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  1. prepare your Mac for traveling. make a backup either with Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, or SuperDuper. then you won’t care if it gets stolen. delete anything that might get you arrested or questioned by customs. movies, BiG DMGs or ISOs, naughty JPGs or MPGs. even MP3s. the less you have the better. consider not traveling with the forever history that is email. even better. just make a new USER account. make it auto log into. and make it look like you work there. then if need your other life you can log into it. now ask yourself… can I live with without what is on this machine if it is stolen or taken away from me? I was traveling in Mexico earlier this year. there was a moment when I thought I had lost my phone. it is connected to Twitter, instagram, Lüber, four different email accounts, ONEdrive, and work related stuff. I had this moment of… how do I fix this problem. and then I found that I had put my “life” in a different part of my bag. phew… still. made me realize how open I had made myself. coming back into the US. the conversation was: entering a different country was weird. the customs agent was very curious about my Staedtler pens. as if the pens were not pens but a smuggling device. I opened each one and drew a doodle to prove they were pens. she oddly did not believe me until I made her draw in my notebook as well. I guess it felt like a pen to her. “you an artist?” as she leafed through my sketch book. “yes.” “okay. follow him.” and I was guided to a short line for passport inspection and stamping.
  2. obviously NOBODY at Apple changes iThings. the WRONG phone was shipped from Verizon. "no big deal," they said, “just activate that one. and we will send you the correct one.” cool. a week later the correct thing shows up. nice. she turned it on, it suggested a number to call to activate Thing 2. calling on Thing 1, type number of the thing to activate, click yes. disconnected. oh, it switched it THAT fast. zowie! cool right? HELLO! BONER! HOLA! the rest of setup is the stock, answer questions, no finger print. no lock password either. enter a AppleID password, spins on iClod for a while. finally, icons. next, plug in the Ning connector to restore the phone from the 12 minute old back up. ERROR cannot sync to this version of Thing. weird. it’s new. okay? update. enter iClod password that was just entered 6 minutes ago. update starts. 4o minutes later it restarts. HELLO! BONER! HOLA! enter ALL that stuff and make the same settings choices AGAIN… plug the Ning connector to restore the phone from the 72 minute old back up. ERROR message, DISABLE FiND MY THiNG to CONTiNUE. fine. where is that? nope. not a menu called FIND MY THiNG in SYSTEM. oh there it is. uncheck. plug back in. syncing starts. it grinds in iTub. (why is this still iTubs?) but this is the wrong sync. oh yeah, we have to click something. click RESTORE. nope. ERROR message, DISABLE FiND MY THiNG to CONTiNUE. look it up in G search. oh. this feature is in iClod? off'd. plug back in. more wrong syncing starts. click Restore. the THiNG screen changes. you know it is working because the iThing screen changes. why was Find My THiNG turned on? the thing KNOWS it is a NEW phone. it was JUST ACTIVATED! 4o more minutes goes by. eventually the THiNG restarts. HELLO! BONER! HOLA! enter ALL that stuff and make the same settings choices AGAIN! finally, the correct lock screen and all the pictures are there. elapsed time to switch from THiNG 1 to THiNG 2? about 3 hours. grrrrr. wow. nobody at Fruit Co has ever done this. otherwise it would not be so many steps.
  3. the sweet spot is not the top. but that third spot from the top. that is the price and the performance that will get the job done for half the cost without being significantly less fast. now, if you are typing you do not need need that CPU. but if your job is rendering pixels just add the second from the TOP GPU and you off you go. oh wait, we cannot in the land of Mac. grrr. once again Fruit Co will be very very behind on the times on this. what we need is a modern CHEEESE GRATER not a shiny donut.
  4. this is a very old and still free tool:
  5. openDNS there is a bunch of links that imply that you have to pay to play. you do not have to. there is not a really big benefit to giving up money. google DNS (public) Advantage DNS has different levels of filtering and performance based on IPs. kind of a cool idea.
  6. yes. unless you have manually entered DNS IPs for the interface.
  7. the solution was the find a Sierra available via bit torrent. somebody posted a check sum of the file and another search found what the file size should be had it been delivered from a FruitCo server. check and check complete, the install went without a hitch. eventually it wanted an AppleID which was skippable. after rebooting rebooting the notifier told, "new version available." clicking update demanded the AppleID password… which worked without whining: no double digit secondary check, no is it really you, just install. after that the Word / Office update installed itself which was what started this noise in the first place. by comparison, the Microsoft Windows 1o upgrade was easier.
  8. 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.
  9. the AppleID is out of control. I just tried to upgrade OX on a Mac that was not in my control. the machine complained about the password, wanted to verify that it was by the Two Step verification, demanded the credit card numbers for the account which the person does NOT travel with. when the button, “card is not available” was clicked the dialog said, “now in recovery mode, this will take DAYS to fix”. this has to penalize lots of people who are NOT rock movie important stars that are just wanting to use a Mac to do some work. this is the kind of thing that makes me want to use Fruit Co products less and less. what really pisses me off is that this is a FREE upgrade. so why the specific information grab? I do NOT get it…
  10. there is no going backward on iOS. the biggest issue is that FruitCo will NOT sign old versions after a certain amount of time. usually the window is about 10 days for going back after a new iOS is released. the best thing to do if you decide you need something specific that will only run on a specific version is to "abandon archive in place". that is you get a iThing, install that app, and then NEVER upgrade it again. this is possible now that iPhone 5 or 5s are so cheap. granted, it sucks having to manage more than one device. but this is something that I do now. I have a device that I used ONLY for reading comics. and another is dedicated to music. I really do not care that the "synth" might not never get upgraded.
  11. that requirement is for working with iOS stuff. and I gave up on that two years ago. there was too much ridiculousness for requirements that FruitCo made for me to want to put up with. visual studio vs visual studio. stupido. tools should NEVER have the same same name name. ever ever. sure, one is called CODE and the other is called IDE. one looks like a tool for work while the other kinda sorta looks like a toy. except why is there a difference? there should be ONE editor that works on code. not two. and this idea that there are THREE versions of IDE is even more maddening. I spent twenty minutes with CODE. most of the Extensions I tried did not work on a Mac but did work on Windows. I would say don't bother on either. there are better editors than this misaligned thing.
  12. that should fix it!
  13. I was going to do a short write up of the differences of using Text Wrangler (recently discontinued), bbEdit, and this new editor from Microsoft called Visual Studio. I had a test case ready which was an actual project that I am currently working on. except VS would not install. it got stuck in the middle of checking itself before running. I blame Java. my old OX. or the fact that it is a first release. oh well. DELETED. back to work in Text Wrangler.
  14. did you try the Command-I "Open with:" then click the Change All button?
  15. the bender is has NO active electronics on it. it just routes that tiny PCI bus to a normal PCI connector. this was why the USB case was so expensive. this electronics in that case has to bend PCI into USB. which is… not anything standard or cheap as far as I know. oddly, I cannot upload anymore files. to here. click to see a gallery of the project.