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  1. When you verified, did you also repair the permissions?
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    HD Space Disappearing

    The first steps should be as follows: Repair permissions Repair the disk Reset the PRAM Restart again How does this do you?
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    Backup 3 Suggestions?

    I think it all depends on your reason, your need to back up. Are you wanting to be back exactly where you started in less than 2 hours should your hard drive fail? Perhaps you are backing up incase user error or the like looses your images of the family pet? Is this best made bootable, or simply as a data storage backup? Answer these questions and start to figure out why you are backing up, what you want to back up and how you want this to be achieved and we can help you figure out the best way for you.
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    What Can I Do With An Old iMac?

    I like the lamp idea, but I have to say I would think about running some server software on there for roaming profiles and the like. Mmmmm...
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    maccast profile problem

    Excellent news. I will close this thread now, as the issue is resolved.
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    maccast profile problem

    The issue should now be resolved. Can a non admin member of the board confirm this for me? Many thanks.
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    Genie Or Scale?

    While my prefered way of working is more like Daniels, I feel I have to minimize a lot at work due to baldy written apps we use that can't be closed, opened (or left covering the desktop all the time) or anything else with the keyboard, so minimizing is the only way.
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    maccast profile problem

    That would be useful Daniel, thanks. My mail address is my first dot my last at mac dot com.
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    My Issues with APPLE CARE

    I couldn't agree more with Trium here. I personally work for a company who deals not only with thousands of private customers a year, but also a large number of business' and educational facilities too and delivering the same consistent service to each one would be hard even if your standards were low. I personally don't remember numbers, I make a point of it and that annoys other employees. I see it that even if I am dealing with another unpleasant customer, one in hundreds, I still remember them by name and model of computer. That way there is some kind of connection and I also feel it helps me be more human which in turn makes me less angst-y even when I feel it. This isn't to say it's the way all reps should deal with clients, just the way that works for me. Everyone will have a different experience, the idea is to keep those experiences to the highest standard possible and even if you feel awful and don't want to do it, sometimes it can be made up in other ways (such as hurrying the fix along when the part, paperwork or so on comes in the next day). It's a tough part of any job, being the face of the company and trying to deal with standards set to and by you when you just don't feel up to it. Remember that we are all human, and like they wouldn't necessarily be as "un-helpful" as they are being today everyday, you wouldn't shout or be as ignorant as you may be today everyday. Humanity and understanding from both parties goes a long way to getting everything resolved quickly, satisfactorily and the minimum stress of everyone involved.
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    Genie Or Scale?

    These results sadden me. It's all about speed and Genie is just plain annoying to me.
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    PowerBook Latch

    As you can tell, one of my work keyboards was made by Microsoft
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    PowerBook Latch

    1. Not easily and it's a long difficult process. 2. There is no need to replace the LCD, but depending on the model and exact cause of the latch failing you will require either a bezel or a bottom case assembly. 3. While Daniel has a way with "words" he is correct in his implication that the only temporary solution is to tape the machine closed. Call AppleCare, an Apple Store or your local AASP and they will sort you out. Is the unit under warranty? If not it may not be a cheap job.
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    Backup PowerBook 520c Via Modem

    If you plug the ethernet cable you have into both machines, connecting them directly they should show up in the Finders Network section and you can access files that way (provided that personal file sharing is turned on in System Preferences)
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    My Issues with APPLE CARE

    This simply isn't an acceptable attitude and I would have this escalated if there is the slightest issue when you get it back. I would also ask for it to be tested for 10 mins on a machine in store if possible to check it's order before signing it back in your possession.
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    WebCam - Isight finished?

    Indeed it has been removed from EU stores due to EU regulations. The camera is still available in the US and a few other countries due to the lack of built-in camera with Mac mini's and Mac Pro's. There are a few on eBay or I will ship you one for the right price if you'd like. PM with an offer (it's as new without a box) if that's any help.
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    Personal Finance

    I have obviously looked through VersionTracker and MacTracker, but I wondered if the people I trust most (you guys) had any advice on a basic home accounting/personal finance type application. The cheaper the better. Something simple but usable will work. It's for my mum who has just bought a new MacBook (yes, I hate her more now) and I could do without being tech support for that too. Thanks in advance for any suggestions although I realize it's not the most interesting topic for most people.
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    Backup help.

    Firstly it should be noted that what you are doing at the moment sounds like archiving, not backup. If your external drive goes it takes the data with it; there is no original right? What you should be doing is archiving to one disk (or set of disks) while the things you currently need on a day to day basis are stored on your internal drive. This can be automated, drag and drop, whatever. That can be decided later. Then you have another disk which only needs to be the size of your internal disk which is your backup drive. This has a bootable backup on it (however you want to do that) and perhaps images of install disks you may have for safe keeping. Once you have this in place, and your data is backed up properly then you can start thinking about how to make life easier using these tools. Backup isn't about what's on your Mac and what's on your external drives, it's about making sure you have multiple copies in multiple locations should the worst happen to one of them.
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    wifi range extender

    If you had a router at one end of a 120' garden, and the range of the router was 30' then you put the laptop at the other end of the garden you could set up AirPort Express Base Stations every 30' to bounce the signal further. This means you would need at least 3 AEBS' and power for each one, that's it.
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    Personal Finance

    Thanks Spike. I don't think she is worried about downloading or importing; we are way away from those stages around here yet. She needs to break in gently, as does her aging bank. I'll take a look at LL although quicken is one of the cheapest and best looking apps I have found myself so far.
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    Detour for Intel

    Check out Show Macster at showmacster.com. They have ways to play video and audio through iChat, although I don't think anything specific to you they seem quite responsive. Perhaps a feature request or even a haxe?
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    Recording What-U-Hear

    Sound "access" is a tough thing for Apple to address, what with the iTunes Store and everything. It would be too glaringly obvious that they are helping piracy if they were to allow recording of the speaker output from within the OS.
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    Airport Express Speakers

    I was in a different place last night. Thanks man.
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    Using what your Mac gave ya

    For me the most useful application is Tiger itself. I know some say OS' and apps are different, but the amount of built in nuances in Tiger are enough to make it the greatest application that ever was also. Aside from that I use Mail, Safari, iTunes, TextEdit, Disk Utility, iCal and all the other "Utilities" applications ALL the time. I couldn't live without FileMaker (sadly) because of work, but apart from that and SizzlingKeys I am mostly good to go.
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    Backup PowerBook 520c Via Modem

    Do you not have a company server? That would be the easiest way, or any kind of online storage such as a Gmail account, or even an iDisk... May I ask why you are running System 7, OS 9, anything using floppy disks and modems? I don't mean to sound elitist at all, I have seen many companies like this and haven't managed an Intel upgrade myself, but that is stretching it now-a-days don't you think? Sorry I can't help more, I am relatively new to Mac and don't deal much with OS 9 or earlier.
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    Speaker questions?

    Anything is possible, but the how depends on the receiver, the speakers it already has and the specs of each. It also depends how they all connect. Also, from the Mac point of view, you could hook up a Mac using AirPort Express' and use AirTunes to play to more than one set of speakers, just a cheap mini-stack hi-fi would do for that to work.
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