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    iPad Movies - Streaming and Heat

    I have no direct experience (don't have one sadly) but from everything I've read online and heard through other podcasts (MacBreak Weekly, iPhone Alley, etc) the iPad surprisingly puts off almost no heat. Andy Ihnatko said that he had no heat issues after watching a full movie with the iPad resting on his lap.
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    iPad Warranty

    Or lack of money *raises hand*. I'm always saddened by videos like these. I know this is a "business" of sorts for this guy and his website, but I remember videos some years ago of some idiots who bought a Wii (when they were EXTREMELY rare) and took it out on the street and saw how many times it could be dropped before it broke. Not a great way to spend all that money.
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    DeFragging Hard Drive problem

    When is the last time you did a clean install on your hard drive? Over time, the constant install, uninstall, move, delete, etc of files will cause your system to slow down - and in the case of a few years, the slowdown can be very noticeable. Defragging may help a very little bit (if at all) but a much more beneficial operation would be a wipe and install of the whole system. It may be a little more effort on your part, but block out half of a day on the weekend and just do it - it's not that bad. And the benefits (speed, overall cleanliness, etc) will be far, far better than what you will get from defragging. IMO, defragging just seems like a poor glue-job on a bike tire - at some point it's just better to get rid of the old thing and start fresh.
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    Multiple iPads in Harmonious Syncronity

    I haven't heard much of the sort (other than the Scrabble board game). However, for what you are talking about it would be better - and cheaper - to just buy a bluetooth keyboard.
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    DeFragging Hard Drive problem

    I'm not sure how much help I can offer. I looked at the DiskWarrior website and it said that all it required was a minimum of 512MB of RAM so it appears that you should be ok. My next question would be - what is the main reason you feel you need to defrag your hard drive? I don't really want to turn this into a "defrag vs. don't defrag" thread since that's not your question, but I really think that defragging is not as necessary as it use to be (if it ever was) and probably won't offer much benefit. All recent versions of the Mac OS will organize your files pretty nicely by default meaning that there isn't much the user can do to really improve that - because there isn't anything to improve. Ok, like I said - I didn't intend for this to turn into that kind of thread and I don't really have any answers to your questions so sorry for wasting your time - but I thought I'd offer my views on the subject at hand. I'm sure someone else here will have more useful information. Apple Geek
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    scrolling through a window in the background

    My guess would be the same as Dolphbucs's. I also only use iWork so I can't speak for MS Office, but I have heard that Office has had a history of not working with some default settings/features of the Mac OS (I think there was a big problem with Spaces and/or Exposé a few releases ago). I guess my next question would be: did this just start or has this been a problem since you installed MS Office? If it just started happening then I would suspect something is wrong, if it has always been this way then I would think that it is just a compatibility issue. Apple Geek
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    Email for kids

    Is it the complexity of the application that you want to take away, or the ability for them to send email to anyone (i.e. you only want them to be able to communicate with you)? If it is the first item, then I'm not really sure what to tell you. Mac|Life actually just ran a story about some of "The Best Software...for Kids". I don't think they specifically mentioned an email application but I didn't really read through it since I don't have kids myself, so you might want to take a look at it: link. If that turns up nothing, the other thing I would look at is just simplifying the toolbar (Right Click>>Customize Toolbar...). There you could just add the very few buttons that your kids would need (maybe New Message, Reply, etc) - be sure to do this on the Compose Message window as well. Then the features wouldn't be completely turned off, but it would make it easier for your kids to do the most essential things and it wouldn't be overly complicated. For option two, I'm pretty sure that Parental Controls will allow you to set who your kids can correspond with in Mail. It may also allow you to set some more options that would fall under option one. These are just some of my ideas. Hopefully something here was helpful Apple Geek
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    "Wipe" my iPhone but have a backup? It worked

    Man that really sucks. Well, if you can still use the screen and make your way to the Settings, under General - at the bottom there is a section called Reset. There, you have a whole bunch of options. I'm not sure if this gets it 100% back to factory (as in, you just took it out of the box) but I would think it would get it pretty darn close. If you still wanted to go for your method, that sounds exactly like what I would do so I don't think you're missing anything. Good luck! Apple Geek
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    Word Count in Text Edit

    Adam mentioned on one of his later shows that this was actually something that he downloaded a long time ago and forgot that it wasn't built in. It is a service bundle called "WordService 2.7" and it is from DEVONtechnologies. You can download it near the bottom of the page here. It's free and the instructions should tell you how to enable it in Snow Leopard.
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    Some items deauthorized

    Have you purchased things in the iTunes Store with different accounts at some point? If you "Get Info" on any of the items you can't play, under the "Summary" tab, it should tell you who purchased it, with what email, and when. It's possible that your computer just got de-authorized from the account that you need to play those items. To re-authorize just go to the Store menu and then Authorize Computer... You can have many (I'm not sure the max) account attached to one computer. Hope this helps.
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    stop recieving emails

    You must have subscribed to a few threads. To manage them: Click on your name in the upper right corner of the window>>My Settings>>Click on the Forums Tab. Under that tab there should be an option "Watch every topic I reply to" you want to make sure you uncheck that. Then click on Manage Watched Topics on the left to clear out all the ones you have been watching. Then you may want to check under Manage Watched Forums as well. Also, when creating new topics, there should be an "Options" button near the bottom of the edit box. Expand that and make sure you uncheck the line that says something like "Email me when someone replies to this topic". For me it is unchecked by default, but you might just check. Hope this solves the problem. EDIT: Added the part about creating a new topic.
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    /Volumes Where are they?

