Linux and Unix File Permissions

Listing Files and Directories

What Do You Mean I Can’t Do This? If this hasn’t happened to you already, it surely will:  On your Mac or Linux computer, you attempt to load, save, copy, paste, or delete a file, and you receive a message on your screen that your request has been canceled because you do not have the… Continue reading Linux and Unix File Permissions

Power Mac G5 Desktop: A lot of computer for a few hundred dollars

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In 2008, I switched from a Windows driven PC to an Apple computer.  I bought an iMac with the 24″ screen.  I still have it and it has been a terrific machine.  The only thing I have done to it has been to max out the memory to 4 gigs, and keep the operating system… Continue reading Power Mac G5 Desktop: A lot of computer for a few hundred dollars

How to Transfer Your Vinyl Records to MP3 (and get CD quality results)

Audacity Window

The Goal While doing research for this article on converting music from vinyl records to mp3’s, I viewed on the Internet numerous YouTube videos, and read a lot of “How To’s” on the subject .  A good number of well meaning people spent a lot of time explaining this conversion process, and if one followed… Continue reading How to Transfer Your Vinyl Records to MP3 (and get CD quality results)

Open Source Software for Your Mac – Save Big / Loose Little

Open Office Spreadsheet

What Is Open Source Software? You just purchased your new Mac, and now it’s time to add software.  Gulp!  Sticker-shock, software is expensive.  Here are some examples (Note:  These are full version prices, not upgrades or student prices): Microsoft Office 2011                            $148.99 Adobe Photoshop CS6                          $413.99 Quark Express V 9.0                           $1024.14 On the other hand,… Continue reading Open Source Software for Your Mac – Save Big / Loose Little

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU INSTALL LINUX

The Linux Penguin

Some Background: The Linux operating system kernel was released by Linus Torvalds in 1991. From its inception, the software is very Unix-like, and shares many command line entries with Unix as well.  Linux is open source software (basically, this means the source code license allows the user to freely change, improve, and distribute the software).… Continue reading SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU INSTALL LINUX

DVD Hunter for Mac OS X

DVD Hunter User Interface

You need DVD Hunter (for Mac OS X) if you have large collection of motion pictures on DVD and need a way to organize them.  I have used several commercial movie databases, and even created my own in Access, but they all left me wanting for more.  I found and installed DVD Hunter over a… Continue reading DVD Hunter for Mac OS X

Repurpose Your Old WiFi Router As A Super Router or Repeater With DD-WRT

Repeater Bridge Diagram from DD-WRT WIKi

The closet in the office of my home was filled with nearly twenty years worth of outdated computer hardware.   Over the past few months, opening the closet’s door would set off an avalanche of old video cards, mother-boards, and an assortment of audio/video cables.  Depending on your reflexes, and how fast you opened the… Continue reading Repurpose Your Old WiFi Router As A Super Router or Repeater With DD-WRT

CheatSheet & Grab

This past week, I found two very useful programs that you might want to use on your Mac: CheatSheet. I discovered this as a Mac Gem on the MacWorld web site:  (http://www.macworld.com/article/1167118/cheatsheet_helps_you_find_and_remember_keyboard_shortcuts.html) Simply, after CheatSheet is installed and running, by holding down the Command key for two seconds, an overlay pops up showing the available… Continue reading CheatSheet & Grab

Anonymity on the Web – Tor Browser

Vidalia Control Panel

Developed by the Tor Project, Tor is free open source software that allows you to surf the web with a high degree on anonymity.   Initially, your web request (for the website you will eventually connect to)  is bounced through a number of server relays, and through this process, your IP address (your online identity) is… Continue reading Anonymity on the Web – Tor Browser

Run Two Computers with a Single Keyboard and Mouse – Update

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article on how to run two computers with single keyboard and mouse.  The software at the heart of this process is an open source item called Synergy.  In the article, I also mentioned several different types of software using Synergy.  In all the examples, you must have… Continue reading Run Two Computers with a Single Keyboard and Mouse – Update