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Can someone recommend a Usenet Newsreader for Mac OS X? Or for that matter an X11 that'll compile for OS X. knode is not doing it for me.

Ed (dali), Monday, 14 April 2003 13:31 (sixteen years ago) link

But Ed, you're here to answer all the boring computer questions, not ask them! ;p

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Monday, 14 April 2003 13:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I use Thoth on 9.1, but it's also good for 10.1

chris j (chris j), Monday, 14 April 2003 20:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Alright I have one:

I've been using a freeware DOS music program for several years called Impulse Tracker. It's just about the only thing I enjoy using and I love it to bits. So when my dad bought me a new computer for a graduation cum birthday present expressly to make music on, i was overjoyed. Sadly I have had this computer for a year and i haven't been able to make a track since! The program runs very slowly and the sound is really hissy and horrible. On some other music programs, the computer comes up with an error about latency, which i assume links to this. Also I can't record anything from my CD player or microphone, no matter how much i fuck around with the sound settings. These problems also sometimes happen when I play DVDs - the sound is really hissy and granular ad often i have to turn the speakers right up to hear anything. What's going on?!!

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 00:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Ed, what was the name of the cheapish online computer reseller thatI'd never heard of anywhere else that you mentioned over christmas and can't find again.

Graham (graham), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 01:23 (sixteen years ago) link

dog latin, more details about yr computer and software please.

i am still interested in learning whether it's possible to re-mount a removable drive that's still plugged in without taking the cable out and reinserting it. windows xp

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 04:15 (sixteen years ago) link

graham, selling what kind of stuff? Did I mean EBuyer?

Dog latin, are your speakers plugged into the correct port, is the internal volume on the computer turned up. Try plugging the sound out from your computer through an amp. It sounds like the on the hiss front is caused by too low sound levels amplified up really far. It may ofcourse be a duff soundcard.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 06:45 (sixteen years ago) link

trn

RickyT (RickyT), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 07:26 (sixteen years ago) link

What does trn mean? What does POX mean?

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 07:30 (sixteen years ago) link

trn = usenet newsreader that will run in your terminal
POX = dread illness and thread horror

RickyT (RickyT), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 07:50 (sixteen years ago) link

RickyT, can you point me at a site from whence I might digitally obtain a tarball of this trn of which you speak. Forsooth neither google nor sourceforge can fulfill my desires.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 08:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Ed, have you tried searching at freshmeat.net? It's usually the first place I try when I'm searching for software packages.

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 08:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Okay, so I downloaded Carracho (on ILX's recommendation), and it all looks good. BUT...when I enter a file to search for, the "search" button doesn't activate, or work at all. I'm not born to this, so it could be something quite obvious. Help me out, y'all...

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 08:47 (sixteen years ago) link

you need to load up some trackers, Tracker-Tracker Tracks Trackers. One you have some trackers entered into carracho you can get lists of servers which you can then search. You can enter trackers in Carracho->Preferences->Trackers.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 09:09 (sixteen years ago) link

trn vs slrn

why trn over slrn. I ask this because slrn is availible through fink and trn isn't and will be harder to install.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Mac people: is it worth upgrading to Jaguar? I run 10.1.5 at the moment and it seems fine. (I don't use the Mac for interweb bidniz right now, but I may do in the future.)

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes but if you're going to buy it you might want to wait until after the summer when Panther is due to ship. I might be able to slip you some cds at a future FAP.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:18 (sixteen years ago) link

I use Jaguar, but only because my version of FCP won't work on an earlier incarnation of OSX. Same for BT Broadband.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:20 (sixteen years ago) link

"trn vs slm. why trn over slrn. I ask this because slrn is availible through fink and trn isn't and will be harder to install."

It's a bit like Ed's malfunctioning, isn't it?

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Is he like Hal? Will he turn evil and destroy ILX?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:35 (sixteen years ago) link

OK, someone suggest a good entry-level semi-pro soundcard. (Windows Me system).

