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  1. car1son

    Time Machine preparing forever!

    I think GUID partitioning is only available for Intel Macs, no ? (Also, changing the partition table will probably also destroy the other partition you've used for Superduper, be warned.) I have no experience with Time Machine on a pre-Intel Mac; I left my old Powerbook G4 on Panther.
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    Movie Exposure

    Yup. In iMovie8HD, select the clip, then click the button on the toolbar that looks like a circle with a sweep second hand or something in it (it's on the right.) In iMovie6HD, select the clip, pick the Editing tab, pick the Video Effects sub-tab, and select "brightness/contrast" from the tools list.
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    Time Machine preparing forever!

    Nigel - Most of that log looks like backups that worked successfully, except for the very first (Aug 3 @ 13:01) which shows an error that was typical of a widely-reported 10.5.3 Tme Machine problem that I somehow didn't experience (you didn't say what version of Leopard you're running, so again I'll plug keeping OS X up-to-date with Software Update.) Also, the last backup from the log hasn't completed, with no indication of why. I'll assume you didn't just snap that in the middle of a backup, because it's several days old now. You also said that trying to abort the backup took forever. So, I wonder if the backupd process simply aborted or hung. (A "top" command should show backupd running during a Time Machine backup): PID COMMAND %CPU TIME #TH #PRTS #MREGS RPRVT RSHRD RSIZE VSIZE 2821 top 8.3% 0:07.77 1 19 34 1036K 200K 1632K 19M 2814 backupd 1.2% 0:04.44 1 52 55 1780K 14M 9680K 43M 2807 mdworker 0.0% 0:00.15 4 55 35 676K 13M 3536K 41M 2806 bash 0.0% 0:00.03 1 14 19 208K 184K 828K 18M Unfortunately, the log hasn't pointed any fingers to what the problem is (such as a recalcitrant file that doesn't want to be backed up.) So in the end, I'll fall back on what Ignoracious originaly suggested and reformat. (My Time Machine volume is formatted "Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled.)" The disk is partitioned with a GUID partition table. As I recall, I originally just let Time Machine format the drive for itself: when I plugged in the Firewire drive for the first time, it asked if I wanted to use it for TM, and I said yes. Sorry I have no more helpful suggestions.
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    restoring from a bootable backup

    You can use Migration Assistant to restore from a Bootable copy of your old system (such as Carbon Copy Cloner made) or from a Time Machine backup. I don't think it will restore from a clone that's only your Home Directory.
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    Time Machine preparing forever!

    Are you up to date with Software Update? Software Update has provided a number of Time Machine fixes since Leopard was released. I usually suggest people open the Terminal and type the command" sudo grep backupd /var/log/system.log That will print out Time Machine log info and may tell you what it's doing. If there's a message about "UUIDs don't match" and "performing deep traversal", I've had that often under 10.5.0 - 10.5.2. It takes hours and hours because it's doing a file-by-file comparison of the old backup to the current files. (I've never had it not complete overnight, though. May depend on the boot disk size.) If TM is doing that a lot, be sure your OS is up to date in Software Update and try reformatting the backup disk for Time Machine as Ignoracious suggested.
  6. The solution described in the linked page will only work for you if the Ethernet wiring of those CAT5 wall jacks isn't being used anywhere in the building. Usually, a CAT5 plug in an office wall is connected to a corporate LAN via a switch or router, usually maintained by IT. I.e., each of those wall jacks runs a CAT5 cable to a switching room, where they all plug into a big Cisco switch and join together in one big happy corporate LAN. The RCA-to-CAT5 Balun described assumes a direct point-to-point run of a CAT5 cable from point A to point B - that cable can't pass through a router, because that hack just uses the CAT5 wires, it doesn't convert your composit video to TCP/IP or 802.1 or anything else your corporate routers will understand. It might work if you can have your IT guys locate the two CAT5 cable runs you're using in their switch room and have them remove them from the router and connect them directly together electrically with a simple cable extender or on the patch panel. I'm also skeptical that the solution described in that wiki won't pick up a lot of noise, especially on the video. There's a reason RCA cabling uses 3 separately shielded wires. You might look at a product such as the Lorex VS6438 http://homesentinelstore.lorextechnology.c...?modelNo=VS6438 which I think does what you want, wirelessly. About $70 from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lorex-VS6438-4-chann...r/dp/B00077GE7Y
  7. If you want to change the default so you can do the delete from the keyboard without reaching for the mouse, note that Command-M will answer the dialog as if you clicked on "Move to Trash". (Most dialog buttons can be handled from the keyboard with Command + the first letter of the button name.)
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    Bookmarks in Firefox 3 for OS X

    In your Home folder's Library folder's "Application Support" folder (~/Library/"Application Support"/), you'll find a folder named "Firefox". If you quit Firefox, drag that Firefox folder to the desktop, and restart Firefox, it should start all over again (importing bookmarks from your previous browser, etc.) It will also reset all your other Firefox preferences to their default values, so you'll be checking "Don't ask me again" a lot for a few minutes. If you don't like the result, quit Firefox again and drag the old Firefox folder back to restore your current settings.
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    What is this computer??

