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About MartyMcFly

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    Macs, books on theology, maintaining my blog, and playing mean electric guitar.
  1. MartyMcFly

    WPA2-PSK + Macbook = Sloooooow

    Okay. Problem solved. This is strange. I had to enter the selected WEP "key" as the password in my Macbook's Airport settings. Strange. Same for my iPod Touch. @iRMac: By all accounts WEP is less secure than WPA. That is why I decided to go the added step using MAC address filtering (per Graham's advice). Probably STILL not as secure as WPA but considering where I live and how and where I use my devices, I don't need CIA level encryption. But I do need speed.
  2. MartyMcFly

    WPA2-PSK + Macbook = Sloooooow

    Okaaaay, I am at my wit's end. I have followed the instructions that came with my router (netgear) for setting up WEP with 128 bit encryption. Maybe I just don't understand how it works. In the router's wireless settings after I have selected WEP, I am asked to enter a passphrase. I enter a passphrase. Then I click a button that says "Generate" and that auto-generates 4 Keys. Each Key has a radio button beside it and by default the first one is selected. I click "Apply" to save the changes. When that is done and I go up to the Airport symbol in my Macbook's toolbar I see my network's SSID with the padlock symbol. I select it and when I enter my password (i.e. the passphrase that originally set) it says "Invalid Password". Now I have checked and doublechecked that the password I'm entering for Airport is indeed the same Passphrase that I set up in my router's wireless settings. What am I missing?
  3. MartyMcFly

    WPA2-PSK + Macbook = Sloooooow

    @Graham: chewing gum jockstrap! Hilarious! I am not that concerned about security. I mean, not as much as I would be if I lived in a metropolitan area. I live in a relatively small town on a street with nothing but retired folks who probably don't know what the Internet is. I think I'm gonna go for WEP with MAC filtering. Thanks everyone.
  4. I am such a novice when it comes to networking and wi-fi security so bear with me. I have a white Macbook and a 1st gen Mac Mini G4. I previously set up a wireless network (for my macbook) with a Linksys router. I did not have any security on it but I simply created a white list and included on my machine's Airport ID. Not too smart, I know. But then I bought a Netgear router and set it up with WPA. My connection was so slow. It took forever to load my homepage when I would launch Firefox. So I started tweaking with settings and I decided to try WPA2 thinking it might be an improvement. I selected that and applied the settings. No real change. It is still slow as Christmas. The other seemingly related annoyance is that when I open my Macbook and it wakes from sleep it takes several seconds (sometimes up to a minute) for it to connect to the wi-fi signal. This never used to happen when I was set up with the white list on my Linksys. It was always just there and just worked. I haven't tried it but I've heard that WEP causes less of a speed hit but it is not nearly as secure. But surely there is something I can do about the slowdown on my connection caused by WPA. My router's firmware is up-to-date. Everything else appears to be in order. Please help.
  5. Earlier this year one of our Georgia lightning storms rocked my Mac Mini's world. After that the Ethernet port no longer functioned (though the rest of the unit seemed to be unscathed). My PPC Mac Mini is running Leopard (and does not have Airport). Whenever I plug an cat-5 cable into the Ethernet port and check the status in Sys Prefs-->Network it says that no cable is connected. I have tried different cables, different routers. I have even re-installed Leopard, all to no avail. I was on the verge of sending my Mini off to iResQ to have them diagnose it for me and give me a quote. However upon further research it has come to my attention that the Ethernet for the Mac Mini is a part of the Motherboard and therefore can be quite expensive to replace (I am no computer engineer so I hope that I am using these terms properly). The other option is to purchase a USB WiFi adapter and use the Mac Mini over my wireless network. I would not be opposed to that if it is a viable option. I do not use this Mac Mini all that often since I have a Macbook that I use most of the time. The main issue with my Mini is that my printer is hooked up to it and as long as the Mini is not on the network I can not print to it from my Macbook. That's a pain. Bottom Line: How expensive can it be to replace the Ethernet port on the Mac Mini and is it worth it considering the limited usage that my Mini gets (as described above). Furthermore would a USB WiFi adapter (e.g. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Asus/WL167G/) be a viable option?
  6. MartyMcFly

    iPod Touch podcast syncing issue

    Doh! I figured it out. This is so stupid on my part. The unwanted podcasts were showing up on my Touch b/c they were on the "Recently Added" smart playlist that was being synced to my iPod! So the solution is to either delete that playlist or tweak the rules for it to exclude podcasts. That's a major duh on my part.
  7. MartyMcFly

    iPod Touch podcast syncing issue

    Well it'll do as a workaround. But I'd still rather have iTunes actually do what I'm telling it to do (which is sync only unplayed episodes of certain podcasts). Of course if I go over to the music tab and uncheck "sync all songs and playlists", the problem with the podcasts goes away. Something's amiss.
  8. MartyMcFly

