iTunes 5.0.1.4 Released

UPDATE 9/28/05!!!! A re-ran the installer, ran REPAIR, and the issues I was having have cleared up. Truly, truly bizarre.

Apple has released an update to iTunes (full install + Quicktime) (or Update Only here) this morning, which is supposed to fix some of the issues people have been having with iTunes 5.

Hmm… encountered a couple of issues while installing this update. You may want to hold off.

  1. Got an error that my CD and DVD Burning Drivers are missing, due to the fact that I might have other burning software on my computer. That’s odd.
  2. iTunes made me close out AOL Instant Messenger and a Konfabulator Weather widget to install.

The registry settings used by the iTunes drivers for importing and burning CDs and DVDs are missing. This can happen as a result of installing other CD burning software. Please reinstall iTunes.

Okay, if you say so. Reinstalling…

Hmm, still getting the CD/DVD Driver error. Nothing’s changed on my computer since installing 5.0. Downgrading doesn’t work either. Crap. I’ll have to forgo CD Burning til Apple issues an update, I suppose. This sucks. Not happy. This is the first time I’ve had issues with an iTunes install.

Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium

I upgraded to Adobe Creative Suite 2 here at work last week. Pretty flawless install other than the fact that I had upgraded from Adobe Creative Suite Premium, and the install of CS2 made Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional “forget” its serial number. Not sure if this is a widespread problem, or not. To fix the problem, I am removing the existing install from my system, and reinstalling Acorbat off of the CS2 disks…

Brand New Toys

Kim and I broke down today and bought a new digital camera, and DVD Camcorder in preparation of the birth of our son. We both wanted to get something that would last us for a while. So, we settled on a Konica Minolta DiMage Z6 – 6.0MP Digital Camera, and a Panasonic VDR-M53 DVD Camcorder. Pretty cool stuff )

We chose these two gadget based on cost, and features. The DiMAGE Z6 features a 12× Optical zoom, 4× Digital zoom; 6.0 effective megapixels, and a bunch of other features. The Panasonic VDR-M53 writes direct to mini-DVD discs, and also support Secure Digital Cards for taking still photos.

Once we use them a bit more I will try to review both products a little further.

More Thoughts on Basecamp

Just realized that I am second only to Jason Fried in the number of posts I have made over in the Basecamp forums. Maybe I visit it too much? I dunno. Basecamp has really struck a cord with me. It’s one of those sort of apps that you either love or hate. I for one can easily say – the $50/month we spend on Basecamp is more than worth the expense.

We’ve used Basecamp full-time as our Project Management app of choice. Before, we used an Excel spreadsheet and Outlook to keep track of projects. There was no centralized place for information related to our projects. All that has changed now. Now, I can log in from work or home and get contact information for clients; check on updates on projects; review files and messages that have been posted; review the workload of co-workers; and so very much more. I’ve said it once before, and I will say it again, Basecamp helps us work better. It helps us stay on top of information. It helps us communicate better. It improves our organization.

I say these things because I feel that strongly about Basecamp. I know I sound like a fanboy, but I don’t really care. Basecamp is that good. If your business/organization is looking for a better way to manage projects – please consider Basecamp. It might just be the best business decision you’ve ever made.


ESV Daily Light on the Daily Path

UPDATE 9/30: Welcome ESV Blog Readers!

A couple of days ago, I emailed the webmaster over at Good News Publisher/Crossway Books about the availability of an RSS feed for the “Daily Light on the Daily Path” devotional they have available online (and in print). I’m happy to report that as of this morning, an RSS feed is now available.

How is that for awesome customer service? (Thank you, Stephen!)

I have absolutely loved reading the ESV Bible – because I can enjoy it online (via http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/) or offline (via my Reformation Study Bible or Classic Thinline).

Good News & Crossway has made accessing the Bible easy and convenient, and I sincerely thank them for that.

PowerServe is Ready to Grow

Due to company growth, PowerServe International is looking to a full time employee to expand its core development group. Our developers work on both existing Web-based products and help to develop new applications to meet client specifications.

We are looking for someone who has current experience developing Web-based database-driven systems using ASP and MS SQL Server technologies. 1 – 3 years of related, relevant and recent experience is preferred.

If you’re an web developer looking to be more than just a cog in the wheel, please check us out!

We are looking for:

We are looking for…
Proficiency developing applications with Microsoft Active Server Pages
Proficiency developing applications :

  • Ability to design and manage relational databases using MS SQL server, MS Access and MySQL
  • Ability to program to specifications with a high degree of accuracy
Strong problem solving and organizational skills
Ability to work in a fast paced environment as a team player while meeting deadlines
Ability to work under minimal supervision
Required Skills
Proficiency in ASP, VBScript and Javascript
Experience with SQL Server, MySQL and MS Access
Additional desired skills:
ASP.NET, COM/DCOM, ADO, XML, Crystal Reports
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/related field preferred.

At this time we are not considering candidates for sponsorship or relocation; candidates must be both local and eligible to work in the United States.

Salary commensurate with experience and skill level

About PowerServe:
PowerServe, based in Augusta, Georgia, is a leading provider of custom software solutions for middle market companies. PowerServe works with their clients to identify opportunities for business applications to make real and measurable gains in the bottom line of their businesses. The combination of business and technology expertise equips PowerServe to design, build, integrate and support our solutions quickly and cost effectively. Learn more at www.powerserve.net.
PowerServe offers competitive salaries, benefits and an awesome group of people to work with! If you’re an web developer looking to be more than just a cog in the wheel, please check us out!
Send your resume to jpartl@powerserve.net

Microsoft Office 12 UI Unveiled

Closeup of Microsoft Word 12 UI

Microsoft just unveiled the new UI to Office 12, and I’ve got to say: it is a huge departure from previous interfaces.

The new UI – the most dramatic change to the way Office applications work since introduction of the toolbar in 1997 – will help users become more proficient with Office and produce better-looking documents faster.

I like the smooth look of the interface. Things are organized a lot better, though the area devoted to toolbars seems pretty tall… not really an issue with most people’s screens having higher resolutions these days. I love the shading and shadows… Nice work Microsoft… can’t wait to see more.

Read more about the new Office UI…

Office 12 Word Screenshot
Office 12 PowerPoint Screenshot
Office 12 PowerPoint Screenshot
Office 12 Access Screenshot