Archive for the 'Hardware' Category

iPod Pro: it really is something else

Monday, November 16th, 2015

I’ve had the iPad Pro and the Logitech Create keyboard now for a couple of days and it’s really very, very different from what iPads used to be. I’m coming from the first iPad Retina, so it’s been a couple of generations in between.  I’ve never before succeeded in writing anything more that emails with […]

Another couple of years?

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

My Mac Pro is an early 2008. Over the last few years, it’s been losing function by parts. It’s like chip rot. First the firewire didn’t work right, lots of transfer errors. It may even have been that way from the start, but I always thought it was the LaCie drives or firewire hubs that […]

Razor Mako click of death fix

Friday, May 29th, 2015

I have the Razer Mako speakers on my desk. They consist of this heavy, huge amplifier/bass unit and two smaller round treble speakers. It’s a great sounding system, but a lot of them fall victim to the “click of death”. This is a failure mode where the speakers give a regular clicking or popping sound, […]

Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Heh… Polish chap builds computer into a mouse • The Register

Which new Mac Pro? The old one.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

So with the new Mac Pro coming out, I’ve been torn between getting one of those or live with my old Mac Pro early 2008 for a while longer. Now, just estimating the price of the new Mac Pro, adding in a Thunderbolt drive storage and two Thunderbolt screens, the sum is way beyond what […]

If all else fails, try Preview

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

I’m totally amazed at all the things Preview does in OSX Snow Leopard. I already use it for knocking out backgrounds, using the “Instant Alpha” tool in the “Select” dropdown. But what happened today is more interesting. To my everlasting regret I got me a Canon Lide 60 scanner a couple of years ago. Canon’s […]

An ode to Juniper

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I have a Juniper SSG-5 and the school I’m doing the network setup for also got one identical unit on my recommendation. I wanted to set up a fixed VPN between the two but failed miserably, so I logged a support request with Juniper on my machine, which is still in warranty but without any […]

Ode to a printer

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

We’re always complaining about stuff not working, but I just want to say how happy I’ve been, and still am, with our HP Laserjet 2300 DTN. Sounds like a commercial, doesn’t it? Anyway, as I replaced the drum today, I checked the numbers. We got it in the summer of 2003 and it’s never failed […]

OSX, FreeRadius, Netscreen, and me

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Oh, wow, this was crazy. What I needed to get done is to have a Juniper SSG-5 firewall (which runs Netscreen OS 6.2) authenticate users from the FreeRadius server that runs by default in OSX Snow Leopard server (10.6.3). And I needed the SSG-5 to differentiate depending on groups on Open Directory on the OSX. […]

Another neat machine

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

In my current upgrading of my local net, and in anticipation of my new ISP business account, which gives me a /28 segment of public IPs (16 adresses, of which 13 useable), I had to get VLAN capable switches to replace the cheapo Netgear Gigabit dumb switches I had. That way I can place my […]