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  1. johnfoster

    Pitfalls of buying a modem/router in haste...

    here is a visual of the three ways I described above.
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    Pitfalls of buying a modem/router in haste...

    networks are not PC or Mac specific. so you do not need a “mac” solution. it is weird that the ASUS needed a specific Windows disc to return it to zero. I have ASUS routers around me and I cannot think of when re-flashing it required using Windows. usually the “plug it in while holding down the RESET button” is enough to return it to zero. I am a fan of splitting up functions to specific devices. while it makes it look more complicated you have far more control and in the long run it simplifies taking care of the network. look for a dumb as rocks DSL modem. it does not have to support DHCP. it just needs to connect to the service provider. by making the connection the only function here you get a lot more choices for the how the rest of you network works. and you are not paying for more expensive an all-in-one box that you might have to replace if part of it fails. buy used on eBay. or there are a few modems you can get new. look for a link below. the DSL modem has just one ethernet port which you will connect to the WAN port of your router. there are many router possibilities. my choice is something that I can flash to run DD-WRT, Open-WRT, Tomato (which only supports old routers), or one of the other OSS projects. the idea is to get out of stock vendor provided to get better security and updates. as wireless routers tend to fail my preference is for cheaper, lessor known brands. TP-Link is flashable. the ASUS routers support OSS firmware. and the D-LiNK… which can be updated from your Mac have consisted releases. Linksys, which makes pretty boxes, are about 2X the cost by comparison. finally, for my devices that are not connected via wireless there is a Gigabit Switch or switches where all this plugs in. the desktops, printers, file server, camera, PLEX… if I hooked it all up to the router I would run out of ports. plug this into that and tada… more than enough! the last upgrade I did for my home network was to install a Edgerouter X. what an improvement this was. the old router could not keep up connection, it needed to be rebooted often, and it seemed to… flashing it to a newer version helped. the new little router is amazing by comparison. as of today it has been up for 2 months, 3 weeks, and this many hours. this makes it trouble free as far as day to day use goes. the Wireless router is now in dumb access point mode meaning it never gets pinged or hit or attacked anymore. it has not failed either. and the Arris cable modem being dumb as rocks means that Comcast / Xfinity cannot weird it into doing anything else. I like my network again. you could do a similar thing. here are the parts I mentioned: good enough switch https://amzn.to/2twF08U gigabit router that you can flash with anything https://amzn.to/2yNOpPt dumb as rocks DSL modem https://amzn.to/2tA1yFQ Edge router X https://amzn.to/2tA1yFQ
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    "New" Airport Time Capsule

    with the Time Capsule and Airport Tiny officially Steve'd, FruitCo has ZERO networking products in the line up. no server, no storage, no router, nothing. evidently network things require a very high amount of support from customers. which is why I suspect the line(s) were discontinued. if networks were easy these product like these would still be in available.
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    Upgrading 2011 MacBook Pro

    why is the simlink to the /applications folder on the HD outdated? two reasons. one is that when I wrote the SSD swap the storage was tiny and expensive. there simply was not room on a 32 or 64 gee bee “disk” for everything I was using. it really was just a boot disk for me. and in my day to day use I found that the benefits of a small SDD made the slight slowdown of having apps on the other disk almost unnoticeable. today, the SSD you want starts at 240 gee bees with a cost of under a hundred bucks. although you can get smaller 120s for $40. why subject yourself to smaller? unless your budget needs to be stretched to upgrade multiple machines buy the biggest thing you can afford. then you can put all your apps on the SSD to get the added benefit of that as well. and with no need to manage the where apps live, just install away. finally, always practice backup. get back blaze, another hard drive, or a NAS. put your important stuff another place.
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    Upgrading 2011 MacBook Pro

    the symlink link I wrote is outdated. there is a UI in the User & Groups that works better. Right Click on the name you will see an Advance Options… that gives you all the options that other thing did with a click.
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    Upgrading 2011 MacBook Pro

    put the SSD in place of the old HD. put the HD in the sled.
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    take-a-part roboto misses the future

    https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in interesting that the initiative is dis-assembly. if it was my problem / program to solve I would have made the story about repair and re-use. and making a promise to future devices for longevity. at some point the iThing can become lots of other specific things. like a remote control. or a Siri Station. or gasp, a music player. using a iThing for a specific task has to be better for brand awareness then tossing it to a take-it-a-part roboto. un-building is the wrong message.
  8. if you do not want to drive, use the "send me a box" repair using the "chat" as found on support.apple.com I used this for the last repair of the now otherwise unrepairable MacBook. it took 15 minutes. and the box showed up the next day. and two days after that the Mac was back in perfect working condition. NO DRIVING! make sure your ADDRESS for your appleID is correct. you should also have the repair TAG from the last ready, although your Mac will be in there already. ---- as for how this got borked? it happens. anytime you touch 'lectronics there is a possibility for frying a part because of static. although this is really RARE in a repair center. so either a rookie tech did the repair or whomever did it was in a hurry deciding to cut a procedure for convenience to them. experience does this. what could have happened? sweat ball fell on that particular part. corrosion eventually took over. it does not take much. static took out the tiny capacitor or resistor that controls that sensor. the cable is not hooked up or is damaged. some other damage
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    Movies on an iPad?

