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Last chance to buy a proper MacBook

Model Base Price Ports Keyboard SSD replace-able? Battery glued? MagSafe 2 Other MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) $999 Two USB 3 ports One Thunderbolt 2 port MagSafe 2 port SDXC card slot 3.5 mm headphone jack In retrospect, the best MacBook keyboard ever Yes Standard NVMe SSDs work beautifully via Sintech ST-NGFF2013C. No Yes Going back to my Macbook Air MacBook Air. Apple’s best product ever MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch,...

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Best Linux distro for a 2009 MacBook Pro?

See also Breathing new life into a 2006 MacBook and Apple's New Hardware With The T2 Security Chip Will Currently Block Linux From Booting With OS X 10.11 El Capitan no longer receiving security updates1, unsupported but otherwise excellent hardware like the MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009) can be revitalized with Linux.2 After some false starts with the usual suspects (namely Linux Mint 19 (both Mate & XFCE), Elementary 5, Fedora...

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Twitter - Disable auto links in tweets

Having set up IFTTT to autopost blog updates on a recovered Twitter handle, I did my best to forget all about it. However, I recently discovered that Twitter automatically inserts hyperlinks for text that matches certain patterns (e.g., "Mail.app" becomes a link to said domain), prompting me to go back and delete such tweets, namely: Contacts.app: Batch add existing contacts to group via text file and AppleScript Archiving...

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OS X / macOS printer drivers

As reported by Howard Oakley, Apple has stopped maintaining its printer compatibility list and is apparently only supporting AirPrint going forward. I scoured support.apple.com for the final printer driver versions, preferring to archive them locally rather than rely on Software Update. The inconsistent naming conventions and system requirements sections have been preserved intact: Brother Printer Drivers 4.1.1 for OS X Download Post...

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Large hosts file causes networking issues in Windows 10

Network problems encountered include: web browsers crashing, websites not loading, yield symbol appearing over the notification area's WiFi or Ethernet icon, "No Internet, secured", etc. Solution: disable DNS Client by changing the value data for HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Dnscache\Start from 2 (automatic) to 4 (disabled) (recent versions of Windows 10 no longer allow disabling DNS Client via services.msc). References...

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Office cannot verify the license for this product

After cloning a Windows install to a new drive, the following error appeared when launching Word, Excel, or PowerPoint: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 cannot verify the license for this product. You should repair the Office program by using Control Panel. Microsoft's own "Microsoft Office cannot verify the license for this product" error when you start an Office app suggests disabling compatibility mode - no...

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Saving RealAudio streams and extracting audio without RealPlayer

Save audio.rm to stream.dump:$ mplayer -dumpstream -bandwidth 20000000 -cache 30000 -noframedrop rtsp://example.com/audio.rm Direct audio output of stream.dump to audiodump.wav:$ mplayer -ao pcm stream.dump Sources: Thomer's Capture or record a real audio/video (rtsp) stream in Linux Josh's HOWTO: Capture streaming audio for later (See also Dan The Man's comment, which suggests using -dumpaudio instead of -dumpstream) Dan's Saving...

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Connect to a Windows 10 (version 1803) shared folder from Windows XP via mapped drive

These steps dumb down security advances made in later Windows versions in order to accommodate XP. Do not use them unless absolutely necessary; even then, do so at your own risk (and joy). On Windows 10 PC: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center → Change advanced sharing settings: Private (current profile) → check "Turn on network discovery" and "Turn on file and printer sharing" All...

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Playback Windows events and activities via timeline tools

(Note: This post is not about Windows 10's new Timeline feature (but don't miss Windows 10 Timeline Forensic Artefacts and WxTCmd, a parser for the Windows 10 Timeline database.)) Replay / rewind Windows events and actions to: uncover what a tech support scammer might've been up to* pinpoint why Windows refuses to boot into Normal Mode after a recent update discover how a user managed to infect their machine etc, etc. Unlike the...