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    You might try memtest. It used to be free, but now costs $1.39 to download. There's no certainty you have a memory problem, but recurring kernel panics out of the blue makes me suspicious there first. Memtest is best run in single-user mode. You might also try running the Mac with minimal USB/FW peripherals attached. I'd try to live without any USB hub, e.g.
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    Rip DVD's for apple tv

    Nope. I thought you had to decrypter first. Then re-compile for apple tv. I will try and see what happens. Old versions of Handbrake (through 0.9.1) included the built-in CSS decryptor. Newer version of Handbrake (0.9.3 and beyond) doesn't do decryption by itself. But if you have VLC 1.0 in your Applications folder (it's free), it will use VLC's libraries to do the decryption. You can also decrypt directly on your Mac with MacTheRipper (it's free), and then use the current Handbrake.
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    It does sound like a hardware issue. (Memory comes to mind.) I'd run TechToolPro, but not every home Mac owner wants to spend $90 on diagnostic software they only use on one or two machines occasionally. However, there is a free hardware diagnostic shipped with every Mac: Locate the software restore CDs or DVD that originally came with your iMac (the gray one, not the newer Leopard retail DVD). Insert disc and (re-)boot Mac with the "D" key pressed down, and it will launch a set of diagnostics specifically tailored for your iMac model: Click "Test" and it will spend 5 minutes or so trying out your memory and such. If it doesn't find a problem, consider running with the "Extended test" box checked (that'll take forever, so maybe overnight or when you won't need you Mac.)
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    Local Volume Puzzle

    Glad it worked out. I think the app I used to have this problem with was an old Unix open-source app with an OSX GUI grafted on. I had it keeping its files on an external HD which I only turned on for that project. Sometimes I'd launch the app, forgetting to turn on the external drive first, and it cheerfully replicated its expected storage hierarchy on my local drive under /Volumes. As to shutting down the Mac via remote ssh access, sadly I do that all too often. I have the National Geographic TOPO! software for loading topographic maps, waypoints and routes into my Garmin eTrex Venture GPS for hiking. There's something twitchy there someplace, maybe in Topo, maybe in GPS. After loading the GPS, I can usually expect my Mac to stop responding to my mouse and keyboard. (Possibly the entire USB is locked out - the GPS connects via USB, as do the keybard and mouse.) So, I ssh in with the laptop. I have a whole folder full of Applescripts to tell various application I often have open (Mail, iMovie, iTunes, Opera, TextEdit) to save and quit ((via the osascript Terminal command) e.g., osascript -e 'tell application "TextEdit" to quit saving yes' This will save any open documents with unsaved changes. (It won't help if you have a New document open that doesn't have a default file to save to.) You could change the "yes" to "no" if you didn't want to save open changes. Then I run (via the osascript Terminal command) an Applescript to shut down: 'tell application "Finder" to shut down'. If I don't have any apps open with unsaved changes, that'll do it cleanly. (Doesn't require sudo, BTW.) Since my iMac runs Leopard, I should be able to use "Back to My Mac" to take it over completely, but alas that would also require Leopard on my ancient TiBook 500. These days I just try to anticipate that using Topo! to load my GPS is going to require a Restart and plan for it beforehand. Sigh.
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    Local Volume Puzzle

