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Apr
24
revised Why does the MacBook Air have five pins on the charger?
Fixed inaccurate information C&Ped from wikipedia (Also fixed the linked wikipedia page too)
Apr
24
comment Why does the MacBook Air have five pins on the charger?
The center pin does nothing with regard to switching the adapter off. It's only used for controlling the LED on the plug, and reporting to the laptop which kind of adapter it is connected to. The actual cable between the magjack, and the adapter has only two conductors (power and ground).
Apr
24
comment Any danger to letting a MacBook stay on the charger long-term?
This is incorrect. Read my answers to this question the previous time it was asked: apple.stackexchange.com/a/12285/1538
Apr
22
comment Is it safe to thin out Time Machine backups by deduplicating files?
As for how your software would work if applied to apple's time-machine backup - The answer is no one knows. There is very little to no information on modifying or the effects of modifying the internal time-machine backup image.
Apr
22
comment Is it safe to thin out Time Machine backups by deduplicating files?
@GJ. - Multiple filesystems do support snapshotting. The link your provide is a completely different filesystem, with a completely different piece of software named "Time Machine". It behaves similarly to Apple's time-machine, but it's not the same thing. That implementation is simply a script that copies the data from ZFS's internal snapshot mechanism to a remote host.
Apr
21
comment Discrepancies in available capacity of Macbook Air SSD
The extra capacity to account for bad blocks is called "Overprovisioning", and is typically ~5% to ~%15 percent of total drive capacity. For what it's worth, NO other manufacturer on the market counts their Overprovisioning towards their capacity. Whatever is going on here, it's not related to the extra space reserved for wear-leveling and bad-block management.
Apr
21
comment Discrepancies in available capacity of Macbook Air SSD
SSDs include extra flash for wear leveling, they don't eat into the specified space. The 100 GB OCZ SSD I have in my desktop actually has ~120 GB of flash in the device (I did research before buying).
Apr
21
revised Is it safe to thin out Time Machine backups by deduplicating files?
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Apr
21
answered Is it safe to thin out Time Machine backups by deduplicating files?
Mar
4
comment Which OS X Applications do you find indispensable?
Sublime text totally mops the floor with every other text editor.
Mar
4
comment Which OS X Applications do you find indispensable?
@hhh - When the "trial" expires, the only change is a little banner at the top of every window saying "unregistered".
Feb
18
comment Using crashplan to backup a time machine disk
Note that the crash-plan issue in the link you provide is only for local time-machine backups. It does not apply if the backup is a sparse-bundle file.
Feb
18
comment What to use on OS X Lion: OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice or NeoOffice?
@BennettMcElwee - Every time I have seen a company do that, there are generally places where you can download fan-built installers free.
Feb
11
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
11
comment Apple computers model name identification and getting detailed specs?
You need an internet connection to access "About this mac"? That's insane. It's a local hardware inspector.
Jan
21
comment Symlinked Movies and Downloads. Restore icons?
Why did you choose to keep the volumes separate, rather then joining them together into a "fusion drive"?
Jan
11
awarded  Good Answer
Jan
5
awarded  Good Question
Jan
3
comment Mountain Lion 10.8.2, Java Preferences has disappeared
Not only have the preferences disappeared, so has java altogether!
Jan
2
comment Display forwarding - for non-X programs?
@Mark - Hmmm. I'm pretty sure I actually went through the whole install process a few years ago, only to get X11-based GUIs, requiring a whole clean reinstall of python. However, this may have changed.