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Alan M Collins

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    Using MBP's WiFi for sharing.

    As a fairly recent switcher, I'd like to share a tip that blew my mind. I did a bit of a search of the forums without finding this specifically, so I hope it isn't duplicated. You go somewhere off-site for a workshop with some colleagues. You need to have your own little workgroup network. What to do? Previously I'd take along a switch with cables galore. No more. Somewhere on the Net (sorry, I forget where so I can't credit the source) I stumbled across the way to use the MBP's WiFi as a wireless router. This is seriously cool. So you create your own WiFi network without any other equipment. Combine that with, say, a 3G modem and you have the capability to give everyone access to the Net. The actual reason I looked for such a facility is a bit more mundane. I wanted to use TouchMouse on my iPhone to control my Mac while doing presentations. Since it connects via WiFi and one doesn't necessarily have access to WiFi at that site, it seemed TouchMouse would be pretty useless. Now I create my own WiFi network and TouchMouse works brilliantly. So, how to set this all up? Hmm. Tried to upload screenshots. Got a message "cannot upload image with that extension". So here's a URL to the screenshots. View in sequence Tip1A, Tip1B, etc. Oh wise one, how would I upload one of those images in future? Link to screenshots.
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    Secure area (Sandbox?)

    Report back: Thanks again for all the advice. Dolphbucs, I do use terminal a lot. grep, awk, and bunches of other stuff. Have found myself going back to admin-level user. Based on other comments, seems this is still fairly safe for now, while Parallels (or similar) suffices for for the dangerous stuff.
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    Secure area (Sandbox?)

    Thanks King Mac Geek. I do have Parallels and use it somewhat that way (but mostly to run XP in my still Windows-centric business environment), but it just feels unclean. Am trying the limited/standard user authorisation. Not too much of a pain but I still need Google on how to add the userid into the sudoers list. Probably quite simple.
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    Secure area (Sandbox?)

    Thanks for all the advice guys. Dolphbucs, your analogy "feeling like you are walking around with no pants on" sums up my feeling pretty well. However, bowing to the collective knowledge, I will continue as before. Perhaps I will try a limited account as my main account to see how much of a pain it is (memories of Window Vista loom large).
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    Secure area (Sandbox?)

    OS-X is less susceptible to viruses, spyware, etc., but coming from Windows and seeing products like today's offering from Maczot (Macscan) and stories about the holes in Flash and PDF, I feel somewhat vulnerable. If anyone knows Sandboxie for Windows, I am looking for something similar for Snow Leopard. Alternatively, would it be just as effective to create a limited account, and switch back and forth between that account an my usual one? From the limited account could I run the torrent client, browse unknown web-sites, etc., without risk? If I suspect some damage, kill and recreate the account? Other ideas? Thanks, Alan.
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    Keystrokes to copy data to USB if screen broken.

    Hi Graham. It's just that I can't get the correct cable (9-pin <-> 6-pin) in this neck of the woods. The box boots fine; indeed, she managed to get voice assist to work, so if I click the mouse it says stuff like 'Menu'. Perhaps I'll just have to order a cable. Thanks anyway. Alan.
  7. Fellow geeks. My graphics artist friend does not have backups. The screen on her iMac (Intel 2007) is broken. It will go in for repairs but she wants to get a copy of her data in case the disk gets trashed. I connected an external display, but nothing appears. I guess it’s the display adapter that’s toast. Or is there a boot up process to make this happen? I can’t get the correct Firewire cable to connect it to my MBP (target Firewire drive), so I need another way. I thought of connecting an external drive via USB, and then copying all the data to the drive. To do that I would need the exact keystrokes required to open a terminal and copy the files. Remember, I can’t see anything on the screen. I am a recent switcher so my only experience is with Snow Leopard - no idea what happens on a Tiger screen. I’d really appreciate a keystroke-by-keystroke guide to accomplish the task. Or another method. I have done a number of searches to no avail. Naturally, Maccast is my next stop. Thanks, Alan.