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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.


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.
Feb
5
comment How to access gmail via pop instead of imap in mail.app in mavericks
Thanks for catching that@
Dec
31
comment Print e-mail conversation in Mail.app
How about saving each mail to PDF and then combine (drag & drop) them into one PDF and print?
Dec
31
comment Drag images from browser and drop it into Finder
It should. It does and it will. Do you have something running like, say, Hazel, or Desktop Utility?
Dec
31
comment Font Book says multiple copies are installed
i should have added, check on the default fonts for your system, be sure no others are in that folder, and remove any not in the list. Delete - by hand is fine, or move to your user fonts.
Dec
18
comment Avoid download 100.000 mails from gmail when using Apple Mail
Open Mail preferences and look at the Advanced pane of your account. Where it says, "Remove Copy From Server" it doesn't mean to your computer, it means delete from server, period. Erased. So it's a "convenience" you don't have to use.
Nov
10
comment OS X Mavericks lost my mail folders!
Previously, the only way to get even your own current mail folders / boxes back into Mail was to Import, one by one. Then Move the emails into the appropriate folders/mailboxes. Perhaps that still works.
Nov
10
comment Restore functionality of Escape key in Finder (Mavericks)
No kidding! Sounds nice, but I've never, in many years, seen or heard of this … in Finder. In some apps, yes, but ...
Oct
18
comment Has Mountain Lion broken the ability to show Desktop with a gesture, begin dragging an icon, and unshow the Desktop?
But before gestures and swiping, holding an icon over a hidden window where you wanted to drop,revealed that window. No more?
Oct
18
comment Positioning desktop icons on the left instead of right
Q is asking about the automatic Clean Up By and Sort By choices, I believe, in the Finder View menu--and that would be kind of cool. Why only arrange to the right?
Oct
8
comment Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable
I don't have the dev problem, and it was an iPad, but after following these and many, many other support pages and Discussion suggestions, including fooling with hosts file ...the step that immediately worked was: Use a different computer. Went right through.