It’s sad but true: there are still many conference centers, hotels, and office buildings that lack Wi-Fi. However, many of these do offer hardwired internet access via Ethernet or (egads) a dial-up connection. If you’re solo, this is only a minor inconvenience. However, if you’re traveling or working with other people, a single wired connection can be a major productivity block.
Fortunately, Mac OS X makes it easy to share a single wired internet connection over a Mac’s built-in AirPort wireless card, to other computers that also have wireless capabilities. Except for the Mac Pro, every Mac released since early 2006 has featured a built-in AirPort card (which is what Apple calls its brand of wireless card).
This tip works best from a wired Ethernet internet connection, but I’ve read that it will also work with a cellular internet connection, such as those provided by Verizon, Sprint, etc.
To share an internet connection via a Mac’s Wi-Fi, first connect the Ethernet cable to the Mac that will be serving as the base station.
Next, navigate to that Mac’s System Preferences panel (found under the Apple in the upper left corner of the screen) and select *Sharing*. When the Sharing panel opens, select *Internet Sharing* (note that you won’t be able to check the Internet Sharing box until other options are configured). Next, make sure *”Share your connection from: Ethernet”* is selected in the drop-down list.
Since we want to share our Mac’s connection wirelessly, click *AirPort* in the “To Computers using:” box. Finally, click the *AirPort Options* button to give your new network a name and password. When you have everything the way you like it, turn Internet sharing on.

The Mac serving as base station will still be able to surf the web while others piggyback on its internet connection. Any device with Wi-Fi (including the iPhone and iPod touch) will be able to share this connection.

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Here’s my annual set of predictions for the new year.
bq.Thank a hen in 2010
Do it again in 2010
Have a friend in 2010
Begin again in 2010
*Sports*
I was 0-4 last year as the Cubs and Bears really sucked and the Blackhawks and Celtics did not advance. Maybe I should stick to local sports.
* MLB Baseball: Yes, I am a fanatical Cubs fan. My mother used to use Wrigley Field as a daycare center and drop my brother and I off for games as we lived near the friendly confines. I have a Cubs tattoo on my shoulder and yes, I will once again predict that with new ownership will come a new found team spirit and finally a World Series Championship.
* NBA Basketball: The Celtics are banged up right now, but if they can get healthy, I think they are the team to beat! Celtics over the Lakers in 7.
* NFL Football: The Bears are out of it, so I’m going with the New Orleans Saints for the Superbowl.
* NHL Hockey: I am going back to my standard–who cares?
WNBA – I see the Phoenix Mercury led by Diana Taurasi (WNBA Player of the Decade) repeating as WNBA Champs!
*Weather*
It will be another warm winter in Vermont with only one day where the temperatures stay below 0° F all day. This year we will have one huge snowfall over 36 inches that will slow things down for a few hours.
It will, however, be an early spring with early April motorcycling.
This coming summer in Vermont will be one of the best with little rain after June 15th and warm temperatures cooled by mountain breezes.
The western states will see a very hot and unusually dry summer.
*Politics*
Health Care reform will pass and both the left and right will howl. States will have some freedom to experiment with other more comprehensive health care reform. Vermont will lead the way with a public option and true universal coverage.
Afghanistan is not going to work. The new policy of increasing troop levels will need revision in the light of an expanded non-geographically limited war.
Iran will test a nuclear weapon, triggering ineffective sanctions.
Relations with Cuba will continue to thaw.
There will be renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians after Israel signs a peace treaty with Syria and halts settlement construction.
Global Warming will continue to be talked about but no significant action taken. Cap and trade and carbon trading will get embroiled in partisan politics without any meaningful solution.
Vermont will elect a Democrat as governor.
*Economy*
Economic recovery will continue slowly, however, unemployment will significantly lag. More job creation incentives will be created.
Consumer Electric vehicles will hit the market with higher efficiency hybrids also becoming available, however, gasoline prices will remain below $4/gallon and that will make electric cars a niche market.
New incentives for renewable energy sources will be the fastest growing job creation sector.
Unemployment will reach 12% nationally before it starts to decline.
Chrysler will close its doors.
*Apple*
Apple stock will hit $300/share.
Apple will introduce a “game changing” tablet computer.
Apple will post record revenues and profits.
Steve Jobs will retire from Apple, Tim Cook will be named CEO while Steve becomes Chairman of the Board.
Apple will introduce an iPhone nano, basically adding cell phone functions to the iPod nano.
Apple will make remarkable gains in overall market-share for computers.
*Small Dog Electronics*
Small Dog Electronics will finally open its next store!
Small Dog Electronics eWaste event will again collect over 150 tons of eWaste.
Small Dog Electronics will add several products to the Chill Pill Audio and Hammerhead product lines.
Small Dog will finally be authorized to sell the iPhone.
*Miscellaneous*
There will be scientifically confirmed evidence of extra-terrestrial life.
There will be a bunch of new stunning 3D movies, 3D Television will be the next home entertainment product.
Cell phones and other portable devices will become mobile payment devices.

