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  1. I am selling my beloved MacBook. It is full of pro apps like: Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Mainstage, Aperture, Office 2008 VMware Fusion, AfterEffects, Photoshop CS3, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Toast (the latest version), CS3 Master Suite (!!!!), iWork 08, iLife 08, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and much much more. The specs are also nothing to be sneezed at: 2.0 GHZ Core2Duo Processor, Dual Layer Superdrive, a brand new screen, 4 GB (!!!) of DDR2 RAM, and a 120 GB HD. This is the 5th fastest MacBook in the world to take the xBench benchmark program. It is in very good visual condition too. (Another bonus, it has been kept in a non smoking home.) However, the keyboard is currently dead, but that is a cheap repair. The reason why I am selling it is because the keyboard is dead, and I don't have enough money to fix it. I am asking a mere $1000 dollars OBO, trades considered, but cash is recommended. I am flexible in where you want to meet. It is currently running Leopard, but I can put Vista, Tiger, XP, or any flavor of linux you want on it. Please send offers to csporn@gmail.com

  2. that is weird ?

    I am guessing here. Make sure there is no bluetooth device accessing your mac (or connect to). Also try to fix all your access privilege. The login user account will not have "root" access automatically, maybe somehow your apps is owned by root now.


    I am just guessing..


    Oh.. try this, create a new user and see if that work for you.

    At least you know if this is account issue or something else.


    good luck.


    I meant that I have root access because I can enable a root user on my mac.

    Update: It still won't go off in another account.

  3. Well, it all started one strange night in vegas. I had been a hard core pc user for all my life. Little did I know that my views would be forever changed, and to think it all started when I lost $5000 in a blackjack game. I was so depressed I spent the rest of my money on a bottle of vodka. I am not too sure what happened after that, but I awoke a week later, handcuffed to a bed, with an iMac G5 and a PowerBook gently massaging my chest. Since then, I have been a Mac guy.

  4. The bluetooth on my MacBook (Core2Duo, black, 2 ghz) will not turn off. I have tried going thru the system preference pane where the option for turning it off was greyed out. Also, the menu in the menu bar won't give me the option to turn it off. What is wrong?

  5. I recently upgraded to Leopard (after getting my MacBook fixed, Yay!!!) and am loving it, but one thing puzzles me: The activity monitor. Before, I knew what everything meant, but thanks to the addition of the VM size indicator, I am now confused. I always thought that VM=Swap file, but appearently I was wrong. Also how come it always says that such a large amount of VM is in used? Can someone please help me shed some light on this?

  6. This post begs for a story. A story that stretches from my begaining of Mac userdom to my current life.

    At first I used safari non stop. At that time I also was trying out any and every mac web browser I could find. (If you don't believe me then look at my dock screenshots from winter of 2006 F-ing massive.) However, I just used safari. Then I heard of many prolems with safari, so I switched to firefox. I used Firefox until I found Mac Optimized versions of firefox which I used. Then I entered a period of using Safari, Flock, and FIrefox which insured that my bookmarks were never in sync. THen I switched back to firefox until Safari 3 came out. When it came out, I was a total firefox fanboy, if I saw someone using safari I would laugh. But I downloaded Safari 3 for shits and giggles, and used firefox some more. THen I got my iPohone and my copy of Leopard beta. On that copy of leopard, safari sung, not to mention that I could only get my safari bookmarks on my iPhone. Then I downgraded back to leopard and continued Safari use. Then I got my PowerBook G3, I decided to try camino on it and used it for a while until I came back to safari 3.

  7. I put one on my guitar, one on my Dell tower (took off the dell logo), on on my dell monitor, one on my TV, on above my bed (I pray to it every night :P), and one above my little brother's bed. I had some on my PowerBook, but that was just redundant.

  8. Why would that be stupid? If you love the podcast so much, that might be something well worth doing, even if it are 300+ episodes of 30 minutes. Fortunately, most podcasters don't include all their episodes in the RSS feed.


    Anyway, the best (and intended) way to download podcasts is not to notice what podcast episodes have been downloaded. The process should be fully automated, so you only have to connect the iPod to your computer and let the files be uploaded, after which you disconnect and listen to the podcasts on the go. You shouldn't go into iTunes and download the shows, or see the shows downloading.


    Of course, for people having wireless access points, this downloading should be via wireless networks, not by connecting to a computer with a USB cable. It seems that digital rights management (DRM) considerations restrict how media files are transfered to your iPod. Once DRM has been eliminated, wireless synchronizing would make things so much more easier and user-friendly.

    Well, not stupid. I guess I used the wrong word there. But it can be very time consuming.

  9. DV tapes. I've found a way around my problem by running some multi-pass encodings.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    In that case you might want to try h.264 compression. However, keep the DV tapes if you will want to edit.

  10. My iSight is really annoying me. Whenever I open PhotoBooth, iMovie or iChat AV, it says that my iSight camera is in use by another application even though it is not! The weird thing is whenever it works fine in quicktime. WHat is going on here? I have tried reinstalling 10.4.10 twice to no avail.

  11. Perian ~ Allows me to play damn near any video format in quicktime

    iFuntastic ~ Makes hacking my iPhone easy!

    Jailbreak and iPhoneInterface ~ For when I really want to get hacky with the iPhone

    MacFusion ~ Allows me to mount ftp and ssh with read/write access

    SuperDuper ~ My favorite backup program

    SpamSive ~ Nobody likes spam, and this gets rid of it all.

    VisualHub ~ Can convert any video to many formats and very quickly.

    VMware Fusion ~ Because Parallels has broken my computer 4 times.

  12. Um... Before my iPod died I listened to nothing but podcasts. Once it died I used my phone as my main portable media player and during that time my podlistening sunk. Then I discovered podlinez which allowed me to call a phone number to listen to a podcast. This led to a rebirth of podcast listening for me. Today my phone is still my main portable media player (it is an iPhone), but I no longer use podlinez. I just download and listen.