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  1. Thanks for the feedback. Not quite sure what you mean exactly by a "lame archive system," but yes, I decided moving excess files to another computer via a stopover at DropBox would ultimately be less painful than burning 10-15 DVD's. I'd use an external HD to avoid the net, but the last time I tried moving one between a Mac and a PC, the boot sector got corrupted and it cost me $200 in data retrieval costs. Guess 64 GB flash drives are getting down to where a mortal could use one for the same purpose, though. But DropBox was free. Good points. I have all the free space I need for now and am not going to to touch the caches. I'm just waiting for the next rev of the MB Pros to get a loaded 15" + an iDevice to be named later that will effectively replace the 3-4 computers I have now, all between 4-7 years old. Since I'll also plan run that into the ground, want the latest available to extend its useful and supported life a bit. Then I won't be worried if the old warrior freaks out when I try stuff like that on it. I pretty much already held the repair place blameless, but that makes me feel better. Also, the power connector was damaged in a fall a few years ago. Surprised it held on long as it did. But if I hadn't done that, I never would've gone into the guts for the drive alone at this stage. Thanks again, you were most helpful.
  2. Thanks for your reply. I was still a little (or a lot) confused and I do consider myself a long time power user, but as you'll see, you may have put me on the path to solving the problem, and I'm pretty sure I now understand it. I've removed 7 to 9 gigs of video podcasts over three days without gaining much of anything. (10 GB free on an 80 GB HD) But before I began to archive files by moving them to the desktop PC via DropBox in any/all of the ways described above(and always removing them from DropBox once they arrived there, AND permanently deleting them from DropBox on the web interface), that is, when I simply delete and recycle, I see the increase in disk space immediately upon emptying the Recycle Bin. In fact I JUST tried regular deletion/empty the trash with some other podcasts and again, the reclaimed space STILL showed up right away. What freaks me out was that a podcast continues to be playable after the file was totally deleted and no longer on the computer! At least until I deleted the iTunes Library entry. That's what made me wonder if there's this big hidden file - kind of like the old Outlook or Entourage - that holds EVERYTHING even after the source file is gone. [uPDATE: Still curious about that, but see below] Cool. That was interesting. It definitely sees the file in DropBox. So this time I pulled the file out of DropBox onto the Desktop computer WHILE it was playing on the notebook, so there's no file on there anymore and it CONTINUED to play. In fact I can stop it, go to another iTunes piece, play that and come BACK to the deleted file and it STILL plays. Sooo... ...What's being played and where is it?? Update: Ah hah, I think... ...I just went back to the deleted file in iTunes and right-clicked to get to "Show in Finder" and there IS a path: Computer-->Macintosh HD-->Users-->Jim (me)-->.dropbox-->Cache-->2010-12-12-->filename.mp4. The ".dropbox" folder is greyed out, indicating it's hidden I guess, and there's been a long alphanumeric code added to the end of each file name. Also there are 113 other large files (4GB), and in moving up the tree, there are folders for other dates containing most, if not all of the files I've moved via DropBox all week (docs, pics and media), all with alphanumeric codes added to the filenames. Probably about 6-8 more GB in total. So thanks for the tip (altho' it took awhile to think of using it to look for a deleted/recycled file) and which makes my next question, is it safe to delete these files from these cache folders via the regular finder/delete process? I would imagine doing so will free up all the space I thot I was freeing up. I don't want to interfere with the regular/proper functioning of DropBox tho'. Maybe they'll be dropped after a specific period of time on their own? I ran Preferences, Disk Utility and Help looking for how to deal with (free up) cache/swap space and found no tools. But as noted, have now found this hidden DropBox cache. Still, aside from the DropBox cache, the notion of other cache folders is of interest in general, tho' no longer specifically part of my original question. This is not about my question, but here's the story: My '04 iBook still works well, like new even, but there's no point in