Category Archives: OS X

Apple backstabs customers with MacBook Pro 2011 GPU flaw

UPDATE: Apple has finally responded to this problem with a repair program. I was able to work with Apple to refund the $350 I paid to have my MBP fixed. Apple really does not want to admit that its entire … Continue reading

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D&D Character Builder crashes under Parallels

I had the D&D Character Builder running fine under a Parallels 5 Windows XP Pro virtual machine. But then a few weeks ago I ran a bunch of updates – both Windows and Parallels updates. Following the updates, the Character … Continue reading

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OS X for the Linux user

About 1.5 years ago, I made the switch from SuSE Linux to a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5. Here are some brief notes I made regarding the transition: OS X’s Spaces gives you virtual desktop functionality. I don’t think … Continue reading

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Slow printing to Lexmark C522 from OS X 10.4

After a user complained that a 28-page PowerPoint document was taking an hour to print on our networked Lexmark C522, I narrowed the problem down to OS X 10.4 (in my case, 10.4.11). Solution: use this PPD. In other words: … Continue reading

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Mac OS X (10.5.6) Spotlight search results are crippled

Open a Finder window, run a search, and you’ll see that the results are presented in three sortable columns: Name, Kind, and Last Opened. You might expect to be able to adjust those columns to include/exclude whatever file attributes you … Continue reading

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Tethering the Centro: A Tale of Failure

I guess I can see it both ways on the subject of tethering. Verizon wants to charge $15 per month on top of my “unlimited” data plan to allow me to use my Centro as a mobile broadband card. There … Continue reading

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Dare I abandon the desktop?

Using the spoils from the 2007 holiday season, I built a solid workstation/gaming system that has carried me through 2008. The vital statistics: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ 2 GB RAM GeForce 7600 GS (512 MB) Dual boot Ubuntu (64-bit) … Continue reading

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How to use Mac OS X as an NFS client

UPDATE (Aug 7th, 2009): three years after I wrote this, I see that this post is still generating traffic. I just wanted to note that in OS X 10.5, there is a little trick you can play using the command … Continue reading

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