Adding multiple calendars from Google to iDevices

I was making a shared calendar specifically for Macworld with Victor Cajiao. It will be a busy conference so it will help if we can put all known events in one spot. Then we want to be able to modify it on the fly from anywhere and have both of us see it while we are there.

This calendar is a second one beyond my normal one in my google calendar account. My normal calendar default having added my google account in both my iPhone and iPad syncs fine. The problem is the additional calendar was not showing up. I even had my google account added as an MS Exchange server account.

Here is the trick. After you are sure your device is syncing as an ms exchange account go to http://m.google.com/ on your device. Sign into your google or google apps account. Once signed in go to http://m.google.com/sync/ now you can see all the devices syncing to your account. Touch on the desired device to modify the sync settings. Now you can see the list of all your calendars in your account. By default just your main one is selected. Add your other calendars. Last step. Go into the account settings for your google account under mail on your idevice. Turn off calendar sync. Let it remove your calendar data. Ten turn it back on. Give it a minute or two to resync. Now your multiple calendars should show up.

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AccessData DNA & Amazon EC2 – Part Three

We continue our tutorial series on AccessData’s Distributed Network Attack (DNA) password recovery software with Amazon EC2 worker agents.

We cover finding, accessing and modifying an existing Ubuntu 10.10 AMI.  If you need to watch a video just on the process of starting with an existing Community AMI to access and modify it then you should watch this part.  In the next part four we will show how to take our modified AMI and save it to our Amazon S3 as a new template AMI.

The tools mentioned are:

Keep in mind as we are moving into Amazon Web Services, even if you use the free tier account our tutorial touches on instances and data transfers that might incur costs.  Hopefully they are small per Amazon’s wonderful pricing. BUT  *I* am not legally nor financially responsible for your use or how you use these tutorials. Please only do things you are legally and financially authorized for.  It is on you.

I have not ironed out the HTML5 player fall back to flash issue yet.  So if you cannot play the video in this post you can download it HERE or watch it over in my YouTube Channel.

Read More to get the list of commands used in this video.

Continue reading “AccessData DNA & Amazon EC2 – Part Three”

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AccessData DNA & Amazon EC2 – Part Two

We continue our tutorial series on AccessData’s Distributed Network Attack (DNA) password recovery software with Amazon EC2 worker agents.  We move into Amazon EC2 and what you need to know about the service itself.  In part three we will cover starting up an instance based on an exisiting Amazon Machine Image (AMI), logging into it and adding the packages we need to prepare it as a worker.

Keep in mind as we are moving into Amazon Web Services, even if you use the free tier account our tutorial touches on instances and data transfers that might incur costs.  Hopefully they are small per Amazon’s wonderful pricing. BUT  *I* am not legally nor financially responsible for your use or how you use these tutorials. Please only do things you are legally and financially authorized for.  It is on you.

I have not ironed out the HTML5 player fall back to flash issue yet.  So if you cannot play the video in this post you can download it HERE or watch it over in my YouTube Channel.


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Review – DualComm – Ethernet Tap

I saw mention of the DualComm Ethernet switch/tap on my twitter feed a few weeks back from @Pauldotcom.  It is really difficult to sniff traffic without a hub or business level switch.  Or you could do a pass through feed using a dedicated pc.   The DualComm tap provides a very simple and affordable way to tap traffic by putting a port replicator feature in a small switch.

So I ordered the USB Powered 10/100 Ethernet Tap DCSW-1005.  It cost $59.95 and they take paypal.

Ethernet Tap
Ethernet Tap

It works like a champ.  I plugged it into a spare apple usb power plug where all my network hardware is.  Then I patched the cable from my router wan port to the port two of the switch.  Port one then went to my cable modem.  I tested and found all my Internet connectivity works fine without issue or performance hit.  Then I just plugged the port five from the Ethernet tap to a old Thinkpad laptop I have for such things.  I did have to order a Linksys USB Network adapter to have the second interface on the Thinkpad for sniffing the traffic.  The onboard nic is used for normal network access, ssh, etc.  Testing Ntop, Dsniff, URLSnarf etc all work perfectly.  It was amazing that I could not find the USB wired network adapter in any local stores.  I had to order that Linksys adapter from Amazon.

All said and done.  The DualComm DCSW-1005 works great!  And having it be usb powered means no dedicated power adapters to be lost or mislabeled.  If you need an Ethernet tap for your security work this is a great find.

