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Oct
5
comment Large drives and FileVault/TimeMachine on Mountain Lion
What is the issue?
Oct
4
answered Speed Up iTunes Sync on 192 kbps
Oct
3
comment iOS 6 Maps: Able to cache route or location offline?
The caching is definitely great. Irritatingly, I'm finding that it refuses to start following a route if it doesn't have the current location. This is even though I already have a route loaded and I'm perfectly willing to scroll through the steps manually. It's fine if I hit the Start button before going offline, though.
Oct
3
comment Should I use an extension power cord instead?
There are only a few Apple adapters, so it's not hard to find the right one. If you have a 13" MacBook or MacBook Pro, you need a 60W adapter. Airs take a 45W adapter and 15/17" models take an 85W adapter. There are also variations of the 45 and 85 with MagSafe 2 connections, which are only for some of the latest models. You can also use an adapter with a different wattage, but you'll get poor performance if its wattage is lower than what the laptop requires.
Oct
3
comment Should I use an extension power cord instead?
No, sorry. You'll need a new power adapter.
Oct
3
comment Should I use an extension power cord instead?
It sounds like the problem is that the MagSafe connector at the top-left of that photo is damaged. No, the extension won't help.
Oct
3
comment Should I use an extension power cord instead?
The MagSafe end (the 5-pin part) is firmly attached to the power adapter and not replaceable.
Oct
3
answered Should I use an extension power cord instead?
Oct
2
comment Why does Time Machine back up way too much data and how can I slim this down?
I exclude my virtual machines from Time Machine entirely and rsync them manually to the backup disk. "If Time Machine backs up a running virtual machine, it attempts to capture files that are being written to. The resulting backups are likely corrupt and unusable." This would also apply to sparsebundles containing VMs. rsync is inconvenient but at least I know to only do it when my VMs are shut down.
Oct
2
answered Time Machine + FileVault on Lion or Mountain
Oct
2
answered AirPort Base-station Visibility
Sep
26
comment Why is Time Machine using 180 GB of my 250 GB for backups?
Another thing to note: "The Finder displays the available space on the disk without accounting for the local snapshots, because local snapshots will surrender their disk space if needed." If there's 43GB empty and 180GB of backups, About This Mac and other places show 43GB while Finder will show 223GB free because that's what you can actually use.
Sep
25
comment What do I need to provide a wired guest isolated access to my home network?
The second idea would technically work, if the modem has a built-in router option or there's a second router available. It's considered Double NAT and can be problematic - port opening becomes more difficult and path MTU discovery usually breaks. AirPort routers check for it and treat it as an error.
Sep
25
comment What do I need to provide a wired guest isolated access to my home network?
Most switches operate at OSI level 2 and aren't capable of creating VPNs or anything else that requires intelligence. VPNing would require a multilayer switch which normal people don't have sitting around at home.
Sep
25
answered What do I need to provide a wired guest isolated access to my home network?
Sep
25
answered About This Mac Shows 43 GB of Backups, Disk Inventory X Shows 0 GB, Need to delete Backups
Sep
23
comment On/Off vs. Sleep Mode
Take a look at that Apple Support page, and Wikipedia lists the states defined by the ACPI specification. Sleep is S3: the system is in a low-power state but some power is still used to keep the contents of RAM alive. Old versions of Windows called S3 Standby. What Apple calls Standby is S4 (it used to be unofficially called Deep Sleep, and Microsoft calls it hibernation). Everything is powered off but you can still resume from S4. Shutting down completely is S5/G2.
Sep
23
answered On/Off vs. Sleep Mode
Sep
22
comment What is the best way to setup users in my macbook pro but still share content?
I'm guessing because it might be an easy way of disabling ownership, which would allow everyone to access it. There is a /Users/Shared directory which is already accessible by everyone, though.
Sep
22
comment Why doesn't Apple Maps find an address that contains a suite letter?
A-123 seems to be an oddball notation, according to Canada Post's Addressing Guidelines. I'm more used to 123A or 4-123. Apple Maps does recognize both as belonging to 123.