Stereo playback quality is far more important than lots of inputs (I won't be using it for multi-track recording) or 5.1 capability. An S/PDIF I/O would be nice, as would some bundled analysis/DSP software (Cool Edit, Sound Forge, etc). Are the ones with breakout boxes the only ones guaranteed to be low noise?

I'm hoping to pay less than £100 but I may be out of luck unless I import from a US online retailer or score on eBay. Creative Audigy, M-Audio Audiophile, Echo Mia...

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:40 (sixteen years ago) link

M-Audio get my vote Audiophile 2496. Having said that I've just bought and Audiotrak maya and quality is reasonable, but I valued number of outs over sound quality because its for laptop djing.

Soundkartenkatalog has a good selection to browse.

Watch out for customs duty and VAT on importing stuff from the US.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Unfortunately, if it's in German, and it wasn't on a Laurie Anderson album, chances are I don't understand it. But ta for the price links. And that's two votes for M-Audio (friend has one on his G4).

By 'import', I probably meant 'ship to friend in US and get them to stick it in their luggage next time they visit'.

I know SoundBlaster have a rotten rep (though why I'm not sure), but the Audigy 2 is only £99 at Maplins. Elsewhere I've found a good stripped-down card in Terratec's EWX24/96 (£119 from Digital Village) which is bundled with WaveLab Lite and GigaSampler LE.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 11:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Terratec are meant to be good, I've had no experience though. The audigy's aren't that bad and they share chips with an EMU sound card (or at least they did). It might be a good buy, a friend has that soundcard and he has no problems with it for music making, even gigs with the pc with it in.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 11:35 (sixteen years ago) link

(I forget which EMU but EMU own soundblaster or vice versa)

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 11:36 (sixteen years ago) link

That's the place Ed, though it seemed better last time I saw it.

(Also, it was probably last August when you mentioned, which says something about how memorable that term was)

Graham (graham), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 11:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Dog latin, are your speakers plugged into the correct port, is the internal volume on the computer turned up. Try plugging the sound out from your computer through an amp. It sounds like the on the hiss front is caused by too low sound levels amplified up really far. It may ofcourse be a duff soundcard.

ed, yeh it's all plugged in corretically and I run my sound through a stereo amp anyway. the hiss only happens when there's sound playing and only when i do certain things like play DVDs. So when people are talking it sounds like "Yeahscchhhhhh I knowhhhhh..." and there's a quiet digital crackle. It sounds even worse when I play it through Impulse Tracker.
I'm surprised by how few outputs there are on the soundcard - there are three sockets - SPK, LIN and MIC. I can't work out whether LIN is line out or line in so I just use SPK.
I never know the specs on my computer but it's running Windows ME with summat called C-Media Wave Device as the mixer. what other info might you need?

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 12:27 (sixteen years ago) link

SPK would appear to be the correct output. Check your drivers are the most up to date. Check every possible volume control within the computer. It sounds like something is set really low somewhere and then amplified to fuck elsewhere, high transients would cause the digital crackle.

Try and track the signal path within the computer when doing these tasks, it can be a pain because its all virtual. I know much more about doing it in macs than in pc's i'm afraid. I do hope its not hardware.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 12:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Can you get sound from the CD player, other than from its own headphone socket? If not, the drive doesn't have its audio cable connected.

Graham (graham), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 12:55 (sixteen years ago) link

OK, Dr. Ed, how do I stop my quicktime video/audio playback from stuttering. The video playback is particularly bad, and often gets further and further out of sync with audio. I know, this is more of an editor's question, but worth a try. NB I am not using QUicktime Pro-is this in fact the problem?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 12:59 (sixteen years ago) link

A question to which I have no answer, you shouldn't need quicktime pro. Quicktime has a known problem with some audio track encodings, particularly mp3 audio with divX. What sort of files does this happen with?

