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    Mail in multiple locations- how do YOU do it?

    POP3 is used to receive mail, not to send it. To send mail SMTP is most often used. You can configure better email programs, like Apple Mail for example, so that they will use a specific SMTP server and account combination based on the original account for a message you are replying to. For example, I have an account on Gmail that I use to receive mailing list emails. I have Apple Mail configured so that whenever I reply to a message I received from that account it uses SMTP.GMAIL.COM with my credentials for that account.
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    PowerBook upgrade at Paris Expo?

    Ahh, well, imagine a G5 dual-core iMac, or a dual dual-coreG5 Power Mac. Yeah!
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    PowerBook upgrade at Paris Expo?

    You could leave it plugged in and turned on all winter to save on your heating bills! Really though, it seems the G5 is a great chip, but it produces a lot of heat. Things that produce heat use power. A G5 notebook would run very hot and run out of battery rather quickly, one might expect.
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    How to properly value a used mac

    Likeses it.
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    How to properly value a used mac

    iPhoto certainly does have scalability issues. Check out Picture Arena for a viable substitute. Likeses it. Office is perhaps a huge bloated pig of an office suite? Or am I just being accurate? There is a version of Open Office that is wrapped up inside a Java UI called NeoOfficeJ, this might address your font size issues. Personally, I find Apple's diminutive little iWork pairing of Pages and Keynote to be very pleasant. I suggest you cancel all this silly talk about switching back to the defiient OS, you know you'd regret it forever.
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    Mail in multiple locations- how do YOU do it?

    Get a free Gmail account. Set up all other email accounts to forward all messages to the Gmail account. Gmail has great Spam detection. Now configure your Gmail account for POP access, and tell Gmail to archive all messages as they are pulled down on POP. If you ever lose your email on the portable, it is all still there on Gmail. Plus you get web access too, And it's free.
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    OS X lockups using CF reader

    Never. I do lots of photography and use a Sandisk USB2.0 CF card reader. I get much better results using OS X 1.4.2 on a Powermac than I did with that well known OS. My machine never acts in an unexpected way when I eject a card. If I later reinsert a card into the reader it mounts it automatically as expected.
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    for syncing samsung phones

    Yes, and it works very well with my Samsun A670, thanks for letting us know!
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    Windows XP drive on a Mac

    According to Microsoft: In theory, FAT32 volumes can be about 8 terabytes; however, the maximum FAT32 volume size that Windows XP Professional can format is 32 GB. Therefore, you must use NTFS to format volumes larger than 32 GB. However, Windows XP Professional can read and write to larger FAT32 volumes formatted by other operating systems. Therefore it *could* be a FAT32 drive if it was not formatted using Microsoft's own format routines. It certainly would be unwise to format a drive that large into a single FAT32 partition, but it is possible.
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    Windows XP drive on a Mac

    If your friends external hard drive is actually formatted NTFS, that would explain why OS X is mounting it read-only. What does the OS X Disk Drive utility say about this drive when you mount it?
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    Power Issues?

    Yes, your central air could be affecting your cube. When a central air system starts up it briefly draws very high current in order to get the big inductive loads moving, your fans and your compressor. As a result, the line voltage in your house may drop very briefly. Computers use switched power supplies. If the line voltage drops below normal, some switched power supplies may be able to continue operating normally by simply staying in the On state for a longer portion of a sine wave cycle. Other power supplies that are more marginal in design, or which are under heavy loads, may experience a drop in output voltage when the line voltage drops. A UPS should isolate your computer from the momentary voltage drops caused by your AC starting up. Surge protectors are of no use in a situation like this. They might sometimes protect against some harmful overvoltage conditions, but when the line voltage drops there is nothing a surge protector can do about it.
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    I have a 4Gb black Nano and a 60Gb iPod Photo. They are both great!
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    for syncing samsung phones with the mac

    Thanks for the tip! That works very well with my Samsung phone.
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    Problems installing Macromedia Flash 8!

    You didn't mention which version of OS X you are running. Could there be a software update available for your version? Sometimes error messages do not reflect the actual problem, this is called "software". Try quitting all active web browsers before you start the upgrade. It does not sound like you are doing anything wrong.
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    Windows "Longhorn" named Windows Vista

    Passion. It can be a good thing, it can also be overdone.
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    Power Issues?

    I doubt very much if your cube is drawing so much current as to cause your current problem. I'd expect the circuit breaker or fuse inline with your outlet to open up long before a computer could draw so much power that the line voltage fell below what is required to produce an adequate power supply output. Try this to rule out a problem with a specific outlet: shut down your cube and switch AC outlets between the display and the cube. I'd guess you may still see the same problem. As humans we have a natural inclination to associate chronological sequences with causation, but correlation does not establish causation. In other words, it is possibly just a coincidence that your cube only began to behave this way after it was connected to this power outlet.
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    Interview at Apple Retail Store

    Congratulations! I think you'll like this job, because at least you will be selling products you believe in, so you'll feel committed to the job. Best of luck.
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    Thanks Several Times

    Adam Thank you very much for the podcast. I'm an experienced computer user, having started out with Atari 8 bit systems in the mid '80s, and with 27 years experience working in the computer industry. I once upgraded Teletype machines to 300 bit per second modems for a living, so we've established my antiquity. I came across your podcast shortly after I received a Mac Mini as a birthday gift. I loved OS X so much, so fast, that I've since bought a Power Mac, an iPod photo, and most recently a nano. All along the way your podcast has made it much easier for me, sometimes in an amazing way. The day after I got my iPod photo and had trouble syncing it to my Power Mac using the front USB port - you reported on other users having the exact same problem, and you provided a good workaround (using another USB port). By the way, I can report that with iTunes 5.0 and an iPod nano I have no trouble using that same front USB port on my dual 2GHz Power Mac. But back to the subject of the Podcast. I find it to be completely professional in every way and very helpful. Thanks! The Professor
  19. In your situation I would do the same thing with a clear conscience.
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    What is your favorite Software?

    Although it has more bugs than lies told by Presidents, my most useful and necessary 3rd party program is certainly Dreamweaver. This is prolly because I have about 3 dozen websites, plus I use Dreamweaver to make a living too.
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    I think Longhorn Vista will be insanely great.

    I'm sure it will be the most bloated OS ever, but experience suggests that alone won't make it a flop.
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    iPod Nano Experiences

    By coincidence, I was in Cupertino on business just a block away from Apple galactic headquarters when my 4GB Black Nano was delivered on Monday this week. I got home Wednesday evening, and man, what a marvelous feat of engineering! I'm thrilled with this thing. I just switched to Apple products in May of this year when I received a Mac Mini as a birthday gift. I loved OS X immediately, and soon bought a dual 2GHz Powermac to replace my main PC. Then it was a 60GB iPod Photo, now the Nano. I guess I'm hooked! By comparison to the iPod Photo, the display on the Nano seems brighter. The response to user input on the Nano is much faster, no doubt because there is no need to wait for a hard drive to spin up. I've heard comments from some people that they found it hard to operate the smaller Click Wheel, but I found it very easy to adjust to the smaller size. I'd give the Nano a 10 on a scale of 1-10.