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April 11, 2011

fucking SMB on mac

Filed under: Mac Stuff — Tags: , , , — Hugsie @ 5:43 pm

So since I had my mac, I’ve been accessing my stuff on my windows PC using SMB with no problems.  Untill recently.  Friend of mine wanted to test this little program he made on a bootable USB thumb drive.  You boot it and you get a Linux environment (text) and the program that runs gives you the ability to clear out a windows password.

So we tried it on my windows 7 machine, it cleared out the password, and when you reboot windows it just goes right into the desktop and dosen’t ask for a password.  Since then the smb:// from my Mac to my windows machine broke. I figured all I had to do was put the password back on my windows login.  But that had no effect.  I guess what that little program did was clear out ALL authentication.

I can still see the shared folders when I goto my PC, but trying to connect to them just brings up a message saying “You do not have permission to access this server…”  so what the hell?  I tried changing the login and password on my PC to match the login on my Mac, no dice.  But what really bugs me is IF it’s a login/password issue on my Mac, WHY won’t my Mac just prompt me to re-enter my login and password?

I’ve not tried to see if I can access my shared folders from a different computer (running windows) it might work, but one of my other PCs is having issues and don’t really care if it runs or not since i don’t really need it. Still i wanna be able to access my stuff when I’m on my mac, though my local network.

September 27, 2010

A week with a Mac

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 10:50 am

Yep it’s been a week since I’ve received my MacBook Pro and it’s been mostly all good. I’ve realized that the OS is probably the least important aspect of any PC, or at least it should be seen that way.  It’s not so much the OS but the apps you use on it. Every OS does what they do just fine, be it Windows, Linux/Unix, or OS X, they all do the same thing.

Consider the fact that a lot of apps (and games) we use are cross platform now. Plus consider the services we use (Facebook, twitter, the web) is even used out side of the “PC.”  You can use these service on your phone, your video game console, and more recently you can get a new TV with these services built-in.

Now, getting back to personal computers; it’s all the same hardware. Each OS has its own nuances, and quirks that most people learn to get around. Especially on an OS they start using when they first start using computers. What you see as something common and meaningless quirk about an OS you use all the time, a different user will seem extremely strange to them, almost to the point of hating it.

Operating System loyalty is too much like religion.

  • You have the mindless redneck windows users who amass in the millions around the world, and more and more people are getting them since they are so cheap and popular, yet most people are unaware of the drawbacks to windows and become victims.

  • Then you have the self-righteous mindset of mac users who worship Steve Jobs like Jesus, and pay though the nose for what they think is the “righteous” PC/OS to have. They behave snotty and smug towards everyone else, and since Apple hardware is expensive, they posterize their use of Apple products as a fashion accessory. They will instantly replace that item if a new version comes out; even if it’s just a new set of colors. These people tend to become isolated and stuck in a “bubble” from the rest of the PC community from others hate and jealousy.

  • Then you have the underground fundamentalist extremists linux/unix users who most of them know all the minutia of the internet’s infrastructure and have the power to terrorize the internet at large. We are under constant threat from these users who have amassed a huge zombie-bot army (of mindless windows machines) who are responsible for the majority of cyber attacks and attempts to take down well known web sites as a protest or political cause.

Yet users seem to forget that we use operating systems to do the same thing with our PCs.  We all use the same internet, we all use the same Facebook and Twitter; it doesn’t it matter what OS you use.  The same can be said with the use of religion. We all use religion for the same purposes in life that everyone else uses theirs for.

The difference is no wars were declared that caused millions of lost lives, and bloodshed over the use of an operating system. Plus people can live a life with out religion, you can’t use a computer with out an operating system.

May 8, 2009

Running Windows 7 RC

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:20 am

Well I downloaded the newest version of Windows 7 (RC) and everything thing is running well.  Some aspects of my hardware I can’t control since APIC drivers don’t exist for Win7, and even the Vista versions don’t work with it. So now my PC runs at stock speeds, and I can’t over clock it (as if I need that) nor underclock; it so i can quite the fans down (it’s noisy!!)

The UI takes some getting used too.  I never used Vista very much at all, I’ve been using XP since forever so this is a big leap for me.  I’m also using the 64bit version of Win7, and while it does “see” all 4GB of RAM I have, it still says only 3.25GB is accessible.  I thought the 64bit version of Windows was supposed to overcome that?!?  I’m running on an Asus PQ5 motherboard and in it’s BIOS has a setting about the PCI remapping memory registers around this limit with having over 3.5GB of RAM.  I’m not sure if I need to enable or disable it.  Either way Win7 still acts as if I’m running 32bit Windows.

Also the product key I’m using is the same one I got when regisreting for the Windows 7 beta back in January.   I was able to get about 5 product keys, and the two I’ve used work fine, and activating windows had no problems.  Also all the product keys work with either 32 or 64 bit versions. Win7 RC will last one year which by then Windows 7 will be out in retail, and I’ll try to pick up a copy of it before my install dies off.  I’m sure I can score a student or OEM version for under $150.

August 2, 2008

Going back to Windows

Filed under: Gaming!, Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:49 am

For a couple weeks I was stuck using Ubuntu (8.02 x64) to get on SL.  My main windows PC was kaput and I just recently got it working again (new Mobo and PSU), and it’s a bit faster now.  The one thing I’ve noticed in SL is I often crash the client when I’m moving my camera around really fast across areas (ALT-CLICK-DRAG).  You can feel it about to crash when the game freezes for a moment, and you get the crash logger.  On ubuntu it does the same thing and it freezes too, but it dosen’t crash.  It seems to recover from the rapid juggling of textures and just keeps going. Where as windows just falls over and crashes, which if this happens too often you’ll need to clear out your texture cache (prefrences – networking – clear cache)

There is a lot to be said for the stability of Linux in general, but the actual usefulness of Linux towards end users isn’t as much as windows has established it self as. With the different flavors of Linux (and different choices for X) just dilutes how useful Linux can be since you don’t really have to worry if a particular app or driver will work with your flavor of windows as much as you do with the different distros of Linux (and Unix, BSD, and MacOS).

The biggest problem I had with Ubuntu and Second Life was that while it ran OKAY, it didn’t run as smooth as it shold as it did with Windows XP.  This apparently has to do with how the drivers are install in ubuntu.  If you use the internal automaticly updated nvidia drivers in ubuntu (and having to manually enable them) they don’t run at full tilt, and have some bugs.  When I minimize the viewer and restore it, the screen goes completly black and it’s bascially locked up.  there a little more going on than just that, but the result is you’re SOL, and just closing the viewer is an activity in futility.  It’s quicker to just reboot your PC to get back to a normal state of things.

Apparently if you install the drivers with out X running (pure console mode in root) the drivers that Nvidia supplies are more robust and less buggy, and mainly won’t crash SL when you minimize and restore.  But trying to acctually DO this is a pain in the FUCKING ASS.  Ubuntu dosen’t really have a simple way to exit out of the gui and drop into the shell, ru root, to just do this.  Even then you have “runlevels” you have to change so things run proper, but ubuntu renumber thier runlevels diffrent from the rest of the linux world since “init 3” launches GNU, instead of just giving me network access on the command line.  ARG!  I’m no linux expert but I’ve been using MS-DOS since the early 90s, and even in the 80s I was using command line OS’s so im no stranger to the text screen. But for fucks sakes xUnix command line is a pain.

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