Graham, yes, you need to get the cd player to pass the audio to the computer digitally and have the computer interpret it, this is a pc question isn't it, I don't know how to do this but there are ways. I remeber reading something about it on http://www.usb-audio.com/

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:10 (sixteen years ago) link

This happens with mp3s and uncompressed DV.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:11 (sixteen years ago) link

I've read lots of places that quicktime is a bit iffy about getting mp3 and video to line up properly. The only real work around is to encode the audio as something else.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:19 (sixteen years ago) link

"Can you get sound from the CD player, other than from its own headphone socket? If not, the drive doesn't have its audio cable connected."

Yes if you are using XP/2k go to the the CD Drive in Device Manager, goto properties and tick Enable Digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device, this will allow programmes access to CD audio data across the IDE cable.

No other cable will be needed.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:26 (sixteen years ago) link

another thing that might cause that audio distortion is if there is a mismatch of sampling frequencies somewhere. if yr mixer prog were set at 32khz and can't accurately play the 44.1khz dvd stuff, for instance. just an idea

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 14:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Can you get sound from the CD player, other than from its own headphone socket? If not, the drive doesn't have its audio cable connected.

Yeh, the CD player PLAYS but I can't get the computer to record either from mic or CD. I've checked all the levels on everything and theoretically it should work but it just doesn't. I think the shop sold me a crap soundcard (even though I did explain I wanted the computer to do music on - wankas!).

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 16:19 (sixteen years ago) link

xan someone recommend, quickly, a good programme for ripping cds to mp3 on win xp.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 16:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Can someone recommend a Usenet Newsreader for Mac OS X?

Thoth all the way. Halime as a second choice.

Or for that matter an X11 that'll compile for OS X. knode is not doing it for me.

Why not use the pre-compiled one from Apple?

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 16:52 (sixteen years ago) link

that's what I use for the windowing system. knode's a kded news reader

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 16:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Depending on how the cable is hooked up through the soundcard, you may want to check to see if it's hooked up through the CD in or the AUX in jack on the card. Also maybe open up your volume control icon in the system tray at the bottom right, by double-clicking it, and see if all of the volume sliders are up and make sure they're not muted. (Note, you may need to click on the advanced option and add extra sliders to your volume control, if the ones you are using aren't there.) Lastly, check through the options in the program you're using to see if there aren't any other audio in options that may have changed between your two configurations (source, perhaps).

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 17:14 (sixteen years ago) link

ed, i only just downloaded Freerip - it's not bad for that kidna thing - avoid Audioactive it's desperately slow.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 17:42 (sixteen years ago) link

ed, i recommend exact audio copy, which also requires an encoder, many use LAME. i'm pretty sure there are links to it on the same pages as the exact audio copy stuff.

downside is it's slow (although you could probably fiddle with the settings to speed things up at the expense of quality)

upsides: free, slim program, have a lot of control over the encoding process. most importantly, this setup is not clipping the ends off of my music files, as many many other progs do

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 23:05 (sixteen years ago) link

geek check: I'm using DHTML to position stuff on a website (in divs, with position:absolute), and can't resolve some Netscape 4.x issues. I *have* to fix them, lots of users on campus here are still running the old browsers.

1) The "background-color:white" property for a center <div> is not understood by the browser. I don't know how to fix it! Something with <layer> tags? I have tried, and no luck. Is there a hack?
2) When there is a lot of content in the center <div>, the browser scrunches it all up so that it prints over itself ! What to do?

daria g, Tuesday, 15 April 2003 23:29 (sixteen years ago) link

are you sure it's "background-color" ?? i'm looking at some example tags and they just have {background: color}

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 23:49 (sixteen years ago) link

note: i'm no html expert by any means

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 23:52 (sixteen years ago) link

eh, nevermind, background-color works fine in this browser anyway (opera)

ron (ron), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 00:08 (sixteen years ago) link

background-color is standard. background alone will also accept values for any background-* setting either on their own or bunched together, so you can save time, space and neatness by specifying "background: white url('pic.jpg') no-repeat fixed center" instead of setting background-color, background-image, etc, separately.