    /Volumes is a magic place where your OSX/Unix system "mounts" filesystems; a filesystem being an internal or external volume (e.g., the boot disk or an external firewire drive) or a network device (such as mobileMe) or a disk image (open .dmg). For example: me% cd /Volumes me% ls -l total 12 lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 1 Jul 12 05:11 CloneHD -> / drwx------@ 17 bc bc 646 Feb 13 2008 Mailboxes drwxr-xr-x@ 11 bc bc 680 Jul 10 07:56 Xtra Data drwx------ 1 bc bc 2048 Jul 7 19:15 car1son me% (Here, "CloneHD" is my boot vol, "Xtra Data" a partition on an external firewire drive, "car1son" my iDisk, and "Mailboxes" an open disk image.) You should be able to navigate to these in Finder by using "Computer" from Finder's "Go" menu (shift-command-C.) Background explanation: Unix (OSX) makes file systems available by "mounting" them on a "mount point" (in the local file hierarchy. So, when you open your iDisk, OSX creates a directory /Volumes/me to use as the "mount point", then mounts the iDisk file system on that directory. When the iDisk is ejected (disconnected), OSX unmounts that filesystem and then removes the directory. Likely explanation: I have encountered some applications before that, if they wanted to save a file to a folder (directory) that didn't exist, would create the missing directory automagically for you. That could be a way to make a user's life easier, or it could be a mistake; depends on your PoV. On OSX it would be "unexpected behavior," but I've seen it in adapted Unix apps. I don't know that MS Office is such an app, don't have it . If some app was planning to save a file to, say, /Volumes/me/Documents, e.g. the Documents folder of your iDisk, but (unknown to the app) you had disconnected (ejected) my iDisk, removing /Volumes/me, that app might automatically create /Volumes/me and /Volumes/me/Documents for you. Unfortunately, that wouldn't mount the iDisk on that mount point, it would just create a new hierarchy on what used to be the mount point, and dump files inside. If you're curious, if there is already a /Volumes/me when you ask OSX to mount the iDisk, it will create the directory /Volumes/me-1 to use as a mount point. (Though it is possible to use Unix mount to place a filesystem on a mount point that contains local files, thus masking the local files from view while the filesystem is mounted. That can be a headache to sort out, but let's not worry about that.) Solutions: You should be able to get Finder to give you a window inside the /Volumes/me directory by using "Go to folder" from Finder's "Go" menu (shift-command-G) and then typing the Unix pathname into the dialog, e.g. "/Volumes/me". Use that to move any files/folders you might want to keep and empty the "me" folder. You can remove an empty directory with the Unix "rmdir" command. E.g. rmdir "directoryname" I suggest using quotes around the directory name, because while your Mac likes files with spaces in their name, the Unix command line doesn't. (And, in the unlikely event this directory name contains a character that isn't alphanumeric (A-Z a-z 0-9), space, underscore or hyphen, it would be best to post the name here for further advice. The Unix command line has some peculiar uses for "special characters" that can cause big problems for the unwary tourist.) "rmdir" will balk if there are any files or directories inside the directory you are removing. It only works on an empty directory. If you used Finder to clean out that folder first, it should work. If it balks, use the "ls" command to see what's inside the folder. You can remove a file with the Unix "rm" command. In the simplest form: rm "filename" "rm" will balk if used that way on a directory. ls -al "directoryname" (The "-a" will list various hidden files that nix ordinarily doesn't list. "." and ".." always show up with "ls -a". The following is dangerous if mis-applied. Proceed with extreme care: You can remove a directory, and everything in it, with the "rm" command by using the "-rf" option ('r' means 'recursive', 'f' means 'force', i.e., "do what I said", such as: rm -rf "directoryname" You should be very, very sure you want to do that, since Unix doesn't use the Trash and has no "undo". Therefore, I suggest you carefully use the ls command to check the content of any directory you plan t use rm -rf on. ls -al "directoryname" I suggest you use Finder to empty the /Volumes/me directory as described above, then stick with the "rmdir" command, because it's safer. If you must use "rm -rf", be really, really sure your Mobile Me isn't connected before issuing an "rm -rf" on that mount point. I'd pull the Ethernet cable and turn off the wifi, just to be sure.
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    Hotmail on the Mail app?

    See if this previous post helps.
  7. John, What version of iTunes are you using? And are you accessing the internet from work, ISP, or some other service? pri.kts-af.net resolves to tunes.apple.com.akadns.net, which is Apple's services on Akamai's high-bandwidth distributed data services. Some companies block this to prevent employees from streaming music. It shouldn't normally require authentication. To test your connection, open Terminal and tyle "telnet pri.kts-af.net 80" and type Return. You should get output liek this: % telnet pri.kts-af.net 80 Trying Connected to tunes.apple.com.akadns.net. Escape character is '^]'.
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    Finder issues

    Wow, you have a lot of desktops! I think your com.apple.sidebarlists.plist file has become corrupted. Try this: Go into your home Library/Preferences folder and drag the file com.apple.sidebarlists.plist out onto the desktop (or someplace else besides Preferences.) Then log out and log back in (simply Restarting Findinder won't do.) You'll have to re-customize your sidebar preferences, but hopefully there'll only be one desktop then.
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    iTunes Server

