Re: [CGUYS] Help! Apple Mail Ghosts

2008-11-03 Thread Michael Lewis
Alvin Auerbach sez:

Mathew,

Thanks for the idea, but when I try to move the messages, they just  
bounce back to the Inbox. Also, Mail doesn't allow the Inbox to be  
rebuilt (at least on my machine!). It would be interesting if it's  
allowable on someone else's machine.

Alvin

Download OnyX for the Mac OS you have:

http://www.titanium.free.fr/index_us.html

According to the thread here http://www.tidbits.com/webx?14@@.3cb7a1fc/
1 it has a selection to force a rebuild of all mailboxes. Check that
thread as there may be some other tips you can try as well.

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[CGUYS] Apple lowering prices? Re: [CGUYS] Zune [was: iTunes 8 causing BSOD]

2008-09-20 Thread Michael Lewis
   
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Larry Sacks sez:

And it was written more than a year ago.

Thanks for proving my point.  :-)

If your point is that currently there is a bigger price disparity than
there was a year ago, that is probably true. However, Apple has warned
investors and financial analysts to expect profit margins to drop soon.
There is speculation that this will be due to some price drops coming on
computer systems. Apple tends to release system bumps or changes at the
end of the year, often actually in January at Macworld Expo. I'm ready
to get my Intel Mac; my 8 year old and 4 year old G4 systems are
creaking for the work I do now. If I find a good deal, I may buy now,
but I'm tempted to wait at least until Macworld and see if anything changes.

Plus, with the economy the way it is now, maybe I should hold off on any
bigger purchases. :)

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Re: [CGUYS] Zune [was: iTunes 8 causing BSOD]

2008-09-19 Thread Michael Lewis
Why do we still insist on playing this price game? This ComputerWorld
article is a good one about the facts and myths about PC and Mac pricing:

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?
command=viewArticleBasicarticleId=9023959

And it was written more than a year ago.

And it acknowledges this argument has been going on for more than 10
years and longer.

I guess posting this here won't stop it on this list, but one can hope.

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Re: [CGUYS] All Hail Lord Steve!

2008-09-10 Thread Michael Lewis
Jeff Wright sez:

You can either enjoy choice or being told what to do.  I promise to
act surprised as to what decision you make.

God, what a nasty person.

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Re: [CGUYS] I-pod Touch good replacement for PDA ?

2008-09-03 Thread Michael Lewis
mike sez:

I haven't poked around on both a lot, but isn't it more like the ipod touch
is an iphone without the phone?  Are there any other differences major or
minor?

Yes, the iPod Touch is basically an iPhone without the phone bits. It
has WiFi connectivity, so one can do all the internet stuff from mail to
web surfing and more if you're in the presence of a wireless network.
(The iPhone has WiFi There are services around to use for connecting to
messengers (from iChat to MSN service). The main differences I know of:

No camera
No external speaker(s)
No microphone


The iPod Touch is also slightly thinner, and I've read some think the
screen isn't comparable to the iPhone (blacks are not rendered as well
and it feels different). Lastly there is still debate over whether the
iPod Touch has Bluetooth or not. Some say it is in there but disabled,
some say no. I figure if it is in there, it's disabled until they work
out using stereo Bluetooth headphones with it, which is something an
iPod user would want more than an iPhone user might.

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Re: [CGUYS] .MOV to .mp4

2008-09-02 Thread Michael Lewis
Tom Piwowar sez:

My question is:  Do I have to  do this in order to make a DVD that will 
play on my TV's DVD player or could I just stop at .m4v? 

I came a bit late to this, but i don't think anyone has just suggested
dropping the video clips onto iMovie? If you have a Mac and iMovie, you
should be able to drop any clip that Quicktime can play onto iMovie's
clip pane. It'll convert the clip to DV, stretching it as need to fit
the standard ratio window -- or so it has for the times I've used it.
Then you can put the clips together, arrange them, edit them, add
chapter markers, and then Share to iDVD to make your DVD that will play
in a TV DVD player.

I've used this for various filetypes, even YouTube videos I've snagged.
(Okay, I admit I've forgotten if I converted the .flv file to something
else first before dropping on iMovie. I know I've dropped .wmv and .mov
and other files on it.) The quality, of course, leaves a lot to be
desired once you've grabbed a web video, converted and stretched it, but
it's not unwatchable... usually. :)

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Re: [CGUYS] I-pod Touch good replacement for PDA ?

