MacOS 8.1 to OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ShovelHead84, May 25, 2006.

  1. ShovelHead84 macrumors member

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    guys…

    i gotta lot of questions i hope i can get some help and direction with:

    1. i have thousands of text files generated with BBEdit some just a few lines that i am constantly searching for specific text strings with a program called FindText that searches individual Files ( i might want to find all of the notes i made about the Middle Passage or about Education by searching (inside) every BBEdit file that i have)… i need to find a comparable OS X program… any ideas?

    2. initially i will connect via modem… if i see that a broadband connection is available will the owner of that connection(?) know who is tagging along on his connection(?)… i think i know that he might be aware that someone else is using his broadband(?) i wonder if he will know who it is/who i am?

    well that is a start…

    thanx
    Shovel
     
  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    Don't do it. Things were simpler back then. ;)

    Spotlight should do it, and so should the Find feature of the Finder. You could specify to search the files only with in a directory if you want.

    Another option would be to merge the files into a single meta file and use a concorder to search. In any case you might find this concorder or this oneuseful. I know it's not what your looking for, but you might have use of them.

    For all of my writing, I now just create a single large meta file, so I have an easily searchable running log of my ideas and changes to texts.
     
  3. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    Even if you get broadband, you will be using a MODEM, people forget this.

    Are you running a cable to the broadband connection? If so, I bet they will know, unless you knock them out, or if they are blind. :) Even if they are blind they might notice the cable or notice the drop in their networks performance.

    I bet your talking about wireless, if so then

    Yes, if you glom onto a wireless network people may notice. It's isn't very sporting to do it all of the time. You split their bandwidth, and that can be annoying. These days, I generally assume that a person is deliberately sharing a wireless connection to the internet. This said, it is annoying when people abuse kindness. So do one of 2 things. Find the person that has the network, and offer to share both bandwidth and cost, or get your own broadband connection.

    As far as some wireless network apps.
    Look for a program like Kismac or iStumbler or MacStumbler so that you can get better metrics on your signal strength. iStumbler now has a Widget that connects to the program if your running it. Kismac is my preferred wireless tool. The OSX provided Airport signal graph is nearly static. It provides 5 points of resolution with no ability to know what the scale is. These stumblers offer a lot of information about local area wifi networks.

    Coconut Wifi is a neat little Menubar application, it also offers more information than the Airport Menubar icon.
     
  4. ShovelHead84 thread starter macrumors member

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    very helpful

    thanx for the info…

    i am not yet aware of the proper etiquette i plan to always respond with thanks to my queries unless i forget…
     
  5. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    The etiquette is so standard. I want people to share wifi signals, so I believe in showing respect. It's like your neighbors orange tree. If it grows over and you nick an orange, is it wrong. If you hop the fence and take a bunch, or all of the oranges, aren’t you steeling? I think that unused bandwidth should, if can be, shared.
     

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