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    Bamboo Writing Tablet

    I just got a Bamboo Pen & Touch and highly recommend it as well. I went ahead and got this one because it had touch (as well as pen, of course) and I find myself using that feature a lot! It's not quite as responsive as my MacBook's touchpad, as far as moving around the screen goes, but it's pretty darn good. Plus it saves time from having to move my hand back and forth between my tablet and the touchpad. I think eventually I'll probably upgrade to one of the more expensive Bamboo tablets that have better tilt options, but for a beginning tablet, this one is more than enough for me!
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    Banner help?

    One excellent program for this is Skitch. I believe it's free or at least very cheap. You can set up the exact dimensions you want then color/type in whatever you want. It's definitely a cruder tool than Photoshop, but for a quick and fast banner it's about all you'll need.
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    Problem Syncing iPhone 4 & Itunes since installing ios5

    Oh I shouldve said - I'm using an iPhone 4 and have Lion installed on my MacBook.
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    Problem Syncing iPhone 4 & Itunes since installing ios5

    I'm experiencing this same problem - hopefully somebody has a solution! I noticed it first when I tried to download the Tumblr app. It would just say "Waiting" for days (literally) and never actually download. Next I tried updating other apps on my iPhone. Same thing happened. At this point I opened up iTunes and started running some updates. My iPhone was almost synced (wirelessly) when it lost it's connection to iTunes somehow and then disappeared - iTunes doesn't even see it now. I tried restarting the MacBook but that didn't help. The next day I went to download some new podcasts directly to my iPhone. Three days later, they're still sitting in iTunes waiting to start the download. It's like some weird voodoo took over my iPhone. I haven't tried actually hardwiring it into my computer yet but I'm afraid it'll try to wipe it, since it isn't recognizing it wirelessly anymore.
  5. No one probably knows the answer to this yet, but I was curious if anyone had heard anything about how this new iTunes syncing thing will work if your primary iTunes library is stored on an external hard drive? Would I need to leave this plugged in all the time?? I use a MacBook so currently only plug in the external drive when I'm actually syncing my iPhone. If everything's always syncing all the time, how does this work exactly when I'm not always connected with my iTunes library? On a similar note, I was unclear if this service means that they're going to store everything and we can just pick and choose what we bring down to store on our devices? In other words, could I potentially get rid of my external HD altogether and store my library in the cloud - only pulling down the few albums that I actually listen too more often? Or do I still need to have a local copy of everything?
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    WWDC 2011; What did you think?

    That's a good point. I definitely don't have all my music on my iPhone that's on my Mac or iPad. It sounds like new purchases automatically get pushed to everything. I wonder if there's a way to later manually remove certain things or only have it sync certain playlists, etc.
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    Wireless TV

    http://www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/ This website shows you what the reception should be in your neighborhood.
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    iPhones and bikes

    One thought I had is - you could turn off your 3G & GPS settings (or put it in airplane mode) when you're using your iPhone for extended periods of time like this. I can use my original iPhone for a couple days w/o it needing to be charged. I wouldn't think one workout should drain the battery if you're just using it normally (as in, no video intense applications). But even then, it should last at least one day.
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    What to charge for photography assignment?

    Lol. Yeah dads should get special priveleges shouldn't they? I probably won't charge him - chalk it up to free advertising. It just made me wonder though, what does one charge for an assignment? A stock photo would just pay a few cents but a portrait shoot would pay several hundred dollars. Where does an assignment fall in that continum?
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    What to charge for photography assignment?

    I'm a budding photographer considering going pro. Recently my dad commissioned me to find a certain scene and photograph it. He asked what I charge, and I didn't know what to tell him. I've thought about what to charge for portrait sessions, but never considered what to charge for a commissioned assignment. Any thoughts? He's talking about wanting 1-2 photos, for non-commercial use, on subjects that could be found locally.
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    Maccast Forum Upgrade

    I like how the newest topics are on the right side of the front page of the forum. That makes it so much easier to see what's new!
  12. I have Microsoft Office 2004 installed on my Mac. Right now I only have Word and Excel on there, but apparently I must've accidentally installed Entourage at one point, b/c it keeps importing an Entourage calendar into iCal. I try deleting it out of iCal but it keeps reappearing on it's own. How do I get rid of this? I've searched through my computer to try to remove all traces of Entourage, but it keeps coming back.
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    Mozy issues w/ my MacBook

    I started using Mozy about two weeks ago. It took probably 4-5 days and several false starts before I finally got a completed backup. Since then I have yet to have any successful backups, due largely in part to the fact that my computer is a MacBook which gets opened and shut a lot (thereby interrupting the backup, which makes it need to start over). I've tried leaving my laptop open overnight (for several days), but more often than not, this backup fails and I just have to start over again. So I have two questions: 1) How would you suggest using Mozy with a laptop? Do I need to just leave it on and open all the time??? This seems highly inconvenient. 2) Is there another comparable solution for backup that doesn't mind the constant turning on and off that occurs with a laptop?
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    Mozy issues w/ my MacBook

    Does it work well with a laptop though? Does it mind being interrupted or does it freak out and have to start over if you shut the laptop in the middle of a backup? I'm sure Mozy works well too in theory, but the constant turning off/on seems to not sit so well with it.
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    iPhone alarm clock suggestions?