2008-09-02 Thread Michael Lewis
John Duncan Yoyo sez:

 An I-pod touch is a MP3 player with extras,

 A Palm is a PDA Personal Data Assistant that keeps data like calendars
 appointments etc.  Its main function is keeping data for you, not MP3
 playing.

Not exactly right. The iPod Touch can sync with Address Book and iCal
just like the iPhone can. Entry can be made into the calendar and
contacts, too, for sync to your comptuer. Also, it can be used with
MobileMe for the email, calendar, addressbook pushing and all. See
http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/features.html#calendar and http://
www.apple.com/ipodtouch/features.html#contacts. If you're in an
enterprise setting using MS Exchange, there is this: http://
www.apple.com/iphone/enterprise/.

The iPodTouch can access the App Store, as well, and there are tons of
apps ready for use, many free or very low cost. More apps are being
added daily. If you find a used iPod Touch at a good price, updating it
to 2.0 software so it can use the App store is just $20. Someone asked
in another email if there was a writing application. See as examples:

http://textguruapp.com/ ($4.99)
http://magicpad.proximi.com/ ($3.99)

So, the answer as to whether the iPhone/iPod Touch can be a replacement
for a Palm/other PDA device is yes and no. It really depends on what you
need, how you work, etc. A writing application on a Palm/other PDA might
do something the iPod one does not and vice versa. One would have to try
it out, most likely, to know if one or the other works the way you like
to work. Stop by an Apple Store and give one a try. Talk to the
employees there to see if you can try out certain apps (several have
demo modes); they reset the computers and everything each night or week
as far as I know. To say the iPod Touch is an MP3 player with extras
really does not do justice to what those extras are.


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Re: [CGUYS] iPhoto (Was: Interesting quotes about using a Mac)

2008-08-27 Thread Michael Lewis
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Constance Warner wrote:
 Does anyone know a less expensive (or shareware) photo organizing
 program--with some editing features--that works with Mac?

 Or is there a work-around for iPhoto that would fix this problem?



You can right-click on any photo within iPhoto and choose to Show File
or Show Original File. This will bring up the file in the Finder for
you to do with whatever you want. I find it to be handy, actually, since
I don't have to go through several files with names like picture1 then
picture2 then picture3-edit1 etc. to find what I want. iPhoto
doesn't allow me to have several edits at once show up in it, but if I
want that there is more expensive software which includes it.

Jordan sez:

I used GraphicConverter for many years and still like it for many 
reasons. I also like and use the software that came with my Nikon camera.

Jordan


GraphicConverter is a good editing program. I haven't found much better
for organization than iPhoto that is free (or less than the cost of an
iPhoto upgrade considering you get several apps in an iLife upgrade).
Google's Picasa is similar to iPhoto but is still Windows-only last I
checked. It also has its idiosyncrasies.

In iPhoto's preferences, you can choose to Edit Photo: in a different
application. iPhoto can be tied to GraphicConverter, GIMP, or any number
of other programs for more robust editing if need be.

Caveat: I am currently using iPhoto 6.0.6. Names of functions or
functions themselves may be different in iPhoto '08.

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Re: [CGUYS] iPhoto (Was: Interesting quotes about using a Mac)

2008-08-27 Thread Michael Lewis
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A Google search I did found the following which may prove useful. I;ve
never used the software mentioned, so I can't say anything about it one
way or the other. You might find something helpful among the list, though.

http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~fuhrer/personal/freestuff/iphotodiet/

http://www.scruffyware.com/products/iPhotoLibrarian.html

http://lightboxsoftware.com/

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Re: [CGUYS] [Fwd: TERMINATION OF YOUR STARPOWER WEBMAIL ACCOUNT]

2008-08-21 Thread Michael Lewis
Chris Dunford sez:

This is a classic phishing scam, so delete it and forget about it.  Never
respond to ANY email that asks for passwords, account numbers, etc.

Also, never click on links to websites in emails that ask you to verify
your information. If it is a company/bank that you do have an account
with or regularly do business with, go to their website yourself and
sign in. Then use their customer service pages to contact them about
whatever the issue is.

Of course, this does not necessarily include verification emails with
links sent to you when you sign on to a forum or service. However, once
you are signed in and verified, do not click on links in emails that are
supposedly from them.

