Nice Wallpaper Sites

I started looking for Mac Wallpapers, then got sidetracked on “Windows 7” (codename for new Windows version that will follow Vista) and wallpapers for it, and then found these sites which have some nice Mac wallpapers:

I also saw on the same site so Dual Screen wallpapers, which are pretty nice too:

And here’s another dual screen wallpaper site:


Treo 755p Error with Exchange

I have a Palm Treo 755p with Sprint service. It was setup with my work email and a couple of IMAP personal accounts. I then started to get the error “SSL Error: No trusted root. Update certificate authority list.” Then if you click on “details” on the error, it says AirSAMStateMachine.c 1913 14721

I remember having this error before, and thought I would post what fixed it in case anyone else can use it. My work doesn’t have a self signed security certificate but it is a certificate that I guess isn’t trusted by Palm’s Versamail natively.

I forum post that was very useful was:

Basically you need to download copies of the security certificate from IE or your favorite browser and then use the Palm Certificate Modification Tool (link in forum post above) to make those certificates into a .pdb file that will get installed on the Treo.
This fixed the error for me.
One thing I did run into, since I mentioned that I already did this process in the past, is that the file generated by the Palm Certificate Modification tool already existed on on the Treo. So I had to use a utility called FileZ to remove the existing file called “CertMgr.db” from my Treo. A gotcha is however, you cannot remove this file by default as it’s in-use. So  you need to restart the Treo by taking out the battery, press and hold the “up” direction on the directional pad and re-insert the battery. This starts the Treo in basically a “safe-mode”, which you can then start FileZ and delete the “CertMgr.db” file. After you do that, restart the Treo by pulling/replacing the battery again. Then go through the process of hotsyncing the file created by the Palm Certificate Tool and then you’d should be all set.

I’m a Mac… and I’m a PC

I found this post over at Market Circle’s Blog, who are the creators of my current favorite Mac program called Billings 3. It is an awesome time billing and invoicing program for the Mac, and at a great price. I use it for sending invoices for any consulting that I do.

Here’s a snippet from their blog, which I though had some great links/points.

We’ve all seen the hilarious commercials from Apple, putting the PC up against the ever-so-cool Mac. Obviously we know which platform is superior, but not everybody does.

When we were asked to do an interview with Softpedia on “Switching to Mac”, we didn’t hesitate. Were always available to help users switch over to the Mac community.

The interview highlights the reasons we began on the Mac platform – and why we’ve stayed with it. Alykhan Jetha, our CEO, points out why the Mac is so powerful and stable – and how it will save your company time.

If you’re exploring the possibilities of switching, take a look at the interview, as well as Apple’s page on Why you’ll love a Mac.

Replacing Dependency on WinXP with Mac Software!

The more and more I use my new Mac, the more software I seem to find that replaces the software that I was using on WinXP that I thought I could never live without.

Here’s a few of them:
1Password = I was an avid user of Roboform to help autofill my web passwords and web forms. They hint on their forum that they are making Roboform for the Mac, however currently they do not. So that’s how I found out about 1Password. So far, it works almost identical to Roboform, autofills very well and get this- it even imports from Roboform! That’s been a smooth transition I must say.
Office 2008 for Mac = I must say that I do like Outlook. When I moved to Outlook 2007 for windows awhile ago, it was different than the older versions but I loved it. Since my work has Exchange, Outlook is a necessary tool (especially for email and calendars). So at first glance after I installed Office 2008 on my mac, which includes Entourage 2008 (Mac’s version of Outlook), I must say I had a love/hate feeling with it. It’s quite a bit different when you first look at it however most if not all features are there (at least the ones that I commonly use). Even more surprising is that you don’t need to VPN into work since Entourage 2008 uses OWA for most of the communication. Now to browse the Global Address Book at work, you’ll need to have VPN or be inside their network, but everything else, Email, Calendars, Shared Calendars, etc seem to work fine, all without VPN hassles.
Adium = On my Windows PC, I’ve been using Trillian for a long time. Adium has totally stepped in and replaced Trillian for me and it works just as great, if not better.
VMware Fusion = For the occasional program that I don’t have a mac version “replacement” yet, Fusion allows you to run Windows inside a Virtual Machine. The most impressive feature that I’ve been using a lot is called “unity”. This allows you to start Windows programs (that have been installed in the Windows virtual machine) right on your Mac desktop (including minimizing that application/window to the Mac icon bar at the bottom of the screen, just like a Mac program).
iTunes = I love iTunes ability to manage my music efficiently with a nice clean interface. I’ve even recommended iTunes to family and non-tech friends, and they have no problems organizing their music.

Start of Blog – Received new Mac!

Well, who would have thought. Especially after years of being a “PC user”, I’m now a Mac user. I received my MacBook Pro today that I bought off of ebay.  So far its awesome. It is amazing how well things work on the mac, especially peripherals that on a PC would normally require drivers, installation, etc. For example, I have a Microsoft Wireless Presenter mouse. It’s a great mouse. I plugged in the mouse receiver into my new MacBook Pro and just like that it started working. All features of the mouse work without having to install any software. Same goes for my external USB drive. Plugged it in, and there it is. It even asks if I want to use the external drive for my Time Machine backup (Mac’s built in backup feature).

There will most likely be a learning curve, however I’m also installing VMware Fusion which will let me run Windows XP on the Mac in case I need it (for programs or whatever). I’ll let you know how it goes!