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    Apple Myths

    I have a friend who once told me with complete sincerity, "iPods can't natively play MP3s" He was convinced that the files were converted to M4a when it is synced. Being the only mac user amongst my peers, I was quick to correct him on the matter. The same friend also thought that the Nanos used miniature hard drives, again, I was quick to correct him. I have another friend that told me during a Windows-OSX argument that OSX does not fully support right click. He seem convinced of this, despite me telling him that a have used both OSX and XP, and OSX supports right click just as well as Windows. But not only that, the last mac he used was running OS8, likely on a one button mouse, so he has no right to correct me. Anyway, why don't you share your own stories of gormless friends who seem to think they know all about OSX, but still make comments like these on a regular basis? This would be a good thread to discuss the various myths about the Macintosh that are floating about.
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    Logic 8 input/output issues

    Recently I was clumsy enough to wreck the audio output on my macbook, it's completely broken. But fear not, I had a griffin iMic lying around, so I've started to use that as the system audio output. However, Logic 8 appears to ignore the this system setting instead requiring the user to select the Core audio device in its own preferences. This is becoming an issue because the griffin iMic also has an audio input which I do not wish to use. Logic automatically selects the input from the iMic which is awful because of its high susceptibility to interference and noise. My question is, how can I map the audio output from Logic to go through the iMic, whilst still using the built in input? Thanks for any suggestions, Joe
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    M-Audio Leopard Drivers

    I have the Midi Sport UNO USB interface for my keyboard in Logic 8, broken after Leopard. I'm hoping they update them soon, I might try re downloading the driver though.
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    iPod Touch Release Date 9/28/2007

    I saw that date the day it was announced, if you go to the Apple store and order it, at the top it says the ship date is September the 28th.
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    iPod Touch Add-ons

    Within days of the ship date it will no doubt be totally hacked, likely with the ability to import iPhone apps such as mail, notes, maps, etc.
  6. That 16GB touch has my name on it, it's exactly what I wanted. I honestly didn't expect it to have Safari, I thought it would take a miracle so I didn't get my hopes up. When it was announced I almost jumped out of my seat Shame you can't get a white one though.
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    The Beat Goes On…

    For those who haven't heard, apple's next special event is tomorrow on September 5th. As usual, an AIM (iChat) chatroom will be open for live discussion of the announcements. To access the room in iChat, click File- Go To Chat, and then enter 'themaccast' in the text field.
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    Windows Vista Home Premium

    You needn't use bittorrent to download the crack, I have always obtained it through a simple browser download found through Google, I was amazed how well it worked.
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    MacBook Internal Hard Drive Upgrade

    Hey, it has recently come to my attention that my bank's online banking facility, for absolutely no apparent reason, requires a Windows PC running Internet Explorer to gain access. So it appears the time has come to install Windows on my MacBook. However, my minute 60GB drive is barely large enough hold my home folder, let alone budging up to fit in another operating system. I was wondering if any of you lot know of a computer hardware supplier in the UK that sells MacBook internal hard drives. I will pay whatever it costs, although going by US prices, I am anticipating a price of around £150 - £250. Thanks, Joe
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    MacBook Internal Hard Drive Upgrade

    Actually, in an earlier post, I explained that disk utility showed that mycurrent drive is SATA2, not SATA. So I should really stick to the SATA2 drive. One thing I must ask, the SATA2 drive on Amazon is only 5200 rpm, whereas my current drive 5400, would this create a noticeable difference in performance? Also, I notice that this drive has no manufacturer attributed to it, Amazon merely lists it as "generic" should I stay away from this and look for more well known brand like Hitachi, Fujitsu, or Toshiba?
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    MacBook Internal Hard Drive Upgrade

    Still, would it matter that a drive is not SATA2. Is there a difference between SATA, and SATA2?
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    MacBook Internal Hard Drive Upgrade

    Research on Amazon and Play.com has revealed many possibilities in regards to 2.5" Notebook drives. Firstly, from Amazon, this one interests me... Link I presume I would need to purchase an enclosure, which are also available on Amazon. This one, which I prefer, from play.com.. Link However, I notice that this drive does not claim to be SATA2. In system profiler, I have learnt the drive that shipped with my MacBook is SATA2, is this significant? Will a regular SATA drive still work?
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    MacBook Internal Hard Drive Upgrade

    I've seen macbook drives for sale in the US, if I could purchase one of those in the UK, would I be able to just duplicate my installation with all my data, then somehow claim it back from the external drive once I have the new disc in? How would the transfer work?
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    We'll be back soon!