    I'm confused. You don't use the built-in alarm, why? I just plug mine into the dock it came with (which charges it) and have it set to whatever time I want to wake up, at which point it rings one of my ringtones. You can tell it to wake you up at different times for different days too. For example, I have M,T,W,F on one alarm. Thursdays I get up early to meet friends for breakfast, so that day has it's own alarm. I have no alarm set for Saturdays!! And then Sunday I have a later alarm so I can sleep in a little before church. Really, the built-in alarm is amazing and has way more flexibility than any hardware alarm clock I've ever used. I mean seriously, what alarm clock to do you know that you can tell it which days to wake you up and which days to let you sleep in? And never again will you have to remember to turn your alarm back on after the weekend, etc. It just remembers what day it is and wakes you up accordingly! I love it! You can also set different ring tones for different alarms, which is cool. I have a different one for the weekend, for example. And you can label your alarms. I have three alarms go off every weekday morning (so I'm not tempted to hit snooze and roll over). My first one just says "Time to Get up!" and the second one ring 15 minutes later that says, "Get a move on!!" The third one is set for about an hour later saying, "Time to go!" (I'm very slow in the mornings until I get my coffee! Lol)
  16. I would double-check what the settings are on your smart playlist. I have mine set to "all podcasts that I haven't listened to" or whatever the Apple-terminology is for that. Once I'm done listening to a podcast, it drops out of that playlist. Once I sync, it drops out of my iPhone altogether. So using that logic, if you had your playlist set up that way, then go into the podcast in question, scrub through the playback of that podcast all the way to the end, so it thinks you've listened to it. Then it will drop out of your playlist, and upon syncing, out of your iPod altogether! Hope this helps!
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    iPod Touch w/ Google Voice?

    Has anyone tried using Google Voice on the new iPod Touches? (Obviously accessing it through mobile Safari, since the native app was declined). I noticed on the Apple site that the Touches now come with microphones - and they also allow Voice Memos, which leads me to believe that the Touch itself has a microphone on it. Is this true? And if so, would using the Google Voice mobile app work? That would be amazing to be able to get out from under AT&T's thumb. I love my iPhone but I'm tired of paying AT&T money.
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    iPhone clock

    Hmm... interesting. I didn't realize you could change it manually. Are you sure you can't switch it to "Automatic"? It seems strange that they would just not allow that in one country. Here's what the settings screen looks like on my phone.
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    iPhone clock

    So what you mean is... your iPhone isn't matching the time on news or at the train station? Why do you assume that they are "accurate" and you're not? That doesn't make any sense. You can't even set the iPhone clock, as far as I'm aware, so that would lead me to assume that the iPhone clock is more accurate than other clocks (such as one at the train station) that someone probably manually set. I'm not trying to be argumentative; I just don't understand your concern. Cell phone clocks are automatically set. If it's off from another clock, it's logical to assume that it's the other clock that wasn't automatically set, not that yours was set wrong. You have no power over how your cell phone clock was set, so how does it benefit you to worry about it being different from another clock? It'd be better to just reset the other clock that do have control over.
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    iPhone clock

    I'm confused. I didn't even know you could set the clock on your iPhone. You're talking about the system clock right? Not the alarm clock? As far as I was aware, the system clock is automatically set via magic voodoo in the sky (or some more technical scientific reason). I don't know - it just sets itself. How can you tell it's "one minute off" anyway? Every clock in my house is off give or take 5 minutes or so - I wouldn't have a clue which one was "accurate", let alone one minute off. In fact, if anything, I'd trust the iPhone's time more than other clocks, since it does seem to be pulling it's data from somewhere (unlike the clocks in my house that I manually set.) I'm not sure how you, first of all, set your iPhone clock, and second of all, know that it's "off". What are you basing that measurement on?
  21. Has anyone noticed an "Other" Genius mix? My mixes have all seemed to be related to a genre in my library (Alternative, Rock, 90's Music....) but I just noticed a new Genius mix labeled "Other". It seems to be a random mix of Latin, Hip-Hop, Rock, and Oldies. I was just curious if anyone knows what this "Other" mix is and what iTunes is basing it on. I understand the other mixes... "Rock" is basically rock music, etc.... but "Other" feels more just like someone shook up my library and put it on Shuffle mode. It'd be interesting to see if there was more rhyme and reason than that to it or if it really is just a fancy Shuffle.
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    Reappearing torrents

    Thanks! I locked the Movies folder and that seems to help. No programs are complaining yet, but no torrents are appearing either, so that's good. Thank you so much for your help!
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    Reappearing torrents

    I keep having torrent files magically appear in my "Movies" folder. I delete them, then they reappear w/in a few minutes. Any ideas why this is happening? I do use Transmission, and have used Miro in the past. Would one of those programs be pulling in a torrent automatically? I can't find any settings in either of those programs that seem to suggest that. I've since deleted Miro, but that didn't seem to help the problem. In fact, I used to only have 2 torrent files showing up, and now I've got 4 or 5! I've deleted them over and over, and that doesn't seem to help. I tried to open them, to see what would happen, but Transmission claims that they are not real torrent files and cannot do anything with them. Help! This is really annoying!
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    Reappearing torrents

    No ideas, anyone?
  25. I must be missing something obvious. When I export photos from iPhoto (to either Set Desktop or straight to Facebook), it only exports the unedited version. When I export to Flickr, it exports the edited version. How do I get it to export the edited version to Facebook or for using as a Desktop photo??