Idiotic Mac Questions for an Idiotic Mac Newbie Idiot. Idiot. Page 65

  • HairyArse 4 Aug 2019 10:25:02 1,392 posts
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    PC World

    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/desktop-pcs/desktop-pcs/apple-imac-4k-21-5-2017-10165818-pdt.html
  • elstoof 4 Aug 2019 10:26:37 25,566 posts
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    Sounds like it’s a lemon mate. Get shot of it
  • nickthegun 4 Aug 2019 10:39:37 81,257 posts
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    Open activity monitor just to make sure nothing is running in the background and slurping resources and then get it back as the HDD is likely fucked.

    They will try and send it for repair but, if it's that new, demand a refund and/or a new one.
  • senso-ji 22 Aug 2019 12:49:02 10,085 posts
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    Getting a new Apple Credit Card? Just make sure you don't store it in a wallet. Or put it in your pockets. You know, like other credit cards.
  • Tonka 22 Aug 2019 12:59:55 30,568 posts
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    Also, opt out of arbitration.

    That's an american thing I guess.
  • binky Moderator 9 Sep 2019 08:30:30 11,022 posts
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    Can anyone recommend a Swiss Army knife all in one adaptor for the new MacBook Pro? My dad is picking up a MBP tomorrow and I’d rather get the adaptor for him as opposed to him getting whatever Apple try to flog.
  • [maven] 9 Sep 2019 08:43:29 5,664 posts
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    I have something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-1-Gigabit-Ethernet-Compatible-ChromeBook/dp/B071G83L1J/ref=sr_1_4?crid=I88XNCMLCIO1&keywords=anker+premium+5-in-1+usb-c+hub&qid=1568014885&s=gateway&sprefix=anker+usb-c+pre%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-4 which I'm quite happy with, in particular because it has all of what I need and is small.
  • Tonka 9 Sep 2019 09:39:18 30,568 posts
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    @binky everyone in the office have Satechi USB-C hubs and they work.
    Mine has a busted HDMI port but that was my fault for being careless with it. I've seen it at the top of a few "Best USB-C hub for your MBP" lists.
  • Fourwisemen 30 Sep 2019 11:56:38 874 posts
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    While not specifically Mac, I'm struggling to see a relevant iOS thread.

    I've a Gen 2 iPad Pro and iOS 13, and the .1 update have totally screwed the battery life. The .1 update was supposed to fix this, is anyone else experiencing this and any tips?
  • azurelas_2 3 Oct 2019 18:30:07 2,021 posts
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    I'm using a 15" touchbar MBP from work and have fallen in love with it. However, the keyboard is HORRIBLE. Is there any truth Apple will use conventional/better switches in the next MacBook Pro? If so, I'm definitely buying a fully loaded one as soon as it comes out.

    Edited by azurelas_2 at 18:30:59 03-10-2019
  • Tonka 3 Oct 2019 18:47:20 30,568 posts
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    There's an incredibly high chance that the rumors of an upgraded keyboard on the next MBP are true. Probably won't be conventional. Possibly will have same short travel.
  • elstoof 3 Oct 2019 19:03:59 25,566 posts
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    I love the new short travel keyboard, hope mine doesn’t fail or anything though
  • greg_wha 4 Oct 2019 07:34:32 1,382 posts
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    Are the Mac Book Airs any good? What’s the general feeling on the ‘best’ Mac in the whole current range? My 2011 iMac is still perfect for what I use it for but I want a new toy.
  • jack5255 4 Oct 2019 08:44:10 867 posts
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    Can’t comment on the air, but i love my macbook pro still even after getting an imac 2 months ago.

    Just the portability and speed of it is so handy and i still find myself using it just as much when on the sofa or in bed.

    You can probably still pick up a 2018 MBP for not much more than a 2019 air if you weren’t looking for the latest model and benefit from the touch bar and more cores in the processor.

    The best though? Those imac pro’s look insane but very pricey. For something portable personally i would say an MBP for the extra grunt but depends on use and if an air fits the bill.

    To be honest though, whatever you buy, nothing beats opening that new product box 😁
  • elstoof 4 Oct 2019 08:52:19 25,566 posts
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    Airs are underpowered and overpriced, you’d probably be better off with an iPad unless you need certain macOS software and a keyboard. I looked at the 13” vs 15” Pro and after speccing up a 13” to the same RAM and HD as the base 15” the price was essentially the same - except the 15” comes with discreet graphics and a bigger screen for “free”. I’d advise getting a Pro 15” if you can stretch to it as the best bang for buck
  • Zerobob 4 Oct 2019 10:15:00 2,409 posts
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    I'm starting to wonder how far off a complete chassis redesign is.

    I normally don't champion waiting for future tech, and just advise buying what's good now, but the current MacBook Pro just isn't good. Not for the price anyway.