    Great! Yeah, I actually find the Go To Folder command to be quite useful but I think a lot of people miss it! And you're not alone in still learning new things about the Mac! Glad this worked out for you.
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    /Volumes Where are they?

    In the Finder try: Go/Go To Folder... (Cmd+Shift+G) and just type in "/Volumes/". That should take you to a folder that I can't seem to locate in the Finder unless I use the Go To Folder to get to it directly. Hopefully this helps.
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    Totally agree with Dolphbucs. I always recommend a re-install every year or so; not only cleans up the system, it will undoubtedly run faster! Though, I will admit I run an app called AppCleaner (http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/, free) when I want to uninstall any applications. It does the same thing that Dolphbucs mentioned (getting all the extra files associated with an app) but all without me having to find them manually. As far as caches and other things, those don't really add up until you have a lot of them (which might take a couple of years or so) before you notice any slowdown related to them at which point you would have already re-installed your OS so I wouldn't worry about them too much. Just my 2 cents... Apple Geek
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    Starting position on songs

    Just to make this clear, you are starting a new song and not just pushing "Play/Pause" right? I assume you are doing that, so then I would check to make sure that the Media Kind is set to Music instead of either Podcast or Audiobook. Other than that, be 100% sure that it actually did replace the music on your iPod when you re-synced it. Sorry I didn't really offer that much help, just wanted to post my thoughts. Apple Geek
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    iMac closes unexpectedly.

    I would first check for power surges or dips. Do you have it hooked up to a UPS (Universal Power Supply)? This will deliver constant and consistent power to whatever is plugged in. Sometimes small dips - or surges - in power (even if it isn't noticeable by you) is enough cause a machine to shut down. This could be (and probably is) way off the mark, but this is the first thing that came to my mind. It could be, as you state, crashing which power would have nothing to do with.
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    Safari help

    Glad I could help. Just for information for anyone else in the future, what fixed it - trashing the preferences or reinstalling Safari?
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    Safari help

    Well you would just lose all your Safari Preferences, but those are easily replaced. If you are worried, just take screen caps of all the preference panes so you can set them back to how you like them. Anyway, you find it in your Home Folder/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.prefs just drag this file to the Desktop, Quit and relaunch Safari. If this fixes your problem, you can trash the pref file on your desktop and go about your merry way. If that doesn't fix it then you may be better off completely re-installing Safari by downloading a copy from Apple's site.
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    Word Count in Text Edit

    I assume you meant 'essay', but anyway. TextEdit doesn't appear to have a word counter. I'm sure you've probably thought of this but you could use Pages - it has a word count in the 'Get Info' window. If that's not available, I also found this website that you will tell you a word count: Link. She could just copy and paste her essay every so often to check the word count. Hope this helps. Apple Geek
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    pages save

    No, you have to export as Word each time.
  21. I'm not exactly sure how it gets the email addresses but I know that it does have them in auto-complete. To get rid of some email addresses or to add them to your Address Book for later: while in Mail go to Window-->Previous Recipients. This is a whole list of any address that has come through the Mail app. You can then remove the address from the list or add it to the Address Book.
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    Virus / Spyware protection for Mac

    Well, I had a whole long post written and I for some reason decided to hit the back button and lost it all. So short answer: You don't need it. There are know viruses in the wild for Mac, as well as virtually none, if any spyware. IMO all you would be doing is wasting your money, time, system resources, and HD space. Just be smart (don't click on weird links/emails/websites/etc) and you will be fine. And just keep up to date with the news - earlier this year, there were two trojans targeting the Mac but you could only get them from downloading illegal copies of iWork and/or Photoshop. If you ABSOLUTELY HAVE to have some sort of program like that, I guess I would recommend ClamXav if only because I have heard other people talk about it. I have no experience with any sort of anti-virus/spyware/etc. I've run my Mac for a year and a half without any of that stuff on here, and have had no problems what-so-ever with security. (I do have my Mac OS X system firewall turned on, but that is it). If you have a Windows partition in any manner - Boot Camp or Virtual Machine. Do get anti-virus for that just like normal. While the virus couldn't spread to your Mac you don't want any problems on that side of the computer. For that I would recommend the free Microsoft Security Essentials. It is light-weight and I haven't had any problems with it on my Win 7 VM. There are some more posts on this forum about the same topic, just search for 'virus' and you can look at the older discussions. Adam also talked about it on a show a while back, so you could search for that one. Hope this helps. Apple Geek
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    OSX running slow

    The best, most productive 'free solution' is to wipe the drive and re-install the OS. I know Adam talks about it a lot on the show and he recommends doing this at least once a year to keep things in great shape. Just make sure you have a good, working backup of all your important things and do the 'Erase and Install' option.
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    How do I get my "applications" folder back?

    Simply find the folder on either your HD or in your Users folder and drag it back to the sidebar! Just the same as if you were putting those folders in your dock (just put it on the sidebar instead). Apple Geek
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    I have invites!

    PM'ed. I've got plenty of Google Wave invites if anyone else wants them, too. I have to admit - there's a lot of hype around this one. It's cool to play with for a day or two and then you realize that no one else uses it either so it's not that fun. But I've still got invites if you are interested. Just PM me your email address. Apple Geek