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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.


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
May
16
comment Using Photo Stream and ICloud
The real confusion, on every level, is whether iCloud is storage or streaming sync. Photostream is a trip, but you've got to know the tricks, and does dear Apple ever give instructions?
May
16
comment Using Photo Stream and ICloud
Apple is just not in the cloud business. Not now. Maybe not ever, unless they focus on it. Hell, I think MobileMe worked better, and sure had nicer stuff--albums, cards, sites, iDisk. Different, I know, Apple and the cloud are a running if fond joke on the Mac blogs about now. Read the sad stories on Apple Support - or don't. Where have all my photos gone?! How to explain to noobs, It mostly all Just Works.
May
15
answered Rules in Mail randomly don't apply
May
15
comment Using Photo Stream and ICloud
Seemed too long for a comment - but was kind of an add-on to OP.
May
15
answered Using Photo Stream and ICloud
May
14
comment Trackpad gesture that minimizes all windows?
Sandboxing, I think, is storing whole copies of apps at system level, and this damn container thing. Sometimes even App Support. I use EasyFind so as not to go mad ...
May
14
comment make new Finder windows open at current folder
Damn, you're right. And all these years and I never twigged on Select anything and hit Open. For above comment, I always had a Folder selected. Not sure anymore about answer below, either. Comm-N and Comm-O seem to do same thing.
May
11
awarded  Yearling
May
10
comment Great Apple (first and third-party) accessories or peripherals
Seem to be Unibody only.
May
10
comment Networking an external hard drive
Such as Airport Extreme base station.
May
10
answered Firewall window pops up then vanishes
May
10
answered How can I select all files within a directory with subfolders?
May
10
answered make new Finder windows open at current folder
May
10
comment make new Finder windows open at current folder
Actually, at least on 10.8.3, Command-O opens a new Finder window. As does Command-N, so what the heck is up with that?
May
10
comment Spotlight does not find file
By making a Saved Search - which you can then drag to the Finder Sidebar if wanted. Or download the free and excellent EasyFind from DevonTechnologies, which will find anything anywhere.
May
10
comment Trackpad gesture that minimizes all windows?
Did you ever install MagicPrefs or anything like it? Have you looked through Launch Agents and Launch Demons in both Libraries? Login Items?
May
10
answered Where has the SearchMe extension for Safari and Chrome come from?