raelitybytes: so what else -- perhaps you know more than some -- is in store for iTools?
OReillyMac: like the friend who always comes over at dinner time
OReillyMac: the WebDAV thing is cool too
raelitybytes: sorry... go on
OReillyMac: and we should mention that
OReillyMac: I work only in OS X, so ...
OReillyMac: I know there that my iDisk stays on my desktop
OReillyMac: whether I'm online or not
OReillyMac: and when I am, it opens right up
OReillyMac: huge improvement
OReillyMac: Apple has posted instructions to accessing it on Windows to
OReillyMac: modern Windows
OReillyMac: looked at it once, but haven't messed with much
OReillyMac: cause I'm not on Windows that much anymore
raelitybytes: WebDAV is highly overlooked...
raelitybytes: I've been meaning to fiddle with it on OS X's built-in Apache installation
OReillyMac: you know a little about it, right?
OReillyMac: might you explain it a bit?
raelitybytes: mounting directories, etc via HTTP
raelitybytes: basically you use HTTP's GET, POST, PUT, DELETE semantics for editing remote files/directories...
raelitybytes: So I can actually mount and edit a directory's contents as if it were, say, an iDisk, right from my desktop...
raelitybytes: when in fact the directory and files are on a Web server somewhere
OReillyMac: that's nice
raelitybytes: without need of FTP or other transport mechanism
OReillyMac: real nice!
raelitybytes: I'd love to see DAV used more for blogging
OReillyMac: it's really made a difference for iTools
OReillyMac: much more convenient
raelitybytes: for instance, if you have a blogging system that just uses files as entries (I'm sure there must be one out there )...
raelitybytes: you could blog from any DAV-enabled Mac, PC, *nix box,...
raelitybytes: just by dropping files into that directory
raelitybytes: all without fiddling with FTP and FTP clients...
raelitybytes: just mounting the directory as if it were local
raelitybytes: v. nice
OReillyMac: I couldn't agree more
raelitybytes: I believe I see more DAV hacking in my future (again, the good kind)
raelitybytes: on Mail...
raelitybytes: I really like the fact that @mac.com's email is simply an IMAP-based mail account...
raelitybytes: that can be used right from the mail client of your choice...
raelitybytes: whether as your only mailbox or alongside another
raelitybytes: iTools seems to provide all you need on the Net, save connectivity
OReillyMac: on the road it's wonderful
OReillyMac: I've been able to send via my mac.com address
OReillyMac: when others failed
OReillyMac: once again, I see Apple using smart technology for its everyday tools
OReillyMac: imap, WebDAV,
raelitybytes: again, this is quite an extension of the desktop... much more than MS does by simply building in these abilities, but not building it out as much and providing a nice friendly face
raelitybytes: yes, hotmail == @mac.com
raelitybytes: yes, you can mount DAV on Win32
raelitybytes: but what do you mount?
OReillyMac: your iDisk
raelitybytes: indeed... I guess I was talking about Apple's continued focus on providing all the bits you need...
raelitybytes: and, with iTools, for free!
OReillyMac: not to be the pitchman
raelitybytes: certainly not!
OReillyMac: but I've seen Mac OS X for less than $100
OReillyMac: and it includes a bunch of apps
OReillyMac: plus these online tools
OReillyMac: it's a no-brainer
raelitybytes: I have indeed found DAV on Win32 and thought... hey, this'd be nice if I actually had a DAV account
raelitybytes: and with the prices of Macs becoming comparable to that of PCs these days...
raelitybytes: heck, my iBook was $1200 and it's the best machine (laptop or otherwise) I've ever owned
raelitybytes: my Thinkpad was almost twice that and XP runs slow as a dog on a hot day
raelitybytes: guess which screen is dustier!
OReillyMac: I hear ya ... Here's how to mount from a PC:
OReillyMac: In each case above, enter the following as the location to add: http://idisk.mac.com/membername (where membername is your iTools member name). Use your iTools member name and password for authentication.
OReillyMac: but beware!
OReillyMac: IMPORTANT: In addition to the standard iDisk folders, some versions of Windows reveal other files that are normally hidden on a Macintosh, with names that start with a period (.). Do not move, delete, rename, or otherwise tamper with these files. If you do, you might lose files on your iDisk.
OReillyMac: You've been warned
raelitybytes: um, not to be rude, but where does one "stick" that? not done it of late
OReillyMac: You mean?
OReillyMac: this? open My Computer, double-click the Web Folders icon, and double-click Add Web Folder.
raelitybytes: heh...forgot what it was called... ta
OReillyMac: If you're using Windows XP, open My Computer, then choose Map Network Drive from the Tools menu.
OReillyMac: I know, I forgot lots of Windows stuff too
Also in Writers' Talk:
raelitybytes: I remembered it under Win2k, but I've not spent as much time on WinXP
OReillyMac: shall we go play now?
raelitybytes: so what of iTools's future... anything coming up you're excited about?
OReillyMac: I don't know what's around the bend
OReillyMac: but Apple keeps posting improvements every few months
raelitybytes: fair enough... now that you've tuned me into it, I'm sure to notice
OReillyMac: cause homepage uses a bunch of it
raelitybytes: well, thanks for you time, Derrick
raelitybytes: so where's your homepage so that our viewers can surf on over for a spot of inspiration?
OReillyMac: but of course!
raelitybytes: thanks again, derrick
OReillyMac: don't be a stranger
Directory of homepages
2002-03-18 07:39:19 iblog [View]
iTools is slow...from a Mac
2002-03-18 01:21:14 sjakelien [View]
password protect your downloads only
2002-03-17 23:06:52 boobookitty [View]
password protect your downloads only
2002-03-17 23:11:48 boobookitty [View]
2002-03-14 08:03:08 Daniel H. Steinberg | [View]
2002-03-13 11:27:23 hotsauce [View]
Names, bloggers and DAVs. -- Yes!
2002-03-14 09:33:34 Derrick Story | [View]
2002-03-13 08:30:48 yvesde [View]
2002-03-12 19:25:45 email@example.com [View]