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  1. Jezlyn

    Mac Mini rear vent -- burst of air flow???

    Yeah, I was doing a little more reading on the Mini and saw that it uses a very slow-spinning notebook fan. I don't recall what I had been working on at the time, but perhaps I'd been trying to run too many things at one time and the Mini had to cool off. I didn't remember this happening before, so I had to make sure it wasn't out of the ordinary. Thanks! P.S. That's a nice avatar. Is it an anime/manga character?
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    Mac Mini rear vent -- burst of air flow???

    I don't think that's it. If the air was moving fast enough to go through my Mac Mini and out the vents, I doubt I would've been able to notice that there was a whooshing of air and noise just from my computer. The behavior was almost like an internal fan slowly kicked in to cool off the machine until it got back down below some threshold. It's really strange, and this is the first time that it has happened (or that I was around to notice it). Otherwise the computer is completely silent. It's really weird, but the only reason that I'm concerned at all about it is that I want to make sure that it isn't a case where my computer is overheating and some "emergency" fan is kicking in.
  3. Just a few minutes ago I noticed something really strange happen with my Mac Mini. I heard some whooshing sound, and I thought it was the fan of the firewire enclosure that my Mac Mini was sitting on, so I shut it off. But I still heard the whooshing noise. I got up and listened closer to the Mac Mini and noticed that the sound I heard was air flowing out of the back vent, strongly enough that it seemed like there was a fan inside! Now, I've opened up my Mac Mini before, but I don't remember there being any little fan inside...is there one? I seem to remember talk about it not having fans, which is why it is so quiet. So if there aren't any internal fans, what was the cause of the whoosh of air out the back vent? It happened for about a couple minutes, and it seemed to gradually get stronger, then gradually decrease before stopping completely. It didn't seem to affect operation at all; I was still able to surf and run apps while it was happening. Anyone experienced the same thing?
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    iTune music Japan

    UPDATE: I just read that J-List (www.jlist.com), an online store for various Japanese products like food, toys, and anime, will be selling iTMS gift cards for the iTMS Japan! Great news for people who want to buy tracks from there, but don't know anyone in Japan who could send them gift cards for that purpose. Just thought I'd post, in case anyone else was interested in checking out iTMS Japan. P.S. J-List has some adult products, but at their main page there is an option to choose whether or not you want to see the adult products. There is also an alternate URL, www.jbox.com, that automatically filters out the adult product listings. There is also a copy of the periodic newsletter that the store's owner sends out to a mailing list that talks about various aspects of Japanese culture (very interesting).
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    iTune music Japan

    Sweet! I don't really know anyone in Japan, but perhaps I can work something out somehow. Do report back; I'm very interested to know what happens.
  6. Heh, I should've just looked at the iPod settings before posting. It's pretty obvious that what I was asking was possible. :oops: Thanks for replying to my stupid question without flaming me.
  7. I really like the feature of being able to just connect my iPod and have the library synced up automatically. But it's really limiting as far as maintaining my whole library of music, because sometimes I like to switch out albums/songs and offload them to make more room for newer stuff or more podcasts. Does anyone know if I turn off auto sync for the music library on the iPod, will the podcasts (in the purple "playlist") still autosync? It seems as though that podcast section is treated like its own entity for the most part, since the tracks in it are treated differently (bookmarkable, cannot sort all of the podcasts by date, automatically marked as played even though you haven't reached the end of the track, etc.), so I'm hoping that I can turn off the auto syncing for the whole iPod library and still have the podcast section updated automatically. Anyone have any ideas?
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    iTune music Japan

    Does anyone know if there's a way for us to buy tracks from the iTunes Japan store? I know that we're not supposed to be able to buy (or access?) stuff from other countries' iTMS, but if I could buy J-pop stuff from there somehow, that would be awesome...
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    apples 2 button scroller!

    Overall my experiences with the Mighty Mouse have been pretty good. My few gripes are: - The cord is just too short. I wish they had included an extension cord as the Apple keyboard had included. - Middle clicking doesn't seem to work in Firefox. I'm bummed because I thought that I'd finally have a mouse for my Mac mini that would allow middle clicking functionality. Perhaps a 3rd-party mouse app will enable this on the Mighty Mouse in the future. - Speaking of Firefox, scrolling left or right doesn't actually scroll the page; it goes back and forward through your browser history. So it is still an issue for me to accidentally go back or forward when I meant to scroll up or down on a page. Anyone else know how to fix this? Couldn't find the configuration to turn this off. - This is probably a generic issue with Apple-branded peripherals, but the Mighty Mouse does not play well with my USB hub. Of course, it could be that my cheap USB hub sucks, but I have read some articles where it was not recommended that certain peripherals be plugged into hubs. Kind of a problem when the Mac mini only has 2 USB ports... #-o I am definitely going to be looking out for the Belkin Mac mini USB and Firewire hub, but even then it doesn't add that many more ports. Despite my gripes, i am pretty happy with this mouse. I like its design and the underlying tech. If I had to do it again, I'd probably wait for the wireless version, though.
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    apples 2 button scroller!

