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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
11:19 am
My Mac keeps restarting by itself. How do I fix it and back up my stuff?
It just started yesterday, randomly, I'd hear the sound of it turning on at it must have happened like 3 times in the morning. It varies.

Now it's happening a lot more. URGH.

So is there any way to find out wtf is going on, to delete stuff on my computer that is suspect or I no longer use? I need it to be simplified.... I am a complete novice with computer stuff.

Also, I now have an external hard drive. How can I make sure I save everything I want on it - is there a way to make sure you have every image, document, video, etc? Will I need to save programs on there too?

And how do I save bookmarks on my firefox just in case?

Help me save my computer! It's a 10.6.8 and I've had it for a few years... but I believe it's savable.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
3:41 pm
Ощутимая скорость Windows 7
Выбрав Кипр в качестве места проведения своего отпуска, Вы никогда об этом не пожалеете. Стоит этому, поистине сказочному, острову показаться в иллюминаторе самолёта, как ощущение праздника и красоты поселится надолго в Вашей душе. Читать далее
Sunday, March 14th, 2010
11:38 pm
Recording video
Hello, I've been a mac user for over 2-3 years now but I have to admitt that even when I have loved the experience, i haven't found some of the answers I'm looking for regarding some of the things I used to do (or in any case know that could be done on a PC) with my MAC.

My question is the following:

I'm an illustrator so basically I'm looking for a way to record what I'm painting in PS or Painter.
I never did it on PC but as far as I knew, it could be done with windows media right?
In any case I don't know how to do it in a MAC and I really need to know how as my boss is asking me to record the painting process for a tutorial.

Here's what I want to do , here is the link for a youtube video. It's a recording of a painting process.
I'm kind of hoping I can do that with my mac, because otherwise I'm pretty much screwed.
thanks in advance!

Current Mood: aggravated
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
9:11 pm
photo question
 I was just wondering if anyone knew how to make photos/pictures translucent... like a watermark....  I wanted to edit a picture to use for my wallpaper, but it is kind of dark and hard to see all the icons .. I just wanted to make it super light / see through....   I knew there was a way to do it with the windows computer...  But can't figure it out on my mac.   
Thanks a bunch.. 

Macs are awesome!  :-)
Saturday, October 17th, 2009
1:25 pm
Newbie Mac User
I know that having a Mac makes it a lot less likely for me to get a virus, but having had my last laptop implode badly enough to send me to the Mac side of the force leaves me a bit nervous about having a computer that is connected to the internet with no virus protection.

Does anyone have any suggestions for antivirus software to use with a Mac? I don't want my shiny baby to get infected. :/
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
11:25 pm
Man, I hope this comm is still alive. I need your guys help like woah. xD

So, XP is annoying, Vista downright scares me, and I need a new computer. As much as I'd geek over having a lynix, Adobe does not get along well with it, and that is not gonna work for me as a animation student. So I'm thinking of getting a Mac. If I land my dream job at Pixar someday, I'll be using one anyway, so why not?

But.... well, I've been using PCs since I was, like, a toddler (I kid you not) and I'm starting college, AND I is poor, so this is basically along the lines of buying a house in paranoia. In other words: I need convinced that this is a good idea. So have at it, comm.

Hit me with whatever you got, but I have a few specific questions:

1. Refurbished Macs. Cheaper versions of the same awesome, or a pain in the butt worth an extra $300 to avoid?

2. How nice is Mac's customer service? How good are they at fixing problems if you're under their warranty or AppleCare

3. How durable are Macs against viruses really?

4. Is AppleCare worth it?

5. My wifi router is connected to/matinenced through a Windows system in the other room. Would this cause any problems?
Monday, January 19th, 2009
4:18 pm
anybody familiar with nextfitness?
i'm having issues with nextfitness on my mac that i didn't have when i was using a pc.


Nextfitness mixer won't read my playlist. It says that the playlist I want to use is empty, when it is not. I want to use my free podcasts (which I moved into their own playlists). I did this on the PC I used to have, now I am trying to use a mac. What should I do?
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
3:05 pm
I just got my mac about a week ago and I absolutely love it. But I am having some issues installing some old games. I want to install the Sims 2, Zootycoon and Age of Mythology. I know the games are compatible with my system but Im unsure how to install them onto my computer.

