Tom Lauck’s

WordPress on the iPhone – As Easy as Exchange


I’m sure I am but one many people testing out WordPress for iPhone right now. I just couldn’t resist.

So far it was been about two minutes since the app finished downoading. So it seems blogging may just be as easy as setting up exchange on the iPhone.


Jul 22 2008

Print File Structure In Mac OS X


The topic arouse while working a large project: “How can I print the directory structure in OS X? It was easy in OS 9.”

It is possible by using the Terminal application. I intend to write an AppleScript in the near future to do this automatically.

Open up Terminal (Its located in the Utilities folder in Applications)Enter


*Make Sure there is a space after ‘cd

Select or open a finder window that has the directory of interest. Drag the file to the Terminal window and hit Enter.

A new line should appear. Type:

ls -RF > ~/Desktop/file_structure.txt

Look at your Desktop. A file named ‘folder_list.txt’ should be visible. You can now edit and do with it what you wish. is the name of the file you want the output of the recursive ls command to write out to. Feel free to use something more descriptive as you wish.

Feb 14 2007

New Parallels Update


If you haven’t gotten a chance, download the new Parallels update.

Among other speedy enhancements is my new favorite feature about my Mac…coherence. I can have Windows shortcuts sitting in my dock. In this mode, the start menu and task bar sit nicely with the dock and you do not even know you are in windows. It takes feels as though the barrier between Mac and PC is totally shattered.

I am anxious to see what Vista will do my virtual machine…

Feb 6 2007

Expanding a Parallels Disk Image…What They Don’t Tell You


On the initial install of Windows XP under Parallels, I was very conservative in the disk space I allocated to it. After Windows repeatedly yelling at me to do something about the lack of disk space I figured I would.

When setting up the Windows Virtual Machine, I had the image set to “Expanding.” A bit deceiving…for there is a procedure that is not “included” in the help file for accomplishing this:

  1. Find your hard disk image file on the host machine (in this case Mac OS).. Run the Parallels ImageTool on it and expand it to the desired amount.
  2. Duplicate the hard disk image you wish to expand on the host machine.
  3. Open Parallels then the preferences for the virtual machine you are using. Change the hard disk image path the duplicate image.
  4. Add a new hard disk via the add button and add a new hard disk. Set the path to the original image…the purpose of this and the above step is to boot from the duplicate disk so that Windows can have full access to the disk (original image) you wish to expand.
  5. Boot up Windows. Then navigate to Start->Run. Enter “DISKPART” and press Run/Enter.
  6. In the new window that appears type: “list volume”
  7. After that process runs, a list of disks appears. Notice that Volume 1 and Volume 2 look identical. *Note: Volume 2 should be the original hard disk image.
  8. Select Volume 2 by typing: “select volume 2″ then extend it by typing “extend” once that is complete type “exit” and shut down Windows.
  9. Clean up the Virtual Machine preferences by deleting the second hard disk and switching the hard disk 1 path back to the original hard disk image.
  10. Restart Windows. Rebooting may be necessary if Windows “detects new hardware.”

This procedure allows Windows to see the extra space that Parallels has allocated. One day maybe Windows will be easier to use……if hell freezes over.

Dec 1 2006

Why Apple will take over the world


There has been some controversy over the new Intel Macs as they first hit consumer hands, as seen here. Rogue elements in Apple have been speaking out about it. But in the end, I really think Apple has taken the criticism to heart.When I first ordered my MacBook Pro, I was a bit apprehensive because of Apple’s recent glitches. I have to say, I am nothing but happy with the performance of it. But alas, to my dismay, about two weeks later Apple releases the new MBP.Now here was my complaint:

  1. If I would have known Apple was doing this, I would have waited the extra couple of weeks.
  2. The options I paid over $300 were now standard.
  3. I was only a couple days beyond my 14 day return period.

After talking to one supervisor, they offered me a $100 credit. This wasn’t acceptable to me. I was out $300. So I talked to another supervisor, stated my situation, he told me he would call me back. After the much anticipated call back, he offered me a $150 credit and an Apple Store Accessory. I still felt like I was getting the shaft.

So in the end, Apple offered to accept my return with a full refund. Now I can go buy the new MBP with all the fixings!

Would you ever get that from Dell? I don’t think so.

Nov 3 2006