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I recently acquired a white G3 eMac with a 17 inch screen and thought it would be perfect to put into my daughters room. Unfortunately the eMacs didn’t come with built in airports, so no wireless. I looked around online for wireless cards that would work with a Mac and found that they are quite expensive.

Instead of purchasing a wireless adapter online, I went to Wal-Mart and bought a Belkin Wireless USB adapter. After getting home and opening the box, I noticed that there are no Mac drivers on the included CD, furthermore after searching Belkin’s website returned no results for any available Mac drivers for this particular adapter.

After some more searching on google, I found a few sites with drivers for this card for a Mac, but only to find out that there are multiple versions of this particular card. You can use the version matrix below to determine your version.

Version 1 – FCC ID = K7SF5D7050
Version 2 – FCC ID = K7SF5D7050A
Version 3 – FCC ID = K7SF5D7050B
Version 4 – FCC ID = RAXWN4501H
Version 5 – FCC ID = K7SF5D7050E

This article will cover installing Version 4 of the F5D7050 adapter. Although, I will also be listing available drivers for Versions 1, 2, and 3. The Version 4 driver may also work for the Version 5 adapter, although this has not been tested, and if anyone tries and succeeds, I would appreciate a comment to let everyone know.

F5D7050 Version 1 & 2 Mac Driver
F5D7050 Version 3 Mac Driver
F5D7050 Version 4 Mac Driver

Each of these drivers is installed in much the same way, there is an install file that you run and then restart the Mac when the install has completed. After the Mac restarts you have to click on System Preferences and click on Network. You’ll receive a pop-up dialog alerting you that a new network device has been detected. Apply the change and then start the wireless utility if it hasn’t been started already. Scan for wireless networks, when your network has been found, connect to it.

That’s all there is to it. The install is very simple and straight forward. If anyone has any input / advice, feel free to post for others to read.

Brickhouse Security offers a new product that allows you to discreetly spy on your computer when you’re not there, without any signs of it happening. Even if its under a different user name by adhering to the operating system. The Stealth iBot can get text, passwords, pictures, websites visited and more than enough information to turn you into a computer spy.

Have you ever wanted to spy on someones computer? What would you find?

Would you be upset if someone was spying on your computer? What would they find? What is the worst thing you think may be found on that computer?

As a parent or employer would you want to know what is happening on your childs or employees computer? What would you do if you found something you didnt like?

Did you know that 15% of children admit to chatting with strangers online? 1/3 of divorce litigation is caused by online affairs and 25% of company time is spent by employees goofing off.

I haven’t had a chance to review the product first hand but according to the specs on their website this seems like the ultimate computer spy tool. I remember the days of installing keyloggers just to have them detected by Anti-Virus software to be removed from the installed computer.

This product seems like the perfect hardware solution to monitor what’s going on on your or anyone else’s computer. Although I believe the price is a bit steep, its surely worth it.

Have you been having a hard time finding drivers for your hardware for Windows ? Well there’s this cool little app that you can download called Driver Detective.

Driver Detective will automatically search for the most up to date drivers for your hardware, including printer drivers, video drivers, sound card drivers, etc…

Better yet, Driver Detective will not only search for drivers for hardware that’s not installed but will also keep your drivers up to date as well as make backups of drivers before installing new ones, so that if you have a problem with an installed driver, it will be easy to roll back to a previous one.

You can download driver detective from http://driversupdated.net

If you’re in the market for a computer and don’t have the money to purchase a new one, then you might want to consider purchasing a pre-owned / used computer.

With frequent changes in technology it can become quite difficult to know what to look for when purchasing a used computer.

There are many people who will sell you a computer for $400.00 when in reality it might be worth no more then $50.00, but how would you research this ?

There is a simple guideline I use, for one I look at the software I need to run and look at the system requirements and recommendations. The requirements will generally give you just enough to run the software while the recommendations give you enough to run the software comfortably.

Take Windows Vista’s minimum requirements for example:

Processor – 800 MHz
Memory – 512 MB
Hard Drive – 20 GB with 15 GB available
Graphics – SVGA Compatible Graphics Card
Optical Drive – CD-ROM

A used computer with this configuration should cost you no more then $50.00, however those are the minimum requirements and you’ll find that you’ll quickly become frustrated with the performance. If you want better performance, you can double everything, for example:

Processor – 1.6 GHz
Memory – 1.0 GB
Hard Drive – 40 GB
Graphics – 128 MB NVidia
Optical Drive – DVD-RW

A used computer with this configuration should cost you no more than $150.00 and should run Windows Vista smoothly with no issues or frustration. So is this the configuration you need to look for in a used computer, it depends on your software needs. If all you are going to do is run Windows and get online, check e-mail, save pictures, etc… then its sufficient.

