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Archive for January, 2009

DeltaWalker 1.8.6, released this week, adds support for comparing Microsoft Office and PDF files. And it works fast. I’m totally satisfied with how Deltopia implemented this. I use DeltaWalker primarily in OS X and a little in Windows. DeltaWalker has helped me ween myself from Windows and do more work in my preferred environment, OS X. And Office file comparison support is yet another nail in Windows’ coffin for me.

I believe DeltaWalker is the best overall OS X file/folder comparison tool available — it just doesn’t seem to be the best-known yet. Now that DeltaWalker can compare Office files and PDFs, I hope its notoriety will start to catch up with its exceptional feature set and quality.

Just before I purchased DeltaWalker, the developers told me to expect Word/Excel comparison support soon. That was an important feature for me. Deltopia delivered on their promise. In fact, DeltaWalker’s support for Microsoft Office files is far superior to that of BeyondCompare 2.0 — BeyondCompare 2.0 relies upon a VBA macro to extract the text from Word and Excel files for comparison, which wasn’t especially fast nor reliable for me.

But DeltaWalker’s support for Office files has been super fast and bulletproof. And DeltaWalker’s Office and PDF support is part of the core product, not just a third-party extension like it is with BeyondCompare 2.0. And BeyondCompare 2.0 requires a separate download to get its doc/xls comparison support, which wouldn’t bee a big deal if it had proven reliable for me.

Do I Have to Own Microsoft Office? Nope.
Another benefit of DeltaWalker’s more dedicated approach to Office file comparison support is that it doesn’t require the user to have Microsoft Office installed on the machine. Which is awesome for users of alternative word processors, such as OpenOffice.org. Whatever word processor or spreadsheet software you use, as long as you save the files in xls/xlsx or doc/docx format, DeltaWalker supports them. This shows some serious professionalism on Deltopia’s part. A kind of caring for real end users that you usually see more of from open source developers and less from commercial operations.

PowerPoint Postscript
I didn’t focus on PowerPoint support in this article because I don’t use it. But it is supported by DeltaWalker 1.8.6 — quite comprehensively, I’m sure.

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Speaker Pop

I was working happily, listening to Melanie’s Estate Sale at a low volume from my MacBook Pro’s speakers when the sound went out with a sharp but not loud “pop.” Whoah. This sucks. Now I can’t get sound out of my speakers. Gonna have to bring this back to Apple. What a waste of time.

Update: I turned the MBP off, removed the battery and power cable and let it sit a while. When I brought it back up, there was sound. Yay!

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G-Drive Arrive

My G-Drive 500GB Mini Triple arrived via UPS a few minutes ago. Yeah!

It came with three cables: 4-pin USB, FireWire 400 and, as a lovely surprise, FireWire 800! I’m transferring the data from my read-only-mounted Passport 250GB to it right now. I’m excited.

The big surprise was that this little drive came with a nice carrying case. What a treat.

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Returned from our trip today. Equipment was unplugged and off while we were gone.

First attempt to write to Passport 250GB, using iTunes, gave a message that nothing could be written to the drive. Unmounted fine. Mount gave me a warning that it was going to be mounted read-only so I could get my data off and that I should reformat it. Come on.

I ordered a replacement drive immediately, a G-Drive Mini Triple 500GB with overnight shipping from Amazon.com. I’m tired of screwing with this Passport drive — this is a replacement for the drive as it had a total failure once. And this replacement was obviously used when I received it, at least the enclosure.

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Skiing Wolf Laurel

I’ll update this post with details at some point. Today is our first day back home.

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I got the Power Support brand anti-glare Film set (front and back) for iPod touch 1st Generation as a Christmas gift from OHA. It was for the wrong generation iPod touch but the front fit great and the back fit okay.

This is a matte finish screen protector. I love it. It’s easy to read the screen, it was easy to put on — it wasn’t so large that it was hard to get it on perfectly. It was nice and thick, too, which made it easier to get on that some films.

I’m totally happy. Since I installed it a couple weeks ago, it has been wonderful. It looks like new.

Apple Store part number is TP871LL/A. www.powersupportusa.com. If I ever need a new one, I’ll be buying the same screen, albeit the one cut for the 2nd Generation iPod touch.

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SVN server switch

I switch my Xampp-based SVN server from my Dimension desktop to my new Asus desktop tonight. Couldn’t get Apache to start until I uninstalled IE 7. MWAPI.DLL dependency, I believe was the culprit.

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