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About TheBradster

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  1. I conducted an experiment as follows with a few friends, just for kicks: I had one friend send an e-mail to SCSC (they make Scannerz) asking whether or not their Apple system was supported, how well it worked, etc. etc. SCSC responded with a detailed response. I had another friend ask a similar question but he referenced his "Hackintosh System." SCSC has issued no response. I repeated steps 1 and 2 with different people, and got the same results. My guess is that either this is some type of dictum Apple is issuing to developers or the company (SCSC) is just too paranoid to even consider crossing Apple. Remember that guy that found a pre-release version of an iPhone and what happened to him? Even Jon Stewart of the Daily Show thought Apple's response (having marshals or whatever busting his door down) was out of line. ...Scannerz on a Hackintosh...I guess I'll really never know. Too bad too, I really liked the no BS interface it uses.
  2. Out of curiosity, has anyone tried Scannerz for drive testing on a Hackintosh? The makers claim it's "Apple Only" but since they're registered Apple developers the company may not allowed to even acknowledge the existence of Hackintosh systems. I saw a guy using it and, although it's an incredibly boring tool, it's also apparently extremely effective at doing what it does. Has anyone tried this on a Hackintosh? This brings me to my next comment. When searching for "Scannerz' and "Hackintosh" I came across a post on another site where a person made some negative comments about Apple's current hardware/software quality and implied that if the quality continued to degrade people would start switching to Hackintosh's using prior OS versions. He was apparently, firmly, given a "we don't allow discussion about Hackintosh's here" comment and then banned. The site in question has two options: free and Pay-for-privelege...whatever that means. Most of the posts seem to be by moderators. This guys posts actually seemed intelligent....God forbid! Can you believe this {censored}? You mention Hackintosh and you get banned from a forum? I'm not going to mention the name of the forum because I'm not interested in getting sued, and for some strange reason, I suspect these are the types of people that would do just that. And no...it wasn't Apple.
  3. Try it using hardwired ethernet instead of WiFi (which I'm assuming you're using). Make sure your router supports 1000 Base T. If that shows no improvement then it's likely that your network is bottlenecked and you either need to talk to your IT people or just live with it. The odds are your problems have more to do with the network and less to do with the MacBook.
  4. I've got an old PPC based 12" Aluminum PowerBook. It's in excellent condition. About a month ago, I started getting spinning beach balls so I got a copy of Scannerz and did a scan on the drive. The drive had some repeatable irregularities, which means some of the sectors were "weak." Finally the thing got worse over a period of a month and now the test results are showing flat out bad sectors in the 10G-20G range. This is an **original** drive. The unit used to be my main system years ago, but as the hardware and times changed I moved up. I've kept using this thing in the morning to check e-mail and go to weather.com to check out the weather maps, etc. It still works great for what I use it for. Several years ago I was at a store and there was a 2.5" 80G WD HD, and it was for sale for about $60. I thought to myself "you know, you really ought to get that, the price is cheap." I didn't because I figured I could always get it later. Well, I can, but now the price is about $140! I've checked some other web sources and most that are selling new drives are asking a lot to. You can get a 500G SATA 2.5" for as low as $60 (maybe even lower if on sale) but they want a ton for an IDE drive. Others are selling "refurbished" drives for a lot less, but I figure they're likely repaired junk. Some claim they're overstock, but if they were overstock, why would they call them "refurbished." Refurbished means it's been repaired, overstock means it's new, never used, and the manufacturer made too many of them. Why would someone sell a "refurbished" drive that's new but overstock when they could charge almost 5 times as much calling it new. Have I just been looking in the wrong places? I tend to look locally mostly but some of the better known web vendors seem to be pulling the same stunt. Is anyone even making IDE drives anymore?
  5. I can think of a lot of things you can do with it: Light e-mail /web browsing Print server Attach a large external drive to it and make it host a centralized backup for all your other systems "Combat Computer" - use it when you need to do something like take notes in an environment that's risky (we use them for that in our lab - if they get busted we're out what??? 40 bucks?) Kids computer Relive the days on non-software bloat DVD player on trips, if so equipped. I can always find a use for my ancient stuff. Or you could sell it on eBay and get 30 bucks for it.