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  1. shockwavedave

    3rd party Watch Bands

    Back when the Apple Watch debuted, I recall there being an issue discussed on the show about 3rd party watch bands needing the correct lugs. Is that still a thing? Or are most 3rd party bands ok now? I don't really see anything like the MFi program, so I'm not sure who to trust. Just got a an apple watch series 1. Lots of small, "magical" moments.
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    2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    I've got a 2010 MBP that I use in my music teaching studio. It's plugged in 24/7 and has been for years, and runs in clamshell mode with an external monitor. I installed a SSD drive and it's been running like a champ. Except suddenly the other day it started shutting off every 10 minutes. When restarting, I didn't get notice of anything crashing or improper shutdown. I took it home and the battery says 1% and it needs service. Sure it's old, but why would it shut down while plugged in? Anything I should look at? Thanks.
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    2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    Apple store is $129. Authorized Repair $119. Yeah I saw the one at Macsales.com for $99. Since I only use it as a desktop, and it seems to be functioning, I'm going to leave as is until WWDC, to make sure this machine will continue to be supported by the next OS before putting $ into it. Side question, is there a way to turn a mac on without the button? Right now I have a weekly schedule, but it's not very granular. Since the machine runs in clam shell, I've got a monitor stand over it. So it's a pain to slide mac out, lift lid, reach with screw driver. It's a quasi private-public mac. It's under lock and key, I'm the only one who uses it,but the property owners do have a key and could let someone use the room.
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    2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    UPDATE: Took out the battery yesterday. It seems to be working just fine. I had read taking out the battery severely slows down the processor. I never really tax it, but I haven't noticed anything. Thanks for the help! I emailed the local Apple Authorized repair place. They quoted me $10 less than the Apple store. But then I asked how much for the battery, as I could do the work myself. Same price
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    2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    I hadn't thought about just running out without a battery. Maybe it's all those screws they put in the way. If the problem isn't the battery but those other 2 items, is it basically toast?
  6. I have 1 TM backup for my rMBP that will no longer backup. I still have access to the data and can TM back, but I get error messages when it attempts a backup and then the drive becomes unrecognizable. Power down drive, plug it back in, run disk utility and it's fine. Try a TM backup, same error. I've tried trashing the TM pref file but still nothing. I'll take any thoughts on the matter, but that's not what I'm asking about. I have another TM backup for my iMac that is full. Ideally, I'd like to have a 3TB drive, partitioned in 2. Copy existing TM backups, and have drive either hardwired (USB 2) to always on iMac and shared partition to rMBP, or shared via USB 3 on my router. I do also have cloned drives, and use crashplan.
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    Virtual Private Networks

    I've been using Windscribe since September and it's been great. You can find good lifetime deals if you look around.
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    Improve the wifi in my house!

    Thanks for the tip. I put our 3 AC devices (2 iPhone 6's and 2015 rMBP) on the 5G network, and anything else goes on the 2.4. Moving the Netgear to the first floor has helped a lot. I wasn't sure if I was going to run though any issues running it wired through 2 routers, but not setting one up as an extender, but it's been just fine.
  9. Greetings gang! I recently had a couple rooms in my house wired to CAT6, to improve video streaming. But this caused the Netgear AC router to need to be put in the basement. However, I'm not thrilled with how my wifi devices are performing. We've got a 2015 13" rMBP and 2 iPhone 6's, that I thought wouldn't be that affected by moving the AC router downstairs. When devices went from g to n, I felt it. Not so much under ac, though maybe performance would be worse if it were on n. I just can't tell if ac is really doing its job. Here's our current setup: 2100 sq foot home, basement + 2 stories, colonial Netgear cable modem and AC router in basement 6 wired connections to 2 rooms on the 1st floor (achieved with a 4 port switch) iMac on 2nd floor is wired through power line networking to router I'm thinking I can put a several generations old Airport Extreme-n router downstairs to handle all the wired connections, and hook the Netgear-ac router on the 1st floor via a CAT6 wall jack. Would I need to run the Netgear as a wifi extender? Or can I turn off the wireless radios on the AE, and run all wireless signals/networks through the Netgear? What type of network is better for my advanced devices, 2.4ghz or 5? We're not on a great connection. Time Warner Cable, 16MB down, 1MB up. But there's only 2 of us using devices at the moment, and for the most part it's ok. Thanks for your thoughts.
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    13" vs 15" MacBook Pro