It only adds a second or two of time and will ensure you're not clicking
on faked links in email. (Ah, the wonders of HTML mail. :) Usually if
you choose to view the source of an HTML-ized email -- even those made
to look like plain text -- the full link will show it doesn't go where
one thought it might.)

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Re: [CGUYS] Unusual sound on speakers

2008-07-29 Thread Michael Lewis
Michael S. Altus sez:

dum-dum-duh-duh-duh-dum-dum-duh-dum

That looks like Morse code. Is it an electronic tone? Are there pauses
in it (to determine the exact letters)? Do you live close to a aircraft
navigation beacon (usually or some other radio signal tower?

My speakers pick up feedback from my cell phone. It goes off
occasionally, probably as the phone is checking nearby connections, and
goes off wildly when ringing.

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Re: [CGUYS] iTunes mess

2008-07-25 Thread Michael Lewis
gerald sez:

is
there an easy way to clean the dupes?  i can see them, but do not want
to go in and delete each one individually.  


This site has a pretty good procedure for handling duplicates when
youhave time and a small problem:

http://www.methodshop.com/gadgets/ipodsupport/duplicates/index.shtml

However, since you know these are dupes of files you had and not
possibly the same song from different albums (like a regular and a live
version), you would probably like to sort out the MP3 or AAC files and
just delete those. Here is how:

1. Select your music library (Music under Library on the left column).

2. In the right window, click Kind. This will sort your music files by
the type they are.

3. Decide if you want to keep your MP3 files or your AAC files. Remember
that anything you might have purchased at the regular 99 cent cost from
iTunes Music Store will be Protected AAC -- but these should show up
grouped separately from AAC Audio File.

4. Select the first song in the list of the type you want to delete. For
example, select the first MPEG Audio File if those are going.

5. Scroll down to the last of that file type in the list and hold the
SHIFT key while selecting it. This should select all of the files
between it and the first one you selected.

6. Right-Click on the selected files and choose Delete or Move to
Trash or whatever it is from the pop-up menu.

7. After it is done, scroll through your list and verify everything
looks good before you empty that trash can/recycle bin!

If your iTunes doesn't show Kind in the right-hand part of the window,
you can turn on that column by choosing View--View Options and checking
Kind in the list that comes up. Also, remember you can drag the
columns into an order you prefer -- I moved my Kind column to the 4th
column since it's important for me as I make my own music and have AAC
or MP3 depending on what I want to send to people.

Hope this helps!


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Re: [CGUYS] Macs in business

2008-07-18 Thread Michael Lewis
mike sez:

Or they realize the pc's they provide work just fine and macs are overpriced
for just running one piece of software.

Because Mac Minis are extremely expensive, and providing computers your
employees are comfortable with and which provide fewer maintenance
issues so your IT personnel can spend valuable, expensive time working
on something other than spyware problems are never issues to consider at all.

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Re: [CGUYS] The blessed ones

2008-07-17 Thread Michael Lewis
Steve Rigby sez:

   This is from a July 17 article in Infoworld explaining how and  
why Apple is now the third largest computer vendor in the United  
States, surpassing Acer:

In a mass market dominated by sensitive budgets and buyers, Apple is  
catering to specific buyers who are immune from the economic slowdown.
+++

   If that is the case, how does Apple Corp. identify those amongst  
us who are immune from the economic slowdown?  Who are the immune?   
Where are they to be found?  Is anybody truly immune and unaffected?   
Are there really enough of them to have been responsible for Apple's  
increasing sales?  I use Macs.  I did not know that I was so blessed.

   Steve

More crap Mac reporting. I use Macs and am far from immune to the
economic slowdown. Maybe Mac users just know how to manage their money,
time, and resources well in order to get the toys they want to use --
just like anyone else who wants to buy something in particular (be it a
Mac, a top PC, a cool car, etc.).

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Re: [CGUYS] FYI: Safari on the Windows Platform

2008-06-06 Thread Michael Lewis
mike sez:

MS agreed to fix it without incident, Apple was refusing until recently.
According to the researcher who found the issue though, MS fixing their end
still leaves a problem that can be exploited in Safari.

You really do have an awful lot of time counting the minutes between
when one company decides to change its course (Microsoft points fingers
and then will make a change) and then another company decides to change
course, too (Apple refusing until recently). Since both have changed,
sounds like neither of them win. The customers win.