    iPod Touch podcast syncing issue

    Thanks, this is one solution I didn't think of. I still wish I knew what caused the change in behavior in the first place.
  9. Until recently I used a 2GB Nano and I had certain smart playlists that I would have iTunes sync automatically to my Nano. Furthermore I am subscribed to about 15 podcasts however some of them are for my wife and I never cared to have them sync to my Nano. So under the preferences for my Nano on the Podcasts tab I would have it sync only certain podcasts and then I would select the particular ones I wished for it to sync. Now, a family member has given me a 32GB iPod Touch and I was thrilled to finally be able to have all of my music with me. So under the Touch's preferences on the Music tab I have told it to sync all music and playlists. I have NOT changed the settings for my podcasts. Yet a couple of podcasts that I do NOT have checked are going over to my Touch. I can not figure out why this is happening or how to get back to only syncing particular podcasts to my new iPod. Again the only thing that has changed is a) I have a Touch instead of a Nano, and I have selected the option (under the MUSIC tab) for all songs and playlists to sync to it. Can anyone help? Let me know if you need more information about my settings, etc.
  10. MartyMcFly

    Macbook Hard Drive Failure

    We were afraid of that. He has Applecare but of course that won't help him when it comes to data recovery. He lost a lot of music and some important text documents but the thing that hurt the most is he also lost lots of pictures and some videos of his kids (one of whom was born just earlier this year). So as a parent that's breaking his heart. I suppose that's the way the cookie crumbles. Is there any hope of getting it to run Mac OS X in some sort of "safe mode"? I mean, I know that it's probably totally dead, as you have said, but is there even a CHANCE that we could get it to run long enough to get some of those critical files onto an external hard drive? If there is a chance, what's the best way to try? I sure feel bad for the ol' fella.
  11. MartyMcFly

    Macbook Hard Drive Failure

    My brother-in-law has had a major hard drive failure with his macbook. He was using it, it got really sluggish, froze, and then he heard a clicking noise coming from his hard drive. So he restarted it and when it came back up in gave him the folder with the flashing question mark. He has Applecare is not concerned about getting the drive replaced but it is going to cost him an exorbitant amount of money for data recovery. The lady he spoke to about data recovery warned him not to boot up the Macbook anymore because it can cause it to lose even more data. First question: Is what the data recovery lady said true? IF NOT, Second question: would it be ok (or even possible) for him to try and get the mac to boot with his Mac OS X disc and then transfer his critical documents and files to an external hard drive? And how would that be accomplished? Thanks everyone.
  12. MartyMcFly

    Macbook screen replacement

    Graham, is that insurance that you mentioned through your homeowner's insurance or something similar? iFixit.com sells the entire screen assembly (including the bezel, iSight camera, etc.)--the whole kit and kaboodle for about $400 and they have extremely detailed instructions. And no, it does not look easy. On the other hand, eTech Parts will do it for even less than that but they just replace the LCD (which is all I need, really). They claim that it is exactly the same that Apple uses and that the ones they sell are brand new. So if that's true, that could be another option. I think I'm gonna hedge my bets, send it to Applecare and see if they possibly go ahead and replace it for me (which the AC rep said that's a possibility) and if not I'll simply decline the service if it's way too expensive. I know I'll have to pay a relatively small fee ("no more than $100"), but I figure that is a small price to pay for the chance that it could be replaced with no extra charge to me. Thanks a million for all of the great input. If anyone has any other pointers, I'm all ears.
  13. MartyMcFly

    Macbook screen replacement

    Fate has struck again. My wife sat my Macbook down near a book shelf where a speaker system was situated. The sub woofer was (inexplicably) pushed off the shelf by some books; it hit the Macbook shattering the screen. Of course Applecare does not cover "accidental damage" (I personally think grimlins did it). The guy on the phone at Applecare entered my information, then told me no price was given to him to quote me. So he said it's possible that they could cover it but there are no guarantees. He also said that in his estimation I could expect it to cost as much as $800! Holy frijoles! That is over half the price I paid for the Macbook when I bought it from Apple! That just sounds like highway robbery. Surely it does not cost that much. Anyway, I promised myself I wouldn't rant. After all the guy was just estimating (I'm an optimist). Are there any other companies that do repairs to Macs who are reputable...and cheaper? Perhaps an online company I could turn to? What about the possibility of replacing it myself? I have some experience with hardware repair and replacement on personal computers. I've done the basic stuff like replace RAM (including on a Mac Mini once) and CD drives. What do you think?
  14. MartyMcFly

    Audio Line In

    Awesome. That is some great information. Thanks a million.
  15. MartyMcFly

    Audio Line In

    I have been trying to find out possible uses for the audio line in on my Macbook. My assumption is that this mini jack can be used for microphone or maybe a musical instrument...am I right? How about this? I have a Crosley record player and I'd love to digitize some of my records. The Crosley does have a line-out (though I can't remember right now what type of plug in uses). Assuming it is also a 1/8" jack, could I plug my Crosley into the audio in on my Macbook and digitize my records? What application should I use? GarageBand? Audio Hijack? Audacity?
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