    Not sure exactly what you mean. If you open iTunes Preferences, in the General pane, give each Mac's library a memorable and unique name. On the "server" iTunes, on the preference's Sharing tab, check the "Share my Library on my Local Network" box. On other iTunes, on the Sharing panel, check the "Look for Shared Libraries" box. If the Mac firewall ask if you want iTunes to listen on the network, Allow it. (On Windows, you'll probably have to cope with the firewall manually.) Other iTunes in your home should now show the server's library on the left sidebar. Open it and listen normally.
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    Printing your email lists

    Sounds like a job for an AppleScript. Copy & paste the following into a window in your Script Editor app (from your /Application/AppleScript folder.) Select "Save as..." to store it someplace on your Mac. In Mail, select the messages you want to export. (If you want the whole mailbox, open the mailbox and select All in the list pane.) Click "Run" in the Script Editor. Pick a file name. This writes a tab-separated list of your mail for import into a spreadsheet. -- function to strip tabs from text on stripTabs(txt) set AppleScript's text item delimiters to tab set theChars to the text items of txt set AppleScript's text item delimiters to space set txt to ("" & theChars) set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {""} return txt end stripTabs tell application "Mail" activate set theMessages to the selection set msgCount to (the count of theMessages) -- get the name of output file: repeat display dialog "Please enter name of output file (on desktop):" default answer "mail_list.txt" buttons {"Cancel", "OK"} default button 2 set the outFileName to the text returned of the result if the outFileName is not "" then exit repeat end repeat -- open the output file on desktop for writing: set theTextFile to (((path to desktop) as string) & outFileName) as file specification open for access theTextFile with write permission set eof of theTextFile to 0 -- process each selected message repeat with theMsg in theMessages set msgSender to the sender of theMsg set msgSubject to the subject of theMsg -- make sure there are no tabs in set msgSubject to stripTabs(msgSubject) of me set msgSender to stripTabs(msgSender) of me -- write sender and subject to file, separated by TAB write (msgSender & tab & msgSubject & return) to theTextFile end repeat -- close the output file close access theTextFile end tell Because I'm lazy, this always creates the file to your desktop. Since you only specified Sender and Subject, that's all it exports. I'm not good with "etc." because I have no imagination. It can be expanded if you like. (Tested on OSX 10.5.7 with Mail 3.6. I didn't actually test with a message whose subject contains a tab, since I didn't have one handy. So that remains only a theoretic feature. Not even sure if a tab is valid in an RFC822 subject line.)
  11. I usually use iMovie HD to do movie Export and select "Compress movie for:" to "Expert Settings", then from the file save dialog pick "Export to:" as MPEG-4 in the pull-down, click Options and set a healthy bitrate (3200 kbits/sec is my favorite), and set an image size (640x480 for fullscreen, 852x480 for widescreen), and go. That usually looks pretty good on Youtube, especially after the "HQ" option gets processed (YouTube usually puts up a pretty low quality encoding of you movie right after you upload, then replaces it with a better quality encoding after an hour or two, followed by an HQ option when it gets around to it.) if the result doesn't look sharp enough for you, you can up the bit rate some more. The image quality compared to the compression rate depends a lot on what's in the movie. E.g., if I film outside among trees on a breezy day, so there's a lot of small moving objects in the picture (leaves), that requires a much higher bit rate to look clear than shooting a talking head & shoulders in front of a solid-colored wall. I occurs to me I may have these "expert" export options in iMovie6HD because I purchased QuickTime Pro, because the "Expert Settings" dialog looks a lot like QuickTime's "Save as..." dialog. Also, the current version of Handbrake can also convert among video formats, e.g. .dv to .mp4.
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    Podcasts listed as audiobooks...

    You can change the "Media Kind" of an iTunes track on the Options tag of the Get Info dialog, but it's not possible to change a track to "Podcast". "Podcast" status is all black magic, internal to the iTunes app. Immediately after iTunes downloads a podcast track, it adds some ID3 tags to the .mp3 (or .m4a) file. (ID3 tags are the parts of the mp4 file that contain album name, song name, artist name, composer, and so on.) AFAIK, those tags are "TID" and "WFD". These are both non-standard tags. The TID identifies the URL of the specific podcast episode, anf the WFD identifies the URL of the feed. The only process I know to make an .mp3 into a "podcast" in iTunes is to remove the old track from iTunes, add the TID and WFD tags with an ID3 editor, and then put the file back into iTunes. That's probably more trouble than it's worth. I wrote some longer posts on this a couple of years back: http://forum.maccast.com/index.php?showtop...ost&p=57180
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    Hotmail in Mail