    Despite the "Blue Screen of Death" icon indicating Windows, I think the MAC address starting 001FF3... is assigned to Apple, Inc. ( http://standards.ieee.org/regauth/oui/oui.txt ) A Macintosh running Windows, perhaps? Or a Macintosh with Windows (SMB) file sharing enabled ? I have VMWare for running Windows in a virtual machine under OS X, and it creates a dummy MAC address on my network, but VMWare (vmnet) uses a MAC address from the addresses assigned to VMWare, not the actual Apple hardware MAC address. I don't know what parallels does. (I assume when using Bootcamp, the real MAC address of the Macintosh hardware is used by Windows.) Using the Terminal command "netstat -r -n" should let you see what IP address is assigned to the unknown MAC address, if that helps. I assume that since you have multiple computers, you are using a router to connect to the internet. Many older cable internet service providers allow customers on the local run to "see" each other on the actual cable like one long LAN - so I know if I plug my internet directly into my iMac, I can see some of my neighbors systems (and view their unencrypted internet traffic, if I'm really bored.) That's thwarted by using a router, which blocks out the broadcast messages. I mention all this just in case you aren't using a router and might be "seeing" a distant neighbor on the same cable ISP.
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    How to open and read any file

    One of the old programs you may be thinking of is CanOpener. I used to use it myself, back in the old calssic MacOS days. I see on their website there's an OS X version, though I haven't used it. ($65 seems outrageously expensive for what you can handle in other programs, as joshr says.) I usually just use the Terminal and the emacs or strings command, depending on what I'm trying to do. (Like, say, figure out what was in an old HyperCard stack! )
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    Time Machine Error

    I get it about once a week. You can use this command to check the details of the error: That'll usually show me something lame, such as: In the above example, error -43 is "File not found". My guess is that some other program is updating a file at exactly the moment TimeMachine tries to back it up, preventing TimeMachine from reading it to make the copy. (In the above example, I was probably watching some Flash vid in a browser and the Flash plugin updated Macromedia's spy files.) I've chosen not to worry about it, since it always works next time.
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    Uh oh, Dead 10.4???

    When I applied the Security, Quicktime, and Safari updates to my eMac 1GHz, it took about 5 minutes to boot after. Other ideas: Try a "Safe Boot": Hold the SHIFT KEY down during startup. (That will also run fsck on your disk, so the boot could take 15-30 minutes, depending on your CPU speed and disk size.) Also, try a boot holding down the command and V keys: a "verbose" startup. Basically, it will show you the Unix console - a bunch of white text scrolling on on a black background. If your start-up is hanging, the last few lines of that text may offer some clue as to where.
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    Static IP Address Problems

    You're just running with a normal, consumer ISP service, right? This isn'tsome spur of a corporate netowrk? I just place the DNS server addresses (2 of them) into my Mac's manual Network config. (You should be able to get the ISP's DHCP-supplied DNS IP addresses from your Router's status info - where depends on the router brand; or from your ISP's support webpages.) If you can't find your ISP's DNS server addreses and you're really desperate, you can try OpenDNS. ISPs don't change DNS server addresses very often, so entering it in your Mac's Network config shouldn't be a problem; but I suspect you started having problems when your ISP changed theirs.
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    Firefox 3 Has been Released!

    I use Firefox with a couple of different SOCKS proxy services. Unfortunately, the SwitchProxy add-on isn't v3 yet. I tried FF3 with FoxyProxy instead, but the results going through a proxy were just terribly slow and unreliable. I got sick of clicking the "Try again" button. Not sure if that's FF3 or FoxyProxy's fault, or if I could tune one of the connection options in about:config. But I went back to Firefox 2 and SwitchProxy to restore my equanimity.
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    Leopard, Flip camera

    I just noticed that now that I'm on 10.5.3, I can again delete videos from my Flip camera with my iMac. Yeah!
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    Hack Track

    A few weeks ago, before a trip, I opened port 22 on my router to forward to my primary Mac so I could accesses it if needed. Later that day, I noticed an absurd amount of network traffic (I run Menu Meters to display network load.) I poked around, and ended up finding in /var/log/secure.log that someone (an IP in China, likely just a proxy waystation) was trying a brute force password attack on port 22 - trying to guess passwords for "root" (which on my Mac is not enabled), "admin", and "mysql". Whoever it was, their program had been banging away at ssh for almost 5 hours, really filling up the log file, too (By the way, in the event of a successful penetration, the first thing any competent hacker does is clear the log.) I was impressed that a previously closed port had been located and attacked in less than half a day after I opened the port. (My router's normally in stealth.) I decided to change my port forwarding on the router to use a different external port for ssh. No sense making it easy for them to find the system, no matter how strong the passwords. It used to be most port-hunting were for 80 (webserver default) or Windows file sharing or instant messaging. Apparently 22 has become a more popular target these days. By the way, when you get your port forwarding set up, http://canyouseeme.org/ is a nice site for checking that your intended port really is accepting connections from outside your LAN.
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    Any good shareware to convert mp3 to aiff?