Daria: apologies if this is patronisingly obvious and that was an example of a much more general case, but what if you specify the colour as a hex code, i.e. background-color: #FFFFFF? But Netscape 4.x is really not good with CSS; I've seen that scrunching problem many times and apart from doing a drastically simplified NS stylesheet - no messing with floating or "position:"s either absolute or relative and half my paddings and margins removed, ugh! - I never found a way round it. I have had problems like the first too but can't remember how or whether I fixed it.

Quick hacky way to do extra styles for IE without bothering with any JS or server-side client checking: the line of CSS "@IMPORT url(ie-styles.css);" will work in IE but not in Netscape - I don't remember which way other browsers behave - so you can put your basic styles in one stylesheet and add an import line in it for the IE stuff.

Unfortunately if you're doing anything very fancy with DHTML and CSS I have a nasty feeling you may have to do a cutdown version for Netscape users. Having said that, I too did some work for a university campus with a lot of stubborn NS4.x users and didn't actually have to do anything too drastic apart from the trick above.

Disclaimer: I don't know too much DHTML myself, and for my previous jobs it's been fine to settle for less than perfection in order to meet deadlines. I was also lucky enough to be the most knowledgeable about HTML of anyone there, frightening though that is considering my ineptitude, so if I said something wouldn't work then nobody else would contradict me. There are some fancy pieces of DHTML out there that work fine in Netscape, so maybe I just don't know enough. But from the CSS end Netscape is definitely a mess, even newer versions than 4.

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Dog Latin: Impulse Tracker doesn't like Windows very much, unfortunately. IT3 has now reached beta stage, but it's taken a very long time to get that far, so who knows if it'll ever really happen? Besides, I am rather suspicious of it because Pulse is no longer on the coding team. I have a feeling that the finished product, if it arrives, will turn out different enough in feel to IT that I won't get used to it but still be a long way behind a lot of its current rivals (from Buzz and Psycle in the based-on-trackers arena to all the expensive professional stuff out there). My disappointment with Sk@le (basically Fasttracker 2 remade for Windows) and Renoise makes me wary.

About IT: use the MPU401 drivers if they work at all! Try it S19 and hope it will autodetect; if not, look for the settings in control panel and try specifying them manually. I think this is the closest IT can come to using your modern soundcard to full effect. Unfortunately this doesn't always seem to work even with cards that should be MPU401-compatible. It works now and autodetects on my SB Live but I remember last time I tried it didn't. I have no idea why this might have changed. Unfortunately I can't get any further because of memory and graphics mode problems. I used to get around that with a boot disk but with XP I'm not sure there's anything I can do. I'll try later.

IT's sound drivers are out of date and your modern soundcard's backwards compatibility with cards that existed when it was written is probably a bit dodgy. This could mean that the driver autodetect selects isn't the best - try choosing some others, if you haven't done so - or that you have to use a driver much worse than your card is capable of. On my SB Live the SB Pro driver works but isn't the one autodetect selects and the SB16 and SB AWE (both better soundcards than the Pro) drivers won't work at all, so by default I'd end up using the SB2 drivers. I had a Soundblaster 2 a decade ago. I don't want my computer to sound like that now.

What kind of soundcard do you have? My motherboard has onboard sound but I found it too noisy to use. I don't think it's that the chip itself is that bad, though it's obviously fairly cheap; it's more that it picks up so much interference from other board activity. If you're using a sound chip built into your motherboard I recommend not doing so. If you're using a separate soundcard, try rearranging your card slots so that the soundcard is in the furthest slot from the main section of the motherboard and not immediately next to any other cards.

One last thing: I believe Modplug tracker will read and write (not 100% identically to IT but it sounds fine most of the time) .IT files and can be set up so that the command codes and keyboard layout are as IT's was. I can't stand Modplug personally, so I can't confirm that, nor do I particularly recommend it. I just thought it might be worth a look since it was designed for Windows and will use your card's Windows sound drivers.

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Apologies for such a long post when I suspect none of this will be any help to either of you. I may write boring and badly phrased posts like the above but I'm not really much good at techy things.

