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Grumpy.


Apr
20
comment Why don't I have to install programs?
It's worth noting that just dragging the *.app folder into your local disk can trigger file actions. Also, that nnn.app is a folder, not a file. How mac apps work is fairly involved.
Apr
8
comment Skype integration in OSX Messages
It should be theoretically possible, but it would require skype using undocumented Apple API calls, which they generally don't like people doing too much.
Mar
23
comment Can you prevent the iPhone browser from reloading pages?
-1 Links are not answers. Please post the actual answer here, since your link may not always be valid. See the Provide context for links section of the FAQ
Feb
17
comment Really, REALLY strange behaviour when editing text files on a OS X host from a windows client over SMB
TBH, I haven't looked much recently. 10.9 was a massive disaster for SMB performance, and I bought a windows tablet that I really like, so I haven't been using my laptop much. as of late.
Feb
17
comment Really, REALLY strange behaviour when editing text files on a OS X host from a windows client over SMB
@PandaPajama - Nope. I've mostly given up on OS X for any network file-management stuff. I use ssh+rmate+sublime+rsub for editing remote files at this point, though it's only a viable option for plain text files you want to edit in sublime text, and you have an open ssh session. Frankly, I've almost entirely gone back to windows for coding.
Aug
7
comment iPad DropBox client side encryption
OP is asking about an iPad, not a desktop Mac.
Aug
7
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
Network files with multiple people editing them simultaneously is a particularly common situation that pretty much requires the ability to force a refresh of the current directory.
Aug
7
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
The best answer, as far as my experience has been, is "Poorly, if at all". There are workaround hacks, but they tend to be equally touchy. Apple need to get over themselves, and just admit that a "refresh" button is occasionally needed, even if it's not supposed to be required.
May
3
comment MacBook keyboard error, only letters not working
@bluewoodtree - you can always remove kernel extensions. Doing a complete reinstall-remigrate is a bit overkill when all you would need to do is delete the right kext, and reboot.
Apr
24
comment Is there a GUI SSH client for OS X?
@EricWilson - It is just a command line - You have ssh from the command line.
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).
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.