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  1. macFanDave

    Cooking software

    Software should probably be kept at room temperature. Cooking software will provide no benefit and may screw it up.
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    Show 199 - 2007.09.13

    Just a little variation on a theme: I made a Downloads folder and put it in my Public folder (not Documents as Adam mentioned.) This way, other users on my machine can have access to the files and apps I downloaded from the Internet. I prefer to install apps when I am logged in as an Administrator, but I almost always surf as an ordinary User. (I know I can install apps as a User if I enter the Admin userid/password, but I still like to log in as Administrator to do that.) Just a slightly different way to do things that some of you might find helpful.
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    Ring tones for iPhone

    I made my own ringtone with QT Pro by using "New Audio Recording..." and saving it as "Movie to MPEG-4". Then, I used MakeiPhoneRingtone to get it into the Ringtones folder (I bought one ringtone to set up the infrastructure. It may be just as easy as adding a folder called "Ringtones" in my iTunes Folder, but if there is any more secret mojo, my 99 cents will have been well spent.) I'm using iTunes 7.4.1 on a PowerMac G5 (2 x 2GHz) (This is a PowerPC, not Intel box).
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    Sudden loss of available drive space

    1) Use Monolingual to get rid of language resources you don't use. I've seen situations happen where someone has recovered over 2 gigabytes simply by getting rid of the language resources for ones he doesn't know. 2) Are you a .Mac subscriber who keeps a local copy synchronized with the iDisk out there in the ether? IF so, you may have suddenly lost 9 GB of local hard drive space since Apple has given us 9 GB more on the ethereal disk. The synchronized local copy may be "sparse", that is, it won't take up the whole 10 GB if only a small fraction is used. 3) Get rid of the Microsoft Office Test Drive and the iLife Trial. Don't screw with the "shareware" versions of these well-known programs -- buy what you like and install only the components you will use. 4) If you are not a developer and have no interest in becoming one, well, you suck! No, just kidding! A while back, Apple used to provide a developer tools disc in case you want to do that, but I wonder if they are just installing it anyways. If you have a root level folder called Developer (or something like that), and you don't want to use it, then you can recover several GB's by deleting that.
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    Top 10 Reasons to Switch

    about #3. I've been playing with Automator and it definitely makes scripting MUCH easier. Now that it is so much more useful (to a wider audience), I'll bet more third-party developers will embrace this technology. This could really distinguish the Mac platform once again from Windows and *nixes. History has shown that once Apple innovates, the also-rans start to copy it. Automator is going to be the most obvious feature that we are see being copied. (Spotlight is a great entry in the crowded field of desktop search and Dashboard is a great implementation of Desktop Accessories, but Automator is really unique, as far as I know.)
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