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    External Drives for cloning

    With Snow Leopard around the corner, I'm mindful that my Super Duper clone drive died a while back and I that haven't replaced it yet. I want to create a clone before upgrading and was wondering if anyone here had suggestions for a drive. Issues I'm considering: - I want a firewire drive to make booting the clone easier. I've heard you can boot from a usb drive, but not sure if that's to be trusted. Anyone have 1st hand experience? - I want to plug the drive into a time capsule after the initial backups on 2 iMacs are done. I know it'll be slower, but for subsequent incremental backups I'm hoping it will be ok for both machines. Aperture's vaults don't support network backup and I'm not sure if that is an Aperture issue or something I need to be mindful of. Do I need 2 drives? The drive I have in mind is a Seagate Free Agent Extreme 1T - because it has firewire. Drives without FireWire are cheaper, so I need to know how important that is. It also comes with a 5 year warranty, which is also important. Anyone?
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    External Drives for cloning

    Yes, I learned that the idea of putting one drive on the Time Capsule was not going to fulfill our needs so I bit the bullet and got two. On the plus side, we each gained a ~600 Gig storage after putting 350GB aside for the clones. I should add that the Seagate Free Agents are very quiet and feel solid. Love the fact that I got a 5 year warranty. I had really bad luck with WD MyBooks from Costco, 3 of 4 dead in just over a year - and the survivor with a very finicky power cord seating. I heard Adam recommend these drives on the Podcast today (after I had already got them), and it's good to know his experience with them has been positive.
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    Bonjour limits?

    Recently I've begun to see strange PCs appearing in my Finder under 'shared' devices. I suspect that my neighbours' PC's have had bonjour installed on them and that is why they are now appearing. Is there a way to block this from happening? Is my diagnosis correct or is there something else going on? The two systems in question appear as PCs and have names that are not the names anyone would give a machine - they have strings of numbers preceded by either 's' or 'mac'.
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    Bonjour limits?

    There is a PS3 on the Airport network, I suppose that could be one entry. My wife uses some kind of Remote Desktop for work occasionally; I'll have to ask her more about that. Would a virtual (XP on Parallels) machine be another area worth exploring? Only the PS3 is, to my knowledge, on the network at all times. Hmm, I'll investigate. Thanks for the tip!
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    Bonjour limits?

    I'm no networking whizz, but this seems unlikely. It's a brand new password, and the password is security software generated, ie. it's not my dog's name. Plus, the oddball computers were there before the password change. Maybe I should try my ISP. :-)
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    Bonjour limits?

    Our set up is a cable line into the modem the TV/Cable people gave us, from there to a Time Capsule running both wired and wireless internet connections in the house. The wired and wireless computers are both showing the computers that don't belong to us. We have a WPA password set on the network and the iMac's are running the OS X firewall.
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    Bonjour limits?

    We are subscribed to an ISP (our cable TV company) and have a modem from them in the house.
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    New Time Capsule

    We do use Super Duper for cloning in addition to Time Machine. I also use a free off site backup service for documents. I think we're covered pretty well. ;-)
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    New Time Capsule

    I picked up on of Apple's new Time capsule's last week and thought I'd share my first impressions. The best feature for us is the dual band. We were very surprised at what a difference it made for our Apple TV especially, but also for our Aluminum iMacs. I wasn't sure what band I was getting before, but now it seems some older devices were indeed slowing the whole Airport Extreme network down. Set up was very easy, and I was impressed at how quickly it went. Entering the new passwords in the network devices was the biggest hassle! The disk is not silent, but it is very quiet - even sitting right on my desk, in close proximity to me. I was surprised that the disk is not visible to Disk Utility, and therefore *not easily partitioned.* The workaround we came up with was to put all the Time Machine back ups on it and use the old external drives for cloning drives and a Windows XP virtual machine. That will work for a while, but the old disks had been having issues and this is why we got the device in the first place. We are looking for a USB hub to connect the old HDs to the device for shared storage but haven't tried it yet. We have not used the guest account, but I can see it being useful. All in all, we got unexpectedly good speed and less storage than expected. Give it thumbs 2/3 up! Btw, I posed a while back about having crash-y trouble with my Apple TV. Those issues have gone away for the time being. I don't know if the update or putting the device in standby mode when not in use was the fix, but I'm happy to say it's fun to use again.
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    New Time Capsule

    I should add that I have not had any Time Machine back ups fail since moving to the Time Capsule. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the new device or the amount of data backed up, but we used to get Time Machine failures a pretty regularly - a couple of times a week, at least. Perhaps the WD disk was not waking properly or quickly enough for Time Machine. In any case, I hope I've seen the last of that.
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    Crash TV

    Has anyone else experienced a steady decline in the performance of the Apple TV lately? There is a thread on Apple's support site about this. The unit, which used to work fine, has more and more freezes until it becomes totally unresponsive. Mine lasts about 5 minutes or so now, and I think HD video accelerates that, but I'm only guessing. Others have said just playing music does it. Artwork flipping stutters a lot. Some have suggested an HDMI issue, but I'm connected via component, with Toslink for audio. This set up (everything into a Denon AVR) has worked fine since I got the Apple TV. Each software update since 2.0 seems to make it worse. I have not yet done a factory reset because I dread syncing everything again and I think the patches will ruin it again. I'm also investigating to see if my Harmony remote can be set to "park" the unit when shutting the system down or moving to another activity. Apple's forum has no solutions, so I'm here wondering how widespread this is and what it the smart folk here suspect as the cause. ;-) Btw, The network is wireless and always has been. Anyone?
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    Crash TV

