Getting my old graphics tablet running on Mac OS X 10.2

Deep in the darkest depths of my closet last week I found my old Wacom Intuos graphics tablet and, in a completely separate location, the pen that goes with it. A little Windex, scrape off the coffee stains and leftover crumbs, and it looked as good as new.

I used to never let this pen out of my hand Ω I had been using it over the hockey-puck style mouse that shipped with my first PowerMac G4. In fact, I remember using a rubber band to tie it to my wrist so I wouldnΩt lose it. But since switching to Mac OS X, a PowerBook G4, and going dual monitor, I had let the tablet slip away and back into the closet to collect dust.

Upon plugging it in, I noticed that Mac OS X instantaneously recognized the new device as a graphics tablet, since a new icon called Inkwell suddenly appeared in my System Preferences pas I had my son Max sitting in my lap and only had one hand since I had to use the other to keep him from jumping on my keyboard and writing something of his own composition

Dreamweaver MX MySQL connectivity on a Windows LAN

So there I was, driving myself nuts trying to figure out how to get my Dreamweaver MX on Mac OS X installation to connect to my IntranetΩs MySQL server via Mac OS XΩs built-in Samba client. I had tried everything substitute IP address for server name, local vs DNS names, variations on spelling and capitalization in my freakinΩ password, etc. Still nothing, and I was going insane.

There is a known problem with Dremweaver MX and PHP 4.1.0 due to a bug in mysql_pconnect(), but that wasn’t it since we were on PHP 4.0.4 old, but it should work nonetheless.

No, the problem is Samba itself, or at least the way Dreamweaver tries to use it. Switching to FTP connectivity to my Remote and Testing servers and substituting IP addresses instead of machine names solved my problem.

So if you’re having trouble with Dreamweaver MX for Mac OS X on a Windows LAN when trying to connect to your development server via Mac OS XΩs built in Samba client and nothing is happening, see if you can get to it via FTP.

Blogenealogy

Blah-gee-nee-AH-lo-gee: The genealogical study of weblogs. OK, maybe that’s not the best coinage of a word, but it works for me. But don’t expect that to make it into the dictionary anytime soon…

BlogTree.com is an interesting site that attempts to chart the genealogy of the community of weblogs basically cataloging what weblogs were inspired by what other weblogs, and which weblogs may have been spawned from it. As of this writing, there are 4263 weblogs in the system. When I registered a few days ago, I seem to remember this number being in the 3000s. So that is either quite an impressive rate of increase, or I’m hallucinating again. Whatever. Anyway, the blog that inspired the blog that you are viewing at this very moment is the all-knowing and all-seeing Aldoblog.

Mudd’s Restaurant

Yingwen and I checked out Mudd’s Restaurant last night. Overall it was a good experience. Here’s what we had:

* Hearts of Romaine, Parmesan, Butter Croutons in Chef OttobreΩs Caesar Style Dressing
* Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Basil and Balsamic Syrup
* Pappardelle with Shrimp, Peppers, Sweet Italian Sausage & Tomatoes, Creamy Basil Sauce
* Dry Aged New York Steak Poivrade (rich peppercorn sauce), Mixed Garden Beans, Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
* Chocolate Shortcake with Berries and Summer Fruit

Although we of course tried each others’ dishes, I mostly had the Caesar Salad and the Steak, while Yingwen ordered the Papardelle and the Crostini. Of all the dishes, only the Papardelle was somewhat of a disappointment. Yingwen found the large and long noodles difficult to negotiate, and they only portioned out four little shrimp and four little slices of sausage into the mix. She would have liked more in both of these areas. However, the Crostini was incredible, with fresh mozarella and tomato and greens from the garden out back. The Caesar was quite delicious and a very tasty dressing that had a unique fresh flavor to it. The Steak was the best part of the meal – a very lean portion with a delicous Poivrade sauce that permeated the incredibly fresh and crisp garden beans and potatoes, adding a hearty flavor to the whole plate. The Chocolate Shortcake was to die for – fresh pieces of shortcake with tons of fresh peaches and strawberries from the garden, all topped with whipped cream. It was in no way too sweet – just a very natural flavor to the dessert all around which we loved.

The setting is quite nice and peaceful – just an incredibly relaxing atmosphere in a quiet old restaurant nestled among some oak trees in a forgotten corner of town. The service was never too doting, nor were they forgetful. We were seated with a view of the garden and there was a harp player that included freakin’ Stairway to Heaven in her playlist. Highly recommended destination for those looking for an unique East Bay dining experience.