Category: Tech

Cool, looks like I’m in the PS3 Home Beta. Along with thousands of others no doubt.

WELCOME TO HOME BETA
Dear PlayStation®Network member,

Congratulations, you have been selected to help beta test PlayStation®Home!

We appreciate your help in making the PlayStation®Home experience the best it can be! Please log in to Home this evening from 6 pm – 8 pm PST for a big celebration of Version 1.0 and a load test of our new features.

How to download
After you have signed in with your PlayStation®Network Account:
– Go to the PlayStation®Store on the PLAYSTATION(R)3 system XMB™ (XrossMediaBar)
– Select “Redeem Codes”
– Enter the code (below)
– Click “Continue”
– The download will be available on the next screen

XXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX

Please note: The unique code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as displayed.

Thank you for your continued support of the PlayStation®Network, and we look forward to seeing you in PlayStation®Home.

Yours truly,

The PlayStation®Network
Sony Computer Entertainment America

Getting Sendmail to work with Rogers and Smarthost settings

I didn’t do this myself so I can’t vouch for it, but there was a recent discussion on one of the mailing lists I’m on about getting Sendmail to work with Rogers Smarthost settings.

Apparently this howto:

http://www.newthink.net/2007/05/18/smarthost-authentication-with-sendmail/

Will get you going, but there is one critical change you must make as determined by the Hugo on the mailing list.

Don’t forget to use smtp-rog.mail.yahoo.com in authinf and not smtp.broadband.rogers.com!

Also, if you want to use an external authinfo file, add this to your sendmail.mc file.

FEATURE(`authinfo’, `hash -o /etc/mail/authinfo.db’)dnl

Again, I didn’t try this myself, but I know some of you use Rogers and this may come in handy.

Another Reference on SMTP and Rogers Smarthost with Sendmail is here.

The Gimp is better than Photoshop when it comes to Arabic or other Right to Left typefaces.

Recently we had to do some work in Arabic for a client of ours. We had never used Arabic in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator before. So when the client asked “you can do Arabic” the response was “oh yeah of course” without giving it a second thought. Windows supports Arabic, so in turn Adobe will right?

Wrong.

Adobe does not support Right to left languages like Hebrew or Arabic. Instead you must purchase the separate “Middle Eastern” version of Creative Suite, Photoshop or Illustrator. There are also a couple plugins available that we found that claim to enable Right to Left typefaces in Photoshop. When we actually found them, it turns out that most are for Mac, or just dont’ work past Photoshop 7. We use CS3, so we were out of luck.

So, after much searching, trying, etc. What did we end up doing? What we should have done in the first place.

We downloaded The Gimp for Windows, created a new artwork, typed our arabic text in, and used a proper Arabic font. Then we saved the item as a 600 DPI psd file and imported it into photoshop. It’s not editable like real text, but, it’s good enough for us.

Might save someone else some hours of frustration. Good luck.