Re: looking to upgrade router at home

2011-11-08 Thread Ralph Green
On Mon, 2011-11-07 at 05:26 -0600, Jeff Bequette wrote:
 This may be out of our bailiwick on this list, but here goes:
 
 DP 1.8 G5, running Leopard 10.5.8, 4 gigs ram, hardwired into the  
 Airport extreme (saucer, model A1034)
 an iPad 1
 2 or 3 iphones (if daughter is home)
 2 mac laptops (when both girls are home)
 netflix via wireless (airport extreme) on the home entertainment system
 Hp 5-in-1 printer, which must be hardwired  into the computer for  
 scanning.
 Cable modem
 
 She who must be obeyed has expressed displeasure with the Airport  
 Extremes performance, constant reboots and associated interruptions in  
 movies and playing on the iPad.
 
 My routers lock up and need to be rebooted once in a blue moon.  If
yours do it frequently, replace them.

 I thought Ayesha had perished at the end of She.  I did not know she
lived on to complain about something as trivial as video streaming.

 Is there one that is better for a home system than others?
 Anyone had good luck with refurbished units?
 Limits:   G5 does not have an airport card, so needs hardwire  
 (currently ethernet) entry.
   $$
 
 Some routers do a better job than others.  For cheap devices, a Linksys
WRT54G, version 4 or less, reflashed to OpenWRT or DDWRT is about as
good as it gets.   I have a friend who used to really push a FIOS
connection regularly.  We had to go with a fancier router(about $200) to
keep the router from being the bottleneck.  So, I know the router makes
a difference.  If your cable modem is 6 MBPS or slower, a good home
router should be enough.

 The best setup is to get a router that is separate from the access
point.  The access point plugs into one of the ports on the router and
provides your your wireless connectivity.  I say this is best, but how
you use the network really affects how much difference you will notice.
I do mostly wired ethernet at home.  I typically have a dozen computers
running and connecting to the internet doing various things.  My access
point is not stressed because only wireless traffic needs to be routed
by it.  I use a couple of different wireless N routers, each flashed to
OpenWRT for performance,d security and features.  If you are doing
mostly wireless, then separating probably would not help you as much.
It sounds like you may have just one wired computer and I don't know how
busy it is relative to your total network. 

 WEP 128 bit security?  Should I assume WEP 256 is better? Or is WPA  
 adequate?
 
As others have said WEP-256 does not exist.  ANy WEP is insecure because
the protocol is fundamentally broken.  WEP is somewhat easier on the
router computationally, but I always recommend WPA if you are going to
secure the access point.

 Will updating into the n-bands have a large increase of speed for  
 phones and laptops?
 
 Wireless N can make a huge difference for streaming video.  Of course,
you need to have a wireless N setup on the router and the home
entertainment system.  It is not so much the speed of Wireless N as its
ability to sustain throughput in the face of other traffic.  If you have
other devices at home also using wireless G networking while you are
streaming video, then it is easy for home entertainment system to not
keep enough sustained bandwidth for video to stay perfect.  The more
devices on your network you move to N, the better, but probably updating
the home entertainment system and the access point is enough.

Good luck,
Ralph


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Re: Air filter on a G5 ppc

2011-10-14 Thread Ralph Green
On Fri, 2011-10-14 at 18:59 -0400, JohnV wrote:
 Is there an elegant way to filter the incoming air in a ppc G5 tower?
 
Howdy,
  I picture something like this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fr%C3%A9d%C3%
A9ric_Soulacroix_-_Elegance_Of_The_Epoque.jpg

  The lady is standing on a bellows that pumps air through a hepafilter.
She dances daintily around and clean air is pumped through your G5
tower.
Let's see video if you set it up,
Ralph


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Re: Home folder near capacity

2011-06-14 Thread Ralph Green
On Tue, 2011-06-14 at 11:52 -0700, Sean Carroll wrote:
 Sawtooth 1.6 GHz 2 GB RAM running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8
 
 Oh man, do I need help. Is there a way to change all the read/write
 permissions for every file and folder in a Home folder all at once?
 Please say there is.
Howdy,
  It is fairly easy, actually.
 Open a terminal window.
 Change to the base directory.cd /Users/seancarroll
 chown to the name you want   chown -R seancarr:seancarr *

 That will change ownership of everything in the current directory and
below to that user name and group.  I am guessing on your username.  If
you type an invalid name there, you will get an error message.  If you
really meant permissions, there is a similar command to use called
chmod.
  chmod -R 744 *
 You probably really just want to change ownership and not file
permissions.
Good luck,
Ralph



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Re: I am forced to go Intel? Common rant, I guess.

2011-05-14 Thread Ralph Green
On Fri, 2011-05-13 at 15:15 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 On May 13, 2011, at 1:50 PM, Ralph Green wrote:
 
  On Fri, 2011-05-13 at 09:46 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
  On May 12, 2011, at 7:33 PM, Ralph Green wrote:
  
   I called Apple hardware treacherous.  I did not come up with
  that term.  It is widely used,
  
  No it isn't because you're the only person I've ever read or heard making 
  that claim.
  
   I think it is interesting that because you have not heard it, that you
  can assert it is not widely used.  
  
  Here is a 5 year old reference to it.
   http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/55765 
  
  Read one of the original documents about treacherous computing
   http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/can-you-trust.html
  
 
 Richard Stallman is one of the giants of computer science, but he's
  also pretty much an extremist. Unless you are like RMS and closely
  examine every line of the source code for every bit of software
  running on your computer, at some point you have to trust the
  creators of the hardware and software that they are on the up-and-up. 
 
 Simply asserting a worst-case-scenario and  comparing it to Franklin's
  beloved quote about security and liberty, is engaging in deceptive
  hyperbole, FUD in other words.
 
 It's like arguing that roads are an intolerable infringement on your
  right to drive anywhere your vehicle could travel, and a tyrannical
  imposition on personal liberty by the treacherous state.
 
  You sure seem to like straw dog arguments.  I don't assert a worst
case scenario.  I just avoid one.  If I have 2 choices, where one leaves
me in control and one gives some other person arbitrary control over my
property, I pick the one where I have control.  That is just rational,
not extreme.  I don't know what the odds of Apple trying to shut things
down are.  I think they are probably low, but His Steveness is such a
control freak that it is naive not to consider the possibility.
  I have met Richard Stallman and spent time talking to him one on one.
He is clearly an extremist and I disagree with him about a lot.  His
extremism has also benefited society quite a bit and I am grateful that
he has been here.  I referred to him as just one example that I did not
invent the terms you acted like I did.  Do you at least see that I did
not coin the phrase treacherous computing and I am not alone in using
the terminology?  You said I was the only person you had heard or read
making that claim and I pointed you to evidence.  I work mostly within
the open source community and I do hear the phrase fairly often.

 
  If you doubt that Apple uses TPM, read about it:
   http://osxbook.com/book/bonus/chapter10/tpm/
 
 Yes. Also read where it says, and I quote:
 
 No TPM for You! Next!
 At the time of this writing (October 2006), the newest Apple computer
  models, such as the MacPro and possibly the revised MacBook Pro and
  the revised iMac, do not contain an onboard Infineon TPM. Apple
  could bring the TPM back, perhaps, if there were enough interest
  (after all, it is increasingly common to find TPMs in current notebook
  computers), but that's another story.
 
 Perhaps Apple has removed TPM.  It is in their interest to say so.
Apple often acts like control freaks, but they are generally honest.  I
already said I plan to look for confirmation of this.  I'll find someone
with boards I can examine, but that will take a while.  I really hope
that Apple has reversed their early x86 decision to use TPM and then
I'll consider Apple x86 hardware.  I would still say that hardware with
TPM is of zero value to me, as a rule.

 
  
  because Apple sells hardware that obeys
  Apple and not the person who owns the computer.
  
  That is complete paranoid BS based on a total misunderstanding of what EFI 
  and TPM actually are.
  
  This is so silly, I will just ignore it.

  It is about
  whether some third party can trust that you can only run software they
  approve of.  TPM is about control and is a rather nasty thing.  It has
  some positive aspects, but not nearly enough to balance the negatives.
 
 Only if you assume the worst case scenario all the time.
 
  I don't assume it.  I just avoid it.

 Your arguments are, if I may drag recent politics into it, akin to the
  One percent doctrine Ron Suskind describes in the book of the same
  name, about the Bush administrations response to 9/11 and the aftermath.
  It is derived from a quote by vice president Cheney:
 
 if there's a 1% chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al-Qaeda
  build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty
  in terms of our response. It's not about our analysis ... It's about
  our response. 
 
  More straw dogs.  I am probably more like the elder Bush here.  It
would not be prudent at this juncture.  I will say if there is a 1%
chance of catastrophe, it would be wrong to ignore it.

 RMS and your arguments about TPM are engaging in the very same
  fearmongering. If there is any chance

Re: I am forced to go Intel? Common rant, I guess.

2011-05-13 Thread Ralph Green
Bruce,
  EFI is fine.  BIOS had major problems, since it runs in real mode.  It
is TPM that is the problem.  Apple certainly used TPM on their early x86
hardware.  If they have removed it, that is a good thing.  I will have
to search for some real evidence on that matter.
Ralph

On Fri, 2011-05-13 at 07:29 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 On May 12, 2011, at 6:48 PM, Ralph Green wrote:
 
   but the fact that Apple releases enablers to allow other operating
  systems to run seems to indicate that the TPM is really there and
  implemented.
 
 
 
 Apple releases Windows drivers for it's hardware, not 'enablers for other 
 operating systems'; BootCamp is just a bootloader.
 
 There is no 'enabler for Linux'...you can take ANY Linux distro for X86 and 
 install it on a Mac; you need nothing from Apple. Some hardware may not work 
 well, pending driver issues, but that's true of lots of hardware.
 
 If you believe that EFI is some great conspiracy to prevent you from running 
 another OS on a Mac it is YOU who doesn't understand what EFI is.


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Re: I am forced to go Intel? Common rant, I guess.

2011-05-12 Thread Ralph Green
On Thu, 2011-05-12 at 15:14 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 On May 12, 2011, at 1:59 PM, Ralph Green wrote:
 
  Apple's hardware is worthless to me, since I won't buy treacherous
  hardware.  
 
 Whaaa???
  Apple's x86 hardware uses Intel TPM.  There are some at Apple who deny
this, but the fact that Apple releases enablers to allow other operating
systems to run seems to indicate that the TPM is really there and
implemented.  Now, I could turn out to be wrong about this, and I would
be happy to be proven wrong about this.

 Absent sufficient evidence on the lack of TPM, I have no interest
whatsoever in Apple x86 hardware.  I have the quaint belief that when I
buy a computer, I get to decide what runs on it.  I am accused of being
insufficiently deferential to his Steveness, and I accept that as true.
I won't use a computer where someone else can turn it off at will and
decide what I can and cannot run.  OSX is quite nice, but the hardware
decisions of his Steveness have been pretty bad lately, anyway.  For
just one complaint of many, what kind of idiot would design a laptop or
media player where you can't replace the battery?
Have a good day,
Ralph


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Re: I am forced to go Intel? Common rant, I guess.

