OSX: Adding Snow Leopard Server iCal Group Accounts to Desktop iCal

This may affect only about eight people on the planet, but I figured I’d post it here just in case I forget.

Do you have an OSX Snow Leopard server running iCal services for group accounts?

Does that group have its own shared wiki on the OSX server? You’ll need the short name of your group. In our example, we’ll assume the full name is, “Task Group” and the short name, “taskgroup”.

Do you want to access that calendar from your OSX desktop iCal application?

  1. Open iCal on your desktop.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Click Accounts.
  4. Add an account.
  5. Change Account Type to CalDAV
  6. Enter your username and password for your wiki server that grants access to that group.
  7. Enter the domain name of the server, for example, wiki.company.com.
  8. Click the Create button.  You may see an error at this point. This may be normal, but the Create button should have also changed to Continue.  Click Continue.
  9. Your username, password, and server name should have been carried over. However, the server path will default to /principals/users/username, where, of course, username is your actual username.
  10. Change the server path to read /principals/__uids__/wiki-groupname/. If our example groupname from above is “taskgroup” this would therefore need to be changed to /principals/__uids__/wiki-taskgroup/.
  11. In the port field, if your iCal server uses SSL, be sure Use SSL is checked. The default port for SSL iCal should therefore be 8443. However, if your server does not use SSL, uncheck that option then change the port to 8008. Naturally, any port can run any service, but these are the typical port numbers on which these services run.
  12. You may need to click the “Use Kerberos v5 for authentication” checkbox if your domain uses Kerberos. This is typical. Click the checkbox then click Create.

If you see an error regarding logins or authentication, try unchecking the Kerberos checkbox then try again.
That’s pretty much it. Your group calendar will now appear in iCal.
Note that if you have a user that likes to get creative with changing calendar colors that it will propagate to everyone using that shared calendar. This is by design, but it may not be expected by everybody.

Elk River Fight

This is impressive — a pair of bull elk have a bit of a set-to in the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. It’s from a DVD of which I have very little additional information. It’s spectacular, though, to see the two bulls fighting briefly in the river:

Couple things to look for. The bull with the larger rack appears to be injured before the fight. He’s limping on his right foreleg before and after. And, I got a bit of a chuckle when the young buck tried to come up and pick another fight then appeared to think twice when he saw how large that bull was.

I need to go elk hunting. Or, as my dad says, “Take my rifle for a walk in the woods.”

Carl Sagan and his Fully Armed Spaceship of the Imagination

An awesome webcomic from Ninjerktsu. Go, read.

The last frame with the crumbly apple pie is awesome.  I’m going to go watch some Cosmos now.

And, a completely off the wall trivia question, followed by a brief bit of obscure knowledge and babble on my part: Without going out and looking it up — because, honestly, one really should watch the entire series — what was the name of the song playing in the background while Dr. Sagan was in the cave describing supernovas?

The piece in question was written and performed by a group whose members played in bands with names like, Sigma 6, The Spectrum Five, and The Tea Set.

The latter name, which they preferred, had to be dropped at the last moment when it was discovered that another band, also named The Tea Set, was to perform at the same gig with them.

The new front-man for the band had to create a new name quickly to distinguish themselves, so he used a combination of names of two blues musicians from his own collection: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

The Pink Floyd Sound, whose name later was shortened to Pink Floyd — and is now known to a few generations of music fans as just, “Floyd” — wrote and performed the song in question, One of These Days.

One of These Days was the first track from Pink Floyd’s 1971 album Meddle and contained but a single sentence spoken in the middle of the — by 1971 standards — fast-paced, progressive, instrumental rock piece. An album which, with the exception of one track that I honestly don’t understand (Seamus, seriously?), makes its way into my own iTunes rotations on a very regular basis.

There probably isn’t much evidence to the fact, but because One of These Days was included in Cosmos even though it was only about a minute’s worth of play time, I like to think that the late Dr. Carl Sagan was, in fact, a huge Pink Floyd fan.

Kilts, Parties, and Social Observations

Our annual company party was last night. Because of the weather (3 inches of completely unexpected snow), we didn’t have nearly as many people attend as we normally do. But my wife and I were determined to make it there.

This was a semi-formal event, so, naturally, I wore a tie. Oh, and of course, my favorite kilt.

Some other people wore semi-formal vestments, of course. And, being a tech company, there were a fair percentage of jeans and sweatshirts.

As expected, the kilt drew looks, comments, thumbs up — and not a single negative remark.

One attendee stuck in my mind. While I was waiting for my loverly date to return, a young woman of maybe 25 or 30 with a curious accent — I’d guess Northern European — approached me and a bit shyly asked, “May I ask you a personal question?”

It’s not my style to be discourteous to a complete stranger, especially given the circumstances (Duh, I’m in a kilt… at a company event… people ask questions), “Of course.”

“Are you wearing anything under there?”

Quickly, I had a few possible responses flash through my mind. The first possible response would have been, “Under where?” Though my standby to women who ask that one is usually, “Good girls don’t ask… bad ones find out for themselves.”

No, company function. Must remain respectable.

“Well,” I thought for a moment, “it is called a kilt.”

Her eyes widened. She gave a bit of a smirk and a nervous laugh. Then a response that left me a bit more confused: “Woah, that’s too much information!” Though I’d attribute that remark to nervousness on her part. She probably expected the “Under where?” response.

I smiled and she went off to catch up with her date.

Fast forward about an hour and things are winding down for the middle-aged crowd, so we’re getting ready to say our farewells to various attendees. I notice out of the corner of my eye, Ms. Curiosity nearing to walk behind me toward the exit. Then, quite possibly the funniest goddamned thing happened… as she passed behind me within a few feet, she dropped the napkin she was holding, then she dropped to her knees on the floor and, while half-heartedly reaching for the napkin, she did the classic I’m-a-ten-year-old-perv-dropping-coins trick and cocked her head to try getting an obvious peek up the kilt.

Hilarious.

Ask what’s under somebody’s clothing; get offended when the answer is “what do you think?” And funny as hell that the adult woman would act like a juvenile boy and go about trying to figure it out for herself.

Things I Learned from The Walking Dead

I did Mantracker, so here’s The Walking Dead. First, though, a few disclaimers: this is based on the first two or three episodes of the show, then I stopped watching it. Not that I didn’t want to, but because Dish Network, for reasons known only to their marketing department, dropped  AMC from my lineup.

On to the list, in no particular order:

  • Use the stereotyped racist guy as bait. A few problems solved.
  • Box vans don’t have seat belts in back–drive slowly. No need to rush.
  • Car alarms don’t keep going and going and going and going.
  • Handguns aren’t cannons. Have a clue how to use them.
  • Rifles do kick a bit.
  • No need to waste ammunition.
  • CB radios (handheld especially) are worthless for anything more than a few miles. Become a Ham and have a clue. :-).
  • Have a knife — it is quite possibly the most useful tool you can possess at any time, anywhere.
  • In the Zombie Apocalypse, everyone on the team should be armed.
  • Teams? Travel in them.
  • Have some useful skills to contribute to the team.
  • Have a plan.
  • Have a backup plan.
  • Don’t take chances if you don’t need to.
  • Only engage if you have superior numbers.
  • Drama? Avoid it. There are enough things to worry about without engaging in drama.
  • Okay, some of those are a bit petty. Some really only applicable to the impossibility of Zombie Apocalypse. Fun to ponder, nonetheless.