Celebrate 50 Years Of Star Trek With These Nerdy Computer Tricks

I’m a huge fan of Star Trek.  So much so that many of my blog posts are about doing nerdy Star Trek-related things with your computer.  Here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading “Celebrate 50 Years Of Star Trek With These Nerdy Computer Tricks”

FAA GPS Outages Are Actually A Conspiracy To Make An App Store Logo On The Ground

The featured image of this article is an aerial view of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (Wikipedia) with and overlay of the logo of the app store to prove this crazy theory. Continue reading “FAA GPS Outages Are Actually A Conspiracy To Make An App Store Logo On The Ground”

Use Wired Ethernet On Your iPad or iPhone

iPads and iPhones do not have an Ethernet port, but there are cases where you might want to use a hardwired connection.  You can actually run your iOS device over Ethernet with some adapters.  This is useful for quickly downloading large iOS updates or if your wireless is slow or you want to take advantage of a gigabit Ethernet port on your router.

Requirements

Setting it up is a bit weird and kind of hacky, but it works.  You’ll need a few parts and adapters, which are listed below: Continue reading “Use Wired Ethernet On Your iPad or iPhone”

Customize The Dropbox Syncing Icon To Whatever You Want

You can create your own icons to replace the Dropbox badges that appear that the bottom-right of folders in your Dropbox.  All you need is an image editor and an app to convert images to icons. Continue reading “Customize The Dropbox Syncing Icon To Whatever You Want”

Give Your Work Phone A Custom Ringtone

This may work for other devices, but the one I used was a NEC DT700 (original PDF instructions).  I have seen these models in several different workplaces.  The process can probably be adapted for other phones, too. Continue reading “Give Your Work Phone A Custom Ringtone”

Create A Website On Your Mac Without A Webserver

Do you need a Website set up right meow?  Using netcat (nc), you can use your Mac to instantly set up a Webpage without configuring a Web server.  This could be used to quickly share files via a Web browser (by creating a hyperlink with file:///some/filepath/), or it could be used as a temporary Website while maintenance is being performed.

This command will create a Webpage that can be downloaded once.  After it is downloaded the program ends and the page will no longer be accessible.  You would need to enter the command again in order to view the page. Continue reading “Create A Website On Your Mac Without A Webserver”

Get Lakeside Wi-Fi At Your Cabin By Making A Cantenna For ~$23

If you want Wi-Fi by the campfire or down at the dock this weekend, you can make a cantenna for as low as $23 (it will be more if you need some of the tools or common supplies).  You can either connect the canntena to your computer or your router.  Either method will allow you to connect to your network from a long distance.  I used my cantenna last weekend to pick up my network (over 700 meters away) while sitting in a boat in the middle of the lake. Continue reading “Get Lakeside Wi-Fi At Your Cabin By Making A Cantenna For ~$23”

Format An Unformattable Flash Drive In OS X

It’s always satisfying to fix something that seems impossibly broken.  I recently fixed a broken flash drive that could not be reformatted.  I first tried to repair the disk using Disk Utility, but that option was completely greyed out (same thing in the Recovery HD).  So then I tried to erase it but was presented with the error “OS X can’t repair the disk “MYDISK”.” Continue reading “Format An Unformattable Flash Drive In OS X”

Let GLaDOS Throw Your Files Into The Incinerator By Changing A System Sound

If the default sound OS X makes when you put a file in the trash doesn’t do it for you, you might enjoy having GLaDOS tell you “file deleted.”  This is a relatively simple trick to do, and will work with other system sound effects as well.  You simply need to replace a file with one of your own. Continue reading “Let GLaDOS Throw Your Files Into The Incinerator By Changing A System Sound”