Monday, August 30, 2010

Apple's September 1st "Special Event"

As any legitimate Apple fan can tell you, Apple will be holding a "Special Event" on September 1st, at 1pm as usual. However, that same fan may not be able to tell you what apple will be announcing at the event. There have been various leaked images about what may be announced, and of course, people have also shared their opinions of what will be announced, so today I'm going to take a different tack. Today, on The Tech Spot, you will find out precisely what this writer believes Apple should (and might) announce this coming wednesday. Are you ready?

1st: The iPod Touch 4th Generation
- Front and back facing cameras for Facetime. Unlike the iPhone 4, a jailbreak cant make this one work over 3G
- Flash Memory Upgrades
- 16GB for $199
- 32GB for $299
- 64GB for $399
- Gyroscope and Retina Display(like the iPhone 4)
- The release date will be no earlier than september 7th
- All models will have the same amount of RAM as the 32 and 64GB models from the 3rd generation
- the 8GB model will be discontinued
- The design will be more iPhone 4-esque, with a rectangular back side and similar or identical volume buttons.
- Hopefully, apple will include different color choices this time. Even white vs. black would be nice.

2nd: iPod Nano 6th Generation
- 3X3 inch touchscreen
- it will be an iOS device, but it will function with restrictions. No wifi means no safari, and no wirelessly downloading apps. All apps will need to be downloaded through itunes and synced to the device like music.
- Like the touch, it will have volume buttons similar to the new iphone

3rd: An Apple TV for $99?
4th: Updated iLife
BONUS:) - Some rumors are going around that say the new iPod Touch will have 3G, but it is much more likely that the iPod will not get a 3G version this year, but that it may actually get the option for 3G next year come september. This is very similar to what happened last year when it was rumored that the 3rd Gen iPod Touch would be getting a camera.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

New Design... Less Posts

As time went by, it became increasingly apparent to me that no matter how hard I tried to get people to read my blog, nothing would change... and that the few people that did read it every once in a while hardly ever left me any comments. So since my blogs were entirely for the benefit of others, and not myself, I ceased to write them. Despite everything, I have updated the design a little bit for the few stragglers that swing by every once in a while. To you odd few, Enjoy! :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

How to backup time machine to a external hard drive connected to a PC

If you have a MacBook or MacBook Pro in a PC network then you can understand that it is sometimes difficult to get along. Also, if you're at all like me, you buy as few apple products as possible because they cost waaaay too much.
So, lets get to the point shall we? If you have a macbook, and it has 5-8 hours of battery life... then you probably didnt buy it so you could keep it on your desk all day did you? No? I didnt think so, you want portability. I found that it is very hard to plug an external hard drive into my macbook pro and remain portable, and like I said: time capsule, apples wireless backup solution, is way too expensive. Today I will show you how to build your own time capsule to backup your mac wirelessly. It isnt hard as long as you follow my instructions.

Items needed:
Any kind of mac with leopard installed, preferably with latest updates.
A PC with XP, Vista, or 7
an external hard drive that you want to backup to. i recommend that the size of the hard drive be larger than your macs hard drive.

Note: This is not a perfect solution, your PC will need to be on for your mac to backup to it's external hard drive.

Phase One: Prepare the windows machine.
Find the name of this PC, it is usually under properties on the right click menu of "my computer"
Plug the eternal hard drive into the PC
Once windows recognizes it and installs its drivers: open my computer
right click the backup drive and click share
on xp, set up sharing as usual
on vista and 7, click advanced sharing
check share this folder
name it, and then click permissions
check full control
open network and sharing center
make sure that file sharing is on
Phase Two: Prepare the MacBook
open terminal
paste: defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1
hit enter
quit terminal
Mount your network drive by clicking finder and pressing command+k or going to go>connect to server. type in smb://your_pc's_computer_name and then mount the backup folder.
select the network backup in Time Machine.
Start Time Machine (Menu button > Backup Now) and watch your remote location.
A file is created with the structure ComputerName_MACAddress.tmp.sparcebundle. Copy this file's name.
On your Mac, open Disk Utility. Click “New Image.” Use the following settings:
Save As ComputerName_MACAddress
Volume name can be whatever you want, i named it the same as my backup folder.
Change partition to “No Partition Map”
Change Image Format to “Sparce Bundle Disk Image”
Custom Volume size. Set the maximum you want to use on your remote location, my backup was 232GB, and I used 200GB.
Save the image file to your desktop. Move this file to your remote location.
Tell Time Machine to backup again and it should be working.

Contgrats, you now have a working time machine backup to a PC's external hard drive.
credit for a large part of phase two goes to Jason Davis

My new macbook pro

I just sold my old (although it was less than a year old) sony vaio and replaced it with a macbook pro. It was a solid purchase, and I am very happy. It is a great machine, but i cant wait for snow leopard to be released because safari and finder keep crashing on me.
Overall, the differences between my new mac and my old vaio are as follows:
Magsafe adapter
7 hour battery
multitouch trackpad
battery indicator lights
time machine.... there is nothing like it on windows
extremely useful Fn keys. I use the itunes controls, the screen brightness and keyboard brightness adjusters every day. I also love the volume controls and quick access to dashboard.
awesome dvd drive...
beautiful, in every respect

Wait, apple thinks User Account control is annoying?! They make you enter your password and give confirmation for everything!
Crashes more often than my old pc (running windows 7)
the eject button... if your going to put it there, why not make it eject a flash drive when it is selected also?
cannot write to ntfs drives or fat drives quickly. might be microsoft's fault.
lack of windows features: I'm used to having some features in operating systems i use by default, and after switching to mac I realized that it doesnt have everything that windows has, here are some examples:
A delete key on the keyboard, not backspace.
Restore files from trash
maximize windows
switch tasks easily... in leopard if you have two safari windows open alt+tab does not switch you to the other window, only a different application
jumplists... i know they arent even out yet, but osx 10.7 needs them.

Overall, I am very happy that I bought a mac, and I actually dont think I'll be installing windows on it. I feel somewhat like a traitor for getting both and iphone and a mac, rather than a windows mobile phone like the htc touch pro 2 and a dell... I really dont like apple due to their extreme overpricing, but its harder than it looks to boycott on principle ;D