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A request for the Macintosh readers (or writers)

Written By: Gary on May 27, 2005 No Comment

Since I’ve got a high-speed internet connection I’ve always got programs (processes) in the background that are downloading (syncing) files (iSync, iDisk, podcasts) for me. This is great except when I’ve got a slow connection. Slow generally means a cable hooked to my cell phone or dial-in or sometimes it just means an extra slow connection.

Here’s the problem: I just want to connect via some slow method for a minute and the computer wants to start downloading stuff via iSync, iDisk, podcasts and probably something else I can’t think of. All I want to do is very quickly check my mail or the movie listings and it starts synchronizing megabytes of data which is really detrimental as to why I logged on. I need a way to easily turn this stuff off temporarily. I see several ways to do this:

  • If my (network) Location has the word “slow” in it’s description a process won’t do stuff like that in the background (it would be “location aware”.
  • A utility that will do the blocking for me (I pick the apps to not do unless I specifically turn them on) that would hopefully be “location aware”.
  • Maybe one of the internet security security applications could do something like this for me. Although this would be a pricey solution for something that could really be a feature.

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