The best way to tell what you need is to look at the software and check the hardware requirements then double them, alternatively you could just buy a Mac :) 

If you find a used computer that you’re thinking about buying and you have the specs and want me to give you an estimate, just leave me a comment and I’ll do my best.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, this is Apple’s response to all those Microsoft Laptop Hunter Ads you may have seen lately. Personally I think they did a great job…. GO MAC :) Read more

Here’s a good way to get discounts from Apple. I am listing a few links here. Just accept the agreement and check out the discounts you can get.

Just as an example, using one of the links above, you can get a MacBook starting at $939.00 vs. going to http://store.apple.com and getting it for $999.00. Hey $60.00 saved is an extra $60.00 in your pocket.

By now you should get the general idea. This information is listed for informational purposes only. You should adhere to Apple’s Employee Purchase Program and only accept the terms if you meet the criteria.

Just thought I’d share some knowledge with all the Apple Fans :)

Just finished compiling a list of 10 free Mac OSX Games that are in my opinion definitely worth downloading and playing. So without further ado, here is the list:

  1. Frets on Fire – If you are a Guitar Hero fan but are tired of playing the same songs over and over and would like more of a variety of songs then give Frets on Fire a try. They have versions of their software for Windows, Linux and Mac and best of all, its open source so its FREE !
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  3. MAME OSX – Are you a fan of Arcade Games ? You should check out MAME OSX. MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. You can download the emulator for free and then search on google for the games, here are a couple of sites you can get ROMS from: ROM World | ROM Nation | ROM Hustler | Free ROMS. These are sites that I trust and recommend.
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  5. Frozen-Bubble – Do you like puzzle games like Tetris and Zuma ? You should check out Frozen-Bubble. You control a small canon, shooting bubbles and trying to hit other bubbles so to create groups of 3 or more bubbles of the same color. Originally developed for Linux but ported to work on MAC OSX
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  7. Pac The Man X - Who doesn’t love Pac-Man ? Well, I know I do and if you do, then you need to check out Pac The Man X, developed by McSebi Software… Pac The Man X is a perfect clone of the original Pac-Man game and is sure to keep you playing for hours and hours.
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  9. Bull Frog – Are you one to get addicted to games ? If you aren’t then be prepared for Bull Frog, you are sure to be addicted to this game in no time. You’re a Bull Frog trying to eat all types of insects. Definitely give this game a try, it is sure to wipe out your boredom and maybe even consume a small part of your life.
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  11. Mac Solitaire – Is it Solitaire that is keeping you from getting rid of that pesky PC and switching to a Mac, well you are out of excuses now. PCV – Soft has developed a version for the Mac of this popular Windows based game and best of all its free.
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  13. Quinn – A Tetris style game developed specifically for MAC OSX. It features a clean, elegant user interface, beautiful graphics, and smooth, subtle animations for fluid gameplay. Instead of reinventing the game with yet another variation of the rules, the goal of Quinn is to combine the simplicity of the original idea with the genuine Mac experience for perfect user enjoyment.
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  15. Enigma - Enigma is a puzzle game inspired by Oxyd on the Atari ST and Rock’n’Roll on the Amiga. The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. Simple? Yes. Easy? Certainly not! Hidden traps, vast mazes, laser beams, and, most of all, countless hairy puzzles usually block your direct way to the Oxyd stones … ( Versions are available for Windows and Linux as well )
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  17. One Card - OneCard is a Cocoa card game with rules similar to Uno. It is fun for all ages from 5 up. In OneCard you try to play cards which match another card in colour or value.  There are also special action cards such as Wild, Skip, Reverse and Draw cards which make the game more interesting.  The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the round.  The winner then scores points based on the cards left in other players’ hands and the first player to reach the goal score wins the game.
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  19. Oolite - Oolite is a space sim game, inspired by Elite, powered by Objective-C and OpenGL, and designed as a small game that is easy for users to pick up, modify and expand upon. Almost every aspect of the game can be changed by using simple, free graphics packages and text editors. Originally written for Mac OS X, and under continuous development for over four years, Oolite is available for Mac OS X (10.3.9 and higher), Windows XP and Vista, and Linux. It requires at least a 400 MHz processor, 256 MiB of memory, and a graphics card capable of accelerating OpenGL graphics.
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Now I know I said 10 games but I just thought of another great game that I just can’t leave off the list. Without it the list would be incomplete so here it is, the 11th game on the list:

  • Farmers Mahjong - FarmersMahJongg will create a game setup from which you must try to remove all tiles. You can only pick them up in pairs by clicking the first and double-clicking the second tile. Removable tiles must lie along the edge of one of the tile levels. You can undo a move or let the computer suggest possible moves. If you failed to solve a setup you can decide to restart the last game in order to try another solution. But remember that currently there is no guarantee that a board really has a solution!