    Let the speculation begin, iPods? MacBooks? Mac Pros? Or just maintenance!
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    Skype trashed my laptop

    Thanks for warning us, I think we should all stay from Skype video all together until this is fixed. That is an extremely serious bug, one that can slab your laptop!
  16. I find Logitech to absolutely incompetent at writing drivers for their own products, they either miss out ridiculously obvious features, crash, cause your computer to kernel panic, or simply don't even recognize the device in the first place. So using Steermouse is pretty much compulsory when it comes to Logitech mice.
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    MacBook Internal Hard Drive Upgrade

    I have to say that worked perfectly with all banks' services I tried. The fact that this works really does prove that for absolutely no reason other than laziness, do they not support the OSX platform. On one bank, Nationwide, it even said "you must use a Windows system", this work around proved that statement to be an outright lie. They simply have not tested it, so they assume it is incompatible. Which makes me even more angry than before... Are they totally ignorant of customers needs? Do they not realize that even amongst a user base of, say 500,000 people, around 75,000 of those people will be using OSX, and will not have constant access to a Windows PC? P.S: Im still in the market for a Hard Disk upgrade so if you know of any places I could get one I would much appreciate it, thanks.
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    Any free Mac apps like Daemon Tools/PowerISO?

    Yeah, disk utility works for a few image formats, but there are quite a few that it doesn't support. Really the main purpose of apps like that on the PC are for mounting a creating images, and Finder and Disk Utility support this anyway. If you aren't having any luck with disk utility you could try your luck with Disco
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    Apple Updates MacBook Pro

    I just hope they have fixed all the hardware issues, I've got through about six now.
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    Green Screen app (free)

    Sorry, but I really doubt anybody is going to develop an app like this for free. With the common apps like Shake and After Effects costing thousands.
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    .daa files???

    Wow, can you imagine running virtual PC in Rosetta? Thats like running an emulator, in an emulator!
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    .daa files???

    Wow, can you imagine running virtual PC in Rosetta? Thats like running an emulator, in an emulator! EDIT: Oops, I pressed the add reply button twice, how do I delete the second post?
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    Off center audio

    Yeah, I have this on my iMac G5 17" (no iSight)
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    What is your internet download speed?

    If you don't know what your download speed is: Internet Connection Tester
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    Quality Control, non existent

    As I sit here on my third MacBook, this time a pro version, blocking out the whine and the abnormally noisy hard drive, and grimacing at my appallingly badly constructed hinge that squeeks, creaks, and clicks into position whenever it's moved, I think of how many others that have got through even more computers that I have. Some even possibly have given up, and left for other hardware that they can trust not to be consistently defective. Has anybody else noticed this significant lack of quality control amongst apple products recently? If Apple want to gain a higher market share, they need to get the basics right, after my bad experience, I would long for a laptop that could be guaranteed not to be defective, and would probably pay premium for it, but when paying £1400 for a computer, one cannot be blamed for having certain expectations of quality control. That was in fact the reason I got a mac book pro instead of a MacBook, after having two faulty MacBooks, and the two reviews of Mac Book Pro's in this forum stating no such issues, I forked out my years wages (I'm 15) on this laptop in the hope that it would not be defective, but naturally I was wrong. I don't like to blame luck for this, because I believe in probability, and nobody telling me "that they all do it" will sway me, I know they don't all do it, but even if they do, they would still be defective. Apple need to get their bloody act together and make the hardware just as good as the OS it is running..... Discuss. P.S: It is a few months later, the mac book pro John Lewis got in especially whined even worse than the first one. Also, my mum got a macbook core2 which whines along with its replacement.