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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
17
comment How can I put the folder containing my iCloud documents in the Finder sidebar?
Just notice, you can add it to Finder menu bar.
Jun
17
comment How can I put the folder containing my iCloud documents in the Finder sidebar?
I don't have the tools for it, but is this a sym link? Its permissions are fine, should allow. Notice how you can't do a normal Get Info?
Jun
15
comment How to clean up emails when replying in plain text?
(Isn't it a pity that we have to specify cake.)
Jun
15
asked Why do settings disappear? Mail, usuallly
Jun
15
comment Airport Express is not seen by Macbook, is seen by iOS devices
Try using an earlier version of Airport Utility (for the Mac.) I remember that 5.6 did the trick for me, and once set up, the newer AU worked.
Jun
10
comment Airport express and Airport utility
I'm saying it's not a hack fix in Mountain Lion but a perfectly well-working utility, thanks.
Jun
9
answered Native RSS reader which allows to set explizit the status of an article
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