Winamp:mac ~ The release that never came to be
Back in 2001 Justin Frankel started working on a release of Winamp:mac as of this writing there is only own known release of it. From what I could tell 0.71 alpha was the only released build of it and it is unknown if newer builds existed inside aol. All that is really known about this release is contained within a readme file included with the build.
External storage transfer speed comparison (usb, firewire, esata)
After getting my ExpressCard 54 esata card I decided to do a speed comparison between the commonly used external drive connections. The test covers usb, firewire and esata and was done via the great free DiskBench tool using the default “Create Batch File” mode configuration.
MFi: Artificially crippling hardware
I’m sure any owner of a iPod, iPhone, or iPad will have seen the “This accessory is not supported by i<Device here>” or “Charging is not supported with this accessory”. That there is the result of the MFi program. Hardware drm that decides if you can use your accessory or if you have to go to store and buy new one that is designed for your fancy new device.
Adding SATA to XP cd (Bonus of SP3 intigration
In the modern world of SATA enabled machines reinstalling xp can be hell... This guide will help you integrate sata drivers onto your xp cd.
Firewire vs. USB
First let's start with the history of the technology... Firewire came first in 1995 developed by Apple Inc. It was designed for high speed real-time data transfer and replaced firewire and scsi since it was lower cost to impliment and had a more flexible cable system.  USB was then created in 1996 as a new standard that was meant to replace serial,parallel,ps2, and many other port types. Part of the core  tech was the fact that the user is able to connect/disconnect devices without powering down or restarting the machine (with proper eject on the software end).
Kerbango 100E: The first stand-alone internet radio
In 1998 the company Kerbango was formed by former executives from Apple and Power Computing.... but was acquired by 3Com. The companys only claim to fame was that they had made the first standalone internet connected radio (Kerbango Internet Radio).
The ethics of jailbreaking
Ever since Apple released the iPhone and then later the iPod Touch users wanted more control. Back in the firmware 1.x days all apple allowed you to to officially do was web apps via safari and thats where the jailbreaks came in.Some smart people found out ways to make apps that ran on the mobile OS X and found ways to solve the needing of more space on the Springboard. Of course this was a two way battle since apple kept trying to kill it via firmware updates and that sill goes on today.
Remote Disc on non MacBook Air
Ever since the launch of the MacBook Air i've wanted to be able to use Remote Disc on my 3rd gen MacBook. I hate slot loading optical drives with a passion.... I thought apple would have enabled Remote Disc for all machines but they sadly didnt.
Logitech Mouse Cost Cutting
All through time eventually companys hit a point of cutting costs to make a bigger profit... but that cost cutting can have major side effects if they take it too far. For example the lower cost as it is Logitech OEM Wheel mouse. I have been getting these for years and the source of them has recently started selling them for higher price.
Replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver on Debian 5.0
As many of us hate change it happens.... for me it was when Gnome decided to use their own screensaver daemon /preferences app. After  a while i found a guide on how to replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver. I have adapted the guide i have been using for years for use on the newly released Debian 5.0.
Fun with QuickBasic for Mac
For the fun of it I ported my dos simulation basic program from applesoft basic to Microsoft Quickbasic for Mac... There are quite a few differences to get over. The result of this was far more clean and tidy code too... feel free to port it back to applesoft for the fun of it. Even tho it looks less impressive/not good enough to fool anyone im releasing it anyway :)
Fun with applesoft basic
Back in the day basic was the common way to enter games and programs into your computer... sure there was floppys, and tapes but they were commonly used to store basic programs. You could buy programs for your chosen computer platform but where was the fun in that :)
The rise and fall of Palm
There was a time when the pda market  was new... Apple was the original leader of the pda market. In 1989 Apple started work on the newton under the lead of John Sculley. In fact the term PDA or Personal Digital Assistant was coined by apple .You may ask what this has to do with palm but it has alot to do with it since the Newton even tho it was largely successful it was big and clunky.
Mac OS X 10.5 Recovery Drive

This was written for Intel Mac… it may not work on PPC Mac.

This guide will help you make a bootable Recovery Drive with recovery tools and the ability to install your Mac OS X from the external drive.

Tray Icon Hiding… Where Did It Come From?

You all have used this feature of Windows XP and Vista at one point or another… and you now would be lost without it. Let’s take a look at tray icon hiding… Where did it come from? Who did Microsoft copy? Who came first?

On Windows 2000 i used an app called Effective Desktop and it let me do tray icon hiding and more… well I recently installed it again on a older Win2k machine and noticed some odd similarities between Effective Desktop and XP tray icon hiding. Well Effective Desktop 1.0 was released on June 13, 2001 and XP was released on October 25, 2001… so it looks like they somehow acqured the rights to bundle a updated version of Effective Desktop in XP.

Beware! Domain Name Registry Scam Continues
If you own a domain name, some time prior to renew, you may received a letter in the mail from a company called the Domain Registry of Canada, Domain Registry of America, Domain Registry of Europe and possibility other such names. I just got one of these letters today, November 25, 2006. The letter looks like an official invoice with your personal contact information and name of your expiring domain(s).
How To: Speedy Vista
One thing about Vista that made me keep going back to xp was the fact it ate lots of cpu/memory... It's amazing what bloat can be called a feature. I did this as a challenge to make Vista Buisness run good on my older computer. One requirement was that i had to get a decent FPS in source based games. Note: This requires a full Vista dvd.... if your pc only has a restore dvd it may work since some OEMs use customized vista dvds.
How To: Fix Clicky Scroll Wheel
I love the scroll wheel on my logitech mice.... but sadly some of the ones i got have a noisy clicky scroll wheel. This guide mainly applys to the Logitech Optical Scroll Mouse (OEM model).. but should work with most logitech mice... Opening instrutions will be different but the wheel assembly is the same.
Mac Backup - Part 2: Backup & Recovery (Intel Mac)

This was written for Intel Mac... it may not work on PPC Mac.

This guide continues where I left off in part 1 . This post covers backup and recovery of your Mac using SuperDuper!

Mac Backup - Part 1: Bootable Custom Rescue & Install Drive (Intel Mac)

This was written for Intel Mac... it may not work on PPC Mac.

This guide will help you make a bootable USB / FireWire drive with recovery tools and the ability to install your bundled Mac OS X from the external drive.

How To Make A Custom XP CD/DVD

This guide will help you make a updated custom XP disc... this requires that you have a full XP CD -- NOT a restore disc. If you have a restore disc you are not able to do this.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any lost files, damaged hardware, or any other damage resulting from the use of this tutorial; back up any important files just in case. Use of this guide is at your own discretion.

Online Security In The Modern World
Many new users of the Internet are unaware of the dangers of this modern World Wide Web. Often, they'll use weak information for password resets, using same password on multiple sites and other non-secure things.
Technology Flashback: Tape Backup
Back before there were USB/FireWire external storage drives, people used to back up their computer systems to tape drives... I remember days of tape backup back when I used qic-80 and tr-1 tapes on my PC. I found this in the case for an old tape:
How To Add Total Commander To XP AutoPlay Menu

Total Commander ( ) is a windows port of the Norton Commander dos file manager... it has gone through many revisions expanding and enhancing its feature set. The 7.0 release added Secure FTP,Updated user interface, Multi-rename-tool, More options in copy overwrite dialog but one thing it was missing was integration in the XP AutoPlay menu.

Heres how to add Total Commander to the XP AutoPlay menu... I am curently looking into how to do it in vista.

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