Archive for the 'Hardware' Category

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 […]

The cutest little muscle machine ever

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

I got me that brand new Apple Mini with Snow Leopard OSX Server unlimited edition included. This is such an adorable machine, you wouldn’t believe it. It has everything you can wish for in a server, as far as I can make out after just a couple of hours with it. It’s super easy to […]

Powering up your ReadyNAS NV+ remotely

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I have two ReadyNAS NV+ units from Netgear and I’ve put them in a backroom where nobody normally goes. I don’t either. Now, for extra security in case of fire or a break-in, I’m actually moving them to a neighbor’s spare room, which means I can’t easily get at them anymore and the energy consumption […]

Merging mice

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

I’ve got this Wacom Intuos 3 tablet and I like it. The mouse, in particular, is very nice. Good feeling. As long as it works. The problem I’ve had is that my first mouse started to give switch bounce on the left button, and a problem with the scroll wheel, after about 16 months. Out […]