    So all of that debate, I realized the only big difference that mattered for what we use it for was screen size. So I bought a 15" as it was $200 off at best buy. It was an experiment, as it looked like it wasn't much bigger than the 13" 2010 models (bezels have shrunk over the years). However, best buy or any store doesn't exactly have test couches to try out the size and I took it back after a week. Larger screen was nice, but a bit too much for the lap, plus I often have to fend off small children. I ordered a 13" with max ram yesterday. While I have no doubt the new Macbook would've done the job, it's just too new and underpowered. Our current machines are 5 years old so I feel we should get a decent bump, though I don't know how core m compares. Is it more wise to add everything manually? Or does migration assistant work well? Or should I use it for somethings but not others?
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    13" vs 15" MacBook Pro

    Time has come to replace our downstairs laptop (2010 MBP). That machine will go to work to replace a 2007 black Macbook, which is on it's last leg. At first, going 13" seemed like a no brainer, we've seen older 15" models and they seemed too big. However once while walking in a Best Buy recently, the newer models didn't seem to have as big of a footprint. These new updates make the decision of 13" vs 15" MBPr more difficult. 13" has newer processor, 15" does not, but it is a quad core i7. Processor means little to us. At most light video editing of iPhone footage may happen on occasion. 13" now has 8gb of faster ram, but 15" comes with 16gb. We have 8gb in our 2010 and it seems enough, though my wife leaves every app/tab open and we use fast user switching. 13" has better battery life, but that means little since it's primarily a home machine. 256gb should be enough storage. Most media is stored on a drobo, hooked up to an iMac. So comparing the $1500 13" MBPr vs the $2000 15", the main differences are the processors, screen size (I would like more), and the intel iris 6100 vs iris pro graphics. I'm not a gamer, but I would enjoy picking up SimCity again or the new Skylines game. Thoughts on the new 13" vs now older 15" MBPr would be appreciated. Thanks!
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    Best HD option for older MBP - SSD or Hybrid?

    I ended up going with the Crucial, mostly due to price. The machine doesn't do much heavy lifting. In fact, after I manually transferred files I realized I could have gone for the smallest drive. We use iTunes Match, so no need to keep music local, and there was 20gb of video podcasts my wife didn't realize could have been set up to auto-delete. It was an easy install, and so far everything has been working great (with the exception of the computer needing to be rebooted if you close the lid).
  13. Seeing as our one and only tax refund will go towards a new furnace/ac and not a MBP Retina, I've been pondering doing as SSD upgrade to get more juice out of the 2010 MBP. Prices look better than they have in the past. We only need 240GB, we're not using our current 250GB. Already at 8GB Ram, and I was surprised we're actually using most of it (it's the downstairs machine the wife and I share, using 2 accounts). From what I understand it is a SATA II drive, though any SATA III drive will work, just not at SATA III speeds. I'm looking at 3 brands. OWC has theirs for $165 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDEX3G240/ Crucial has one for $109 http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-adapter-Internal-CT240M500SSD1/dp/B00BQ8RM1A/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1394726166&sr=1-1&keywords=crucial+240gb+ssd And then I've found Seagate has some Hybrid drives in 500GB($73) and 1TB ($95) http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Laptop-500GB-Drive-ST500LM000/dp/B00B99JU5M/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1394719220&sr=1-4&keywords=hybrid Any thoughts on the SSD vs these Hybrid drives? We don't really need the extra storage, though this machine will eventually replace my 2007 black MacBook at work (used for email and iTunes only), though I could probably figure out a way to utilize the space. Thanks.
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    What happens when lid is opened/closed vs sleep command?

    Thanks, John. It does sleep fine via commands other than lid close, and it wakes fine when the lid is already in an open state(with the settings I've adjusted). The issue is if we close the lid (and it goes into system sleep) it does not wake easily, often not at all. I should probably test it again. Luckily we don't travel with it much, so it is not difficult to have it lid open all of the time. I would guess whatever hardware command is supposed to wake upon lid open isn't happening.
  15. mid-2010 Macbook Pro. I recently added an SSD and did a clean install of Mavericks. This issue predated the recent install, though the lid open problem seems to have gotten worse. Basically, it used to take a while to wake once the MBP went to sleep, either if it went to sleep lid open or if we closed it. Most of the time it would take minutes, and sometimes recently it would take hard reboots (and even then I would get stuck in a weird non-responsive state). Now it doesn't want to wake up at all if the lid is closed. I have reset PRAM and SMC. Turned off " Put Hard disks to sleep when possible" used terminal to change the hibernation mode to this: pmset -g Active Profiles: Battery Power -1* AC Power -1 Currently in use: hibernatemode 0 acwake 0 lidwake 1 halfdim 1 sleep 180 ttyskeepawake 1 sms 0 hibernatefile /var/vm/sleepimage disksleep 0 displaysleep 2 The last bit I have not done yet that seems to have helped users in the past was to turn off "Secure Virtual Memory" which is no longer a GUI option, but probably a terminal command. Since I have made those adjustments above, it wakes fine after given the sleep command (Apple Menu, or short press of power button). Any thoughts as to what is supposed to happen when you open the lid, and is there a solution to fixing it? Thanks.
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    Family Budgeting app

    What about Mint.com?
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    Automator broken in Mavericks?