    I've seen screenshots of what I think is a previous version showing a 'diagnostics' command but since I can't find it, I assume it's been removed since. As far as I know, there isn't a way to do any work with the drive itself, although a Apple TV hack site might have something. I have not hacked the unit in any way to this point. I also don't think it's a heat issue since the unit has a lot of space around it. The drive is about 55% full, mostly with music and a few photos. The thread I mentioned in the opening post: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?t...24&tstart=0 I use my Apple TV for music and podcasts. Mostly audio, but with some video podcasts. I have watched iTunes movies on it before it began acting up and that was ok. Right now I would not want to risk it. Today was a good day with it; tomorrow, well, we'll see.
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    iPod Touch and Airtunes

    I have been mulling over the new iPhone's arrival in Canada next week and in looking at Roger's data plans I've become worried that all the push apps and things that make the phone great will also eat up the allotted data. There's no unlimited plan in Canada. So, I'm wondering about settling on an iPod touch. Is the difference as simple as "everything the iPhone has, except no phone, camera or GPS?" For example, I was wondering if the Touch supports Airtunes. You know, plug it into an iPod speaker and play any music in range of your wireless network, even if it isn't on the Touch itself. That would be a nice feature that would compensate for the smaller storage. Anyone tried this? We have Macbook and it can do this. Adding that ability to a set of speakers in the garage would be great. Mobile me is supported, says Apple. Are there other issues I should keep in mind?
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    iPod Touch and Airtunes

    That is great news! Thanks for the tip; however, is GPS also a low bandwidth item? That is something I really can see myself missing if I take the Touch.
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    Apple TV vs. PS3

    I've moved this thread about the Apple TV from Hardware to iTunes, which I hope is more appropriate. **** I recently upgraded - ok, replaced really - my home theatre setup in my living room. The old system was quite old, almost ten years, and the tech has really advanced recently. One of the decisions that was tough was weather to simply use the media abilities of the PS3 for wireless music and photos, or to go for the Apple TV. In the end I wound up getting both, as the Apple TV isn't that expensive and the PS3 is a great deal for a Blue Ray player. Sony hasn't really hyped the PS3's multimedia abilities all that much (beyond the Blue Ray player), but to my surprise it is a pretty good competitor to the Apple TV. Unlike the Apple TV, you can pick pictures for viewing one by one, and are not limited to slideshows only. The internet browser is lousy, but that could be fixed with a software update. For music, the only drawback a Mac user has is that the PS3 can't play iTunes DRMed music. So it depends on how much you've bought from the iTunes store. In my case, that was more that 1/2 my library, so the Apple TV was very compelling there. BTW, as far as I know, you do need a System Preference add on from Nullriver (http://www.nullriver.com/products/medialink) in order for the PS3 to "see" a mac on your wireless network. It's cheap ($20) and it works great. In Canada we don't have a lot of video content available from iTunes - very few TV shows and no movies at all. With all that in mind, I think that if I didn't have the large amount of iTunes music, it would have been hard to make a case for the Apple TV. And outside the US, I think most countries have few video options too, so music really is the key at the moment. The Apple TV does have a nice Apple interface, and the slideshows are better than the PS3's too. Having Flickr is great, because we have a photogs in my family, and YouTube might be fun for some (not so much for me!). In the end, I want Apple TV to succeed, but I think that even with the 2.1 software, it still has a ways to go. Movie rentals would help a lot, as would being able to record cable TV. Internet radio would also be great. I am also finding the iTunes store is barely usable over the device, as it times out about 50% of all requests (other than the main page); my home network connections are fine. I was just wondering what other people might have to say about how these devices compare, and how you would decide, if you had to go with only one.
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    Apple TV vs. PS3

    No, not on the Apple TV or on the PS3. From what I understand, you can transmit iTunes net radio to the Apple TV in the same way that you would send it to an Airport Express. Kind of an inelegant solution when your imac in another room and you want to change the channel. An on screen interface would be much better.
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    Apple TV vs. PS3

    I recently upgraded - ok, replaced really - my home theatre setup in my living room. The old system was quite old, almost ten years, and the tech has really advanced recently. One of the decisions that was tough was weather to simply use the media abilities of the PS3 for wireless music and photos, or to go for the Apple TV. In the end I wound up getting both, as the Apple TV isn't that expensive and the PS3 is a great deal for a Blue Ray player. Sony hasn't really hyped the PS3's multimedia abilities all that much (beyond the Blue Ray player), but to my surprise it is a pretty good competitor to the Apple TV. Unlike the Apple TV, you can pick pictures for viewing one by one, and are not limited to slideshows only. The internet browser is lousy, but that could be fixed with a software update. For music, the only drawback a Mac user has is that the PS3 can't play iTunes DRMed music. So it depends on how much you've bought from the iTunes store. In my case, that was more that 1/2 my library, so the Apple TV was very compelling there. BTW, as far as I know, you do need a System Preference add on from Nullriver (http://www.nullriver.com/products/medialink) in order for the PS3 to "see" a mac on your wireless network. It's cheap ($20) and it works great. In Canada we don't have a lot of video content available from iTunes - very few TV shows and no movies at all. With all that in mind, I think that if I didn't have the large amount of iTunes music, it would have been hard to make a case for the Apple TV. And outside the US, I think most countries have few video options too, so music really is the key at the moment. The Apple TV does have a nice Apple interface, and the slideshows are better than the PS3's too. Having Flickr is great, because we have a photogs in my family, and YouTube might be fun for some (not so much for me!). In the end, I want Apple TV to succeed, but I think that even with the 2.1 software, it still has a ways to go. Movie rentals would help a lot, as would being able to record cable TV. Internet radio would also be great. I was just wondering what other people might have to say about how these devices compare, and how you would decide, if you had to go with only one.
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