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  1. Ok finally figured it what was wrong. I wanted to post it here so it may help someone else. The issue was due to the ink preference pane in the system preference pane. The panel only shows up if you connect a pen device to the computer. This functions allows one to use the pen to write in a document and decipher your handwriting and turn it into text. I don't not use this but the preference was turned on. I do use a Wacom tablet from time to time. Turning this completely off solved the issue. Hope this help someone.
  2. Hello, I need some help and I can not figure this issue. I get different behavior when I use different machines. I have 2 Macs (Mac Pro and a 13" Macbook Pro) When I use MS Office 2011 many drop down menu items will not stay open on the Macbook Pro unless I hold down the left mouse button. An example would be the Fill Color drop down ribbon item. Most drop down item do work properly. This happens if I use the touchpad or use a mouse. When I have the same program on the Mac Pro I click on the drop down and it remains open. I have also tried this in Windows on the Macbook Pro and the drop down functions properly. I have noticed this behavior also happens on a few others programs on the Macbook Pro such as Thinkorswim when using some charting functions. I have searched system preferences and program preferences but I can not find a solution to this mystery. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Do surge protectors work?

    You can also look into a whole house surge protector. They run a few hundred dollars but are worth it.
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    DVD+R or DVD-R?

    Here is an article on comparing + to -. Done in 2003 but should still be good. http://www.cdfreaks.com/reviews/Why-DVDRW-...erior-to-DVD-RW
  5. Last night I decided to rent a movie - The Usual Suspects (only .99 what a deal). The movie downloaded fine but before it copies itself to the right folder I get this message. "We could not complete your iTunes Store request. You do not have enough access privileges for this operation. There was an error in the iTunes Store. Please try later." This is what I have done so far but nothing helped. 1) corrected disk permissions 2) read apple discussion forum 3) checked fold permissions for the music folder 4) rebooted (habit from the windows days) I am not sure what to do. Is there a folder the rental movie is trying to save to that is not in the music folder? Thank you for you help.
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    Converting video tape to dvd

    If you want to try a non Mac solution you might want to look at The Neuros OSD. http://www.neurostechnology.com/ This will allow you to get your media from your camera to a HD or a DVD. Downside is that is will cost you some money. Check it out.
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    I have been using Mozy since it started. I just recently switched over to the Mac platform and continued to use this service. I pay $4.95/month for this service and think this is a reasonable price. The first backup can take a long time (a real time time as I backup 19 G). I only backup documents, photos, etc. The service is owned by EMC. EMC knows something about storage. A nice feature is similar to time machine where you have backup by dates but it does not go back a far. This should NOT be your only backup method. I personally use Time Machine and Superduper. This is offsite storage only which is slow to recover (but they will send you DVDs for a price). I believe it is extremely important to have an offsite backup strategy in case you equipment is damaged or stolen. Other option is Jungle Disk powered by Amazon S3. I have not used this service but i know a few people who are happy with it. This service charges .15 a gig per month.
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    Online Storage

    I use www.smugmug.com to share my photos and videos. This is a photo site but can also show videos with a power user account. The site supports H.264. The power user account costs 59.95 USD per year. This is a higher end photo site that I am very happy with. I would also check to see the response time in both locations.
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    Aperture's Demise?

    Love the D300. I did not want to pay $5000 for a D3 as I am not a professional and I have not won the lottery yet. The D300 is very close (98%) to the D3. I purchased the battery pack so I get 8 fps. Main diff. are 1) D3 is full frame and thus more sensentive in low light. I have taken nice pictures at 1600 and ok photos at 3200 with the D300. The D3 takes great photos at 6400. I have seen a great 16 x 20 print at 6400. Seen tests result at evenhigher ISO. Of course proper exposure is very important. 2) D300 drops down to 2.5 fps if taking raw at 14 bit. You can drop the camera down to 12 bit and you get back to 6 fps or 8 fps (w/ battery pack) 3) D3 takes multiple memory cards. 4) D3 focuses just a bit faster. I think this is due to more processing power and/or faster motor. 5) D3 records sounds Those are the main ones imo. The metering, focusing and processing are the same. I have only shoot about 1000 photos so I am still getting use to it and trying out all the great things it can do. It would be a great upgrade from a D80. My friend has a D200 and much hard to justify spending 1800 on a new body. Ken Rockwell did a nice comparison http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d3/vs-d300.htm Also Dpreview also has a good review and Popular Photography named it camera of the year.
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    Best AIM Client

    Played around with a few clients but I was not happy with the video quality. I decided to use Skype for video as the quality was better.
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    Aperture's Demise?

    Neil Jo, In the Raw Fine Tuning Setting in the adjustment window you can create pre sets and camera defaults for raw settings. This would allow you to add sharpening to all your raw photos as you opened them. Also I open photos in Aperture, Photoshop and Nikon Capture NX. Almost no difference between Photoshop CS3 and Aperture. I did not like what Nikon Capture NX did. Go figure as I have a D300 and it comes with Capture NX. While there are some cool tools in Capture NX I was not happy with the RAW file performance. I do not get any spinning balls of death but I have a new Mac Pro. Lightroom is a good program. The editing is still better then Aperture but Aperture allows me to get through my photos much fast and organize them. If I really like the photo I open the raw file in Photoshop and start there.
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    Which version of Windows should I install?

    I got Vista 32 bit version. Do not get the 64 bit version a lot of driver issues.
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    Best AIM Client

    I want to use ichat to communicate with a windows user. I want to use video. What is the best AIM client on windows? Anyone know? Thanks
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    DRM'ed Adobe PDF on an Intel Mac

    There are two basically types of protection Adobe allows 1) password protected file and 2) user imposed limitations. The first one can be much hard the second one is not problem to crack. In the windows world there are tons of programs that will crack item 2. I got really pissed off when my financial service company started using limitations in MY STATEMENTS. I purchased a $15 program and the limitations were gone. Since I just recently switched I have not investigated the Mac programs that do this but using Google here are two links. http://www.soft14.com/Software_Development...886_Review.html http://www.dailysofts.com/program/934/31057/PDFRecover.html I do not vouch for this program but I would suggest you look around.
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    MacTheRipper question

    If you really want to crack all DVD's my advice is to duel boot into Windows XP or Vista 32 and use a program called AnyDvd (from Slysoft) plus any ripper. There are a few others best. Since I am a recent switcher this is not really a problem for me. I am use Slysofts MobileDvd Ripper and there Basic Ripper. The mobile one can easliy be replaced by handbrake.