2011-05-12 Thread Ralph Green
On Thu, 2011-05-12 at 20:33 -0600, Alex Barnes wrote:
 Just because you have an issue with a store doesn't mean everyone else does. 
 My CompUSA is 1 mile from my house.
 On May 12, 2011, at 8:20 PM, Charles Lenington wrote:
 
  On 5/10/11 1:51 PM, Alex Barnes wrote:
  You can also go with Linux Mint 10. I prefer it to Ubuntu. You can build a 
  cheap quad core
  
  system for under $500. Just get your parts form CompUSA.
  
  Oh sure, drive from OKC to where ever there is a CompUSA to buy parts from 
  a store that laid me off in 2001.
Howdy,
  Maybe this will make you feel better.  The current CompUSA has very
little relation to the company that laid you off.  That company went
bankrupt and sold off the name.  The new company is really just the
retail store division of Tiger Direct.

 And, don't use Mint.  Mint looks nice, but it includes Adobe Flash.
Flash is bad for many reason. and should be avoided.  Dancing baloney is
not worth the rights you give up per the license, nor the insecurity it
causes on your system, nor the instability.
Good day,
Ralph
 

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Re: I am forced to go Intel? Common rant, I guess.

2011-05-12 Thread Ralph Green
On Thu, 2011-05-12 at 20:03 -0600, Alex Barnes wrote:
 The reason why the battery can't be replaced is because it is so large, lasts 
 10,
  7 or 8 hours depending on your model and can take up to 1000 cycles. How does
  Steve Jobs decide what runs on Mac OS X??? An iMac with a Radeon 6970  
 coupled
  to a Sandy Bridge Core i7 is a bad hardware decision???
 
Alex,
  Other manufacturers manage to have user replaceable batteries with
similar form factors.
  It is not the i7 and Sandy Bridge that are the problems.  I said they
made a lot of bad hardware decisions, but keeping up with the latest
CPUs is not among them.  You ought to read up on the EFI and TPM, since
you don't seem to understand them.  Apple picked versions of Intel's
motherboards that only allow code that has been properly signed to run.
The issue is who decides on properly.  Apple allows OSX to run, and
releases enablers to allow Linux to run.  But, with a firmware update,
and those do come down from time to time, they could change the
signatures needed and lock out all the old enablers.  All it takes is
for someone at Apple to decide they don't want Linux or whatever running
on Apple hardware.  I am not saying Apple has done this yet.  I am not
saying I want to run Linux on Apple x86 hardware right now.  I am saying
I don't want to put myself in a position where I have this uncertainty.
If I buy a computer, I will buy one where I decide what runs on it, not
Apple.  I called Apple hardware treacherous.  I did not come up with
that term.  It is widely used, because Apple sells hardware that obeys
Apple and not the person who owns the computer.

Good day,
Ralph


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Re: New Yahoo mail on clamshell?

2011-05-01 Thread Ralph Green
On Sun, 2011-05-01 at 05:28 -0700, PAR wrote:
 My wife's clamshell uses OSX 10.3. She uses yahoo mail, which has
 recently started telling her her browswer will soon no longer be
 supported (Safari 1.3.2). None of the suggested browsers will work on
 OSX 10.3. Is there a browser that will work with the new yahoo mail?
 Any suggestions? I don't have a copy of OSX 10.4 to upgrade with.
 
 Paul Riemerman
 
Paul,
  I don't have a yahoo mail account, so I don't know exactly what they
are looking for.  You may have seen references here recently to
tenfourfour.  That project has some relation to another project that
builds up to date Mozilla for versions of OSX before Tiger.  See:
  http://www.floodgap.com/software/classilla/
 Secondly, depending on what Yahoo mail REALLY needs, you might be able
to set the user agent string in whatever browser you use.  In Mozilla, I
use an addon caller User Agent Switcher to make this easy.  But, you can
change the user agent string on almost any browser.
Good luck,
Ralph


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Re: TenFourFox

2011-04-30 Thread Ralph Green
On Sat, 2011-04-30 at 09:32 +0200, Mac User #330250 wrote:
 Hello PowerPC users!
 
 TenFourFox is FireFox 4 for PowerPC Macs running Tiger AND Leopard. (I've 
 found the TenFourFox related topics in this group and the Tiger group…)
Howdy,
  I may actually have a Leopard system soon.  I have a friend who is
getting rid of a 1.2 GHz G4 iBook.  The page at Firefox says an Intel
architecture machine is recommended for Firefox 4.  They don't say it is
required.  Is there some reason it won't work on the G4 iBook?

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/system-requirements.html

 I certainly don't care about Flash.  I would not even consider
installing it anyway.
Have a good day,
Ralph


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Re: TenFourFox

2011-04-30 Thread Ralph Green
On Sat, 2011-04-30 at 07:56 +, schaf...@comcast.net wrote:
 Flash is a virus, but necessary to take full use of the internet, at
 least for now.  Firefox 3 is the best solution for me so far.  
 
I have never installed Flash and there has been nothing on the web I
missed.  Sure, I don't see the dancing baloney, but I don't really miss
it, either.  It has been possible to view YouTube for years without
Flash.  It was a little difficult in the past, but pretty easy now.
Ralph

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Re: iMac G4 questions

2011-04-30 Thread Ralph Green
On Tue, 2011-04-26 at 16:01 -0700, Dan Ziegler wrote:
 Ralph, this hard disk was pretty easy to get to: I just removed the
 motherboard, and the disks were right there in a caddy. See xlr8 your
 mac's page here: 
 http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/systems/iMac_g4/imacg4_takeapart.html
 - it's helpful.
 
 Dan Ziegler
 

Howdy,
  So, I started to look at it again.  I removed the User Access Plate,
as it was called at xlr8yourmac.  I took off the 4 T15 screws.  I don't
see how the bottom plate comes off.  I see in the pictures that they got
it out.  But, what do you pull or pry on?
  From reading ahead in the takeapart article, I am a bit concerned
about the copper foil.  Is is difficult to put back on after you take it
all apart?
Thanks,
Ralph


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Re: iMac G4 questions

2011-04-30 Thread Ralph Green
On Sat, 2011-04-30 at 04:17 -0500, Kris Tilford wrote:
 On Apr 30, 2011, at 4:07 AM, Ralph Green wrote:
 
  I don't see how the bottom plate comes off.
  I see in the pictures that they got it out.
  But, what do you pull or pry on?
 
 In the 2nd photo the plug that's causing you problems is shown taken  
 apart in about the 11 o'clock position and someone has used a photo  
 editor to attempt to place a transparent red box over both halves of  
 the problem connector. To remove you wiggle the two halves apart  
 gently but firmly. Alternatively you can try pulling directly upward  
 but be careful  not to bend the board too much and pull with very even  
 pressure. The wiggle method is better in my opinion. Notice the  
 problem connector appear to be near an edge, so working near that  
 point on the edge on each side of the connector will probably work  
 best for you.
 
Howdy,
  The only edge I can see is around the inside of the cutout around the
ram and the airport card.  I can get a flat bladed screwdriver under
that.  If I do that and pull, am I going to remove the bottom plate or
just mess up the bottom plate?  I don't see any place around the outside
edge that I can pull on or get a screwdriver under.  Or, am am missing
the right place to apply pressure?
Thanks,
Ralph


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Re: When you really need to erase data...

2011-03-21 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
  I would not be shocked.  I always setup the browser to not save any of
that stuff.  That is really the best way.  Don't remember passwords,
either.  And, it should go without saying that javascript is to be
disabled, but I'll say it because it is so important.
Good luck,
Ralph


On Mon, 2011-03-14 at 14:00 -0700, Jonas Lopez wrote:
 Try installing the Form History Control extension for SeaMonkey:
 https://addons.mozilla.org/af/seamonkey/addon/form-history-control/
 Then go to Tools-Form History -- you will be shocked!
 
 

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Re: OpenOffice vs Oracle

2010-11-28 Thread Ralph Green
On Sun, 2010-11-28 at 15:35 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 Open Office merely came along for the ride.  Oracle charging for
  the Office ODF decoder may well be reversed in the future...business
  decisions are subject to change, and note this is the only big issue
  that Oracle has changed from Sun, beyond swapping out the logo.
 
 Not even close.  Oracle removing the Sun board member to the
OpenSolaris foundation and let it die.  They drop low cost support
packages for MySQL, which effectively raised prices from $600 to $2000
per year.  And, Oracle reversed their position on licensing for Java,
which forced Apache to leave OpenJDK project.  These are the first big
changes that come to mind.
  I won't moan about these.  Oracle is free to make these kind of
decisions.  But, all of these changes are causing reactions among users
of their software.  The OO split was a small one.  It was not really
driven by the fee for plugins and it had been in the works for a while.
Sun had been very slow in accepting outside patches and OO was stagnant.

 I can fully understand why the OO group split off from Oracle; I suspect they 
 see it as well as I that Open Office is not a product Oracle would naturally 
 support (as opposed to the other OSS projects MySQL and VirtualBox); a number 
 of their developers are contractually constrained from working for Oracle, 
 and a fully free OSS project is better able to guide it's own future (at, of 
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Re: USB stick read only

2010-11-19 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
 If you are real lucky, it will be the write protect switch mentioned
earlier.  I like drives with those switches.  If you are less lucky, it
may be a USB drive failure.  Flash drives have a limited number of times
they can be written.  When the controller on the drive detects that it
cannot write anymore, it changes the drive to read only.  So, this is a
frequent symptom of the drive failing.  If this is the case, buy a new
drive and copy the data off soon.  And, consider yourself lucky to have
had such a benign failure.  This is how they are all supposed to die.
It just does not always work out that way.
Good luck, Ralph

On Fri, 2010-11-19 at 11:24 -0800, Geke wrote:
 What could be wrong -- and how do I fix it! -- if a USB stick is
 mounted as read only?


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Re: Blueberry iMac

2010-11-14 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
  After reading your message, I am thinking a used Pismo might indeed
make a good bedroom system.  I have two questions.
 1. How quiet is the Pismo?  I have never used one.  Some laptops have
noisy fans, but I don't know about this one.
 2. This one is a long shot.  Do you know how much power it consumes?  I
would hope it draws a lot less than the iMac that started this thread.
I use a Kill a Watt to measure true power consumption on my computers.
You don't happen to have a device like that, do you?
Good day,
Ralph

On Mon, 2010-11-08 at 15:34 -0800, Ashgrove wrote:
 It is not a fast machine by any standard, but
 usable. Mine served as a bedroom iTunes jukebox for years, until it
 was replaced by my Pismo. 

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Re: Blueberry iMac

2010-11-05 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
  I'll start with the mouse.  It can be upgraded to a LED mouse, but it
is a pretty fair amount of work.  The easiest route is to find a small
LED sensor mouse and transplant the guts into the puck mouse.  You will
need an exacto knife and some putty.  I would not call those special
tools, but I suppose that depends on what you are used to using.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Fri, 2010-11-05 at 15:05 -0500, Dennis Myhand wrote:
 I have just locked on to a Blueberry iMac with Blueberry keyboard and
 Blueberry puck mouse.  How difficult is it to upgrade these?  It looks like
 a sealed unit.  Do I need special tools?  Thanks, Dennis
 
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Re: Awesome mod...

