Sleeve For The 13 Inch MacBook Air

Last week, I ordered the Fug, a black laptop sleeve for my 13 inch MacBook Air from Crumpler.com. Well, it finally arrived tonight. I tried it the moment I got my hands on it. The fit is absolutely perfect. It’s snug, not too tight, not too loose. I would heartily recommend this laptop sleeve to anyone who owns the new 2010 13 inch MacBook Air. It’s worth the $40 + tax I paid for this product.

Shipping took about 7 days, and that includes over the weekend. I ordered the Fug last Thursday night, and showed up in my place tonight. In addition, I received a free gift from Crumpler. It’s a small red camera bag. I think it’s the ‘1 Million Dollar Home’ which sells for about $45. But, I’m not sure if it’s the one, since it’s a slight different design. Nevertheless, it’s a free bag courtesy of Crumpler.com.

Just to let you know, I spent a good portion of last week looking for perfect sleeve for my shiny new laptop. I went to all the computer stores, but I just couldn’t find one that fits perfectly. I can honestly say, this is the perfect fit for the 2010 13 inch MacBook Air.

Here’s some pics I took tonight.

Password and Text Boxes Are Not Of Equal Length

Why is the password field smaller than the input field in Internet Explorer 8? It’s the same in previous versions of the browser? I was recently working on a project that required authentication. I styled the login page. Everything looked wonderful. Perfect as a matter of fact, until I opened IE8. Wicked ugly. My main gripe really is, why is the password field smaller than the input fields?

I did a quick search online and found a solution.

You can style the input field to a certain width, like in this example.

input { width:12em; }

I’m using em instead px, because it’s probably more accurate.

But, styling the input field, like the one above, will make changes to every input field on the site. So, the quick and dirty way to style a login page, is to use inline CSS. In this example, we will use two input fields of text and passwords with inline styling.

<form>
<input type=’text’ name=’username’ style=’width:12em’ />
<input type=’password’ name=’password’ style=’width:12em’ />
</form>

So, there you have it. A quick and dirty solution to the uneven password and text input fields in Internet Explorer 8. If you have any other solutions, please let me know. I’ll be happy to hear about it.

Charge Time for the New 13 Inch MacBook Air

How long does it take to charge the new 2010 13 inch MacBook Air? I’m curious more than anything, So I ran a couple of tests. I charged my new MacBook Air the other day, when the system was completely bone dry, until the unit was 100% fully charge.

My results: It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, on average, to charge my 13 inch MacBook Air. I have no idea how long does it take for the 11 inch model, since I don’t own one, but I’m curious if the results are any close.

Based on what I’m reading here on the Mac Forums, the older MacBook Airs had on average, a charge time of about 4 to 5 hours. Some longer than others. One poster said it took him 8 hours. That’s a bit too much.

So, based on that information, it looks like the charge time for the new 2010 MacBook Air, is at least 3 times faster than its predecessor. Quite an impressive feat.

Often, users only ask about battery life, but they forget to ask about the battery’s charge time. With the new MacBook Air’s charge time of about a third of a time, it’s one spec Apple forgot to mention.

Next on the agenda, battery life. Apple says it’s between 5-7 hours. I want to test.

Stay tuned.

The New MacBook Air Can Decapitate You

The new MacBook Air is so thin, it’s a mere 0.11 of an inch at its thinnest edge. Not only is it thin, but the case is also made of aluminum. It’s not the hardest metal by any means, but it’s still metal. Thin and metal are usually associated with knives.

With a slippery surface and a narrow edge, the new MacBook Air can be a dangerous device, especially if you like to work in bed. Some people, like myself, love working with the laptop in bed, sometimes sitting up, and sometimes lying down and propping up the laptop on the lap or chest.

The problem with lying down is, there is a tendency for people to fall asleep. With the new MacBook Air’s slippery surface, you can easily loose its grip, and have the laptop slide down to your neck. It’s not quite decapitation, but it sure does hurt.

It’s a good thing, it only weighs under 3 lbs. The new MacBook Air’s thin edge is not the most comfortable against the skin. So, I suggest, if you’re going to work with the new MacBook Air in bed, at the very least, wear a turtleneck!

The last thing we want is a number of frivolous lawsuits against Apple.

How To Connect Samba Shares on the Mac

Here’s a quick tutorial of how to connect to a Samba share on the Mac. Samba is a open-source software that provides interoperability between Unix/Linux and Windows systems. The Samba software allows for the sharing of files and printers between Windows, Unix, Linux and Mac OS X systems.

At home, I have NAS (network attached storage) with a 60GB drive running Samba. I use the NAS to store, share and backup files. I can access the NAS drive from my PC, Linux (Ubuntu) and now from the Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Press Command-K. A window will appear.
  3. Type smb://192.168.xxx.xxx. Use the IP address of your Samba share.
  4. Click connect.

If you’re Samba share is password protected, you will see a login screen, similar to the one below. Just enter your username and password, and press Connect.

