > Terminal.app):

Check cur­rent state (i.e. “lid­wake”):

$ pmset -g

Dis­able it:

$ sudo pmset -a lidwake 0

Or put it back to nor­mal (re-enable):

$ sudo pmset -a lidwake 1

Check the cur­rent state again to ver­i­fy (i.e. “pmset ‑g”). You should­n’t have to restart. I hope that helps. Would’ve saved me a cou­ple of min­utes for sure.

Skitch’in It

Skitch

I final­ly got to check out what all the talk is about with Skitch.

Skitch.com + Skitch = fast and fun image shar­ing.

Skitch.com is a web­ser­vice that works hand in hand with our appli­ca­tion Skitch to give you 1‑click upload­ing of images for fast and fun image shar­ing.

Cur­rent­ly, I use Paparazzi to take screengrabs/screenshots of sites/design I feel inter­est­ing. Before get­ting my Mac­Book Pro, I used a Fire­fox plu­g­in called Screen­grab.

Mean­while, my first impres­sion of Skitch in adding it to my work­flow of doc­u­ment­ing sites/design snip­pets is pret­ty good. The auto upload fea­ture to Flickr alone is good. I just hope it pro­vides anoth­er fea­ture, well a cou­ple:

  • Tags, Title, and Descrip­tion dia­logue/in­put-box
  • and a way to just spec­i­fy a URL so Skitch can take a screen­shot of the actu­al page itself

With the lat­ter, what I am try­ing to say is that cur­rent­ly, I still use Paparazzi to grab the actu­al web­page, and then “copy (the) image” into Skitch’s can­vas to upload it to Flickr; at least I haven’t found out a way for Skitch can do it auto­mat­i­cal­ly as I’ve only spent 10-min­utes on it so far.

Any­ways, Skitch is pro­vid­ing to be bet­ter than I expect­ed; espe­cial­ly when I need to do snip­pets vs whole web­pages. I guess the only appli­ca­tion I can com­pare it is with ScrnShots.com’s tool, Scrn­Shot Desk­top. How­ev­er, I would give point to Skitch as it can just upload to your Flickr account and oth­ers, while you’re just stuck with hav­ing it Scrn­Shots (respec­tive­ly).

PS. I do give a point to ScrnShots.com’s tool as it work with Win­dows as well.