 

So here they are, a list of 11 great games for Mac OSX, hopefully you’ll have as much fun as I do, playing these games. Comments are welcome, and please feel free to contribute to the list but please only list freeware games.

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I recently came across a site advertising an easy way to unlock your iPhone to work with other carriers that use sim cards. The site is http://www.unlockanyiphone.net

This company has come up with an easy plug and play solution. Basically they sell you a modified sim card that your sim card connects to. Think of it as a mod chip for your iPhone, it couldn’t get any easier, and as for the price, $37.95. I think its a small price to pay to be able to use your iPhone with other services.

Below are some of the features:

  • Full Unlock, Use your iPhone on ANY Network. Worldwide!
  • Safe iPhone Unlock: No warranty void, Fully reversible!
  • No knowledge required, Easy Plug and Play Solution!
  • Works on any iPhone, Version 2.2.1 Included!
  • No Signal Loss – like other Unlocks Available!
  • Lifetime Updates and Unlimited Support!
  • ALL Functions on your iPhone Working!
  • Enable SMS/MMS & Instant Messengers!
  • Access to 1000′s of Free iPhone Applications! 
  • Satisfaction GUARANTEED!
 
If you want a free way to do it, I found a great article at PCWorld that should help you accomplish this. Here is the link 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/137223/how_to_unlock_an_iphone.html

I’ve recently had the pleasure of coming across Songbird. It behaves similar to iTunes and even supports syncing to your iPod without too much trouble you can set it up to be your primary music application.

Better yet Songbird will run on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, it has a number of features such as:

Media Importing
Media Playback
GStreamer
Gapless Playback and Replay Gain
Album Artwork
Watch Folders
Smart Playlists
Web Browser 
Cross Platform
Multi Language Support
Automatic Updates
Setup Assistant
Custom UI
Library Management
Developer Support

Some future features will include the following:

Device Support for iPod Touch and Microsoft Zune
Metadata Management
Subscriptions
Performance and Stability Enhancements
CD-Ripping
Video

My next posting will be a comprehensive tutorial on how to manage your iPod using Songbird. Until then give it a try. You can download songbird here http://www.getsongbird.com

In a recent C-NET article

Microsoft on Tuesday notified more than 3,000 workers that it was eliminating their jobs.

The software maker said in January that it would cut up to 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months. It made 1,400 cuts at the time. With the second wave of notifications on Tuesday, Microsoft has cut nearly all 5,000 jobs already.

Although it didn’t announce further layoffs, the fact that the company has already made nearly all the reductions under the January plan means further job actions will have to come under a new round of cuts. In a memo to Microsoft workers, CEO Steve Ballmer left the door open to further action.

5000 jobs ? are you kidding me ? I understand the economic crisis but instead of laying people off why not give them a choice for a lower salary ? Maybe if Microsoft would lower some of their prices, they would increase their sales. I just think its pathetic for a multi billion dollar company to lay off this many people.

“As we move forward, we will continue to closely monitor the impact of the economic downturn on the company and if necessary, take further actions on our cost structure including additional job eliminations,” Ballmer said in the memo, which was seen by CNET News.

While the positions cut in January were more U.S.-centered, the cuts announced Tuesday were split roughly evenly between U.S. and international workers. The cuts were across the company in terms of job type.

And why so many international workers ? Can’t we keep jobs for US companies here in the US. It really upsets me that when a company the size of Microsoft outsources so many jobs to other countries when our country’s citizens are hurting to find jobs.

“As part of the plan we announced in January to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, today we are eliminating additional positions across several areas of the company,” Microsoft said in a public statement confirming the cuts. “While job eliminations are always difficult, we are taking these necessary actions in response to the global economic downturn.”

The company still plans to hire 2,000 to 3,000 workers this year in some growing areas of focus, including its online services business.

This last statement just tops off my anger how can they justify laying off 5000 employees and then hiring 2,000 to 3,000 more. Why not offer these new jobs to the 5000 or so employees being laid off. I may be speaking completely out of line here since I don’t know Microsoft’s internal processes but I would hope that Microsoft is doing everything possible to help out their employees.

Would love to hear some comments on this.