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  1. Drewbean

    Problems with podcast in 7.7

    I have same exact same problem with my iPod Touch!! It does not dynamically update playlists on the iPod itself. So frustrating, especially since my old Nano handled this just fine. I wish Adam would discuss on his podcast.
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    Parental Controls in Leopard

    I am always surprised by the number of kids (I mean 10 and younger) that have access to laptops, with wifi in the home. I like what you said about trust -- makes good sense.
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    Parental Controls in Leopard

    Many thanks for the thoughtful reply, Graham. I keep my computer in the main living area -- though sometimes I'm not directly watching what the kids are doing. I too would like to trust the kids, and generally I do, but I wanted to remove the iSight, which I perceive as a significant & tempting threat. People often say that you need to trust your children, but removing an attractive nuisance just makes good sense. Again, thank you for your help. I might indeed make use of that disabler application; we'll see.
  4. I've asked the following question to many Apple "Geniuses", and have been met with much head scratching, and some speculation -- but no real response. My question: How can I wholly and completely disable the webcam for certain users (aka children)? Webcams are a very real concern for parents, and one would have thought that Apple would offer a way to turn off this built in piece of hardware. Instead, I'm told that as Administrator, I can disable certain user accounts from the ability to access the applications that use the webcam. But somehow this doesn't seem to be a complete & safe solution. I'd be much more comfortable knowing that the device itself is disabled. Any way to do this? There probably is a "shell command", but I'm a new user, and have no idea how to do this. Also, I'd like the webcam to work for the adult users, just not the kids. So a shell command sounds global and may impact all user accounts. Can anyone kindly help a parent in need?
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    Buying an iMac and the price of memory

    I agree. As an AAPL shareholder, I like it; but as a consumer, I'd rather not encourage those in Cupertino to expect this degree of loyalty and blind consumer obedience. Build something great, as you've done many times in the past, and I'll be there with plastic in hand. One other question, however on the topic of RAM. That is, since the basic iMac comes with 1 GB of RAM, and I do plan to upgrade, does adding a 2 GB stick in the other slot make makes? I'm coming from the window world, where having two RAM sticks of unequal capacity is a no-no. Same is true of Macs? Please help. Thanks.
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    Experience with CrossOver Mac?

    You're right; I wouldn't be using windows for web browsing and email. Firefox/Safari and Mail would be great. Don't worry -- I'm definitely making the switch. Believe it or not, I've been mulling it over for about 3-4 years, and I'm finally there. Just too many bad experiences with Windows over the years, and I consider myself a pretty experienced user. And Vista sounds like a real nightmare -- a poorly implemented rip off of Tiger if you ask me. As for VM Fusion, I've heard Adam speak of it, but I'm not sure what it's about -- do I need a Windows license to use it on a Mac? What do you mean by "a develop implementation of XP"?? Can it run all types of Windows apps?
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    Experience with CrossOver Mac?

    I'm mostly interested in MS Office 2003 Professional, and Quicken. Yes, I know both versions exist on the Mac, but I don't want to buy another expensive version of Office, and Quicken for Mac is horrid (though I hear Intuit is finally updating, so we'll see).
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    Buying an iMac and the price of memory

    You're right, Apple is not a RAM seller, per se. And I would agree with your logic if the price of memory fluctuates 800% over a 6 month period (about how long Apple take with each iMac rev). But it does not vary nearly that much. And in almost all cases, flash memory prices decrease over time. So no matter how you slice it, $850 for 3 GB of RAM is highway robbery. In 2008 -- there's no way to justify that kind of pricing for RAM.
  9. I'm going to be switching to the Mac (from Windoze) soon, and I'm considering the options to allow me to run Windows apps. Obviously, there's boot camp and parallels, but both require installing Windows and then dealing with all the viruses and spyware I'm trying to leave behind. Another option that I've heard too little about it CrossOver Mac, by Codeweavers. See link: http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/ It's supposed to run windows apps right in OSX without requiring the installation of windows. And it's supposed to be fast. But the (potential) problem seems to that first someone needs to write some kind of shell or customization for EACH AND EVERY APP, in order for it to work in CrossOver Mac to work. I don't understand the details of this, but do I have this straight? So if a brand new piece of Windows only software comes up, you'd have to wait for some kind soul to write the customized CrossOver Mac adaptation for it to work on a Mac? Is this a real deterrent? Anyone who has any experience with this software or opinions on this topic, please let me know. Thanks!
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    Buying an iMac and the price of memory

    Funny, because I'm in the market for a 20" iMac, and couldn't believe Apple's RAM upgrade pricing either. I kept thinking that I must be looking at the wrong type of RAM (all the variants make it confusing) when comparing to the prices at Crucial. For instance, Apple charges a whopping $850 to upgrade from 1 to 4 GB on the 20" iMac, when the same memory can be purchased from Crucial for $114. Apple is over 7x more expensive! And really, that's not even a fair comparison, because Apple is charging that much to ADD 3 GB of RAM (since base system already comes with 1 GB), whereby crucial is selling a full 4 GB. How much labor is involved with turned 4 screws to add memory? I don't mind doing it myself, but When Apple imposes such outrageous upgrades charges, it offends my sensability for fairness, and just makes prospective buyers question to overall value proposition.
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    Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard delayed

    I concur to the extent Tiger is sufficient until October. For me, the issues are: Being "re-assured" by Apple as of only a few weeks ago that Leopard would ship in the spring. Clearly, they knew they then that they were in trouble with the promised ship date, That Apple pulled their core OS developers to work on a glorified cell phone. I can only hope they find lots of suckers, ahem customers, to drop $500 on a cell phone. I'm guessing there's a fat margin at that price, which would then help fund the proper development of Tiger.
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    Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard delayed

    So they delay the development of their next OS to build an overpriced cell phone?? If this is what we can expect from "Apple, INC", I'd much rather go back to "Apple COMPUTER".
  13. On 2/28/07 show, Adam was talking about different cordless phones and their potential to interfere with Airport Extreme. He spoke about 900 MGz, 2.4 GHz, and 5.8 GHz, but there's another option... There is a new type of phone that supposedly operates on a different spectrum and is specifically designed to avoid interference with wifi devices. It is called DECT 6.0. There are only a few models out at this time... here's a link to some GE models: http://www.home-electronics.net/en-us/Mode...=Dect6.0Digital
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