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  1. I like this marketing term, I like it better than snap over that net app calls it. you should have a dedicated partition or disk. as far as I can tell, what is happening is that the OS creates a soft link, then as things are changed it changes those specific soft links to hard links with a soft link of the new version on the next run. Time capsule seams to use hard links so that you do not need the original partition. so if this is true then this does little to help for disk failure, so the Ipod would be mostly useless with out the original partition. you can do this with bash, but its a pain to code.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_link this is really fast as almost no data is truly backed up, just the changes.
  2. try the OSX install disk to boot and see if you have keyboard and mouse.. if you can not do that then try the battery as it must be a hardware problem
  3. I am in the middle of learning RoR. It seams neat if not a little different. so as always I need a goal to help focus my learning effort. I figure a project management tool like basecamp (http://www.basecamphq.com/) maybe OpenBaseCamp or more Ruby like open_Base_Camp.. but in any case. does any one know how to manage a ruby project. I guess I could use subversion or GIT and use zip files for distribution. if you have ideals please let me know. I am have these goals in mind the software must have a Calender (compatible with icalender is a plus) way to keep notes between team mates on the same project way to offer change request tracking project milestone tracking (with calender support maybe even a project like environment) check list with notes at first it does not have to be good looking. its more important that it works. and with RoR use of views it would not be hard for someone to come in and change just the rhtml files to make it look better once the main funtions work. if you would be interested in helping, even if its your way of learning something new.. just let me know.. I will start by getting a site I can set up some CMS software.
  4. I like the pro and used it on my last studio recoding, but have not owned it.. its a good deal, I use guargeband when I need something fast, but I hate the interface, I want to feel like I am sitting in front of a board adjusting sliders (I know so old school) I was looking at the Zoom for church recording, right now they send out tapes to older folks who can not make it in but would like to here the service.. but I am now leaning towards doing Video, as a lot of the children stuff is visual. It's amazing what you can get for the money.. I bought the HD24 because I did not want to trust a computer to live tracking, and now its just apart of my process. record then bring into the system for mix down and add effects. then do puch ins or outs on the computer. I still would not trust windows for this.. so I have my G4 Mac (dual 1.8 ) for this and its rock solid at 72 tracks (not all with effects.) the alesis looks nice, I would go for the 16 so I could record a entire drum set at once.. but 4 ins would do for most recordings.. but do you find the built in effects do anything for you.. I personally only like to add reverb and compression at mixdown. I was looking at express, but I hate to be limited even if I never use the options..
  5. I a have a small recording studio made up of a Behringer 48 channel (a/B) board with a Alesis HD24 connected to my Mac with a MOTU 2408 where I use ardour to do mix down and add effects. I have used Cakewake and cuebase but once I stated using ardour they did not seam to be worth the price or limitations that the version have that come with hardware. for windows I would use ntrack pro as its is simple to get started and make work.. but I don't work in windows after some bad crashes in the middle of recording. If I was to buy any DAW software I would probably buy either Logic Pro, or change out and go all Pro Tools, but that is costly... your right on the condenser I should have stated better as the two comments were unrelated, as I was interrupted while writing and came back to my post latter on. I had thought of recommending a Shure SM57 or 58 (the beta's work as well) but then as I started looking for parts I come up with the list I posted. the ART tube pre-amp is one of the best I have used, and for the price its a steal. it can be used as a pre, phantom power or as a direct box with connector conversion (XLR to 1/4 inch or vice versa) plus a ground inversion switch but no ground lift, probably safer with the phantom power. while there is cheaper than the MOTU, but I find that they make some of the best gear and if you ever want to expand the motu will never let you down or make you wish you bought something else.. so I have problems recommending other boxes but the M-Audio gear seams to be much better then when I first used it in 2003, so I think they have usb boxes at $199 or lower, but most are two input (fine in this case) but I always feel that you need at least 8 tracks so if you end up recording an entire band you can (record drums, mix down then move on).
  6. The Laptop makes it tough, but you only need one mike, and Dynamic is the way to go with a Piano and vocals. I will tell you how I would do this.. I would get a firewire pcmica card then connect a http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/MOT...face?sku=241880 I would buy at least one http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ART...eamp?sku=180581 then I have had great luck with http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Beh...hone?sku=270491 as it takes abuse and keeps going.. you would do well with any good mic and this system.. plus you can use hydrogen to get drums or procusion and better software like http://ardour.org/
  7. the WPA key is the encryption on the access point, not the PSP. The PSP needs the key to connect. go to the access point from some other system and look under security.
