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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:22 am

I hope it doesn't cause issues like that for everyone... I suspect I wouldn't figure out the files to delete as easily as you did.

I'd just like to sing the praises of automator, which last night resized 103 large images for me and saved them in a web-friendly format. I wasn't looking forward to doing them all manually.

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Post by Gordon » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:05 pm

No, I'm sure it doesn't. I've probably just been messing around with things. But the Apple Support Forums were very helpful. Basically I'd recommend a clean install (best practice in most cases) and ideally, making a new user account, and dragging all your files into that. I've not had time to do that, though, and everything seems to be working fine.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:52 pm

Here's the in-depth Ars Technica review: http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/20 ... x-10-6.ars

Conclusion: He is pretty pleased.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by James_B » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:01 am

I've gone from saying "I'm waiting for 10.6.1, without a doubt" to itching to get snow leopard installed on my macbook... I still have memories of some of my hardware not working when I first switched to leopard, I'm anxious to avoid that again. But I might just go for it anyway.

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Post by Gordon » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:58 am

My inclination is, it'll be fine.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:15 pm

Ooh, just found an app called 'Gas Mask'. It's a HOSTS file manager for OS X. Very useful.

http://www.clockwise.ee/gasmask/

Also found a HOSTS file dashboard widget, which I'm hoping will have tick-boxes. Why can't there be a tick-box HOSTS file interface? Editing the HOSTS file is a pain. But yeah, that gas mask app is potentially even nicer as you can save different HOSTS file set-ups.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by James_B » Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:34 pm

This isn't really particularly mac related, but I want to get a monitor to use with my macbook, about 20"-24"... the bigger the better really but I don't have much to spend, any suggestions? I've heard samsung are pretty good for the price, but I don't know and as much as I normally dislike their products I remember someone telling me Dell monitors are alright. It doesn't even have to be great quality, it's just so I've got something bigger to watch films on really.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:38 pm

I'm probably a bit late but I just saw 10.6.1 was on software update.

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Post by Gordon » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:47 am

Yup. I'm using the downloaded dmg updater, though. Combo updaters always seem slightly more rigourous if that makes any sense. It definitely does make some kind of a difference how you install it.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:02 pm

I wasn't aware there was a different way to download and install. I shall look into this.

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Post by Gordon » Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:05 pm

Well once 10.6.2 comes around there will be a "combo" installer to update any version of 10.6. The combo is generally quite big and tries to install everything whereas software update only downloads and installs the bits you "need". Still, some people had bugs clear up after reupdating with the combo installer and things like the energy saver icon updating to an eco-bulb (dorky I know) only hapened for me once I used the combo. "People" (I'm talking about macrumors forum users) also noticed that "repair permissions" seemed to be handled and reported differently by machines theoretically running the same OS version...

It's the one bit of mac voodoo I'm willing to go along with.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:08 pm

p.s. so iTunes 9 is out, and you can get it to reorganise your mp3s into different folders for music/audiobooks/podcasts etc. This is all very nice, but bear in mind that if you do, Time Machine will treat these as new files. The best thing to do is go into Time Machine, go into your Music folder, select the iTunes Music folder, click the little gear button and tell it to remove all old backups. then do the iTunes reorganising thing (File->Library->Organise Library) then do a time machine backup, which may well take forever.

p.p.s to quickly get the miniplayer in iTunes 9, alt-click the little green button.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by James_B » Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:45 pm

I really dislike the look of iTunes 9... Not a fan of the pointless shininess, I guess it's not worth getting worked up about it though... Not being able to access the mini player by clicking the green button irritates me though, and I wish there was some way to get the browsing system from iTunes 7 (i think) back, where you search for a term and a filter with the relevant artists is there? I've been giving the new album by the xx quite a lot of time lately, but I'm sick of it catching me off guard with a Basement Jaxx track afterwards. I'm not even sure why I have Basement Jaxx on there...

Man, I complain a LOT.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:56 am

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by frogblast » Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:26 pm

James_B wrote:I really dislike the look of iTunes 9... Not a fan of the pointless shininess, I guess it's not worth getting worked up about it though... Not being able to access the mini player by clicking the green button irritates me though, and I wish there was some way to get the browsing system from iTunes 7 (i think) back, where you search for a term and a filter with the relevant artists is there? I've been giving the new album by the xx quite a lot of time lately, but I'm sick of it catching me off guard with a Basement Jaxx track afterwards. I'm not even sure why I have Basement Jaxx on there...

Man, I complain a LOT.
I think the new column browser does what you want - if you search when it's turned on, the artists column will narrow down, and you can just click one of those. I agree about the new look.

Overall I'm pretty pleased with Snow Leopard. I have mine booting with the 64 bit kernel, for no real reason. I'll probably switch it back when I want to play around with MacFUSE again.
The new text substitution thing has to be turned on manually in each application, but there are some preferences you can set to make it on by default in all apps. Just run the following commands in a terminal.

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defaults write -g WebAutomaticTextReplacementEnabled -bool true
defaults write -g WebAutomaticDashSubstitutionEnabled -bool true
defaults write -g WebContinuousSpellCheckingEnabled -bool true
for some reason that didn't still doesn't work for all cocoa text fields, e.g the sheet for renaming files in Path Finder, which I still have to be turned on manually each time. Presumably the developer, in his infinite wisdom, has used setAutomaticTextReplacementEnabled: and the other similar methods. Probably the right choice in that situation, but if it doesn't work in some other text field you use, that's probably why (or it's an old carbon app, *cough* iTunes *cough*).

Now I just need to relearn all the C and Obj-C I forgot over the summer so I can play with the new APIs.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by frogblast » Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:32 pm

Gordon wrote:It's the one bit of mac voodoo I'm willing to go along with.
I miss the days or resetting the PRAM 3 times whilst standing on your head before rebuilding the desktop with the blood of a recently sacrificed sheep smeared across the screen.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:58 am

Data losses in Snow Leopard bug http://bit.ly/qfszH

STAY AWAY FROM THOSE LEOPARD GUEST ACCOUNTS!!
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by frogblast » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:02 pm

MacHeist are giving away a load of app for free at the moment: http://www.macheist.com/
including WriteRoom, ShoveBox and Mariner Write if enough people sign up.

they were giving away DaisyDisk last week, but I think that might have ended now.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by frogblast » Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:10 pm

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:39 pm

frogblast wrote:MacHeist are giving away a load of app for free at the moment: http://www.macheist.com/
including WriteRoom, ShoveBox and Mariner Write if enough people sign up.

they were giving away DaisyDisk last week, but I think that might have ended now.
Yes, this is wicked. don;t know much about mariner writer, but for me it was just worth it to get the ads of twitteriffic, and the new write room (which I will probably not use).
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