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Re: [CGUYS] FYI: Safari on the Windows Platform

2008-06-05 Thread Michael Lewis
mike sez:

Or if Apple fixed it...

Sounds to me as if either Apple or Microsoft could do something to fix
it. Both companies apparently think they have better things to do, so us
arguing from our respective prejudices doesn't do anything. Best to tell
people to change their download folder from the desktop, but I suppose
it's more fun to be misanthropic jerks.

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Re: [CGUYS] Fool MLS: Make Safari look like IE on Windows?

2008-05-22 Thread Michael Lewis
Alvin Auerbach sez:

For some reason, the real estate industry's MLS on the Web will work  
only on IE on Windows. Is there a way to fool MLS, and make Safari on  
a Mac look like IE on Windows?

Thanks,

Alvin


- Go to Preferences.
- Click to show the Advanced panel.
- At bottom, check the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
- Close the panel and go to the new Develop menubar selection. Under
that will be a place to select User Agent. Choose the IE version you
wish to try and see if it works.

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Re: [CGUYS] Apple Now #1

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Snyder, Mark (IT Civilian) sez:

You twisted it
into an M$-fanboy post, which is okay, but was not my point. 

And he gave some good ol' anti-Apple DRM FUD, too, considering many
songs (maybe a majority or all now -- I haven't looked), are available
at higher bit rates with no DRM from iTunes. It may still depend on the
music company since Apple has to work with those companies to deal with
all these rights issues, but the fact is one can get higher quality non-
DRMed music from iTunes. It's the companies that want the DRM. Apple is
indifferent to it, as state by Jobs in an open letter concerning DRM. To
insinuate differently is bull.

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Re: [CGUYS] Macbook pwned...again

2008-03-29 Thread Michael Lewis
mike sez:

Calm down, man...take a breather.  I'm not anti mac...I'd have one if I
could justify the cost, I have no problem at all with them...less probably
then windows.

I'll calm down when people can post information without using the words
blind Mac zealots. (Thus the reason I chose to begin addressing anti-
mac zealots.) Dunno if that was you or not. I've deleted all the
messages and had my say. On to other things. :)

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Re: [CGUYS] Macbook pwned...again

2008-03-29 Thread Michael Lewis
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Chris Dunford sez:

If I make intercede here just a bit: the phrase you mentioned, blind Mac
zealots referred to the people, not the machine.

That is precisely my point. It does no good to call people zealots for
liking the particular computer they use. Why use something they hate,
anyway? I would rather we not refer to people as zealots, morons,
idiots, or any number of other derogatory terms. Just provide the
information without the misanthropic commentary.

In any event, there wasn't any anti-Mac zealotry. I don't know of anyone
here who is anti-Mac; I know only of people here who are anti-Windows.

You must not have been around here very long.

 If
our chief Mac evangelist can consistently refer to Windows users with the
insulting phrase Windows fanboys, then I don't know what's wrong with
saying Mac zealots (although it was not my phrase).

Because two wrongs don't make a right. Because I don't necessarily agree
with calling Windows users names, either, and think it is non-productive.

But, hey, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. I've seen the My Computer
Is Better Than Yours wars going on since the days of Atari and Commodore
and before. Why should I expect there not to be enough hatemongers to
annoy the rest of us and make an otherwise decent forum/website/mail
list experience end up being dreaded.

And, by the way, choosing not to use a computer system might make one
anti-whatever, but what turns one into an anti-whatever-zealot is the
need to couch everything one mentions in negative terms, gotchas, etc. I
don't care if you prefer Windows, Macs, Linux, or the old TI99-4A. But
if you can't say Such and such computer today had a security issue
without adding stupid such-and-such blind moron idiots then I'd rather
you go somewhere else and pollute some less informative part of the internet.

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Re: [CGUYS] Macbook pwned...again

2008-03-28 Thread Michael Lewis
You people and your anti-mac zealotry. The fact the MacBook Air was
hacked first is only because people at the event didn't bother hacking
the other systems. Other articles quote attendees saying so. They wanted
to get the Mac because that's where the cred and kudos lie. Any script
kiddy can jack up a Windows box. Linux is tougher, as well as the Mac.
In fact, they had to relax the rules of the contest after no one got
into any of the systems via network. Once he could direct organizers to
a website, Miller put into place things he had been working on for a
month or more -- things he could have told Apple about long ago but he
doesn't care about security. He wants hacker fame and free money and
equipment. Even if he believed Apple never plugs security holes, he
could have told them and still done this since lazy ol' Apple wouldn't
have plugged it; but he didn't, because he wanted his name in the news
and a free computer.

