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Computer Update

Lost both my Apple MAC-mini and my Intel NUC-7 due to a lightning strike into my home office. Most all electronic equipment within the entire house was obliterated. In the office – two additional, older, large case, built-up computers were also destroyed. One I called “Ironsides” and the other named “Sandbox”.

All four computers were in use but the MAC (macOS) and the NUC (WIN10) are my primary systems. Ironsides is a WIN10 OS and Sandbox is a Linux OS – LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition)

I bought a new MAC-mini replacement and using it now. A back-up called “Time Machine” on an undamaged external 1TB […] Continue reading » Computer Update

Big BOOM – II

This week started with a literal BANG!

Lightning again struck my house here in Frisco, Texas. This is the second time. First time was Monday June 29, 2009. A little over 11 years ago. Search “lightning” (upper right corner) on this blog for more information. (Yes, this blog is much older than ten years.)

This one was on Sunday morning August 30, 2020. About O500.  One hell of a wakeup for a Sunday morning. (Words carefully chosen…)

The bolt struck my nearly 20 year in-place vertical amateur radio antenna. Just outside the bedroom window. The vertical antenna is mounted above the lowest corner of the roofline on […] Continue reading » Big BOOM – II

Fat MAC

The Apple MiniMAC computer has become my go-to first choice for my daily computer needs. It is equal for the tasks to any of my other machines except OS specific apps. I haven’t abandoned the Linux or WIN10 OS systems.

There have been a few quirks and I did suffer from an invasive trojan virus. So, the macOS is not bullet proof.  Firewalls are up and the fort is again secure. Just have to practice safe Internet access.

The folks at Apple are not shy about overcharging buyers for memory needs. Both RAM and SSD are grossly overpriced buying from Apple. The SSD in the MACmini is soldered […] Continue reading » Fat MAC

macOS Localhost:8080 SOCKS Proxy Issue

The Proper Normal Screen

There has been an Issue with my MAC mini with Mojave V. 10.14.5. I am being specific here as I don’t know how universal this issue is.  Some thing (maybe a virus) has been installing a SOCKS proxy server at localhost port 8080. on my Ethernet connection. I haven’t tried a Wifi connection. I want the speed of a wired LAN connection.

What that does, is create many timeouts with the MAC Mail application and blocks access for Safari from reaching the internet. I have searched the internet and found other users experiencing the problem. However, no-one has posted a solution.

One […] Continue reading » macOS Localhost:8080 SOCKS Proxy Issue

A Camera for MAC

Added a camera to the MACmini. 

macOS is intended to work with iSight camera built into the Apple screens and laptops. So sometimes it can be problematic adding a USB camera to the Apple Operating System. 

I have a Logitech 9000 pro, a rather older edition in the Logitech camera line. I did some on-line research and Logitech says no drivers are necessary for the latest macOS.

I plugged the camera in the one of the USB3 ports in the back of the MAC. The camera could not be found. I checked through the probable causes on the Logitech site.

One of them was using a USB3 connection. […] Continue reading » A Camera for MAC