Please help?
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
4:42 pm
I got my MAC in January and I haven't found a way to access hotmail yet.
I've since got a G-Mail account but I'd still like to go back & look at old e-mails and stuff.
Can anybody help me?
Thursday, April 17th, 2008
1:58 pm
I recently bought a Mac.
Of course I never ever used a mac before, so pretty much the one I have it's my first, and so far I'm loving the whole experience. Especially since I don't have to deal with Vista.

Two minutes ago, I found out that Microsoft is going to force people to move to vista and it's going to pull off the market all copies of XP. Now, this shouldn't be a problem since I have a mac, but at the end it really puts me into trouble because I'm an illustrator and I need to share files from one platform to the other.

I do know that you can share files (PC- MAC, MAC PC) and stuff. The thing here is that uhm, before I bought the MAC, I was working on a PC with windows vista that I borrowed from work. Naturally when I bought my computer I backed up all the info into CDs to later on tranfer the info to the MAC.

I didn't thought I would have any problems trasfering the info. I mean, burning a CD is pretty basic knowledge. I've been doing that for years, right? So I burnt the cds, with Vista OS and bought the new mac.

the problem was that when I wanted to transfer the info from the Cds to the MAC, whenever I introduced the CD, the MAC prompted me with "this cd is blank" or something. Naturally I freaked out. Lucky for me I had an old PC with XP. When I tried to read the cds over there, the computer could read the Cd without any further issues. to make a long story short, I had to re-burn the cds with XP and surprise, surprise the mac could read the info.... o_O

why was this? I was told in the store that I could easily burn cds on a PC (regardless of the OS) and the mac wouldn't have any problems to read the info.

I can't check if I did something wrong through the burning process, because I don't have a PC with vista. So I can't check if it was me who screw the cd and not the OS.

I'm panicking here, because if I buy a new PC, it will have to have vista now. and if I can't share info between computers, then it's going to be pretty useless that I have a PC to cover all my bases in the file sharing area. because some clients have PCs and others have MACs).

CAn anyone explain me why I was experiencing this?

Oh yes, I burnt the Cds on vista with the default program. Since it wasn't my computer I couldn't install Nero or any of those burnt suits. So please help me. I already asked some people but nobody can tell me why that happened to me. I don't know if these Cds I burnt were botched and somehow if I burn other cds with vista Mac will be able to read them. I don't know. So help.

I'm new to this. Thanks :)

Wow, thanks you guys. It seems that the default settings on the vista burning suite was the one messing up the cds, because it left them open somehow, so the mac couldn't recognize them and it read them empty.

Two days ago a friend of mine that has a PC with vista came to my house and burnt some cds for me and the mac could totally read them! she explained me, I had to watch for the default settings. so yay me!
Anyway, I will follow your advice and get an external HD, just to cover all my bases.
Thank u so much! *hugs you all*
Monday, October 1st, 2007
12:16 pm
A post of handy tips.
I converted to Mac earlier this year and spent months figuring out the quirks of it, and trying out (and deleting) a million apps, before I got a work environment I felt was optimal and got the most out of my Macbook. Here I've written a quick guide to tips for handy apps on your Mac, whether you are a new user or not. Hopefully, this will help you and introduce you to some apps you didn't know about before.

This is part one. Part 2 to come later.

In this post: text editing options, basic optimizing, school work organizing, deleting Apps cleanly, and more.

Download Quicksilver.

Quicksilver is a wonderful, wonderful app, and no one should be without it. I and many others swear by it---it's a handy little app, and you can set its little window to boot up with a certain key command (say, ctrl-space). Once you boot up, you can type anything you want, whether it be "Microsoft Word," or looking up any given file name. This is like Spotlight here, only on crack.

Once you have found your file through Quicksilver you can choose from a series of options on the lower half of your little window---you can move the file or resize it, or rename it, or open an email file/draft with the file as attachment, all from Quicksilver and without a single mouse click.

If you are an addict of the keyboard like me or have back problems and want to minimize your mouse usage, this is the app for you. Even if you don't mind using the app, this is great. You can search through iTunes artists, play with shuffle or skipping songs and so on, all without really leaving your current work environment, whether that be a school paper on Word or your financial accounts on Excel. You're also not limited to just one file----if you want to move a bunch of files into one folder, from different directories, simply type in all the file names (or part of them, enough for QS to find the app), separated by comma, and you can do whatever you want with it.

This app has a pretty steep learning curve---I'm still getting used to it myself. But rest assured, there are plenty of tips and guides available online.