2010-11-01 Thread Ralph Green
On Mon, 2010-11-01 at 10:45 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 http://hackaday.com/2010/10/30/building-the-banana-jr-6000/
 
Howdy Bruce,
  That is a very nice mod.  I hope he uses the machine often and doesn't
just bring it out to show off.  I would think it could bring a good bit
of daily cheer.  Thanks for sharing.
Ralph

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Re: Mac OS X Lion Is a Must-Have: 10 Reasons Why

2010-11-01 Thread Ralph Green
On Mon, 2010-11-01 at 12:55 -0700, Al Poulin wrote:
 On Oct 31, 10:15 pm, Dan dantear...@gmail.com wrote:
  http://www.ziffdavisenterprise.com/TermsofService.asp
 
  In particular, see sections 2.2 and 2.3.
  you may not modify, publish, transmit, (etc)_
 
 My bad, Dan is correct.  Giving the reference URL and title of the
 item is the legal and acceptable method.  Also, it reduces bandwidth
 on the list.
 
 There remains one question that begs resolution.  I download an
 article as legally authorized.  I cannot legally store it
 electronically.

Al,
  Don't worry about that.  Section 2.3 explicitly gives you permission
to download it for your personal, non-commercial use.
Good day,
Ralph

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Re: USB 2.0 for a G4 MDD?

2010-10-31 Thread Ralph Green
On Sun, 2010-10-31 at 13:21 -0700, JoeTaxpayer wrote:
 The card I got WAS OHCI but still not 2.0, despite the website saying
 OHCI.
 The box it came in said Supports USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices at full
 speed so I don't hold We Love Macs 100% responsible. Yet after a
 number of calls and emails, their site isn't clear that this card is
 not really 2.0. The card is made by Macally, Part number UH-241, for
 what it's worth.
 I repeat, buyer beware.
Howdy,
  They seem quite clear to me.  Full speed for USB as always referred to
the 12 Mbit/s speed.  I guess I would say buyers should always beware,
but a little research does not hurt.  I remember when USB 2.0 came out
and the new speed was called Hi-Speed.  I saw quite a few devices for a
while that said they were USB 2.0 Full Speed.  I knew what it meant and
also knew some people would not.  Whenever you get a USB 3.0 setup, be
sure it is capable of Super Speed if you want to see any speed
advantage.
  Finally, the way they described it is pretty much what they needed to
say.  There are slight signalling differences between USB 2.0 and USB
1.1 devices.  Even though the card only does 12 MBit/s, it is important
to know for a few devices that it is a USB 2.0 card, and not a USB 1.1
card.  I had something a few years ago where this made a difference,
although I don't remember what it was.
Good day,
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Re: Writing on the wall...

2010-08-26 Thread Ralph Green
On Thu, 2010-08-26 at 10:14 +1000, Illirik Smirnov wrote:
 Who uses Firefox?
 Sent from a computer running either the SPARC, Itanium, or PowerPC
 architecture.
Howdy,
  I do.  With noscript, it is the only browser really usable by people
who care about security.
Ralph

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Re: 933 mhz G4 Quicksilver Powermac Dual boot?

2010-06-03 Thread Ralph Green
On Wed, 2010-06-02 at 22:01 -0700, Clark Martin wrote:
 FYI, I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 on my Pismo and a G4 Sawtooth.  I tried 
 9.10 on the Pismo but it didn't work right at all.  The WiFi would only 

Howdy,
  Thanks for the information.  I am not much of a wireless lan user.  I
have wired lan available pretty much everywhere I go.  9.10 worked
pretty well for me on a G4 iMac, but I have not tried Lucid(aka 10.04)
yet.  The 9.10 went on a borrowed iMac, and I don't have access to it
anymore.  It worked fine for a couple of weeks of light usage.  I
suspect a PPC desktop machine would be better on Linux, just like
desktop x86 machines have fewer problems.
Have a good day,
Ralph


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Re: Infamous error 36

2010-06-02 Thread Ralph Green
On Wed, 2010-06-02 at 07:16 -0600, Nestamicky wrote:
 On 01/06/10 10:14 PM, Ralph Green wrote:
 Thanks for that. I log in using password and user name. I'm able to 
 login and transfer, but after a while, get the error. What I'm finding 
 amazing is how common this problem is and yet there does not seem a 
 definitive solution. This is a first for my dealings with OSX.
 

Howdy,
  When you say you login, that is not clear.  Do you login to the samba
share, or did you mean you login to the Mac.

  As Bruce said, error 36 is a generic message.  I don't know the root
cause of your problem, but the generic error message is Apple's fault.
So, you need to dig a little to find out what is going on.  There are 2
things I can suggest for now.

 Apple has an article discussing one cause of error 36 messages.  They
tell you to get around it by configuring the way OSX 10.4 authenticates.
See: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1564

 Before that, I'd look in the logs on the Linux server.  The logs are
probably in the directory /var/log/samba and I'd look at the most recent
logs(ls -l -t /var/log/samba).  Do this right after the Mac gives you an
error.  My guess is the interesting two will be log.nmbd and
log.your_ip_address, where the ip address is the ip address if the OSX
machine you are connecting from.

 You don't say what version of OSX you are using and that may be
significant.  I found the samba drivers in 10.2 to be very unreliable,
but the ones in 10.4 have worked very well for me.  Bruce says the 10.5
samba support connecting to Linux is even better.  I am not using
Leopard yet, but I can believe it.  It might even matter what version of
Samba is on Linux, but really only if it is a very old version.  I mean
10 years type old, not just that you don't have the latest patches.
Good luck,
Ralph

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Re: 933 mhz G4 Quicksilver Powermac Dual boot?

2010-06-02 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
  The one I'd recommend is:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/ports/releases/lucid/release/kubuntu-10.04-alternate-powerpc.iso

 It is listed on the page at:
   http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/ports/releases/lucid/release/

 This is the latest version.  The installer is basically the debian
installer, which is not as pretty as the normal installer, but has more
options.  For me, the big one is the ability to install onto encrypted
partitions.  This version is not listed on the master PowerPC list that
Marc pointed to, for some reason.
Good luck,
Ralph


On Wed, 2010-06-02 at 15:26 -0500, Kris Tilford wrote:
 On Jun 2, 2010, at 2:59 PM, Mark Sokolovsky wrote:
 
  Excuse me, i would like to know  where can I download Kubuntu 9.04  
  for my PM G4, or any version of Kubuntu above V7, because Wherever I  
  go,  can't find any download links or anything.
 
 http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/ports/releases/jaunty/release/
 
 This came from a more comprehensive PPC link:
 
 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCDownloads
 

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Re: Infamous error 36

2010-06-01 Thread Ralph Green
On Tue, 2010-06-01 at 23:54 -0400, Nikki Wraith wrote:
 Error -36 indicates a disc operation is timing out. There is a terminal 
 command CP that may help you - you can make it copy the files it can while 
 skipping the ones it can't.

Howdy,
 http://support.apple.com/kb/TA20949?viewlocale=en_US  indicates that
other samba setup problems can cause this.  Is the share setup to
support guest access?  If not, are you supplying the correct username
and password?  If you want the samba share to support guest access, look
at /etc/samba/smb.conf.  See if you have these three lines under the
share definition you are trying to access:
  guest ok = yes
  public = yes
  browseable = yes

Good luck,
Ralph

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Re: 933 mhz G4 Quicksilver Powermac OS Linux or OS X?

2010-05-31 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
  I'd say it depends on what you use the computer for.  Is it your only
computer or one of 10(although I don't know how anyone would get by with
only 10 computers)?
 If it is your main computer, then go with an up to date Linux, because
of security.  A 1st class firewall can help, but for some things, you
need to stay up to date.
 I thought the Linux versus Mac quote was cute.  I don't think that
fully explains why Linux is so much better for most purposes.
Partially, that is because a lot of Linux code is contributed by people
who are paid to work on the system, just like Apple employees.  It also
does not explain why OSes with active and loyal contributers like Haiku
and Syllable are not further along.
 All of these OSes have good uses and I would miss OSX, if I ever have
to give it up.  I suppose my G4 and an eventual G5 will wear out after a
while.  But, I don't think I'll ever have 30 OSX machines, like I have
that many Linux machines now.
Have a good day,
Ralph

On Sun, 2010-05-30 at 18:28 -0500, Daniel Stewart wrote:
 Well yeah that is kind of what defines open source, but you could say
 the same thing about Windows and with the exception on Windows 7  I
 have found nothing more reliable then the open source stuff on the PC
 side.  I am wondering if I would be better going with an out of date,
 and unsupported version os OS X or a distro of Linux that will
 continue to be supported and developped by enthusiasts.
 
 On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 6:20 PM, Dennis Myhand dmyh...@suddenlink.net wrote:
  Scotty wrote:
 OS-X is what happens when you pay the
  programmers.  Linux is what happens when you talk them into volunteering.
   Peace, Dennis in Victoria


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Re: Drink spilled results in blue line on screen

2010-03-26 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
  I was guessing it might be a laptop.  Can you post which laptop it is?
For example, my laptop is a 14 inch g4 ibook.  I am no expert on lots of
Apple laptops, but I don't think anybody can tell you much without
knowing what hardware your son has.
Good luck,
Ralph

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 Sorry I want to add that this is my son's laptop and he's calling me  
 from school.


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Re: Airport extreme - How to extend my network?

2010-03-08 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
  Higher power may not be the right answer.  I helped run the wireless
network for a large conference.  The network expert who was in charge
explained that higher power sometimes causes worse performance.  The
company who had been hired to setup our network had brought in high
powere access points and the performance was terrible.  Our guy turned
down the power and changed some of the channels and drastically improved
our network.
 But, maybe you need high power.  One good nic is like the one on this
ebay auction.
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemrd=1item=250568544838
 I don't know that seller, and I am only suggesting you look at the nic
he offers.  When I want an access point, I take an embedded computer
like a soekris box and add a mini-pci nic and run openwrt.  You can
build a setup like this for about $100, even with a high power nic.
Some people want more of a canned solution, but I like better capability
and security.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Sat, 2010-03-06 at 13:11 -0500, iJohn wrote:
 On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 12:31 PM, Dan dantear...@gmail.com wrote:
  Companies such as SMC make higher powered WAPs that could be used to bridge
  such distances with no problemo.
...
 Folks keep saying there are higher power WAPs out there. I'd
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Re: Diagram for a QS 2002 Dual 1GHz mobo?

2010-03-08 Thread Ralph Green
On Mon, 2010-03-08 at 02:01 -0600, Dennis Myhand wrote:
 Bill Connelly wrote:
  
  On Mar 8, 2010, at 12:45 AM, Dennis Myhand wrote:
  
  That sounds like a 100microfarad, 6 volt electrolytic capacitor.  But 
  I could be mistaken.  Let another on the list confirm that.  Peace, 
  Dennis in Victoria
 
Howdy,
  How does this look for a replacement?
http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/DT-4/100-UF-6-VOLT-DIP-TANTALUM-CAPACITOR/-/1.html

  It is 50 cents, a solid capacitor and has long leads that should help
it fit in easily.
  Ok, now the bad part.  I can't tell if it is a polarized capacitor or
if you need a polarized capacitor.  I read that if it is polarized and
you install it wrong, they explode violently.  My guess, from the
picture is that it is not polarized, but maybe someone else will know.

Good luck,
Ralph


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Re: Airport extreme - How to extend my network?

