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I say you let the private contractors figure this... 486 Views / 8 Replies  
I say you let the private contractors figure this one out, but fund them with government money. It's fool-proof.
Posted by Tomchu, on Sep 10, 2009 at 03:26 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It's lame that "assisted" GPS is really "won't... 3,590 Views / 20 Replies  
It's lame that "assisted" GPS is really "won't work without a data connection GPS". It kind of defeats the purpose of things like the TomTom app if you go to another part of the world where you don't...
Posted by Tomchu, on Sep 10, 2009 at 03:20 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Open the necessary ports on your router. I know... 549 Views / 8 Replies  
Open the necessary ports on your router. I know that when receiving stuff, if the sending party can't make a direct connection to your client, MSN will send through the MSN servers -- and that's when...
Posted by Tomchu, on Aug 26, 2009 at 05:52 PM, in Applications
Simon: I agree that the OS will more often have... 1,685 Views / 37 Replies  
Simon: I agree that the OS will more often have to use the slower parts of the drive. Fragmentation will also become higher due to the higher % of capacity used. At the same time, remember that the...
Posted by Tomchu, on Aug 21, 2009 at 01:03 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I see that you edited your post. The OS does... 1,685 Views / 37 Replies  
I see that you edited your post.

The OS does indeed only see logical geometry -- but the mapping between physical/logical is still very much linear and 1:1 for all intents and purposes. How else...
Posted by Tomchu, on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:51 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
"The data has to be put on slower parts of the... 1,685 Views / 37 Replies  
"The data has to be put on slower parts of the drive if you use the smaller one."

No. See my screenshot. Also, what happens when you write some files, make changes, delete a few here, create a few...
Posted by Tomchu, on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:11 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Can be -- if storing files was as easy as "put it... 1,685 Views / 37 Replies  
Can be -- if storing files was as easy as "put it as close to the outside as possible". In reality it doesn't happen like that.



Yeah, but since we're on a Mac forum, and since the OP is a Mac...
Posted by Tomchu, on Aug 20, 2009 at 04:15 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
That's not up to the drive manufacturer, it's up... 1,685 Views / 37 Replies  
That's not up to the drive manufacturer, it's up to the OS and file system. The hard drive is a dumb storage device -- it doesn't understand file systems.

Get something like iDefrag (even the...
Posted by Tomchu, on Aug 20, 2009 at 03:17 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
It's graphing the sequential transfer rate across... 1,685 Views / 37 Replies  
It's graphing the sequential transfer rate across all sectors, as they go from the outside (sector 0) to the inside (sector N). The decreasing performance doesn't have anything to do with the amount...
Posted by Tomchu, on Aug 20, 2009 at 02:48 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
How much data is on the hard drive won't really... 1,685 Views / 37 Replies  
How much data is on the hard drive won't really affect performance at all, unless fragmentation is an issue. I don't know where this kind of advice comes from. There's also no guarantee that the file...
Posted by Tomchu, on Aug 20, 2009 at 02:01 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/*********** ... 657 Views / 11 Replies  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/***********

Err, so it appears that the URL is censored. Let's try again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Ogrish . com
Posted by Tomchu, on Jul 30, 2009 at 06:19 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Liveleak is hardly a "funny site". You realize,... 657 Views / 11 Replies  
Liveleak is hardly a "funny site". You realize, of course, that they used to be Ogrish, right?
Posted by Tomchu, on Jul 30, 2009 at 01:21 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Famous last words! Low sides, high sides,... 1,508 Views / 32 Replies  
Famous last words!

Low sides, high sides, road rash, proper braking, proper upshifting, proper downshifting, countersteering, moving from a standstill on a steep incline, ...

There are many,...
Posted by Tomchu, on Jun 26, 2009 at 02:11 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Did anyone else notice that the lowest-end 15"... 8,199 Views / 190 Replies  
Did anyone else notice that the lowest-end 15" MBP got screwed? It only has a GeForce 9400 M in it -- no more 9600GT M.

The 13" wins, but the 15" is a loser -- no ExpressCard, no 9600GT M, same...
Posted by Tomchu, on Jun 8, 2009 at 03:47 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Does Airfoil Speakers present itself as... 568 Views / 4 Replies  
Does Airfoil Speakers present itself as selectable speakers in iTunes? If not, then it's a deal-breaker. I don't want to have to install Airfoil and make it do its thing before I can play music...
Posted by Tomchu, on Apr 16, 2009 at 01:33 AM, in Mac Desktops
Mac Mini in a media center environment with many digital optical devices? 568 Views / 4 Replies  
I have a media center setup that involves a Mac Mini, Logitech Z-5500's, an Airport Express, and soon to be XBOX 360 and probably a Blu-ray player.

