Category Archives: Utilities

Apple Upgraded the AirPort Utility to 6.0 for Lion Users: A Blessing or a Curse?

I always thought that one of the negatives of using Apple products in my network was the fact that you could not configure them through a browser.  All other consumer-grade routers that I am aware of provide a browser-based network … Continue reading

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Mac Upgrade Warning: Lion No Longer Supports PowerPC Applications

Itching to upgrade to Apple’s latest OS:  OS X Lion (10.7)?  You may want to do a bit of investigation first.  Some older applications that require Rosetta, will not work after your upgrade. Rosetta is a piece of software developed … Continue reading

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Roxio Toast 11 Titanium: A Classic Blunder in Software Design

As many of you know, I’m an avid user of TiVo.  The time has come for me to begin converting some of my saved videos to other formats that can be used with my other devices like the iPad, iPhone … Continue reading

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Recovering Disk Space with KDirStat, WinDirStat and Disk Inventory X

It has happened to all of us.  We attempt to download the latest song, movie or document only to find out that there is no room left on our drive.  Where did all that space go?  You then spend a … Continue reading

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Wubi: The Windows Based Ubuntu Installer

From earlier posts on my blog, you may know that I’m in the process of rebuilding a Toshiba laptop after a failed drive. The original system was dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu with separate partitions for each. This time, I … Continue reading

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OneBusAway: A Seattle Commuter’s Secret Weapon

Do you take public transportation in the Seattle area?  If you do, you really need to know about OneBusAway. OneBusAway provides real-time arrival information on your computer, phone or smart phone for most of the public transportation companies in the Seattle … Continue reading

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QR Codes 101

Everyone has seen barcodes.  They have been in use since the 1950s. They exist on almost everything that can be purchased. Grocery stores rely heavily on them which allows even a novice checkout person to come reasonably close to calculating … Continue reading

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A Blast From The Past: Apple ][ Emulation With AppleWin

In 1985, my father bought me my first computer. It was an Apple ][c with a 9″ green screen monitor, 128K of memory on board and two 5.25″ disk drives. Over time, I added a Smith Corona dot matrix printer, … Continue reading

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My Favorite Mac Backup Utilities

As discussed earlier, backing up your important files is a necessary evil for all but the most very basic computer user. Today, I wanted to cover my favorite backup utilities for the Mac. The most basic of these is Time … Continue reading

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A Review of Katana: The Portable Multi-Boot Security Suite

A large part of being the “neighborhood geek” involves fixing computers for friends, family and the occasional friend-of-a-friend.  A normal part of this process is to carry an arsenal of bootable DVDs, CDs, and yes, on occasion, even some floppy … Continue reading

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