2010-03-08 Thread Ralph Green
On Mon, 2010-03-08 at 11:54 -0500, Dan wrote:
 At 11:21 AM -0500 3/8/2010, John Musbach wrote:
 On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 3:52 AM, Ralph Green sfrea...@sbcglobal.net wrote:
 Higher power may not be the right answer.  I helped run the wireless
   network for a large conference.  The network expert who was in charge
   explained that higher power sometimes causes worse performance.  The
   company who had been hired to setup our network had brought in high
   power access points and the performance was terrible.
 
 Not only that, but IIRC higher power means a thinner broadcast radius
 as well--eventually becoming strictly line of sight.
 
 I can see where a client computer could have problems if it's too 
 close to a high powered WAP, by being overwhelmed etc.  But it would 
 have to be darned close.  Never heard of lower performance etc.  No 
 idea where you'all are getting that.  cite?
Howdy,
  This is anecdotal, but I did observe it first hand.   At the 2008
PyCon, the wireless network performance was very bad at first.  Our head
network guy made 2 changes.  He changed the channels on some of the
access points.  The wireless contractor had set them all up on the same
channel.  Our guy also lowered the power on the access points.  He told
me that both changes were needed.  The higher power was causing multiple
problems, he said.  I did not give a lot of details before, because I
don't know them.  But, our wireless network worked much better after
both changes were made.
  The rooms were pretty big, and so people were not always close to the
access points.
Good day,
Ralph


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Re: When Macs go evil

2010-02-23 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
 When the bad guy is revealed to be bad at the end of Unbreakable, he is
shown with two G4 towers as his computers. 
Ralph

On Tue, 2010-02-23 at 01:55 -0500, Dan wrote:
 Tonite, however, I noticed that on Angel, the lawyers at the Wolf, 
 Ram,  Hart use Macs!
 
 What other bad guys use Macs?


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Re: 1Ghz G3 upgrade?

2009-12-18 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,

On Fri, 2009-12-18 at 07:46 -0800, t...@io.com wrote:
 ...
   I know what a ZIF is. PowerLogix or someone else made an adaptor that
   allowed you to put two ZIF CPUs in it and then it plugged into the
   ZIF socket on the motherboard.
 
  You're right. It's not PowerLogix, it's the XLR8 MPe adapter card. I
  forgot about that. They're really rare, but if you could find one and
  
  Was there anything special about the CPUs?  I searched eBay when this
topic came up.  There were no adapter cards, but someone had a CPU that
he said was labeled as an XLR8 MPe CPU.  He just had one CPU and an
adapter card that took just one CPU.
Good day,
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Re: 1Ghz G3 upgrade?

2009-12-16 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
 That items is just a zif CPU.  This is a noticeably faster CPU than the
one in my BW.  Can anyone comment on whether my current heatsink is
likely to be good enough?  I have the stock 350 MHz G3 at the moment.
Good day,
Ralph

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 Here is a good deal on offer now on the 600MHz G4 from XLR8:
 
 http://cgi.ebay.com/XLR8-MAChSpeed-G4-ZIF-600-Mhz-Upgrade-for-Power-Mac-G3_W0QQitemZ270502376435QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCPUs?hash=item3efb32b3f3
 
 

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Re: LaserJet 4100n problem

2009-12-02 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,
  It sure sounds like a dirty fuser.  On a different model Laserjet, I
solved a similar problem by cleaning the fuser wire.  Is your fuser wire
exposed, so you can run a cotton cloth down it?  They are pretty
fragile, so you want to do that with a light touch.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Wed, 2009-12-02 at 14:50 -0500, Dan wrote:
 Hi,
 
 Hoping someone can point me here...
 
 Our LaserJet 4100n is having some print problems -- light areas on 
 the pages, schmutzy dots, some light vertical bars.
 ...  That remaining bar is about 1/8 wide, 3 
 3/4 from the right edge of the paper; light but annoying.  It's 
 quality has not changed at all, during the last couple of cleanings.
 
 What should I try next?  Is this a fuser problem?  


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Re: Need recommendations for 500 Gig or larger external firewire drive and high capacity internal drive for iBook G4

2009-11-23 Thread Ralph Green
Howdy,

On Mon, 2009-11-23 at 09:31 -0500, Dwight Hines wrote:
 All the external hard drives of 500 gig or a terrabyte at Office Max
 and Staples are USB.  I want to be able to start up and that means my
 external must have firewire.   Any suggestions on where and what to
 look for.
 
  Seagate sells external hard drives that have both USB and Firewire
ports.  But, you don't want them.  They go to sleep and Seagate shares
the mojo to wake them up only with Microsoft.  External drive cases from
a bunch of generic providers work well.  Right now, I would probably buy
this case off of eBay.  It is made(or oemed) by MacAlly.  The cases are
new and look like a G5 tower.  Look at:
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemrd=1item=350270525756


 
 Similarly, I need a high capacity internal drive for an iBook G4 and
 want to not pay megabucks.  Please make suggestions, again, on where
 and what to look for and look out for.
 They are pretty easy to find now, but may not be easy in a year or two.
Searching Newegg.com for pata laptop turned up 8 different drives.  I
bought a 120 GB drive like you need at Micro Center recently to go into
a G4 iMac.  I don't know what is high capacity to you.  Staying under
128 GB is safest and easiest.  If you need more space, you can get it to
work.  Look in the archives of this list for details, if it does not
work straight off..  Some macs need enablers to go bigger, but 120 GB is
lots of storage to me.  I have network storage for backups and stuff.
Good luck,
Ralph


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Re: hard drive speed in an iBook G4 12

2009-10-23 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  The higher RPM drives are definitely faster.  It does not always make
sense to use them.  They have two negatives.  They usually draw more
power. And, they are hotter.  The extra power is rarely a problem, but
it does come up.  The heat is the real killer.  You should look up the
specs on your old drive and compare them to the new faster drive.  If
the bearings or motor efficiency have been improved, it could be that
the new drive won't put out enough extra heat to be a problem.  And, you
may be prepared to live with the drive dying sooner, in order to get the
increased speed.  I am not saying to always go with the slower drive.  I
just say consider the factors and make the decision that is best for
you.
Good luck,
Ralph

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 My question is  
 whether more RPMs makes a lot of difference in overall computer speed  
 (5400 RPM vs. 4200 RPM).  I would think that the 5400 RPM drive would  
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Re: IDE/ATA Hard drives

2009-10-22 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I think it is a valid concern.  I bought 4 sata to ide adapters
recently for this reason.  They let uou plug in sata drives to IDE
adapters, as long as there is physically room.  They are cheap and
available at the moment.  In a few years, they may be hard to find.
Maybe not, but I think it is cheap insurance.  Kind of like buying a few
extra 1 GB and 2 GB SD cards while you can get them cheap.  Some devices
can't handle big cards and small ones will be hard to find in a year or
two.  My point is that this kind of technology migration occurs all the
time and you should prepare yourself a little.  On the other hand, eBay
may be a source of parts for a while.
Good luck,
Ralph

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 I was wondering and I've been wondering about this for some time now,
 and as time goes on I get a little more restless about the subject...
 
 How long do you guys think PPC Mac users with IDE/ATA hard
 drives have as far as being totally obsolete and finding SATA PCI
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Re: No Script

2009-10-21 Thread Ralph Green

On Wed, 2009-10-21 at 12:46 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 
 On Oct 20, 2009, at 8:21 PM, Ralph Green wrote:
 
   In the mid 1970s, we were referring to computers built for home use  
  as
  PCs or personal computers.  At the computer club I headed at Texas  
  AM,
  our club PC was a Southwest Technical Products 6800 based machine.
 
 
 Language usage, fairly or not, is determined by the cultural usage at  
 large among the entire population. New words, slang and other  
 linguistic inventions arise from small groups; but when they spread  
 among the general population the meaning is that held by the general  
 population is the meaning that matters.
 
 Hence 'PC' *now* means 'A system running MS DOS or Windows' as in:  
 Hi, I'm an Mac...And I'm a PC!
Howdy,
  That is one perspective, but not one I share.  There are many words
that some people use improperly, and hacker is just one example.  See
usage at:
  http://embeddedworkshop.org/?page_id=2

  In person, I often laugh at people who refer to a PC when they mean a
Windows machine.  It is like asking someone whether they drive a Buick,
or an automobile.  It is a silly question and so is asking whether
someone uses a Mac or a PC.  I won't push the point here.  But, I will
continue to use the words correctly.  The attempt to redefine these
words is a sociological point and it does not succeed unless people let
it.  By focusing attention on the correct use of words, I hope to make
people think about what is intended by those who abuse these words.
  I never follow links that are like those tinyurl one.  So, I don't
know what those would have added.  I know you mean well with your
comment, and I hope you see that I do as well.  That is enough off-topic
stuff from me for a while.
Have a great day,
Ralph




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Re: No Script

2009-10-20 Thread Ralph Green

On Mon, 2009-10-19 at 08:39 -0400, Richard Gerome wrote:
Hey Ralph,
  Right click??? Are you using a PC??? How do you right click on an Apple 
 computer??? What you
  are talking about here sounds really great!!! But I can't right click... 
 CoolKat
Howdy,
 Of course it is a PC.  I own a mainframe console, but no actual
mainframes, so I do all my computing on PCs.  I have PCs running Linux,
BSD, OSX, Syllable and other operating systems.  Since this is a Mac
list I was referring to a PC running OSX.  My current main Mac is a G3
iBook, but that is just until I get the hard drive replaced on my 800
MHz G4 imac(which I was really happy to find at a good price).
 I know some people use PC to mean a Windows computer, but I do not
accept that definition.  It gives more credit to Microsoft than they
deserve.  They did not invent the personal computer.  They were not even
close.
 As others have noted, right clicking works fine in OSX.  I have been
using a multi-button mouse on a Mac for so long that I don't remember
when I switched.  Apple make great computers, but I don't remember any
Apple mouse that I thought was worth a hoot.  Some looked good, but a
cheap logitech has always beat any Apple mouse for me.  I only barely
used Macs in the pre-OSX days, so I am only speaking of the period since
then.
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Re: No Script

2009-10-20 Thread Ralph Green



On Tue, 2009-10-20 at 16:52 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 
 On Oct 20, 2009, at 4:36 PM, Richard Gerome wrote:
 
 
How did that ever come to be??? I often wondered about that... It  
  should be PC for windows and PPC for Apples!!! In the old days I  
  always referred to them as Apple base or IBM base computer but  
  somewhere along the way someone changed it??? Who did???   CoolKat
 
 
 Well calling an Apple a PPC would have been rather confusing in the  
 day when Apple's ran on a 6502 CPU!
 
 In the beginning they were called generically 'microcomputers' in  
 order to differentiate them from mainframe and minicomputers, which  
 were still very large devices owned by universities and corporations.
 
 The abbreviation 'PC' specifically identifying DOS-based (and later  
 Windows-based) computers dates back to the introduction of the IBM PC.  

 Initially 'PC' ONLY referred to the IBM system; later systems that  
 were compatible were called 'PC-Compatible'. They ALWAYS ran MS/PC-DOS  
 and were based on the 8088 chip.
 

 It was NEVER used in the sense of 'all small consumer-owned  
 computers', at least not in the computer literature of the time.  
 Anyone referring to PC's in that fashion pretty much believed that all  
 such computers WERE DOS/Windows-based systems.
 