I want to be able to use the digital audio...
Posted by Tomchu, on Apr 15, 2009 at 02:49 PM, in Mac Desktops
Well, judging by the banners they're holding up,... 3,498 Views / 25 Replies  
Well, judging by the banners they're holding up, just be a consumer. Spend spend spend!
Posted by Tomchu, on Apr 1, 2009 at 02:40 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Nope. Packets would make it back to the spoofed... 668 Views / 7 Replies  
Nope. Packets would make it back to the spoofed IP, which wasn't expecting them, and thus would discard them. The real attacker would never be able to finish the SMTP conversation.



Also wrong....
Posted by Tomchu, on Mar 14, 2009 at 02:02 AM, in Networking
Simply put, the MAC address is not something that... 668 Views / 7 Replies  
Simply put, the MAC address is not something that will leave your internal network. Only your ISP-assigned IP address will be visible to the receiving end. I don't know what MAC address they're...
Posted by Tomchu, on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:50 PM, in Networking
No. Going from 5400 RPM to 7200 RPM will improve... 4,978 Views / 57 Replies  
No. Going from 5400 RPM to 7200 RPM will improve both seek times and sequential transfer rates, and out of those two, only the transfer rate could possibly be limited by the bus -- but the bump in...
Posted by Tomchu, on Feb 14, 2009 at 07:33 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
/etc is just a symlink to /private/etc, so... 560 Views / 4 Replies  
/etc is just a symlink to /private/etc, so they're the same configuration

If I were you, I would just edit that file, uncomment the "#Port 22" line, and add another line after it with "Port 2222"...
Posted by Tomchu, on Feb 11, 2009 at 08:04 PM, in Mac OS X
I don't get those results. I myself have a... 4,978 Views / 57 Replies  
I don't get those results.

I myself have a WD Scorpio Black 320 GB in my MBP, and I can regularly hit 80-85 MB/s sustained read. This guy's graphs only show it doing 66 MB/s.
Posted by Tomchu, on Feb 7, 2009 at 11:22 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Right click -> Open Image in New Window -> Now... 969 Views / 59 Replies  
Right click -> Open Image in New Window -> Now you know

;-)
Posted by Tomchu, on Jan 26, 2009 at 10:23 PM, in MacNN Lounge
And yet it's a stupid limitation when it comes to... 1,288 Views / 73 Replies  
And yet it's a stupid limitation when it comes to applications that don't follow the document model. There was the odd time I would have liked to have two Calculators running. I can't on OS X.
...
Posted by Tomchu, on Jan 21, 2009 at 08:17 PM, in MacNN Lounge
There's nothing wrong with Windows. The... 1,288 Views / 73 Replies  
There's nothing wrong with Windows.

The kernel is a solid, stable piece of work. Strip away the user-land cruft, leave the base subsystems and libraries necessary to make it do things, write and...
Posted by Tomchu, on Jan 21, 2009 at 01:59 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The swap file shouldn't be a few GB -- you're... 927 Views / 23 Replies  
The swap file shouldn't be a few GB -- you're probably thinking of the safe sleep image. ;-)
Posted by Tomchu, on Jan 19, 2009 at 05:56 PM, in Mac OS X
Ditto on the gasoline. Certain grass has a very... 5,369 Views / 102 Replies  
Ditto on the gasoline. Certain grass has a very distinct smell when freshly-cut also. Oh, you can't forget New Apple Product smell.
Posted by Tomchu, on Jan 13, 2009 at 03:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My cable modem light blinks 24/7, and it's always... 3,625 Views / 42 Replies  
My cable modem light blinks 24/7, and it's always been that way. Due to the design and architecture of cable WAN networks, there are tons of ARP requests floating around on your local cable segment,...
Posted by Tomchu, on Jan 7, 2009 at 11:31 PM, in Networking
"almost no HDDs can deliver more than 1.5Gb/s of... 735 Views / 18 Replies  
"almost no HDDs can deliver more than 1.5Gb/s of data at the current moment"

Except when that data is being delivered from the hard drive's memory buffer.
Posted by Tomchu, on Dec 30, 2008 at 10:36 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Yeah -- every couple of days in the Vancouver... 366 Views / 24 Replies  
Yeah -- every couple of days in the Vancouver Sun.

Though it seems that someone's being a bit too touchy. I'm not stereotyping or generalizing anyone -- I said that whenever I read about some sort...
Posted by Tomchu, on Dec 17, 2008 at 04:23 PM, in Political/War Lounge
The only gun-related violence I hear about in my... 366 Views / 24 Replies  
The only gun-related violence I hear about in my local papers as of late is always some Asian/Sikh targeted shooting. These people come into the country along with their kids, their kids grow up...
Posted by Tomchu, on Dec 17, 2008 at 01:04 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I've read just as many reports about problems... 1,047 Views / 20 Replies  
I've read just as many reports about problems with Apple-provided 4 GB kits as well as 3rd-party 4 GB kits.

