George Pearce
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Dual monitors and OS X Lion : get menubar and app switcher on both displays
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They can't appear on both screens. You can, however, have it swap to being on the external screen when the external screen is attached, by selecting "Arrangement" and just dragging the 'little grey ...

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Is there a way to run one application in Full Screen mode on one display and still be able to view and access applications on a second display?
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The built in full screen (Lion) dominates both screens - and I've not been able to find any setting which lets me use the other one for anything else. The fix I use for this is Divvy - which enables ...

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Why firefox 10.1 uses full screen on Snow Leopard while Chrome and Safari do not?
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I love Divvy - it's something that I feel OSX needs and that would allow you to set a shortcut for it. Otherwise the green orb on the top left will take you to full height, and then you can drag out ...

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Prompt when sending text message as SMS instead of iMessage?
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This is something I wish iOS5 had. Alas, it does not - however if it fails to send as iMessage with send as SMS disabled, it will allow you to tap / hold (I forget which) and specify to send as text. ...

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What are the advantages and disadvantages to jailbreaking an iPad?
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For You can run any app you like, including ones not permitted by Apple, and you can run them at a system level rather than the unprivileged level they do on a normal device. You can remove Apple ...

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External monitor has "snow" at 1080p/i when connected to MacBook Air
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Likely to be the adaptor cable if it's cheap - might not be able to handle the HD throughput (although outputting to HDMI, you'd think it'd be able to). While this sounds counter-intuitive, try ...

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Buying a mac - help needed with specs
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If you're developing for iOS, you are going to want a more recent machine than that - the 17" iMac dates back past snow leopard and possibly even leopard itself, which you are going to need to run ...

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Apple accounts and a workplace Mac?
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You can setup an account for a company, just use a company e-mail address that isn't strictly your own (ideally, something generic like appleid@company) and fill out the correct fields on the sign-up ...

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Get an iBook from the hard copy
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For things you've bought already, not easily. You can look online for PDF versions of the book which aren't strictly legal, but apart from that you don't have a huge number of options. However, I've ...

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Does Apple make a modem?
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Apple don't make a modem, but depending on your internet/cable/fiber provider, you may be able to encourage them to give you one for free. I have Virgin Media in the UK and new customers receive a ...

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External display only shows background
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Have you tried running the mouse over to the left/right corners of your MBA screen? It should jump onto the projector screen - I think Lion is default for ext. screen to be on the left. You should ...

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Unexplainable large number of cycles of MacBook Battery
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I disagree with the previous answer. The Apple battery is designed to be discharged infrequently, for instance around once a week - this is how to get optimal life out of it (see here) - you can ...

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Does archived mail count towards your iCloud storage allowance?
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It does indeed - all mail that 'exists' is taking up space and therefore counts towards your allowance limit. The only way to free up space is to delete things fully.

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Reinstalling Lion on a 3rd party SSD
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Use this - it runs you through how to use it. You just need to download the app from the app store and follow the instructions.

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How do I view mouse-over text with an iPad?
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This hint at MacWorld recommends a bookmarklet that you can install that allows you to tap an image to display its alt text. Try that - works great for me on my iPhone.

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How can I disable the iPhone's microphone?
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This is a long shot, but it might fool the iPhone into thinking that it doesn't need the internal mic. Get ahold of a 2.5mm cable microphone (I had one way back when for my Minidisk player, they're ...

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What impact can a dual monitor setup have in overall performance?
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I have the same setup - a 24" iiyama Prolite and a Early-2010 Macbook Pro with 2.4ghz dual core and 8gb of RAM. Originally I had 4, but I upped to 8. I've noticed almost no change in performance ...

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Block an Application for a certain amount of time
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Try self control. It blocks websites rather than apps, but if you know where the app resolves to (I presume its online play) then you can block its access. Next best thing is willpower.

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How long does the battery last on mid-2011 MacBook Airs?
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I don't know what the expected life is (although the specs on the Apple website are always pretty accurate for me) - but of course it depends on your usage. As far as I understand it, the MBA ...

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Why does running the App Store push email to my iPad?
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At an educated guess, I would say the following is happening: Exchange is designed to push - and the exchange server is no doubt pushing to Apple servers - regardless of whether you have push enabled ...

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Why doesn't my Macbook detect network after sleep?
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Clear the network out and re-setup it. Otherwise, I've run into this issue before, what brand of router are you using? And does it happen with other networks apart from this one? Related: Why doesn'...

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MacBook Pro 15 inch (2011) screen has stripes
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Take it back to an Apple Store or send it in for repair - that sounds like faulty hardware, and you'll still be in warrantee so they'll repair or replace completely free. In case they decide to ...

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Can iPhone work with Bose dock and a Bluetooth speaker at the same time
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No - the iPhone will only send audio to one of the two, with the physical speaker it is attached to being the preference. You could possibly have the physical speaker output sound and send it to the ...

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Wireless Keyboard disconnects
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Mine did this for a bit - turn it off, pull out the batteries, and turn it on again. Failing that, un-pair it from your computer (ideally, pair it with something else too) and then re-pair - this ...

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Time Machine without Airport?
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Time machine requires a specially formatted hard drive - it doesn't have to be an Apple drive and indeed can be anything you can connect to the machine, but it must be HFS+ and as such cannot be ...

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changed password but still can't access my account
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https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/ Try signing in there. If it works, your Apple ID (and therefore iTunes account) are all working fine and there's an issue with your install ...

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iMessage and Facetime not working
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Following on from previous answer (I can't seem to comment) it hooks to whichever one is available. For an iPad that has had a SIM card in it, it'll hook to your phone number. If you have the SIM, re-...

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File System seems slow/unresponsive: how to measure/test?
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The upgrade might have corrupted your Spotlight index - which would result in the computer constantly reindexing itself (or at least, seeming to). I've heard this is a common occurrence when upgrading ...

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5Gb of RAM being used with NO software running?
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Sometimes the RAM doesn't clear properly - try running "purge" from the terminal - this will (as close as possible) clear the inactive RAM for you. Also, the more RAM you have, the more your computer ...

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NAS Streaming Performance
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I have since found a solution for this and would like to share: VLC (and most other video apps) have a network caching feature. By default its set at 1/100th of a second or so - using the images ...

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