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    Recovering Lost Admin Rights

    Here's a puzzling experience which might help others in the unlikely event they find themselves in my position - i.e. unable to perform Admin tasks due to what seems to be a corrupted account. After performing a clean install of Snow Leopard on a new drive I did various things in the Admin account created during the installation and on returning to it after being in another account a message along the lines "...Home folder is missing..." appeared. That seemed to be generated by Finder as that's all which came up after the message was dismissed and Finder clicked upon. Baffled by this I rebooted and went in again and all seemed well until I tried changing a System Preference which required an Admin account credentials. Those for the account I was using - i.e. the Admin one - were rejected with the message "You must type an administrator's name and password to make changes to System Preferences.". (Entering what I knew to be the wrong password resulted in "The name or password you entered is incorrect.") I had a look at Keychain Access but there was nothing there that might explain it. I re-booted from the Snow Leopard optical disk and used the "Reset Password" facility to enable Root user which then allowed me to delete the corrupt Admin account and create a new one. For the record this is what I did before finding the problem... Installation Default rather than Custom Created an account called “Administrator” System Setup Updated all system software from previously-downloaded (and SHA-1 verified) copies acquired during previous install with further updates via Software Update Installed iLife ‘09 and applied updates via Software Update Installed Remote Buddy Installed DivX 6.7 Bundle Deleted DivX Player and DivX Encoder Imported a "Managed" account from a Mac running OS X 10.5.8 using Migration Assistant and FireWire and checked all was well Created a Standard account called "Media" Copied a slew of DivX-encoded AVI files from an external drive into "Movies" in "Media" ...none of which is particularly unusual.
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    Mac Mini Hard Drive

    I ended up getting a Western Digital WD5000BPVT Scorpio Blue (SATA II - 5400 rpm - 8MB Cache - 12 ms) 500 GB one and it's been running happily for a while - mainly recording television programmes and playing them back - the Mac being solely a media centre. Getting it in was challenging and I recommend the video guides on the web site of "Other World Computing" - also the step-by-step guides at "iFixit" - and suggest you watch and/or read them all the way through before starting. I'd had limited luck getting the television programmes off the old drive when it was failing - the partition eventually disappearing after getting hold of it for a while - and was delighted to find I was able to get almost all of the remainder off when I put the old drive in a caddy. (The partition re-appeared and I used a demo version of Data Rescue to scan the drive - that finding my files in "lost+found" rather than in the "Users" account area where they were expected - then OS X letting me know it could read the drive but not write to it.) The old drive even seems to be behaving itself after reformatting it - something I couldn't do when it was in situ - though I'll not trust it with anything critical.
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    Not long now until FebRuaRy!
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    Time Capsule backup privacy

    Me neither but the guide referred to advises "...enable account mode and create individual accounts..." which may not be part of the default settings. If you allow others on the network to see the device - i.e. as a network disk with read privilege - then you will need to apply this extra layer of security. I don't know why one would need to provide such access - including the ability to write too - but guess there's a case for it.
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    Time Capsule backup privacy

    Read this guide.
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    Mac Mini Hard Drive

    Interesting - and much as I suspected given the views out there. Still, any pointers on low noise and heat would be appreciated - especially from this who have done the deed I'm about to do. I'll not bother with a backup of this machine - as cheap as additional media is - as whilst I would like to recover any recordings I may lose when it fails (that's all it will hold) they aren't so important as to warrant securing them with Time Machine or otherwise. One tale I can tell relates to an internal 200GB Seagate 3.5" IDE drive which I bought in 2004 as additional storage for my PC. After switching I stripped that box down (I'd built it myself) and sold on most parts - the drive sitting on a shelf with only occasional mounting in a caddy to add to an archive on there. It popped its clogs this week when I mounted it again - pronging it in and out from time to time never being a good idea - I doing so as I've got two others left over from my PC days and I use each periodically. (It may have taken a knock when I moved home recently.) Oh, well, at least the data wasn't of critical importance - just a bunch of podcasts and radio programmes - and there's a slim chance it will kick into life when I try to mount it again. (I've heard such stories but don't hold your breath.) Still, its loss serves as a reminder that I must get the 4TB RAID 0 NAS drive I've been promising myself all these years rather than the measly 750 GB single drive one which I have at present.
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    Image Annotation Tool Suggestions

