Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Apple Software Issues

Well, it turns out the Apple's iDVD software will only support native Apple superdrive units. It seems to be a very short sighted limitation of the software that I really don't understand. What is worse is that figuring that out takes forever. Apple may make it easy if you get all Apple components but for those adding any third party hardware or software things get just as tough as the Microsoft world - I don't care what anyone says.
- Ed

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Apple Hardware Issues

I am still frustrated by the limited support that Apple gets from hardware manufactures but also the limited support Apple has in their OS for existing and well known hardware. I consider Memorex a pretty well known brand so asking for their DVD DL burner to be picked up shouldn't be to much to ask for, but apparently it is. Ugh, now I am going to have to pick up a unit that cost $100 more and does the same functions in the same form factor. Does that make any sense? Yeah, I didn't think so either. Such is life I suppose.
- Ed

Friday, December 16, 2005

Hamachi : Stay Connected

Hamachi is a VERY interesting piece of software. It is a mediated (it has some public relay servers for getting initial sessions established) peer to peer VPN software client. It allows you to dynamically build out VPN sessions behind almost all NAT devices to other machines as if they are on the local lan with ZERO configuration on your part. As long as you know the name of the network you want to join and the password - like magic - you are connected. It is using UDP and works on Windows 2000/XP and Linux with an OS/X version coming soon.
I have to admit that I am impressed with this project. Easy to use VPN for peer to peer projects. Very cool.
- Ed

Thursday, December 15, 2005 || technology and culture, from the trenches - fun time waster || technology and culture, from the trenches is a great time waster site. There are a few others out there like it but this site is by tech folks for the most part so they get it from the tech side of things and add in all the interesting other stuff that tech folks do. Check it out when you have some reading time.
- Ed

Monday, December 05, 2005

Just returned from Pittsburgh, PA

I have some items to add to the page this week since I missed out on updating due to travel and odd work hours. Pittsburgh was cold and started snowing the last two days I was there. More to follow.
- Ed