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    Mail with Snow Leopard

    My my Mail version, you are running an older version of Mail. I am running 10.6.1 and have Mail version 4.1. I would try doing some of the things suggested in the thread that haivu linked to. Open Mail from your Applications folder incase your Dock Icon was old or bad, I would also run Software Update to see if there is anything in there, and finally I would try to re-download the 10.6.1 Combo Update directly from Apple's Website link here - this should include the latest version of Mail (4.1 (1076)) and hopefully will fix your problem. Hope this helps and good luck! Apple Geek P.S. Did you try clicking the "help button" like it suggests in the error dialog? Maybe that will give you some more information? EDIT: Shoot! Forgot the link.
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    iTunes 9: Make window background black?

    No, there is currently no way to change it back to black. Unless of course you downgrade back to iTunes 8.
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    New announcements

    You can also hold down the 'option' key when clicking the green button and it will toggle the Mini-player on and off like the old way. Apple Geek
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    I don't really have any sort of experience with Carbonite, but what first came to my mind when reading this is that there is something in Carbonite that is trying to start when you log into your computer. I would check you "Login Items" under your Account in System Preferences. See if there is anything relating to Carbonite in there. Also check /Macintosh HD/Library/StartupItems and see if there is anything in there. Other than that, I don't know what else to do... Hope something here helps! Apple Geek
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    I get that dialog every time too, you can either try the suggestion that the others have stated here, or just do it again. The second time I drag it to the Apps folder and tell it to replace, it always works for me. Apple Geek
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    Removing a corrupted item from Finder "Places"

    Simple, I know- but have you tried restarting your Mac? I had quite a few other computers continue to show up under "Network" in the Finder from my old network but I couldn't get them to leave until I restarted. This is obviously different than my Network, but worth a try if you haven't already. Apple Geek
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    Back up to external drive - best method?

    Though I've never personally used it- I always hear good things about Carbon Copy Cloner. It's free (donation-ware) and it is a complete bootable copy of your hard drive. Check it out here: LINK Hope this helps Apple Geek
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    kernel_task eating RAM

    Ok, thanks for the input. I guess I won't worry about it too much then. Apple Geek
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    kernel_task eating RAM

    I'll make this short: Over the past couple of months I've been noticing a task in my Activity Monitor called kernel_task. It is run by the root, but it progressively starts to eat away at my RAM. I have 4 GB of RAM on my 15" MacBook Pro from early 2008. It didn't use to bother me too much, but over the past week or so it has gotten out of hand. On a normal re-boot of my system, it usually starts around 100 MB but after only a few hours it has quickly risen to over 350 MB of real RAM being used. Eventually, it gets so large that I finally have to re-boot my system and it's really annoying. Anyone have any ideas of what it is and how I can keep it suppressed? I've searched all over the internet but I can't really find anything about it. Here's a pic of my Activity Monitor with kernel_task highlighted. This is only about 30 minutes after my last re-boot of my computer. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance. Apple Geek
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    Launch programs at start up but not open the window

    This works for *most* applications, however I have found out that this does not work for Mail for some unknown reason. I even called Apple about it and was told that this was not a bug, and the software had been designed that way (but they gave me no reasons as to why). The only way you can get Mail to hide is to create a short AppleScript that opens Mail, then immediately hides it. Then add that AppleScript to your Login Items. Yes, the window will pop up but only for a second. Yes, it is frustrating. But unfortunately, unless Apple changes something it is going to be that way. Apple Geek
  11. The point he is making is that it is completely unnecessary. It is basically a waste of money. There are no viruses known to Macs so you there is no need to use an anti-virus. To each his own, I guess, but I've had my system for over a year now and have never run any kind of Anti-virus or anti-malware/spyware tool (and believe me, I've done my fair share of questionable things on the internet) but I have yet to have a problem. But yes, if you ABSOLUTELY have to have an anti-virus on your system, don't waste money on Norton. There are quite a few free programs for the Mac that do just as well, if not better than Norton plus you don't have all the crap Norton installs. Norton brought about death of our old Windows XP computer, my Grandma's XP, AND my Aunt's. Now, I wouldn't trust Norton with anything, least of all my computer. </rant> Apple Geek
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    Maccast won't sync to iPhone

    I haven't heard about this problem specifically, but two points jump out at me - the first being that the MacCast is enhanced (though I've never had any problems with enhanced podcasts) and the fact that your iPhone is jailbroken. I have no leads or ideas past this point, but I would focus my attention at those two points. Try downloading another enhanced podcast and see what happens....try restoring your iPhone and see what happens then... Just some ideas, and hopefully someone else can offer more help but hopefully this is a start. Apple Geek
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    Will the superdrive read blue ray dvd's?

