18 Jul 2010 17:29 Filed in: Mac Hardware
This post describes how to use an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station together with an Apple AirPort Express to solve a single problem: create wired Ethernet connections to devices that are nowhere near your wired network. There are, of course, other ways to do this such as using your existing home wiring or actually running Ethernet through your house. There are advantages to these methods, but—for now—the Tired Donkey is going to tell you how to use AirPort devices to accomplish this little trick.
Please allow the Tired Donkey to begin by describing the problem he is talking about. Let us say that your DSL or cable modem is in your den. To create an 802.11n (WiFi) network in your house, you have run an
Ethernet cable from the modem to an AirPort Extreme Base Station and configured the base station properly (meaning with appropriate password protection). Perhaps you have a computer or a printer also attached to the base station directly with Ethernet cabling. But now you want to create a wired Ethernet connection to several devices (a Mac Mini, your TiVo, an old Windows computer with no WiFi capability, whatever) on the other side of the house. What to do?
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12 Jul 2010 06:43 Filed in: Mac Software
There are lots of blog posts describing good Mac applications for students; the Tired Donkey has done you the service of linking to several of the better ones below. Most of these lists throw in a couple of productivity apps, a couple of entertainment apps and few other random apps the author happens to like. Nothing wrong with that kind of list-making (which is why the Tired Donkey linked to some of the posts), but the Tired Donkey, who has a large number of children in college and high school, would like to focus his list a little more tightly on fixing the stupid crap students do that compromises their ability to succeed.
So. The Tired Donkey has divided his list into apps that do the core things you need to do to succeed in college: organize yourself, take good notes, study and keep your computer healthy. Many of these apps cost money (but all that do have a free trial period). Get over it; go mow a few lawns or work a little overtime or beg your parents for some more money. Better yet, just make them read this post. The Tired Donkey must point out that you (and your parents) are going to be spending a fortune on your education, and, given this, he respectfully suggests that you would be an idiot not to spend a few hundred dollars more to make sure you have the software you need to succeed.
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This is the sixth post in a series about abandoning cable/satellite television in favor of HD broadcast TV combined with a web-connected computer acting as a media server. To start with the introduction, click here; links to the rest of the series are at the bottom of the post.
Okay, let’s get this series of posts put to bed. I cancelled my cable a year ago and just got to the break-even point on the up-front money I used to get my OTA + Mac Mini system established. So am I happy? Very. Are there still some frustrations? Yes. Here they are in no particular order:
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