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Freelance Macintosh Support. Work. Wander. Rest when I can twitter: @jaberg


Dec
21
comment How can I reliably backup an external drive to another external drive?
At some time in the future conditions impacting my workflow may (insert will if you prefer) change, at which point I will revaluate and alter my workflow. That is the nature of tech. I'm a SuperDuper guy myself (I like clones for local backup) but I do use Crashplan Central for offsite backup and wouldn't hesitate to use the software for a local (or self-managed offsite) backup. The odds that the software just stops working anytime soon are pretty low and the benefits are high.
Oct
31
comment Connect MacBook Pro Retina to VGA data projector
That very statement provides context and improves the quality of the answer. Adding that information would be a great edit. Again, I recognize this isn't a great question--see my comments above. Best Rgds!
Oct
31
comment Connect MacBook Pro Retina to VGA data projector
Expanding on my initial objection to your question, what answer were you looking for that wasn't already available on the site? (See the possible duplicate question, and other suggestions in the sidebar. ) Duplicates aren't automatically disallowed but we do look for them to bring something new to the conversation. See FAQ. Please don't be discouraged by my comments. We realize that Ask Different is different from other online forums. We welcome new members. I hope you'll stick around and help create the definitive source for Apple Q&A.
Oct
31
comment Connect MacBook Pro Retina to VGA data projector
Welcome to Ask Different. Our community is dedicated to providing quality answers and we try to avoid single line responses. (That being said, I recognize that this was in response to a less than perfect question). Could you please expand on your answer? What makes this the best option?
Oct
31
comment Connect MacBook Pro Retina to VGA data projector
Welcome to Ask Different. Our community is dedicated to providing quality answers to great questions--see our FAQ. As asked, your question really can't be answered and will only result in a laundry list of options based on individual opinions. To help improve the quality of the answers, please improve the question. What are your criteria? What constitutes "best" in your mind? What features are you looking for that Apple's solution doesn't provide?
Oct
14
comment How can I get the iPhone Podcast app to resume playback after extended stop?
Not necessarily. Memory management and "app sleep state" (that's not what Apple calls it, but it's a reasonable description) have both improved under iOS 7. I haven't played with the Podcast App—and much of my podcast listening experience is colored by the less than perfect iPhone Bluetooth integration in a 2013 Acura--but you may find Podcast just works.
Oct
3
comment dtmf dial recording for playback to bypass automated dial-in systems
I do this all the time when I dial businesses using the built-in dialer. I "skip" the automated messages by hitting the dial button (again) after waits. If you trust the timing, you could use pauses instead. I'm sorry, I did read what you said originally, but I don't see why the built-in dialer doesn't provide the functionality you're looking for.
Sep
29
comment Why is my MacBook Pro stuck on mute?
When seeking solutions to problems (or when arguing against inappropriate proposals) I often cite the wisdom of Bob Heil: Solve acoustic problems acoustically and electrical problems electrically. Substitute hardware and software into that koan. Your proposal is to solve a (physical) hardware fault using software (to bypass, not repair) the issue. That's not a quality solution in my book. My vote would still be to strike.
Sep
29
comment Why is my MacBook Pro stuck on mute?
Your argument doesn't sway me. "Ubuntu" is not a useful answer for the vast majority of people visiting this forum. The OP’s intent is not to make a headphone jack work, it's to fix the headphone jack on a Macintosh. For the vast majority the Macintosh user experience is first and foremost dependent upon OS X.
Sep
28
comment Why is my MacBook Pro stuck on mute?
It's a solved problem to which your answer is "use a different OS" that ignores a major hardware feature—the analog/digital IO in a single port. Why not just clean the jack so the hardware works as designed with its native operating system. If not for bmike's "intervention" via meta I'd be voting to close.
Sep
27
comment How many amps should an iPhone 5s car charger output?
In practice iPhones do charge a little faster with an iPad charger. It seems the charging circuit can pull a bit more current than the standard charger provides.
Sep
26
comment Contacts won't sync
Welcome to Ask Different. iOS 7 is new territory for most of us, so please report the success or failure of the answers you receive by commenting on the answer. (And if an answer does solve the problem, accepting it will let others know that it's a valid solution to the problem).
Sep
25
comment App Store buttons in the ios7 world: still shiny?
I have never known Apple to make announcements about such things. If the shininess offends them then one day it will be silently replaced—providing headlines for "up to the minute" tech blogs. I'm following @bmike's lead for now, but my instinct would be vote to close.
Sep
24
comment How do I get my iphone to show up in iTunes 11 consistently?
I'm working on a theory regarding possible causes. If you open Activity Monitor on your Mac (or Task Manager on your PC) do you see the AppleMobileDeviceHelper service running?
Sep
24
comment dtmf dial recording for playback to bypass automated dial-in systems
@grgarside I appreciate your downsizing the images—I did the entire post via iPad and "forgot" the appropriate width (it's a service on my Mac). However, with the white background screens I'm not sure side-by-side works well here. I'm leaving it as is for now, but I think without image borders it's somewhat confusing.
Sep
24
comment How do I get my iphone to show up in iTunes 11 consistently?
What operating system are you running?
Sep
24
comment How do I get my iphone to show up in iTunes 11 consistently?
It was most likely restarting the computer (which restarts the service that looks for the iOS devices on the network) that actually solved the problem.
Sep
24
comment How to safely charge your apple device at a charging station?
This comment stream may be a dead horse but I do carry a compact USB - Dock connector cable in my (otherwise quite minimal) wallet expressly for use with USB chargers—be they charge stations, auto USB ports or a friend's generic device charger. I only have an AC charger if I'm carrying my gig bag.
Sep
21
comment dtmf dial recording for playback to bypass automated dial-in systems
What would a macro do that dialing the number from contacts wouldn't?
Sep
21
comment dtmf dial recording for playback to bypass automated dial-in systems
Would programming those pauses into the existing dialer suit your purpose?