iPad backup to Mac/PC

UPDATE 3/3/12:
On the matter of “obscure” files/file extensions, Labnol.org (Digital Inspiration tech blog) always drudges up great, usable ideas. Here’s a related article:

From a Mac forum on iPad backup issues (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=109833):

Problem – I have upwards of 3000 photos on an iPad and as this link discusses, to extract the content once”backed up” presents a problem.

What is a “.mddata”?

Every forum on iPad backup gladly references the file location for Mac OS or Windows. For Mac it is ~(home directory)/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.

But does anyone know how to get at the data and use it on the computer without transferring it back to the iPad? I can’t see the purpose of such a backup if the data can’t be read by my computer! Short of SQLite or some back-end tricks I don’t know what to do…

The photos are digitized family photos; some dating from the early 20th century and are invaluable.


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Dunn Gardens up for grabs [Excerpt from a Christmas-time email]

Mom I’d give you this for Christmas if you were in Seattle:


A “historic treasure in the city of Seattle” can be sold on Amazon dot com? By clicking all that the market-coded link goop? (Meaning all that non semantic url in the link beginning with a very irreverent “Seattle/boop” (/seattle/B006P16O3U?).

"/Boo6P... ."


A visual tour of historic Seattle flora – for sale en masse to the ENTIRE WORLD.  A weirdly irreverent, but real last minute Christmas ad offer. Desperation? It is crazy what we can “sell” over the Internet, is it not. The Web has become a parallel economy, truly, but way more audacious than our material one!

The next step is to auction off Dunn Gardens off through eBay to raise city tax revenue…(Re: Space Toilets…)


Speaking of excerpts, The gargantuan WordPress Codex tells how to properly excerpt via your WordPress theme. Visit http://codex.wordpress.org/Excerpt/


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Google Outs Your Name – No Choice on the matter

We were in the process of writing a summary of this Gizmodo article, about Google+ (Google’s Real Names Policy Is Evil,” by Matt Honan. 12 Aug. 2011), when the computer inexplicably decided to log itself off…anyway, one fears this is the future of the Web – a gradual de-anonomyzing of the user. As Mr. Honan writes: “Google is one of the largest companies in the world, it touches billions of people. Governments regularly subpoena data from it. The things it knows about you matter. A lot.”

(Google+ is the new, ambitious social networking venture from Google; take-two after Buzz! failed to take off.)

Go figure. Google it! , ^]

Related: “Google Privacy Considerations,” and “In Support of Net Diversity – Not Net “Neutrality.”


– d.g.w.



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“How is WordPress made?”

– according to WordPress.tv, Seattle, 12 July 2011.

– d.g.w.

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“GNU’s Not Unix” (GNU)

“Why Publishers should use the GNU license”



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Change Gmail “name”

Do you have “suchandsuchandsuch” as the name that shows up in quotes next to your Gmail address?  Are you using your first and last name but worry about this showing up online wherever you send an email? Change it!

There are two obvious ways:


1)  Log in to Gmail/Google mail.

2)  At the upper right of your browser, click your email address to reveal a drop-down list.

3)  Click Account  Settings. The Google accounts screen opens, with subheadings Profile, Personal Settings, and *My  Products down below.

4)  Under the Profile subheading, click Edit your personal info. The Edit personal information screen appears.

5)  Using the “First name” and “Last name” fields, change the name associated with the Gmail account (the purpose of the “nickname” field is unclear. You don’t have to use your full name; however, the “Last name: ” field requires at least one alpha character. It doesn’t have to be your full name, and better that it not be, for security purposes.)

*NOTE: Under the My Products subheading you will see icons for the various Google apps – Analytics, Book Search, Docs, etc. If you need global access to these apps, here is one way to find that.


The other way is simply to repeat steps 1) – 3) but navigate to the Edit Personal information screen via Personal Settings, instead – that’s the section just to the right of the Profile subheading on the Google Accounts page). You will see the list “Security, Dashboard, and Email addresses, Multiple sign-in, and Connected accounts.”

1)  Under Personal Settings < Email addresses  click “Edit.” The very same Edit personal information screen appears.

2)  Edit the information in the name fields to change the name associated with your Gmail account.

– dgw

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WHO report on mobile phone electromagnetic fields

There has been much recent research into the matter in light of the World Health Organization’s recent findings that (surprise surprise) cell phones cause cancer. Here’s the original paper that caused all the stir:  Or rather, cell phone signals cause cancer. “Electromagnetic fields and public health: mobile phones [Fact sheet N°193 May 2010] “

Wireless signals and cell phone signals – ambient yet powerful electromagnetic radiation – are crisscrossing our skulls every moment of every day and night. What the WHO probably knows and does hint at here is that in addition to the cancer causality, such radiation has subtler affects –  such as interfering w/ the body’s natural energy field; and the other hint is that wireless Internet signals also fall in a similar category, but I think the WHO yielded on that subject…too controversial.