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We are very excited to have MiLi join the Small Dog line up! The MiLi line ranges from “iPhone 3G/3GS Power Pack”:http://www.smalldog.com/search/?find=MiLi+Power+Pack+Extended+Battery, to “Crystal External Batteries for iPod/iPhone”:http://www.smalldog.com/search/?find=MiLi+Power+Crystal+External+Battery, to “iPhone/iPod Pocket Pal AC Adapters”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/75087, to “Leather Cases for the iPhone or iPod Touch”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/75095.
The MiLi line brings in a more professional side to iPod and iPhone accessories, which many of our customers were looking for. Come in and check out the new line up!

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*Happy New Year!*
2-0-1-0-! I can’t believe it! Happy New Year to everyone! We had a very busy holiday season in both of our retail locations–and it’s continuing to stay busy through the start of the New Year! We’re excited to break in 2010 with all of our loyal customers and embark on new relationships with new patrons!
With the New Year among us, I wanted to take a minute to introduce one of my new favorite products of 2010! The juicetray by Flying Cherry is a laptop stand that you can take on the go! It acts as a stand when you need to be stationary at your desk -but helps protect your Mac while you’re carrying it in your bag! You put your Mac into your “Hammerhead neoprene sleeve”:http://www.smalldog.com/search/?find=hammerhead+sleeve and then tuck it into the back of the juicetray stand (there is a little lip that holds your Mac in place) this gives you maximum protection in your bag.
Then when you get to your desk, home, or wherever, you pull out the juicetray with your Mac and put your laptop on the juicetray stand and type away. For $39.99, you can’t beat the universal juicetray! I love this thing because it allows for maximum comfort with the laptop being raised a bit and helps one be as ergonomically correct as possible. The aluminum stand has small holes all over it to allow air to flow to your Mac so it won’t heat up! But my favorite part is that the juicetray is made out of aluminum, so it’s recyclable and has very minimal packaging–all which we like to see at Small Dog!
If you don’t have a neoprene sleeve for your Mac, pair up a Hammerhead Sleeve with the juicetray for $49.99. Another reason to praise this cool, new invention is that it originated in Johnson, Vermont! Keep it local!!
I hope this New Year brings you all peace and happiness!
-Katie and the Small Dog South Burlington Team!
“katie@smalldog.com”:mailto:katie@smalldog.com

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Microsoft Word, part of Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows (the world’s most popular productivity software suite) contains intellectual property belonging to a small “Canadian company”:http://www.i4i.com. Microsoft was said to be forced to pull Word 2007 from the shelves on January 11, 2010, and so the company has been preparing a patch since August of this year that would bring the word processing software into compliance with copyright law.
Microsoft Word 2007 runs only under the Windows operating system, not under Mac OS X (unless you have virtualization software like Parallels, VMware, or VirtualBox installed). Users of all versions of Microsoft Office for Mac will not be affected.
The patch simply removes the copyrighted functionality, which is something very few end users ever actually use. It’s probably safe to say that very few users of the software even knew this functionality existed. Word 2007 will be unable to read custom Extensible Markup Language (XML) elements in .docx, .docm, and .xml files once patched. XML is a lot like Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the language used to create the layout of a webpage through tags that direct the position of text and graphic elements. In contrast to HTML, XML’s “design focuses on documents, it is widely used for the representation of arbitrary data structures” (“wikipedia”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML).
While Microsoft was ordered to pay $290 million to i4i.com, but it’s not clear whether that will actually happen. Microsoft is pushing for further appeals at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and certainly might just wear down the smaller firm with an endless legal battle.