Frazer, Wednesday, 16 April 2003 01:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Thanks for the advice ! It's very clear, and I appreciate much that you took all the time to write it out. I'll see what I can tweak to get it running, but it'll have to wait a day or two.. I did try the hex code, I am nearly certain, although I'll double check b/c I may well have overlooked an obvious solution w/o knowing. However, the scrunching and such is *not* I believe an effect of the CSS, since positioning isn't done through CSS, it's done directly through DHTML - this prob wasn't clear from my earlier post since I didn't notice that the ILX software *read* my code tags and didn't print them. Let's try again:
[page content would be here]


Netscape 4.x won't read background-color and is scrunching content. Argh! But don't trouble too much about it, I can always bother my techie brother, he might know. :)

daria g, Wednesday, 16 April 2003 04:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Ooops! One more time.

<div id="bodytext" style="background-color:white;position:absolute;visibility:visible;width:700px;left:165px;top:
144px;"> [page content would be here] </div>\

Netscape 4.x won't read background-color and is scrunching content. Argh! But don't trouble too much about it, I can always bother my techie brother, he might know. :)

daria g, Wednesday, 16 April 2003 04:51 (sixteen years ago) link

to do this stuff without the css, would you have to use tables??

ron (ron), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 06:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Having seemingly resolved the issue ... should I be worried about anything? My bank account hasn't been emptied (yet)!

djh, Thursday, 30 August 2018 15:54 (one year ago) link

that probably won't happen, but your operating systems has now become a cryptocurrency mining slave 4eva!

calzino, Thursday, 30 August 2018 16:07 (one year ago) link

I don't even know what that means.

djh, Thursday, 30 August 2018 16:25 (one year ago) link

don't worry imo

maybe run a bit of anti malware

niels, Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:18 (one year ago) link

I'm just joking djh. I have been downloading illegal stuff from dodgy Russian torrent proxy sites for years now, never had my bank account emptied yet. Although sometimes I do suspect my slow-ass running PC is actually a cryptocurrency mining slave!

calzino, Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:00 (one year ago) link

just make sure you have good password protection etc

niels, Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:04 (one year ago) link

"your operating systems has now become a cryptocurrency mining slave 4eva!"

To be honest, you could tell me anything at this point and I would believe it.

djh, Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:16 (one year ago) link

there was something on BBC WS earlier about smartphones melting, because they have been hijacked by cryptocurrency mining malware that fatally overheats them. There is definitely something going on here. When your devices processing power are being hacked - it could go on for months - with only a vague feeling things are running a bit slower being the only symptom. The only sensible solution is not to worry for 10 seconds and then scream "We are all going to die!" very loudly and panic.

calzino, Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:34 (one year ago) link

"The only sensible solution is not to worry for 10 seconds and then scream "We are all going to die!" very loudly and panic."

I own this.

djh, Thursday, 30 August 2018 21:20 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

anyone ever have quicklook die on os x, so that it shows stills but can't play the videos containing them, or gets caught on a cycling buffering icon?

i tried running qlmanage to no apparent effect, but restarting the whole machine undid whatever the problem was.

seems to be a lot of discussion on the web about it not working at all, or breaking after os upgrades, but not this. i hadn't made any changes recently, so it seems like it had to be some kind of cache or preference corruption or something.

j., Monday, 17 September 2018 07:56 (one year ago) link

I’ve been having some issues with quick look and pdfs. It seems to be iCloud related, or, at least it only seems to present on files that are in an iCloud directory.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 17 September 2018 11:32 (one year ago) link

huh, i hope that's not my problem, since it would mean i have icloud turned on for a folder i didn't turn it on for

j., Monday, 17 September 2018 17:15 (one year ago) link

I do worry about how pervasive iCloud hooks are into the file manger and filesystem.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 09:47 (one year ago) link

iCloud or OneDrive - choose your poison!

calstars, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 13:01 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Trying to burn a CD-R and getting the following message in Windows Media Player:

Windows Media Player could not complete burning because the disc is not compatible with your drive. Try inserting a different kind of recordable media or use a disc that supports a write speed that is compatible with your drive.

while Media Jukebox 14 is telling me:

Power Calibration Area Error.