    I was given a top spec 2017 15" Macbook Pro for work, and it's a fine laptop in a lot of ways, but I wouldn't have forked out my own money for it. The USB-C dongle is a pain in the arse, the keyboard is hard to use and prone to issues, and the lid has developed a weird "clunk" sound when you open it up.

    The screen, trackpad, speakers, and general form factor are all great, as usual, but I'm desperate for an overhaul of the chassis so I can upgrade my personal 13" Macbook Pro.
  • uiruki 7 Oct 2019 22:33:30 5,149 posts
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    Catalina's out.

    Safari doesn't support old-style extensions anymore.

    Using Firefox now - it runs way better than it used to.

    Arcade works but What The Golf is dreadful with a trackpad. Took a reboot for it to find my save too.

    I think I'm going to bite the bullet and move over fully to an iPad Pro when the new ones come out. Anyone got any experience with how it works plugged into a USB-C monitor?
  • Your-Mother 8 Oct 2019 03:53:21 4,045 posts
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    Works fine for me directly into a USB C input. Mouse support is better under iPadOS now, but still not really flawless so expect some annoyance.
  • askew 8 Oct 2019 08:46:25 21,297 posts
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    No upgrade for me until somebody else confirms that Virtual Box and NFS shares work ok. Got stung by that with El Capitan.
  • uiruki 8 Oct 2019 09:10:23 5,149 posts
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    @Your-Mother yeah, I have a Magic Trackpad but I hear it’s natural scrolling only (bleurgh). I assume the pointer is the same circle with a dot in it that you get on Apple Arcade games on the Mac.

    What I want when hooked up is primarily the ability to have a browser up on it while a video plays; it’s a bit unreliable over airplay on my elderly 3rd gen Apple TV, the MacBook isn’t quite fast enough to drive a 4k display and I’m currently running a totally overkill desktop pc made of old parts on my second monitor which just seems mad. Being able to play Apple Arcade games on that monitor “properly” is a bigger plus than I thought it would have been before I tried it and I’m impressed with the improvements in window usage and multitasking with iOS 13.

    The big choice is 11 or 13 inch - the 11 is a nice size but I’m thinking that the 13 would be a decent upgrade for multitasking and even with the big keyboard cover it’s only a little heavier than my 12 inch MacBook. Either way it’s a case of waiting for what they announce as everyone thinks they’re going to have a conference this month.
  • mrpon 10 Oct 2019 15:30:58 36,107 posts
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    Chaps, PC application (.NET) attempting to run via Parallels on an Apple Mac? Non-starter?
  • [maven] 10 Oct 2019 16:15:48 5,664 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Chaps, PC application (.NET) attempting to run via Parallels on an Apple Mac? Non-starter?
    Any Windows app should work just fine in Parallels (or VMware Fusion), no?
  • mrpon 10 Oct 2019 16:23:32 36,107 posts
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    Okay good to hear, don't know anything about it and our client has experienced some crashing. Wasn't sure if there were known limitations etc..
  • beastmaster 30 Dec 2019 22:13:59 20,419 posts
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    The new OS update removes iTunes and uses Finder instead to update iPads, iPhones and the like. Except it's fucking shit. There's no kind of progress bar or updates so you don't know what the fuck is going on. What a pile of wank.

    Can use Terminal and the command

    ls -lhrt ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone\ Software\ Updates

    as most updates are around 4 gig. But in terms of downloading, preying etc...nothing.

    Edited by beastmaster at 22:14:28 30-12-2019
  • elstoof 30 Dec 2019 22:25:33 25,566 posts
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    Why are you updating your iPad or iPhone via your computer
  • beastmaster 30 Dec 2019 22:39:14 20,419 posts
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    I have all my photos, music and the like on external storage. I refuse to use Cloud to hold all these things. So if I want to add something to the pad, I plug it in and away I go.

    Been reading all kinds of bad things about the new OS. Might use time machine and just go back to the previous iteration.

    Edit: Will do that over the my holiday.

    Edited by beastmaster at 22:43:09 30-12-2019
  • mrpon 30 Dec 2019 23:32:28 36,107 posts
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    @elstoof you really want beastmaster icloud hack nudes?
  • elstoof 31 Dec 2019 06:54:30 25,566 posts
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    Going straight to HD/users/beastmaster/documents/photos/PUMPED

    Edited by elstoof at 06:54:42 31-12-2019
  • beastmaster 31 Dec 2019 19:29:07 20,419 posts
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    HA! Well, I've managed to restore to Mojave. Got iTunes back but I try and get into photos and it tells me the library is from a newer version of Photos and I need to upgrade. What a fucker!

    I'm currently using a solution suggested by someone whereby I crate a new library in Photos and then copy over all the file details into the new version. See if that works. Couple of other things I could try. What a crock of shit!
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