Archive for June, 2009

Jun 02 2009

Free WiFi – No Internet

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On my way to bell ringing practice last night I happen to pick up a screw (easy tiger!) in one of my car tyres.  So during my lunch today I took the car into my local Target Auto Parts store to get the puncture fixed.

Whilst I was waiting I did what I normally do with my spare time and whipped out my trusty iPhone to catch up with Google Reader/Podcasts/Twitter/games.  I’m sure you can imagine my joy to find that there is a wifi access point at Target which is open to the public.  I’m sure you can also imagine my devastation to find that, once connected to the wifi network I couldn’t access the internet.

I spent the next 20 minutes playing around with the iPhones wifi settings, MobileTerminal and Safari trying to access the wireless router to see if I could “fix” it.  Result:  FAIL!

So here is a plea to all companies that require customers to sit around twiddling their thumbs waiting for you to get a job done:  please, Please, PLEASE, if you’re going to tempt us with an open wifi access point, please follow through and provide access to the internet.  It really doesn’t cost that much and we’ll be much happier to come back next time!

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Jun 01 2009

Use Bing As Safari Search Provider

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I’m always looking for the next great thing when it comes to Search.  Google is great but I can’t help but feel it could be better.  Since attending a developer course for FAST ESP back in January I’ve been looking for a Search provider that does more for navigating results rather than just allowing you to page through X thousand results until you get bored and try other search terms.

Microsoft may have hit the nail on the head with  Whilst I think the interface could do with a bit more thought, the features are spot on.

Unfortunately Safari browser on MacOS is tied to as the search provider.  Change the search provider requires changing the source code of the application… or Glims – a nifty Safari plugin.

Once Glims is downloaded and installed, open the Safari Preferences and under the Glims tab select “Search Engines”.

GLims Search Providers

You then need to add a new search engine with the following settings: settings

For the copy-paste folks out there, the url should be:

You can drag-drop the Bing search engine to the top of the Glims search engines list.  Also, select Bing from the search engines drop-down in the search box of a Safari browser window.

I’m not sure if this is required for it to work, but you may need to set your region to being the U.S.A.:

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