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  1. downloading albums

    Hey Chris, sorry for the very late reply on this. Is this issue happening for Apple Music albums or is this stuff that you own and have uploaded? I have had this happen and always fixed it by selecting all the tracks in the library, for both "albums", and then choosing 'Edit > Get Info…' (Command+I). You will get a warning that you are about to edit multiple items, but just click 'OK'. Now just go through and make sure 'Album Title' in the 'Details' tab and the 'album' values in the 'Sorting' tab are all EXACTLY the same. Make especially sure the 'sort as' value for the album in the sorting tab is set. When you click OK the album should be all back together in iTunes. Good luck.
  2. Who do you contact when Apple Pay doesn't work at retailer?

    Apple does have an Apple Pay section on their support site. I would say start there. There does seem to be a link on that page, near the bottom, called "Help me with Apple Pay" with a link for customers. Clicking that starts a help "wizard". I don't know if there is path to get you connected with a real person. If that doesn't work also at the bottom the same screen is an "Apple Pay Feedback" section and link. It does take you to a form and one of the options is, "I'm a customer and Apple Pay did not work as expected", so maybe that will work. Personally I can tell you at more and more retailers I'm being told Apple Pay doesn't work. This includes some retailers where I've used Apple Pay in the past. To make things worse, often the clerks will also add, …"but Samsung Pay works". It's annoying. I think Apple has a SERIOUS Apple Pay issue at retail. It's all fine and great that they have bank and credit card company support, but if it doesn't work at the point of sale then the whole thing is a failure. Apple really needs to become a better partner with retailers in my opinion.
  3. That time of the year!

    Hey, thanks man. Another year gone by quick.
  4. Podcasts that us MacGeeks listen to

    It's been a while, so I'm going to update some of my list: Reply All StartUp Invisibilia This American Life The Laracasts Snippet (Laravel/PHP programming)
  5. DNS on the router or the computer?

    No @Waldo Pepper. If you manually enter the DNS addresses into the Network Setting in System Preferences on the Mac (under Advanced…), then those are the DNS setting that will be used (not the ones from the DNS router). It's actually one way you might get around DNS filtering/blocking on specific network. For example here is how its looks configured locally on my Mac for using the OpneDNS servers: Just remember that these are set per interface, so if you also use a wired Ethernet connection you'd need to set them there too. All this said, at home I have the OpenDNS setting set up on my router so that all Macs/Devices in my home network are using OpenDNS. The main reason is because my cable ISPs DNS (Cox) has proven to be slow and unreliable in the past. That, and OpenDNS does automatic blocking of know hacked and attacked websites.
  6. AppleID is OUT of control

    Wow, that sounds like a major PITA. Unfortunately due to all the heightened hacking and spyware/malware attacks on OS X and iOS this seems to be the world we're heading toward. Still I too am not a big fan of any company "forcing" security and protection measures on customer. Give me the option, but don't force it. If someone wants to be careless with their security/privacy then it's their choice.
  7. Reverting to earlier iOS?

    Just for clarity @Huskermn that warning is in regards to the next point release of iOS, so you should be safe going from 10.3.X to another 10.3.X. It's when Apple moves to 10.4 that they will drop support for old 32-bit apps and they will stop working.
  8. Text Wrangler vs Visual Studio vs bbEdit

    I VERY much agree on the " there are better editors" statement. I'm a big fan of SublimeText and really Xcode is pretty awesome and free.
  9. which Macbook Air

    Ok, I've adjusted some of the storage limits a bit so hopefully you can upload now.
  10. which Macbook Air

    Thanks for all the updates @johnfoster! Let me look into why you're being blocked on uploading files. Possibly a limit I have set in the forum settings.
  11. Bluetooth Continuity/Handoff

    Hey @Francis_Reyes, I tied doing this on my old 2011 MacBook Pro and was never really successful, but it's supposedly possible. The tool that was recommended is https://github.com/dokterdok/Continuity-Activation-Tool. It looks like they say this is "mostly working" with macOS Sierra. When I tried it I remember it being really important to get the correct dongle as only certain ones seem to be supported. If you do try and get it working can you report back here to let us know? Thanks.
  12. Text Wrangler vs Visual Studio vs bbEdit

    Hey @johnfoster you might they looking at VisualStudio Code, https://code.visualstudio.com, as a test vs. the full VisualStudio IDE. I think Code is more in line with the capabilities of TextWrangler and BBEdit. That said, it's interesting that full Visual Studio would not install. Do you have Xcode installed? That seems to be one of the system requirements for the full Visual Studio for Mac:
  13. iPhone/iTunes frequently not updating play counts

