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Old 11th Mar 2008, 19:33   #41 (permalink)
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Problem Solving

If you don't get a problem solved here - then try here


I've had a couple of probs and solved here.

I'm using Safari, which recently has been getting sloower and sloooooower each day.
Checked out macfixit, and problem solved (someone else having the same trouble), Safari is flying again.

Bookmark it now!!
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Old 15th Mar 2008, 04:49   #42 (permalink)
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I'm trying to delete Time Machine backups from an external hard drive (Free Agent Go), but can't see any files to delete, nor find a command to format the disc.

Any hints, please?

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Old 16th Mar 2008, 02:46   #43 (permalink)
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Time Machine solution found at MacOSXHints
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Old 3rd Apr 2008, 12:07   #44 (permalink)
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Anyone else here have a MacBook Air? I'm having a problem with battery charging times, and Apple Support are good, but not sure what is a normal charge time atm. It's taking hours (5.5 hours so far from 0% to 50%), I'd appreciate an indication from others as to what charge times they are experiencing.

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Old 10th Apr 2008, 17:08   #45 (permalink)
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The MacFormat Forums are another good place for help with all things Mac.
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Old 14th Apr 2008, 18:40   #46 (permalink)

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As macs are gaining in popularity worldwide, it's only time before viruses are written for macs.

Does any one use or recommend some a/virus software or am I being unduly concerned?

(180 nights away, that's a lot of open wifi and broadband connections)
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Old 14th Apr 2008, 20:43   #47 (permalink)
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Call me ultra-careful or what you will, but I have ALWAYS paid for, and had the Norton Anti Virus on!

And I find it more than adequate!

. . . open wifi and broadband connections)

What has THAT got to do with any virus? You can get virus ONLY if you go snooping in doubtful sites, most of which try and tempt you with porn, not because you are connected thru ANY wifi etc.

Leastways, I don't think so! I am open to correction, tho!
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Old 15th Apr 2008, 15:35   #48 (permalink)

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Many of the hotel sites that you need to go through first have a lot of ads flashing away and there's the potential for spyware etc.
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Old 17th Apr 2008, 14:02   #49 (permalink)
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What I would recommend, especially over an open Wi-Fi connection, is trying to use secure (i.e. https) web pages for logging in and even for reading private email. GMail, PPRuNe mail, Yahoo etc. all allow you to log in securely, but only GMail (off the top of my head) then keeps the https connection. The login URL is stable which means it can be bookmarked.

And ClamAV is the first MacOS AV software which appeared when I googled it. Ping me in a month and I might know more about it
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Old 18th Apr 2008, 12:54   #50 (permalink)
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I use and would recommend the Intego SecurityBarrier (VirusBarrier and NetBarrier) software for the Mac (www.intego.com). It is simple to install and configure; and, most importantly, is completely unobtrusive. The latest version X5 is Leopard compatible. There are 30-day trial versions available for each of their products.

The Intego solution is not free, you pay for the software which includes the first 12 months subscription; but the subsequent renewal is reasonably priced and there are good discounts for taking out longer subscriptions.
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Old 18th Apr 2008, 14:17   #51 (permalink)

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Thanks a lot, I shall look into these solutions more closely.
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Old 20th Apr 2008, 02:43   #52 (permalink)
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Old 20th Apr 2008, 09:28   #53 (permalink)
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seekayess said

"Call me ultra-careful or what you will, but I have ALWAYS paid for, and had the Norton Anti Virus on!
And I find it more than adequate!"

From Macos.com

"I would concur that Nortons causes more trouble than it solves. At present, there are no viruses on the Mac. There are a couple of legitimate antivirus products such as Norton's, Virex and ClamAV.

Of the three I mentioned, Norton's is the one I'd avoid the most because of the number of ways in which it hooks into the system, scanning everything in "real time" as it is written to the hard drive. This is intended to be more thorough, but in essence it just means that it can easily screw up your system."
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Photoshop User guide: For FREE!!

Are you into Photoshop?

And, like me, not really professionally aware of its intricacies?

Well just go to:


Click on the Download, give your email ID and, Bob's your uncle!!

PS: It is about 69 mb.
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Old 17th May 2008, 12:07   #55 (permalink)
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Er... This may not be a Mac problem, but it's happening on a Mac, so:

I get the usual assortment of spam, offering blue tablets, increased inches, etc. But some of the spam appears to originate from my address.

Not only that, but I cleared out the 'Sent' bit of Mail this afternoon and found that said spam appeared there as well!

How on Earth does all this happen, and how can I prevent it?

Any hints, tips, used fivers, etc, much appreciated.



(The machine is an Intel desktop running Leopard with Mail; it speaks to the outside via Ethernet, an ADSL modem and the telephone line.)
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  • Ah, I see you have popped up on a couple of other sites, including MediaDV as hppay. And on a static IP address. A bit more digging suggests you own the iskysoft.com domain, which happens to be the first link in your message, and you're currently astroturfing web sites, of which PPRuNe is one, to promote it.
If you've hired an SEO to do this for you, they're no good and you should ask for your money back.

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Old 19th May 2008, 17:52   #57 (permalink)
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Ever Wondered What Heaven is Like?

Sorry, Folks! I know this is a serious thread, but this was just TOO darn good not to tell you all about it!!

