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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

Why I'm Buying an iPod touch

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Does a lack of mobility in lifestyle lead to a lack of mobility in trying new technologies, such as the iPod touch?

I posed that question to myself over the past weekend, reflecting on how my lifestyle choice to work at home has caused a lack of mobility in more ways than eliminating commuting.

Since I work at home, I am usually home, so I don't have much use for a mobile phone. Also, I don't have mobile-phone connectivity at home, here in the hills of upstate New York. Sounds fine, perhaps, but it led to trouble. It led to me not much using instant messaging on a mobile phone, thus causing me to conflate the fact that younger people are more likely to use instant messaging with the idea that I don't often use instant messaging because I'm in my late 30s. At home, my life was fine - why complicate things by trying new technology that didn't seem to apply to people like me?

In fact, after several months of complaining about how civilization was ending if anyone thought that Twitter was a cool idea, and after spending a few weeks actually using Twitter (see my previous blog post), I now believe that younger people use instant messaging not because their wacky fashion sense has messed with their intelligence, but because it is an excellent way to quickly communicate key information. The best thing about Twitter is the 140-character limit, which puts a strong check on pomposity and wordiness.

Going forward, I'm going stop being cranky about mobile-lifestyle "young-person," technology, since I believe that it has the answers to problems faced by many people in my generation: too much email, too many commitments, not enough time spent outdoors. And, how else can I justify buying the oh-so-cool iPod touch? I can't wait to see where I can go with it, what I can do with it, and how much fun it is to pinch it.

 

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