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  1. So I finally upgraded to macOS Sierra and was looking forward to the new photo analysis features and searching in the macOS Photos app. As you may or may not know it starts scanning your images and running them through Apple's AI engine locally to pick out people, places, and objects in your photos to identify them for searches. It's all run (as far as I can tell) by a background process called `photoanalysisd`. For me it seems to have gotten to 6,904 photos scanned and stopped. It's been here for days and no progress. To make matters worse the language of how it works in this dialog is confusing. Should the Photos app be running and simply in the background or should the app be quit, closed? I have actually tried running it both ways and neither seems to work. I have also tried rebooting the Mac and killing the processes in Activity monitor, but none of it seems to make a difference. Does anyone know how to get this running again?
  2. very cool @johnfoster. So with this info I guess one could "hack" in their own power button?
  3. Thanks again @Dudeman. The term "re-update" is even vague. What does that mean exactly? I will probably still give it a go and see what happens, though as I mentioned my computer does seem to still be processing the images just REALLY, REALLY, slowly. As of today it's reporting 15,683 scanned with 3,217 remaining. So it's processed about 9,000 in a month?
  4. Ok @Dudeman here the thing about running the "repair" on the library. I made a backup of my Library and then tried that. When it finished iCloud Photo Library started reporting that it was "downloading" my 18,000+ image Photo Library. I became scared, quit the app, and restored from backup. I did this for two reasons: Fear that it could duplicate my entire library and then go into some sort of vicious loop Concern it would be eating up a lot of my bandwidth. Now here's the thing, I'm not sure if it was actually "downloading" or not. I did check the Activity Monitor's Network pane and Photos was "downloading" something. It was not as much as I would expect if it was really pulling down everything, but still what WAS it doing? My assumption is despite Photos saying it was "downloading" what it was really doing was "syncing". Doing a comparison and pulling down any differences. Unfortunately in searching Google, StackExchange, the Apple Discussion Boards and such i could not get any definitive answer as to what was happening. These are the times when, as much as I love Apple's manta of simplicity, I wish Apple would provide a much more "verbose" account of what a running process is doing. If anyone knows if it's "safe" to repair a Photo Library that has iCloud Photo Library enabled on it let me know. I have considered turning off iCloud Photo Library on my Mac and trying again, but my concern is what happened when i turn it back on as it will still have to sync with the files I already have up there.
  5. Nope. I think PayPay sees themselves as a competing payment platform. I don't think they'll be supporting Pay anytime soon.
  6. Closest thing I could find was a service and plug-in called 'FoxyProxy' (I know nothing about this company/service). It seems to allow you to set up rules using their plug-in based on URL (not really tabs). So you can activate different proxying scenarios based on rules you set up for different URLs that you might visit.
  7. The only options I can think of are: 1) Maybe add a UPS to the mix. Most UPSs have software that you can configure the unit with for power and I think you can also remotely access and power on and off some of them 2) Use a simple grounded inline switch and extension cord between the Macs power brick and the socket. Locate it someplace that's easier to access. Something like this:
  8. I would say try checking with members of any local Mac Users Group and see if they have old CDs or DVDs with games and keys that they might share with you. I know I have a binder full of every MacAddict shareware CD they ever put out though I could not tell you what's on there. I know 'Burning Monkey Solitaire' from Freeverse was one of my favorite solitaire games. If I locate the binder I can do some poking around and see what i can find. The challenge for any licensed games might be finding keys to unlock them.
  9. As one of the new features of the Maccast Forum I have just enabled the ability to add two-factor authentication to your Maccast Forum account using Google Authenticator (or 1-Password, etc.) You'll find the option under your `Account > Account Settings > Account Security`
  10. If you don't mind me asking, what was the quoted price for the battery? OWC offers replacement batteries from NewerTech for $99.00,
  11. You really just need to decide which camp you're in. Do you want to "rent" your music and stream it or do you want to own it and sync it. To that end I THINK you can "mix and match" a bit. What you'll need to do is enable Apple Music on your Mac and download the stuff you want to sync your devices there. Once it's on your Mac I believe you should be able to "sync" what you want to your devices. The licensing should work since your Apple Music subscription is tied to your iTunes ID. If I' wrong on this I'm sure someone here will correct me.
