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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.


Jul
18
comment Does the MacBook battery cycle count reset when replacing a battery
I'm pretty sure the computer is reading the battery but maybe the power manager or PRAM settings are messed up. Consider resetting both of those to see if that changes the cycle count.
Jun
7
comment How do I debug Airport Extreme (5th gen) + iPhone 5 wifi performance problems?
I downgraded our AirPort Extreme to version 7.6.1 and it's working better than before. No dropouts on Macs or iOS devices. I hope Apple fixes the latest version at some point because I'm reluctant to upgrade now.
May
26
comment How do I debug Airport Extreme (5th gen) + iPhone 5 wifi performance problems?
I just downgraded my mother's Airport Extreme and lo and behold, it's faster now. I'll do ours when I get home. Wow, I gave good advice, I can't believe it.
May
26
comment How do I debug Airport Extreme (5th gen) + iPhone 5 wifi performance problems?
Wow, glad to know it works. Maybe I'll use my own advice.
May
26
comment How do I debug Airport Extreme (5th gen) + iPhone 5 wifi performance problems?
I've not tried this but Marco Arment has had issues with the latest airport firmware and downgraded to good effect. marco.org/2013/05/21/aebs-wifi-downgrade
May
16
comment I can't access apple.com from my Macbook
Have you tried different browsers on your Mac? Have you tried making a new user and logging into it?
May
16
comment Time Machine backup to Airport Extreme AirDisk
Well done: both your solution and your post here. Question for you: Does your backup disk spin down when not in use?
May
14
comment How to speed up my Macbook?
The hard driving being full is the biggest culprit but speed difference even on a half full HD compared with any SSD is amazing.
May
11
comment Resurrection of my MacBook Pro
You should be able to part out the dead MBP and at least take out it's SSD which is sealed is probably working fine. My guess is the sugar in the tea did a number on the exposed motherboard and all the small connections so that piece is probably not worth messing with.
May
10
comment Any way to know what wakes an Mac up?
How about the bluetooth mouse and keyboard. My guess is there's a setting that allows them to wake the computer and that setting is adjustable.
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
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...