Monday, November 28, 2011

Introducing iPhoned

I have recently spun off another blog:
It is geared towards iPhone development.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

How to Configure Axiom Series Transport Controls for GarageBand

Abstract: This article describes how to configure the M-Audio Axiom 25 MIDI controller transport controls for GarageBand on a Mac.
I recently bought an M-Audio Axiom 25 MIDI controller. After plugging it into my Mac and starting up GarageBand, some stuff worked but not the series of buttons called “transport controls”. These are the “Play", “Record”, "Prev", "Next", etc. buttons.
I did a Google search and found this page:
it was pretty useful, except that my keyboard has a "Stop" button instead of the "Jump to Beginning" button, so that key code did not map correctly. In other words, the "Stop" button did nothing. I tried some alternate codes until I found the right one.
Here are the steps to follow, with an updated screenshot to show the codes that worked for me. (I copied this almost verbatim from that other site.)

  1. Download “GarageRemote” at the following link:
  2. The file will download as a .zip file, so double-click the downloaded file to uncompress it.
  3. Open the “GarageRemoteFolder” and follow the instructions to install the System Preference.
  4. Once installed, open your System Preferences and then select “GarageRemote” at the bottom of the window.
  5. In the “MIDI” pane, enter the following codes for each button:

  6. Next, go to the “Listener” pane and press the “Start” button. I also checked the box because I like to have the listener always start when I log in.
Voila! Transport controls now map successfully to GarageBand. The "Stop" button behaves like the "Jump to Beginning" button.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Embrace Climate Change

It's already begun, there is no stopping it anyhow. Let's catch the wave and ride it home to the future, where we all want to be anyways.

There is a reason the phrase "global warming" has cemented in our conscious-ness. It sounds blissful and tranquil, like drinking beers on the beach at sunset. Everyone feels so good, we can just let the small stuff slide. Why argue when you can instead blow off the haters and take a nap? ("Whatever.")

So there, that's it. Let's just burn all the oil until it's gone and see if we can't turn up the heat a little. Think of it as an experiment. Then we can all relax some because it will be too hot to argue. Also, since there would be no more oil, there will be one less thing to fight over.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Try, try again

This morning my streaming internet connection to the local NPR station was interrupted. So I went back to the app and reloaded the station. Problem solved.

My point is that we can apply the same principle to our daily lives. Nobody gets it right on the first try. Practice makes perfect.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I would just like to say, its not cool to tease or make fun of people for things they cannot change. Nobody is perfect, every one of us is flawed. Let us not judge one another.