iPhone 2.0 Firmware’s Built-in Screen Capture Utility

It’s the little things that count: one of the best things about the new iPhone 2.0 software is the built-in Screen Capture utility. Smart move, Apple – now all the kids will be flickr’in up their screenshots all day long and documenting iPhone App BSODs – sweet!

Built-in Screen Capture Utility: With the iPhone 2.0 software installed, hold down the Home button and press the Lock button and your screen will flash—and an image of your phone’s screen gets saved to your Camera Roll’s images.

- via Lifehacker

Here’s my latest screen:

Photo-2

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Nokia iSync plugin for your N95, N95 8GB

Installing RMagick on OS X Leopard

After the last time, I swore I’d never fall prey to RMagick’s convoluted and painful installation process. Unfortunately, to paraphrase the Giant – it happened again.

So, after beating my head against my desk for hours while banging out permutations of “sudo port install ImageMagick” and “sudo gem install rmagick”, I have news for you, my devoted audience of 1.5 pygmy marmosets, – it can be done!

What you need to do is go back to the basics and install everything from source. I found a nice script here, but that only got me part of the way. Here’s how I did it:

mkdir src
cd src

curl -O http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/freetype/freetype-2.3.5.tar.gz
tar xzvf freetype-2.3.5.tar.gz
cd freetype-2.3.5
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://superb-west.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/libpng/libpng-1.2.22.tar.bz2
tar jxvf libpng-1.2.22.tar.bz2
cd libpng-1.2.22
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O ftp://ftp.uu.net/graphics/jpeg/jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz
tar xzvf jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz
cd jpeg-6b
ln -s `which glibtool` ./libtool
export MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.5
./configure --enable-shared --prefix=/usr/local
make
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O ftp://ftp.remotesensing.org/libtiff/tiff-3.8.2.tar.gz
tar xzvf tiff-3.8.2.tar.gz
cd tiff-3.8.2
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://jaist.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/wvware/libwmf-0.2.8.4.tar.gz
tar xzvf libwmf-0.2.8.4.tar.gz
cd libwmf-0.2.8.4
make clean
./configure
make
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://www.littlecms.com/lcms-1.17.tar.gz
tar xzvf lcms-1.17.tar.gz
cd lcms-1.17
make clean
./configure
make
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/ghost/GPL/gs861/ghostscript-8.61.tar.gz
tar zxvf ghostscript-8.61.tar.gz
cd ghostscript-8.61/
./configure  --prefix=/usr/local
make
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/ghost/GPL/gs861/ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz
tar zxvf ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz
sudo mv fonts /usr/local/share/ghostscript

curl -O ftp://ftp.imagemagick.org/pub/ImageMagick/ImageMagick.tar.gz
tar xzvf ImageMagick.tar.gz
cd ImageMagick-6.4.0
export CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/include
export LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib
./configure --prefix=/usr/local --disable-static --with-modules --without-perl --without-magick-plus-plus --with-quantum-depth=8 --with-gs-font-dir=/usr/local/share/ghostscript/fonts
make
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://rubyforge.rubyuser.de/rmagick/RMagick-1.15.13.tar.gz
tar zxvf RMagick-1.15.13.tar.gz
cd RMagick-1.15.13
./configure  --prefix=/usr/local
make
sudo make install
cd ..

If you’d like to download the entire script and run it yourself – you can grab it here:

rmagick_install.sh

The trick for me was compiling the RMagick gem from source. Every single time I relied on @#@# rubygems, it failed. This script may fail after a while if some of the hardcoded paths change or if newer versions of the packages come out, so if it breaks for some reason, modify it to accomodate whatever version of RMagick / Freetype / Ghostscript is needed.

I hope this helps somebody else out there and reduces your head banging time to a minimum.

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Shifd launches!

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I knew that Shifd – Nick Bilton and Michael Young’s Yahoo Hack Day-winning project was something special, so I’m stoked that they got a chance to take another crack at it and build it bigger, albeit with slightly less RFID. Fittingly, I read about their launch in the Times piece on Adobe AIR – which they used to create the desktop interface for Shifd.

I was using Instapaper to capture all my private links, but I’ve since switched to Shifd. Why? One reason – the bookmarklet is much faster. The Instapaper bookmarklet hangs around on screen for a good second or two after posting the link to offer some form of confirmation, but I really don’t miss it with Shifd’s lightning fast posting. More on this later.

A great quote at the VLAB panel

Earlier this week, I participated in an MIT-Stanford VLAB event entitled “Introducing the Seventh Sense: Location Awareness”. The VLAB is a volunteer, non-profit organization promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. From my own experience helping out as a volunteer at Mobile Monday NY, I know how much effort it takes to produce these events. Congratulations to Hironmoy Paul, Gigi Wang, Celeste Cooper, Chai Geller and all the other volunteers for putting on a great one.

Sam Altman, CEO of loopt was the speaker and his presentation was a rapid fire summary of the opportunities, issues and applications around location awareness, in the style of Dick Hardt or Lawrence Lessig.

As a panelist, I was in some distinguished company, including Rick Witham from Nokia, Jodi Sherman Jahic from Voyager Capital and Russ McGuire, Head of Strategy at Sprint.

Rajeev Chand, Director of Research at Rutberg & Co was a great moderator and he mentioned a great quote in passing which has lodged itself in my mind ever since. A client of his who had spent a number of years in the LBS market once said:

We always knew we were going to get the hockey stick curve with location based services, what we didn’t know was that we’d have to ride down the handle to get there.

So true. Nielsen Mobile (ex Telephia) says that “51% of the $118m mobile downloads market consists of LBS applications”. Is this the end of the handle? I think so.

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