Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Howto: enable gmail Priority Inbox

... seems we'll just have to wait
When you see New! Priority Inbox in the top right corner of your inbox you'll be able to try it out.
If there is another way, I'll post directions/link here.
Supposedly 'is in beta and should be rolling out over the next week' so shouldn't be too long?

lifehacker link.

update 2010.09.03: It came today, although I did see it on a couple other accounts sooner.

I already have a number of filters for categorizing some of my incoming mail into shopping, technews, and junk labels, plus some Quick Links for filtering some of this out from my view when I want to focus on more important stuff.

However, with the filters/quick links, I have to manually add anything new..
Priority Inbox promises to do this automatically through machine learning and user training.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Add ogg support to iTunes on Mac OS X

iTunes for Mac:
this was harder to find than I thought.
Not hard, just not trivial; this should be a one-click add-capability type action,
but the instructions were not as clear. (Ideally, iTunes would already have support for open formats.)

  1. Quit iTunes
  2. Download XiphQT QuickTime component.
    This is a small 1M .dmg; double click to open it. You'll see some text files, but most importantly
    XiphQT.component
  3. Copy it in to /Library/QuickTime
  4. [Optional] This is only necessary if you want to double-click an .ogg file and have it open in iTunes. You can still use the 'add to library' menu item or drag files from the Finder on to iTunes. I think.
    Edit the info.plist file inside of iTunes;
    see instructions here: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Using_iTunes/Ogg_in_iTunes
Go to dir.xiph.org and try an ogg stream.
Start up iTunes and play.
I did this on 10.6.4.