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A writer on Macs since I first saw a Powerbook. Bought one the next day--and many portables since. Plus now the iPhone and iPad. Picked up a lot of owner-fixes over the years, knowledge that used to be more common and less "procedural" - I understand why Apple has had to formalize it's methods, but this is still a system you can control, repair and maintain as deeply as you want to go.

I see a lot of questions from people afraid of their machines--and a lot that a moment's googling could answer. Both are symptoms of user disempowerment. I'm not sure, in the end, that Apple Geniuses have been all that helpful to both the image and reality of Macs as a user-friendly computing environment. They don't know anything you can't easily know yourself.


Jun
9
answered Airport express and Airport utility
Jun
9
comment My clock is slow over long period of time - Macbook Pro 2011 13"
P-RAM batteries used to be replaceable. Maybe an independent repair person. Definitely reset P-RAM first (aka NV-RAM) - your machine is new enough, that should do it.
Jun
7
comment Is there a way to enable “Services” menu for an application?
Have you tried adding a Keyboard Shortcut for the application in System Preferences/Keyboard/Keyboard Shortcuts/Application Shortcuts ? Odd that HipChat didn't install any Services, I find every app I install is allowed to do so by default, and one must go find and uncheck them. Bad design, Apple. bad.
Jun
6
answered Logging out and in on OS X takes 4-5 minutes?
Jun
6
answered Needing some help with mac mail
Jun
5
comment Speakable items always activated after reboot
Post again if reappears. Maybe find & trash Speakable Items prefs ... also reset P-RAM.
May
28
comment Upgrade os snow leopard to mountain lion without time machine
Nor have I, but this site will be a reference forever ... I seldom advise the corners I may personally cut.
May
28
comment Continue managing external drive backups on a different computer
I assume you are trying to avoid starting over with a wiped disk, but it may prove simpler ...
May
28
comment Is there an app available from the App Store (iOS) to find out the LAN speed?
A little OT, maybe, but I just boosted my iPad and iPhone LAN to full bars - used to crap out only two rooms away in small house - newish AEBX - by propping a largish strainer behind it -- then added a second one behind that, turned slightly, which also blocked out a lot of neighbor's signal. Anecdotal but real, and no purchase necessary.
May
27
answered How do I debug Airport Extreme (5th gen) + iPhone 5 wifi performance problems?
May
26
comment Upgrade os snow leopard to mountain lion without time machine
It should work, but avoiding the risk of data loss is so easy ...
May
26
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May
26
answered Upgrade os snow leopard to mountain lion without time machine
May
26
comment Understanding how safe boot fixed a boot problem
Mark, sorry I did not get that. You were looking for someone to expand on Apple's info ...? 'K.
May
26
comment Understanding how safe boot fixed a boot problem
This was not meant as hostile, just as simple as I could make it. Also, I don't see the value of repeating detailed info from Apple. Suggestions on answering such questions? Is giving the link enough? Maybe I'll have to pass on these. Thx!
May
25
comment Kernel panic recurring
Not unless you are a real adept at reading logs. Easier to examine what actions you might have taken, in conjunction with using Apple's info as linked.
May
25
answered Understanding how safe boot fixed a boot problem
May
23
answered Kernel panic recurring
May
23
comment Macbook randomly shuts down without on charge (even at ~90% full)
Am sorry to report that whenever Powerbooks did this, it was logic board. Those random shutdowns.
May
18
answered After years dead, MacBook display suddenly worked, until PRAM zapped