Any ideas? Clean the player, maybe?

djh, Sunday, 4 November 2018 14:12 (one year ago) link

sounds like it's complaining about the speed. you can often change the burn speed, so instead of burning at 32x, say, reduce it to something like 16x or lower and it might work (disks are rated for certain burn speeds, which might be lower than the default your drive is using)

some background reading: http://www.digitalfaq.com/guides/media/dvd-media-concepts.htm

but a lot of these articles i found when searching were from 2004 when 16x was considered fast.

koogs, Sunday, 4 November 2018 14:38 (one year ago) link

wmp specific help: https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-change-burn-speed-in-windows-media-player-11-2438900

koogs, Sunday, 4 November 2018 14:41 (one year ago) link

Thanks Koogs - appreciated, as ever. Running a five quid PC World cleaner through it has fixed the problem (for now, at least).

djh, Sunday, 4 November 2018 16:08 (one year ago) link

Windows Media Player? 2002 called

calstars, Sunday, 4 November 2018 21:19 (one year ago) link

PC World? ...

calstars, Sunday, 4 November 2018 21:21 (one year ago) link

I haven't used Media Player for years, though its installed on my computer. I was trying to suss out whether it was a software or hardware issue ... I realise that burning CDs seems weird to some people, too.

djh, Sunday, 4 November 2018 21:56 (one year ago) link

a five quid PC World cleaner
like, cleaning the lens?

niels, Monday, 5 November 2018 09:45 (one year ago) link

Ha! Yes, it was that obvious.

djh, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 07:14 (one year ago) link

hehe, cool

niels, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 10:54 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Hi this thread. It's Black Friday and I need a backup portable HD - 4TB or more.

I already have a Seagate 4TB drive but my old one died so I really need to back it up.

My problem is that I've been a PC/Windows user all my life, but I've just acquired a new MacBook.

My OG HD is formatted for PC (haven't tried it on the Mac yet)... But all the HDs I'm seeing are either formatted for Mac or PC, but not both.

Is this a problem? What can I do? I also absolutely don't want to wipe my current HD just to use it on my Mac, that would be heinous.

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 23 November 2018 12:15 (eleven months ago) link

hmm iirc the problem is that you can't write on a windows formatted disk on a mac (and vice versa) so you kind of have to choose what OS you want to format it for

niels, Friday, 23 November 2018 12:25 (eleven months ago) link

if I were you I would consider using a cloud solution

just out of curiosity, what files do you have that take up more than 4tb?

niels, Friday, 23 November 2018 12:30 (eleven months ago) link

format the new hd as exFAT and you can read/write on both

if you don't and never will have any 4GiB or larger files (unilkely, i know), then format it as FAT32, i think it's limited to 2TiB so you'd need to partition the new hd accordingly

or install good ntfs drivers on the macbook and use ntfs for all backup drives. i assume this is viable on macs but don't quote me on that

chihuahuau, Friday, 23 November 2018 12:35 (eleven months ago) link

that's easy! did not know exfat was working universally

niels, Friday, 23 November 2018 12:44 (eleven months ago) link

cool - not sure how you do all this but i think i know someone who can

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 23 November 2018 13:54 (eleven months ago) link

just out of curiosity, what files do you have that take up more than 4tb?

My music and film collection p much

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 23 November 2018 14:04 (eleven months ago) link

“Film collection” um hmm

calstars, Friday, 23 November 2018 14:41 (eleven months ago) link

I don’t understand the original question but if you just want to back up your old backup disk, just plug it and the new drive (formatted as AFS) into your MacBook and copy the files over. Mac OS can read NTFS fine, just can’t write to it. You need your new backup to be AFS if you want to use it with time machine

calstars, Friday, 23 November 2018 14:45 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

When using Recovery Mode on a Mac to wipe the hard drive and do a new instal of OS X, are Apple apps like Photos, iMovie, Pages, etc installed along with the OS, or do those need to be downloaded separately afterwards from the App Store?

early rejecter, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:59 (nine months ago) link

They should be installed along with the OS

calstars, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 16:02 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

k forgive me for asking this, but there's a huge chance I already have in the past ten years but...