  In the mid 1970s, we were referring to computers built for home use as
PCs or personal computers.  At the computer club I headed at Texas AM,
our club PC was a Southwest Technical Products 6800 based machine.  We
thought it was funny at the time that IBM was trying to claim the name
PC.  PC was a common name for all personal computers.  At least, it was
common here in the south.
Good day,
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Re: No Script

2009-10-19 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I use NoScript and strongly recommend it.  It is the main reason I
stay with Firefox, instead of spending time with Safari or Chrome.  
 When you install it, scripts from almost all domains are turned off by
default.  They whitelist a few domains out of the box, and I usually
delete most of those from the whitelist.  When you visit a page where
something does not seem to work the way you think it should, you can
turn on scripts for one domain at a time.  I have seen some web pages
containing scripts from 10 or more domains.  Right click on the new icon
at the bottom of your Firefox window that has a blue S.  You can see the
domains that the web page is trying to run scripts from.  I recommend
you select Temporarily allow x for only the smallest number of domains
that you need to accomplish your task.  If you are regularly visiting a
page and allowing its scripts to run, only then select Allow x.  I
rarely run any scripts, and I am very picky about which ones I do run.
It makes web browsing much more secure, but many people are not willing
to go to the trouble.
 Since you probably won't choose to allow scripts from yahooips.com,
then those scripts won't bother you in the future.
Good luck,
Ralph

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 OK, I am gonna finally mess with this FF Add-on because for some
 reason (this has not happened until recently) some script from
 yahooips.com is causing FF to ask me the old continue or stop
 script question.
 How do I block scripts from this domain when I install No Script?
 


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Re: Need to install both Classic and OS-X on old iMac's new hard drive, but how?

2009-10-02 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  Good for her.  That is a lovely little machine and worth some trouble
to get working.  I am thrilled with my new(to me) G3 notebook.  The next
2 machines I want are the machine your mother-in-law has and a G5 tower.
Since you have a new hard drive, try an experiment.  Install Tiger on
the machine and see if your applications run in Classic mode.  Tiger is
supposed to support that fairly well and I think you said you had a
Tiger disk to try.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Thu, 2009-10-01 at 11:18 -0700, Tom wrote:
 My mother-in-law, an elderly and stubborn lady (though nice) refuses
 to give up her old 1 GHz iMac (the half-soccer-ball novelty with the
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Re: Wireless 350 MHZ Yikes!

2009-09-12 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  It varies quite a bit.  Trees and other obstacle cut down the distance
and the type of antannae you use can affect it greatly.  Unless this is
out west, in an arid, flat area, it is unlikely it will work without a
little extra work.  The good news is that it is not that hard.  You need
to get good antennae at each end.  You want ones that are directional
and you will have to take some time to aim them properly and you should
be able to make it.
  If I owned the property, I would do as Richard Gerome suggested and
run a cable.
Good luck,
Ralph 

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 How far can I expect wireless coverage without the use of a repeater?
 My father has a cabin approximately 80 yards from his house.  He would
 like to have internet reception there as well.  Anyone know what range
 I can expect from an 802.11n card?  Which one will work in
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Re: Power mac G5 2.5ghz

2009-09-08 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I would not want it.  But, it is a pretty nice machine in some ways.
You say it has no leak issue, but these machines seem to develop that
over time.  If you want to use it for several more years, you should
monitor that cooler.
 I know I am on the lookout for an inexpensive G5 tower that works well.
But, I want an air-cooled one for longer term reliability.  That does
restrict me to 1.8 GHz speed, as I understand.
Good luck,
Ralph

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 Is this a good machine? I like the PPC mac's. Will this machine be a
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Re: Question about how Time Machine works

2009-09-08 Thread Ralph Green

On Fri, 2009-09-04 at 17:14 -0400, John Martz wrote:
 On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM, Tomtba...@nmia.com wrote:
  ... OWC has always been
  a reliable company, so I just up and ordered up two of these 1-TB ones
  from them: http://tinyurl.com/dec2kl. There is a cheaper version of
  the same drive offered there ($87 vs. $139, see http://tinyurl.com/
  mjm49f), but ç and this model has a 5 year
  warranty and they brag about a million hours and more before it
  croaks.
 
 The Hitachi Deskstar E7K1000 looks like it is an enterprise version
 of their mainstream 7K1000.B. I'm not well informed on all the
 potential differences so perhaps others will jump in here. But the
 main differences I could see were:
 
Howdy,
  There is a discussion thread in another list I follow that talks about
these drives.  I would suggest you look at:
http://www.c0t0d0s0.org/archives/5899-Some-perspective-to-this-DIY-storage-server-mentioned-at-Storagemojo.html

 A Sun storage expert was commenting on an article about building your a
cheap storage array.  He talks about the the enterprise drive you refer
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Re: Another way to do wireless?

2009-09-05 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  If you are willing to tinker a bit, it can be much cheaper.  I made
mine for $15.  I bought an Airlink AR430W from Fry's and reflashed it
with the DD-WRT firmware.  It works fine as a wireless bridge.  Fry's
dropped that brand, but there are a bunch of wireless routers compatible
with DD-WRT or similar projects like the Tomato Router.  The most common
one to use is a Linksys WRT54G, although only certain version numbers
can be used.  Used WRT54G units are common enough that I see them for
$10 pretty often.  This may be getting off-topic, so feel free to
contact me off-list for any details on those projects.  This may be a
bit geeky for a Mac user, but it is not really difficult.
Good day,
Ralph

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 Yes, they have them, and they're called Wireless Bridges. But they
 cost about 50$, and for that amount of money you could get an AirPort
 card for your mac and a WiFi router.
 
 On Sat, Sep 5, 2009 at 12:10 PM, Paulpper...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Rather than struggle with a PCI wireless card that might be the wrong
  chipset (though it works fine in a PC), isn't there a device that's
  somewhat like a wireless broadband modem/router - wireless and
  connected to the Mac through the Ethernet port, but without the plug
  to connect to cable or DSL.
 
  Or is that not even theoretically possible?
 
  Right now, when I want to get a Mac on the Internet, I disconnect my
  wireless DSL modem from my PC,  and move it to where the Mac is, which
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Re: Next for PPC?

2009-09-01 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
 Some people run Linux on Macs because they appreciate some advantage of
Linux as an OS and like some physical characteristic of the Apple
hardware.  It may be styling.  The BW G3 case is the best looking
consumer tower PC ever made, as far as I am concerned.  At one time,
Apple hardware was made better than most other PCs.  I am not saying it
is bad now, just that I don't see any quality advantages.  I like Mac
laptops, but they have one of the highest failure rates in the business.
I know people who run Linux on PPC Apples for security reasons.  If you
run into malicious web sites, you are really unlikely to find someone
who coded it to handle a PPC Linux machine.  You can't depend on that
alone, but it is another layer of security.  Some people do it to be
different.  Sometimes, there is a practical reason.  I setup Linux on an
old G3 iMac for a client once to act as a backup appleshare server.  The
software we needed was not in OSX, but was in OSX server.  It was a
temporary need, while a big server was down.  So, I just used Linux and
it solved our need.
  You are right that an interesting thing these days is that we can
bring other operating systems to Mac hardware and unofficially, it is
possible to bring the Apple OS to other hardware.  There is some nice
symmetry there.  That's nice for me in the long run, because I don't
ever see myself buying an Apple x86 machine.  Above OS choice, I am
adamant about freedom and the treacherous firmware in the Apple x86
machines is not something I would accept.  Not even if you gave me the
machine would I accept it.
Good luck and have some fun,
Ralph

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Re: Next for PPC?

2009-09-01 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy CoolKat,
  Yes, I was referring to the Intel laptops.  The PPC laptops seem to
have been solid designs, for the most part.  I just got a G3/700 iBook
and it works very well and looks very nice.  I have seen speculation
that Apple let Intel design at least the first generation of x86
laptops, since Apple had so much to deal with during the transition and
Intel may not have been as focused on quality as Apple was.  I don't
know what the problem was, and I have not followed it closely.  Mainly,
I remember seeing consumer surveys that showed very high failure rates
for the x86 Apple laptops and that is where I got that impression from.
I believe the Apple desktops came out as one of the best, so it is not a
overall x86 Apple problem.  I have several friends with recent Apple
laptops.  The failure rate among that group has been high, too.  
Good day,
Ralph

On Tue, 2009-09-01 at 23:50 -0400, Richard Gerome wrote:
 Hey Ralph,
  Which laptops are you talking about??? I have 4 clamshells one I bought 
 brand new,
  the only problem I ever had... Maybe it might be all the Intel Mac's that 
 are having
  trouble??? 
 
 -Original Message-
 From: Ralph Green sfrea...@sbcglobal.net
 Sent: Sep 1, 2009 9:47 PM
  I like Mac
 laptops, but they have one of the highest failure rates in the business.



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Re: Unsubscribe

2009-08-25 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I don't think it is the hyphen.  Another group I want to participate
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(loosedfw-subscr...@googlegroups.com) and got a bounceback that the
email id did not exist.  That one has no extra hyphens and so I deduce
that Google has changed something or they are having problems.  I do NOT
want to unsubscribe from the g3-g5 list.  I am only sending this to try
to help diagnose the problem.
Good day,
Ralph


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10.4.11 upgrade for iBook G3/700

2009-08-24 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I have a very nice iBook G3/700 now thanks to someone on the LEM Swap
list.  It is a nice upgrade from the G4/400 tower.  The upgrade on that
tower with a QS CPU did not work as well as I hoped, but I'll try again
later.  For now, I am wondering about OS upgrades.  It came with 10.4.6.
I am downloading the 10.4.11 PPC updater now.  Before I install it, I'd
like to know if there is anything I should be worried about.  I have
plenty of free disk space(24 gig).  Should I apply the update, or is
there some reason to stay with 10.4.6 or some other version?
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Re: 2 Questions

2009-08-10 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  There is nothing special about the power adapter.  I had one go bad at
a company I used to work for and I just swapped in a spare one we had.
Unfortunately, I don't remember the specs.  Look on the drive and see if
it says whether it needs a regulated power supply or not.  And, did you
get that 2 AMP spec from the old adapter or the drive?  If it is the
adapter, it may be bigger than needed, but was what their supplier had
handy that day.  If it is on the drive, I would not go smaller.
 The things you need to know:
  Voltage: 12V, but is it regulated or not   
  Tip voltage:  Probably, the tip is positive
  Connector size: 2.1mm is common, but I think the Seagate's are smaller

 If you know those, finding a replacement is not usually bad.  I get
good 12V regulated adapters locally for $4.95.  They are 1.5 amp in
capacity with a 2.1MM barrel connector.  If one of those will do, I'll
send you a pointer.  I think they do mail order.If I know more about
the specs of what you need, I'll check when I go back to see what they
have.  I use the 12V, 1.5 amp adapters in firewalls, access points and
switches and they have never given me any problem.
Good day,
Ralph


On Mon, 2009-08-10 at 18:53 -0600, Stephen Conrad wrote:
 I have tried to get a power cord for an external HD but have had no luck
 I need a 12 volt DC 2.0 Amp power cord for my external Seagate (a gift)
 
 Part No: 9W286D-560
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Re: Linux on Power Mac G5?

