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Archive for October, 2008

Phone-based two-factor authentication for LogMeIn

Posted by onlydarksets on October 27, 2008

I haven’t setup LogMeIn because I’m skittish about security.  PhoneFactor looks like a promising addition to the chain that could alleviate my concerns.  It provides a second-factor authentication (the first being your username/password) by requiring you to answer your phone before it lets you in.  If you (or, more likely, a would-be hacker) don’t have the phone, you can’t get in.

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Handbrake and low volumes

Posted by onlydarksets on October 27, 2008

I’ve been using Handbrake to put the kids’ DVDs on my iPhone.  It’s fast and very accurate, plus it will add the chapters in, which is great for those “I want to watch the scene where ________________ happens!” moments (which are frequent).  However, Handbrake converts the volume at a level that is too low.  The solution is to demux the audio, increase the gain using AACGain, and remux it.  I haven’t tried this yet, so I don’t know if it retains the chapter markings.

EDIT: I should have searched harder.  MP4Box removes the tags, so it will likely scratch the chapter markings.

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Using URL of list item in SharePoint workflows

Posted by onlydarksets on October 24, 2008

This should be more simple than it is.  The short of it is that you need to construct your own URL.  And don’t use spaces in your List names.

This is a link to the <a href=”http://intranet/%5B%LISTNAME:Path%%5D/DispForm.aspx?ID=%5B%LISTNAME:ID%%5D”&gt; list item</a>

The item “intranet” is the path to the root of your SharePoint site – “;

[%LISTNAME:Path%] is the lookup item from the workflow email message builder – “Current Item” (first selection) “Path” (second selection)

[%LISTNAME:ID%] is the lookup item from the workflow email message building – “Current Item” (first selection) “ID” (second selection)

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Market cap? Seriously?

Posted by onlydarksets on October 21, 2008

Why would anyone talk about reduced market cap as an indicator of anything in this market?

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Disable loud beep in Remote Desktop

Posted by onlydarksets on October 15, 2008

Ugh – what a stupid “feature”.  I’m testing some AtomicParsley settings in Remote Desktop, and every time it fails, a ridiculously loud Beep comes out of my local computer.  I’ve muted the speakers and disabled every setting in RD, but it still happens.

Enter the interwebs.  Or, more specifically, a site called

Turns out there is a system device called “Beep”.  Seriously.  Stop it and disable its startup, and the Beep goes away.  You can find it under “Non-Plug and Play Drivers” after enabling “Show Hidden Devices” in the Device Manager.  Full instructions at

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New theme, same blog

Posted by onlydarksets on October 8, 2008

I was having trouble with the header tags (<h2>, etc.) all showing up as the same size with the old theme.  This new one flows the text much better.  See the DTB guide (which I just updated a little bit) for an example.

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Why and How I Jailbroke my iPhone

Posted by onlydarksets on October 6, 2008

Or, “How I Got My iPhone to Do This”:


I finally broke down and jailbroke my iPhone.  My motivation was that June Fabrics developed PdaNet for the iPhone, but it was rejected by the App Store, so they released it on Cydia.  However, once I jailbroke, I found a wealth of apps out there that fill in most of the missing pieces.

Keep reading for the full details.

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The Problem with Pricing for Task apps on the iPhone

Posted by onlydarksets on October 3, 2008

I made a comment about TaskData (an app that syncs tasks directly with Exchange) being overpriced, and the developer, Phillip Zedalis, posted a response stating that he thought it was priced reasonably in relation to the other apps out there.  I actually agree that, relative to the other apps out there, it is priced correctly.  However, I think they are all priced incorrectly, and I wanted to expound on that.

First off, I strongly believe that Task synchronization should be handled by ActiveSync – it’s built into the ActiveSync specification, and Windows Mobile has no trouble doing it. There’s no technical barrier, so this is a business decision by Apple that baffles me, especially since they want to make inroads into the enterprise.

However, wishes are most certainly not horses, so that leaves us with no in-built Task support. Within the myriad of add-on Task apps out there, I see four classes of products:

  1. Those that sync with nothing.
  2. Those that sync with the cloud.
  3. Those that sync with Outlook (desktop client).
  4. Those that sync with Exchange.

Ideally, the leader should set pricing for everyone. In this case, I would consider that to be the best products in the fourth category (of which there is currently one – TaskData). However, pricing was set by the earliest products, which were in the first category. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I think it has artificially raised the prices for all of the Task apps.

The first category (see about 200 apps) is worth no more than $1.99. I don’t care how many bells and whistles it has – if the data is stuck on the phone, the app is of marginal use.

The second category (see Appigo’s Todo) should be priced at $4.99. The power is not in the app – it’s in the cloud. The fact that a different third-party app (would that be “fourth-party”?) allows you to sync to Outlook (which can then sync to Exchange) isn’t a huge justification for its current pricing – for example, what if ToodledoSync ceases being developed?

The third category (see KeyTasks) should be priced at $6.99. Again, the power is in Outlook, and I think a premium is warranted for one-step syncing to your enterprise calendaring/messaging system (OK, it’s really two-step, since Outlook has to sync with Exchange, but that’s a zero cost process).

The fourth category (see, of course, TaskData) should be priced at $9.99. Here, the power is in the app – true one step syncing with Exchange.

So, that leaves Mr. Zedalis with two options:

  1. Accept the current pricing levels, take your premium, and make fewer sales.
  2. Price appropriately, increase sales, and force everyone else to adjust their pricing.

I don’t know the right answer – without access to sales data, it’s not possible to say which is correct, and even then it’s just forecasting. Long term, though, it’s usually option #2. I’m not saying he’ll double sales, but the increase in sales should offset the price difference (and then some). Of course, this is only an academic exercise for me – it’s not my product.

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Move any file from iPhone to desktop via USB

Posted by onlydarksets on October 2, 2008

I found a way to copy a file (from any directory) from a jailbroken iPhone to any computer using the USB sync cable.  After typing this up, I did find one other reference to this process, although it seems to have a couple of extra steps that aren’t necessary (i.e., manzana).

This is handy in a couple of situations:

  1. Where you don’t have wifi (like work), so you can’t SFTP.
  2. Where the file is large (e.g., downloads from MXTube)

You need MobileFinder (or MobileTerminal) installed.  You do not need iTunes installed.  See the steps after the break.

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Key directories on the iPhone

Posted by onlydarksets on October 1, 2008

Another dumping ground – this time for interesting directories in the iPhone file structure:

  • Voicemail: /private/var/mobile/Library/Voicemail/ (source)
  • SMS database: /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS/
  • Camera pix: /private/var/mobile/Media/DCIM
  • NES ROMs: /private/var/mobile/Media/ROMs/NES
  • Cycorder videos: /private/var/mobile/Media/Videos
  • Call history: /private/var/mobile/Library/CallHistory
  • Winterboard themes: /private/Library/Themes (link to /private/var/stash/Themes.xxxxxx)
  • Ringtones: /private/Library/Ringtones (link to /private/var/stash/Ringtones.xxxxxx)

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