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Title Date Comments
Switching to Mac OS X - quick tips for new users   2011 08 
- First thing, understand that I'm not going to try to convince to to switch. I f you are stuck in the world of Microsoft, I feel sorry for you, but making you understand that you should switch is not my purpose today. This article is just quick tips for those who have decided to switch. -
Basic Home Networking, Part 3, File and Printer Sharing   2011 08 
- The point of a computer network is sharing. You might not be sharing much, perhaps even only the Internet connection. If that's the end of it, you don't need much more than part one of this series, which deals with the setup of a basic small network. -
A few minor iPad set up problems baffle my neighbor   2011 08  2011/08/28 anonymous
- A neighbor took advantage of MA's recent tax free weekend and bought an iPad. He'd seen mine and his daughter had shown off hers the last time she had visited, so he had a pretty good idea of why he wanted it. Unfortunately, his initial experience was frustrating. -
Basic Home Networking - Part 2, wireless setup   2011 08 
- Often all that needs to be done is to tell your computer that you want to connect to a wireless network. It's not always that easy, but it certainly can be. However, even if it is that easy for you, you might still want to read the rest of this in case you have problems later. You also might want to read it because being "too easy" to get connected could mean that you are running some security risk and need to address that issue. -
Basic Home Networking - routers and switches   2011 08  2011/08/16 BigDumbDinosaur
- Setting up a small office or home network used to be a fairly complicated task. Aside from the technical knowledge needed, there was expensive equipment to buy and specialized tools for wiring. That's all changed - the necessary equipment is cheap and readily available and it's all very easy to configu re. -
A non-technical guide to understanding and fixing TCP/IP problems on a network   2011 08  2011/08/14 BigDumbDinosaur
- The title is a bit incorrect in the .non-technical. claim, because we are dealing with a geekish subject here and I can't avoid being a little "techie". -
Brother MFC-J615W printer   2011 08 
- I have never been a fan of inkjet printers. In fact. my general advice has been not to buy them because hey are far more expensive to operate than laser printer. These multifunction things have even more to dislike: if you lose part of the functionality, you are going to lose it all while it is out for repair. -
123D Sculpt from Autodesk - cool!   2011 08 
- This is a 3D drawing app. More to the point, it's a 3D drawing app for people like me who have no artistic talent at all. It makes every other drawing/sketching tool I have look really, really lame. -
Is Linux becoming insignificant?   2011 08  2011/08/20 TonyLawrence
- How many Linux items have I read? Well, my Linux readers won't like this, because it's just 28. -
Maybe Android should be strangled?   2011 08  2011/08/15 TonyLawrence
- I don't like to see Apple controlling too much. This patent set back isn't just about tablet computers; it touches Android cell phones also. If Apple continues to win court cases on this, Android devices - tablets and phones - will either become much more clumsy (perhaps effectively useless) or will become more expensive because of royalties demanded by Apple. This could put people out of business if Apple gets really greedy -
Google-plus false iPad app disappoints greatly   2011 08  2013/06/25 anonymous
- What we got was what we could have had weeks ago - an iPhone app that is allowed to run on the iPad. -
What does Apple's $29.99 operating system pricing signify?   2011 08  2011/08/06 John
- Much has been made of Apple's new price for its operating system: $29.99 is so close to free that (for many people, at least) it is almost unnoticeable. This low price is often contrasted with Microsoft's rather pricier offering of Windows 7. -
The future is in the essence of the iPad   2011 08  2011/08/09 AndrewSmallshaw
- If we had the iPad ten years ago, there would be no such thing as a 'Personal Computer' today. Businesses would still have expensive servers, of course, but bus -
Joe's computer turns 3   2011 07 
- I'm really excited because soon I may get to run Linux! I have been hoping for that for years and had just about given up on the idea when they tried to install Windows 7 on my drive. -
