Stubborn Flash 9 OSX install

We’re not Mac users here but I keep one around to stay current. Recently I attempted to upgrade the Flash player on our Mac to version 9. The software ran fine, but when the browser re-launched it was unable to detect the new player, rendering my system Flash-disabled. It turns out that I was not the only one. The fix is to run Application -> Utilities -> Disk Utility and choose the “Repair Permissions” for the main drive. Details are on the Macromedia Players Support Forum.

Best movie website?

Last night was date night. I spent an hour poking around a few movie sites looking for something to see. Of Yahoo!, Fandango and AOL, AOL was the best. This was mostly because AOL’s notion of nearness was wider than the others: once I typed in my zip code, Yahoo! and Fandango overly restricted the list of “theaters near you”. That’s all the difference I need.

One feature I didn’t find was a timeline view of the nearby movies. I’d like to type in my zipcode, pick five potential movies, and get a chronological readout of the movie start times and locations. Seems like it should be easy to do, and very handy when you’re deciding what to see with other people and juggling dinner plans in the mix. Does that exist somewhere on this world wide web?

Cool toys for under $100

I’ve got my eye on two cool-looking toys, probably will purchase both.

One is TakeTV, another attempt at making it easy to get Internet video onto the television set. TakeTV consists of a USB drive, IR remote and USB cradle. The cradle connects to the tv through composite or s-video. It reads the contents of the USB drive and lets you navigate and play them through the IR remote. The idea is that you copy video content onto the drive at your computer, then disconnect the drive, walk it over to the tv set and plug it into the cradle when you want to watch.

The second is Eye-Fi. Eye-Fi is a SD memory card that syncs to a PC over wireless. The goal is to auto-sync the card periodically so that the content automagically appears on my computer without having to muck around with popping cards in and out of the camera.

Both solutions could be winners or losers, it’s going to boil down to workflow. But they’re simple and cheap, so we’ll see.