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  4. Check your Internet Accounts in System Preferences and assure your Message account is active. I had to say 'Configure in Messages' to be able to sign in properly.
  5. prepare your Mac for traveling. make a backup either with Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, or SuperDuper. then you won’t care if it gets stolen. delete anything that might get you arrested or questioned by customs. movies, BiG DMGs or ISOs, naughty JPGs or MPGs. even MP3s. the less you have the better. consider not traveling with the forever history that is email. even better. just make a new USER account. make it auto log into. and make it look like you work there. then if need your other life you can log into it. now ask yourself… can I live with without what is on this machine if it is stolen or taken away from me? I was traveling in Mexico earlier this year. there was a moment when I thought I had lost my phone. it is connected to Twitter, instagram, Lüber, four different email accounts, ONEdrive, and work related stuff. I had this moment of… how do I fix this problem. and then I found that I had put my “life” in a different part of my bag. phew… still. made me realize how open I had made myself. coming back into the US. the conversation was: entering a different country was weird. the customs agent was very curious about my Staedtler pens. as if the pens were not pens but a smuggling device. I opened each one and drew a doodle to prove they were pens. she oddly did not believe me until I made her draw in my notebook as well. I guess it felt like a pen to her. “you an artist?” as she leafed through my sketch book. “yes.” “okay. follow him.” and I was guided to a short line for passport inspection and stamping.
  6. Greetings! Hopefully there is a simple solution for this one. I communicate each day with Messages on my iMac. My husband also uses a Macbook Pro at his work. We have used this chat method for the last 8-9 years. Suddenly two weeks ago, each of us does not show up in the chat on either end. We have tried going through Bonjour through Messages preferences but no luck. (not sure if that is really an issue though) Am I missing something really simple? This all of the sudden stopped working. Thanks for your help! Glen
  7. I'll be spending several weeks in China this Summer. Any advice on traveling with a laptop? Is it worth taking or just stick to iPads and iPhones? What can I expect at customs going and coming? Thanks in advance.
  8. every now and again,when i download an album, i get tracks 2-10 say,then i get a sinle track, donloaded separtly. so i get 2 album covers.. click on 1 cover,there is only one track 1 click on the 2nd cover,there iare the rest of the album, tracks 2-10. why is this happening and is there a way to combine both covers and show only 1 cover and all tracks as well. hope this can make sense to someone and any ideas, very welcomed
  9. Friends, We have an account running Mac OS 10.10, Server 5.0.15. We have twelve iMac's running 10.10. Server Shared Files - (MS Office) user edits file and then hits Save - gets message that connection has been lost. They save with another name and then delete the file they opened - this occurs daily. Don't know if this is related, but we also get very slow access to the server after a few hours of work. We shut down the work station (it takes a LONG time) - we restart in safe mode and then restart normally and we can access the shared files fine for a few hours. (sounds like finder cache corruption ???)
  10. So I am listening to a podcast using Pocketcast and I get in the car - Why does it always change to play something from the Music app. Doesn't matter if I connect by cable of connect by Bluetooth. I want the iPhone to continue playing what I was already listening to. Any ideas anyone?
  11. obviously NOBODY at Apple changes iThings. the WRONG phone was shipped from Verizon. "no big deal," they said, “just activate that one. and we will send you the correct one.” cool. a week later the correct thing shows up. nice. she turned it on, it suggested a number to call to activate Thing 2. calling on Thing 1, type number of the thing to activate, click yes. disconnected. oh, it switched it THAT fast. zowie! cool right? HELLO! BONER! HOLA! the rest of setup is the stock, answer questions, no finger print. no lock password either. enter a AppleID password, spins on iClod for a while. finally, icons. next, plug in the Ning connector to restore the phone from the 12 minute old back up. ERROR cannot sync to this version of Thing. weird. it’s new. okay? update. enter iClod password that was just entered 6 minutes ago. update starts. 4o minutes later it restarts. HELLO! BONER! HOLA! enter ALL that stuff and make the same settings choices AGAIN… plug the Ning connector to restore the phone from the 72 minute old back up. ERROR message, DISABLE FiND MY THiNG to CONTiNUE. fine. where is that? nope. not a menu called FIND MY THiNG in SYSTEM. oh there it is. uncheck. plug back in. syncing starts. it grinds in iTub. (why is this still iTubs?) but this is the wrong sync. oh yeah, we have to click something. click RESTORE. nope. ERROR message, DISABLE FiND MY THiNG to CONTiNUE. look it up in G search. oh. this feature is in iClod? off'd. plug back in. more wrong syncing starts. click Restore. the THiNG screen changes. you know it is working because the iThing screen changes. why was Find My THiNG turned on? the thing KNOWS it is a NEW phone. it was JUST ACTIVATED! 4o more minutes goes by. eventually the THiNG restarts. HELLO! BONER! HOLA! enter ALL that stuff and make the same settings choices AGAIN! finally, the correct lock screen and all the pictures are there. elapsed time to switch from THiNG 1 to THiNG 2? about 3 hours. grrrrr. wow. nobody at Fruit Co has ever done this. otherwise it would not be so many steps.