  8. I found in collage that if a program required Windows, but was not directly related to windows, I could successfully protest as the school did not provide windows software (I used fire fox with Linux my entire time in school) but there is also vmware, boot camp or parallels to run windows apps if you need them. I like the build of the Mac over the HP any day, and with boot camp you can run XP or Vista on the MAC and boot into OSX when your done.. if you do that use a thumb drive or create a fat32 partition so you can share files between the different OS..
  9. which type? DLP DLP (LED ) Plasma LCD OLED they all look different
  10. you can do the same with KDE, also some Linux distros, SUSE for one, like -Y better then -X as -Y means trusted.. also you should use a signed keys for authenication.. NX server (freeNX) does this for your with a simple gui connection and works from windows..
  11. yes it is enough for most things.. I have 1 gig in mine, but Mac OS is different in that ram is more important than CPU speed. so the more you put in the better. as for where to get ram, any where that sells ram. the Mac does not take a different type of ram then other laptops, but they do check for speed and type. this is one reason they have better customer service numbers, they pick ram that is stable and not necessarily the fastest. I have bought from Crucial for a Mac http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp...%29%20MB062LL/B Anti virus.. this is the part that is hard for windows users to swallow.. but viruses really only exist on windows.. for the long answer, there are viruses for every OS made. but for Mac OSX, Linux and UNIX as a whole there are fewer than 40 active viruses and out of that most are lab only, meaning you can not get them as they are for research groups. but if you are really worried http://www.clamxav.com/ does the best job and It's free, who says it does the best job? see here http://www.informationweek.com/software/messaging/166402818 as clamxav is using the clamav core. as for the printer, plug it in and hit print.. also its not OSX not playing well with your printer, its manufactures of printers comming up with there own way to talk to printers and not using the standards. most of this has to do with non printing funtions of a printer, like card reader or scanner. My HP is listed as not compatable, but prints just fine, its the scanner that does not work.
  12. if its an OEM disk, ask the computer manufacture, I know dell will replace the disk if its not OEM I think microsoft charges $25 for the disk if you need it.. good luck
  13. here is my impression you may be better off creating scripts that will do what you want, but I don't know your level. as for security I do not like remote access controlled by others, and I think it leaves you open if that company is sold, or compromised or just has a rouge employee doing port forward can be dangerous also so the best thought is VPN, using openVPN is simple and creates a routing between both networks, and using shared key security you can make it almost impossible, not almost, to hack into it. then you can use XP's own remote desktop to access or use vnc with out worry. in all cases you need to balance security with completing the job. I have found that a VPN solution answers all of these, but with years of experience, what is simple for me I have found is not at all simple for others.. good luck and keep asking questions, not matter what choice you make we will help.
  14. to number 5, its dangerous and will leave a big hole in the system open to any attack. if you are already clearing problems off of the computer, it can be compromised and get your system in trouble. to fix that I use VPN software like, OpenVPN. many router have it already so it's easy. this will allow you to connect to their network securely, and not to just their computer, but entire network. I suggest you use IPsec for encryption protocol, along with a strong password. if you have the option choose something like blowfish instead of DES3 (DES3 encryption can be cracked in under an hour) but its better than nothing, but if you do have to use it, change your key every 30 days. if none of this makes sense then ask more questions, any one on the site would be glad to help. but if you are going to take on administrating their PC, you need to learn the tools. other good choices are VNC, ultra VNC http://www.uvnc.com/ is free and it can use AES encryption.. they have a good forum, but we could also answer questions. also with this you do need to setup port forwarding on the router, but I don't like how longme "get" through the firewall. as I, in practice see this as a security issues, I believe ports should be dedicated to use, This way you can monitor it, and not have a pc broadcast its connections to a server. nothing is fool proof, I just don't trust others to keep me safe.. also longmein states they are HIPAA complient (well they suggests with out saying it), but its right of the line that I would not approve it for corporate use.
  15. if you have monitor and stuff, they are not bad, but if you don't an Imac is my better choice. but its all up to how you will use it. also I really want a Pico itx board.. but I can't see spending 250 on something I will just play with.. well except the the wii ..
