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    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Professional interests: computational fluid dynamics (CFD) on UNIX and LINUX OS platforms.
    General interests: college football, digital photography, art, Roman and Greek architecture, energy conservation, island living, snorkeling, and computing on my iMac.
  1. Wondering if anyone has written a script for automatically checking iTunes for application update downloads? I checked "Doug's Scripts" and didn't see anything there.
  2. Greetings to all! I hope that you are enjoying the MacCast and its forum. I'm a big fan. All thanks to Adam!

  3. I should first say that I read the posts from "Using a Drobo as a Media server Question...will this setup work?" I've been investigating this issue. I have my Drobo connected to my iMac (Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM) through its 800 GB firewire port. Not many issues with the Drobo (configured as 4.4 TB using Western Digital disks). I have noticed that I've been getting drop-outs of signal to my speaker system. I contacted the Drobo folks and they provided me this advice: One of the issues noted in the above reference forum discussion was about having a Airport Express that is a "G" model instead of having the most current "N" model. Is there anyone out there that is using this basic configuration and using Drobo, with success, as a Media Server? lorentzd
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    Snow Leopard S/W Compatibility

    Let's see, I'll reply to my own post... just got back a response from the great folks at Micromat... here it is: "TechTool Pro 4 is not Snow Leopard compatible. For compatibility, you will need to upgrade to TechTool Pro 5 (we expect a Snow Leopard compatible version will be available within a couple of weeks). For further information about upgrading, you can contact Micromat Sales at 800-829-6227 or sales@micromat.com." So it is not compatible, yet... lorentzd
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    Snow Leopard S/W Compatibility

    I just sent an email into Micromat regarding the status of their Techtools Pro compatibility. we'll see. lorentzd
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    OS 10.5.6 feedback on the installation..?

    Here's an update from the originator of the post: I "pulled the trigger" yesterday and installed 10.5.6. I've only noticed one issue so far: I had to perform "first aid" to my Keychain Access application via... http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2980#key Otherwise, everything has been working well and has been very stable. I suggest that we keep adding REPLIES to this main entry of mine for the purpose of recording 10.5.6 observations.
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    OS 10.5.6 feedback on the installation..?

    Some additional references to observed issues with 10.5.6 were made in MacFixIt. Here's an example: http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20081218235352708
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    OS 10.5.6 feedback on the installation..?

    I just saw this entry from MacWorld on their site: http://www.macworld.com/article/137689/200...l?lsrc=rss_news
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    OS 10.5.6 feedback on the installation..?

    Listened to MacOSKen's PodCast this morning (after I had posted the above question) and he noted there were some issues being identified by some users in the Apple forums. As I recall from his PodCast, it was something associated with the attempt to install an incomplete download of the 10.5.6 update (?). Weird. That just does not sound very logical. I'm holding off for a few more days before I pull the trigger on the update. Want to hear some more feed back.
  10. Wondering... is there any feedback out there, good or bad, regarding the OS 10.5.6 installation?
  11. Donald Lorentz

    video iChat difficulties

    It appears to be only me. She's headed off to college, again, soon... so I'm motivated to fix it quick. lorentzd
  12. Donald Lorentz

    Dashboard freeze-up in Leopard (10.5.2)

    Thanks--- I've noted some improvement myself. I see that they are working on 10.5.5 now. I sure hope they get this main revision as god or better than 10.4, from a bug perspective. lorentzd
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    video iChat difficulties

    Yes, see this site that I prepared for your perusal, that provides the details... "There was a communication error during your chat".... no, ya think? lorentzd
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    video iChat difficulties

    I have not been able to set up video iChat with daughter's Intel Macbook Pro. Some information: I have a relatively new iMac (2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Dual). Both computers are here in my home now, but my daughter will be going back to college soon. Both macs are up-to-date in all posted mac software and OS (10.5.4). Since she claims to have no problems with her video chats with friends, I thought that if I simply set up my accounts and preferences to be the same as daughter's, then I'd have no difficulties. Anyone out there have some ideas on what to do?
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    Anyone else using a G4 as their main Mac? ...

    This past February I replaced my 800 MHz iMac. Basis? Couldn't run Leopard and it was real sloooooow. Never had a problem with it until January '08; the DVD player failed. An impressive piece of hardware. Still runs but I have in cold shut down right now. lorentzd