Other little things:

- If you hate Dashboard as much as I do (you cannot turn it off unless you turn off the Dock process and reboot that), you'll be happy to know that QS comes with a handy little calculator.
- QS was a bit buggy in previous Mac versions, but it runs fine on my most recent Tiger OSX.
- There are any number of open-source, user-created plugins (hey, just like Firefox!) that can help you make your life easier on your computer.

( And the rest are under this handy fake cut. )
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
11:56 pm
So I had put an excel spread sheet that was originally on my desktop onto my doc, next to the trash can. I click and dragged that from away the trash and the little puff of smoke came up. Now when I tried to find it there is no current copy of it any where, is there a way of getting this back? I really don't want to recreate a whole entire months worth of financial transactions. Any help will be most appreciated, thank you.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
11:28 pm
Okay. This feels like the dumbest possible question, but we'll see what y'all think.

How the deuce to you erase CD-RWs? I have not yet figured out how to do this and it is driving me crazy.

Thank you. :)

EDIT: Next dumbest question...I just realized I hadn't updated my iPod's system for a while. But I discovered this evening when I plugged it in that it's still formatted with Windows. I have it paired to my new MacBook, and it syncs with the iTunes library there just fine...but I'm wondering if I have to do a reset in order for this to work properly with the Mac system.

Current Mood: aggravated
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
1:14 pm
The Dude

Overall, I've loved the transition from Windows to Mac. Between the snazzy features, the stability, the performance, and the fact that the machine and the OS seem to be made of pure awesome, I am sold.

This is not to suggest, however, that I am not slightly annoyed.

One of the main things that bugs me about OS X is that I don't seem to have the breadth of access to network information that I do in Windows. For example, I have not yet figured out how to get OS X to tell me when a network cable is plugged in.

More importantly, though, I cannot seem to find an application that allows me to view/monitor my network. There was a specific program I'd use in Windows, called "The Dude," that would go out and find everything that was using my wireless network. It would label each device, show the IP it was using, all all through a nice little visual interface that showed the network in the form of a web of connections.

Anyone run into this point of exasperation? Any solutions?

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
11:41 am
Mac Tutorials
Is there a tutorial site other than .Mac so I can learn to use the applications, software and everything associated with my mac. I don't want to sign up for a .Mac account, I'm looking for something that is free or far cheaper than .Mac. Thank you.

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
11:30 am
Excel for Mac
I'm a keyboard short cut junkie and not favorable to the mouse, I'm having a lot of issues converting from PC Excel to Mac Excel because of this. Does anyone know a good, quick place to find short cut keys for excel. The one I'm having the problem with is on PC ctrl + end would take me to the last cell that contains text in it but I just can't figure out the right combination on my macbook.

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
9:01 pm
Microsoft Word
Alright, so I recently got myself a MacBook and things have been going pretty damn amazingly. One problem: how do I delete documents from Microsoft Word? Not documents that are on my desktop, I know with those I just drag 'em to the trash. But documents that are in the documents folder. I feel like an idiot, but I have no idea how to delete them.
Monday, January 22nd, 2007
3:02 pm
iPod files
I've done this on my old PC, but want to know if there's any way to do it on my MacBook:

How do you take the files "out" of your iPod to save them on your computer? The reason I'm asking is because it will be damn near impossible for me to build up my iTunes library on my new laptop... Some of the songs are kinda irreplaceable... Help please???
Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
6:44 pm
adobe photoshop on a mac
So, I have Adobe Photoshop 6.0 on my old PC and I want to now use it on my new MacBook, but I haven't found a way of installing it on a Mac. I know this must have something to do with not being able to open .exe files on a Mac.

Do I have to buy some sort of license to use my Adobe Photoshop on my Mac? Is there any way to convert the file so it will install on a Mac? Or do I have to buy a new version of Adobe Photoshop for a Mac?

Current Mood: full
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
5:25 am
lappy sell
Hi people.

I have two powerbook G4s, both 12 inch models, one slightly older then the other.

I need money to support my recent move, so I'm going to sell the old one.

Specs are as follows:

1.0Ghz PowerPC G4
786MB DDR333 RAM
60GB 5400 RPM HD
32MB Geforce FX 5200 Go

It's in almost perfect condition, no scratches or dents, screen is bright and flawless with no dead pixels. It will come with a fresh install of OSX 10.4 tiger, fully set up and updated, Adobe Photoshop CS, iLife 06, and UT2004.

If anyone is interested, email me an offer at xcxeon@gmail.com.
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