Scripting News for 7/26/07

Harry Potter wasn’t for me 

But there’s no doubt I’m going to see this movie. πŸ™‚

Synopsis: “Homer Simpson must save the world from a catastrophe he himself created.”

Dumb iPhone question 

I have 250 or so photos on my iPhone.

I want to copy them onto my MacBook hard disk.

How to?

PS: I did read the manual. πŸ™‚

PPS: Answer — launch iPhoto, it will see the iPhone as a camera and offer to retrieve the pictures.

Sun & RSS 

Mike Dillion is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Sun Microsystems. On his blog he says “We’re trying something different…”

He says: “On Monday, we will release our financial information first to the public via our website, RSS feeds and 8-K filing. Then, about 10 minutes later, we will release the information to the traditional private agencies and their paid subscribers.”

Here’s a page listing Sun’s RSS 2.0 feeds.

It’s really cool the way the users, esp in the tech industry, have adopted RSS and used it in innovative new ways.

1826 smoke-free days ago 

On this day five years ago I wrote an open letter to people “who send emails to people quitting smoking that explain how hard it is to quit, and how in all likelihood, you’ll fail.”

I was 42 days into my life as a non-smoker. And I had become a support person in the cause of smoking cessation. I wanted everyone, esp smokers, to know that it’s easy to quit smoking. Because smoking, after the physical dependence is gone, is all in your mind. If you believe it’s easy to quit, it is.

In fact, as I discovered later, it’s easier to not smoke than it is to smoke. You don’t have to go to the store, buy cigarettes, find an ashtray (and keep it empty), find a lighter (and maybe buy a new one when you lose it), light the damn thing and breathe through it for a few minutes. And in 10 minutes or so you have to do it again. All those things you have to remember to do. Much easier to just blow it off.

PS: It’s now 1868 days since I quit. Not one cigarette in all that time. And it gets easier every day. πŸ™‚

14 responses to this post.

  1. Dave,

    After hearing and reading the below question from the iPhone Apple earnings call yesterday afternoon, I wonder if the truth around the iPhone dev STK is that does exist in some form today but it is only available if you are a member of the good ole boys Apple 3rd party network and if you willing to pay big to play.

    I just don’t know why they wouldn’t answer the question either way about currently being payed for placement of vendor services on the main screen of the iPhone.

    How long do they really think they keep this fact a secret?

    The following is from the Apple F3Q07 (Qtr End 6/30/07) Earnings Call Transcript@


    Your next question comes from David Bailey – Goldman Sachs.

    David Bailey – Goldman Sachs

    Good afternoon. In addition to the payments that you’re getting from AT&T, are you receiving any fees from the other vendors that have placement for their services on the main screen of the iPhone?

    Peter Oppenheimer

    David, we don’t discuss the terms of various agreements that we have with vendors and suppliers. I am sorry, we can’t answer that question.

    David Bailey – Goldman Sachs

    So you can’t even answer if you are or if you are not?

    Peter Oppenheimer



  2. Harold, no doubt they have deals with Google for the maps interface and Youtube. They have access to features we don’t have.


  3. Getting the photos should be very simple – plug in your iPhone, iPhoto will pop up, and you can iMport your iPictures πŸ˜‰

    At least that’s how it works for me…


  4. Dave, dock your iPhone and then open up iPhoto. You should have an option within the import function to pull your photos from the iPhone onto the Mac HD.


  5. Posted by Patrick on July 26, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    If iPhoto doesn’t start when you plug in your iphone try kick starting it with the the image capture app in the applications dir.


  6. D’oh!

    I told you it was a dumb question!! πŸ™‚


  7. Yeah, you should totally be able to import into iPhoto, and then export from iPhoto onto your desktop. I wish that iPhoto would just let you drag a “collection” onto your desktop, that would be a lot simpler…


  8. amen brother to the anti smoking campaign. if thats legal, why not weed? which is medisanal.


  9. Jason, I often drag sets of pics from iPhoto to the desktop.

    1) select multiple pics using click and apple-click* or shift-click**
    2) point to a selected pic, mouse down, pause briefly, then drag to desktop

    * apple-click selects discontinuous sets (one here, another over there, etc)
    ** shift-click selects continuous sets (one here, another and all in between)


  10. Harold, Apple (like Mozilla), gets a cut of revenues from searches initiated using the built in search feature of their browser. I’m sure you are right that they are getting paid for placement, probably via a similar revenue share. The opportunities for the maps application are huge. Also, it appears that the youtube app exchanges some sort of unique token with Google’s servers before gaining access to their API and video streams (which isn’t exactly a surprise)


  11. Gee, finally you ask a tech question I could answer — but others beat me to it. πŸ™‚


  12. Dave, it’s not a dumb question at all. If you think about it, you’d intuitively try to use iTunes to move iPhone data. After all, that’s the general synchronization method. I suspect many iPhone owners have this same question…. πŸ™‚


  13. Posted by Ann on July 26, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    love your perspective on the ease of smoking…nicely said. Ann


  14. So I just exported all the photos, but there’s a problem — it loses the dates! (On the files, not inside the files.)

    Ouch. 😦


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