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comment OpenCL kernels for building OpenCV not being generated completely
Let me know if this is still reproducible and I'll push it to Stack Overflow if needed.
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comment How secure are iCloud backups?
@NicolasBarbulesco You'll want to sync, backup and then restore with iTunes to ensure compatible versions get re-loaded. I've not had a problem with iCloud not finding a compatible app - but my intuition is that you could get a dropped app if the app wasn't tagged properly in the store by the developer (to allow legacy downloads, etc...)
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comment What would happen if I force installed a Linux driver into Mac OS X?
@JakeGould Kind of like The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting?
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comment What would happen if I force installed a Linux driver into Mac OS X?
What does "force the Intel drivers" into OS X mean? Simply placing a file on the filesystem is the net result of any feasible action I can see. What would you actually do?
1d
comment Get all resolutions of Apple devices?
As an Apple developer, can't you use the Apple developer forums and technical documentation for getting this information?
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comment Trouble backing up iPhone to the iCloud / local computer
What do you get when you try both backup methods in this article? support.apple.com/en-us/HT203977
Jan
25
comment alias command stopped working
To troubleshoot this a bit, what happens when you type alias foo=ls; foo; alias ? The shell should be working if you get a listing and one alias defined.
Jan
25
comment Should i buy Macbook Pro 13" Mid 2014?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it revolves around hardware shopping. If you want to edit this to describe the problem you face and some objective criteria, the hold can be removed. See help center for guidance on what makes an objective / good subjective question as well as what's on more on-topic.
Jan
24
comment Incorrect iCloud email address
Welcome to Ask Different. Please consider adding some details to help us help you. We have a lot of posts on how to recover an Apple ID and if/whether you can bypass activation lock. If no one has a good answer, you could rely on AppleCare phone support to determine what the major block on your account is and come back to edit that into the post.
Jan
24
comment Unable to load nib file MainMenu - *Please help*
Very nice solution. You could have tried downloading a combo updater, but reinstalling the OS is the best surefire way to fix this. Kudos and thanks for documenting your fix. Best of luck in the exams.
Jan
24
comment Install Windows 7 with Bootcamp on OS X Yosemite with USB Key
Welcome to Ask Different. If no one has a good answer, be sure to search the site for similar questions and add a specific error message to your post. Also, by listing the exact steps you took to make your USB stick and whether it works on another computer might help narrow down where your setup is failing you.
Jan
24
comment IP address assignment issue
I've pointed this at a thread that covers duplicate IP pretty well. Please just edit this to make your situation clear/differentiated (different versions, specific router setup, explaining clearly why linked answers are not working for you) and we can easily remove the hold on this.
Jan
24
comment Time Machine file structure?
Exactly @JoeTaxpayer . Time Machine just stores one copy of your Led Zeppelin album files and links them with hard links across all backup intervals. When you copy that folder out - it goes and gets a copy of that one file and places it in the destination location. Grab a tool like BackupLoupe to dive into each backup interval and see what changes.
Jan
24
comment I think I messed up the Fusion Drive on my 1TB iMac (with BootCamp)
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
Jan
22
comment iphone 5c motherboard broken
@nina Could you upload that picture to the internet somewhere? imgur.com perhaps? With that detail, this might be worth re-opening.
Jan
22
comment How to know what's my iphone 4s carrier using IMEI?
Also see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/2556/… for related questions.
Jan
22
comment Is it worth upgrading my AP Extreme to the new one that supports 802.11ac?
Could you edit this to provide some rationale for what value the upgrade would be? Are you looking to learn if AC works on your hardware or to know something else?
Jan
21
comment My RMBP becomes very slow after I upgrade yosemite
When things get slow - can someone provide a picture of what Activity Monitor shows for Memory and CPU? @Dejan - please start a new thread if you can provide these details.
Jan
21
comment How can I use wifi only for handoff?
Sounds great @user2458080 - I have an open bug report with Apple to re-implement the "auto join" toggle for advanced cases where I want a password in the keychain but the machine not to join the WiFi automatically.
Jan
19
comment Batch repack of mkv files
What does "batch repack" mean to you? mkv and mp4 are just containers so is there to be no transcription of the video/audio or are you looking for something like a command line interface to handbreak to re-encode them differently? (basically it's hard to tell which of the two tasks you need help with initially - conversion or scripting)