    Since early this year, it's been possible to access free HotMail accounts (aka Windows Live Mail) via POP3 (from OSX Mail or any other client.) (POP3 access for paid HotMail Plus has been available for over a year.) Full instructions are in the Wikipedia article on Hotmail ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotmail ). Short form, create a new Account in Mail POP server: pop3.live.com (Mail will try Port 995 automatically) User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example YOURNAME@hotmail.com (Note you must include "@hotmail.com" as part of your account ID.) Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live SMTP server: smtp.live.com Authentication required? Yes
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    File sharing files locked/permission problem

    I'd just hack around it by setting a run-every-minute crontab entry on the fileserver MacBook's root account to chmod 666 *.psd every minute. It ain't elegant, but it'd get me through the project.
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    In Car Webcam Problem

    iStopMotion is on iGlasses's list of compatible apps: http://www.ecamm.com/mac/iglasses/apps.html iGlasses "system requirements" says it works with any webcam powered by macam. http://www.ecamm.com/mac/iglasses/req.html I suggest you click on their "Download the demo," install the free demo version, and see how it works out.
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    In Car Webcam Problem

    have you tried recording with a different Mac program, such as iMovie or Photobooth ? You might try iGlasses to override the Mac webcam's auto-exposure and auto-focus. Often when the camera tries to automatically adapt to changing brightness, it produces odd results.
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    Lost My iTunes Video

    Try opening iTunes' Preferences, go to the Playback pane, and see how the pull-down menus are set for "Play Movies & TV shows in:" and "Play Music videos in:". Try "in artwork viewer" and "in iTunes Window" to see how they work out. Do you have a 2nd monitor configured by any chance? Spaces enabled? Try F6 to see if you can locate the separate video window.
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    Wrong Space remaining

    It might be your volume's allocation map is messed up. Try Disk Utility from the install or restore DVD and run "repair disk" on the boot vol. (Or use TechToolPro or Disk Warrior, if you own one of them.) A backup beforehand would be prudent. A terminal command such as sudo find / -type f -size +1G -print will print all files > 1GB in size. Might help you find something unexpected lying around, assuming the space is consumed in a few large files rather than a huge number of small ones.
  19. This hint agreed with Huskermn's technique for removing the Bookmark button. Did you notice there's a "Reload button" on the right inside the URL address field? Not sure why, I kind of liked the old button better, tool, but maybe I'll get used to it.
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    Finder Crashes

    I ran into a non-responsive Finder myself today. In my case it was self-inflicted: I had launched an Applescript that did some Finder stuff ("tell application 'Finder'"), and then realized I didn't want to run it; so I Quit the script from the Dock. That left the Applescript's first dialog box sitting there, and I just ignored it to work in another app. Later I discovered that until I answered that dialog to get rid of it, I couldn't do anything in any Finder window. That's a pretty odd-ball situation, a terminated Applescript with an orphaned dialog open, and probably not related to your issue, but I thought I'd mention it.
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    Getting OS 9 on a G4 iMac

