Mac newbie question about airport ????????

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  1. muzic4lyfe macrumors newbie

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    Hello all- thanks in advance for your reply- I know it may sound strange, but I do not want access to the internet by wifi..... connecting to the internet at my house (picking up a signal) is too distracting as I will waste hours upon hours looking at "things" .....This is where you say "okay, well turn off the airport and problem solved." Yes true, for someone with a higher amount of self-discipline. I know some macs have the card which can be taken out and some where it's sodded in the motherboard. So basically, I'm looking for a mac where it's not sodded in, but the problem is I cant figure out which models are and aren't.

    and also, I'm making music with it, not a professional, but need something with a bit of a kick. (Ableton live, good amount of pug-ins)

    Thanks again!

    Dave
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    WoW that's quite a step, but I guess it's good if you acknowledge it. Before giving you instructions on gutting your box (if that's even possible) why not just obliterate the drivers such that OS X won't even recognize you have a wifi card installed.

     
  3. mharpo macrumors newbie

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    Amazing, the things you read on this forum. Thanks for the perspective check... :eek:
     
  4. muzic4lyfe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    good point Eddy- but cant I just install the drivers pretty easily?
     
  5. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't it be easier to turn off or trash your wireless router?
     
  6. muzic4lyfe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes but I dont have the wireless router....I'm talking about picking up someone else's signal-
     
  7. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Really? Are you surrounded by unprotected wifi signals?
     
  8. muzic4lyfe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes- there are two network I can tap into that dont have it password protected. I guess if all the wifi networks were protected with paswords I'd be golden~
     
  9. johnnj macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting scenario. Perhaps there's a non-technical solution to this problem.
     
  10. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

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    I think this is a pretty good idea... that would eliminate the problem completely.
     
  11. And1ss macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sorry OP (and not trying to be a dick), but why don't you show some self-restraint and try not to turn on the airport to watch "stuff"?
     
  12. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    I would be worried about logging on to promiscuous networks more than wasting time. That's my opinion.
     
  13. Just "Vinnie" macrumors member

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    If you castrate your mac how will you update it? :confused:

    Maybe a tinfoil hat...
     
  14. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Nope. If you destroy the kext the only way is to find it and get a new one. I don't know if you'd be able to find that particular kext online but, going through the hassle of reinstalling it wouldn't be that far off from reseating the card in your computer or even just grabbing a USB wifi stick from somewhere.

    In effect, you'll have to do a little bit of the work. Nothing can save you from yourself :D
     
  15. Kleptomaniac macrumors newbie

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    Seriously?

    No offence meant but is this a joke thread? If you are worried about joining networks just disable the airport card in your MBP and leave it off. You seem like you won't be happy until you physically rip the card out of your mac.
     
  16. montycat macrumors 6502

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  17. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

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    Also, see a therapist about your porn addiction.
     
  18. johnnj macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, is that what he meant? I thought he was talking about Thing from the Addams Family and that the reason it was plural was that he was conducting a comparative study of the TV version and of those in the films.

    I think different.

    One phrase comes to mind with this new clarification:

    "Master of your domain"

    OP, maybe you should tell your neighbors that having their wireless networks unsecured can result in bad stuff such as loss of private info and them being blamed and sued for stealing Lady Gaga songs even though they only listen to the original Dale Bozzio version. That way your temptation will be removed and you'll be known as a helpful guy in the building/neighborhood.
     
  19. muzic4lyfe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    lol....some funny responses :) not a big fan of lady gaga, nor the adams family......yes believe it or not, not everyone wants to zone out jumping from website to website, looking at facebook pics of people I dont know, etc. As i said, I know my limits as a human being who wants to escape from the daily monotony of life- so eradicating the option helps me to face it- hence not owning TV as well. So yeah, I guess I need to see a therapist about self control, porn, low self-esteem issues, how I secretly hate my father, and a plethera of other issues** appreciate the insights, but appeciate the technical solutions even more-
     
  20. Icy1007 macrumors 6502a

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    Just don't use the internet. Why go messing with stuff that could be potentially permanent?
     
  21. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    Cultivate some self-control! It will pay off a lot more than ripping apart your MAC :)

    At least you recognize the problem. Most of us ignore it and pretend we can surf the net, write messages on forums, and somehow get work done.
     
  22. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    LOL. Does it work if you just put "http://" into it?

    Interesting that there is a program out there to enable us to self-censor our activities. If we updated Foucault's Discipline and Punish, maybe we could include a chapter on the internalization of discipline in the digital age.
     
  23. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I think Mac OSXs parental controls have a option to disable Internet access.
     

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