    Okay, I've installed the mouse onto my Mac mini at home and so far it works well, although now I can't seem to replicate the middle mouse button functionality in Firefox that I have on my PC at work. I configured the scroll ball to act as "Button 3" when I click on it, but so far it doesn't seem to work as a middle mouse button. In Firefox, if I click on a link with the middle mouse button, it is supposed to open in a new tab (I think this functionality comes with the All-in-One Gestures extension that I have installed). Also, if I middle click on an existing tab, it's supposed to close that tab (I believe that functionality is just a built-in feature configurable in Firefox). So far neither of those features work in OS X, though it did work on my PC. Any ideas? I think that when people thought that there is a little speaker in the mouse, they were misunderstanding the little blurb on one of the product webpages that says this: The audio feedback described by that little blurb is not from a speaker. It just means that they constructed the scroll ball and mouse button such that they make a noise when you scroll or click, so that you get feedback on the actions you are performing. For the scroll ball, there are little gears or something that click when you move it around. And the mouse button clicks when you press down on it. But they're both physical noises, not generated through a speaker. I also found out that if you scroll to the left or right with the ball, it will navigate back or forward through your browser history (at least that's what it does with Firefox). I didn't configure anything specifically to do this. In that respect, the Mighty Mouse acts like my Logitech V500. However, unlike the V500, I am a lot less likely to accidentally scroll left or right with the scroll ball when I mean to scroll up and down. The scroll ball is a lot less sensitive/twitchy than the V500's touch sensor. Now, if I can just get the middle mouse click functionality working correctly, I'll be a 100% satisfied customer! As it stands now, I'm about 90% satisfied with the mouse.
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    apples 2 button scroller!

    I estimate that the cable length is around 2' to 2.5'. It's pretty short, but you could always get a USB extension cable, like what comes with the Apple keyboard.
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    apples 2 button scroller!

    Nope, as far as I can tell it makes a physical clicking noise. Button clicking seems to work just like the original one-button mice with the clear shells (except for the right clicking, of course). It really is an elegant update to the original one-button mice. The only thing you can't do is to "rock" between the left and right mouse "buttons" do to any rocker mouse gestures for going forward or back in Firefox's browser history (with a mouse gesture extension). But I don't use that functionality much anyway, since you can do other right-click mouse gestures to do the same thing.
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    apples 2 button scroller!

    Luckily I was able to buy one of these over my lunch break; the person who checked me out said they had just gotten the Mighty Mouses (Mice?) about an hour before I bought mine. I read through the thread to see what other people's impressions were and I'm a little confused as to where people read that the mouse has a speaker. As far as I can tell, the mouse physically clicks. The whole top of the mouse is a button, like the original one-button mice with the clear outer shells. I think there are some sensors inside the shell that detects whether or not your finger is pressing down on the right side of the mouse to bring up the context menu when appropriate. If you turn the mouse upside down, you will see that the whole bottom part of the mouse can get pushed in, so it really is a physical click, not a virtual one. The little scroll ball took some getting used to, but after a few minutes it didn't seem that strange. I have yet to try out the horizontal or diagonal scrolling, but I imagine that it would work as it should. At first I thought the scroll ball was just a sensor, kind of like the little "eraser nubs" on an IBM Thinkpad, but it is actually a rolling ball. I'm glad to have a mouse that will allow middle-button clicking! Currently I'm using a Logitech V500 wireless mouse with my Mac mini, and I miss having the ability to click down on the middle button. The V500 has a touch sensor where the middle button would be to make scrolling easier and smoother...it was cool for a while, but then it got annoying because sometimes I'd accidentally swipe left or right over the sensor, which would go back or forward in my browser history, instead of scroll up or down the page I was reading. I should point out that I am at work right now, so I actually have the Mighty Mouse plugged in to my Windows XP desktop machine at work. I will post another mini-review when I'm able to use the mouse at home on my Mac mini. Anyway, the side buttons only have the functionality of going back in your web browser's history, so that wasn't really exciting under Windows XP. I will be sure to try these buttons out in OS X. You do have to press a bit harder to get these side buttons to activate, so I don't know how often I'm going to use them. Overall, I think it's a slick mouse, even though it has the shortest USB cable ever. I will write more about my impressions when I've been able to play with the software for Tiger.
  14. I know that article mainly mentions VPN and enterprise networking software, but does anyone know if printer sharing over a network is affected as well? I had my Canon printer installed and shared from my Mac mini, and my BF was able to send print jobs from his XP machine before. But now that I have Tiger running on my machine, his XP box can't see the printer. I'm not entirely sure that it's a Tiger-related program, but was wondering if anyone has seen similar issues.
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