Problem: iCloud drive space = tiny
phone drive space / mac drive space / portable HDs = plenty o'space
dropbox space - ok but not that big

getting tired of deleting random photos from my phone to stop hitting the 5 GB limit but I refuse to pay for more cloud space when I have so many other options and my phone itself is like 256gb now

using my own backup HDs and iPhoto, I assume - and maybe something like Dropbox or Google Photos which I didn't realize was available until now - what's the best to have a reliable and/or accessible backup source of photos so i don't get nagged by Apple all the time?

current guess: create a separate library in iPhoto that isn't the "main" library, it gets no iCloud sync. back that up with Dropbox/Google/Time Machine/whatevs

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 19:53 (nine months ago) link

or just say screw it all and turn off iCloud photo sync on my phone

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 19:55 (nine months ago) link

Are you married to the idea of having an iPhone? I'm in a similar situation as yourself but am looking for another phone in the future for personal use (work phone seems like it always be iPhone).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:09 (nine months ago) link

yeah i'm pretty much locked into Apple at this point. i gave in and got an XS a few months ago and still feel gulity about it

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:21 (nine months ago) link

Yeah I'm convinced iPhones are merely an expensive marketing campaign for iCloud. I'd go with your external sync option (whether it be from dropbox or some other export utility).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 21:12 (nine months ago) link

turn off iCloud photos, cable sync your phone and store the backups on your computer, open Photos while phone is attached and import - all is safe, 5GB limit untroubled

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 21:33 (nine months ago) link

“but I refuse to pay for more cloud space “

Dollar a month for 50 gigs, bro. Just sayin -v-

calstars, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 22:39 (nine months ago) link

External memory is so cheap right now bro, you can get an 8TB HD for $150.

160x more memory for the same cost as <3 years of iCloud.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 23:36 (nine months ago) link

the last thing I want to do anymore is fuck around with files, if my whole digital life dissolved into ether I'd just sigh and move on

Norm’s Superego (silby), Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:28 (nine months ago) link

Fscking around with files is like so 2003

calstars, Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:50 (nine months ago) link

I was using Flickr but they just capped their free acct at 1000 photos, so I switched to Google Photos. They give you unlimited space for photos 16MP and under, and anything over that they'll just resize to 16MP. Also their app automatically uploads your camera roll in the background.

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 7 February 2019 14:47 (nine months ago) link

seven months pass...

Can a kindred spirit help me out here? I've a folder on a Mac 10.10.x that I share with all other colleagues in our network (every user can read & write). Is it possible to apply a setting that any file added to said folder, also receives the file permissions changed to 'read/write everyone'? I get a lot of wetransfer files from third parties, and wetransfer seems to give files a 'read only' permission, or permits it just for the user who downloaded the file. What I want is: if I save that file to the shared folder, the permission should automatically be set so that everyone can read/write (aka work with) it.

Is this possible?

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 09:36 (one month ago) link

hazel can do that but is not free.

or you can do it by creating a "folder action" (i.e. a series of steps that run when the contents of a folder changes) in automator but that will be a little fiddlier.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:06 (one month ago) link

on osx safari, when i type some characters in the address bar to get autocomplete lookups of my history/top sites going, my ilx lookup ALWAYS brings up a site-global item as well as the top hit in my history (usually ile) and if i down-error in the menu that comes up, something in the autocomplete algorithm takes some time to kick in or something and re-sets the cursor position back to the unwanted first item before things stabilize enough to let me go down to the item i wanted. this is SO ANNOYING, how to fix?

j., Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:24 (one month ago) link

Thankig u caek! <3 Just fiddled around w/ the free version, but will buy it if it does the job.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 3 October 2019 09:32 (one month ago) link


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