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comment Is it possible to wipe an entire iCloud Photo Library?
@ili So I understand your concept. Today is April 1 - what date should I set an iOS device? At this point, I've turned off iCloud syncing since the library is so messed up and AFAIK - the time is kept in Apple's cloud servers with the "truth" copy of the database but I'm willing to try anything since it's April Fool's day.
21h
comment Using my own server instead of iCloud
I like the simplicity of the answer here. Since iCloud is integrated with Apple's tiered storage service with worldwide routing and multiple data centers - you'd have to crack Apple's code signing profiles and either jailbreak the device so that it not only communicates with but trusts your private cloud. There are options to still back up the device and set up DropBox like services, so I'll add an answer to cover that way to solve the backup/file storage problem without needing an iCloud "dopplegänger"
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comment Disable Application During Class
Awesome - feel free to ping me in comments if you have more questions / get going with imaging or workflow tools.
Mar
29
comment Can I run my MacBook Pro on just AC power?
The only MacBook Pro that Apple marketed as 2008 are 15 and 17" - see support.apple.com/specs/#macbookpro and page back to that era. Could you edit this to link to the specifications of your Mac? You can also use the serial number at this page - support.apple.com/en-us/HT201608
Mar
29
comment Mail app Won't Open after Upgrade to Yosemite
Are you still looking for help on this? Just edit the post and we can re-open this for more answers.
Mar
29
comment OS X Server website not loading
Very nice edit. I'll get an answer started using terminal to debug things. Hopefully it's quick to isolate. Hop into the Ask Different Chat if you're not sure what to make of my initial thoughts on debugging this setup.
Mar
29
comment OS X Server website not loading
Could you link to the tutorial by editing the question (or describing in more detail how you have things set up?)
Mar
27
comment Use Retina resolution in Microsoft Remote Desktop
@amelie We prefer one question per question here. Why not ask a software recommendation question asking which software works best to connect to Windows 8 (or whatever) at resolutions you care about?
Mar
27
comment Use Retina resolution in Microsoft Remote Desktop
Could you clarify what specific retina screen settings and OS X version you run? Depending on the desired resolution, it might be as simple as changing the display in system preferences. If it's not, you might need to run Windows in boot camp to access the screen directly if it's that necessary to get all the pixels.
Mar
27
comment How can I bypass Activation Lock?
I'm going to flag your rollback for another moderator to rule on. I feel strongly that the answer needs to be updated with factual details on how MDM can undo activation lock. Would you reconsider allowing my edit to stand?
Mar
27
comment My Mac mini's computer name keeps changing when it resumes from sleep
This is fine for small networks. What happens when you have several Apple TV, three routers and 10 iOS devices? The corrupted name seems to propagate and be made worse my different sleep/wake cycles. This is a viable solution for small networks in an apartment or with few Apple devices. +1 for the solution, but I wanted to caution that this isn't viable for many business or larger networks.
Mar
27
comment Prompt changed in my terminal
This is a result of DHCP. I've closed this as a duplicate, but please edit the post if you can't make use of the linked answers to solve your issue. Explain what about the linked answers doesn't make sense or apply :-) The one time fix is to open Sharing system preferences and rename the Mac to what you want it to be.
Mar
27
comment Unable to re-enable Spotlight on Volume
@onik Good call on the file - I've added a "troubleshooting" answer to get that listing as well as any ACL and flags that are set. There are .spotlight directories within the Backups.backupdb as well as in the root of the drive. Keeping them coordinated might be the trick to manipulating indexing on T M drives.
Mar
27
comment Can't erase unmountable external HD
OK - if you could flesh out the answer, I'm sure it will help others in the same boat. Thanks so much for the response and the link.
Mar
26
comment How to upload videos to iPhone and iPad using any Mac or Macbook that I have? (not tied to one Mac)
So you want an alternative to iTunes to sync content to an iOS 8 device? (or is it that you aren't seeing the "trust this computer" dialog?
Mar
25
comment Problems with target disk mode, HD does not show in Finder/Desktop (only in Disk Utility)
Not only does this answer the question, it might be the correct answer. USB drives get a "stealth" fsck and can often take 10 to 40 minutes to "appear" and there's not much to tip you when this is happening. Going to brew some tea is actually a decent strategy if you have a drive that's not mounting immediately.
Mar
25
comment What does “Enable Quick Website Search” do on OS X?
This is awesome information! I'll dig into that plist and sniff some packets to reinforce the message you are sending. Look for a check mark within 24 hours - big thanks for so fast and so excellent an answer. Now that I'm looking, my search drop down has "meta.apple.stackexchange.com" and not the main site. Down the rabbit hole I go...
Mar
25
comment OS X - How do I remove photos from my iPhone using the Photos app after import?
Does your iPhone participate in any or all of "iCloud Photo Sharing" or "My Photo Stream" or "iCloud Photo Library (Beta)" - the status of each of these has subtle (and mostly undocumented by Apple) implications for how the "camera roll" behaves on iOS 8.2 and later in my experience. Similarly, does the Photos app on Mac participate in any of the above?
Mar
25
comment Can't erase unmountable external HD
Welcome Jonathan H. If the linked question doesn't answer your specific instance, just edit this and flag it for review. I'll be glad to reopen it. Also kudos for adding the excellent diskutil command line details.
Mar
24
comment Apple Time Capsule will not start -up, light stays amber
Neat resource. I hope the guide goes into electrical safety and risk of fire. It's hard to know if blown capacitors are going to blow again if you're not skilled at working on power supplies and have adequate test equipment/training. But, cool this exists for those willing to get their hands dirty and be safe with their work.