    There is an error for an automator action that converts dragged files/folders (Apple Lossless) to AAC, even though the process runs just fine. There is no error on the MBP for a Print PDF to folder action in the print menu, though that action does not produce any results, nothing happens. The same Print Menu action runs just fine on my iMac. A 3rd automator action I use to build 10 quick emails (bills to monthly clients) works fine on both machines.
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    Automator broken in Mavericks?

    Is it just me or is Automator just not working in Mavericks? I have a workflow that I drag lossless files/folders to it and it's supposed to convert to AAC and import to iTunes. It works, but I get an error message every time saying it failed, even though the files continue to convert/import. I also had a print PDF to folder (print menu), that I could not get working on my MBP, even though the same exact workflow works fine in my iMac. I'm not looking for help with these, I'm just wondering if I am alone in this or not.
  19. Can you do a clean install of Mavericks from the Recovery Partition (cmd+R on boot)? Or do I need to put in the DVD that came with the 2010 MacBook Pro, boot to that, reformat drive, and install/upgrade from there? Yes, I know you can make a USB boot drive (which I don't have). Can I boot to the recovery partition, reformat the drive, and then install Mavericks from there? Or will there be other issues? I do not want to restore from a Time Machine drive (which is also on the fritz), I want a clean install. Thanks.
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    Automator bug?

    I'm not sure if this is a bug or not, long story short, I'm tryint to creat an Automator print plugin to save the PDF to a specified folder. The only action used is "Move Finder Items" yet I cannot find the files. I've tested it to a folder and to the desktop, nothing. Funny thing is, on my desktop I've had this print plugin for over a year working flawlessly and it continues to work in Mavericks, but I'm needing to recreate these workflows on my laptop and no go. Of course this partially has to do with using Pages '09 and a certain font suddenly behaving badly on one machine where all my workflows are, but perfectly on the other, in the same file.
  21. http://osxdaily.com/2013/04/20/mlpostfactor-installs-os-x-mountain-lion-old-unsupported-macs/ Anyone every try this? With success/failure? I've got a 2008 MacBook at the studio on Lion, used for nothing major, iTunes/Spotify/Mail/web. My 2 machines at home are on ML, and it would be nice to have this machine up on ML too for parity/continuity.
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    Home Automation

    Has anyone delved into the world of Home Automation? I didn't know whether to put this in Hardware or Software, because of course the software would be done via an iOS device. The Nest is an obvious one, but I'm thinking more in terms of lighting and/or ceiling fans. In our new home, we're looking to put in ceiling fans (with lights) in the bedrooms upstairs. I figure since we'll be tearing things apart, might as well see what's out there and if it's affordable. From what I could tell, they don't make ceiling fans with wi-fi controls, but you would get a special wall switch. If anybody has any insight into this kind of home automation, please let me know. Thanks.
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    Home Automation

    Just to clarify, I wouldn't be doing any electrical work myself, like installing the fans. Though we're not afraid to change a light fixture, or install a speaker wire terminal in the wall. I figure since someone would be coming in to do electrical work anyways, if there was any additional hardware needed to turn those lights/fans into a HA system, now would be a good time to look into it. Yes, I am looking for a mac/iOS compatible HA system. From what I gather, Insteon makes an aftermarket attachment which goes to the fan, though another solution is to replace the light switch with an HA one for ceiling fans. I'm just trying to figure out if it's possible and/or worth it.
  24. I've recently come across some oldish (late 90s, early 00s) home movies I had converted to DVD from VHS. Quality, of course, is only as good as the source, but I would like to preserve as much of it as possible. My goal is to get these videos into iTunes to watch on the Apple TV, and possibly put up on youtube as well. But some simple editing, like splitting at combining, is necessary. I've got several apps that can accomplish this, but the various workflows have shown mixed results, including compressing the already so-so quality further. If anybody has any input as to minimizing the amount of compression, I would appreciate it. The first step is, of course, to rip the DVDs. For that I use Handbrake and the preset for Apple TV 3 (though I only have a 2, future planning) and allow for a large file size. For the splitting/joining I need to do, I have use iMovie, Quicktime X, or Visual Hub. I also see different options for export formats, like Quicktime or MP4. Which would be recommended? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
  25. After installing Mountain Lion, all of my mail rules had disappeared. I've got a Time Machine back up, as well as superduper clone. Is there any way to restore the old rules, or am I going to have to start from scratch?