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About kwsanders

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  1. kwsanders

    Mountain Lion

    The dictation does not happen on your Mac. It takes place on Apple's own servers, just like Siri.
  2. kwsanders

    Mountain Lion

    I like having Notes on the Mac now, especially with the iCloud integration. I typed in several items my wife needed from the grocery into Notes and pulled it up on my phone when I got to the store to pick up the items. That was nice. Did you notice that RSS support has been removed from Safari 6?
  3. kwsanders

    MacBook Pro upgrades

    I kind of wish I had waited a few months. The new ones are a little faster, but I overall, I am very happy with this one. I love the portability of the 13" machine.
  4. kwsanders

    MacBook Pro upgrades

    This past Thursday evening, I upgraded the 13" MacBook Pro that I bought back in late February. I took the ram from 4 gig to 8 gig. I also replaced the original Toshiba 500 gig 5400 rpm drive with a 750 gig Seagate Momentus XT hybrid 7200 rpm drive. I have noticed a ton of difference in the speed with both upgrades. Before the upgrade, when I used Parallels to boot into Windows for office work, the system would start paging in and out a lot with swap space growing to 2 gig sometimes. Now with the extra ram, I have increased the allotted ram for Parallels from 1 gig to 2.5 gig with a video ram increase to 512 meg. Even with that, I have no pages out and swap space remains at zero. The drive upgrade has greatly increased the speed of the machine. Boot time went from around a minute to less than 30 seconds from a cold start. App launch times are noticeably faster. Launching things like the Mail app or Safari would cause the icon in the dock to bounce 4 or 5 times and eventually come up to the screen. With the new drive upgrade, in the instance of Mail.app, the icon bounces once and, in fact, the main Mail screen is displayed on the monitor before the icon finished that single bounce. This seems to be the best hardware money I have spent in quite a while.
  5. kwsanders

    Mountain Lion

    I have only seen one problem so far. That was an issue in Mail.app when I opened a threaded conversation and the display in the reading area went wacky. There were a lot of digital artifacts. It eventually cleared itself up and I have not seen it happen since that one time.
  6. kwsanders

    Mountain Lion

    I started the download right before going to bed last night also. I got a new 750 gig hybrid drive and 8 gig of ram in today, so late this evening, I put the new drive into the FireWire 800 enclosure that I bought and installed Mountain Lion to it. After moving over all my data files from the old drive, I installed the new drive and ram upgrade into my MacBook Pro. I am liking it so far. It is fast. Of course, the new hybrid drive doesn't hurt either.
  7. kwsanders

    Mountain Lion

    OK... has anyone bit the bullet this morning and pulled down Mountain Lion from the App Store?
  8. I have a 13" MacBook Pro that I purchased from Apple in February. I have it connected to a 24" Dell display. The connection is mini-displayport to DVI using the Apple dongle that I purchased. Not all the time, but usually two or three times a week, I'll walk in and wake up the laptop. After entering my password, the Dell display is flickering with snow badly. I can unplug the mini-displayport dongle, wait for the display to revert to the laptop, and then plug it back in to basically "reset" the external display. Has anyone had an experience with anything like this? I can clear it up as mentioned above, but it is kind of annoying that it does this.
  9. kwsanders

    Rumored MacBook Pro memory change?

    I heard something on Tech News Today that said the SSD is proprietary, but apparently it is a daughter board so it might be upgradable in the future.
  10. kwsanders

    De-interlace PNG files

    I tried the ImageOptim program and it worked for what I needed.
  11. kwsanders

    De-interlace PNG files

    I just came across another utility that looks promising. It is called ImageOptim.
  12. kwsanders

    De-interlace PNG files

    Thanks for your reply. I will check it out.
  13. kwsanders

    Rumored MacBook Pro memory change?

    That's right Graham. The internals of the new MacBook Pro are just about identical to the MacBook Air in terms of RAM and storage. Both are soldered to the board and not end-user upgradable. I am glad that I bought earlier this year instead of waiting. I can upgrade my 13" MBP with more RAM for a cheaper cost than getting an equivalent amount of RAM from Apple and change out drives when I prefer.
  14. kwsanders

    De-interlace PNG files

    Apparently when saving PNG images from Preview, it produces interlaced files. Does anyone have a suggestion on a utility, preferably free, that I can use to de-interlace just a few images?
  15. kwsanders

    Lion for Dummies: Setup

    I guess I have been lucky. I have not had any issues with Safari not wanting to close. Most of the time I don't shutdown my laptop though. I just leave it and it goes into sleep mode.