  12. I am using a 2011 21.5 inch iMac. Now I have Bootcamp set up as well as Parallels. The version of Windows is Windows 7. Now the problem I am having is that when I boot into the Bootcamp partition I get the blue screen of death. When I use Parallels there are no problems in getting into Windows. Does this mean there is something wrong with the partition? If so how best to fix this issue? Will it mean having to delete the partition and start again? If it means that then I will have wait ages for all the updates. Any help would be appreciated.
  13. the sweet spot is not the top. but that third spot from the top. that is the price and the performance that will get the job done for half the cost without being significantly less fast. now, if you are typing you do not need need that CPU. but if your job is rendering pixels just add the second from the TOP GPU and you off you go. oh wait, we cannot in the land of Mac. grrr. once again Fruit Co will be very very behind on the times on this. what we need is a modern CHEEESE GRATER not a shiny donut.
  14. can anyone advie me as to how,if possible,mark any audiobook that i have already read. and what ones i have not read. would be very helpfull as i am a blind guy who is a d imac user and have a great deal of books and i load a few to read on my ipad pro. then i find i have already listeened to them and then i have to start all over agai thanks for any suggestions chris an aussie member
  15. Here we go:- 1) Queen 2) Yes 3) Foo Fighters 4) Cara Dillon 5) Iron Maiden Song: Love of my Life - Queen
  16. Here's mine:- 1) Mac Power Users 2) The MacCast 3) Mac Geek Gab 4) Kermode and Mayo's Film Review 5) Clockwise I subscribe to (and love) The Economist for the audio version but don't class this as a podcast.
  17. I have used Downcast & Pocketcasts but have now gone back to Apple's Podcast app, the sync has greatly improved (had major problems with Downcast sync). Also, I use the integration with iTune on my Mac (I'm paralysed from the neck down and iTunes is the easiest way to organise my podcasts). I agree that downloads can be slow but stability to me is overall better than the third party apps I've tried.
  18. Of the five I listed only one of those is still being produced. Keep up the good work, Adam.
  19. this is a very old and still free tool:
  20. openDNS there is a bunch of links that imply that you have to pay to play. you do not have to. there is not a really big benefit to giving up money. google DNS (public) Advantage DNS has different levels of filtering and performance based on IPs. kind of a cool idea.
  21. yes. unless you have manually entered DNS IPs for the interface.
  22. the solution was the find a Sierra available via bit torrent. somebody posted a check sum of the file and another search found what the file size should be had it been delivered from a FruitCo server. check and check complete, the install went without a hitch. eventually it wanted an AppleID which was skippable. after rebooting rebooting the notifier told, "new version available." clicking update demanded the AppleID password… which worked without whining: no double digit secondary check, no is it really you, just install. after that the Word / Office update installed itself which was what started this noise in the first place. by comparison, the Microsoft Windows 1o upgrade was easier.
  23. It's been a while, so I'm going to update some of my list: Reply All StartUp Invisibilia This American Life The Laracasts Snippet (Laravel/PHP programming)
  24. No @Waldo Pepper. If you manually enter the DNS addresses into the Network Setting in System Preferences on the Mac (under Advanced…), then those are the DNS setting that will be used (not the ones from the DNS router). It's actually one way you might get around DNS filtering/blocking on specific network. For example here is how its looks configured locally on my Mac for using the OpneDNS servers: Just remember that these are set per interface, so if you also use a wired Ethernet connection you'd need to set them there too. All this said, at home I have the OpenDNS setting set up on my router so that all Macs/Devices in my home network are using OpenDNS. The main reason is because my cable ISPs DNS (Cox) has proven to be slow and unreliable in the past. That, and OpenDNS does automatic blocking of know hacked and attacked websites.
  25. Wow, that sounds like a major PITA. Unfortunately due to all the heightened hacking and spyware/malware attacks on OS X and iOS this seems to be the world we're heading toward. Still I too am not a big fan of any company "forcing" security and protection measures on customer. Give me the option, but don't force it. If someone wants to be careless with their security/privacy then it's their choice.
  26. I use a Synology DS213J obviously quite old now (I purchased it in 2014) I have 2 x 3TB WD Red drives in it and a Wireless adapter connected. I never had any issues, I've heard that Synology can be more geeky to set up than Drobo but I had no problems (found it quite easy). If your drives are external you can add them via USB to the Synology to give extra storage, you can also share the attached USB drive. Don't if this helps but hope it does.
  27. How about Mail Act-On £27.00 (not sure in dollars) it will send mail at a later time as well as other features, I've always found it reliable.
  28. So it's safe to say then that regardless of what you have set in your system prefs on the computer, If the router has specific DNS addresses it will use those?
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