    No - it was to continue using Outlook Express after moving to Mac until I got Office For Mac 2004 and so Entourage. (I don't like Apple Mail for the single reason that one can't move from one open message to another using an icon on the toolbar in the message - essential when, say, one is looking back through a series to or from someone - and I regard the pane option a pain.) I try to steer clear of Windows these days but something always pops up where you need to run it. Recently, for example, a relative's laptop's was on its way out and after managing to get it running long enough I took a drive image of it with Norton Ghost and then recovered the bits he wanted by mounting the image in Windows running under VirtualBox emulation on a mid-2007 Mac mini. My two PCs got stripped down many years ago - when I switched - and with some parts having been sold on to a needy friend (who I built a PC for as he was too stupid to switch) and one of the power supplies having failed I don't have a quick way of getting one together again. Mind you, sad as it seems, I may do one day as I have a small stack of Imation SuperDisk disks with data on which I'm keen to review and the drive needs a parallel port. I could use the PC which I built for my mate - i.e. at his place - but he always distracts me with questions of his own about how to do this and that. I wouldn't mind but he often forgets what I show him and I have to re-learn bits of Windows each time. I almost prefer the type of recent task I had - to get a PC running a Russian version of Windows XP to boot - that, thankfully, just needing a clean. The owner of that spoke only Russian and mine is not that good but we managed - the language barrier helping in that he didn't ask me (via my Russian wife) how to do stuff on there - though he did ask about upgrading. I recommended a Mac but they're much more expensive in Russia than in Blighty so it fell on deaf ears.
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    Image Annotation Tool Suggestions

    Thanks for the suggestions. I had a look at it but was put off for some reason - quite why I forget as it was (as you can see) quite a while ago - in the meantime I managing with emulated versions of Windows. (I "progressed" to XP at one stage - a dodgy copy I must admit - and hosted by the rather splendid VirtualBox.) Having recently upgraded to Snow Leopard I've found Preview's improved "Annotate" tool does the job. Hurrah!
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    Texting from/to Mac

    The iChat option is only available to use with USA mobile phones - as covered here - and the option from the "File" menu doesn't even appear here in Dear Old Blighty. I don't have an AIM account - and wild horses wouldn't drag me to get one given how bad a reputation the company has in my eyes - and until today I've never tried iChat as I wasn't aware it could be used with MobileMe. (This lack of attention is because Skype and Adium serve my needs - including SMS in the former case - though Skype does not allow SMS text messages to be received as iChat does.) I doubt I'll use it again - despite having a MobileMe account - as apart from the uncertain prospect of chatting with my brother, who's only on AIM, it offers me nothing. My mum uses SMS Mac for, er, SMS as it has a simple interface and that's better for her than the all-singing all-dancing Skype service. (She has enough trouble using Adium!) I would only recommend that if you have no other options, however, or if the options you have are too limited as iChat might be since there is an annual subscription and the charges are higher than Skype's. Finally, if you haven't tried Skype you must do so - though avoid the 5.0 Beta like the plague as it's just out and is as buggy as Hell.
  10. I had a similar problem a few months ago when setting up my two Airport Express units for use in a place with Internet coming in via Ethernet with one serving that and the other being simply an AirTunes link. I can't recall the detail now, I'm afraid, but I do know I had "fun" trying to get it all working with the starting point being a reset of each device and, naturally, the usage of AirPort Utility to do what was needed. (I may have had to use an Ethernet connection to see the device at some stage - something I've certainly had to do on occasions after resets - though that could well be down to a dodgy AirPort card in one of my Macs.) A friend also had an AirPort Express which didn't do as was expected - again the details eluding me - but he got there with perseverance. It is odd, of course,, that you found yourself in that situation but it may be worth trying a full reset of your network devices and trying again.
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    Using Old G4 as a server