    Well, Quicktime Pro will do it, if you happen to have purchased it. Alternatively, you can export aif from iMovie (mport the mp3 first.) Not terribly convenient, but available for a couple of conversions if you have iLife. Finally, Audacity is free, can import MP3 and export AIF. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
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    iMovie export problem

    Well, I export from iMovie (6 & 8) to external drives (Firewire and USB) all the time. However, all my drives are formatted Mac extended. If you are exporting to DV, you may be running into the max 4GB FAT32 file size limit ? (But in that case, I wouldn't think you could drag the file there after export, either.)
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    How do I do this in Mail ?

    If your goal is simply to add some images to your eMail or format the text with bold or italic or different text sizes, you can do basic editing along those lines in OS X's Mail program. (Make sure you have set Mail's Preferences, on the Composing tab, to indicate Rich Text, or set the individual message that way with Mail's Format Menu.) Just drag your image into the message composition window where you want it, and use the Format message to display text in the font, color, size, and ephasis you want. You can compose more complicated HTML messages with Mozilla's free Thunderbird eMail client: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/ , either using Thunderbird's built-in WYSIWYG editor, or inserting HTML text you've prepared in an external editor. Note when Apple (and most other bulk eMailers) send you a message with images, they usually don't send the image with the actual Mail. Instead, they place the various images on one of their servers, and insert appropriate HTML <img> tags into the message to have the mail program fetch the images from their server when you actually view the message. OS X's Mail progrm has an option, on its Preferences' Viewing tab, to "Display remote images in HTML messages (Remote images require additional network access to display)". That option controls whether you see the images automatically when they come from a separate server. You can insert images hosted that way with Thunderbird, too - inserting an HTML <img> tag - but you will need to have a web server on which you've hosted the images you want to use in this way.
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    Entourage Mail Crashes

    Try closing Entourage's preview pane so that clicking the message in the mailbox's message list doesn't cause the message to be opened. Then select and delete it. Depending on the version of Entourage you are using, command-\ will toggle the Preview Pane, or use the View menu.
  21. I think the trick is just to have the exact same vaues in Show Name and Season on iTunes's "Video" tab of the Get Info dialog; and have the exact same string in "Album", "Album Artist", and "Artist" fields of iTune's "Info" tab of the Get Info dialog. I usually use the following AppleScript to set these things up for a TV show's episodes for a season, after selecting the tracks of the imported series: tell application "iTunes" activate set thePlaylist to the view of browser window 1 set theTracks to the selection -- Pass 1 repeat with tr in theTracks set the video kind of tr to TV show end repeat -- Pass 2 -- Season number = some integer set tv_season to 1 -- starting episode number = some integer set my_episode_number to 1 --- starting showID = some integer set my_show_id to 101 -- Show Name = "------" set tv_show_name to "The Lost Room" -- Genre = "--------" set tv_genre to "Science Fiction" repeat with tr in theTracks set the show of tr to tv_show_name if the album of tr is "" then set the album of tr to tv_show_name -- Season number = (some integer) set the season number of tr to tv_season -- Season number, incrementing as working thru list set the episode number of tr to my_episode_number set the track number of tr to my_episode_number set my_episode_number to my_episode_number + 1 -- Episode ID, incrementing as working thru list set the episode ID of tr to my_show_id set my_show_id to my_show_id + 1 -- Other stuff I could do with Get Info if the genre of tr is "" then set the genre of tr to tv_genre -- Clean out stuff so it doesn't confuse anything set the artist of tr to "" set the album artist of tr to "" end repeat end tell You may find it adaptable to your needs.
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    i movie

    Unless you are an aspiring pro, before springing for Final Cut or others, you might try iMovie 06, as DolphBucs suggests. It's free to those with iMovie 08. You can download it from Apple here: http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/imovieHD6.html It has the more traditional timeline editor. And there are some plug-ins available for a few other effects if you just want to jazz up a home vid. Odd as it seems, iMovie 06 is actually a more powerful editor than iMovie 08, which is why Apple offers it free to iLife 08 owners. (That, and the fact that iMovie 06 will run on a slower Mac than iMovie 08.) If that doesn't get you where you want to go, you can still try Final Cut later.
  23. I find setting the "Album Artist" field for both tracks to the same string generally makes iTunes group the tracks as I want.
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    Screensaver set to "Never" but still activates

    Dunno why your Mac won't change the preference normally, but I believe the plist file is in your home folder's Library/Preferences/ByHost folder, com.apple.screensave..... There may be more than one. +PS: If you move the plist from the ByHost folder, it's likely you'll need to logout and login again (or reboot) for the action to have effect.
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    Pictures Not Appearing in Mail.app or NetNewsWire

    1. Are you connected to the Internet when trying to view the Mail ? Most images in Mail, and images in RSS news articles, are fetched from the sender's servers when the message is viewed, not when the message is downloaded. Mail will cache images for a limited time, but when reading mail off-line, you wouldn't find the images. 2. Even if you didn't change the preferences, it wouldn't hurt to re-check Mail's Preferences: In the "Viewing" tab, there's an option "Display remote images in HTML messages." 3. Is anything else running that might block Mail from fetching images from the internet, such as Little Snitch or other network firewall/content blocker?