Bill Gates died and, much to everyone’s surprise, went to Heaven. When he got there, he had to wait in the reception area. Heaven’s reception area was the size of Massachusetts. There were literally millions of people milling about, living in tents with nothing to do all day. Food and water were being distributed from the backs of trucks, while staffers with clipboards slowly worked their way through the crowd. Bill lived in a tent for three weeks until, finally, one of the staffers approached him.

The staffer was a young man in his late teens, face scarred with acne. He was wearing a blue T-shirt with the words TEAM PETER emblazoned on it in large yellow lettering.

‘Hello,’ said the staffer in a bored voice that could have been the voice of any clerk in any overgrown bureaucracy. ‘My name is Gabriel and I’ll be your induction coordinator.’

Bill started to ask a question, but Gabriel interrupted him. ‘No, I’m not the Archangel Gabriel. I’m just a guy from Philadelphia named Gabriel who died in a car wreck at the age of 17. Now give me your name, last name first, unless you were Chinese in which case it’s first name first.’

‘Gates, Bill.’ Gabriel started searching though the sheaf of papers on his clipboard, looking for Bill’s Record of Earthly Works.

‘What’s going on here?’ asked Bill. ‘Why are all these people here? Where’s Saint Peter? Where are the Pearly Gates?’

Gabriel ignored the questions until he located Bill’s records. Then Gabriel looked up in surprise. ‘It says here that you were the president of a large software company. Is that right?’


‘Well then, do the math chip-head! When this Saint Peter business started, it was an easy gig. Only a hundred or so people died every day, and Peter could handle it all by himself, no problem. But now there are over five billion people on earth. Jesus, when God said to ‘go forth and multiply,’ he didn’t say ‘like rabbits!’ With that large a population, ten thousand people die every hour. Over a quarter-million people a day. Do you think Peter can meet them all personally?’

‘I guess not.’

‘You guess right. So Peter had to franchise the operation. Now, Peter is the CEO of Team Peter Enterprises, Inc. He just sits in the corporate headquarters and sets policy. Franchisees like me handle the actual inductions.’

Gabriel looked though his paperwork some more, and then continued. ‘Your paperwork seems to be in order. And with a background like yours, you’ll be getting a plum job assignment.’

‘Job assignment?’

‘Of course. Did you expect to spend the rest of eternity sitting on your ass and drinking ambrosia? Heaven is a big operation. You have to pull your weight around here!’ Gabriel took out a triplicate form, had Bill sign at the bottom, and then tore out the middle copy and handed it to Bill.

‘Take this down to induction center #23 and meet up with your occupational orientator. His name is Abraham.’

Bill started to ask a question, but Gabriel interrupted him. ‘No, he’s not *that* Abraham.’

Bill walked down a muddy trail for ten miles until he came to induction center #23. He met with Abraham after a mere six-hour wait.

‘Heaven is centuries behind in building its data processing infrastructure,’ explained Abraham. ‘As you’ve seen, we’re still doing everything on paper. It takes us a week just to process new entries.’

‘I had to wait *three* weeks,’ said Bill. Abraham stared at Bill angrily, and Bill realized that he’d made a mistake. Even in Heaven, it’s best not to contradict a bureaucrat.

‘Well,’ Bill offered, ‘maybe that Bosnia thing has you guys backed up.’

Abraham’s look of anger faded to mere annoyance. ‘Your job will be to supervise Heaven’s new data processing center. We’re building the largest computing facility in creation. Half a million computers connected by a multi-segment fiber optic network, all running into a back-end server network with a thousand CPUs on a gigabit channel. Fully fault tolerant. Fully distributed processing. The works.’

Bill could barely contain his excitement. ‘Wow! What a great job! This is really Heaven!’

‘We’re just finishing construction, and we’ll be starting operations soon. Would you like to go see the center now?’

‘You bet!’

Abraham and Bill caught the shuttle bus and went to Heaven’s new data processing center. It was a truly huge facility, a hundred times bigger than the Astrodome. Workmen were crawling all over the place, getting the miles of fiber optic cables properly installed.

But the center was dominated by the computers. Half a million computers, arranged neatly row-by-row, half a million ........

Apple Macintoshes ........

all running Claris software! Not a PC in sight! Not a single byte of Microsoft code!

The thought of spending the rest of eternity using products that he had spent his whole life working to destroy was too much for Bill. ‘What about PCs???’ he exclaimed. ‘What about Windows??? What about Excel??? What about Word???’

‘You’re forgetting something,’ said Abraham.

‘What’s that?’ asked Bill plaintively.

‘This is Heaven,’ explained Abraham. ‘We need a computer system that’s heavenly to use. If you want to build a data processing center based on PCs running Windows, then ........ GO TO HELL!’
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Old 17th Jun 2008, 10:39   #58 (permalink)
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How many of you use an antivirus software prgram on your Macs? I know I probably don't need it but back when I was a PC user I used free AVG. Anything similar for the Mac?
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Old 17th Jun 2008, 11:38   #59 (permalink)
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Hi Telstar

I have always used Norton AntiVirus.

Have never had any problems with any virus for the last twenty years!!

Everyone says that I am wasting the money and I wouldn't have had any virus even if did NOT have NAV loaded. Mebbe they are right, mebbe not! I find it worth the small amount it costs for my peace of mind!

Horses for courses, I guess!!
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Old 17th Jun 2008, 15:17   #60 (permalink)
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I would never have Norton or Symantec on my computer again. They crippled my PC when I had them running, they were seriously expensive too. AVG was dead good, lightweight and free!
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