  12. Ha ha. That conversation came up in our conversations too. I guarantee you Apple has MANY iCloud systems admins. You might have misunderstood that TDO a bit. It was a bit of a lark. The support tech made the statement that Apple didn't have an iCloud systems admin, but we all know they do.
  13. Not sure about Apple Calendar, but Fantastical has a list view by default in it's sidebar. As far as moving calendars you should be able to just open the event for editing and change which calendar it's in from the dropdown. No need to export and re-import. Obviously it's more manual though. Seems to me if the plan is to just export from one calendar and import into another then you really wouldn't need the list view, right? Or is that more just for cleaning up (i.e deleting entries)?
  14. I seem to remember having this issue with Photo Stream as well, or something similar. In my case it would report that photos were not imported when they were and when I would manually import I'd wind up with duplicates. Basically it's not recognizing the imported photos as matching what's in the camera roll. I believe I contacted Apple support about this and they were aware of a "bug", but had no ETA on when it would be fixed. Sounds like it's still an issue.
  15. You're welcome. Glad to hep.
  16. Hey @Dudeman, unfortunately no. I'll try reaching out to Allison. I think I might have to try rebuilding the Library from scratch which is a scary thought. I have full backups, so everything will be fine. It's more just the amount of time that will have to be spent dealing with this. *sigh*
  17. Hey congrats on the games and good luck to you. I'm not sure where you're located, but one thing I can really recommend is finding and attending any local developer and/or business marketing groups in your area. A great place to find them is on They are great places to meet other developers and to discuss what's working and not for them in terms of marketing and sales. Also consider trying to find industry events and conferences (Apple's Developer Conference is not the only one) and meet and chat with other developers.
  18. That is the "Reachability" feature of iOS and newer phones. The idea is to allow you to be able to access items at the top of the screen when you're using just one hand. It's triggered with a double 'tap' (not press) of the Home button. To turn it off: `Settings` > `General` > `Accessibility` Scroll down and look for the `Reachability` setting. Turn the `Reachability` toggle to `Off`
  19. The follow up question I really have is how to interpret the instructions. So does the Photos app need to be open and just in the background or should the Photos app be quit completely? The instructions seem ambiguous to me.
  20. I already tried this and had to do it once. I didn't call to get the refund though. I figured i just had to pay the higher storage cost for a month. It did somehow manage to can a WHOLE 12 more images since I posted this and I didn't really do anything, so I guess I just need to wait until 2018 and it might be done.
  21. @Gospel The iPad Pro 12.9 should be able to achieve USB 3 data transfer speeds through the Lightning to USB cable connected to the USB 3 port on your iMac. What is leading you to believe that you're not getting those transfer rates?
  22. First you might try going into System Preferences > Network. Then select the Wi-Fi connection and click the 'Advanced…' button. In the 'Preferred Networks' list find and select the networks you're having trouble with and click the '-' to remove them and click 'OK'. Then you may need to click 'Apply'. After that try reconnecting. You'll be prompted for the login again and hopefully this will fix your issues. If that doesn't work you might try running Keychain Access (Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access). Search for the name of your WiFi router and you should see the saved Keychain items. Try removing those and then re-authenticating to the router.
  23. @aussie_chris I know this is a pretty old (almost a year) thread, but for you and any future searchers I thought an update might be in order. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, most of the apps that used to be good for this are gone. CoverScout from Equinux used to be my favorite. Here are some other resources that might be helpful iTunes Artwork Finder - More of a "manual" solution, but this let's you search for the actual artwork you want from Apple's vast iTunes Library. Their stuff is high res and high quality and you can search by the media you're wanting. Movies, TV Shows, etc. Get Missing Artwork in iTunes 12.4 - Great tip for getting artwork inside iTunes 12 from the "iTunes Guy" Kirk McElhearn. He is the source for me for everything iTunes. iFlicks 2 - This is more exclusively for movie and TV show metadata, but it's really great at it and will pull in the album art as well.
  24. I'm late to this party, but @TerryB what did you end up doing? I have both Drobo's and a Synology and can say both work great, but are different. Both should be able to handle various size drive. Synology calls it Synology Hybrid RAID for Drobo it's default and called "Beyond RAID".
  25. Just updated the Maccast forum, so I'm checking out the new features.