spending money on it. When the power supply pin broke off inside of my iBook, I had them add a bigger, faster drive at the same time they put on a new power bus - but something went wrong during the repair and now the little old guy re-starts itself from the power off condition - even with the lid closed, backup.app won't write to an external device and the 6 key no longer works (I have to invoke the character viewer to type a 6), so they took the bigger drive out and gave me back the money. The battery's also done for, and the resale value - even if it was in good shape - is less than the price of a new battery OR a new mother board. So it's now strictly an in-house plugged-in (and constantly on because it loses its clock value if I unplug it). But I have uses for it, and plan to keep it running until something worse happens!
  3. I'm trying to free up space on my Tiger notebook's hard drive by deleting files and by transferring many of my saved podcasts to my desktop machine with plenty of storage left. When I delete docs and spreadsheets and pics, etc. Activity Monitor shows the increase in space right away, but when I remove LOTS of the podcasts, it shows no change in free hard disk space. Here are the methods I've tried: [NOTE: I keep all my media files in Music-->iTunes-->iTunes Music in iTunes 9.2.1 (5) - the latest for Tiger and I have the "Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized" AND the "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" boxes checked. And the files in question were nearly all downloaded FROM iTunes. In other words, playing by the recommended rules and trying to avoid creating duplicate files in the first place.] First, for stuff I don't want to keep, I simply delete the files and then empty the Recycle Bin. This works for items not in my iTunes Library. Second, for stuff I do want to keep, I'm using DropBox as the transfer mechanism. I move the files to DropBox, and then once it shows up on my desktop, I move it from DropBox to a regular folder on the desktop hard drive. This also seemed to show a net increase in storage for my non-media files. I've tried about four variations: 1. Telling iTunes to delete the podcasts but keep the files and then moving the files to DropBox in the Finder (and in all cases removing them from DropBox to a new location on the desktop computer once they've been fully uploaded). 2. COPYING the files to DropBox and then telling iTunes to delete the podcasts and trash the files, and then emptying the Bin. (and later removing the files from DropBox on the PC). 3. Telling iTunes to trash the library and the files, and then moving the files to DropBox FROM the Recycle Bin (and again later from DropBox) 4. Finally, I tried moving the files to DropBox WITHOUT telling iTunes first. Then when I went back to iTunes (while the files were still uploading from DropBox) a REALLY odd thing occurred. I expected that clicking on the deleted files still on the playlist would yield an exclamation point and a greyed out entry as it does on iTunes in Windows. HOWEVER, the file still played, making me wonder if iTunes a> followed its being moved to DropBox - or - b> keeps another copy somewhere I can't see (this same concern has always kept me from using iPhoto as an organizing tool - thinking there might hidden copies I can't see in the Finder.] So I've just done another experiment. a> I used Finder to delete a podcast to the Trash. iTunes still played it. b> I next moved the file from the trash to DropBox. The file picked up just where it was in iTunes. c> Then, after it uploaded to DropBox and down onto the Desktop I moved it out of Drop Box onto the desktop computer (which is NOT networked to the notebook), so I can't see it in Finder at all nor find it with Spotlight. d> and for good measure, I went to DropBox and removed all deleted files there. And iTunes still plays it right from where I left off, AND I've picked up no free Hard Drive space. Finally, I clicked on the podcast in iTunes and clicked Delete. iTunes did NOT ask me if I also wanted to move the file to the trash. And I still got no more free space. I'm out of ideas. What gives? Where is iTunes playing it from? I don't get it! [Note: I also don't get Spotlight and the search box in Finder windows. I can search for a few files in the podcast folder and they come up by the words in the title or the artist, but most don't. But then I've never found the Tiger version of Spotlight to be worth much or very understandable, and it's the only version I know.]
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    Saving money on Canon Pixma Printer Ink

