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    Names for the "spinning gear"

    "Indeterminate Progress Indicator" ... That's rich! :-) The gear isn't a progress indicator at all but rather an activity indicator. There is no indication of progress, it only lets you know "something" is going on. So, for a name, I'd say .... hmmm...... Activity Cog Wheel of Misfortune Bicycle Spokes Wheel of Wanting (your Mac to boot) Apple Roulette
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    Tige will not boot after 10.4.11 update

    Yes, I agree. Let your mac stay at the grey screen for awhile. I performed this upgrade as well with no problems. One thing I have done that has helped is, I've got verbose login turned on so I can see all the cryptic Unix text on the screen and get to see things happening there, rather than just getting to watch the static grey screen, not knowing if anything is going on or not.
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    New iPod Nano Podcast Syncing Issue

    Thanks for the help guys. It appears to be syncing properly now. I clicked a checkbox that I didn't think would address the issue, but apparently it did. Also, one thing I noticed with this new Nano, is that it is slow about disconnecting when you eject it. I may have pulled it off it's sync cable permaturely. So, for now... all is well.
  4. Podcasts don't seem to be syncing properly on my 3rd gen Nano. (I may have missed clicking on a checkbox somewhere, who knows?) I have it set up to sync all of my unplayed podcasts. The podcasts transfer over to the iPod just fine, but say If I've listened to an entire podcast on the Nano, then hook it back up to my Mac, iTunes doesn't recognize that it's been played. Also, if you've listened to a podcast halfway through on the Nano and hook it back up to the Mac and let it sync, the podcast is not keeping the placeholder where you left off listening to the podcast. All software updates are in place and the podcast syncing feature works flawlessly on my 1st gen Nano. Any clues? Thanks!
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    Update to Camino

    I'm a big Camino user too. Love the light weight and speed of the 1.0.4 version. I had an issue with the 1.5 version though. Upon install, 1.5 would not launch. I went and did some research and found that if you had the CaminoSession plugin installed, it can cause this to happen. The new version of Camino now does most of what CaminoSession did anyway and I found directions on how to remove it. Issue number 2: If you are using a version of 1Passwd prior to 2.4.2, Camino 1.5 may not launch as well. Just some things to keep in mind.
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    Another QuickSilver anomoly

    As mentioned on the last show, that MarBel's problem with drag&drop was related to QuickSilver. Another problem I found with Quicksilver is downloading to the desktop using Camino web browser. Downloads will not work unless you make a folder for Camino downloads, and direct Camino to download to that folder.
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    MacCast Loops

    Fantastic job on your first Talkshoe open forum show! I was very impressed. Kudos to Victor for prodding you to do this and being your producer/call screener/moderator or whatever you want to call him. I'm sure "good friend" is in there somewhere. I know you were unsure about doing a show on this platform but it seemed to come off very smooth. I think you are a natural for Talkshoe... Your fantastic fan following and show download numbers bode well for you to continue this venture. One of the few things you can do in this realm that pays you to do it. You have the friendly, humble personality to make this all work and your knowledge in "all things Macintosh" is boundless. I look forward to each and every one of these shows you decide to do. Hats off to Victor to have brought you here. (He's like a used car salesman, but more lovable) Keep up the great work and spread the Mac mindset.
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    Mac vs. PC

    That was brilliant! This should be a commercial. :-)
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    Boot camp just broke 2 new iMacs

    The failures you encountered (whether it be from a non-legit copy of XP or not) are all software related. You didn't break any hardware doing this. You should have been able to boot into your install DVD and reinstall OSX at the very least.
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    Is a .Mac account worth the money?

    In a word, No!
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    duplicate programs in "open with"

    I also backup to an external firewire drive with Super Duper. Is backup the only thing you are using the second hard drive for? If so, you might keep the second hard drive unmounted most of the time, then use iCal to feed you reminders of when to turn on (or mount) the drive, so Super Duper can do it's backup. Another tip. On the Open With contexual menu, the first occurrence of a particular app is always the one on the primary or start up drive. Also, it sounds like your external drive is going to sleep after a certain period of inactivity. Go into the Preferences Panel, Energy Saver and uncheck the box that says "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible". Hope this helps!
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    SkypeOut Unlimited - Scam?

    It is legit. Were you aware that for the second half of last year, we had SkypeOut for free? (and many of us used it a lot) Also, Skype made an offer in Nov/Dec. of paying for this year's service in advance (by December 31), and you could have got the plan for $14.95. Which I did.
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    Mac vs. PC

    Rewording and expanding on some of the aspects that you've chosen already, might help make for a more compelling arguement. Great value! A number of included high quality programs, that a consumer won't have to purchase after getting their new Mac. Stability! The UNIX backbone along with the tight integration of OS and hardware, make Macs run for months on end, without a reboot or crash. User Friendly! A simplified dock, intuitive apps, and overall design, that any user can get accustomed to quickly. Internet Security! Virtually free of viruses and malware. No Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware necessary. Design! A Mac is something that can sit on your desk and look more like a work of art, rather than a kitchen appliance. Software! A wealth of high quality freeware and low cost shareware is available on the Internet, Possibly, without the need to ever purchase an expensive, commercial software package. There's a few. Hope that helps!
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    mystery of missing emails

    Well Lori, if you're in love with .MAC that is fine. But you don't have to use it for email, if this is the only thing getting in your way right now. Like we said, you can use Gmail with your Apple Mail seamlessly... Google has full step-by-step picture instructions how to set up Apple mail for this. Then you can continue to use .MAC for everthing else that you like it for. No extra $ expended.
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    mystery of missing emails

    I'm flattered Daniel. You're only obligated to agree with one sentence of mine per month. :-) The rest could be hogwash. Lori and hubby could get ONE Gmail account and make this work the way she wants. Never touched Jaguar, so I don't know if it handles mail radically different than Tiger. Hard to believe if it does. This discussion reminds of the NOTMAC challenge.... I hope this comes to fruition. The syncing and backup services of .MAC are great.... the other stuff .MAC gives you are mediocre or offered virtually free elsewhere. The NOTMAC challenge is a movement that is amassing money to pay a developer or developers to reproduce the most valuable features of .MAC and offer them freely to the public and save us a hundred bucks a year to boot. I'm watching this closely.... over $4800 has been collected so far. But I haven't seen anyone take up the challenge yet. I will post when more info is known.