SMARTReporter 2.3.0 Released

There is only one utility that Mac OS X should have… but doesn’t, and that’s constant SMART drive monitoring. The SMART status of your hard drive is an early-warning system that tries to predict when your hard drive is about to fail. Granted, some types of failures simply cannot be predicted, but SMART has saved […]

Quad CableCARD and I Don’t Care (Updated)

Microsoft has announced that Windows Media Center (Vista) will be upgraded to support up to four CableCARDs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t care less. In case you don’t know, CableCARD allows devices like TiVo and Windows Media Center to receive digital (and high definition) cable channels. Problem is, CableLabs, the folks behind CableCARD, refuse to allow anyone […]

An Idea for AutoPatcher: Roll Your Own (Updated)

A lot of my friends have chatted me up on AutoPatcher’s demise. And I’ve been thinking about the issue myself, especially after I had to start suggesting hotfixes again. But I have come up with a good idea on the matter. Some have, for awhile, scripted Microsoft’s download site to download all available updates for […]

Belkin N1 Vision: It Sinks!

Okay, fine, I didn’t put a $200 router into a tub of water and test if it floated. But the Belkin N1 Vision is the first 802.11n router that I’ve found which works well with Apple’s 802.11n cards (aside from Apple’s of course). Granted, performance is a bit slower (about 10 mbps on average). I […]

Mozy Update for PC Improves Reliability

Mozy has issued Mozy for Windows… and this update fixes some issues. While a change list isn’t available, I did notice that Mozy stopped trying to upload my Recorded TV folder (and usually, that required trashing the Mozy config, and reconfiguring). Of course, this was a Vista bug, so most of you didn’t notice […]

Dell Uploads BIOS Updates

Dell has posted quite a few BIOS updates in the past few days. I don’t have a complete list… but most of my Dell systems (including all my Core 2 systems) have been updated… including the Inspiron 520/530, Dimension 9200, and XPS 410. Needless to say, if you have a Dell system, you might want […]

AirPort Extreme 802.11n Firmware 7.2.1

While I don’t plan on posting software updates on the blog (though, yes, it is one of the areas I am an authority on)… Apple rarely posts change lists for such firmware. One thing I immediately noticed with the new firmware is that it properly broadcasts custom DNSes to clients. Meaning, you can now set […]