Per-user screen sharing in Lion   2011 06  2011/10/03 TonyLawrence
- There are possibilities for extending the life of older Macs and really exciting possibilities with iPad VNC. -
The Lion roars - did I just yawn?   2011 06  2011/06/10 Sledge
- I thought Lion was really exciting, but that has faded away quickly. The reality is that Lion is not for me. -
Helping my sister-in-law with Gmail   2011 06  2011/06/02 TonyLawrence
- I'd rather send pictures or a move than take control of their computer. They can refer back to what I sent over and over again. -
Tuning Mac OS X for FIOS   2011 05 
- Tuning for broadband isn't as easy as you might think. Your usage matters and it matters a lot. -
TinyTERM ITX for Mac   2011 05 
- TinyTERM ITX for Mac OS X is somewhat disappointing - the emulation is fine, but it is a poor Mac app. -
Sophos free anti-virus for Mac   2011 05  2011/05/23 TonyLawrence
- Although the main threat to Macs is trojans and malware, not viruses, the common man doesn't distinguish these - they are all the same to most folks. -
Slow Finder when browsing SMB Network Shares in Snow Leopard   2011 04  2012/08/08 anonymous
- Mac OS X finder in Snow Leopard, when bound to Active Directory can be painfully slow at just listing files on a SMB share. -
Mysterious Duplicate IP addresses   2011 04  2011/04/20 TonyLawrence
- Proxyarp on smart switch causes sudden appearance of duplicate ip addresses: All machines on our 192.168.206.x subnet (mostly Mac's, with Windows servers) got the IP conflict message when they started up in the morning. We do have a linux dhcp server running on that subnet, but it only hands out 2 IP addresses for barcode guns, and those are given the IP based on their MAC address, so each barcode gun always gets the same IP and can move to other buildings without reconfiguring them, as they run in dhcp mode. -
Finding Yesterday's Date   2011 04  2014/02/05 TonyLawrence
- How to find yesterday's date on Linux, Mac and any other Unix. -
Yesterday's Date   2011 04  2010/04/01 TonyLawrence
- Recently I was asked how to write a script that would automate the task of copying a log file to another directory -
Murder and mayhem - killing users processes   2011 04  2011/10/28 BigDumbDinosaur
- how to kill all of a specific user's user processes without "killall" - or select a subset to kill -
Slightly Scrambled - unsorting a file   2011 04  2011/04/05 TonyLawrence
- Here is a typical way to approach the problem. It uses Perl's associative arrays and (somewhat ironically) uses -
Snarling Panda site cleanup   2011 03 
- The problem is "low value content". That's tough to define absolutely, but some pages here definitely fall into that category -
Smarter HTML Link Extractor   2011 03  2011/07/20 TonyLawrence
- Checking links is not really hard; you can actually do it with just a few lines of Perl. -
Environment variables - maximum size of a variable?   2011 03 
- An 18 MB or larger variable is much more than any shell script is likely to need, but it shows that you need not fear assigning large chunks of data -
Cisco VPN's with VPN Tracker 6   2011 01 
- Mac users get ignored by Cisco and many other VPN providers. VPN Tracker 6 gives you access to those VPN's. -
Thinking iPad for Xmas?   2010 10  2011/11/30 TonyLawrence
- Are you thinking iPad for Xmas? I think iPad is the ideal second computer. However, other companies are offering similar devices. -
How do I fix files showing up as 0k on a SMB mount in Snow Leopard?   2010 09  2013/10/08 BruceGarlock
- We have been battling a strange Snow Leopard font issue (who hasn't) for a while now, and this one seemed to work on some SL machines. -
Converting File Encodings   2010 09  2010/11/03 anonymous
- Converting File encodings on MacOSX UTF-16 to 8 bit ascii and an odd complaint from cron caused by DOS line endings. -
Free iPad book   2010 06 
- Free e-books are often barely worth the time and trouble it takes to download them. They are often just thinly veiled advertising vehicles promoting some other product -
iPad Keynote with VGA projector or display   2010 05  2010/07/27 TonyLawrence
- How to make an external monitor work with Keynote and your iPad - it's too balky right now! -
iPad app file extensions   2010 05  2011/08/05 TonyLawrence
- Finding iPad uti file extensions can be confusing. There is an app that lets you look up the apps that belong to particular extensions, but you don't need to buy anything to find the extensions that an app you own recognizes. -
iPad 3G   2010 05  2010/10/07 TonyLawrence