Nature; ecosystems; organisms are highly sensitive. Nature and the human body are also adaptive, yes, but the newness and worldwide barrage has to be causing something.


I use a Clear USB modem for Internet, though I’ve modded it to create a LAN w/ normal wi-fi frequency, but these 4G signals are strong. If I use it with my desktop, it’s sitting there, sticking up right between my legs! I’ve sinced moved the motherboard box.

I’ve heard from some sources that wireless signals can even modulate – as in move – like an amplitude meter arrow – certain of the liquid organic matter in the human brain. My cousin, who has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing almost completely eschews computers, preferring to write longhand. If he has to write with a keyboard, he’ll make sure the Internet is turned off, where possible. This comes from advice from people in the publishing industry, screenwriters, and other writer friends generally. The Internet and cell phone signal radiation affect our brains.

I enjoy writing on my blog and I can say without a doubt that it is easier – when writing a difficult or nuanced piece – that I’m better off doing it w/ Windows Live Writer or on Notepad or paper first. It’s always handy to have the Web there to look up info – especially if you write on technology like I do – but it’s easy enough to turn it off, and back on when needed.

We need to figure out some shield; some radiation-absorbing material to aid w/ this problem. Perhaps construction/zoning codes should be revised to include such shielding in apartment building walls – interior and external walls. Or, for the WiMax/3G/4G “hotspot” technologies that are now proliferating (even phones are thus capable – Google’s Android, for example)

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Clear WiMax USB modem ( by ebee)


Computer ware is designed with the human (the end-user) in mind, and looking at this little example, one can see how close we are to AI – it’s right around the corner.


Check out the specs on Clear’s “4GWiMax” device, which plugs in to a USB port on a computer and creates a “hotspot” with twin internal antennas that broadcast and receive from Clear towers (actually space Clear rents from existing cell phone transmitting towers/stations)



No wonder, at places like the University of Washington, the Engineering department “Technical Communication” (a pretty non-specific name, anyhow) was renamed two years ago to the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering.

Below: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) details from registration docs on the device (emphasis my own):

Construction of the (TWIN SAM V4.0)
shell corresponds to the specifications of the Specific
Anthropomorphic Mannequin (SAM) phantom defined in IEEE
1528-2003, EN 62209-1 and IEC 62209. It enables the
dosimetric evaluation of left and right hand phone usage as
well as body mounted usage at the flat phantom region. A
cover prevents evaporation of the liquid. Reference markings
on the phantom allow the complete setup of all predefined
phantom positions and measurement grids by manually
teaching three points with the robot.
FILLING VOLUME Approx. 25liters
DIMENSIONS Height: 810mm; Length: 1000mm; Width: 500mm
CONSTRUCTION Symmetrical dipole with l/4 balun enables measurement of
feedpoint impedance with NWA matched for use near flat
filled with brain simulating solutions.
Includes distance holder and tripod adaptor
CALIBRATION Calibrated SAR value for specified position and input power at the flat phantom in brain simulating solutions
RETURN LOSS > 20dB at specified validation position
POWER CAPABILITY > 100W (f < 1GHz); > 40W (f > 1GHz)
OPTIONS Dipoles for other frequencies or solutions and other calibration conditions upon request

Below is a screen cap of the actual page (for some reason a PDF could not be extracted from the page or its source):





So there are even industry recipes for “tissue simulating” material (in this case “liquids”)? I especially like the little Ingredient-to-Muscle Simulating Liquid table. And preservatives go in foods, right? The above page shows that an anti-fungal-bacteria drug, manufactured by Bayer AG, is in that little USB device, too. Maybe we need it here in mossy, rainy, and potentially mildewy Seattle…


It’s all public record: computer hardware all have FCC IDs where you can see the company’s submitted manufacturing paperwork, with signatures and everything. The companies by law must submit these details.



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View Full Header of an Email Message

Email Headers contain all the information about where an email has been; how many computers it has been routed through; and more.

This information is easy to access but not often (cybersecurity outfits will use it along w/ other methods to track down spam and spammers). We can use email Header info to see if something like a web proxy or IP distorter is used, or just to see if the IP address listed matches that of it’s purported sender.

Google Mail (Gmail):

1) Open the email you want to examine.

2) Click the “down arrow” next to the “Reply” hyperlink
Note: There is no down arrow w/Gmail using Mac OS X and Safari 3.0.4.).
"Show Original"

3) Select “Show Original.” A new window opens with the full header as plain text.
Other Web-based Email Providers:

Yahoo! Mail: select “View Full Headers”, or “View Headers.”

Windows Live Hotmail (this does not work w/ Safari or Mac OS…): 

Select “View Source”.  A window opens displaying the full header as well as the HTML source of the email message.


Desktop Email Clients:

Typically the option for viewing the full email header w/ desktop email clients like Outlook and Thunderbird are found in their drop-down menus.


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