PS If you are like me and forget how to put an interface into promisc mode under Ubuntu linux.  Andrew Hay has a great post on promisc mode setup I keep handy.

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AccessData DNA & Amazon EC2 – Part One

We begin our tutorial series on AccessData’s Distributed Network Attack (DNA) password recovery software with Amazon EC2 worker agents.  We cover what we plan to do, why we are choosing to use Ubuntu Amazon Images (ami) as our worker agents then a walk through of what you need to know about the DNA Manager setup.  Part Two will be our move into Amazon EC2 and everything you need to know about the service.

I have not ironed out the HTML5 player fall back to flash issue yet.  So if you cannot play the video in this post you can download it HERE or watch it over in my YouTube Channel.

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iDevices and Creativity

I keep up on the trends in media production.  What I find really amazing is how things like the iPhone4 and iPad are making seriously professional grade work possible for anyone.  Even the true professionals.  I cannot imagine what it would have cost to make the “Nancy Lee” video for Vintage Trouble five to ten years ago just due to the equipment.  This was shot on an iPhone4 for the raw footage.  Then one of the iPhones was stolen and recovered due to Find my iPhone.   You can read that story on their blog post.

 

I know people in the entertainment industry and in the industries around it.  A lot of them really do not see that this sort of technology is shifting things back into the hands of the independent creators.  A number of people ask me about iPad, iPhone etc.  I ask one question first.  “Do you have kids?”  And if the answer is yes, then my immediate answer is “Yes get one.  Especially, if they are the least bit creative.”  I tell them it is a disservice to your kids not to introduce them to current technology like this.  It inspires their creativity and frankly it is how things are heading.

 

What about the argument iPad is just for consumption?  My answer to that is two fold.  First, how can you possibly understand how to create if you do not see how people are consuming the final results?  You have to understand the medium to best use it to create.  Second, seriously can you look at the video for “Nancy Lee” and others like it shot with an iPhone and sites like HandHeldHollywood and see limitations rather than possibilities?  Just look at The Cube from Teradek to see how iPad is influencing normal production sets.  I have said from the moment I first got my iPad that it would change movie production with dailies and scripts.

 

PS I loved Vintage Trouble’s sound so much I picked up the album , The Bomb Shelter Sessions, over on iTunes.  So yes making creative works like the video and putting it on YouTube can result in fan/customers. 

 

 

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Stellar Author – Brandon Sanderson

Maybe you do not like Zombie and Horror, as I do.  Something evident in previous posts.

 

I was first exposed to the work of Brandon Sanderson through his Mistborn series on Audible.com.

 

He comes up with extremely interesting structures of power systems that provide the magic like component to his stories.  Always amazingly structured.  Somethings you can catch enough hints to guess what else is possible.  Only to get a flush of pride if you guessed right.

 

Now I am absolutely enamored with the start of another series.  The Way of Kings.  As with Mistborn he establishes a new twist on good vs evil.  One explored and tied to the unique power systems Brandon comes up with.  The other thing I love about this story is the strong sense of ethics, honor and leadership principles he puts into the story.  This gives it the real substance.

 

And surely if you are a Wheel of Time fan you recognize his name.  It was Brandon’s Mistborn series that landed him the honor and burden of bringing the Wheel of Time home.  With The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight you can little doubt his skill as a story teller.  

 

So if you want some extremely rich and detailed listening or reading for your holiday.  Check out Brandon’s Mistborn then Way of Kings stories.  You can also follow his progress over on twitter,BrandonSandrson  And don’t worry if you get hooked by Mistborn.  Brandon said in his twitter stream recently that a new story set in that world is coming out in 2011.
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Undying Entertainment

We all know everyone is talking about the success of the new TV series “Walking Dead.”

 

But here are my favorite new media authors of the Undead.  Complete with links to their audio books over on http://www.podiobooks.com.   if you like the stories, be sure to use the donation button to give back what you feel is fair for such quality undying entertainment.

 

  1. Jake Bible – Dead Mech
  2. James Meltzer – The Zombie Chronicles – Escape 
  3. J.P. Moore – Toothless

 

I want to give a nod to Phil Rossi’s “Harvey.”  It is not quite zombie, but the story is very close in some respects.  Plus all of Phil Rossi’s work is just so darn good.  He even writes and performs his own music for his audio books.

 

One more author to be watching is Benjamin Rogers.  I know he is working on his audio to move his stories like “Faith & The Undead” to Podiobooks.com
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