2009-08-09 Thread Ralph Green

On Sun, 2009-08-09 at 16:21 -0500, Dennis Myhand wrote:
 Mac User #330250 wrote:
  I'm not happy with the fact that the PowerPC version of OpenSUSE is a 
  32-bit 
  distribution. Okay, it does matter only when an application needs more than 
  4 
  GB of RAM, allright. But my G5 has 16 GB RAM inside and I'm now trying to 
  get 
  a working 64-bit Linux if only the kernel would run!
  
 I'm a bit confused as to your reason for wanting to do this.  You want 
 to run a 64 bit *nix system on a G-5.  I thought that was what OS X was. 
...
 do.  But (and ymmv) I have run Linux, and I have run OS X, and I much 
 prefer OS X for fit, finish, and functionality.  Peace, Dennis

Howdy,
  He doesn't say why he wants to do this, but I can imagine several
reasons.  In fact, I plan to do this when the G5 Macs get cheap enough
for me.  An air cooler dual 1.6 or 1.8 GHz machine with Linux would make
a nice machine for me.  I don't think this is something very many users
will be interested in and I would not recommend it for many people.  OSX
is prettier than any Linux setup I have seen.  OSX has alway had the
characteristic that the things it does well are very well done and easy
to use and the things it does poorly are very hard to figure out and
use.  Linux has better overall usability for me because Apple does not
always fully implement utilities.  For example, samba on my current Mac
does not work nearly as well as Linux from the same time frame.  Linux
is much easier to install most utilities on.  The major distros have
package managers(apt-get, yum, emerge, etc) that each make it a snap to
install, say Postgresql or Mysql, or many other utilities not from
Apple.  On OSX, if a drag and drop installer is available, it will
probably work OK, but you have to go find it somewhere and sometimes
they are not available.  The license on Linux is much better and I
always feel more comfortable using software with user friendly licenses.
I am always frustrated when it is time to upgrade OSX because I have to
stop and read and study multiple lengthy license agreements to see what
affect they will have on me.  I know most people don't do that, but I am
picky about the legal agreements I enter into.  On Linux, software uses
several license that I have studied beforehand and they are not
regularly removing my rights with new versions of the license, like
Apple does.  And finally, running Linux is a good idea, just because it
is there.  I run a bunch of operating systems here at home.  My main one
is Linux, but I use OSX and it has it's place.  Just trying and learning
about them has it's own value.
  I don't have Linux running on a current Mac.  I last used it regularly
on a 700 MHz iMac.  I asked on my local Linux mailing list and I'll
report back to Andreas what I find.  I am pretty sure our Vice President
runs his main machine as Linux on a dual G5, but I don't know if he uses
32 or 64 bit Linux.  He uses plain old Debian.
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Re: ethernet port gone bad - need advise on adapter, etc. Please.

2009-07-13 Thread Ralph Green

On Mon, 2009-07-13 at 19:11 -0700, sam wrote:
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Re: stream requires windows media player?

2009-07-07 Thread Ralph Green

On Thu, 2009-07-02 at 01:14 -0400, Wallace Adrian D'Alessio wrote:
 On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 5:36 PM, MacGuymacgu...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Ok, here's the problem:
 There's a really cool radio station online that I like...
 
 Pandora will play anything you like and let you program it too. Is it
 better than that?
 
 Pandora will work on any browser.
  Not really.  It will only work in your browser if you were careless
about security and installed Flash.  It won't work in any of my
browsers.
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Re: Return to PowerPC?

2009-07-06 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  Now this actually might be possible.  I read the prior message and
thought is was just a joke(You can't tack on EFI like that).  Is this
for real?  The PPC processors on the PS3 are not feature complete CPUs,
but there are multiple CPUs.  It might make the PS3 useful for
something.  I don't play games and would never buy a BlueRay disk
because of the particularly nasty DRM.  I made a XBOX into a useful
machine.  If this is real, maybe I can do the same to a PS3 in a few
years.
Good day,
Ralph

On Mon, 2009-07-06 at 22:35 -0700, Mullin9 wrote:
 OOPS
 
 I grabbed a PS3 but Swapped the 256MB RAM, with 4 GB RAM stick,
 wired/
 soldered in a  2005 Apple ROM not the EFI, and installed OS X v 10.5
 and with 3.2 GHz PPC Cell CPU It Screams.



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G4 Gigabit ethernet ram

2009-06-29 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  Would memory pulled from a G4 Quicksilver work in a Gigabit Ethernet
G4?  It is PC133 memory and I know that memory generally works in PC100
systems, but I don't know if the G4 Gigabit is sensitive to the speed
difference.
Good day,
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Re: sata 2.5 plugged into a 3.5 sata enclosure?

2009-06-24 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  As Peter said, the connectors for 2.5 and 3.5 SATA drives are the
same.  But, the power draw is almost always a lot more on the 3.5
drives.  A single USB port can supply 2.5 watts(.5 amps at 5V).  For
example, a Seagate 3.5 ST3500320AS 500 GB takes .65 amps at 5V and .42
ams at 12V.  USB does not supply 12V at all.  2.5 drives are almost
always 5V only and take around 2.5 watts(I've seen up to 5 watts).  So,
a 2.5 drive may work and a 3.5 almost never will.  Some higher power
2.5 drives need power from 2 USB ports.  I have burned out a USB port
from drawing too much power.
Good luck,
Ralph  

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 If the 2.5 drive works with USB, then I would think there is no
 problem with USB. In other words, I'd expect the SATA-USB logic to
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Re: 9150/120 Monitor Dark + Network

2009-06-24 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I don't know anything about the first problem.  Networking the
computers should be possible.  The 9150 only comes with an Apple AAUI
connector for a network, by default.  There were Nubus cards to supply
CAT5(CAT3, really or 10 base T, if you prefer).  I found someone selling
them at http://www.welovemacs.com/m0417lla.html for $30.  I don't know
the seller, and I remember someone offering a Nubus ethernet card on the
swap list recently, so check those options.
 The 8600 and 9600 come with ethernet connectors.  So, a little cabling
and a switch and you should be OK.  Ideally, you would hook your ATT
modem to a router and that would then talk to your other machines.
There are several good reasons for this.
  I know I used OS 8.6 on a Beige G3 through a router like this, but I
don't remember much about configuring OS8 and OS9 network stacks.
Others here can help with that, I think.
Good luck,
Ralph

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Re: A polite netiquette back and forth

2009-06-17 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  My favorite way to do this is to setup a filter.  I look for the from
address and send it to a special folder I call Garbage.  I check that
folder infrequently and after I do that for a while, I have changed the
filter to actually delete the email.  I have just one person in my kill
filter at the moment.
 Strictly speaking, the email would still get to your inbox, but you
never see it.
Good day,
Ralph

On Sun, 2009-06-14 at 12:40 -0500, Brian wrote:

 How about an on topic discussion for once?  How about this: how do I
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Re: G4 Triple boot question

2009-06-17 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I have not installed YDL for a while.  When I last tried it, it worked
fine to dual boot if I installed OSX first.  OSX does not really
understand having Linux as a boot option.  If you install OSX first,
then you end up with a boot menu installed that lets you choose what you
want to run.  These tests were dual booting with YDL and OSX Tiger.  I
assume Leopard is about the same, but maybe someone else will comment on
that.
Have a good day,
Ralph

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 I recently got a G4 Dual 1.42, with Tiger on the 80g drive.
 I'd like to install Yellow Dog Linux, and possibly Leopard on a
 2nd ...
 Any thoughts on which OS to install first, and which should be in the
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Re: A polite netiquette back and forth

2009-06-17 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  HTML is rejected by most lists I am on.  How well does this demime
work?  It might be friendlier than rejecting.
  I think a better approach to 2 is to limit the quoted text to a
percentage.  In a very long response, it might be reasonable to have
more than 20 quoted lines.
 I had never heard of the List-id header.  Thanks.  I am going to have
to check the lists I am responsible for to see that they implement it.
Have a good day,
Ralph

On Sun, 2009-06-14 at 14:06 -0600, Doug McNutt wrote:
 1: Use demime to get rid of useless HTML submitted by posters. There are 
 reasons for HTML but list postings rarely need it. Perhaps a procedure for 
 allowing HTML in short attachments for special cases. After a few postings 
 get mangled users would get wise to submitting in ASCII text only.
 
 2: Limit quoted text to, say, 20 lines and enforce it by truncating in 
 software.
 
...
 6: Either get rid of the [G3-5] list identifier in the subject line or make 
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Re: Cable Select OR Master / Slave in a QS 2002 Dual 1GHz? (and DA Dual 533)

2009-06-17 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
 Use any flat IDE cable you want.  Use 80 pin cables if you want speeds
greater than 33 megabytes per second.  Use CS if you are prepared to
have your computer guess which drive is which and whether you have the
right cable.  Set the master/slave settings if you want to know it will
work.  The master/slave settings do have to be set right, so some
companies and people don't want to do it.  Some drives have separate
settings for Master with slave and Master without slave(aka Single).  I
am not saying you won't get it to work any other way.  But, follow those
simple rules and it will work.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Mon, 2009-06-15 at 15:18 -0400, insightinmind wrote:

 Just for the main hard drive connection:
 
 So it is NOT ok to use the UltraATA cable (Space Shuttle-D, Cd  Pb  
 Free, 80wire/40pin) supplied in a Retail Box Kit along with a Seagate  
 UltraATA drive as the cable off the Apple mobo, because of a HP/ 
 Compaq patented method of interrogating the drive at Startup, in my  
 Quicksilver 2002 Dual 1GHz? I need to put back the short one with the  
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Re: Cable Select OR Master / Slave in a QS 2002 Dual 1GHz? (and DA Dual 533)

2009-06-17 Thread Ralph Green

On Wed, 2009-06-17 at 09:27 -0400, Len Gerstel wrote:


  On Jun 17, 2009, at 4:11 AM, Ralph Green wrote:
  
   Use any flat IDE cable you want.  Use 80 pin cables if you want
   speeds
   greater than 33 megabytes per second.
  
  I thought an IDE cable is an IDE cable is anso when you say to
  use 80 pin IDE for increased speed, what do you mean? Please expand 
 
 It is not 80 pin, it is 80 wires. The cables still have the standard
 40 pins. 
 Yes.  I should have said 80 wire.  The connectors are all 40 pin.  I
usually save the 40 pin cables for older systems.  But, it is good to
know that you can use them for any parallel ATA drive, in a pinch.  I
help people rebuild older systems pretty often.  To tell if you have a
80 wire cable, you can count the wires.  Or, a shortcut is to look at
one end.  Count how many wires are in the width of one column of 2 pins.
Look at the connector that plugs into the drive as 20 columns by 2 rows.
If there are 2 wires for every row of 2 pins, it is a 40 wire cable.  If
there are 4 wires for every row of 2 pins, it is a 80 wire cable.  Does
that make sense?  You could also hold the cables up against a cable you
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Re: Lightening Season

2009-06-13 Thread Ralph Green

On Fri, 2009-06-12 at 22:39 -0700, Kyle Hansen wrote:
 On 6/12/09 10:21 PM, Stephen Weber maryland...@gmail.com Broadcast
 into the ether:
 
 My suggestion is to get a really nice surge protector or get a
 battery back up.  Were I live I had some really bad storms
 pass through on the 9th and when I went down stairs to turn on
 my iMac G3 I noticed that the surge protector was tripped.  So
 they do work.
 