    Of the several threads on this forum about remote access this and this are fairly comprehensive. All the Macs I mentioned have been upgraded to Leopard since and with me having a MobileMe account registered on each I've been able to manage them via Screen Sharing - all very much easier - as is remote file sharing. These days the G4 Macs sit (at my mum's) behind a Netgear DG834GT - my old AirPort Extreme (802.11g) being deployed elsewhere - with the Intel ones at my place being behind an (802.11g) AirPort Express. Access to the former has been troublesome with me unable to see the one of the two which is connected via Ethernet - something I need to troubleshoot as it's my mum's main Mac and it saves me travelling several kilometres to support her - and soon I'll be much further away. I also have trouble with the other - on wireless - something I put down to the network having periodic drop-outs. Still, if you don't have Leopard and a MobileMe account the threads pointed to should allow you to do what you want to do.
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    Upgrading from Tiger to Leopard

    I finally got around to upgrading - rather than clean-installing - three G4 and two Intel boxes (via a Family Pack) last year and had no problems. I want to do a clean install on the G4 boxes but my Office 2004 disc and the three keys for it are several thousand kilometres away and both I and my fiancee keep forgetting to pick it it when we go where it is. (We're due back there in September. I also plan to upgrade the Intel boxes to Snow Leopard but given that they are little more than media centres there's no real hurry. Still, it'll be this year - and they will be clean installs.
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    Adobe Air Assistance Request SOLVED

    Here you are - WIndows only - but maybe you'll find it in the Mac section.
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    Partition? Why?

    One advantage to this is that you can store your important stuff in the partition and focus on backing that up - though that's a strategy more useful in the Windows world.
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    Strategy for verifying backups?

    It's true - and it's not chauvinistic to claim it's a man's job - my bird usually needing me to remind her to attach her backup drive. (I've also just been asked to open a bottle of wine as she finishes preparing dinner.) We're about to move in together (after years both so and apart due to work) and when we get settled I'll be looking at a NAS drive with Time Machine support for all our Macs.
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    Does anyone else have to click the 'sign in' button twice?

    I have a similar (annoying) problem. I have the login page... http://for]um.maccast.com/index.php?app=core&module=global&section=login ...as a Bookmark in Safari. When I click on "Sign In" - the credentials being entered by Safari as I've got it to store them - the page gets refreshed and the following address... http://forum.maccast.com/index.php?app=core&module=global&section=login&do=process?s={key} ...appears where {key} is a unique value assigned each time. It's only when I click on the "Sign In" button again that I'm logged in. Clearing the MacCast cookies has no effect.
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    iTunes Movie to DVD

    There are plenty of "hack" sites out there to simply unlock domestic DVD-Video players such that they play discs from any region - and most players (and televisions) can be manually switched temporarily from PAL to NTSC - many doing so automatically.
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    Change Favicons in Firefox

    Generally speaking favicons are dictated by the address being referred to - and the search engine. Still, there may be some scripts out there which will do what you want - what's known as "Add-ons" in the Firefox world - and if you don't get what you want here then I suggest you try the Mozilla forum here. I used them to locate a script which allows the search engine favicon to be shown after it disappeared in a "recent" update to Firefox when using the Camifox Add-on - specifically the one at the top of this list.
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    Self Imposed Podcast Deadline being missed again!

    Here's another one - for what it's worth. You'd think an "It'll probably be there on {date}." update on the web site wouldn't be that difficult in these "always-on" times - not least via the expected Wi-Fi-capable iPad. Perhaps it's the evaluation of that which is the cause.
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    iTunes podcast 'mark as watched'

    Note this for audio podcasts. I don't know if video podcasts use "watched / not watched" as I don't subscribe to any. (You'd think it would.) Nor do I know if the latest version of iTunes has broken this again for audio as I've yet to download & install it.
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    Where is the MacCast opening and closing music from?

    Quite. There's no telling some people.
  22. Guidance on automatic mounting of drives may be found here and in the previous show.
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    Restore previous version of Firefox using Time Machine

    This may be an easier route.
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    Where is the MacCast opening and closing music from?

    Read the Shownotes.
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    Best software to DVD Rip to itunes to iPad

    You should read the HandBrake documentation - for example this bit - and if you don't understand anything try the HandBrake forums which you can reach via the "Community" link.