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About Gulfie

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  1. Gulfie

    iPhone Car Cradle

    I'm looking for an iPhone cradle for my car and I'm looking for people to share their experience of cradles. I have a Belkin TuneCast but the cable is on the way out (audio keeps cutting out on the left channel) and I'm sick of having the phone rattle around on the passenger seat or centre console. I'm looking for something that holds the phone firmly, but does not use the cigarette lighter socket as its main mounting point (otherwise I'd get a Belkin TuneBase). I run a SatNav as well so any charging cable has to go into a splitter unit Built-in charging/FM TX is optional - as long as the cradle will let me plug something in it doesn't have to come bundled. Thanks in advance.
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    Problem with Apples "Backup" program

    My only thought... have you blown your monthly iDisk bandwidth limit?
  3. Buy one mail order. They probably shift more stock that way, so your battery will be fresher. The batteries only really deteriorate badly if the storage environment is hot, or the battery is fully charged. So, before you shut down your laptop, use it for 30 minutes off the mains to drop the charge a little, if its not going to be used for a while. I use this kind of battery for electric model aircraft, and the better chargers have a 'long-term store' charging option to minimise damage. Current batteries are more limited by the number of charge cycles than anything else, especially when the only way to abuse them is to fully charge them and then store them somewhere hot for weeks on end...
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    Magic Mouse

    Just got my magic mouse yesterday. I've been using a Mighty Mouse which I loved, incidentally. The Magic is for me an improvement. Very solid click to it. Much better at spotting a right click. And I've had no problems with any of the gestures. But I have large hands/long fingers. All in all I'll give it 9/10 after a day's use. just the right size and weight.
  5. Looks like New York Times may have inadvertently (or deliberately) let slip the name of this impending product, "Apple Slate" - see here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/26/apple_slate/ Nota bad name really. iSlate, youSlate, weAllSlate ;-)
  6. OK, problem solved. The key to all of this is that Bonjour does not work over a VPN. So the Mac Mini does not show up because Bonjour is the basis for discovery and display of peer Macs. However the NAS does show up because it supports uPNP - which is turned on. So that solved the mystery of why the NAS shows up and the Mac Mini does not. This did not fix the problem of accessing NAS folders though, but having found the root of the problem it wasn't long before I found a work-around which was actually posted in connection with using names of the format 'fred.local' across a VPN, which by default do not work. To be able to work with the NAS, I simply put its displayed name into /etc/hosts with the correct IP address. Now I can open the NAS from the network folder and everything works exactly as I want it to. Apparently there is a way to get Bonjour traffic to propagate across a VPN connection, but it is non-trivial... Maybe some other time.
  7. I've recently installed a Vigor 282Vn ADSL modem/router at home that supports VPN (I have a fixed IP address). The VPN access was very easy to set up and I have successfully connected in to the home network using the Mac's built in VPN client using PPTP, and been allocated an IP address that is within the right range. However, I'm having some odd problems once the connection is established. On the network, powered up 24x7, are a Mac Mini and a Thecus N3200PRO NAS. Once I've connected via VPN the NAS shows up as a shared computer but the Mac Mini does not. This may be a side-effect of there being no shared services activated on the Mac Mini but I can't tell as I'm not at home right now... Anyway, I am able to ping both machines from the command line, albeit with some latency (300-800ms, depending on the quality of my 3G data connection). I can also SSH into the Mac Mini. To add to the mystery further, when I open the network folder using command-shift-k, the NAS is listed. But when I double-click to connect to the NAS, the connection attempt fails. The NAS requires a username and password which is in my keychain. Needless to say, when I am connected locally to the network, both show up as a shared device and I can connect to the SMB shares on the NAS drive without a problem. It feels to me like although the TCP/IP level comms are working correctly (otherwise ping and ssh would not work), some protocols are being blocked from working across the VPN. Does anybody have any suggestions for things I can try to further narrow down the problem, or any settings I should check either with my VPN client or the router? I should add I've got the client firewall currently turned off. The router firewall is in its default state but I'm assuming the firewall will not interfere with traffic over the VPN. With the Mac VPN client you have the option to route all traffic via the VPN but it makes no difference if this is on or off - except that internet access gets very slow when it is on. Cheers, Gulfie.
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    Mac network/sharing problems

    I have a number of machines - two Macs and three PCs regularly connected to a mixed wired/wireless network at home and I was seeing this kind of thing. Renewing your address lease (in the Network part of control panel) should cause a new IP to be assigned, but this is not a permanent fix. I found that the most effective way to fix this permanently is to use DHCP but bind IP addresses to the MAC addresses of the individual machines. In this way each machine always receives the same IP address and you'll never get the 'address already in use' error. Alternatively, if you have a cheap ADSL modem router that doesn't support this feature, simply turn off DHCP on your two Macs and give them fixed IP addresses. You don't need to turn off DHCP on your router, just as long as it doesn't throw a fit at having some fixed IP machines in your network. That way, guests can still connect and use the network without you having to manually configure their hardware.