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Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Joseph Blend

10/22/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Food and Drink

When I moved to the Bay Area some 22 years ago, I searched for the best, fresh roasted coffee beans I could find. Penninsula magazine had rated the fairly newly opened Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company as the best, so off I went to Los Gatos where I met the owner, Teri Hope, and developed a blend together that was perfect, to my taste, for use in a french press to be served au lait style. Teri named it Joseph Blend, and recently, even found the original rolodex card on which she had recorded the blend. Now, Michelle took the time to make a label.

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Label for Joseph Blend
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Thanks, Michelle.

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The Missing Sync Syncs Great

10/03/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

The Missing Sync by Mark/Space provides more complete and additional conduits to sync up Palm Applications with MacOSX applications. The PalmOS HotSync conduits only go to the Palm Desktop, losing synchronization with Address Book, and thus [anyone want to rewrite Thunderbird as a plug-in for the Palm Desktop?]; the Mac iSync conduits doesn't sync all the information between iCal and Address Book on the Mac side with the corresponding application on the Palm. There is no equivalent to Memos on the Mac. There isn't a native AvantGo conduit. The Missing Sync solves all these issues, and more, with these conduits.

  • Backup,
  • Install,
  • Lifedrive Backup,
  • Mark/Space Conduit for AvantGo [which I've used for years, but doesn't have it's own conduit for Mac],
  • Mark/Space Conduit for iTunes [syncs playlists, but not protected m4p tunes purchased from Apple],
  • Mark/Space Contacts,
  • Mark/Space Events,
  • Mark/Space Folder Sync,
  • Mark/Space MemoPad [with a corresponding desktop application on the Mac],
  • Mark/Space Photos [to sync with the included Spashphoto.prc]
  • Mark/Space Tasks,
  • Note Pad,
  • Time Copy [Update handheld clock by sync'g with the Mac's clock],
  • Voice Memo

I had some initial problems with Missing Sync and an ongoing issue. Initially, my 10 years worth of memos [what!?!] wouldn't sync with the Mark/Space MemoPad application on the Mac; actually, it sync'd, then erased all memos, then wouldn't sync again. Now, my first sync fails in one of three ways, each of which requires me to "Force Quit" Missing Sync, restart it, and sync again. The second sync works great.

Missing Sync support, in the form of Mike, and now Dave, has been great. [I've been told that Pete and Catherine, their manager, are equally wonderful.] Given the testing protocol that I've been asked to perform, I am thinking of signing up Mark/Space for a testing contract. &#59;) in Firefox in SLED10 in Parallels in MacOSX

09/28/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

OK, the title kinda says it all. I wanted to repond [after a week] to's offer to use their new features of MyZillow and to update the facts on my home. Unfortunately, doesn't support Safari and they recommend Firefox. I used Firefox under my old Windows machines, so that's fine. But, since FF is already installed as part of SLED10, that I'm running on my MacBookPro under Parallels, I decided just to use it there. B)

You can see my updates on Zillow at

I really like the Tiger apps, for the most part. There are some frustrating limitations, both in-built, and as a result of MacOSX being under supported by developers, having such a small market share.

Return receipts not being supported in is one such limitation. I know that they've fallen in disfavor, but I remember setting up sendmail so that the inability to deliver a message didn't result in an error-but-still-trying message for 4 hours, and didn't result in a permanent failure for SEVEN DAYS. eMail still isn't the completely reliable, do everything set of protocols that most people think it is, and I still like return receipts. I know there are AppleScripts and Plugins, but still, it's part of the RFC, support it.

Not being able to have multiple tabbed sites as the "home page" is frustrating as well, but not bad. Not being able to export MP3 files from Audacity using LAME because of patent issues is odd, but I can still do it under WindowsXP Audacity/LAME.

But what the heck, with Parallels, I have it all: WindowsXPsp2, SLED10, and whatever else I may want to add, even OS/2.

How great is that? Proper Set up on MaxOSX for IMAP

09/24/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

Apple's intuitive interface is often far less than intuitive. The main reason to chose IMAP as one's email protocol is to have control of one's email, in any folder, any mailbox, from different email clients, including thick clients on more than one machine, or through webmail. This includes drafts and sent email, and even trash and junk. While Apple's 2.x seems easy to set up to work with IMAP, there are some tricks. I've been trying to figure them out since I got my parents their iMac, and, with the help of my partner, Clarise, is working great with IMAP on my MacBookPro.

Open the Mail application and select Mail > Preferences from the menu bar, then select the Accounts section of the Preference dialogue.

Select the "plus" sign in the lower left corner to indicate that you wish to set up a new account.

From the Account Type selection menu, chose IMAP.

In the Account Description field, provide something meaningful, not the default given; I like to use some shortened form of the email address, something like myNameDomain.

Your email address is the address to which you want folk to send email to you on that account - this may or may not be the same as your userName requested later. For example, on one account, my username consists of my initials and a bit of my last name, but my email address is my full name with dots and underlines:

Then click "continue".

The next screen will be for incoming email and you'll need to have your Incoming email server for IMAP, your username [which may or may not include the at-sign and] and your account password. Note that Mail will only allow you to set up one account for each server/userName combination.