    I have not noticed this, but have not been paying that close attention. That would be very annoying though. Is it only an issue with tracks played on the iPhone or if you play the track in iTunes on the mac is it the same issue? Have you verified that the email you're login into iTunes on the iPhone is EXACTLY the same email you're logged into iTunes on the Mac with? I've noticed problems when say I use my '@mac.com' address on one device and then my '@me.com' address on another. Both are technically the SAME address for logging into iTunes, but Apple's sync systems seem to get thrown off by it.
  14. So I finally upgraded to macOS Sierra and was looking forward to the new photo analysis features and searching in the macOS Photos app. As you may or may not know it starts scanning your images and running them through Apple's AI engine locally to pick out people, places, and objects in your photos to identify them for searches. It's all run (as far as I can tell) by a background process called `photoanalysisd`. For me it seems to have gotten to 6,904 photos scanned and stopped. It's been here for days and no progress. To make matters worse the language of how it works in this dialog is confusing. Should the Photos app be running and simply in the background or should the app be quit, closed? I have actually tried running it both ways and neither seems to work. I have also tried rebooting the Mac and killing the processes in Activity monitor, but none of it seems to make a difference. Does anyone know how to get this running again?
  15. i tunes stopped down loading podcast

    Try again. The last update had broken some podcast things, but looks like many of them are fixed now at least for me.
  16. Both of these answers are correct, but in different ways. The one @johnfoster is recommending will mean that the `.log` files will always open with Sublime Text as the default (may or may nor be what you want). Chances are though that without the fix @djurgensen describes Sublime Text would not even show up in the 'Open With:' list (at least not as a "recommended" application). The PLIST hack he describes is needed so OS X even knows that Sublime Text is a valid app for opening `.log` files. Of course that's just for the 'show recommend' list. You could always select the 'Show all' or 'Other…' from the dropdown and choose any app you want.
  17. which Macbook Air

    Thanks @johnfoster good stuff. I look forward to the updates.
  18. looking for some older games for 10.3

    There is a also a free version of Ambrosia Software's Malestrom 3.0. They even have the add on packs you can download and install. In fact Ambrosia still seem to be selling many of it's old titles on it's site??? http://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/
  19. looking for some older games for 10.3

    All the classic Marathon games for free: https://alephone.lhowon.org
  20. 2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    very cool @johnfoster. So with this info I guess one could "hack" in their own power button?
  21. Help: Photo 'analysis' seems to be stuck

    Thanks again @Dudeman. The term "re-update" is even vague. What does that mean exactly? I will probably still give it a go and see what happens, though as I mentioned my computer does seem to still be processing the images just REALLY, REALLY, slowly. As of today it's reporting 15,683 scanned with 3,217 remaining. So it's processed about 9,000 in a month?
  22. Help: Photo 'analysis' seems to be stuck

    Ok @Dudeman here the thing about running the "repair" on the library. I made a backup of my Library and then tried that. When it finished iCloud Photo Library started reporting that it was "downloading" my 18,000+ image Photo Library. I became scared, quit the app, and restored from backup. I did this for two reasons: Fear that it could duplicate my entire library and then go into some sort of vicious loop Concern it would be eating up a lot of my bandwidth. Now here's the thing, I'm not sure if it was actually "downloading" or not. I did check the Activity Monitor's Network pane and Photos was "downloading" something. It was not as much as I would expect if it was really pulling down everything, but still what WAS it doing? My assumption is despite Photos saying it was "downloading" what it was really doing was "syncing". Doing a comparison and pulling down any differences. Unfortunately in searching Google, StackExchange, the Apple Discussion Boards and such i could not get any definitive answer as to what was happening. These are the times when, as much as I love Apple's manta of simplicity, I wish Apple would provide a much more "verbose" account of what a running process is doing. If anyone knows if it's "safe" to repair a Photo Library that has iCloud Photo Library enabled on it let me know. I have considered turning off iCloud Photo Library on my Mac and trying again, but my concern is what happened when i turn it back on as it will still have to sync with the files I already have up there.
  23. PayPal in Apple Pay?

    Nope. I think PayPal sees themselves as a competing payment platform. I don't think they'll be supporting Pay anytime soon. https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/13/apple-takes-on-paypal-with-apple-pay-on-the-web/
  24. Closest thing I could find was a service and plug-in called 'FoxyProxy' (I know nothing about this company/service). It seems to allow you to set up rules using their plug-in based on URL (not really tabs). So you can activate different proxying scenarios based on rules you set up for different URLs that you might visit.
  25. 2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    The only options I can think of are: 1) Maybe add a UPS to the mix. Most UPSs have software that you can configure the unit with for power and I think you can also remotely access and power on and off some of them 2) Use a simple grounded inline switch and extension cord between the Macs power brick and the socket. Locate it someplace that's easier to access. Something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-Grounded-Power-Switch-White-25511/206212328
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