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  1. johnfoster

    Happy Birthday, Adam!!

    today marks another successful trip around the SUN!
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    stupid App Store bug

    after repairing a MacBook Air to working I erased the SSD then installed macOS 12 aka OS X 10.12.6. next I wanted to install OneNote and some other "app store" only apps. clicking Install brings up the message, "An unexpected error occurred while signing in. Your device or computer could not be verified. Conact support for assistance." so I searched on that message only to find this bug has persisted for 5 version of OS X. and I was not able to find a solution to signing in to download tools. this is beyond frustrating. I mean, if I cannot find an answer then it must not exist. anyone know of a solution other than switching to some other frustrating computer tool?
  3. pay the WiFi fee. $240 to keep your business running seems cheap.
  4. put the tablet away. enjoy the cruise.
  5. make sure there is enough space on the disk you are trying to upgrade. a completely full disk will prevent it from working. the hard drive itself may be bad -- errors on tracks or sectors due to age. use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy it to a new SSD then do the upgrade on the new drive.
  6. nice to see that the display failed gracefully instead of just not working. I am asked about old hardware all the time. "will this new thing work with my old thing?" sometimes yes. usually not. I do not guess anymore. looking up the specs before ordering away saves everyone time and money. "everymac" keeps the score better than Fruitco. here is their list of the Mac Mini. https://everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_mini/index-macmini.html
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    Applescript Utility in Mojave?

    on Mohave AppleScript was largely removed. even the AppleScript Editor was renamed to Script Editor. https://support.apple.com/guide/script-editor/welcome/mac some of the functions of AS Utility were dropped into that app. for example the add to Menu feature. http://www.twdesigns.com/how_to/how_to_reveal_applescript_menu.php
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    Switch HD formatting from Case Sensitive to Case Insensitive

    make a DMG that is CaSEinSentiveE with Disk Utility then have that image automatically mount after a reboot. make the size of it 200M bigger than OneDrive so it does not hang from being out of space (guessing on this). finally point the OneDrive app to the DMG. https://support.apple.com/guide/disk-utility/create-a-disk-image-dskutl11888/mac
  9. where is the Mac that has a slot for an “off the shelf” GPU, RAM slots for 128 gee bees of RAM, and 3.5” drive bays? the Mac that I want is for me, the media professional. I do not care what the case looks like, I do not want it to be small, I want the flexibility where I am not depending on the vendor for specific parts or configurations. if you open a Dell catalog, yes they are so old school that mailers come once every 6 weeks, you get a sense of what a REAL computer company offers. a solution for every part of my business. on top of that the pricing is such that I never stop to consider something like, “can I build this for less?” then look at HP or Lenovo. all three of these companies are selling solutions across the board from cheap as possible to iron horse to worker bee. the Mac Mini is a joke at so many levels. one of them is the cooling of that design. the boards are stacked in a way that fan if the fan fails the Mac will stop working. the built in power supply does not help the design either. the inside is very fragile as proven by the 2012 version. removing the hard drive cable or the requirement to disconnect the fan from a tiny connector that can easily break even in the hands of a skilled upgrader means that FruitCo only pretended to make the box upgradable. had the 2018 Mac returned to a more traditional case cooling would not be such an issue. and there could be more CPU options across the line. and a possibility of a real GPU. speaking of GPU…why is it that the only Macs that have GPUs are 2X the price? I feel like there is an agenda to push Turdbolt at any cost. with the idea you will bolt on a GPU box when you need the power. or pay extra for a external hard drive because of the Apple Tax. FruitCo really needs to do customer surveys. or maybe they do and the company just does not care about the creative professional market. sigh.
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    Contact Syncing on Mac

    searching on "office365 Mac contact sync" shows a lot of "I need help too!" which seems odd that it does not just work given how well the MS ecosystem syncs. I was completely impressed by how well it worked when I used a Windows Phone and Windows 1o. I really did not care if it made it to a Mac but with that thing called OneSync or maybe it was called SyncOne oh wait OneDrive photos and documents were right there. anyway, I looked. seems like there is no easy answer to point you toward.
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    Contact Syncing on Mac

    this thing called "FullContact" seems to solve this problem. and evidently it is a problem because a tool like this exists.
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    Memory upgrade

    strange sense of Deja Vu all over again. I thought I just wrote an answer for this.
  13. johnfoster

    Little Macbook Pro that Could...

    verifying… yes. according the memory sellers the 2011 MBP will support 16GB of RAM. if you are upgrading then spend the little extra money for more. remember, more is more. there is a benefit to a point and after that there is not much help from the more is more feature. Photoshop, for example, does not get better above 2GB. at least for the stuff I do. so I clamp it at that so the rest of my tools do not get RAM starved. the default setting for PS is to gobble up 80%. and as long as you are spending money on upgrades get a 500GB SSD. this is like getting a new Mac. boot speed will drop from over a minutes to around 20 seconds. put the old spinny hard drive in an optical bay sled (yes remove the burner as you never use it anymore or is broken) for extra storage. and it helps with the transfer of all you stuff to the new SDD using CCC. optional optical drive sled. search eBay for "Universal Optical bay 2nd HDD Hard Drive Caddy":
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    streaming iphone to tv without apple tv

    I have used all the "stream to TV" things: Chromecast, Mi Box, AppleTV, FireTV. what I found was mixed results. the ATV worked really well with the iPhone and not so well with Android. while the Chromecast worked really well with Android but mixed with an iPhone. this was not a surprise. thus the presentation display for demos at my office had both making it easy for anything to display. it really is/was too bad that FruitCo did not make a "businessTV" given how easy it was to connect a Mac to it. I would not buy a new AppleTV as the 2nd gen will work as well as the newest version. look on eBay or Craiglist where you will find one for about $5o. by comparison a new Chromecast costs less than that. or spend a little more money to get a Mi Box. it has the Chromecast feature built into it as well as all the other things it does. this Macworld article describes the experience you can expect with the Chromecast.
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    Alternative to Circus Ponis Notebook

    I have like for Microsoft OneNote. although for some stupid reason the "app" version has stopped being developed. so I recommend it with one hand behind my back with fingers crossed because I am okay with no more new features as the OneNote does everything I need it to do. ON has replaced all my TXT files like TADO.txt, what.txt, passwords.txt and projects.txt. it was a mess to keep all this up to date and sync'd between the machines. in the case of servers that I keep track of, every time I get a new login/password and details I take it out of the email or TXT then log it into the SERVERS panel of OneN. then, without thinking about it that goes to all the places I might have to log in to do work or rescue or make reboot happen. I looked at BEAR and Things and other online only note tools. nice features. but the deal breaker for all of them was I needed notes on four platforms not just Mac.
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