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Long time Mac user (1984). I'm enjoying reading the questions posted here and some of the answers are excellent, quite useful for me and no doubt others. Every now and then I bite and attempt to answer something.


May
6
comment How to save a file quickly and no need to wait for the external hard drives to “wake up”?
Right, because the drive isn't mounted or it its mounted it's not spinning. If you save it to the mounted, running drive it will be immediate.
May
6
comment How to save a file quickly and no need to wait for the external hard drives to “wake up”?
Why not save the files to a folder your internal drive and write a script to write them to the external and delete them from the internal at the end of the day.
May
3
answered How to keep all the data on my applications when I buy a new iPad
May
2
comment Alternative backup solution for a mac?
I use SuperDuper (and have CCC). Been using it for many years and have never had an issue.
Apr
26
comment Is it okay for a brand new 13" MacBook Pro Retina to not sit flat?
I assume you didn't drop it or put it down hard enough to bend the case. Apple will race it but only after doing a test to see if it was dropped. The have special tools for this.
Mar
24
comment Prevent TextEdit from opening for unknown file types that are plain text
Click on a text file, Get Info, Open with, choose editor from popup menu, consider "change all"
Mar
20
comment What's the right way to backups photos when using iPhoto?
Why not just back up your entire computer every day, then this will be a non issue. But, if you do any modification on the photos in iPhoto then that's the more important collection to back up. Serious photographers make backups of original RAW files on CD/DVD as well before processing (in Lightroom or Aperture) so you could do that too on your original images (your folder). But, once backed up, there is no need to keep the "my-photos" folder if you're going to use iPhoto to organize and modify the images.
Mar
18
comment Can an iPad Mini with cell phone service SMS another phone?
Apple's Messages program that comes with every iOS device can send/receive messages using a variety of carriers but I'm not sure it can send a text to a cellphone while connected through a cellular network only (which is your question no doubt).
Mar
18
comment How do I maintain two different iOS devices on a single iMac
You need to make a new OSX account on the Mac and have one for you, one for your wife. Each OSX account will have it's own iTunes prefs so it will be easy to just fast-switch to your account and know that iTunes will know all about your iPhone. You can share a single credit card if you like, or keep things totally separate.
Mar
16
comment Instapaper freezing on startup due to problematic article
Remember that you can always delete the Instapaper app on your iPod Touch and then get it again. Logging back into your account should being you to a list view, not an article view.
Mar
14
comment What RSS reader software runs on iOS, Andriod and OS X for someone used to Google reader?
The Reeder folks have tweeted that they're working on something so my guess is we'll be able to continue to use Reeder with either their or some other cloud service. Stay tuned...
Mar
13
comment I brought My Macbook Pro last year in november (Latest Model available then) and suddenly today started to show a question mark?
The hard drive and data (most of it anyway) may be okay (hopefully) it may be that the booting sequence can't find the Finder or there are corrupted files on the disk. Either way, you're right, using Apple's recovery mode and then disk utility will help sort that out.
Mar
5
comment Edit System Dictionary on Mac OS 10.8
From Apple's Mountain Lion Dictionary: ORIGIN 1940s: from Italian (caffè) espresso, literally ‘pressed out (coffee).’ usage: The often-occurring variant spelling expresso —and its pronunciation |ikˈspresō| —is incorrect and was probably formed by analogy with express. So, you're right to flag it, it ought to be red underlined (and it's not on my computer either).
Feb
21
comment How safe is it (and what precautions should I take) if I want to transport my Macbook from class to class?
Not only does the hard drive stop spinning, the head gets parked in such a way that it's tough to damage it with "normal" bumps in transportation. I've been traveling with sleeping hard disks in MacBook Pros and PowerBooks and portable macs of all kinds for many years, the world over. I've never had a problem, ever. I am careful and I do pack my computers in padded carry on packs but I never shut them down in transit, always put them to sleep. Note: I also log out so that if my computer gets misplaced it will be a bit tougher for someone else to get into it.
Feb
17
comment MacBook Pro 13 inch for work
Global Nomad's answer below is good but maybe a more general way of putting it would be: what programming tools do you use and how do you like to lay them out? Do you like overlapping windows or everything laid out so you can see it all at once? While I agree a 27" iMac screen is overwhelming, I would think 13" is too small and you'd want a 15" screen.
Feb
16
comment Can I put a 7200 RPM hard drive in my MacBook Pro?
While I agree with this answer as one who has put 7200 RPM drives in many MBPs I can say that they do run hotter. Overheat, no, but hotter, yes. It's well worth it though as one gets the most size for the buck (still) with a HDD over an SSD but an SSD is the ultimate solution for speeding up an older MBP if one can afford the price difference.
Feb
14
comment Lost pictures in iPhoto
After you find your images in the finder, run iPhoto, go to the File menu and choose "Import to library"
Feb
13
comment Why is my MacBook stalling occasionally since being upgraded with an SSD?
Here's what I'd do to test things out: If you still have the drive you took out, buy a cheap firewire enclosure for it, connect it to your computer and start up from it. If the stalling goes away then it sounds like there might be something wrong with the SSD.
Feb
12
comment Why is my MacBook stalling occasionally since being upgraded with an SSD?
So how much free space is on the 120GB SSD?
Feb
12
comment Why is my MacBook stalling occasionally since being upgraded with an SSD?
Did you replace the internal hard disk with the SSD and its your only storage? Is the SSD the same capacity as the hard disk it replaced? Have you checked to see how much space is left on the SSD? OSX will have real problems with a HDD or SSD if it doesn't have enough room. If the SSD is close to full that might be a piece or all of this problem.