27 Aug 2010 07:24 Filed in: Mac Hardware
The Tired Donkey’s mini-series on getting your WiFi network running properly continues with this post which contains this startling revelation he came across in a helpful article in MacWorld by Ted Landau: if you are not using WPA2 password with your 802.11n network, you may be reducing it to 802.11g speeds. Why is this startling? Because the Tired Donkey has never come across this important piece of information before. And he’s a man who would normally know this kind of information. So what do you do to make sure you are getting this password setting right on your AirPort Extreme Base Station? It’s easy. Read on to find out.
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16 Aug 2010 12:57 Filed in: College
The Tired Donkey is not usually one to create a post just to refer his readers to another site. But several circumstances have conspired to create an exception: (i) college is starting soon, (ii) college students are reading about Mac hardware and software on the Tired Donkey’s site,
and (iii) MacWorld just posted a useful survey of five printers that you ought to consider for college.
Having perused the list and done some additional research, the Tired Donkey strongly recommends the Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901. Why? In order of importance: beautiful text printing, cheap black ink ($0.01 per page!), 150-sheet feeder tray for printing, wireless printing, scanning (with 50-sheet feeder), copying, touch screen. To get this incredible per-page price for black text, make sure you buy the 105XL high-yield black ink cartridge ($5.00 for 510 pages of printing) rather than the more expensive and less useful 100XL cartridge.
You will read in various reviews that you can get a printer that prints better photographs. That is undoubtedly true. But so what? This is a printer for college, dude. Don’t be an idiot. What you need is a printer that produces great text at a cheap price. And that’s this printer. So if you are in the market, consider it seriously; right now you can get one for around $200.00 including tax and shipping. But read over the other reviews in the MacWorld piece. Because, who knows, you may actually need a printer for college that excels at $0.15/page color photographs more than anything else. But probably not.
The Tired Donkey cares deeply about having unfettered access to the internet. You should too. If you have grown weary of all the network neutrality blather dribbling out of Washington over the past few years, the Tired Donkey understands. It is, after all, a topic that provokes great passion in a small group and eyes glazed like a Krispy Kreme doughnut in everyone else. But now is the time to pay attention, and the Tired Donkey provides you with both background and information about why you should give a damn below; in fact, he is so serious about this subject that he even breaks into first-person prose. That’s serious. If you love the internet, read the rest of this post. Then do something about it.
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07 Aug 2010 17:42 Filed in: Mac Hardware
As you probably are aware, your speedy, 802.11n WiFi network will be slowed to 802.11g speeds if you have anyone accessing the network using an older Mac or PC that has an 802.11g card. In other words, your network is only as fast as the slowest WiFi card being used on it. If you have nothing but the newest equipment connecting to your network, an 802.11n-only is fine. But if you have any older machines, you should consider a dual band set-up.
The easiest way to run a dual band network is to buy a new AirPort Extreme base station which simultaneous creates both an 802.11n (5 GHz) and an 802.11g (2.4 GHz) network. But if you already have a 5 GHz base station creating an 802.11n network, there is a fast, cheap way to keep that network running at top speed all the time but still allow machines with older gear to get on board when they need to. This post will show you how.
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