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comment My MacBook Pro OS X Version 10.10 keeps crashing ~ HELP!
Ugh - constant crashes usually mean a restore from your last good backup. Do you have a backup?
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comment Yosemite won't recognize my (admin) user password
@stevenleonard Power off the Mac. Press the power button and hold command and R until the screen goes grey. They wait about a minute or so and you should get the recovery tools. Search this site or support.apple.com/kb/HT4718
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comment Notification settings aren't being retained
Thanks for including the radar. It sure looks like a bug to me as well.
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comment Obtain Apple ID from son/daughter for tracking app
@Tetsujin Great Suggestion! With Family Sharing, people listed as "adults" can opt out of the location sharing. I wonder if people set up as children are prevented from opting out of location sharing. Also, it doesn't really log chat messages, but that might work with parental controls on the device...
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comment Obtain Apple ID from son/daughter for tracking app
Laurissa, If you want to edit the question to explain what feature(s) of TeenSafe you are most interested in, people might be able to suggest alternative tools that don't need the password.
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comment Obtain Apple ID from son/daughter for tracking app
I've deleted a few comments that were about parenting and not related to the core issue of how a parent can or can't obtain the password to a child's iCloud account. Please keep comments to improving the clarity of the question technically.
Oct
22
comment Disable iPhoto auto launch when connecting an iPhone in Yosemite
I stand by it since the body of the question does not reflect how your situation is different from the linked question. I also asked the users on the site to look over the question and not one of them has case a re-open vote so it's not just me that feels that closure is incorrect as the question is worded. If you strongly disagree with the closure, you can always ask for assistance on Ask Different Meta.
Oct
22
comment Is user profiles saved after Mac OS hard reset?
Could you elaborate a bit what you are trying to do? What is a "hard reset" precisely? Could you enumerate one or two specific preferences that you are concerned about.
Oct
21
comment Alternative to HFS+ disk format for Time Machine backups
Hugo - please try to be polite to people that are trying to help you. I've deleted comments that weren't constructive. If you can edit in what specific issue you have with HFS+ and document your issue, the likelihood that someone can help you will increase as the simple answer is Time Machine insists on HFS+ so the answer to your initial question as it stands is "none".
Oct
21
comment Purchased MacBook Pro a day after Yosemite release but got Mavericks instead
The Ask Different Chat rooms are a good place to ask surveys. If you have a practical problem you are trying to solve, feel free to edit this and it will be reviewed to remove the temporary hold.
Oct
21
comment Is it possible to change the from address on Mac OS X server email alerts?
What version of Server.app is running and what OS X runs that app?
Oct
21
comment always same sender's address
Which mail client are you using to determine the "appearance" of the sender? What mail header contains the wrong information? (On OS X mail, you can use the help menu to locate the "show headers" option and dig into the specifics.
Oct
21
comment iPhone OTA update: How to get hidden space back?
I had a device running beta versions of the iOS where messages would download a ton of data. Luckily on 8.1 you can start influencing the "hidden" storage of things like Mail and Messages. First off, what does the usage show as the largest 3 bins of data? What are the exact values of Used and Available on the storage for your device according to the 8.1 settings app?
Oct
21
comment ETA for WorkGroup Manager 10.10
I think Alistair has seen the same "writing on the wall" as many professional Mac admins. The old workgroup tools and MCX extensions are being shown the door and are unlikely to make a recovery.
Oct
21
comment Disable iPhoto auto launch when connecting an iPhone in Yosemite
I'll post this in the chat room in case anyone else wants to vote to re-open it. I stand by my interpretation that your question as posted (ignoring all comments) is a duplicate of the linked question. Perhaps getting more eyes on it will help decide if it's really a dupe or not.
Oct
20
comment Disable iPhoto auto launch when connecting an iPhone in Yosemite
Just edit the question to explain how the answers on previous OS don't work for you explicitly and it will be entered into a queue for re-opening. Clearly iPhones connecting to computers causes iPhoto to launch and OS reinstalls clear some settings (like bluetooth being ON on iOS updates).
Oct
20
comment Forgot old Icloud password
@valentina Your best bet is to work with the provider of that email to regain access. Even if it's a work account, you might get them to re-enable it and forward to you the one reset password email you need to receive from that address.
Oct
18
comment Airdropped .avi between OSX 10.10 and iOS 8 not found
Did you accept the transfer on the iOS device by tapping?
Oct
17
comment Problem with OSX Yosemite
Each of these issues is likely caused by different situations. Could you ask follow on questions about the UI and Dock as stand alone (or at least combined) so that each question can get good and narrow answers? Editing the post will put it in queue to get reopened..
Oct
17
comment Upgrade to final release of Yosemite from gold master?
@Akaedintov The installation and upgrade instructions vary depending on from where you received the beta version / GM candidate?