These people are schmucks. If they really cared about us peons out here,
they would hand over their research to Apple, MicroSoft and the rest
rather than sitting back and laughing at us on the way to their banks.

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Re: [CGUYS] No call list

2008-02-19 Thread Michael Lewis
So it is not as much a do not call list, but a do let anyone who does 
not have a relationship call you list.

Another part of the Do Not Call legislation is these places must provide
means for you to ask them not to call you again and they must comply if
you ask. Even automated calls usually provide a number to press if you
do not wish to receive any more calls from them, or they have an option
to talk to a human at which point you can ask them to remove you from
their list. My elderly mother was receiving several calls a week from
questionable companies offering all sorts of things for older people
(supplemental insurance of questionable value, services she already gets
through other sources, warranty deals on things that are well beyond
the need to be warranteed, etc.). I started answering the phone and
telling them to bug off since she had some trouble navigating their
menus or often felt she had to apologize and such when talking to them.
She doesn't feel that way anymore and has asked several to leave her
alone. The phone calls she gets have dropped to only a few a month now,
usually from places claiming prior business or from non-profits...

I personally hate opt-out b.s. (I don't believe they should call in
the first place) but at least the majority in my experience have stopped
calling when I asked them to.

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Re: [CGUYS] find tracking device on truck

2008-02-08 Thread Michael Lewis
Steve Rigby sez:

   A company named Optoelectronics makes some of these:

http://www.optoelectronics.com/

   Right on their home page is what one would want to do the job.   
They have one that carries a MSRP of $129.00.

I'll add this link to the list as well:

http://www.usaspyshop.com/spy-detector-p-1064.html

I can't vouch for it; just trying to locate possibilities like others are.


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Re: [CGUYS] ebay experiences

2008-01-28 Thread Michael Lewis
John DeCarlo sez:


I would call them and talk to a human.  Tell them you think you were the
victim of a phishing attack and to stop activity on your account until you
confirm you can get back in.

Don't rely on anything else, not email, nothing.

And ask them to check for activity, you will almost certainly be
unpleasantly surprised.


Yes.

Never, EVER answer email from eBay, PayPal, a bank, or any other
institution that you do business through. The majority of these places
have messages within their sites. Always log on through a secure
connection in your web browser -- using your own links and NOT the ones
provided in the email -- and see if there is a copy of the email you
received in your message box. 99% of the time, there will be none.

No legitimate (or even semi-legitimate) business will contact you
through email concerning account and other private information. You may
receive a notice asking you to log on and confirm things, but if so, you
do so through your own link and not any link provided in the email and
you should find a copy of the message in any messages their system has.
If there is no copy or there is no messaging system in the site, call
them and talk to a human if the request is bothering you. I just ignore
them if I log on and see everything is in order.

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Re: [CGUYS] Transferring video from DVD into iMovie

2008-01-09 Thread Michael Lewis
David Turk sez:

I have some video clips on a DVD I'd like to get into iMovie, but
Importing doesn't seem to work.  Any thoughts?  tia.

   david


iMovie will import many video file types, but not the VOB files that
make up DVD movies. (Licensing issues, I believe.) You'll need to first
convert the DVD using another tool. I've used the following:

Handbrake: Free, open-source, but not necessarily easy to use (there
have been changes to the current version 0.9.1 since the v0.8.5 I have
used, so the interface may be better now, if still a bit techie)
http://handbrake.fr/

Roxio's Popcorn: Costs $49.99, but has a fairly intuitive interface and
can be used for a lot more conversion duties easily
http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/popcorn/standard/overview.html

Remember that DVD video is compressed from the original. So when you
convert it and then edit it, if you then put it back on a DVD it'll be
compressed again and may lose quality further.

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Re: [CGUYS] Filemaker personal for $49.00

2008-01-08 Thread Michael Lewis
Snyder, Mark (NGIT-CA) sez:

Yes, FileMaker announced their Bento database product today.  Many Mac
sites, such as this one from Macnn, have articles.  $50 for single
license, $100 for family (5) license.  10.5 is required.

http://www.ipodnn.com/articles/08/01/08/filemaker.ships.bento/

Thank you,
 
Mark Snyder
-Original Message-
Anyone heard about this?