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One of my favorite things about being a Mac user is getting to enjoy all sorts of great freeware and shareware applications. There are cooking programs, network utilities, games, interface enhancements, widgets, and much more. I’m a daily reader of “MacUpdate”:http://www.macupdate.com, which is a site that lists freeware, shareware and commercial updates as they are released or updated. There are as many as fifty entries each day! Here are some of my current favorites:
“Chax 3.0a5”:http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20056/chax provides enhancements to iChat, including a unified contact list, growl notification, and more font control. It also adds more preferences to control auto-accepting chats and file transfers, and several other options. The feature I like most is the automatic resizing of my contact lists as my contacts go on and off-line.
“BBEdit 9.3.1”:http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/726/bbedit is one of the most powerful text-editing tools on the Mac. I use it for web development, editing configuration files, and many other things. BBEdit has been around for since 1993, and I’ve been a loyal customer from the very beginning. It supports profiles for numerous programming languages and web languages. It has command-line tools to let users access its text editing engine from the terminal. My second-choice text editor is probably TextMate 1.5.9, which I also own.
“MenuCalendarClock iCal 4.1.1”:http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14351/menucalendarclock-ical is a simple menu bar item with a quick calendar view, event list, and rapid access to iCal data. I like that I can make a quick check of upcoming consults without opening the full iCal window. There is also a version for Entourage.
“Transmit 3.7”:http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/6771/transmit is an excellent FTP client with a great tabbed dual-pane view for easy drag and drop of files to and from servers. It supports a variety of protocols and allows you save a list of server favorites. I have my Transmit setup configured so I can double-click on remote files and have them open up directly in BBEdit, an image editor, or a CSS editor. I’ve also heard great things about a fairly new FTP client, “ForkLift 1.7.7:http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/24467/forklift and many people still rely on the venerable “Fetch 5.5.3”:http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/5195/fetch, which is still meaningfully evolving after twenty years.
“SuperDuper! 2.6.2”:http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/13803/superduper%21 While I rely on Time Machine for daily backup, I still use SuperDuper for a second cloned backup. Its great Smart Update feature quickly updates my clone drive in a fraction of the time a full clone would take. It just copies what has changed since my last clone, and also removes files to match my system drive. I can’t use it to go back for long-deleted files, but I can boot directly from my clone backup. If you still use Mac OS 10.4, you should definitely look at SuperDuper if you won’t be upgrading to 10.5 or 10.6 with Time Machine.
I encourage you to search MacUpdate and other Mac shareware sites to see if there are cool programs you might like to try. Let us know your favorites and we’ll publish some selections in an upcoming TechTails!

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A surprising number of readers wrote in about “last week’s Tech Tails”:http://blog.smalldog.com/techtails/?c=tt694 not displaying properly. Most of those who wrote had a common problem with code displaying instead of the usual format, and the cause is my use of the “squiggle” character found on the command key of your Mac and your Mail client being unable to render it, throwing off display of the whole issue.
Tech Tails should have rendered properly if you use the Mail program found in your Applications folder to read your mail, or if you use Gmail or Hotmail. However, if you use your ISP’s webmail, some versions of Microsoft Outlook Web Access, or any number of other webmail systems, it is completely possible the interface you’re using is the cause of display failure.
I want to share two features that you may have missed in the newsletters Small Dog sends. First is the links at the very top of the newsletter. It says “view in plain text or web browser.” Plain text is just that–no HTML or images. This is especially useful if you are copying and pasting text into a word processor. If you prefer the version with images, formatted text, the background, and the like–and your mail program can’t render the newsletter correctly, you can click on the “web browser” link at the very top of the newsletter. Finally, each and every issue of all Small Dog newsletters can be accessed on our website. Just visit “www.smalldog.com”:http://www.smalldog.com and click on the Subscribe tab on the top of the page.
Our flagship newsletter, “Kibbles and Bytes”:http://www.smalldog.com/newsletters has been in continuous production since October 14, 1996!

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