Keep Your Mac Safe – Part 3 (Preparing for Disaster)

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed ways to keep your Mac safe:  Tightening up Java and Flash Player access; some suggestions on anti-virus programs; setup programs for built-in firewalls; and some types of password protection.  Part 2, discussed a data encryption program, and some ways to more safely “surf the net”.   If you… Continue reading Keep Your Mac Safe – Part 3 (Preparing for Disaster)

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)

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

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The closet in the office of my home was filled with nearly twenty years worth of outdated computer hardware.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

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

Run Two Computers with a Single Keyboard and Mouse

Years ago, before I became enlightened, I toiled over Windows based machines where I did lots of graphic work and design/data entry on spreadsheets and data bases.  One day, I attached an extra monitor to my computer and discovered that two monitors doubled my desktop space and made my work life a lot easier.  Duh,… Continue reading Run Two Computers with a Single Keyboard and Mouse

Keep Your Mac Safe For Free (On the Net) Part 2

In last week’s blog entry (http://wp.me/p2J68t-u), we discussed these “free” ways to keep your Mac safe:  Keep the Mac OS X up to date, turn “off” Java, adjust settings in Adobe Flash Player, install an anti-virus program, set up your built-in firewall, and password protection.  This week, we’ll discuss how to keep your Mac safe… Continue reading Keep Your Mac Safe For Free (On the Net) Part 2

Keep Your Mac Safe For Free Part 1

Until 2008, I was a Window’s user.  One of the things you get used to very fast when using Microsoft’s operating systems is that you need to keep them secure, and do so quickly.  I once read that a Window’s machine, without anti-virus, firewall, etc. connected to the Internet had, on the average, about 20… Continue reading Keep Your Mac Safe For Free Part 1