Monthly Archives: November 2012

Savagery and the American Indian

Indian Wars is the name generally used in the United States to describe a series of conflicts between the colonial or federal government and the native people of North America.

The earliest English settlers in what would become the United States often enjoyed peaceful relations with nearby tribes. However, as early as the Pequot War of 1637, the colonists were taking sides in military rivalries between Indian nations in order to assure colonial security and open further land for settlement. The wars, which ranged from the seventeenth-century (King Philip’s War, King William’s War, and Queen Anne’s War at the opening of the eighteenth century) to the Wounded Knee massacre and “closing” of the American frontier in 1890, generally resulted in the opening of Native American lands to further colonization, the conquest of American Indians and their assimilation, or forced relocation to Indian reservations. Modern scholars take different positions in the ongoing genocide debate. Various statistics have been developed concerning the devastations of these wars on both the American and Indian nations. The most reliable figures are derived from collated records of strictly military engagements such as by Gregory Michno which reveal 21,586 dead, wounded, and captured civilians and soldiers for the period of 1850–90 alone. Other figures are derived from extrapolations of rather cursory and unrelated government accounts such as that by Russell Thornton who calculated that some 45,000 Indians and 19,000 whites were killed. This later rough estimate includes women and children on both sides, since noncombatants were often killed in frontier massacres.

What is not disputed is that the savagery from both sides of the war — the Indians’ own methods of brutal warfare and the Americans’ destructive campaigns — was such as to be noted in every year in newspapers, historical archives, diplomatic reports and America’s own Declaration of Independence. (“…[He] has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”)

The Indian Wars comprised a series of smaller wars. American Indians, diverse peoples with their own distinct tribal histories, were no more a single people than the Europeans. Living in societies organized in a variety of ways, American Indians usually made decisions about war and peace at the local level, though they sometimes fought as part of formal alliances, such as the Iroquois Confederation, or in temporary confederacies inspired by leaders such as Tecumseh.

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Apple’s Seagate drive replacement program for iMacs, better for apple than for effected customers

Apple may stand to make  a lot of money out of this problem, even though they state that the replacement will have no cost to the consumer.

However they neglect to let customers know that data transfer  is not free and is not part of the free deal. Approved service departments may charge upwards of $100 for this service.

As noted by MacRumors, Apple’sextended service program for iMacs with 1TB Seagate internal hard drives was updated late last week to include iMacs manufactured as far back as October 2009. The program, launched in the summer of 2011, originally covered only machines made during a narrow window of that year. Drives can be replaced at the Apple Store, by an Apple Authorized Service Provider or by Apple Technical Support.

Apple has also extended the duration of this program more than once, and now will cover iMac hard drive replacements with affected drives for three years after the original retail purchase date or until April 12, 2013, whichever ends up providing longer coverage for the computer. You can check if your machine might be affected by entering your serial number on the program page. Of course, you’ll need to back up your data prior to replacement, and you may need your OS installer discs depending on how you plan to restore your machine.

I personally restored from a time machine backup after turning down the opportunity to pay $100 to transfer my accounts and data.

However It didn’t go completely to plan.

I recovered from, the HD replacement, all data was transferred from time machine  successfully etc.

The only issue I had was is running selected programs that require 10.6.6 or later. which currently i’m on 10.6.3

After intimating a system update. I was unable to connect to the update server even though my internet was working fine.

I found a post http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4335

that enable me to change advanced proxy settings and connect by

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select your active network interface (usually Ethernet or Wi-Fi).
  3. Click the Advanced button.
  4. Select the Proxies tab.
  5. Enter the following hosts under “Bypass proxy settings for these Hosts & Domains:”
    swscan.apple.com, swquery.apple.com, swdownload.apple.com, swcdn.apple.com
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Apply.

Ater this all applications were working fine.

Just remove the  proxy from advanced network  settings and  you should be good to go.

I guess the average person with little technical savvy may just have to shell out the $100 to fix something  that either Apple or Seagate should be paying for.


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