Meet Bento, the new personal database from FileMaker that's as easy  
to use as your Mac.

Bento brings your important information together in one place to help  
you get organized. So you can manage your contacts, coordinate events,  
track projects, prioritize tasks, and more - faster and easier than  
ever before

http://www.filemaker.com/products/bento/style.html


It's about time! I love Filemaker Pro and can wrangle a pretty mean
database, but for the majority of my personal needs, FMPro is just way
too much, both in price and in features. I look forward to checking out
the Bento pages, the video overviews and all to see if it includes just
enough to get the job done or if it's missing something I've gotten used
to in FMPro... Overall, looks cool though. Always a plus to have a real
database program instead of using a spreadsheet as a database.

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Re: [CGUYS] AIFF to ALE

2007-12-06 Thread Michael Lewis
Site Guy sez:

Can you convert AIFF music files to Apple Lossless music files? If yes, is 
there any loss of audio quality?
I'm asking because the Griffin iMic comes with software that only records in 
AIFF lossless and not Apple Lossless and I want to use iTunes to manage my 
music files.

Thanks

Bart

iTunes can handle that for you. Just go to Preferences, and click the
Advanced icon/button and then the Import tab. Choose Apple Lossless as
the import method. Close preferences and then right-click (control-
click) any AIFF song in your library. From the pop-up menu you can
select to convert the file to wht you have selected for import -- Apple
Lossless in this case.

You may find it useful to turn on Kind in the library's info bar. If
it isn't on, just right-click next to Name or something and select
kind from the pop-up menu. You'll be able to see at a glance what kind
of files the songs are (MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, etc.). It'll make it
easy to sort and remove the AIFF files you've converted, too.

You will see about 60% reduction in filesize by using Apple Lossless.
According to some audiophile sites my Google searches found, there is no
appreciable sound quality loss. Mileage, of course, may vary. :)

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Re: [CGUYS] OS 9 Emulator on Intel? [Was Macintosh Question]

2007-05-12 Thread Michael Lewis
Tom Piwowar sez:

MY question is: When some year I purchase a MacIntel computer, will 
there be an emulator for it that will run Mac OS 9?

Yes there is one. I have not tried it and can't remember its name.



SheepShaver. http://gwenole.beauchesne.info/en/projects/sheepshaver

It emulates a PowerPC computer and runs systems 7.5.2 through 9.0.4.
Here is a blog article by someone who has installed and used it:

http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2006/08/7352/

There is also BasiliskII http://basilisk.cebix.net/. It emulates older
68K macs and can run older Macintosh systems. From it's homepage:
Emulates either a Mac Classic (which runs MacOS 0.x thru 7.5) or a Mac
II series machine (which runs MacOS 7.x, 8.0 and 8.1), depending on the
ROM being used.

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Re: [CGUYS] Macintosh Question

2007-05-11 Thread Michael Lewis
Two great web sites for people looking for information about older
Macintosh systems and how to upgrade them are:

http://www.lowendmac.com

http://www.xlr8yourmac.com

The latter one is a FrankenMac lover's dream! Enjoy! 

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Re: [CGUYS] What should one charge?

2007-05-08 Thread Michael Lewis
David Turk sez:

I struggle with this all the time when doing freelance work.  I can do a
portrait in my sleep, but does that mean since it's easy for me, it
should be cheap?  Most photographers feel they're charging for their
expertise  skills

Exactly. It took me a long time to realize this. It probably is what put
me in the most trouble. For the longest time I would charge portions of
an hour if the job was a quickie, and just as quickly I was missing
paying my bills. Heh heh. Once I began charging a two-hour minimum to
account for driving time (time spent on the road that I can't be working
with another client) and prep time (if I have to download any update
files, etc. before I go), I found a number of things happened. One, I
stopped grumbling so much about the terrible traffic around here. That,
of course leads to a much better mood when I arrive. :)

Also, my clients began to avail themselves of that two hours if what I
was there to do didn't fill it, which means they asked more questions,
took more notes, and learned a lot more. Sometimes I was able to write
up instruction sheets for whatever I did while I was there.