    VLC also solves the "just how the hell do I get actual files onto the iThing to play them?" a word of caution here. DropBox flags content when it finds it questionable. as do other file transfer services. mind what you put there. the simple thing to do is rename what comes down from the cough, cough, cough, to something else. lose the S02E13 and simply the title. put it in a folder called "title name" then name the files 1.mp4, 2.mp4, 3.avi etc. make the robots work for finding infringements.
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    Movies on an iPad?

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    NAS Newbie -can I believe all I read?

    seven years ago I built a 10T server for under $2K. if I was going to do a build like it today I would make a few changes. the first would be to find a case that let me more easily swap the hard drives. as I built this box primarily for backups I would have to make sure that TiME MACHiNE would work better than it did with NAS4FREE. there were issues with write speed that degraded slowly over time and I never figured out why. finally I would make the split my servers up into backups, music, and file serving rather than try to make one do all three tasks. https://knowtech.tv/10t-backup-server-project/
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    Ghost file blocking Network connection

    either the protocol to use that server is something High Sierra no longer supports OR the certificates are wonk. bad certs and how to fix them are at the end. https://discussions.citrix.com/topic/390006-cannot-connect-to-server-receiver-127-high-sierra/ protocol no longer supported. https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/307174/osx-high-sierra-l2tp-vpn-cannot-connect-to-server the fix for the former might be: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207112
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    Upgrading 2011 MacBook Pro

    16 GB is it on the portables. if you are needing more RAM or CPU/GPU or storage consider on of the 2008-2010 Mac Pro. you can get one of these for $400 or less. for this price you will not find one with a modern GPU. there are a few options for cards that will just drop in and work in the $100 range. do not be tempted for a more expensive more more card. and at some point a faster GPU will not help you. RAM wise you can get 32GB for under a $1oo. almost all of the available RAM is retired from servers so it is cheap. you do not need to get RAM with BiG fins as Apple warns. whatever, that Mac is long out of warrantee. as I use tablets more and more I find my need for "portable Mac" nearly non-existent. and I really only use one when I travel. that Mac, a last of its kind 13" MPB, has 8GB of RAM and an SSD. it captures photos, edits, and has a workable keyboard. I loath the trackpad on it. when or if it stops working I will not replace it with another Mac. or maybe it will be a MacBook Air that gets gifted to me as this stuff happens. "want this?" she said. "sure… I can recycle it. thanks!" one of my tado items is to do work on a Chromebook. given that these things are so cheap it has been on my radar to do a test. I have been reluctant because I do not like the far reach of any giant corporation(s). my files are my files blah blah blah. but there are reasons to work this way. maybe it will kinda sorta work for me. dunno. unrelated to any of this. and more so you know where I am coming from how I use computers. I was given two older iPad. one of them I dedicated to the task of reading comics. the other is a synth because it does not work unless it has power.
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    Upgrading 2011 MacBook Pro

    I forgot to add another thing I almost always do. that is, remove the CD/DVD and replace it with another hard drive or another SSD. as a hard drive is BiGGER and CHEAPER compared to an SSD it makes it ideal for the big, archives, apps, and other not so accessed files. the CD / DVD Caddy used to cost lots more. but now that this particular Mac is old the upgrade is really cheap. eBay is your friend. for example… https://www.ebay.com/itm/SATA-3-III-2nd-HDD-SSD-Opitcal-Caddy-Adapter-for-2009-2010-2011-2012-MacBook-Pro/252069988251?epid=918124682&hash=item3ab08ac79b:g:iYcAAOSwMmBV3XKY:sc:USPSFirstClass!94158!US!-1
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    Bluetooth Problem

    because bluetooth sucks? ha! actually because BT is low, low power it has a lot of potential issues. you could put samwich wrapped in foil between the computer and it could stop a keyboard from typing. I had a troubled installation were a big conference room display had an iMac mini hooked up to it. the BT keyboard worked until you got to mid table. then it just wonked. the solution? add a giant antenna to the Mini. this got the range to beyond the other end of the table. then the CEO bitched about not being able to see the display so he bought 7o". what a waste of money that was. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201542