Recently I have been playing with the apple’s Macbook OSX default email client. For all of my needs and inclusion of alternate email providers, I have found that I have no real problem. Its easily ingests both my private ISP as well as my Gmail and alternate email clients with no problem.
What I have found though is that the ability to hold and store smart HTML signature blocks within this default email client is some what of a pain. The strength of imeersiveness of the apple environment can sometimes be what makes the simple tasks somewhat troublesome.
Basically what I was trying to do was have a specific HTML signature assigned to one of my email clients that presented useful and professional detail to my clients and customers. Now you all would think that this is a piece of cake. Well it was and it wasn’t.
To my delight. In the end I found a brilliant web post
The detail and information provided by the author is outstanding, and as a user of the iCloud and iCloud drive, I had to pay special attention, and follow the instruction detailed throughout step 5. The real problem that I was finding is that as a user of the iCloud service my ubiquitous mail signature that disperses itself across all of my apple products was actually hidden from me. So the signature block that I was updating was never being saved and overwritten everytime I reopened the mail app. Once I found this file by using the method described on this handy web page. The problem was solved and I was one Happy Camper.
So Ladies and Gents, If you ever find yourself in need to make a specific and useful signature block using the OS X default client, please have a look at this handy little summation. It will save you a truck load of time.
If you like me always pondered why such an amazing service and application as “Plex” was not standard by default on an Apple TV, well keep on wondering, but in the mean time follow these steps to install the functionality. It really is what we have all been after for so long without having to jailbreak an Apple product.
What you will need:
Media Server running Plex media Centre (mine is Windows 7 as an operating system), Process also details OSX and Linux.
All of your legal media stored on your Media Server
Apple TV 2 or 3
Wifi or ethernet connected LAN.
Once agin the information to achieve this great service is very well documented. I will simply point you too the best and easiest to follow instruction.
Go to the following link and have a quick read: https://blog.plex.tv/2013/06/04/introducing-plexconnect-an-appletv-client-which-thinks-different/
Now go to an even better link to get your goodies: PlexConnect GitHub From here you will be able to gather everything you will need to roll out PlexConnect your Apple TV and Media Server.
Follow the installation guide step by step (This one is for windows specifically): Installation Guide and downloads
The only real thought that had to be given was when developing the permission and trusted certificates for the windows machine to use. This involved downloading the Python version recommended. I pulled down 2.7.8. Remember PlexConnect is only running when the PlexConnect.py application is running. So when you have completed all steps you will need to ensure that this service is running by simply clicking on it.
Following this I had to generate the certificates for windows to use. The link that I am providing here shows exactly what needs to be typed: Windows Certificate Generation
Now setup the DNS (to point towards your static address IP Media Server address) It is important that you have set this up to be static through your modem etc and therefore allows your Apple TV to always point back to the correct location of your media server and your media files.
Now sweet up the certificates and profile on your Apple TV following this link: Certificates for Apple TV
Handy tip: Make sure that your PlexConnect.py service is running here or the apple tv will not be capable of setting up the profile.
You are almost there now. With all of the above complete. Go o the Trailers icon on you Apple TV and guess what, your Plex library will be displayed and ready for you to watch and enjoy.
Just a cruise ship playing the seven nation army
Well I finally got my hands on one of the new breed of MacBook Airs on offer from Apple.The new Haswell processor kicking in with a simple i5 with 4GB Ram with a slightly up revved solid state drive to 256 GB will do me for now. Please don’t forget that this is my first entry into the world of Mac. I have always been a PC boy and feel very comfortable in that ecosystem. Also purchased was a USB Optical drive and some ethernet adaptors and HDMI output leads. Also just added Microsoft Office for Mac as well, just to cover off on my need to have something familiar with me as I go forward.
First thing that I loved was the weight and speed of the unit. Boot time is fantastic and being solid state the lack of noise and heat was very very noticeable to me.
Once in I did the obligatory install of Office, set up my email, downloaded my favourite web browsers. Not that there is anything wrong with Safari, its just that I am far more comfortable with Chrome etc etc.Spent the next 6 hours learning how to drive around and use the OSX environment, which is quite different that that of the good old windows environment.
Now I bought some of my work files over which primarily consist of Office documents, presentations and project and Visio files. This is where the I experienced a little bit of regret with regards to the the supportability of microsoft project and visio vsd files. There seems to be no support at all. If someone out there knows of something please let me know.
T combat this I used the BootCamp capability that the Mac offers allowing me to install as a partition and then allow me to boot into either OSX orWindows as I wish. The process took me a little while to get correct as I had to make an iso image of windows 7 and then add the apple support software to this to make and install disk on a thumb drive. For some reason I was unable to do this by simply adding a install disk and downloading the support files as Bootcamp first suggested.
I simply allocated 60GB to the partition and installed windows 7 Ultimate and Office 2013, Chrome, an antivirus package and microsoft project and Visio. This simple install only consumes about 20GB of space but does allow me to access, manipulate and complete all of my files as required. I was very impressed that I could see both sets of documents and files on the Mac and Windows side and was capable of simple cutting and pasting or copying data from one to the other very easily.
Now that I have my work needs covered I made the decision to stay in the Mac world as much as possible, and I did this by ensuring that I boot into OSX and not windows. All of my mail and clients are represented on the OSX side and not the windows side and all of my shortcuts and useful links are only associated with the OSX platform and have not been replicated on the windows side.
Screen and Battery life are outstanding with the benchmark of 12 hours use being surpassed by me not wanting to put it down and learning more and more as I went along. As I have previously posted I started to move away from the apple products with my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 purchase. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that the Samsung device is superior to the Iphone 5, but in the world of laptops this Macbook Air outstrips the Samsung Ultrabook equivalent just for now.
Heres looking forward to more competition in the technology arena, because out of the backend of these advances comes great products at reasonable prices for us the consumer to use.
Well I finally did it. I weighed up the options and decided to step away from my beloved IPhone and give the Android ecosystem a go. Well that’s not the full story, I have always had an android tablet but it had consistently played second favourite to my IPad.
To enter into this environment I wanted something that I thought would be a game changer, and I found it with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This hardware and size of interface intrigued me and after examining the device for approximately 30 minutes, I took the plunge. That was 2 months ago and guess what I have no regrets.
The device is fantastic and the android environment really did not leave me feeling as though I was missing out on goodies. This was an issue a few years back when I would always compare my IOS environment to the developing Android equivalent.
The note 2 4G version came pre installed with 2 years of Navigon GPS use and updates, and believe it has been well worth it. I even played around having Google maps and Navigon running at the same time. Google maps is very helpful, but Navigon is a dedicated application that is up to date and functions extremely well.
There is so much that I am learning with this device but after many years of existing within the apple environment the biggest and best difference that I found was my ability to have flexibility in loading video and music. Yes people NO MORE ITUNES. I have fallen back in love with the simple drag and drop, and there it is ready to play for me. I know it sounds silly but it was a breath of fresh air.
anyway I shall do some more playing around and update posts when I can. I am sure there is a lot more that I ma going to say about the power and usefulness of this device and its ecosystem, but all in good time. stand by for more updates to follow.