    So many OSs... Some G4 iMacs can actually boot with OS9 (those from 2002), some can't boot into OS9 it but still run it under Classic (the 2003s, I think.) Check lowendmac.com for your model if in doubt. (You'll need to be up to date to OS 9.2.2, too, BTW, so update the G3 if necessary.) Also, OS9 can only run native on HFS+ volumes that were formatted with the "install system 9 drivers" option, so if you want the G4 to boot OS9, depending on how you last formatted and installed the boot volume, you may have to re-format and do a clean install. You may recall "installing" OS9 is as simple as copying the "System Folder" folder (and the Application Folder.) Getting classic up requires the PrefPane, but the better approach, after copying the OS9 System Folder, might be to just re-run the OSX 10.4 archive and install and include Classic this time (or, since you're passing the machine on, maybe a clean install would be appropriate.) MAcFixIt has a tutorial on installing Classic on an existing OSX installation, with a helpful pointer to Apple's article on blessing the System Folder ( http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20060621071707921 ) As to how to copy the OS9 System Folder to the iMac: If you have some media in common, such as a CD burner, that's easiest. If there's no common portable media (CD), then a direct Ethernet connection should be possible. (If you have a router, I suggest just connecting both Macs to the router to get their network up. Otherwise, if no router, a direct CAT5 cable between the two machines should work (via self-assigned IP addresses, though I personally prefer manually assigning IP addresses as more reliable.) On the 10.4 system, turn on file sharing in the Sharing PrefPane. Then on the Network PrefPane, go to the Appletalk tab and make Appletalk active. Then launch Directory Services from the Utilities folder and on the Services tab activate Appletalk. On the OS9 system from which you want to copy the System Folder, use the TCP/IP control panel to set up the network with your router. Then use the Appletalk control panel to set "share via Ethernet". Then use the File Sharing control panel, check the box "Enable file sharing clients to connect via TCP/IP" if present and start Filesharing. Then do a Finder "Get Info" on the hard drive and click "share this item and its content." Then go to Choose, select AppleShare, and locate your OSX10.4 system and connect. Copy the System Folder and Application Folder over using the OS9 system so the resource forks get proper treatment. I did an illustrated guide to OS9-OSX file sharing setup once, but I apologize it hasn't been maintained in years.
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    Mini DisplayPort output problem

    If you need to deal with plugging the monitor in and out, or have trouble seeing the TV again after rebooting, try the "Detect Displays" button on the Displays prefpane. If you do it often, you can add the monitors item to your menubar with the check-box on that prefpane, too. That'll give you quick access to the "Detect Displays", among other things. The "Arrangements" tab should be there once the Mac detects the 2nd display. Mine looks something like this: When you open the "Monitors" prefpane, if you are not "Mirroring", you'll get a second monitors prefpane window on the second monitor (the TV, in your case) that you can use to change options specifically for that monitor.
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    Mini DisplayPort output problem

    Likely the TV is displaying your "second monitor". Try opening System Prefereces / Displays. Pop over to the Arrangement tab, and you'll probably see two windows (likely of different sizes.) You have 2 options: You can stick with "2 monitors". You can click on the Arrangement and drag one of the windows around to change where it is "logically" with respect to the other. You'll be able to drag windows around from your main desktop (your computer's built-in monitor, which has the menu bar) onto the "2nd monitor", and those windows will then show up on your TV. You can run a video in a browser, quicktime, or VLC, and drag the window over to the TV. (You could also drag the menubar from the computer monitor to the secondary monitor, so it will show up on your TV, if you like.) This arrangment lets you still use the main monitor while something is playing on the TV. Some apps don't do "full screen" display on the 2nd monitor, though, so it depends on what you're sing. Alternatively, you can check the box "Mirror Displays". Then, you have just one display, and whatever is on your computer monitor is also on your TV. Usually that means your computer monitor is running at the lower resolution of your TV set, so it's not my choice.
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    iTunes Sharing - SOLVED

    In days gone by, I did this a lot (using fast user switching with two copies of iTunes with different libraries to share between accounts), but hadn't needed to recently. Just for fun, I tried it out under Leopard 10.5.6 with iTunes 8.1.1 on my Intel iMac. Seemed to work find. Since you mentioned not having network, I pulled the Ethernet cable and changed my network to a new location with all the iMac's network ports (Ethernet, Airport, Bluetooth, Firewire) turned off. It still worked fine for me. It does, of course, require that both accounts be logged on (one in background) and running iTunes, and that both iTunes have Internet Sharing enabled, but since you've done this before, I assume you've checked that. Since you have no network at work, you probably aren't using any 3rd party firewall or Little Snitch or any such network tool that might get in the way.
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    Update 10.5.7

    It seems to me when 10.5.6 was first release, a some users who installed it reported having problems (more than usual.) And, as I remember, Apple later said the problem was incomplete downloads (due to heavy load on their servers?) I recall thinking at the time, "Shouldn't a digital signature catch stuff like that?" Using the stand-alone ( http://support.apple.com/downloads/Mac_OS_X_10_5_7_Update ) or combo updater may be safer. (You could use Software Update again if you clean out any downloaded but uninstalled items from /Library/Updates.) Me, I like to wait. James Thurber, in one of his his short, fractured fables, "The Glass in the Field," concluded "He who hesitates is sometimes saved."