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  1. 2 points
    if your IP addresses are handed out (aka managed) by DHCP the DNS entrees that you include in the router are dished out with the IP address. as you move from place to place the DNS will get changed along with the IP the new place is using. some "hot spots" will not work unless you use the DNS provided. and sometimes that DNS blocks certain sites (pr0n, pirate, hate, facebook, etc) because the place does not want to deal with the traffic. like DO YOUR WORK at WORK not look up cat videos… sometimes you want to put a specific DNS in the computer. maybe for a GAME or a for testing to see if your newly updated DNS specs for a domain are updating. or your ISP provided DNS is flaky so you choose to use google or some other public server.
  2. 1 point
    the replacement should have been straight forward. however, the bracket inside the iMac holding the hard drive needed either another bracket to hold the 2.5” SSD or I needed to make a holder out of tape and cardboard. I chose to go with what I had. as if anyone will know. after I installed the SSD and before I screwed the LCD back in place I made sure to test it in it’s flat state to make sure it all worked. good thing I did that. I forget the power supply cable. and had I screwed it back together I would have had to un un un the 14 screws one more time with feeling to connect the cable. with swearing. who designs with magnets thinking this is a good idea? magnets? the bezel is held in place with magnets. which seems clever and unique until you try to put T8 screws back in place. the magnets snap the screws away from the Tor-X driver. good thing I had tape. I was able to make a temporary holder allowing each screw to get lowered into place without dropping into the bowels of the Mac requiring having to take the whole thing apart for the second time to retrieve a screw that fell in. the thought of this makes me never want to take one of these bastards apart ever again. maybe I would rather trouble shoot a borked SCSI chain. maybe… after all the screws found holes the Mac booted from the USB drive. ugh. USB. what fool thought USB for hard drives was fast enough? two and half hours later the iMac restored itself and booting happened faster than it ever had ever. BTW nobody ever buys Turdbolt hard drives because you can by TWO more normal drives (for a total of three!) for the cost of one of those. I cleaned the dust from the LCD and the inside of the plexi screen then the magnets did their job exactly like they should. magnets… ugh. reference: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+24-Inch+EMC+2134+and+2211+Hard+Drive+Replacement/8968
  3. 1 point
    No @Waldo Pepper. If you manually enter the DNS addresses into the Network Setting in System Preferences on the Mac (under Advanced…), then those are the DNS setting that will be used (not the ones from the DNS router). It's actually one way you might get around DNS filtering/blocking on specific network. For example here is how its looks configured locally on my Mac for using the OpneDNS servers: Just remember that these are set per interface, so if you also use a wired Ethernet connection you'd need to set them there too. All this said, at home I have the OpenDNS setting set up on my router so that all Macs/Devices in my home network are using OpenDNS. The main reason is because my cable ISPs DNS (Cox) has proven to be slow and unreliable in the past. That, and OpenDNS does automatic blocking of know hacked and attacked websites.
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    I use a Synology DS213J obviously quite old now (I purchased it in 2014) I have 2 x 3TB WD Red drives in it and a Wireless adapter connected. I never had any issues, I've heard that Synology can be more geeky to set up than Drobo but I had no problems (found it quite easy). If your drives are external you can add them via USB to the Synology to give extra storage, you can also share the attached USB drive. Don't if this helps but hope it does.
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    replacing the boot disk with an SSD will make the mac feel like a new thing. ditch the optical dive replacing it with a sled to hold a spinning disk. move your user folder to the spinning disk using the "click the user name with the options key held down" then it to your spinning disk folder. this lets you use a "tiny" SSD instead of some large expensive one. when SSDs cost lots more money I config'd Macs using the hybrid of disks like I suggested. using a tiny 32 or 64G as a boot SSD then using the spinning disk as the home for applications, music, and all the user data. I never wrote up the steps but essentially you make a SYMLINK from the SSD boot to /Applications on the bigger hard drive. there are tools that do this in a GUI or you can CLI an incantation. some of the 2009 MBPs actually support 16G memory. YMMV. I just up'd a 2009 white Mac Book and it worked. the idea was that if the RAM didn't work I was going to send it back exchanging it for something else or pay the 15% restock fee shrugging "we had to try." either way it was a cheap enough experiment with no downside to either outcome.
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