Monday, November 30, 2009

New iPhone in development

I just finished reading this article in Wired about the possibility of new iPhone in development. While the specifics on the new phone are nonexistent it does bring up some interesting questions:

- Will this phone finally offer multitasking?
- Will Apple replace Google's in house apps with their own? e.g. Maps, YouTube.
- How will Apple handle customers who want to upgrade their phones?

The last question is probably the most important to me. As a current iPhone 3G user, I was basically barred from upgrading to the iPhone 3GS through a combination of my contract and monthly service fee weren't long/high enough. I'm sure I wasn't the only one.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TortoiseSVN on Windows 7 x64 says svn can't move \tmp\entries corrupted and unreadable

I'm running TortoiseSVN on Windows 7 64-bit and I kept getting an error and fail message "svn can't move \my directory structure\tmp\entries". Then it would say the file or directory was corrupted and unreadable. However I was able to get around this problem a number of times by doing another SVN update.

It turns out there is a problem with Windows 7 64-bit, TortoiseSVN and anti-virus scanners. If you shut your anti-virus scanner off everything works just fine.

In my case I'm running Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), which of course doesn't have a shutdown option. To shutdown MSE you have to go into Windows Services and select "Stop" to manually shutdown Microsoft Antimalware Service.

Good times.

Windows 7 Tricks

I found this link earlier today for Windows 7 tricks: 20 top tips and tweaks from Computerworld.

Most of the time I don't find these tips useful, however this time I did find a few:

1. Use hidden international wallpapers and themes. By browsing to C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT any Windows 7 user can find hidden international themes. Instead of installing the individual themes from Great Britain, Canada, South Africa, Australia, etc. I just copied the images to a new folder called "International" and created my own theme.

2. Power efficiency report. This hidden tool built into Windows 7 was very cool. I ran it on my laptop which has Windows 7 Ultimate and now I just need to interpret the results and make advanced changes to my power options.

3. Added Search the Internet to the Start Menu. Vista had this set by default but Windows 7 doesn't. I knew it was in the Group Editor so this just reminded me to make the change. Go to the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > and then activate "Add Search Internet link to Start Menu".

4. Speeding up the display of thumbnails on the taskbar. This was another cool little tweak only now made in the registry - more for looks than anything else. Launch the Registry Editor (regedit), go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse, double click MouseHoverTime and change the default value to less than the default 400 milliseconds.