So, basically, while I did it to cover drive time, the minimum is that
expertise and skills bit really.

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Re: [CGUYS] Advice on Mac for very senior citizen

2007-04-30 Thread Michael Lewis
Andy Gallant sez:

A very senior citizen (92 years young) asked me to help him get and set 
up a Mac mainly to use the web.  His vision is somewhat impaired 
(cataracts) and his hearing isn't what it used to be.  We're looking at 
the 17 inch or 20 inch iMac.  Does anyone have experience or advice to 
share?  Also, any suggestions on a printer would be welcome - useability 
is important.  Thanks in advance.

-Andy Gallant

Ensure you go into Universal Access in the System Preferences and turn
on or set any assistive settings he will need. A few that come to mind
might be:

Seeing/Voiceover: a number of things that will speak text to him. You
can turn off all the navigation ones and leave on, for example, just
speaking text his mouse is hovering over.

Seeing/Zoom: turn this on. If you go to the Keyboard  Mouse panel, you
can click the checkbox to Zoom using the scroll wheel while holding a
key you choose (I have selected Control). IT works whether or not Zoom
is turned on in Universal Access.

Mouse: You can change the mouse cursor size here so he can see the mouse
pointer better if necessary.

Also, ensure that he knows he can highlight text in most programs (Mail,
Safari, etc.) then go to the menu under:

Program Name   Services  Speech  Start Speaking Text

The computer will read the highlighted text to him.

It may be possible to get some software (I can help you look some up if
you want) to assign Start Speaking Text and Stop Speaking Text to a
function key which you could label for him.

Also, I would suggest getting a USB headset which he could use to help
hear with. You don't mention if he has hearing aids, which would require
an earphone that could reach the hearing aid if it is the over-the-ear style.

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Re: [CGUYS] Am I a spammer?

2007-04-27 Thread Michael Lewis
Charlie Wilson sez:

I am concerned that some of my e-mail is being identified as spam.

Along with what Tony said, I have a problem where my provider is flagged
as a spammer. Why? Because a lot of the people that use my provider
simply forward their email from there automatically to their AOL
accounts. AOL sees a bunch of spam coming in and assumes it is coming
from my provider rather than actually being forwarded from an email
account to one of their customers and flags the provider as a spammer.
Then, I can't send email to my clients that have AOL accounts. AOL puts
them on a blacklist, and then I can't send mail to Comcast and a couple
others that use the black list.

My provider has argued with AOL tons of times but AOL refuses to change
their scripts that check incoming email. And the saddest thing is I have
to contact these clients and the problem is expanding to other providers
who don't care but are too big to ignore -- so I'm probably going to
have to move my email account and penalize my provider who really is
doing nothing wrong.

Short of changing your email to a provider that has a special
relationship with the providers you need to contact, all you can do is
wait until your provider gets off the black list. You could yell at your
provider, and if they are kicking off real spammers or handling people
who have had their computers compromised, they can't do much against the
big companies.

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Re: [CGUYS] How do I compress MPG files

2007-04-26 Thread Michael Lewis
Paula Minor sez:



Michael, I used iMovie and imported my mpg movie into it with no  
problem and it plays but the sound is missing.

For anyone watching this thread, I'd just like to pass on that we fixed
Paula's sound issue. Both she and I located a free application called
MPEG StreamClip.

http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html

iMovie does not import the soundtracks of some MPEG 1 or MPEG 2 movies
(insert a whole bunch of mumbo jumbo about sound file types, muxed and
demuxed, and other stuff here :) ). StreamClip will convert movies to
other file types. So, in this case, Paula converted the MPEG to Digital
Video (DV), brought it into iMovie, and then used the Share command to
save it with better compression so she could get it up on YouTube under
the 100MB filesize limit.

I'll let Paul tell more about the process as well as provide the link to
the movie she worked on. :) 

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Re: [CGUYS] Macs don't break ...

2007-04-25 Thread Michael Lewis
Paula Minor sez:

Thanks, Tom.  Worth a try.  I'm still learning how to troubleshoot on  
a Mac.  I had no idea how to find out if the USB ports were working.   
But I could have on my pc.

System Profiler in your Utilities folder (in Applications) should give
you full information about your system, including if USB ports are
present and if anything is attached to them.

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Re: [CGUYS] Savvy Senator?

