Allen J. Hall

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iPod Application: LDAPeople Import/Export

LDAPeopleiPhone/iPod application “LDAPeople” allows your iPod or iPhone to search an LDAP server for contact information, which you can save in your contacts with a single button press. It fills the gap that Apple left in Mail for the iPod with system software os2.x (3.0 includes LDAP support, but not for ssh ldap connections, which LDAPeople supports). LDAPeople has a great, clean, implementation. I highly recommend the application if you’re on the fence about buying it. I use it frequently at my university.

The only barrier to using LDAP people is that, depending on your institution, you have to struggle through proper settings to ensure that you can utilize your organization’s LDAP server to the fullest. The latest update for LDAP people has made a great addition- the import and export of settings files! This is fantastic.

So, without further ado, here’s my settings file for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s main LDAP server: UIUC LDAP People Config File. Note that you can search by First name, Last name, and UID/UIN with these settings. The UID is also listed in parentheses after the person’s name to aid in finding the right student or staff-member based upon their e-mail address, etc.

If you make any changes to the settings, I’d love it if you could post below, allowing me to update the file and benefit the rest of the UIUC community. Thank you!

To see other reviews of LDAPeople and/or purchase it, see this app on iTunes: LDAPeople

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The iHand: Lo-Fi -v- Hi-Fi Methods For Productivity

iHandRecently a friend saw me with my hand covered in notes, and yet, in the same hand was my iPod Touch (a very capable productivity tool by itself).  He laughed hysterically and resisted pointing and laughing with some difficulty.  :)   Instead, he took this photograph to share with others.  [Photo courtesy of Rick Haasch.]

This picture speaks volumes with respect to how easy it is to input data into the iPod and iPhone.  I hate to say it, but the simple stylus was quicker on the Palm platforms.  People are just used to using pens and pencils.  My inked up hand is a very clear indication of this.  To some extent, you can get around this problem with the phone service Jott; however, it also is not as quick as a pen.  Why do the options and computer voice always take soo long in voicemails and these new speech to text services?  [Incidentally, I love Jott for the following: On the go (driving) e-mails and SMS, Expense account additions during the actual payments of said items, and quick notes to myself when anything other than a voice-call is possible.]

The notes in question were taken in typical mid-hallway quick conversation mode, when there just wasn’t enough time to try and open the iPod, turn on an application, and start using the little funky button keyboard.

Incidentally, I also carry a Shirtpocket Briefcase ala Levenger, which always holds a series of 3×5 cards for lo-fi inbox notes.  The 3×5 card is the killer productivity app.  I’ll have to comment on these types of methods in future posts.  Let’s just say there’s a reason most old guys carry around a stack of 3×5′s in rubber bands, or monkey-clips, always in their breast pocket with a pen.

I would love to hear from you about your own methods of Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi productivity and difficulties in their intersections.

Today’s Earworm: “Saint – Saens Concerto Pour Piano N°5 <<Egyptien>> En Fa Majeur, Opus 103 Allegro Animato” performed by Aldo Ciccolini/Orchestre De Montpellier Languedoc – Roussillon from the album Saint – Saens Concerto Pour Piano N°4 Et N°5

How to backup/save/resurrect your Stanza iPod/iPhone eBook Library

calibre_stanzaA recent Stanza update for the iPod Touch and iPhone left me with a completely blank ebook library!  horror!! So, not being content with doing things the most straight forward way, and redownloading every book, I decided to see if you could get all your books back from Stanza somehow.  To learn how, join me after the jump…

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Apple’s “InEar Headphones” – broken and support difficult. (updated 01/26/09)

Well, interestingly, the strain-relief on the right-ear of my new In Ear Headphones (the dual-driver $80.00 ones for the new iPods) has broken. (to hear more and read the conclusion, click more…)

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iPhone/iPod software version 2.2 appears to break Fring: Fixed!

It appears that the latest version of the Apple iPhone and iPod software (2.2) breaks the current release of Fring. Currently Fring users who have updated are finding they can no longer connect to the Fring servers. I’ve been wondering for quite some time if Apple doesn’t syphon all IP traffic through a central hub, then off to the internet, but it’s just my own head. The reason being that Apple could control malicious software if they controlled the iPhone and iPods in this manner.

In anycase, Fring on the iPod and iPhone currently is inoperable. I wish the dev team luck in finding a solution. I even ordered a mic for the iPod in order to use Skype and/or Gizmo (currently only 1 VOIP server can be used at a time) with my iPod. So, it appears I have to either deprecate my phone (may be very difficult to do), or hope that Fring solves this quickly.

Here’s a thread I came across on Fring’s forums describing the issue: iPod Touch and version 2.2 issue.

Update! Fring says they have a fix and it should hit the AppStore soon! Excellent. (See Above Thread on the Fring forums.)

iPod Touch Application: LDAPeople

I may be doing a few posts here and there about a few applications for the iPod touch. But, I want to add information that will make these posts helpful, so expect each one to have a few examples, if possible. In the least, I hope to describe at least 1 missing feature you might find important.

First, Apple for some reason did not include the ability to search LDAP servers into the iPod / iPhone Mail application. A horrible omission for someone who’s used to having To: field searches available at his fingertips. So, what to do? Well, you could use an online search (if your organization has one) via the web, or you could look for an application. I looked for an application. I found: LDAPeople by Neoos Software. LDAPeople

To read about how to setup LDAPeople for the UIUC Campus, and more about it’s interface etc., click “more”…
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Filmetrics Rocks- iPod Touch 32g!!

Boston rocked: I’m writing this on a new iPod Touch! Filmetrics was running a drawing for those who brought samples to test! Big thankyou’s go out to Filmetrics and AVS. I will write more about the conference in a series of posts coming soon. I’m hoping everyone had a great week while I was gone.

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