- When to cancel ipad 3g - leaving it on constantly seems like a waste of money to me. -
Traveling with the iPad   2010 05  2010/05/25 TonyLawrence
- Traveling with the iPad is not the annoyance that some insist. I have no issues worth griping about. -
iPad passwords   2010 05  2010/05/05 MarcFarnumRendino
- The iPad keyboard and its affect on passwords - some good passwords are very hard to type. -
iBooks vs. Kindle   2010 05 
- Differences between Kindle and iBooks - I like the iBooks versions better but Kindle does have its charms. -
Improving the iPad keyboard   2010 05  2011/04/06 TonyLawrence
- Apple iPad needs a fully programmable custom keyboard option. Why has Apple left this out? -
It's the overall experience that matters   2010 05 
- iPad apps can be less than stellar - yes, there is an app for that, but there's a good chance it's a crappy app. -
My iPad Senior Moments   2010 05 
- Where is that iTunes icon now? I do have my senior moments, but this weekend was unusually bad. -
It's only going to get better   2010 05  2010/05/09 TonyLawrence
- Perfection is in sight - masybe it's not quite the dawning of a new age, but iPads are something very close to that. -
If I could talk to Steve Jobs   2010 05 
- Three things the ipad really, really needs. These are very obvious omissions that should be fixed ASAP. -
Waiting for the..   2010 05  2010/05/07 TonyLawrence
- The iPad vs hp slate and android: I am all for Android devices competing with Apple. Competition is good, and we all will benefit. -
On the fourth day of iPad..   2010 05  2010/05/05 MarcFarnumRendino
- Getting more comfortable with the ipad - some attitude adjustment is required, but I can do most of my work there. -
First day with iPad   2010 05  2010/05/04 TonyLawrence
- I can do 90 percent of my daily work with my iPad. I imagine many will be able to do everything. -
Finding Leaks in Xcode   2010 04  2010/07/02 abes
- Finding memory leaks with Xcode turns out to be much harder than I thought it would be. -
Basics of the iPhone/iPad SDK   2010 04  2010/04/07 TonyLawrence
- Getting started with the iPhone SDK (Software Development Kit) -
iPad Application Development For Dummies   2010 04 
- Very good explanation of iPhone/iPad SDK development nuts and bolts -
iPads being delivered today   2010 04  2012/06/11 TonyLawrence
- Fedex drivers were greeted by the strange sight of geeks rushing out to meet their trucks or already at the curb, bouncing up and down, giddy with excitement. Many a geek inflicted neck strain upon themselves from stretching to see if the Fedex truck was coming. Others were obviously distressed with indecision: should they stand outside awaiting the delivery or go back in and reload the tracking page? Sometimes this problem was solved by keeping children home from school: little geeks-to-be were seen shouting out windows: 'No change, Dad, no change'. -
Xcode 3 Unleashed   2010 04 
- Knowing Xcode is definitely part of knowing the SDK: Yeah, well that worked - sort of. You can just wander in and use Xcode without really knowing all that much about it. However, you'll probably miss things that can really add to your productivity. -
Beginning iPhone 3 Development   2010 04 
- I liked this because it dove right in to things I need to know about the iPhone SDK -
The iPhone Developers Cookbook   2010 04 
- This book helped clear some confusion about the iPhone SDK: This title was mentioned frequently when I was looking for good books to get me started with iPhone/iPad programming. There were a few negative comments - one particular jibe from a college professor was especially cutting. He's probably one who gets all snitty if a students indentation style doesn't match his own, so I ignored that. -
Adventures in Xcode and the iPhone SDK II   2010 04  2010/04/24 TonyLawrence
- There is a lot of pain in getting started with IOS development. I've made some progress, but I'm not sure how far I can go. -
Adventures in Xcode and the iPhone SDK   2010 04  2010/04/20 TonyLawrence
- I must have been missing a big chunk of something, because a reinstall took away an extra GB of disk. -
Thinking about that iPad   2010 04  2010/04/07 TonyLawrence
- Do I want to buy an iPad? Can I possibly NOT buy an iPad? It seems that I really cannot avoid this. -
Network Troubleshooting   2010 03  2010/03/16 AndrewSmallshaw
- As it turned out, the problem was very physical: a light fixture had fallen down and loosened some connections to a long forgotten ethernet switch. -

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