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A writer on Macs since I first saw a Powerbook. Bought one the next day--and many portables since. Plus now the iPhone and iPad. Picked up a lot of owner-fixes over the years, knowledge that used to be more common and less "procedural" - I understand why Apple has had to formalize it's methods, but this is still a system you can control, repair and maintain as deeply as you want to go.

I see a lot of questions from people afraid of their machines--and a lot that a moment's googling could answer. Both are symptoms of user disempowerment. I'm not sure, in the end, that Apple Geniuses have been all that helpful to both the image and reality of Macs as a user-friendly computing environment. They don't know anything you can't easily know yourself.


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awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
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comment How to add a script that runs from the OS X menubar
Yeah, I know, and that is cool. I should have added, the main virtue of the system menu is, it's free.
Jul
23
comment “Safari Web Content” process uses loads of memory even with a single tab open
Look on StackExchange for many discussions of this problem. What it boils down to is waiting for an Apple memory-management fix, and using one of the memory freer little menubar apps, or the purge command if preferred. The Click-To-Flash Safari extension can help, but after a lot of reading, people just manually release inactive RAM as needed. Turning off Safari's cache and DNS prefetching have helped some people.
Jul
23
answered Choose which is the default program to open when you plugin a camera via USB on Mac OS X
Jul
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comment How to add a script that runs from the OS X menubar
You can, in fact, show the system-wide script menu in the menubar (and add and subtract to its contents as desired) by opening AppleScript Editor and in the first pane of its Preferences, check "Show Script Menu in Menubar."
Jul
23
comment Max OSX: I have a windows that opens and then quickly closes before I can see it. How can I catch it?
I've seen this happen with firewall queries that shouldn't disappear but do.
Jun
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comment early 2013 iMac internet troubles
First step would be to "neutralize" all settings (temporarily.) Turn off Firewall, for example. Cofirm that iMac can connect with Ethernet. Then add the details requested above this could be an easy fix, it's just narrowing it down.
Dec
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Dec
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answered Permissions troubles with Library folder in Mac OS X