Reader Paul Cramblett has a problem with others who just don’t know how to share. He writes:
I maintain a Dropbox folder that I use to share files with a select group of friends. I've tried to explain how Dropbox works to these people but someone invariably drags all the files out of the folder, which means they’re no longer available to the rest of us. Is there some way to prevent files from being removed by someone who doesn’t understand the difference between “copy” and “move”?
I sympathize. Dropbox is a great way to share files but far too many people don’t understand that when you drag files out of a shared folder, they’re removed from that folder for everyone who has a stake in it. I can offer a couple of ideas—one social and the other technical.Read more »
Reader Earl Andrews is interested in getting the full picture—at least when screen sharing with his Mac mini. He writes:
I have a Mac mini connected to my 720p HDTV via HDMI that I use as a media server. I don’t always want to turn the TV on to configure that Mac. I prefer instead to screen share with it from my iMac. The problem is that I can’t seem to get it to fill my iMac’s display. The screen sharing window is small and even when I switch to Full Screen it won’t fill the screen. What can I do to make this work?
The main issue you have is the HDMI connection and the limitations it imposes on your iMac’s display. Let’s walk through it.Read more »
A musician who wishes to remain anonymous finds his instrument suddenly silent. He writes:
Chris, this is a pretty obscure question, but your blog indicates that you’re a keyboard player so I’m hoping you have an answer. My 8-year-old synthesizer lost power during a gig last night and my custom programs were wiped out. Today I looked on the manufacturer’s website and see that a firmware update is available (which I hope will cure the problem), but it’s in the form of a MIDI file. How can I install this thing? And, is there anything I can do to back up my synth once it’s restored?
Now this takes me back. And it does because what you’ve encountered is a MIDI file full of system exclusive (SysEx) data. In the days before synthesizers had better ways to transfer information (such as a built-in USB port, for example) you had to move raw data between your synth and a computer over a MIDI connection—basically “playing” it from the synth and “recording” it on your Mac. Given your instrument’s age (and the nature of that firmware update file) I’m going to assume that this is the method you’ll use.Read more »
Reader H.S. would love to see his photos on his Apple TV, but can’t. He writes:
I’ve recently returned from a trip to Australia with a lot of pictures on my camera. I’d like to view those pictures on my Apple TV but I don’t see an entry other than Photo Stream. How can I stream my pictures from iPhoto to my Apple TV?
Although you may believe that iPhoto is key to this process, that’s not the case. Instead, turn to iTunes.
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Reader Paul Inglis is interested in transferring media wirelessly to his iPad. He writes:
Okay, I’m lazy. But my Mac is upstairs and I’m downstairs on the couch with my iPad where I want to watch a movie. What’s the best way for me to do that without having to plug my iPad into my Mac and sync the movie using iTunes?
Never fear, Apple designed this stuff with you in mind. You have a couple of options.
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Reader Rich Girrard is less than thrilled by what’s appearing in his Inbox. He writes:
I’m not sure why, but in the last couple of days I’ve received several spam messages via my iCloud account. The messages are so obviously spam I don’t know why Apple hasn’t caught them. I know I can delete the messages, but is there anything I can do to let Apple know about this stuff?
You’re not alone. I, and many people I know, have been hit by this wave. Fortunately you have some recourse.Read more »
Reader M. Burns asks about an issue that has puzzled more than one Mountain Lion user. He writes:
I’m running Mountain Lion on my MacBook Pro and using Pages. Since upgrading to Mountain Lion, Pages defaults to saving files to iCloud. I’d prefer that those files are saved to my Mac. Yet, even after choosing that option in the Save dialog box, the next time I save, iCloud appears again as the default location. Is there any way to convince Pages to always save files to my Mac?
There is, but the method I’m about to describe affects all applications that save, by default, to iCloud. (They include Pages, Numbers, Keynote, TextEdit, and Preview.) Just do this:
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