May 01

How to get 25GB free storage in SkyDrive

The new SkyDrive is undeniably awesome. With the imminent public release of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, the games just getting started. One of the ‘criticisms’ that Microsoft has received since it was released is that they reduced the free quota from a jaw dropping 25GB to a standard 7GB. But did you know that if you have a old account you can still ‘ask’ for 25GB without having to pay for it! Here’s what you have to do… Continue reading

Apr 24

How to hide Microsoft SkyDrive from the OSX Dock

Yesterday Microsoft released a pretty big update to SkyDrive that gave all users Dropbox like functionality on Windows and Mac OS X. However for some magical reason, Microsoft decided to ship the OS X client with a very irritating icon in the Dock along with the title bar. Removing the dock icon is surprisingly easy. Keep these instructions close you can do this with all OS X Applications. Here’s what you need to do…
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Feb 01

Controlling Skype via Terminal on a Mac

UPDATE: Windows users should check out my other project, skype4cmd.

Recently Manoj Vekaria asked me if I know how he could send SMS’s via Skype from within one of his PHP scripts. After digging around we found that while there is PHP support for windows, however it doesnt work on OS X since there is no COM interface.

There is a framework that Skype provides for cocoa, that doesn’t seem to compile ‘out of the box’ on Intel machines. Fortunately there is light at the end of the tunnel for Mac developers. Continue reading

Jul 18

Making Huawei E169 3G Modem be friends with Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I have spent the last 5 months trying to make a Huawei e169 modem work with MacOS X Snow Leopard and I can proudly say that I have finally got it working.. thanks to a excellent tutorial that I found on the web. You can find this original article here.

Unlike the usual ‘download the driver and install’ analogy that applies to any hardware you want to connect to your computer. The problem that I have faced in getting the 3G device to work is that:

  • The manufacturer(Heawei) doesn’t provide drivers. It expects carriers(like Optus, Telstra, 3, Vodafone, AT&T.. blah blah) to provide them.
  • Optus(my 3G card’s carrier) technical support is LAZY and downright horrible. From what i can gather, they havent provide the updated snow leopard drivers to their customers.
  • A lazy Google search didn’t get me very far into finding the drivers. I had to really narrow down my search.

Till i found the article that had what i needed! Specifically here is what you need to do to make your Huawei e169 3G Modem work with Mac OSX Snow Leopard Continue reading