    Ahhh, but the rub here is that unlike my old Epsons where I could regard it as a "warning" (and Epson started "warning" way, way before the cartridges were empty), you CAN'T ignore a Pixma message. That is, on the three I've owned, you can't print at all until you resolve the message.
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    Wireless Printers

    The Canon 5200 R runs all my wireless and wired print jobs (Mac and Win) very well and I'm highly satisfied with it -- with a few caveats I just posted on the topic of "saving money on Canon Pixma printing ink" -- which you might want to check. It's been a reliable workhorse for well over a year -- and sometimes I do lots of printing and at others am away from it for months -- which has been death to my previous inkjets. PS: I have the printer plugged directly into the PC, not the router's USB port. The Mac accesses it through its own radio. I also have both the wired and wireless configurations set up on my iBook so I can use it plugged or unplugged. It's also lost contact with the Mac a few times, but a procedure in the manual (pointed out by the Canon Mac support guy) solves it easily.
  6. I discovered this by accident..... I have a Canon Pixma 5200R which I used wired to my PC and wirelessly through my iBook. For whatever reasons I can't access the ink level info from the Mac -- even (I think, I forget) when I plug directly into the printer, but that's not my point here. But when a cartridge "shows" as empty, I am prompted by the Mac to replace the "empty." One day by accident, though, I discovered the following: I decided to see what other inks I might need to go buy, so I fired up the printer on my Win Machine and queried the ink levels. None showed as empty, though the one the Mac reported as out did show as very low. So I printed a small amount of text from the Win, and went back to the iBook and was able to print at least 50-100 more pages without further messages. Another cartridge "ran out" today according to the Mac and the same procedure has me printing again. If anyone has an explanation, it'd be interesting.... ...but if you have the same configuration, it's a way to save money..... ****** A few more reflections on at least Canon printer drivers for the two computing universes: I print web selections from the PC, because the Mac only allows me to print complete pages. Whassup with that? On the other hand, the Mac version of the driver remembers my settings from job to job, whereas on the PC, when printing webstuff, but not in WordPerfect, I have to configure the driver to draft mode and duplex on every job. So again, why the disparity?? In general, though, I find the Mac driver from Canon at least to be a second class citizen as printing program -- more cumbersome, missing options, incomplete communication. Or is this something about OS X v Windows rather than any fault of Canon's programmers??
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    Saving sessions in Safari 3

    Outstanding. Simple as pie. Restores several multiple tab windows at once without extra prompting when closing Safari. Leaves any pages already running alone when invoked.... (I spent all my time in Preferences where the setting is in Firefox looking for this and when I didn't find it, or in help, assumed it wasn't (prominently) there. D'ohhhh. So thanks!
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    Saving sessions in Safari 3

    Thanks! I'll look into this, but I would like to know the "stock method" if anyone does. I've never tried any Safari plug-ins for some reason, though I've looked at some. It might just be me, but Firefox extensions seem to be easily understandable, specialized to do one thing well, and "just work" while the Safari variety seem much more techy/geeky/utility program type/do-20-things-I've-never-even-heard-of to get one new function I want. A former Windows wonk, I just want to use computers effectively for productivity and communication, not tinker endlessly any more. Which is why I switched to Macs. Lack of session saving, the Cool Iris Previews, Customize Google, Googlepedia and a few other extensions in Safari still lean me toward FF, though I want to give it a chance. Lack of full GMail support's been the killer, though, even years after Google joined Apple's board. So even if I can save sessions and more extensions appear I'm still primarily Mozilla, memory hog that it is until GMail does everything it does in FireFox. But I had hopes for Safari 3 nonetheless..... So when I fired up 3.0.4 I was pleased to see more of what I see in FF on GMail. Then I went to compose an email, started typing a name, and my correspondents no longer pop up, making the program virtually useless now!! All my groups are ad hoc, so to use GMail on Safari I'd have to memorize hundreds of email addresses or clumsily compose from Contacts. Such a basic lack of compatibility with one of Apple's partners, the third-leading web net mail program (and rising), and the key internet biz in the world after years of time to get synced seems fairly inexcusable at this point.
  9. Reviews and Apple's own help site indicate you can "revert to the tabs that were open when you last closed or quit Safari." But this isn't working for me and I can't find any setting related to it in the preferences or Help.
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    Broken iBook G4 Screen

    If the previous poster doesn't want your screen, I have a friend with a broken 14" iBook 1GHZ screen and a limited budget. If it's still available please send price to bigpics@hotmail.com
  11. There are a number of sites I surf requring RealPlayer to see the content. Firefox has a 10.5 RealPlayer plug in from what I can tell. My experience on my PC is that Real Player insinuated itself into parts of my system I didn't want it to --- generated tons of spam, kept popping parts of itself I wanted no part of, continued to try to make itself the default media player. etc. Other than that it was a decent...... Should I accept missing some of my favorite sites, or is the plug-in OK to install..... ??? :?:
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    Poor Karelia software!!

