4,771 reputation
921
bio website
location
age
visits member for 4 years, 11 months
seen Dec 6 at 18:15

Dec
26
comment Can a company use VPN to spy on me?
Does "... suggested they use VPN to work on my machine to do this" mean you would enable VPN on your machine and allow them to access it? And if so, would that be one time, for them to do some other kind of setup for you? Or does it mean they set up you machine to all VPN access to their network? In the latter case, they could probably monitor you in whatever ways they monitor their own employees' use of their network.
Dec
6
comment Any way to make AirPort Express speaker available as just a speaker so I can stream the sound from a movie as well?
Rogue Amoeba (Airfoil's maker) offer an Airfoil-compatible video player, here: rogueamoeba.com/support/knowledgebase/… that claims to solve the sync issue. I haven't tried the video player myself but I do use Airfoil for remoting my music.
Dec
6
comment Does it make sense using a RAM disk in Mac OS X?
Daniel Beck: Oops, missed that. Serves me right for posting before coffee.
Nov
27
comment ADSL2+ - High sync-rate, good line attenuation, but low noise margin and slow speeds
Have you added any phone equipment or made any other changes to your internal phone lines recently? I'd try disconnecting all the phone and other equipment from the phone lines, including their DSL filters and run your tests again. Can you make the same test with another computer in place of yours, to rule out issues on your system? It does look suspicious that the modem/router reports a nearly 18Mbps connection while you're getting such low speeds.
Nov
19
comment Will a Mac help me learn Linux?
I don't dispute your experience with it and I continue to use it myself. But I find it confusing near the boundary between the two and thinking that a linux learner would find it even moreso.
Nov
19
comment Alternatives to Microsoft Word *only*
...suites with documents in competing formats. More esoteric features might not work identically, but the same is true between different versions of Word.
Nov
19
comment Alternatives to Microsoft Word *only*
I don't think anyone can answer this question for you. What you consider full-featured, and what someone else does can differ markedly. I think the only way to answer is for you to define the features you need and compare them to - or try - the candidate program(s). And as long as the primary application meets your needs, what is the downside to a suite, but disk space? The upside is more to choose from. I'd also point out the greater compatibility of the open
Nov
16
comment Will a Mac help me learn Linux?
Cygwin is really bash grafted onto Windows, which becomes all too apparent when you try to do unixy/bashy things to files not local to your current working directory. Windows paths and unix paths are barely on speaking terms. Bash is better than cmd.exe and Windows is better with Cygwin than without, but it's a bit of a rough-edged hybrid. I say this as a recovering Windows victim, moved to MacOS (and loving it and its unix), now with one foot back in Windows' camp courtesy of my current employer.
Nov
7
comment How to get higher download rate than upload rate
Transfer speeds measured by most web sites have to be taken with a huge dose of skepticism. (File size / transfer time) would be the right way to present file-transfer speeds. Unfortunately, I haven't found a site yet that does that. If you watch the speed meter they present, you'll see that they will quote you the maximum speed the meter ever reached, even though it may have peaked only once and for only a tiny fraction of the time taken. Timing it yourself with a wristwatch (assuming you can find out the file size) would give far more representative results.
Nov
5
comment Why is iTunes 10 opening spontaneously on Mac OS X 10.6?
This always seemed bass-ackward to me, too. You can change it on the keyboard System Preferences pane. There's a tick-box to select whether the unmodified function keys perform f-key functions or media functions.
Oct
22
comment How to get a fast free Unix native on a Mac Pro?
You're already running "unix native" on your machine. What you do want to improve about it? We - or you, at any rate - need a better handle on that to answer this.
Oct
20
comment Mac OS X scrolling is jumpy
What mouse are you using? Are you using a proprietary mouse driver, say from the manufacturer, or something like USB Overdrive? Is this a new mouse? If not, when did the behavior start, and had you recently changed or installed anything?
Oct
10
comment What are some good practices for making sure my laptop battery serves its full life?
It depends on the battery chemistry. That's true for NiCad, but bad for LiIon.
Oct
3
comment Where do these random ~ (tilde) directories come from?
Some example names? Or is the name always just a lone tilde?
Sep
25
comment How do I get rid of a .dmg file which appears after reboot on my desktop?
[Continuing....] (select it and click the minus-sign button below). Close System Preferences. Run Skype from whichever Applications folder you installed it to, and use the dock Icon (as in my answer above) to set the Open at Login option.
Sep
25
comment How do I get rid of a .dmg file which appears after reboot on my desktop?
Look for Skype in System Preferences | Accounts | <youraccount> , on the Login Items tab, in the list of applications to be run at startup. (This is the likely 'Autostart' place). If you find it there, right click it and and select Reveal in Finder. That should show you where Skype is being loaded from, if it's not from the installed application (maybe it's still being loaded from the .dmg in the trash). If you find it is being loaded from somewhere other than your or the system's Applications folder, delete it from the Login Items list [to be continued.....]
Sep
24
comment Problem with macbook pro default iSight(built-in iSight)
To run the hardware diagnostics you hold the 'D' key while booting from the original startup CD for your machine.
Sep
21
comment How to resolve home network download speed degradation
I wish I did. At this point I resort to watching the test take place and sort of mentally averaging it. If I really needed the information, I guess I'd try to figure out the size of the file they send and then time it.
Sep
21
comment How to resolve home network download speed degradation
"...but the speed test is done over such a short period of time that it seems to not be a real world test case." Not to mention that those speed tests report the absolute peak speed reached, however briefly it occurred. Watch the tests in action and decide whether you believe the final numbers. They're ISP-serving tests and totally bogus.
Sep
19
comment Quick way to check my broadband speed
Every such test I've ever tried is hopelessly optimistic. They report the peak speeds, even though that peak may have been achieved for a very brief fraction of the test. Average throughput (total data / test time) would be far more appropriate. But the providers want to make their numbers look good. Truth? Not so much.