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  1. When you are away from home, you should see your Airport Extreme listed in the Finders sidebar. You shouldn't find it listed in Airport Utility when not local though. It can take a while to show up once your are online, 15 minutes or more some times.
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    built in cam issues.

    For reference: System Profiler will list it as an iSight under the USB section.
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    Entering flights in iCal

    ICal now has Timezone support, though you need to turn it on for some reason. Head to the preferences and you will find a checkbox at the top of the Advanced tab. With this feature turned on you can change the timezone you view in the upper right corner of the iCal window. You then add the flight in Chinese time say, and yet it shows as your home timezone so you can see when you will arrive home. Any used timezones will automatically be added to the drop-down so you can view that time instead in the main iCal window. It's really hard to describe this feature, but using it will make it plainly obvious. Just remember you have 2 controls - one in the main window, one in the edit pop-up. Hope that makes sense eventually.
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    Unable to delete the trash

    Great to hear. Thanks for letting everyone know - perhaps this will show up in future searches.
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    Techs do it too

    For reference - I have 3 backups in 3 locations at any given time and all important things are also backed up to the cloud. That said, I managed to end up with no current backups for the first time in maybe 6 years. As always, Sods law takes over. It was just an unfortunate circumstance.
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    Replacement Batteries for MacBook

    While I generally trust OWC, I have to advise against any third party batteries or power adapters. I have seen these used many times and it almost always ends in disaster. I can't state highly enough how much happier most of those customers would have been if they'd bought an official part in the first place. I also have to say that if a battery isn't lying flat on the desk (on both sides) then it should be removed and no longer used. Damaged batteries (including any bulges, no matter how small) are potentially dangerous and should be treated as such.
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    Techs do it too

    When you end up working with computers and spend 18 hours a day within 3 feet of one you end up having no choice but to eat and drink near them. It's just one of those things. In the mean time - I highly recommend Griffin Elevators.
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    Techs do it too

    I work for an ASAP, repairing Macs all day and warning customers to backup their machines, be careful of drinks near their machines and so on. All the usual nuggets of common sense come through automatically - it's the same few speeches over and over. Well don't think for a second this doesn't come from experience. About 5 or 6 years ago I was sat on the couch sending emails on my PowerBook. It was only 6 months old and I had carelessly left the power adapter cord strewn across the room. The mail came, the dog went nuts and when running for the door, tripped over the cord, ripped the laptop from me and smashed it on the floor. Expensive, but repairable. A few years ago, Chris, one of our techs got married. He took all the honeymoon photos off the camera (deleted them) and stuck them in iPhoto (pre-Flickr integration). 2 days later his hard drive died - no backup. We tried for weeks to recover those photos but to this day his wife hasn't forgotten his incompetence. Yesterday, I was sat at work, minding my own business. I reached over my desk and grabbed my headphones. Somehow, the headphones brought with them a giant mug of tea (ironically, it was a Microsoft Office branded mug). My MacBook Pro fizzed and popped. I managed to get the hard drive out in time to save it (though dropped it and damaged the motor I think). Oddly, my backups were in a state of transition and I failed them (all 4 of them). I'm recovering the data now and a new laptop is on order. The point is that we don't lecture for no reason - we've been there. We've paid the money and felt the pain. That's why we are so cautious with customer machines.
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    Markdown Mail

    The iPhone has long had a shortcoming in Mail and that's rich text. Emails are sent by default in full HTML and so if you copy and paste you can see that they are in fact rich text. What you can't do is enter rich text yourself. It's not often I want to add bold or headers to my emails, but sometimes it's good to make lists, or to italicise something. Enter, Markdown Mail for iPhone. It's a very basic app that allows you to create draft emails using Markdown. If you are familiar with Markdown then you don't need to know any more, just download it. If you aren't familiar with Markdown then it's simple to explain. It's a very simple syntax (by the famous John Gruber). It allows you to type in plain text and easily convert that to valid HTML (which the iPhone Mail app can read and send). The syntax is pretty simple to learn and there is a great website for playing with it here. It's all very simple, but highly effective. Well worth the download.
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    Spotlight Search in System Folder Locations

    This is a great tip. Additionally, if you know you want to find something in your ~/Library for example, you can navigate there and then search (Cmd+F) to search only that folder (and it's sub-folders).
  11. Wow, welcome back to the forums! You haven't been back here for a while from the looks of it..

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    I've got TWO Mail Apps on my iMac!

    Is this still an issue for you John? I haven't personally seen this issue before, however I might be able to give you some pointers on sorting this out if you haven't resolved this yet.
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    iPhoto locks up

    The first thing I'd suggest is to hold Command+Option while opening iPhoto. This should bring up a window which will allow you to rebuild the photo database among other things. Use this to do the basic library maintenance and see how that goes. The Activity Monitor can show >100% CPU usage is that you have 2 cores which can each peg at 100%. It's a little confusing until you know.
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    Unable to delete the trash

    This sounds to me like a permissions issue with ~/.Trash. Check that you have full access to this directory and that everyone else is set to No Access. Mac Geek Gab show # 293 had some great info near the beginning about trash problems that might also help.
  15. Happy Birthday ;)