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  • Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP)
  • Apple Certified Associate (ACA) in Integration
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  • Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT)

Microsoft Windows SBS 2008 (Small Business Server) Network Administrator, supporting Windows 7 clients.

Former Volunteer Business Administrator for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

I have also been a technical writer, computer magazine tech journalist, music critic and music journalist, copywriter and publicist, and professional musician.


Jun
5
comment Repartition hard drive with bootcamp on it
I think that trying to go with two versions of OS X in addition to BootCamp and Windows would probably not work. When you install Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks, it wants to create a new hidden, secret Recovery HD. So each Mac OS X is in fact two partitions, not one. Having multiple Recovery HD partitions would be really complicated. There may be a way to get around this, but it may not work. Back up everything to its own hard drive in its own native file format before you try to change anything.
Jun
5
comment MacBook Pro display turns black when unplugging external HDMI monitor
What kind of external monitor are you using? VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt, USB 3?
May
26
comment Did Mavericks solve the Safari Airplay delay?
OK, fine, but what happens when you connect your MacBook Pro to the Airport Express using Ethernet rather than WiFi? I still say you need to get a newer 802.11n or 802.11ac WiFi router. Your old Airport Express with 802.11g and 10/100base T is not going to cut it.
May
26
comment Did Mavericks solve the Safari Airplay delay?
The original Airport Express from 2004 is an 802.11 b and g device. Its WiFi signal is extremely slow by modern standards. No wonder any kind of high resolution video you are streaming is of lower quality and out-of-sync. The video that was online in 2004 was much lower resolution than the videos that are available online in 2014, meaning that a 2004 router is not fast enough for modern video. Now tell us about the other devices in the signal chain and their WiFi capabilities.
May
26
comment Did Mavericks solve the Safari Airplay delay?
It probably has more to do with WiFi speeds than the Mac OS X version you are running. What is your complete signal chain? What model Macintosh are you using? What model Airport Express? What is it connecting to, a television, another Mac, something else? Are you using WiFi g or WiFi n on the Mac, on the Airport Express, and on the target device? Have you tried connecting your Mac to the AirPort Express using an Ethernet cable rather than WiFi? That will increase your video streaming throughput dramatically.
May
13
comment Difficulties opening PDFs in Preview
Could it be that your system is running out of RAM? How much RAM do you have? When you encounter this problem with Preview, do you also have a lot of other applications open and running and displaying other documents? How about pages in Safari or another web browser? The more you have going on, the less RAM your system has to work with. Do you go for days at a time without restarting your Mac? This affects available RAM as well.
May
9
comment Where does the Apple app Contacts store its files in Mavericks?
Unfortunately this is no help. She has a 12MB address book database but since she upgraded to Mavericks recently, it only shows about 15 addresses. It appears to have failed weeks before I got here.
May
9
comment Where does the Apple app Contacts store its files in Mavericks?
Yes, of course , the contacts are on the On My Mac but there are no preferences to set. And Mavericks automatically re-enables iCloud in Contacts every time you restart, and some local cache shows up in Contacts, even though I have unplugged the Ethernet cable.
May
9
comment Where does the Apple app Contacts store its files in Mavericks?
I cloned the entire hard disk using CCCloner.
May
9
comment Where does the Apple app Contacts store its files in Mavericks?
My hand-migration seems to have failed. See my comment on the answer below.
May
9
comment Where does the Apple app Contacts store its files in Mavericks?
Great. I have found the folder. But Contacts will not import the 16MB of files for this user. I can copy the entire folder from the backup to the new installation, but Contacts shows the same 15 addresses no matter what I do. With 16MB of data in there, there must be hundreds of addresses. What am I overlooking?
Apr
13
comment Are there third-party mechanical keyboards that strictly have the Apple layout?
As for "STRICTLY" Mac layout, you can easily train your fingers to accommodate slight departures in design for a third-party keyboard. I've been using Macs since 1987 but I have not used an Apple-brand keyboard in the last twenty years. I have easily adapted to many different brands of third-party keyboard over the years.
Apr
13
comment Are there third-party mechanical keyboards that strictly have the Apple layout?
@dwightk, the answer is "No". The low key-cap design as on modern Apple keyboards has a very short key-travel and involves a membrane technology. Clicky mechanical keys or "buckling spring" designs are by definition the older, long-throw design that goes back to the IBM keyboards of the 1970s, and feel more like the older generation electric typewriter keyboards such as the legendary IBM Selectric. Many fast touch-typists prefer this design, which I believe is the point of the original question.
Apr
12
comment Are there third-party mechanical keyboards that strictly have the Apple layout?
What is the point of your question? If you want something completely exactly the same as an Apple keyboard, then why not simply purchase an Apple keyboard? Any third-party keyboard is not going to be a clone of Apple's keyboard; it is going to be engineered by the manufacturer to incorporate ideas that they think are better than Apple's, or perhaps less costly than Apple's design, so they will be slightly different in various ways.
Apr
7
comment My MacBook Air won't charge
What is the year and model number of your MacBook Air? If it is convenient, you should take it to an Apple Store to find out about the cost of battery replacement.
Apr
6
comment Random keyboard actions in Parallels Desktop 9
What keyboard layout are you using within Windows? What keyboard layout are you using on Mac OS X? When you install Parallels Tools on your Windows virtual machine, it installs some custom Parallels keyboard layouts for Windows. You may have inadvertently selected or toggled between different keyboard layouts in either Windows or Mac OS X, or both, and this may be confusing things.
Apr
6
comment iPad: export Keynote project to video
Is your desktop computer a Mac or a Windows PC?
Mar
14
comment Umlauts and Copy and paste
OK, thanks, I will incorporate your correction in my answer.
Mar
8
comment Unsure of how to achieve my usage scenario with a repurposed iPhone
The Apple Store Genius Bar solved my problems, as I explained in my own answer. Sorry for the frustration!
Mar
8
comment Unsure of how to achieve my usage scenario with a repurposed iPhone
When I put in the SIM card, the iPhone says "No Service". When I connect to a known-good WiFi, on the phone, then I get the "Try again later" message no matter what I do. I've done a couple of safe-mode resets on the iPhone and reinstallations through iTunes, to no avail.