    Talk about a talent for being in the right place at the wrong time.... You said Sandvox would be a great product and I'll bet it's true, but in referencing the Sherlock/Watson saga, you accurately foretold what's happening to this talented, but star-crossed developer with the release of iWeb: http://news.com.com/Developer+hopes+Apple+..._3-6024912.html PS: a good, if sad read..... :cry:
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    Still can't network Mac to on main PC

    The PC that DOES connect to the iBook (10.4.3) is a custom box (from ABS) running XP Pro with all latest updates -- It's also running the free Kerio Firewall and free AVG A/V software. The PC that WON'T connect is an HP running XP Home with all latest updates. It's also running the Symantec suite of Firewall and Norton A/V protection. I thought this might be part of the problem, but the firewall so dislikes being disabled it puts up a message about how unhappy it is every 10 seconds or so and I haven't figured out how to really turn it "off off." (I did find out my relatives had enabled both the Win and Symantec firewalls and turned off the Win firewall, but no help.) Maybe I need to try keeping Symantec from starting up in MSCONFIG (with the broadband disconnected)?? Still, it's never popped up a message telling me a device is trying to get through the firewall either...... What I also don't understand is how the iBook can see the network name on the PC (and I know it's the right network because I renamed it and the new name shows up) but can't see any of the files for which sharing has been enabled (and I know they're shared, because the sharing hand icon appears on those folders). Just to reiterate, WinExplorer sees nothing or just stops when I click on the (renamed) MSHOME or Workgroup icons on the Network section. There was also a stage in networking the two computers in NY where I was asked to sign into the mac with my mac password and on the mac where I recall having to give an address of some sort with some double forward slashes, but neither of these screens have ever come up on either computer in my attempts to network out west. I also tried connecting the Mac directly to the router by ethernet to no avail.
  14. :evil: It's like Emily Latella says, "if it's not one thing, it's another." I have one iBook I take with me when "commuting" between my residences in NY and out West where each home has a PC tower and wireless router. I was never able to get the iBook to print through the NY PC into my Pixma i4000 and eventually just started to plug into the printer I want to print to. But I WAS able to network the two computers and share files in both directions. I'm now out west with setup #2 and my new Canon Pixma i5200r has given me wireless printing from my iBook while the PC's plugged into its USB port -- so both computers print to the Pixma independently and only either computer has to be turned on. Yaaay!!! I'll implement the same solution when I get back to NY. But this brings me to my CURRENT problem..... (in my continuing switcher/multi-OS saga): As noted, I mastered sharing files between my ibook and my NY PC -- however, I haven't been able at all to do the same thing with the same iBook with my PC out West. My iBook just can't see my PC files (with all sharing enabled on both machines) -- it sees the Network and the workgroup NAMES but doesn't mount or see any shared folders. And from the PC side, Explorer takes about 3 minutes when I click on the Network name or on workgroup and then just either gives up or crashes the Explorer window. I've been through everything I did back in NY (I think) numerous times, but nada. Any suggestions??
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    About 85% satisfied but...

    Ok, I may be wrong with this as i don't have Office on any of my macs but i may be be able to help you out. When the dialog pops down, next to the filename box, there should be an arrow pointing downwards, click that and it will expand and show a finder like windows where you can browse to whatever folder you like and save it there. I hope that is what you mean, and if it is I hope it works for ya Well my stars and garters!! That's not what I would have expected a button next to the filename to expose -- I would have clicked on it long ago if it were next to the folder name (documents) -- like the button next to Manage Bookmarks in Firefox. And yes you can tell me -- and I'll acknowledge -- I should have clicked every button in the dialog box before deciding what it does and doesn't do -- but it was just an unlabeled thing that never caught my eye -- and if it gets past a power user, it'll get past others. So a problem semi-solved. But also worth noting that what gets exposed is still not a real Finder Window and Ctrl-Clicking, folder renaming, etc are all still unavailable. Why not just give us a real Finder Window?? Creaky old Windows lets ISV's expose all the Explorer functions in their save dialogs...... And as for intuitive design points?? Still a minus 10 on this feature IMHO. Thanks a ton though.