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Comparing City Street Orientations – Geoff Boeing

Comparing City Street Orientations – Geoff Boeing

We say the cows laid out Boston. Well, there are worse surveyors. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860

The art of data analysis.

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Auto-Answer that phone, my friend

iPhone has the capability to automatically answer inbound phone calls. Much as this sounds, with the auto-answer feature enabled, the iPhone will answer all phone calls automatically that come to the phone.

via How to Make iPhone Automatically Answer Calls

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Resetting your Mac's PRAM and NVRAM


This document explains how to reset the parameter random access memory (PRAM) and nonvolatile RAM (NVRAM) on Macintosh computers.

Important: If your computer does not retain parameter RAM (PRAM) settings when it is turned off, this generally indicates that the battery needs to be changed. Refer to Macintosh Family: Batteries and Part Numbers.

via Resetting your Mac’s PRAM and NVRAM.

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i lost my file with the complete, detailed instructions on how I built/installed PHP5 and MySQL5 on my box.

The backup of the backup created a bogus file.

The nightly backup was a “recycle”

I’ll learn

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Burn a playable DVD from a VIDEO_TS folder – Burn a playable DVD from a VIDEO_TS folder

After searching the forums and trying various things, I still couldn’t find a quick, reliable, free method of burning a VIDEO_TS folder to a pure UDF DVD, so that it would play in regular DVD players, as well trigger DVD Player to start up automatically. Anyway, as often is the case, Terminal had the answers. Just type in this command and change the paths to suit:

hdiutil makehybrid -udf -udf-volume-name DVD_NAME -o MY_DVD.iso /path/to/VIDEO_TS/parent/folder

Make sure that /path/to/VIDEO_TS/parent/folder is the path to the folder containing the VIDEO_TS folder, not the VIDEO_TS folder itself. Once the .iso file has been created, drag this to Disk Utility and hit the Burn button.

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Coasters to the rescue

MacInTouch: timely news and tips about the Apple Macintosh

[C. Alexander Cohen]
On a tip from Larry Pina (credit where it’s due dept.) I have found that simply dropping a CD over the antenna(s) boosts wireless range. (CD coasters are great for this). On a 2 antenna box, orienting one at 90 degrees to the other seems to help. Should this not work well enough for Ben Levi, well, no harm done and no cost!

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Wireless Bridge on the BELKIN

You: so what I needed was to make the SSID of both of the routers the same
You: There is nowhere in the manual that says that (that I can find)
You: and the web page says “Security settings (WEP) must match between Router and AP.”
You: so I guess the SSID is part of the security settings
Adam James: Yes.
Adam James: It’s the name of your network.
You: do I need to turn on the Specific Access points settings?
Adam James: That you need to give the same for one network.
Adam James: You can turn on now, for the security….
You: and which router needs know which MAC address?
You: the A router, the B router, or both?
Adam James: Give on both.

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Resetting PowerBook and iBook Power Management Unit (PMU)

Resetting PowerBook and iBook Power Management Unit (PMU)

  1. If the computer is on, turn it off.
  2. Disengage the two keyboard latches located between the Esc and F1 keys, and the F11 and F12 keys. (You may also need to disengage the keyboard locking screw located between the F5 and F6 keys.)
  3. Lift the keyboard. To ensure no harmful static electricity is transferred to the computer, properly ground yourself before performing this procedure.
  4. Press and release the reset button located on the upper right side of the logic board near the power button, shown here.
  5. Wait 5 seconds.
  6. Press the power button to restart the computer.
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Is Mac OS X Really an Alternative?

Why SP2 deserved every shred of the scrutiny

Microsoft’s Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is a failure in
so many ways that criticisms of the it and, more importantly, of the
Trustworthy Computing Initiative itself, simply can’t be dismissed.

A good read, if a bit long.

It’s all about attitude.

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Fan Noise

Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for Dec. 23rd, 2003

MDD G4 owner report on using CHUD tools Nap mode for Cooler CPUs

Disabling CHUD Tools’ Hardware System control “Nap” mode was a common fix for the ‘chirping/squealing’ noise from the P.S. in G5s as mentioned in this previous article, but a Mirror Drive Door Dual G4/1GHz owner wrote that enabling Nap mode significantly reduced his CPU temperatures. The current CHUD tools version is 3.0.2 available from Apple FTP Developer Tools directory as well as the usual VT/MU sites. (BTW – a recent email from a MDD owner regarding overheating CPUs said it was

So I read this article. I have loudness from my very old dual-G4.

Temperature Monitor works – told me it was 91°F – and that it could be way off due to no real temperature sensing device.

Installed CHUD and fiddled with the Hardware system preference. It lets me set nap!

When I came into the office this morning the temp was 53°F.

The machine doesn’t “sleep” since it is a server.

Cool – really!