Amen brother! I work part time in the service industry and know that “over the line” feeling all too well. Unfortunately, it seems that rudeness and vulgarity have taken over our society. Don’t get me wrong: my vocabulary can be quite snappish at times. I also work in the harness racing business where the ability to swear well is almost a must. However this is usually directed at a large beast who doesn’t understand the meaning of the words. I have been totally shocked by the personal attacks launched on some of the Internet forums. Fortunately, I also get a big laugh from the truly horrible spelling that goes with it.
One other aspect where PNG shines is mixing text and images. I’ve created landscape designs, in Canvas 7, using colored vector and bitmap objects, including layers of transparent objects, combined with many small text labels. You can save to GIF, but the labels are blurry and unreadable, even if you blow it up 4x first; JPEG is even worse.
But save as PNG and it looks the same on the screen as it does in native format, but about 100 times smaller (I don’t have exact figures or access to my computer at the moment). It’s a great way to send plans, etc., via e-mail.
This article is nice but has a couple of overgeneralizations that should be corrected.
It is not true that CD-RWs shouldn’t be used for music. While that is a good rule if you’re sending CDs to friends with typical CD players, some audio CD players are available that read CD-RW as well, which is great for those of us who like to reuse CD-RWs the way we used to “tape over” cassettes. I and a few others I know have a $70 Philips portable CD player that advertises its CD-RW compatibility on the box.
I don’t think it’s true that all G4 towers have internal FireWire. I remember reading an overview of some of the newer G4 towers where the internal FireWire is no longer present. Not sure if this is because of cost cutting or whatever.
The article’s tip about making a partition is nice. But another cool thing to do is to make and mount a disk image with Disk Copy and burn from that, particularly if you are trying to make a startup volume or something where your CD writing software wants to see a volume and not a folder. Could save you the trouble of reformatting to add a partition.
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I wanted to mention that it is possible to record audio CDs at speeds higher than 4x. The potential problem is that recording at higher speeds can be more error prone. However, the newer CDR/CDRW drives seem to be better at minimizing errors.
I currently write audio CDs at 12x using a Sony FireWire 12x/8x/32x drive ($315 with rebates at buy.com) and have had no coasters. I copy audio files to the hard disk before burning my CDs. It takes about five minutes to burn a full CD.
In your review, you mention that you cannot use MicroDrives with the frame. I have an IBM 1 GB CF MicroDrive and it works well in the Kodak frame and my camera.
DSL and the Mac
First of all, congratulations on a terrific site. Well organized and very informative.
However, I do have two questions about sharing a DSL connection that weren’t clearly answered in the April 2000 issue. I recently purchased an appropriate hub and router to connect up to four computers.
- If I merely want to connect two computers so that they can share a DSL connection and I have no need for file sharing or anything like that, do I have to do anything other than connect the two, with Ethernet cable, to the hub and router?
- If i want to connect a third computer that is a Macintosh to the same DSL connection, can I simply connect it to the hub and router with cable as well, or do I need special software or something?
First off, thanks for the kind words regarding the site!
The answer to question #1 is simple—no. You only need to connect the two computers to the hub (or router directly if it has a built in hub). Configure the router, plug it into the DSL modem, and bingo, you’re in business.
As for your second question, I can’t tell from your e-mail if you are using two separate devices, one a hub, and one a router—or if you are using a combined router/hub (i.e. a router with a built in hub).
If you are talking about the first scenario, then there is nothing to worry about. Just plug all your computers into your hub using standard Ethernet patch cables. Then connect the uplink port of your hub into the LAN jack on your router. Your hub may have one port (the last one usually) that can be toggled between “normal” and “uplink,” or it may not have an uplink port at all (though that is unusual these days). All you need to do next is plug the router’s WAN jack into the DSL modem. Then once you configure your router properly, all the computers plugged into the hub will all be able to share your DSL line.
If you are talking about an integrated unit that serves both as a router and a hub, then the situation is a bit different. Setup is easier: just plug all your computers into the numbered LAN ports, and your DSL modem into the WAN jack. But keep in mind that most routers do not route AppleTalk. So you will not be able to print or share files among Macs using AppleTalk. Under the first scenario (separate hub and router) you can do both of these things because hubs (usually) support AppleTalk; the router comes after the hub in the chain, so it can’t block the AppleTalk protocol from computer-to-computer or computer-to-printer. But when the router and hub are integrated into one unit, the AppleTalk protocol is blocked.
The lack of AppleTalk support may or may not be a problem for you. Mac OS 9 supports TCP/IP file sharing, and if your printer supports TCP/IP you can make an LPR desktop printer using the Desktop Printing Utility. Then you won’t need AppleTalk at all on your Macs. But if you are not running OS 9, or your printer only supports AppleTalk, you should keep in mind that the router/hub unit may complicate your setup somewhat.
You don’t need any special software on any of your computers to share a DSL line, so long as you have a hardware router. It does everything for you. If you need help configuring your router or Mac to access the Internet using your DSL line, please just let me know, and I can walk you through he process. —Evan Trent