Road Hog: Separating
the Hogs from the Sheep [Page 3 of 3]
X on a Hog?
The highest-end multiprocessing on Macs will have to wait
for OS X, of course, which is why the dawgs at the companies above were
all using Linux to run their demos. I have to confess that I'm only moderately
amused by the notion of OS X at this point.
I'm amused as hell,
though, that Apple thinks we'll pronounce it "Oh Ess Ten," which
is what they want, rather than "Oh Ess Ecks," which is what
it freakin' SAYS. Of course, these geniuses are the same ones who wanted
us to pronounce SCSI as "Sexy," and I'm convinced that the reason
they killed the technology is because we insisted on calling it "Scuzzy."
I use my Road Hog
for work, though, which is why I don't have much interest in finding out
all the ways that OS "Ecks" doesn't. That said, you can indeed
run it on your Hog, as long as it's of post-Wall Street vintage. (Hey,
what were they thinking with THAT name?)
But I'm going to
copy something here that I read elsewhere, a very clever workaround for
the fact that "Ecks" doesn't currently support wireless networking.
Here's exactly what I saw, edited only for spelling and punctuation:
in as 'root'- type that in as your username, no password. You have to
do this to gain access to change system files. In the directory: system->library->extensions,
make another folder called "Airport.Kext". Open up a text
editor, usually the one included in OS X called 'text editor.' Under
format, select plain text instead of rich text, then paste/type exactly
<!DOCTYPE plist SYSTEM
<string>March 17, 2000</string>
(Okay, I'm skipping
the next TWENTY lines of code, but it continues thusly....)
restart your machine. Log in as you normally would this type. Select
system preferences, and choose network. You will see a different setting,
one called Ethernet card 1- choose it and select DHCP (hopefully that
is what your ISP uses, if not, you are most likely out of luck). You
may have to click the lock to make changes. In any case, keep selecting
stuff until the 'apply' button is available. When you restart, your
AirPort should be functioning."
think I'm making fun of this guy. I think he deserves a medal for figuring
this out. But I think he shows that we're a long, long way from getting
any real work done with OS "Ecks," unless you consider cleaning
up after Apple's unfinished development on your own dime to be your real
work. But hey, if it is, go for it whole Hog, as long as yours was born
after 1998. And know that all the bleating the sheep can muster will make
no difference whatsoever one way or the other, except to other sheep.
All the more reason
to avoid stocks in the end, and stick to Hog futures.
Tim Wilson, Man About
Town, is the Producer of Plug-in Central, one of the Core Connections
here at Digital Media Net. Write him at [email protected].
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