2007-04-24 Thread Michael Lewis
Jeff Wright sez:

Kinda makes my original point, don't ya think?

Nope.

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Re: [CGUYS] How do I compress MPG files

2007-04-23 Thread Michael Lewis
   
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Paula --

I think Handbrake is mainly a program for work with DVDs. I admit I
haven't looked at it very closely, so my initial look could be fooling
me. However, you should have everything you need on your Mac if you have
iMovie or have purchased Quicktime Pro. Try what I've created at the
following link and see if it's helpful:

http://web.mac.com/offbalance/iWeb/Off%20Balance%20Stuph/Movie%
20Compression/Movie%20Compression.html

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Re: [CGUYS] Savvy Senator?

2007-04-22 Thread Michael Lewis
Art Clemons sez:

Jeff Wright:
 Do you actually think Gore had the faintest idea of what was yet to come in
 1989?  His bill was for a top-down researcher's network using
 supercomputers, something that is the exact opposite of the Internet
 today.  It was an appropriation that was eventually in the right place and
 the right time.  He got lucky.  So did Nostrodamus

I wonder if the internet as we know it would exist if Gore hadn't been
lucky as you put it.  Gore has flaws, but dislike for him doesn't mean
that he shouldn't get more acclaim for what he did.

Exactly. I choose to listen to Vint Cerf, undisputed as one of the
Founding Fathers of the Internet who said of Al Gore while defending him
from that false I invented the Internet meme:

VP Gore was the first or surely among the first of the members of
Congress to become a strong supporter of advanced networking while he
served as Senator. As far back as 1986, he was holding hearings on this
subject (supercomputing, fiber networks...) and asking about their
promise and what could be done to realize them. Bob Kahn, with whom I
worked to develop the Internet design in 1973, participated in several
hearings held by then-Senator Gore and I recall that Bob introduced the
term 'information infrastructure' in one hearing in 1986. It was clear
that as a Senator and now as Vice President, Gore has made it a point to
be as well-informed as possible on technology and issues that surround it.
Source: Internet archive of mids.org: http://web.archive.org/web/
2125065813/http://www.mids.org/mn/904/vcerf.html

Gore had much to do with legislation that did, according to Cerf, build
the Internet.

It is true, though, that Gore was popularizing the term 'information
superhighway' in the early 1990s (although he did not, as is often
claimed by others, coin the phrase himself) when few people outside
academia or the computer/defense industries had heard of the Internet,
and he sponsored the 1988 National High-Performance Computer Act (which
established a national computing plan and helped link universities and
libraries via a shared network) and cosponsored the Information
Infrastructure and Technology Act of 1992 (which opened the Internet to
commercial traffic).

In May 2005, the organizers of the Webby Awards for online achievements
honored Al Gore with a lifetime achievement award for three decades of
contributions to the Internet. 'He is indeed due some thanks and
consideration for his early contributions,' said Vint Cerf.
-- Source: Snopes http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp



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Re: [CGUYS] Savvy Senator?

2007-04-22 Thread Michael Lewis
Jeff Wright sez:

 Exactly. I choose to listen to Vint Cerf, undisputed as one of the 
 Founding Fathers of the Internet who said of Al Gore while defending 
 him from that false I invented the Internet meme:

Do you mean this Vint Cerf?  I'm sure it's just a coincidence that he wrote
an op-ed pimping and defending Gore back in the day.

Yes. That Vint Cerf. You know, the one who:

...is a North American computer scientist who is commonly referred to
as one of the founding fathers of the Internet for his key technical
and managerial role, together with Bob Kahn, in the creation of the
Internet and the TCP/IP protocols which it uses.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinton_Cerf

Big deal if he gives money to a political party. Lots of people do. That
makes him NOT a founding father of the Internet with probably enough
clout to claim who else assisted in building the Internet only in the
minds of people who like to misrepresent facts to further their own agendae.

Why are we all inside on this beautiful Sunday anyway?

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Re: [CGUYS] DISCUSSION: XFN, social networking metatags

2007-04-11 Thread Michael Lewis
Tony B sez:

To equate modern blogging (keeping a diary online) to the Federalist
Papers or even Dvorak's writing is just too silly to comment on.

And it's also way off topic. No topic hijacking please.

Is not.

And you already hijacked it by giving your opinion about blogs rather
than answering if you had read about or used XFN. Sow what you reap.

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