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Category: Hardware

FIOS Gig-Ethernet Installation

30 July, 2019 (15:17) | Hardware, Services | By: Lyle

My DSL line served me well, almost 20 years. It lived through 4 different ISPs, each getting bought and sold along the way, but always the same circuit. When it was first installed I felt like the fastest man on the Internet. 1.5M downloads, 786K uploads, low latency. That was a long time ago. The […]

AcuRite 01517 Weather Station Installed on a Mast

12 September, 2017 (00:59) | Hardware | By: Lyle

We have the AcuRite Wireless Weather Station 01517, kind of a “middle tier” station that includes wind and rain gauge, but does not use Wifi or connect to the Internet to report data.  It talks over radio frequency to a base station inside the house which has about an 8 inch LCD color screen for […]

Disabling Caps Lock Key in OS X

23 January, 2014 (14:37) | Hardware, Software | By: Lyle

I don’t see much of a need for a caps lock key.  It’s pretty rare for me to need to type a continuous string of upper case letters, I don’t think I can remember needing this unless I rewind the memory tapes all the way back to terminal sessions where the application or compiler didn’t […]

Rebooting iOS (Phone)

4 April, 2013 (17:35) | Hardware | By: Lyle

My phone just stopped (iPhone 4S).  It was switched recently from my personal carrier account to my corporate carrier account.  So, when it stopped working I contacted the company help desk. Nature of problem: the buttons don’t turn on the phone.  Holding down the power button does not bring up the restart slider.  Plugging in […]

My Apple Life

17 September, 2012 (00:02) | Hardware | By: Lyle

Here’s the inventory: 20 inch iMac G5 (2005) 30G iPod (2006) 15 inch Mac Book Pro (2011), employer supplied iPhone 4S (2011) 21 inch iMac (2012) 11 inch Mac Book Air (2012) I don’t think we intended to collect all this stuff.  The original G5 purchase was unusual after a series of home-builts and a […]

Moshi FireWire 800 to 400 Adapter

15 January, 2012 (18:25) | Hardware | By: Lyle

In the move from the old Mac Book Pro to the new Mac Book Pro, the Firewire 400 port was eliminated as part of the normal technology progress of Apple products.  This creates the problem of having two Firewire 400 external hard drives I use for music files that I can’t plug into the new […]

Mac Swap

16 July, 2011 (16:06) | Hardware | By: Lyle

My work computer was switched yesterday. The Mac Book Pro 17 inch was replaced with a Mac Book Pro 15 inch. The new one is current MBP specs; 4 G RAM, Intel i5 chip running at 2.4 GHz, 500 G hard drive, “matte” LCD/PED display. The old one was backlit LCD, Intel 1.8 GHz Duo […]

New MacBook Pros

27 February, 2011 (12:48) | Hardware | By: Lyle

PC Mag reviews the new 15 inch Mac Book Pro.  Tremendous specs, but at a premium price point as expected. Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt) Review & Rating |

Holy Expanding Battery!

17 March, 2010 (11:42) | Hardware | By: Lyle

My Mac Book Pro is coming up on three years old, and I noticed a few weeks ago that it was not holding as long a charge as it used to.  This is not foreign territory for laptop users; battery chemistry degrades over time and you don’t notice it until it drops to 80% or […]

Broken Video on a Mac Book Pro

18 October, 2009 (22:37) | Hardware | By: Lyle

Recent disasters and recovery of a failed video chip on a Mac Book Pro restore my faith in regular backups and leave me impressed with Apple Care.  This is a quick accounting of events and resolution.