Miscellaneous

Macbook retina display: So beautifully frustrating!

Just picked up the new macbook pro with retina display. Boy do fonts look amazing. Seriously. Amazing!

Most images? Pixelated. Kind frustrating. C’mon Apple…

What’s more frustrating? Not being able to give a potential customer a proper GoToMeeting demo because three quarters of my screen is cut-off thanks to the retina display.

I speak with customer support at GoToMeeting. Apparently it’s a “known issue” with no timeline of when to expect a fix and no suggestions at all about how I can remedy the situation. Unacceptable.

Debugging the Issue.
1. Macbook pro with retina display, using GoToMeeting v5.3.
2. iPhone 4S with GoToMeeting mobile client.

Findings.
It’s doable, but it’s disgustingly sloppy.

  1. Keep all windows in the top-left quadrant of the screen, taking up exactly half the width and half the height of the monitor.
  2. Go to System Preference > Display Settings > Scaled > select “More Space”.
  3. For Google Chrome browser windows (i.e. online demos), go to Settings (wrench) > Zoom > set to 75%. This will give the meeting participant a view of your window as if it is scaled normally on a non-retina display. Pretty straightforward, right?
  4. For displaying PDFs or other documents using Preview, ensure the document is in the top-left quadrant and simply select View > Zoom to Fit. Now squint so you can see it on your own screen.

That’s it for now. Please let me know if you find/discover a more elegant and/or simpler solution.

Hope to start writing more often. Until then…

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Please Help Support Camp Oochigeas

Thus far, 2010 has been a year of self-awareness for me. First, I kicked-off the year by deciding to track my workouts, number of books read, hours of sleep and how I’m feeling each day. So far it’s been a very rewarding and enlightening experience (let me know if you want a copy of my Google Doc I’m using to track everything). However, as Q1 is wrapping-up, I have already seen my workout pacing decrease as my day-to-day responsibilities increase. I didn’t like this one bit. To re-prioritize exercise within my lifestyle, I have committed to running a 10km race in 41 days. I have neither ran 10k nor raced in any event previously. Wish me luck.

Sporting Life 10k For Kids with Cancer
The Sporting Life 10k is scheduled for May 2, 2010 and is supporting Camp Oochigeas, a camp for children with cancer. With no government funding, Camp Oochigeas relies on the generosity of volunteers, donors, community participants and the Hospital for Sick Children to provide year-round programs for children affected by childhood cancer at their campsite in Muskoka and at no cost to their families. I am personally raising at least $250 (update: at least $500) for this charity — please support me in my fundraising efforts.

Gearing-up: Nike + iPod
To get in-gear for the 10k, I joined Nikeplus.com (my profile page) and consulted their “coach”. Unfortunately, Nikeplus only offers a 12-week program — not 42 days (as at yesterday) — so I figure I’ll follow the first 5.5 weeks of the program to get in-shape for the big run. Yesterday, I was assigned my first run from coach — I had to run 4.82km! Talk about being thrown into the deep-end. So, I ventured to the University of Toronto gym to run the indoor track with my Nike + iPod sensor and iPhone to track my progress.

Although I had to walk for a few periods of time, here are my net results for run #1:

  • Distance: 4.82km
  • Duration: 30:42
  • Pace: 6′22″ /km
  • Fastest Kilometer: 5′42″
  • Calories Burned: 371

If you join Nikeplus, add me as a friend (username: jsookman).

More Details on the 10k Race
It is Canada’s easiest and one of the fastest downhill 10k’s (a good starter, I think…), and it runs right down the middle of Canada’s most famous street—Yonge Street! The start line is four blocks south of Sporting Life (at Yonge & Roselawn). From there, the course heads south on Yonge Street all the way to Richmond Street. It then turns west on Richmond, south on Peter/Blue Jays Way past Gretzky’s to Front St. The course then goes west along Front, south on Bathurst, west on Fort York Blvd. to finish! See the map below.

Course Map/Overview

Once again, please consider contributing to Camp Oochigeas. It is performing miracles for these children.

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Update: Disqus Replaces IntenseDebate for Comments

Apologies to all my readers for being unable to post comments over the last couple weeks. I tried to get the IntenseDebate system online (customer service was helpful and easily reached via Twitter/email); however, although it seemed that comments were being accepted by the commenting system, they were mysterious vanishing into the Internet abyss.

I made the switch to Disqus and I couldn’t be happier. Not only does it have a much easier integration process, but it also has a richer set of tools and options for commenting, sharing/social and UI/UX elements.

Once again, if you had tried to post a comment in the past (but were unable to do so), please take this opportunity. You can now easily sign-in through Facebook Connect, Twitter, OpenID, Yahoo!, Disqus or as a Guest.

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Leaving Comments Just Got Easier!

For as long as I have had this blog online, one of my strongest concerns was the friction (caused by Wordpress and anti-spam tools) preventing my readers from easily leaving comments on my blog.

Now, thanks to an excellent plug-in called IntenseDebate, anybody can now leave comments by signing in through Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, WordPress or IntenseDebate. The plug-in also has some great sidebar tools that dynamically generate a list of the most popular blog posts (ranked by number of comments received) and recent comments received.

If there had been a comment that you wanted to make in response to a previous article, but were turned off by the process involved, I now invite you to participate in those discussions.

To my readers: Thank you all for subscribing and I’m looking forward to the additional conversations that result from these changes. Have a great weekend!

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