    With the current super drives that are shipping now - no. Apple Geek
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    Smart apps

    Just a thought and I don't have any way of testing this, but what happens when you right-click on a link in Mail? For me I have "Open Link" and "Open Link Behind Mail". I'm guessing that these are probably the only two options that you have too, but maybe since you have FF installed along with Safari (I don't use FF) that maybe there is more choices or possibly a different menu to let you choose what browser to open the link in. This probably isn't the case- but something to check out. Other than that I don't have any ideas -especially since I only use one browser. Apple Geek
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    Griffin iTrip FM transmitter

    EDIT: I no longer have this item.
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    Twitter client

    Tweetie. That is, if you are talking about the iPhone. If you are talking about the Mac - Tweetie. Actually, I really like Tweetie for both iPhone and the Mac, but I do know that a lot of people find TweetDeck very useful. Your best bet is to just try one of them for 2 or 3 days and then try the next one for 2 or 3 days and eventually you will find the one that fits best with your routine. That's the best advice I can give. Hope this helps. Apple Geek
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    iPod Touch and YouTube not working

    You aren't being a fussy customer if the product that you paid for doesn't work properly. You are doing what you should do. Apple Geek
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    Need some serious help.

    Ok, to keep it short. I decided to install and use GeekTool today, but I read somewhere that it could keep your system from going to sleep and I found about an app called SleepWatcher. I installed SleepWatcher and everything but some documents on macosxhints.com said that it could actually cause your computer to sleep even when you are watching a movie - I don't want that! This document shows a solution to that problem by telling it to kick in only when the display is asleep (the display won't sleep if I'm watching a movie). The only problem is - I have no idea what it is telling me to do. I need step-by-step instructions on what this document is telling me to do so I can solve/fix this problem. I found the file and sort of understand the part after it says "And this is how my SleepWatcher file, in /Library » StartupItems » SleepWatcher, looks:...." but the part before that is what I really need to do and I don't know where to start. Again, step-by-step instructions would be the absolute best way. (e.g. "Open *this* file using *this* app, type *this* here and then save *that* file *here*....etc..) Sorry for my ignorance (and stupidity) but thank you so much for your help. The article I am talking about can be found here. Thanks again. Apple Geek
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    Need some serious help.

    Nah, I'm on Leopard. The problem isn't with GeekTool (well actually it has to do with GeekTool but it really isn't a "bug".) I've decided to just leave everything how it is - GeekTool installed and preventing my computer from sleeping - since I seem to have a hard time expressing exactly what I want to be done (no one here seems to understand exactly what I'm asking). So thanks to everyone anyway but I've decided to just drop this issue as of now. Thanks. Apple Geek
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    Need some serious help.

    Ok, admittedly I don't really need GeekTool to do anything that I can't do with any other program, but I just like it so I plan on keeping it. I can understand how these two are sort of working against each other, but as I said, the problem comes in because I often just leave my MBP for a while and will let the screen shut off and then eventually go to sleep. GeekTool allows the screen to shut off, but since it is constantly asking for info from the system it doesn't let the MBP sleep. If there was any way that I could tell GeekTool to automatically quit running when the screen shuts off (and then re-start when the screen comes back on) then that would solve all my problems. (Is something like this possible - a script or something??) Thanks. Apple Geek
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    A Few Items I'm Looking For

    Hey everyone, I usually don't do things like this, but you don't get anywhere without asking or trying, do you? So anyway I've recently been wanting a few things (only a few, mind you). If you would be willing to part with any of these for a reasonable cost (free would be even better and you would make my Super Friend List forever). Here are the items: iPod (classic) 5th Gen 30GB - color doesn't matter and I don't really care about the condition, just working iPhone 1st Gen (any size) - again, just working iMac G4 (i.e. "Desk Lamp iMac") finally, Wario Land 4 for the Game Boy Advance Now, I know that free is asking way too much for a lot of these items, but if you or someone you may happen to know is looking to unload any, all, or some of these items I would really, really appreciate it if you passed along the information to me. I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and I trust that everyone will take me seriously. Thank you again. Apple Geek
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    Safari 3.1

    Here is iTunes 7.7.1. Hope this helps. Apple Geek
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    Finder issues

    EDIT: Whoops! I mis-understood the problem... Sorry Apple Geek
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    Internet sharing from Macbook

    A system update on what? The PC or your Mac? More information would be helpful. Apple Geek
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    Safari 3.1

    Could you please explain why you can't download Safari 4? That may help out quite a bit. Apple Geek