Clicking on continue gets you to th Outgoing server information screen. Some ISPs now use email authentication methods which match the sender's email address to the mail server's domain; and other ISPs block using any other SMTP servers but theirs. This can be a problem. The firewall on your Mac or between your Mac and wild, wooly Internet, to block port 25, which is used by SMTP. Some mail hosts will allow SMTP to connect on port 587 [like dot-Mac] and others will use 2525, or still other ports. Another oddity is that doesn't seem to handle SMTP AUTH properly, so if you were told that you need to have authentication for your SMTP server, using your userName and password, you MAY fail to connect during's checking its ability to connect with your SMTP server. Any of these things can cause your set up to fail at this point. Now, if you have authentication checked, and know that you don't use kerboros or any other fancy authentication schemes, uncheck authentication - the fact that you just authenticated with the IMAP incoming mail server may have authenticated you on the SMTP side as well. If all goes well, you should see a screen with your account information.

Now we come to the part of how to set up the account so that works as one would expect a well behaved MUA, or mail client, for IMAP to work. Under Mailbox Behaviors, check the options to have Draft, Sent, and maybe even Junk and Trash emails stored on the server. BUT YOU ARE NOT DONE. Mail needs to be told WHERE to put this email on your server, that is, you need to explicitly tell what server folders match the Sent, Draft, Junk and Trash mailboxes in BUT... You can't do this until after you've finished setting up the account.

Next go to Advanced, and the defaults for Enable this Account [checked], Include when automatically checking for new mail [checked], Compact mailboxes automtically [checked and greyed out], the location of the account directory, and Keep Copies of Messages for Offline Viewing [drop down menu with All messages and their attachments selected] should be fine.

Here's what works for our mail servers at [Courier IMAP] for getting those IMAP folders to sync up nicely. CHECK "Automatically synchronize changed mailboxes" and LEAVE IMAP prefix path BLANK. Port 143 is the default for IMAP, and SSL is up to your ISP or mail host or organization or whoever hosts your IMAP mail. Even if SMTP authentication was turned off, chance are you'll need Authentication here - either password or one of those fancy schemes.

And now we loop back to the need for telling what server folders to use for Sent, etc mail. Once you have finished setting up your account [sometimes asks if you want to save changes and sometimes not], will subscribe to and sync with ALL the folders on your IMAP server for that account. This is great if you want all your email in this client, not so much if you don't, but I haven' seen nor conjured a way to get around this.

Once, has your folders showing - and it can go quickly, even for me with hundreds of sent emails in that folder - you can now select the folder where your sent email is stored on the folder server, such as sent-mail or Sent, and then chose Mailbox from the menu > Use this Mailbox for > and then chose Sent, Drafts, Trash or Junk. I've seen sent-mail or Sent, Drafts, Trash or trash or Deleted, and Junk or Spam. You may have something else, but chances are you know what they are on your server. Do this for each of the four types, or 1 or 2 or 3 types if you didn't select all four to be saved on the server, and will show those folders under the Sent, Draft, Junk and Trash mailboxes, using the account's descriptive name, and your server folder no longer are presented in under the account. This can get confusing if you have multiple IMAP accounts, because you can click on the Sent Mailbox and see all the messages you sent from all the accounts. You can click on the account name under Sent and just see those sent messages.

I am also accustomed to having different identies for each account, matching aliases I use for different folk with whom we do business. [Helps us track who sells email addresses to spammers or to reply for "generic" accounts that are forwarded to indivudual accounts.] only allows one account to be set up for each IMAP server/UserName pair, so we can't use the email address field to set up an account for each identity, and I don't see another way to do so. Update: There is a way. I found it by accident. I was setting up another account, and my mouse cursor was hovering over the email addresses input box when this appeared: "Enter one of more email addresses, separated by commas." More details and screenshots are in my post "Multiple Identies".

Thunderbird is still the best IMAP MUA, but sucks for syn'g with a Palm. I would love to see a Thunderbird plugin for the Palm desktop on Windows, or to continue to integrate with the iCal and Address Book apps on MacOSX.

I started looking for a solution to making work properly with IMAP since I bought my parent's iMac some months ago. But, since they keep everything in their inbox or delete it, and only have their one account, I got around seeming inability to save to the server's Sent folder by having BCC them on each email they sent. I found many hundreds of forum and Apple support posts from people with the same problem, articulated in different ways. I found many, sometimes contradictory answers. What I've given above is a combination of several responses on several fourms, some of which I can't find anymore.

I hope this helps others with the same problem.


SLED10 under Parallels on Vate Network Problem Solved

09/23/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet, Computers and Internet, Open Source

I downloaded the iso image of the installation DVD for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop [SLED] 10 for x86 32 -bit architecture. The installation went very well, other than it stalled during the network configuration test. This test includes downloading the latest release notes, and has a "results" field and "abort test" button. After two hours [I'm patient] I clicked on "abort test" and the results showed "failure".

Machine and versions:

  • MacBookPro17 with MacOSX 10.4.7, all current updates, standard configuration [1 GB RAM, 120 GB at 5400 rpm hdd]
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Build 1848.2
  • SLED 10-0-20060923-132957 configured for use with laptop
  • VM set up wtih Bridged Network Adapater enabled, connect at start up, using the default adpater. The adapter is the Realtek 8029(AS). Using the airport 802.11g

When checking network status within SLED running under Paralles, it shows packets received and sent, but I couldn't get out to anything, and the network status is NOT CONNECTED.

I've tried setting up the wireless network in SLED, but that didn't help, nor did I really expect it too.

Then I noticed the network icon down in the right corner of the status bar. Click on it, select wired network, the "working" icon should show up spinning, and low and behold, it connects.

And all is wondrous well. :>>


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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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