Once connected, you should be able to browse the files on the Samba drive, just like any other file or folder on your Mac. The Samba drive will also show up on the left hand panel of the Finder under the Shared section. See snapshot below. Notice the Public folder is available for browsing.

There you have it. How to connect Samba shared drives to your Mac.

Now Available In Many Languages

In an effort to reach a bigger global audience, I’ve decided to implement the GTranslate, a WordPress plugin, which translate my pages into 58 languages, which amounts to about 98% of all internet users worldwide. 12 of the leading languages are represented by way of flag images. The rest of the languages are available via a dropdown list.

Readers can select a language they are comfortable with, by simply clicking on a flag or selecting one the languages in the dropdown list. It takes about a second or two for the pages to be translated and rendered. GTranslate uses the Google Translate tool.

GTranslate is available for free. There is also a GTranslate Pro version for 59 Euros. Here’s a snapshot of my website in German.

If you’re interested in getting a much broader audience, give GTranslate a try.

The Advantages Of Working In A Chrome Notebook

You could lose 25 notebooks in a row, but your data is always going to be safe. That’s the line Google will try to sell with the Chrome Notebook. I love this video. I just wished I could see all 25 notebooks destroyed. The guys at Google must have had fun making this video.

I assume the notebook being featured is the CR-48 that we’ve all heard about. The first accident was quite humorous. They dropped a cup of coffee, a toaster, and even the kitchen sink! Hilarious. Freezing the laptop in nitrogen and ramming a spike through it, was entertaining. Incinerating it in high heat was ok.

Based on what I’ve seen, I think I’ll wait for the second generation of Chrome OS notebooks that could withstand coffee spills, ice cream meltdowns, kitchen sinks, freezing nitrogen and intense heat.

This video shows the Chrome OS main selling point, that everything is going to be in the cloud in the future. Your data is always going to be safe and accessible from any computer, laptop, or any computer running a different OS, since everything is going to be based in the cloud.

In a few years, network connectivity is not going to be an issue since I predict most devices, including computers will have built-in broadband support.

Office Suite For The Mac

I recently bought a 13 inch MacBook Air and I’m loving it. I’ve downloaded several programs, mostly open-source to stay productive, but there is one piece of software glaringly missing. I don’t have an Office suite. Yes, no word processor, no spreadsheet and no presentation software.

Of course, there are many options. There’s Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 which retails for $150. There is also Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business which sells for $280. Apple has a product called iWorks which retails for $80.

Then, there are several open-source options. OpenOffice is available for download. LibreOffice is not quite not there yet. It’s in Beta and is months away from being a general release. Then, there’s Google Docs, which is accessible anywhere, and in any platform.

Currently, Google Docs is currently my choice. I might switch to LibreOffice later when it becomes available. I’m trying to avoid OpenOffice if at all possible, only because it’s Oracle. iWorks is a good possibility. Microsoft Office for the Mac is a long shot and maybe out of the question.

What Office suite should I use?

Color Schemer

For web designers, choosing a color scheme for a website can be a daunting task. Choosing the right colors for a website sometimes can be the difference. One of my favorite website to get some color inspiration is Color Schemer Online.

Color Schemer Online provides a palette of colors that will complement your base color. It will lay out a color grid of 16 colors in a 4 x4 grid. The online tool can also lighten or darken your base color, a feature which I find extremely useful.

There is PC and Mac version of this tool and its called ColorSchemer Studio 2, which give you ways to find matching colors from a color wheel, or from thousands of color schemes available online. The software costs about $49, a steal in my opinion.

The software also comes with a Photo Schemer where you can drop an existing photo and create your own color scheme based on that photo image. Finally, there’s a QuickPreview which allows you to test the colors you’ve selected on predetermined layouts.

In this layout, I am using a blog layout with a left-handed sidebar. I’m using a color scheme that was previously generated from the previous color wheel.

I use the online tool primarily, but the software is a great. Definitely worth a try.

Upgrade To WordPress 3.0.3

I upgraded to WordPress 3.0.2 just the other day. Now WordPress 3.0.3 is out. This particular upgrade is not critical by any means, but it fixes a bug in the remote publishing interface that allowed authors and contributors to have improper access to certain posts.

As mentioned in the WordPress.org blog, the remote publishing feature is disabled by default. You have to turn it on to enable the feature. You can access remote publishing from the Settings – Writing in the Dashboard.

If you’ve never heard of the remote publishing feature in WordPress, you are most likely not using this feature. So, the question is, is it worth upgrading to WordPress 3.0.3? Probably not, but WordPress upgrades are relatively painless nowadays.

All it takes is a click of a button. It’s as simple as it can get. In any case, I suspect most WordPress users will probably upgrade to 3.0.3.

If you don’t upgrade, no harm will be done, except for the incessant Please update now messages in the WordPress Dashboard. If you can ignore the hounding, you’re a better man or a woman. In my case, I’m upgrading just for this purpose.

It’s good enough reason for me to update to WordPress 3.0.3.