 On Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 12:41 AM, Ralph Green
 sfrea...@sbcglobal.net wrote:
 
 Howdy,
  Absolutely.  That is what the PRAM batteries are
 there for.  They keep
 the system settings when you are unplugged.  It does
 not take much
 power, but you do run them down faster when you are
 unplugged.  When you
 are plugged in, they are not being drained by the
 computer at all.  They
 are just naturally discharging, as batteries always
 do.
 Good day,
 Ralph
 
 I suggest the same.  But not in the form of top posting as Stephen
 did.  Buy a decent UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) that also has a
 voltage regulator.  That is what I do with all my important systems.  
 
  Since I am leaving the thread above in place, I'll bottom post.  I
generally prefer top posting and heavily trimming the message you are
responding to, but bottom posting has its place.
  I keep my main system on a UPS, as is mentioned above.  But, we should
specifically address Billy's original question.  UPS's do not make your
system immune to a lightning strike.  They can help.  Lighting has a lot
of power and if it hits near you, there is nothing short of an air gap
that has a chance of protecting the system.  If it is really close, an
air gap is not enough.  I have some computers I regularly unplug in bad
thunderstorms.  I figure if I get a lightning strike, I want to have
some surviving systems.  If you do this, look and make sure everything
is unplugged.  If you leave the monitor connected to power and your
computer, the lightning will come that way.  An ethernet cable is a fine
power conduit for lightning, too.
 And finally, since Dan Knight says we can top post, I'll continue to do
it where I think it is appropriate.  Kyle has provided a lot of useful
answers to this list, so it is not intended as disrespect.  But, Dan
sets the rules here, as far as I know.
Good luck,
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Re: Safari 4.0

2009-06-13 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  Well, it is not exactly what George asked for.  But, if you like the
progress bar, use Firefox and install the fission add-in.  I almost
always add that add-in, because I like the Safari style progress bar.
Good day,
Ralph

On Sat, 2009-06-13 at 09:18 -0400, Dan wrote:
 At 9:03 PM -0500 6/12/2009, George R. Hozendorf wrote:
 
 Is there any way to get the progress bar back in lieu of the rotating wheel?
 
 No.  The preferences to change this (set with a raw defaults 
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Re: Lightening Season

2009-06-12 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
 Absolutely.  That is what the PRAM batteries are there for.  They keep
the system settings when you are unplugged.  It does not take much
power, but you do run them down faster when you are unplugged.  When you
are plugged in, they are not being drained by the computer at all.  They
are just naturally discharging, as batteries always do.
Good day,
Ralph

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 Does this place a drain on the PRAM batteries? I believe someone
 contributed awhile back, that when the psu capacitor drains, that's
 when the batteries are used more. What might be a time limit on such a
 capacitor drain?

 


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Motherboard swap for a Gigabit Ethernet G4

2009-06-05 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I think I have all the pieces lined up to try upgrading my G4 Gigbit
ethernet tower with a quicksilver CPU.  It is my fastest current mac, so
I am still a little bit nervous about it.  Particularly the part about
removing the pins for the IDE port for the DVD drive.  I found a
replacement gigabit ethernet motherboard for $29 shipped and I am
debating whether I should order that motherboard to try it out on and
then fall back to my current motherboard if I need to.
 This leads me to a few questions.  I have never swapped out the
motherboard on a G4 tower.  I can search for instructions, but I'd
really like to hear from someone who has done this.  
 1. Is it pretty straight-forward?
 2. Are there any things I may need to be aware of that are not likely
to be obvious or in the instructions?
 3. I'll then have to switch to probably a USB DVD drive.  I don't use
the CD or DVD drive much at all.  Probably reinstalling Tiger would be
the next task.  Will that work with a USB DVD drive, or should I find
another Mac and run this one in firewire target disk mode?  
 I have built a lot of Linux and Windows machines.  I know the basic
stuff and I will be properly grounded.  I don't see anything that looks
tricky, but I know enough to know that I don't really know and I should
ask for advice.
 I have several reasons for wanting to do the upgrade.  The 400 MHz cpu
I have now is a wee bit too slow, and I think a dual 800 MHz will be
fine for what I do.  I am on a tight budget.  And, I want to help a
local school upgrade about 10 more of these if it works out OK.
Good day,
Ralph



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Re: VHS to DVD

2009-06-02 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  Tom Baker pointed you to one device.  That is a reasonably expensive
unit.  I saw devices a few years ago for around $100 that would do what
you need.  I was looking at those devices seriously at the time, but
never bought one.  I really never needed one, because I was buying
movies on LaserDisk and Macrovision corruption can't be put on LaserDisk
videos.   The devices are sometimes referred to as image stabilizers or
something similar.  There are legitimate uses for these and they are not
just for copying Macrovision protected content.  Macrovision works by
fiddling with the vertical blanking interval of the frames.  Some
stabilizers completely replace the vertical blanking interval with a
clean one.  This is needed for analog devices that are sensitive to the
fiddling.  So, look for a stabilizer that rebuilds the vertical blanking
interval and a side effect is that macrovision corruption of your images
goes away.  You also get a cleaner picture.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Mon, 2009-06-01 at 19:59 -0700, Hosemonkey wrote:
 content into a form that will allow you to transfer it to DVD? Mac the
 Ripper works for DVD material, is there anything that serves the same
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Re: USB Hub versus PCI Card?

2009-05-18 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  A hub is cheap, and works for a lot of things.  What do you want to
plug in?  Each USB hub on the computer can drive .5 amps.  If you are
plugging in multiple devices that need power, you may need a powered hub
or the pci card.
  Not all PCI USB cards work in the Mac.  Look in the archives for
messages about that, or wait for further responses here.  If I knew
specifics on that, I'd give it to you.  I remember having to be carefule
when I bought my PCI USB 2.0 card.  Available and supported chips have
likely changed since then.
Good luck,
Ralph

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 Hello,
 I have a G4 MDD that only came with 2 (4 if you count the keyboard)
 usb ports.  I am not very concerned with the 1.0 versus 2.0, so
 considering that - my question is this:  Should I get a usb pci card
 or just a usb hub?  
 
 If I do get a pci card are they specific to the platform (i.e. mac/pc)
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Re: New to Mac - Just purchased used G4

2009-05-11 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I don't think Baha is a native English speaker.  Cut him a little
slack on the grammer.  He is probably much better in English than we are
in his language.
 The funny part to me is that everyone here is saying the same thing,
and then saying Baha is all wrong.  Everyone says you can reinstall the
same version of OSX that came with your machine and you don't need to
buy a new license to do that.  That is all I ever took Baha to be
saying.
Good day,
Ralph

On Mon, 2009-05-11 at 15:59 -0400, Dan wrote:
 At 2:43 PM -0500 5/11/09, joe wrote:
 On May 11, 2009, at 12:24 PM, Dan wrote:
Let's be clear here.  Apple's licensing is VERY specific.
   http://www.apple.com/legal/sla/
 



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Re: New to Mac - Just purchased used G4

2009-05-10 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  Does anyone have a lead on legitimate US sellers who have something
similar?  I'd like to buy another retail Tiger CD or DVD to install.  I
would like to setup another G4, so I need the retail disks, I believe.
I try to be careful where I buy, because I don't want a pirated copy.
With 10.6 in the near future, 10.4 disks could legitimately be getting
cheap.
Good day,
Ralph  

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 just bought a brandnew, sealed in the box, Mac OS X Tiger (includes Xcode 2)
 Install DVD, Version 10.4 2Z691-5305-A from an official Mac-dealer for € 10
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Re: 2.5 SATA Drive Needs 3.5 Bracket Converter For BW G3....

2009-04-25 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I know I never follow tinyurls.  I don't know about you, so I'll
follow up too.  You need something like the following, at least.
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemrd=1item=330324953628
 This is an ebay auction for a brass adapter to allow you to physically
install the drive.  3.5 inch and 2.5 inch drives use the same electrical
connectors.  At least, the ones I have used did.  So, that may be all
you need.  The G3 and G4 don't provide SATA power adapters, so you may
need and adapter for that, as well.  If so, something like this is what
you need:
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemrd=1item=270339672962
 I have nothing to do with either seller.  I have even bought from
either.  I am just showing you examples and there are lots of other
sellers to choose from.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Fri, 2009-04-24 at 13:02 -0700, AHarmon wrote:
 Has ANYONE bought (or head of, for that matter) of a 2.5-to-3.5 SATA
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Re: video upgrade

2009-03-11 Thread Ralph Green

On Wed, 2009-03-11 at 09:13 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 On Mar 11, 2009, at 8:28 AM, abrock wrote:
  http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Sapphire-100545-SR-Radeon9000Pro-Graphics-Card-Refurbished/3504887/product.html?sec_iid=33972
 
  BIOS? Says it supports Apple displays (ADC).
 
 No it doesn't. There is no ADC connector on that thing, an ADC  
Howdy,
  I contacted Overstock to find out if the picture was wrond or the
description.  The card they have for sale does not include an ADC.  They
said they would update the sale page soon.
 I'd like a decent cheap video card for a Gigabit G4, so I checked.
Good day,
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Re: Latest on SATA PCI for a Quicksilver 2002 Dual 1GHz

2009-03-08 Thread Ralph Green

On Sat, 2009-03-07 at 21:50 -0500, insightinmind wrote:
 Beginning to wonder it it might be to risky ...
 
 I would be using it for a main drive off my QS Dual 1GHz ATA66 ... it  
 says it is for an ATA100/133 channel ... like the ones off my Sonnet  
 Tempo ATA/100 and Trio ATA133 PCI Cards.
 
 So it would not work off the mobo ATA channel ... but would most  
 likely work off the Sonnet ATA/IDE PCI cards?
Howdy,
  I think either one would be fine.  One reason I feel pretty confident
is that many early SATA drives were really just IDE drives with SATA
bridge chips.  So, they were doing the same thing as these adapters.  I
have an 80 GB IDE drive in my G4.  I'll just stick with it as long as it
is doing fine and then I'll try one of these adapters.  I keep a couple
of spare adapters handy.  I'd test one for you, but I don't have any
spare SATA drives.
Good luck,
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Re: Latest on SATA PCI for a Quicksilver 2002 Dual 1GHz

2009-03-07 Thread Ralph Green

On Sat, 2009-03-07 at 20:30 -0500, insightinmind wrote:
  But there is a good solution out there, a simple small SATA to PATA
  adapter that cost me just 9 euros. It fits on the SATA hard disk and
  presto! It's just like a big fast ATA disk.
 
  Regards, Jörg.
 
 Something like this?:
 http://www.xpcgear.com/idetosataconv.html
 
 The following is an SATA Controller to IDE drive adapter (and not the  
 reverse):
 http://www.mcpb.com/html/sta.psata.adp.html
 
 I like mcpb for scsi solutions AND their great Tech Support ...
 
 Wonder if they'll also get the IDE Controller to SATA drive boards?
 
