Hesston (Electron Branch) Under new Management

Phuc Nguyen takes over as manager / vice president of the Hesston operations. Robert Nugent leaves to Lawrence to pursue other interests, with the possibility of opening up a shop there.

photoChanges Phuc has made so far for Hesston residents: opening up the shop for more hours, 10A.M. – 5:30P.M., as well as remodeling, and adding new monitors to the lab benches.

“It’ll be really cool!” Phuc says enthusiastically as he enters a job he’s had a lot of experience for both at home and at work.

Good to see Phuc come on board with us, and hope to see Hesston over at the shop from time to time ! :)

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20th Anniversary Mac SSD (converter + cf card reader)

Finally, a success! Got a SSD of sorts (a CF 30x 4GB card plus IDE adaptor) to work flawlessly in a 20th anniversary mac.

Original systems specs:

- 250 MHz 603ev Processor
- + 400 MHz G3 upgrade
- 128 MB RAM
- 2 GB 2.5″ double-height HD

Hardware needed:

- 4GB or smaller CF card. (Reports worked with 4GB + drives, but they need to be formatted into ~4gb partitions)

- cf to IDE converter card shaped into a 2.5 hard drive internal slot.

Goal -

Going to take the hard drive and attempt to copy the data to a CF card and make it bootable.

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The first step attempted, which didn’t work, involved an 8GB CF card, and using disk utility in Mac OS X (10.6.8).

Disk Utility only likes to format a disk as far back as Mac OS Extended. This 20th Anniversary Mac (TAM) machine appears to really respond well to Mac OS Standard. This formatting can be obtained the following ways.

1. Easiest: find a Mac OS 9 or 8.5.1 retail install disc. i.e. one that will work for any system and doesn’t have iBook, iMac or specific models on it. Install the CF card and IDE converter into the TAM.

1B. Boot the TAM with an install disk, and open Disk Setup, format the internal drive.

1C. Errors that can creep up: when installing the CF card, the default install is to put the card into the slot farthest away from the IDE connector. Also make sure the missing pin and the cable match up correctly. Often times the missing pin is included but not soldered in. Check to see if the pin slides in or pulls out when you install the cable.

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2. Now we look at getting the data from the old drive to the drive we just formatted. Hardware needed: Another Mac running OS 9 with USB, 2.5″ IDE to USB cable, cf card reader.

Method One:

2A. Preferably you have access to a Mac running Mac OS 9 with USB. If you do, you can get mostly any cf card reader and a USB to 2.5″ IDE converter for the old drive.

2B. Plug the drives into the other mac and simply select all files and copy to the CF card. After the copy, open the drive and open up the system folder to “activate it.”

Alternative method for copying files:

3. Hardware needed: TAM, USB PCI 7″ card that is Mac OS 9 compatible, USB to IDE 2.5″ cable.

3A. Install the USB card into the TAM, …to be continued

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Haven’t listened to your iTunes in a year or more: Easy to refresh, trash the old!

After noticing that I hadn’t in particular listened to my iTunes library in at least 3 years, I began to wonder why. Surely I didn’t stop liking my music. So I began pairing my music tastes with my IT skills and came up with a very simple way to get your iTunes stuff back to the enjoyable–instead of hasbeen–part of your life.

I’ll state basically what we are going to do, and then show you how to do it. 

Basically put: We are going to take everything out of iTunes, and move the iTunes music folder so your iTunes is fresh, and free from good stuff and “junk” all together. Then the next thing we are going to do is open up your music folder, and then select the artists you want to keep, and copy them back into iTunes. 

This will create an iTunes library worth listening to.

If you are on a mac, the instructions will have a [Mac] specific tag, and [Win] for Windows.

1. Open up iTunes, and go to your song list. This seems like a scary step, but you are going to [Edit] menu, and [Select All], and then [Edit] again, and then select [Delete]. Key here is to select “KEEP ALL FILES” when it asks. TRES IMPORTANTE ! [Don't click]Delete all files.[Don't Click] 

1.5 Close iTunes. Completely quit it, [Mac] so that no open lights appear under the iTunes icon in the dock, [Windows] Make sure the Window is closed.

2. Next Goto [Mac]- Finder / Hard Drive, [Windows]-Start Menu Then on the left there should be a Music Folder or User Folder with your Music Folder in it. After opening that you should see a folder named iTunes, and iTunes Music in there. The [iTunes Music] folder is the one now we want to drag to the desktop. This moves the folder and doesn’t copy it.

3. Open iTunes.

3. Now just open iTunes Music folder and holding shift, select multiple folders you want to keep–as in ones  you listen to.

4. Drag the folders into iTunes, and now suddenly you will want to listen to your music on shuffle again.

FAQ: If you are having problems, you want to check your iTunes preferences, Advanced, and make sure iTunes COPIES all music added to it. Additionally, when you move the folder from the Music folder, you want to make sure the folder moves, and doesn’t just make another copy. 

Digital Wars: CISPA threatens to interfere with digital freedoms on a large scale

Voice your opinion on CISPA: In January, Americans successfully convinced their Congressional Representatives to stop SOPA. But it’s come back to haunt us, in the form of CISPA.


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http://grassroutes.us/cispa >> Voice your opinion here, this website automatically finds your local senator and allows you to call within the site. So easy !

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, “The bill purports to allow companies and the federal government to share information to prevent or defend from cyberattacks. However, the bill expressly authorizes monitoring of our private communications, and is written so broadly that it allows companies to hand over large swaths of personal information to the government with no judicial oversight… creating a loophole in all existing privacy laws.”

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MacKeeper is Adware / Spyware in our own tests.

Mac OS X: The verdict isn’t out on this piece of software meant to keep your mac clean.

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Generally it gets bad and good(paid) reviews. But due to the reviews stating that this application is so destructive to ones system, one has to figure that this company is paying people to write good reviews.

At our shop with our own internal research, findings show that when running on a new computer, installing MacKeeper causes it to run sporadic in speed.

According to the worst reviews, apparently this app scans all of your files and removes pictures. At random. Other people complain of other files that go missing as well.

We Mac people are a naive bunch when it comes to viruses and spyware. They are directly playing on this ideal when tricking Mac users into installing this onto your computer.

For real virus protection that is free, turn to: Mac Sophos AntiVirus, we use this at the shop.

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Additionally, regarding MacKeeper, if you take a look at the two reviews below, you’ll notice at the bottom is a section that says, “Did you find this review helpful?” The one with praise is found as not useful, and the one with a bad rating is seemingly very useful.

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All Reviews gathered from CNET: http://download.cnet.com/MacKeeper/3000-18510_4-75678863.html#rateit