Tag Archives: Mac

Kemptville Flooding Panorama

I put together a panoramic picture of the flooding of Curry Park on the Kemptville Creek. I used an application called Hugin.

Panoramic view of the flooding of Kemptville Creek near Curry Park in 2008

Panoramic view of the flooding of Kemptville Creek near Curry Park in 2008

There is an add-on application for Hugin called autopano which made short work of calculating all of the stitch points for the panorama. The only problem with autopano is there isn’t a pre-compiled OS X version so I started putting together the panorama on my Windows XP box. That was fine until it came time to produce the final panorama file as for some reason, the enblend application kept crashing on my Windows XP box.

To get around that I took the autopano generated project file and moved over to the iBook to produce the final result. Not too bad for the first time using the Hugin application and the first time I’ve made a panoramic photo. Next I’ll have to figure out how to re-balance the colours so that it’s not obvious it’s stitched together. ;)

Downloading Photos from Audiovox 8910 on a Mac

I’m trying to figure out an easier way to download pictures from my Audiovox 8910 camera phone. BitPim works well but it’s a bit of a pain in the butt and overkill for what I want to do. Ideally I’d like to have something that would allow me to just plug in the phone and grab pictures, much like a standard USB camera. It shouldn’t be too difficult since there are already examples on the Apple developer website. I think I can put a lot of it together but it’s just a matter of figuring out how to do it. Time for a lot of reading on how OS X works I guess. ;)

Safari CSS and what ivany.org looks like

CSS drop shadow effect

CSS drop shadow effect

I discovered today that Safari is one of the only browsers that supports the text shadow attribute in CSS. I found that sort of odd. Since few people use Safari (it’s the Mac OS X default browser so if you don’t have a Mac you can’t use it) I figured I’d show you all what part of this site layout looks like to me. In case you are curious, the following is how I created the shadow:

h1, h2, h3 {
font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Arial, Sans-Serif;
text-shadow: #111 2px 2px 2px;
font-weight: bold;

Canadian Revenue Agency Rejects Macintosh Safari Browser

Well this sucks. I just tried to access the online tool on the CRA website so I could update my address. Turns out they don’t “support” Safari: My Account – Notice to Macintosh Safari users. That’s sort of silly. The warning I got was that it’s an Apple problem and not a CRA problem. This sucks. I tried Firefox and (gasp) IE but both of those crashed when trying to access the site after it did some Java check.


Audiovox 8910, BitPim, OS X and downloading pictures

Well, I finally got my USB data cable for my Audiovox 8910 cellphone. I had ordered it a while back through eBay. $10USD shipped. That’s a lot better than the $99.99CAD+tax that the Bell Store wanted for it.

Anyhoo, of course what’s the first thing I want to do? DOWNLOAD PICTURES! hehe. What else?

I tried at first to just connect it to my iBook but that didn’t seem to get me anywhere. I managed to find the BitPim application that has executables for Windows, Linux and OS X! I did get a little worried though when I saw they don’t support the Audiovox 8910. Oh No!

Now I had problems getting it to work on the iBook. I gave up and went to the XP box and had even more trouble. Finally I managed to find MAU108’s (& blu3ad3pt1’s) site which had a link to a newer version of the Curitel drivers. Once I started using those on the XP box everything started to work!

I got curious then and went back to the iBook. For some reason now it just worked. I’m not sure if this is because I was originally doing everything wrong or if it had something to do with getting it to work on the WinXP box. I had installed some ProlificUSBtoSerial driver I found on thephonemall.net and that might have been what allowed it all to work. I’m not sure because I deleted that driver and it still works. Maybe there’s something left over on the iBook from that driver install.

Anyhoo,it’s all good now! I can download all the stupid pictures I take with my camera phone now.