Howdy,
  Let me say up front that I have not tried these on my G4, but I would
be surprised if they did not work.  I have used them on several Linux
systems and they worked fine.  I have no relation to this seller other
than having bought from them at their normal price.  I buy scsi adapters
from MCPB, but their SATA adapters are too expensive, I think.
  Converts a SATA drive to work with PATA controller($7.50 shipped)
 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemrd=1item=220368919594

  Converts a PATA drive to work with SATA controller($6.70 shipped)
 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemrd=1item=370165529095

  Converts either direction, but needs more room($6.40 shipped)
 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemrd=1item=370165527548

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Re: Modem question... From the Desk of Scott Fiore

2009-02-27 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  It is pretty open ended.  I have seen voice over ip servers, ftp
server, samba servers, and customized wireless stuff like WDS.  The
hackable ones with enough memory are limited by what you want to do with
them.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Fri, 2009-02-27 at 12:07 -0700, nestamicky wrote:
 Since this thread is going on and since I have more than a few modems
 and wireless routers, I've always wanted to ask: what fun stuff can
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Re: Need graphics utility question.

2009-02-27 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I have seen people script gimp to do stuff like that.  You build a
script that you activate.  You bring up each picture, position the
cursor in the upper left corner of the rectangle you want and activate
the script.
  Gimp is not as user friendly as Photoshop, but the filters and
scriptability are supposed to be the best of any of the graphics
programs.
Good luck,
Ralph

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Re: SCSI-2 Device on a G3 Beige MiniTower?

2009-02-24 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I see Adaptec 2940-U2B adapters specifically for the Mac pretty often
on eBay.  I understand they work well in OS9, but have some problems in
OSX.  I plan to try one with a spare SCSI drive sometime, but others may
comment on any foibles they have.  In an office I knew of several years
back, the high end machines ran OS9 with SCSI drives, so what you want
should be feasible.
Good luck,
Ralph

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 Will a SCSI-2 device such as a Teac CD-RW external drive work on a
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Re: Heat sink Fasteners for ATI Radeon 9800 Pro

2009-02-19 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  On ebay, I found a complete heatsink for $8 delivered with fasteners.
I did not look through all the offerings, so there may be a better deal.
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemrd=1item=300280929875
Good luck,
Ralph


On Thu, 2009-02-19 at 20:37 -0500, Dana Collins wrote:
 On 2/19/09 5:19 PM, PeterH of peterh5...@rattlebrain.com sent
  On Feb 19, 2009, at 1:54 PM, Dana Collins wrote:
  
  Anybody know where I could get replacements, or can think of a viable
  alternative? (I doubt AMD/ATI has a way to purchase just them).
  



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Re: Compact Flash = Solid state drive in iPod?

2009-02-17 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  The 1st and 2nd gen iPod minis can be upgraded with a standard CF
card.  I have read about many people doing this.  There are businesses
that will do it for you.  I don't know about other models.  My Sansa
e250 with Rockbox beats all the iPods anyway.  It handles 8gb micro SDHC
cards and they are easier to find and cheaper.
Good luck,
Ralph

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 I don't think any iPod can be converted this way...I have a first  
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Re: Sawtooth vs DA/QuickSilver

2009-02-03 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  This is the article I saved on how to upgrade a gigabit.  I plan to
upgrade a G4 gigabit motherboard when I find the right CPU.
  http://homepage.mac.com/josephk/G4_mod.html
 The sawtooth is similar.  Here is a page talking about upgrading
processors on a sawtooth.  I included the previous link, because you
might need the info about the extra power cable, depending on exactly
what you do.
  http://power-mac-g4.com/g4clockup.html
Good day,
Ralph

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 Do you know the mod to make QS cpu work in sawtooth ? If I could do
 that it might help me get more resale value... there was a guy on ebay
 selling the 800s that come out to 600 on the 100mhz bus, looks like a
 733 would work out to 550 like that. Don't know how hard it is to do
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Re: Upgrading CAT-5 to CAT-6

2009-02-02 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
 Cat6 is the spec for gigabit speeds.  Cat5 cables frequently work fine
at gigabit speeds, but not always.  So, if you are already getting
gigabit speeds, then no cable upgrades are needed.
  Most routers have only 10/100 switches built in.  So, I'd get a
gigabit switch.  Connect one of the LAN ports of the router to the
gigabit switch and then all of your local machines to the switch.  Then,
transfer speed should go up between any machines with gigabit ethernet.
For me, transfer speeds between my desktop and my NAS really went up
when I made a similar change.  
Ralph

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 Now I'm pretty certain the router plays a role in speeds so what 
 specs should I be looking at to see if the router can handle CAT-6 
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Re: DBAN on Macs??

2009-01-26 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  I use dban and have installed it for several customers.  I have never
seen it work on anything but a generic x86 PC, like those used for
declining OSes like Windows or for Linux.  You don't need a very up to
date one, or an operating system installed.  I have used it to wipe a
bunch of Mac hard drives.
Good luck,
Ralph

On Mon, 2009-01-26 at 15:38 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 Has anyone ever gotten DBAN http://www.dban.org/ to work on Macs. I  
 just re-downloaded their alleged PPC iso, burned it, but I have never  
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Re: InternetConnectionViaPC?

2009-01-22 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  The feature is called Auto MDIX(Automatic medium-dependent interface
crossover).  All gig ethernet cards will support it, since it is part of
the spec.  Most recent switches support it.  I have a crossover cable,
but have not needed it in a while.

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 On 1/22/09 10:12 AM, Hunter Fuller of hackmies...@gmail.com sent
 
  
  Fred Miller wrote:
  I don't know for sure about hooking a Mac to a PC, but to hook 2 PC's
  together you need to use an ethernet crossover cable.


 


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Re: Flash Drive Question

2009-01-14 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,
  If you can read files from the flash drive, there are two reasons I
have seen why writing fails.
  The most common is that you have too many files in the root directory.
Flash drives typically are formatted with a FAT filesystem of some kind.
When you format a FAT drive(FAT16 or FAT32 or whatever), you specify how
many files are allowed in the root directory.  Different Flash
manufacturers may have picked different values, so I can't tell you what
the limit is.  Directories on a FAT drives can have as many files as
will fit.  Only the root directory is limited.
  The next most common failure is a failing flash drive.  Flash drives
typically fail to write as the first failure mode.  They can usually
still be read fine.
 Your situation may be something else, since I don't know why you don't
see the flash drive as an option.
Good luck,
Ralph

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  Recently I tried to save a photo from a website to a Flash Drive and
  it won't let me
  I can see the Flash Drives on my Desktop but when I click Save Image
  As it only show this for options for where to put it: Home,
  Documents, iDisk and Desktop
 


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Re: Where do I learn.... becomes archiving files and images- the future

2009-01-09 Thread Ralph Green

On Fri, 2009-01-09 at 21:21 -0800, aussieshepsrock wrote:
 The method the 1's and 0's are stored is inherently unstable and the
 1's and 0's don't stay as specified in a durable manner. The 'data' in
 a sense evolves on it's own and can't be relied upon in a 'calendar'
 based measurement of time.
 
 Is that phrased better?
 
Howdy,
  The way I would say it is that Flash memory stores bits as voltages
for a bunch of memory cells.  The voltage decays over time and so Flash
memory is not suitable for archival.  If you want to get a little more
technical, most Flash memory these days is MLC where each memory cell
represents 2 or 3 bits of storage.  MLC is even worse to consider for
archival, because even smaller voltage drops will change the value that
is represented in the memory cell.
Good luck,
Ralph 


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Re: booting off firewire drive possible/reliable??

2009-01-09 Thread Ralph Green

On Fri, 2009-01-09 at 23:03 -0800, jonas ulrich wrote:
 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/NP35FW/
 
 
 Is this a good drive case to buy?
 -Jonas

Howdy,
 It should work well with the Mac and it looks OK.  I see that it is
designed for IDE drives.  I'd look for a case that can handle sata
drives, unless you had particular IDE drives you want to use.  IDE
drives may be hard to find in a couple of years.
 I personally like cases that are a little bigger and have a built in
power supply.  But, that is my taste and yours may differ.
Have a good day,
Ralph


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Re: Where do I learn.... becomes archiving files and images- the future

2009-01-07 Thread Ralph Green

Howdy,

On Wed, 2009-01-07 at 08:36 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 
 On Jan 6, 2009, at 7:36 PM, Vic wrote:
 
  PDF, JPG and other formats, while they might be de facto standards,
  are still proprietary formats,
 
 PDF is an open ISO standard, no longer controlled by Adobe; although  
 Adobe PDF's can have proprietary parts, the pdf created by, say  
 printing to PDF in OS X is not.
 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF/A
 This is partially true.  Read the wikipedia page for some details.
There is an ISO standard for PDF files.  Not all pdf writers will write
that format.  I don't know if the current OSX will.  I am not updated to
the current version.  My OSX system does not write ISO compliant files.

 
 JPEG is also an ISO standard, and open source implementations exist.
 
 http://www.jpeg.org/jpeg/index.html
 JPEG is an open standard, but not every program that writes jpegs will
write fully compliant jpeg files.  If long term archival of files is
important to you, check that the program you use is a good
implementation.  Jpeg is likely to be supported for many years, but you
have to decide if the images are good enough quality.

...
 TIFF is recommended as the best, not because it's an open standard,  
 but because it's about the only widely used lossless image standard.  
 JPEG is lossy.
 
 There are lots of varieties of TIFF files.  It and PNG are the most
common lossless formats available.  I prefer PNG for most of my usage,
because the compression algorithm in TIFF files is patent encumbered,
which limits some program's abilities to handle TIFF files with
compression.  For simplicity, I can see how it might be a better choice
for some people to stay with TIFF files.  Before you embark on a major
archival effort using TIFF files, find out what type of TIFF files you
are going to write and be consistent so your entire library will always
be readable by the same program.
Good luck,
Ralph



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Re: Where do I learn.... becomes archiving files and images- the future

2009-01-07 Thread Ralph Green

On Wed, 2009-01-07 at 21:13 -0800, aussieshepsrock wrote:

 Has anyone heard of  Taiyo Yuden  the japanese cdr dvdr media
 manufacturer?

 Taiyo Yuden is generally considered to be the best producer of media
out there.  They are rarely the cheapest.  At one time, Taiyo Yuden
manufactured the premium Fuji disks.  I don't know if they still do.
The key to the stability of the Taiyo Yuden disk seems to be their
consistency in their dye formulation.  It is usually the fading dyes of
CDR and DVDR disk that cause them to become unreadable.
 If you want a good deal on Taiyo Yuden, look in the stores for Fuji
disks manufactured in Japan.  Those all seem to be Taiyo Yuden disks.
Skip the ones made in other countries.
Good luck,
Ralph




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Re: Where do I learn about long lasting cdr's or dvdr's ????

2009-01-07 Thread Ralph Green

On Wed, 2009-01-07 at 13:16 -0700, Bruce Johnson wrote:
 I could have SWORN I posted a link to Otterbox yesterday, for $30  
 The Otterbox looks nice.  I have used Pelican cases, which look
similar.  Have you seen both and how do they compare?

 And back to tiff files for a moment.  I referred to the variety of TIFF
formats out there.  I did some looking and I would suggest TIFF 6.0
Specification with CCITT Group 4 compression, if you are going to use
TIFF.  CENDI has used that as one of their archival formats for a few
years.  You can read a paper on the issue here:
 http://www.cendi.gov/publications/imgexch2.html

Good luck,
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