  16. try typing this knoppix screen=800x600 at the boot prompt. also if its an Intel video chipset, there "open source" drive comes with a binary non open source core, that limits the resolution to what is programed in the card, meaning low resolutions. this is hard to fix on a live cd see http://roland-lopez.blogspot.com/2007/03/a...lution-fix.html why did Intel do it this way.. well they suck.. but really they probaly assumed that normal users would not use Linux and that only people who are system builders and understand Linux would be the only ones to see this issues, as people like dell and such would program all the correct resolutions for your laptop. good luck
  17. a few questions? was it source or did you use the package manager to download the kernel but for any Linux this is the generic way first you need to know where the files are, or better do you mean that its not the default and it does list it at boot up, but the default no pick option if the older kernel in any case open a terminal as root (you can open a terminal use the sudo command if that is how pclinux works.) change directory to /boot cd /boot check if your grub.conf is in this folder, some distro's keep it here. if not you should see a grub folder so cd to that cd grub using a text editor exit your grub.conf here is mine for an example # Boot automatically after 30 secs. timeout 5 # By default, boot the first entry. default 0 # Fallback to the second entry. fallback 1 # Splash image to show behind grub. splashimage=(hd0,0)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz # For booting GNU/Hurd title SteveLinux root (hd0,0) root (hd0,0) kernel /boot/Gentoo-Kernel2.6.23 root=/dev/hda3 # For booting Gentoo with the static rescue shell title Gentoo (rescue shell) root (hd0,0) kernel /boot/Gentoo-Kernel2.6.23 root=/dev/hda3 init=/bin/bb this file is set up to logical numbering so it starts with zero, if your menu has you new kernel, you can count which entry starting with zero and see the line that says default 0, change that number to your new kernels entry.. now if it is not in you boot menu then do the following. copy the section for your kernel and past it to the bottom of the file and edit that section to reflect your new kernel settings I think for pclinux it is your kernel is vmlinz-<version number> and you have a line that says initrd /initrd- (or something like that) this is specific to each kernel so it should be edited to your new version name. keep your old kernel settings incase we messed something up..
  18. the only difference is that the switch (4 port ) is Gig on the new one and 100mb on the other, but do you need another switch? how about the airport express, it also has speaker outs so you can place it at your stereo and have Itunes use your stereo as its output speakers..
  19. I turn it off when playing video as it seams to put a mask on it, making it look hazy.. but its still beta..
  20. if you are not using the driver from the manufacture, and are not upgrading through them, then I would use the MS driver. Its the Approved driver, but in the case of video cards my not be the "Best". but if its a matter of trust, no matter how bad MS has done in my eyes, I see no reason not to trust that the drive they push is stable and will not hurt your system
  21. the service pack may help, but you probably will never get the the same performance until games are written specifically for vista. the 64bit version should be faster, but the games are still 32bit so it does not matter, as you get a slowdown translating 32bit to 64 bit, instead of the run side by side of other kernels. I know of no advantages to running Vista, right now, It has a more secure under-structure, but in our security labs for the DOD we have shown that they can easily be defeated because of attitude of a majority of windows users, and software that is installed that requires full access to kernel space, when it should not.. example is the installation program when you ok it to run , runs at full privileges, a great hack is to have the install program install more than its standard package. sp1 should I hope fix this.. once games are written for the 64bit version and you have the hardware and the 64bit version of vista, I do not see it getting better for you. I use both, and it is night and day, but then the 64bit version allows more than 3 gigs of ram, note SP1 will allow access to the full 4gigs of ram that 32bit and address with out virtual space (we can have a discussion at other time the difference in the *nix kernels at 32 bit and the windows latter) for now all my Microsoft Neighbors do not run Vista to play games, as not everything is in place. this should change in one of three ways in the next few years.. one, people have no real choice when it comes to OS that they run, they buy a computer and its there. the biggest majority of computers sold come with Vista now, so game builders will start to target Vista as its market share grows two Hardware is getting faster, on my dual quadcore work dev system, vista is fast, as long as you are not coping files from a flash drive. three, MS is coming out with the next new OS in the next few years, and by rumor ... cough.. cough.. I know people working on it.. cough they are looking at running on a much smaller footprint, see minwin... I hope this helps, I may be Linux Admin for the site, but I do use windows all the time (I do live 15 miles from Redmond) and as for the gforce card, it has no issues running on my dual quad system... th
  22. sorry, I had a brain freeze that should be gpg... the Free version .. for XP.. and higher.. also most UNIX and UNIX like OS.. http://ftp.gpg4win.org/gpg4win-1.1.3.exe
  23. encrypt them using PGP.. seams the best way to me.. http://www.haltabuse.org/pgp/win/index.shtml
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    the signs I made, the box is a candy box called Penguin Poop, Chocolate Covert Almonds, its a Christmas gag like Snow man poop that is marsh mellows) I made this as a shot back at my neighbor, who happens to be a higher up in the Xbox 360 division (I do live 15 miles from Redmond), and I have a big inflatable TUX in my yard for Christmas. Well he put up a sign on it while I was out that said Vista Rules, Microsoft Rules. so I made this and had his 6 year old daughter, who my wife watches after school, take it to him.. as a gift:)
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    my google photos I made this for my MicroSoft neighbor