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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.


Mar
1
comment Copying files to the clipboard using applescript
Wow. Three people who object to drag and drop.
Mar
1
comment mac where the “gugu gugu” sound come from?
Did you look thru /Library/Launch Agents and Launch Daemons folders... and your user Libary Launch Agents?
Mar
1
comment Wi-Fi fails to connect after OS X 10.10.2 Update
... just to add, an app like WiFi Scanner (accessagility.com) will see your networks (hello, Apple).... connecting that way gets future Yosemite recognition going.
Mar
1
comment Wi-Fi fails to connect after OS X 10.10.2 Update
Sourcerer, thanks for adding that. It is indeed way glitchier in Yosemite to get on your own 5G network. I should have added,create both network in Airport utility - using some offbeat channels - and once you're on, try switching networks in the network menu extra.
Feb
13
comment mac where the “gugu gugu” sound come from?
Got iClock Pro? You've got some app that strikes on the hour, probably in menubar. Look thru your login items.
Feb
13
comment Quickly disable internet browsing on iOS device for parental control
I don't know if this is any quicker, but you could chqnge your DNS servers to Opewn DNS, having first selected your filters - tho they have many preselected sets.
Feb
13
comment Wi-Fi fails to connect after OS X 10.10.2 Update
Sounds pretty basic, but creating an open Guest network and connecting to that has allowed devices future connections to regular passworded network.
Jan
27
comment Is there any good alternative to winrar archiving utility for mac with ability to browse files before extracting them?
There were a number of QL Generators around when QuickLook was new, one of which browsed zips/archives. Now they seem to be in app packages ...
Jan
16
comment Mac preview crash everytime when searching
The first step is always to trash the Preferences file, whatever the app, as they do become corrupt. Then install a fresh copy.
Jan
16
comment Apple Knowledgebase pages often blank
There is Safari extension called UTM Stripper that may be of help, designed to give you direct links without all the crap Google and Google News adds.
Nov
7
comment PowerBook G4 cannot boot up and doesn't install any versions
A Powerbook user - how neat. You might very well need to install, first, the OS it came with (9.x.) Try everymac.com or the google for that info.
Nov
7
comment Yosemite boot times
Safe mode performs some repairs - but needs a Restart after.
Nov
7
comment Yosemite boot times
How much empty space are you leaving on your HD? How many log-in items / launchagents?
Nov
7
comment Send notifications to users that app is being discontinued
My god, someone asking how to do this well when the app store is full of the most jarring, glaring notifications within apps! Just having a slightly less than full screen notice appear - oner with a visible close or action button would be great! With of course a link to the new app.
Aug
8
comment how do i erase all info on macbook air while still keeping microsoft word
Sorry, OP, I meant that you can copy, temporarily or permanently, anything you fear you might lose onto a properly formatted Flash drive (use Disk Utility.) Limited only by the size of your files or even entire user account, and the size of the drive.
Aug
8
comment Is it possible to change Dock icons on a per-user basis?
You're right, I was off-topic.
Jun
26
comment Avoid download 100.000 mails from gmail when using Apple Mail
True, but I handle all my mail but for one icloud address on my MBPro ... the iPad gets the icloud mail, and this all works out for me. Of course, I have numerous email addresses.
Apr
28
comment How to fix my MacBook Pro that goes straight into sleep/hibernate?
And letting the startup go thru three chimes before releasing keys.
Apr
15
comment What did I do wrong - Safari 6.0.5 on 10.8.4
And the verdict on disabling swap is?
Feb
13
comment Mavericks+: (Desktop Wallpaper) How can I use both the Apple Desktop Pictures and a local folder?
Or move the ones in /Library to your User Library, where you won’t run in to permissions snags.