"Apple's" RAM is just Crucial/Kingston/Corsair/Mushkin/whatever, with an Apple sticker...
Posted by Tomchu, on Dec 16, 2008 at 02:49 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Poll: My girlfriend and I recently acquired a kitteh.... 1,741 Views / 87 Replies  
My girlfriend and I recently acquired a kitteh. This one was a lost cat that we found on the SE Marine Drive/Marine Way junction in Vancouver. We tracked the owners down through a tattoo in her ear,...
Posted by Tomchu, on Dec 16, 2008 at 02:41 PM, in MacNN Lounge
There is no "secret" the Apple knows to "making... 1,047 Views / 20 Replies  
There is no "secret" the Apple knows to "making chips work in their machines". Apple uses standard PC industry chipsets -- before it was Intel, now it's NVIDIA.

The only thing that's important is...
Posted by Tomchu, on Dec 16, 2008 at 02:27 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Your eyes and brain are most accustomed to... 1,918 Views / 46 Replies  
Your eyes and brain are most accustomed to reading text horizontally rather than vertically. Try scanning your Dock icons and reading things fast while it's horizontal, and do it when it's vertical....
Posted by Tomchu, on Dec 11, 2008 at 05:40 PM, in Mac OS X
I ride a 50cc scooter. I feel superior to both... 844 Views / 66 Replies  
I ride a 50cc scooter. I feel superior to both pedestrians *and* car drivers! I'm faster than a pedestrian, and I can avoid 3/4 of traffic jams just by taking the shoulder. :-)
Posted by Tomchu, on Dec 3, 2008 at 04:28 AM, in MacNN Lounge
The Z-5500's do indeed support Toslink -- that's... 7,478 Views / 16 Replies  
The Z-5500's do indeed support Toslink -- that's how they were hooked up to my Mac Mini for about a year. :-P They also support digital coax, as well as the regular 6-channel analog.

You'll need...
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 30, 2008 at 10:32 PM, in Mac Desktops
I love the bullshit hyperbole that these... 1,264 Views / 58 Replies  
I love the bullshit hyperbole that these audiophile reviewer types just *love* to shovel. Take a look at this testimonial about the Pear cables:

"In extended listening sessions, I found the...
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 26, 2008 at 04:13 AM, in MacNN Lounge
WTB: 14" iBook G3 keyboard 230 Views / 0 Replies  
I need a keyboard for a 14" iBook G3. Will pay a reasonable price.
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 14, 2008 at 06:14 PM, in Marketplace
Ceiling cat is only watching you fap. 477 Views / 7 Replies  
Ceiling cat is only watching you fap.
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 14, 2008 at 02:19 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Right, but you put the 500 GB drive in an... 301 Views / 5 Replies  
Right, but you put the 500 GB drive in an enclosure, right? The 137 GB limitation comes from the enclosure and it's lack of 48-bit addressing (a part of the "ATA133" spec). Get a newer enclosure that...
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 12, 2008 at 02:50 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
What's the B) part about? How much of the drive... 301 Views / 5 Replies  
What's the B) part about? How much of the drive can you actually see?
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 10, 2008 at 01:39 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I stopped reading right there. The reason... 963 Views / 16 Replies  
I stopped reading right there.

The reason the OP's Mac feels slower is probably because:
a) He's got all sorts of kernel extensions, daemons, and utilities running on it now that weren't there...
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 7, 2008 at 02:12 PM, in Mac OS X
Honestly? Someone who finds random code... 470 Views / 11 Replies  
Honestly? Someone who finds random code somewhere, has no idea what it does, and then runs it probably deserves what they get.

If you don't know what it does, don't touch it!
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 6, 2008 at 09:09 PM, in MacNN Lounge
All in all, I agree that a fragmented file system... 4,160 Views / 11 Replies  
All in all, I agree that a fragmented file system on an SSD probably has a negligible impact on performance. The real performance improvement (and hence performance hit if fragmented) for SSDs will...
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 6, 2008 at 06:47 PM, in Mac Notebooks
There's still a lot less overhead to do when the... 4,160 Views / 11 Replies  
There's still a lot less overhead to do when the file is continuous, as opposed to:

1. The file system driver has to look up the location of all of the fragments in the file system table
2. The...
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:12 PM, in Mac Notebooks
When kernel_task goes up in CPU usage and your... 809 Views / 11 Replies  
When kernel_task goes up in CPU usage and your one CPU graph in Activity Monitor looks entirely used up, that's when one of the cores has shut down.
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:04 PM, in Mac Notebooks
What iPhone, what firmware is it running, and is... 445 Views / 3 Replies  
What iPhone, what firmware is it running, and is it unlocked?
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 6, 2008 at 03:08 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
File systems don't know or care what kind of... 4,160 Views / 11 Replies  
File systems don't know or care what kind of media they're on; having to format a blank disk with a particular filesystem format is obviously still required. Fragmentation is as likely to happen on...
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 5, 2008 at 06:41 PM, in Mac Notebooks
My MBA did this all the time -- especially with a... 809 Views / 11 Replies  
My MBA did this all the time -- especially with a second monitor hooked up. What I believe is happening is that because the GPU/chipset and CPU share one large heatsink, when you tax the GPU, it...
Posted by Tomchu, on Nov 4, 2008 at 04:12 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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